Power pipped at the post against Mackay
BASKETBALL: A gallant Gladstone Port City Power went down to ladder leaders Mackay Meteors 100-93 in a pulsating QBL men's clash in Mackay.
The visitors powered their way back to tie the scores 89-all after what was a strong opening from Meteors.
The Power's Ray Willis put on a typical Willis masterclass with 39 points.
His game-high tally consisted of drives, dunks, pull-up jump shots and two triples.
His team-mate Remy Lawyer was flawless from beyond the three-point arc en-route to 18 points (four from four triples) and big man Nathaniel Musters continues to get better with each outing.
He scored 11 points from five from nine field shots.
The superior height advantage of the Meteors showed as they were able to rebound the ball for the second opportunity in defence.
But its wasn't all one-way traffic with Power transitioning quickly from defence to attack, keeping the Meteors running hard for most of the first half.
Meteors were led superbly by Lucas Walker who bagged 23 points (two triples) and Shaun Bruce was again damaging with 19 points.
Playing coach Cameron Tragardh helped himself to 17 points.
Perhaps the difference in the match was Mackay's scoring power off the bench.
The Power could manage just 12 points from its bench players while Meteors' Lucas Blicavs lit up the stadium with a dazzling seven three pointers after coming off the pine.
Meteors skipped to a 35-23 lead at the first break before the Power edged closer to be down by just nine at half-time.
Both teams scored 22 points in the third quarter, but the home crowd became anxious after Lawyer tied the scores with just 3:20 minutes left.
Blicavs and Bruce then took away any hope the Power had with perfectly-timed triples that leaves the Gladstone team languishing second-last on the ladder.
Mackay Meteors 100 (L Walker 23, L Blicavs 21, S Bruce 19) d Gladstone Port City Power 93 (R Willis 39, R Lawyer 18, W Shackleford; N Musters 11)