Action from the clash between Port City Power and Cairns Marlins at Kev Broome Stadium, Gladstone.
Action from the clash between Port City Power and Cairns Marlins at Kev Broome Stadium, Gladstone. Brenda Strong

Port Power encounter close call

PORT Power men had a close call but ran out winners against Cairns Marlin 86-84 on Friday night.

The Power found itself behind early, but soon had the scoreboard ticking over after a 10-nil run.

Keith Borgan was his usual dynamic self, looking to drive at every opportunity, and Ray Canady and Nicholas Andrew worked hard to make good positions inside.

A foul on Borgan brought the crowd to its feet, as a Cairns Marlins player put him down, and Dale Iwanicki copped a poke in the eye as he made a move inside.

Aaron Nagas’ appearance on the court brought a rousing reception for a second time, after Nagas took part in the pre-match Naidoc Week recognition ceremony.

The lead was out to 10 at quarter time, 24-14 in one of the more dominant first stanzas the Power has played at home this season.

The offensive plays bore fruit and Canady showed how smooth he is driving to the basket and will prove a handful for opposition teams trying to contain him.

During the second quarter, the Power pulled away and at one stage enjoyed a 17-point buffer on the visitors, who were in foul trouble early in the quarter.

A second-quarter highlight was a half-court pass from Derrick Macdonald to Iwanicki, who set up Andrew for a good bucket.

The Marlins clawed their way back into the match in the second half and by the final buzzer were only two points adrift.

Canady pulled down 16 rebounds, the most effective big man on the court in the paint, his tally one more than the number of points next to his name. Borgan top-scored with 22 points against the Marlins.

In the men’s second match of the weekend Mackay Meteors defeated Power 103-77 at Candlestick Park in Mackay.

Canady was the highest scorer of the match, hitting 31 of the 77 points for the Power.

Borgan scored 13.

Timothy Coenraad was the Mackay Meteors’ top scorer with 33 points. Canady shot an amazing 13 from 18 field goals, while Rylie Buntain shot one from one three pointers and Borgan three from three free throws. Canady spent 39 minutes on the court and the Power had a 69.2% free throw average.

Mackay Meteors dominated for the entire game leading 37-20 after the first quarter and 56-37 at half-time. By the third quarter Meteors had a 23-point lead of 79-56 finishing the match 103-77. Next week Power takes on the Gold Coast at home at 8pm on Saturday.

A second-quarter highlight was a half-court pass from Derrick Macdonald to Iwanicki, who set up Andrew for a good bucket.



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