Power pushes Meteors all the way in tough contest
BASKETBALL: Shaun Bruce and Mitch Gamblin's accuracy in the dying minutes of the game against Gladstone Port City Power helped the home team outscore the visitors in a tightly fought contest.
The McDonald's Mackay Meteors defeated Gladstone, 100-93, after surviving a strong finish from Gladstone who managed to tie the game at 89-all with three minutes to go.
Coach Cameron Tragardh said post game that it was a good contest, but the team looked a little tired deep in the fourth quarter after working hard most of the game.
"Shaun is the head of our beast. He steers us around, but we had a great contribution from the a bunch of guys,” Tragardh said.
"Lucas Walker's energy and leadership was outstanding... Lukass (Blicavs) hit some really timely shots when we needed it.
"It was back to real Mackay Meteors basketball, a strength in numbers approach.”
Bruce finished with 19 points and was the leading rebounder for the Meteors with nine.
Walker was the captain with Chris Cedar not available for the game against Power.
He finished the game as the leading point scorer with 23 points, including two from two from outside that arc.
"He (Walker) fouled out but I think was a testament to how hard he was playing,” Tragardh said.
One of the highlights for the coach was the Meteors defence and the toughness of the Power throughout the game.
He said Power have a great culture that does not reflect in the ladder with only two wins for the team.
"Gladstone made a lot of tough, contested shots,” he said.
"We had a chance to getting it out there to 10-12, and to break their back, but they crawled their way back.”
The Meteors started strong in front of their home crowd with the team getting good penetration in the key.
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.