Power surges to ton
THE Gold Coast Gliders crash landed at Kev Broome Stadium on Saturday night under an early barrage from the Port City Power.
The usual suspects, Diana Neves, Natalie Hurst, Rebecca Haynes, had the scoreboard ticking over at a furious pace, and seven minutes into the first quarter the score read 23-2.
There was going to be no defeat for the top women’s team in the QBL.
The Gliders, led by Sarah Petrie, steadied slightly and sat 20 points in arrears at the first break, 32-12.
The game was a physical one and the visitors did their best to match Katie Rose and Jessica Bibby and co, who were relentless in their full court press.
Scoring slowed in the second quarter and, with two minutes until the main break, the score read 27-25.
Two free throws from Hurst followed by back-to-back three pointers from Neves sparked a 14-zip run in the last minute and a half.
If the Gliders were sputtering before this come the buzzer, they’d nose dived, the score 61-27.
The lead blew out to 40 in the third quarter as Petrie (21 points and eight rebounds) battled manfully in offence.
Rose left the court with five fouls, and she made the last one count, her Gliders opponent heading to the bench after being flattened.
Neves continued to score, and Bibby found the hoop several times with nice moves.
As the Port City Power closed in on the 100 mark, the crowd became more vocal.
The Gliders chipped away at the score as the game opened up and the home team’s defence slackened.
Hurst continued to score and Haynes was back to her rebounding best, as Bibby and Neves had a spell, allowing the younger players some court time.
When the siren went, it was a 100-to-67-point victory to the Power.
Neves finished with 19 points, 15 from down town territory, Haynes had 20 and 12 rebounds, while coach Bibby scored 21.
Hurst again had a monster game, going agonisingly close to a triple double: 24 points, nine assists, nine rebounds and seven steals.
The men’s clash saw the Gold Coast Goannas down the home team by 11.
Keith Borgan and Ray Canady were in the points early, as the teams went basket for basket, before the Power had a surge to lead 14-8.
Borgan was the key playmaker on the court, setting team-mates up or taking it all the way himself.
Canady and Goannas big unit Jason Aucoin clashed, and the Power crowd responded as players got amongst it. The Goannas then went on a 16-4 run, a three on the buzzer taking the visitors’ lead to 10 with the score on 30-20.
The Power was cold inside, and the trend remained for the evening.
Nicholas Andrew couldn’t buy a basket from in the paint, and Canady suffered the same for most of the game.
After the first break, the Power’s offence just couldn’t get motoring, although Borgan tried to lift his side, and they got within five points.
A Derrick McDonald intercept in defence and a clear path in front of him was a highlight in the second quarter, fans yelling in anticipation of the dunk that followed, the offence now a bit more fluid.
The Goannas had all the answers, though, and any Power headway into the deficit was quickly rebuffed.
The home side went into the second half down by eight.
A Canady jumper to start scoring followed by a Borgan drive whittled the lead to two, and the crowd could sense a comeback.
But this didn’t eventuate, the Power never able to take the lead.
Early in the last quarter the lead blew out to 14.
A Borgan three with just under two minutes to play brought his side within six, but the end result was a 95-86 loss for the Power.
“If the Gliders were sputtering before this come the buzzer, they’d nose dived, the score 61-27.”