DAY 4 GAME 6 Power v Mackay Meteors
Gladstone Port City Power demolished Mackay 102-62 in the U16 State Championships cross-over match today.
It means the Power meet SWM Pirates again for a battle for ninth spot tomorrow at 11am - the same team Gladstone beat on Friday.
Thasindu Chandrasekara backed up from 41 points on Friday with another huge game while Joe McEldowney, Jack Small, Haizyn Mellars were prolific in a complete team performance.
DAY 3 GAME 5 Power v South West Metro Pirates
QI: Power 20 Pirates 20
Q2: Power 43 Pirates 29
Q3: Power 57 Pirates 46
FT: Power 83 d Pirates 60
FULL TIME: Gladstone Port City Power's hard work has been rewarded with a morale-boosting win against South West Metro Pirates this morning.
The Power produced superb basketball in the second half to run away with the game by 23 points.
It means Gladstone meet either Mackay or Sunshine Coast from 11am tomorrow in a cross-over pool match.
Both teams entered the U16 State QLD Champs with no wins, but the Port City boys started with gusto despite an even first quarter where both teams could not be separated.
The Power had all contributors with Thasindu Chandrasekara, Jack Small, Ben Knight and Haizyn Mellars the stand-outs.
Joe McEldowney was another who was huge on the boards and continued his excellent campaign.
EARLIER: Pirates have fought back during the third quarter, but Port City Power have held sway to lead by 11 points late in the third term. It's anyone's game as both teams look for their first win.
EARLIER: It's anyone's game between Gladstone Port City Power and SWM Pirates as both teams search for win number one.
The second quarter showed neither team gave an inch, but the Power edged 32-26 clear after a Thasindu Chandrasekara brace of foul shots and a pair of triples from Ben Knight and Haizyn Mellars.
Thasindu was hard to contain and finished off under the rim as he drew regular fouls to go to the strip.
Pirates were in foul trouble as the Power found themselves in a bonus scenario and a 14-point lead.
EARLIER: Gladstone Port City Power are off to a blazing start against South West Metro Pirates in the Under-16 Queensland State Championships on the Gold Coast this morning.
But Pirates rallied late and hit the lead by two before Gladstone's Thasindu Chandrasekara made no mistake with two foul shots.
The Power came out with intent with Thasindu's drives a feature and Haizyn Mellars ever dangerous.
Joe McEldowney again was strong inside the paint.
QT: Spartans 37 Power 18.
HT: Spartans 60 Power 33
3QT: Spartans 87 Power 49
FT: Spartans 116 d Power 69
EARLIER: Gladstone Port City Power remain winless at the U16 State Championships after a 116-69 loss to a red-hot Southern Districts Spartans this afternoon.
The loss puts the Power to 0-4.
Foul trouble and class from Spartans was the difference, but Gladstone showed fight with Jack Small, Joe McEldowney Thasindu Chandrasekara, especially late, continued their strong campaigns.
Albert Maunga was assured with his ball handling, but team-mate Haizyn Mellars and the other starting five members were fouled out before half-time.
This provided coach Ray Cooper to have the likes of Seth Collins, Lenny and Marley Evans, Nick Lantry and Alvin Kahondo more court time.
And all did their bit against a bigger and quicker opponent.
EARLIER: Haizyn Mellars collected his fifth foul while Joe McEldowney recovered from early foul trouble to knock down successive baskets for Gladstone Port City Power.
Spartans and Gladstone traded baskets in the first half of the third quarter.
Computer issues stopped the game for some five minutes, but Spartans maintained its offensive blue-chip plays to make it 75-45.
Jack Small tried hard on the low posts, but Spartans shot in transition, made baskets inside the paint and made swishes from beyond the key to lead by 87-49 with a quarter left.
EARLIER: Southern Districts Spartans have dominated the first half of the game against Gladstone Port City Power at the U16 State Basketball Championships.
A triple to Haizyn Mellars on the half-time buzzer got the margin back to 27 points.
The Power played with spirit, but the biggest difference has been the class as Spartans cashed in on whatever Gladstone could not.
Joe McElldowney and Haizyn Mellars got into foul trouble as Districts scored almost at will in transition.
Gladstone captain Jack Small positioned well on the post and he finished off his work while others couldn't.
EARLIER: Southern Districts Spartans are well ahead and are likely to inflict another loss for Gladstone Port City Power in game four of the U16 State Championships on the Gold Coast.
Power are likely to be 0-4 from as many starts.
"We're getting there and it's just our finishing off and turnovers hurting us," Power coach Ray Cooper said.
"As long as they improve each game and at the end of the week is where it counts."
After Thasindu Chandrasekara scored the basket of the game, it was all Districts as it raced to an 11-2 lead after just two minutes.
Baskets to Thasindu and Joe McEldowney closed the margin.
Again it was not finishing off the plays and turnovers which haunted the Gladstone Power as Spartans capitalized on this.
Joe got into early foul as Cooper took him off while the foul malaise spread to Haizyn Mellars.
EARLIER: Cairns Marlins beat Gladstone Power 86-53 in game three of the U16 State Championships.
Albert Maunga and Joe McEldowney led the way for the plucky Power side which showed spirit against a class opponent.
Marlins beat Brisbane Capitals by five points yesterday after Capitals thrashed Gladstone by 53 points in game one.
On that, Gladstone have improved over the three games.
Marlins' finishing was too good, but Power could not at each of the set plays.
Power play Southern District Spartans at 3.30pm today.
EARLIER: Cairns Marlins lead Gladstone 40-25 at half-time of the State U16 Basketball Championships on the Gold Coast.