Power women into basketball grand final series
A SINGLE point has denied the Port City Power two teams in the grand final of the Queensland Basketball League, with the dream ending with an overtime loss for the men in Brisbane.
After the women led the whole way to beat Ipswich at Kev Broome Stadium, it looked like the men would do the same.
But a late rally from Brisbane and a low-scoring overtime left the Power down 78-77.
The club will not let the loss get in the road of a big week though, and will turn all attention to getting the women over the line in a best-of-three series in Rockhampton.
Gladstone Basketball president Barry Maluga believes the women will win, but knows they have to improve to do so.
"We will win in two next weeks," he said.
"They did not play that well in the third especially, really not at their best."
The result from Saturday night is all that matters though, Port City triumphing 74-66.
The only point when Ipswich looked likely was going into three quarter time, when the lead fell to five.
But a controlled fourth from the Power, with plenty of offensive rebounds and free throws, never had Maluga worried.
"No, I was not nervous; I always though that they would shoot the ball better at some stage," he said.
The Power proved rusty with Natalie Taylor and Jess Bygate returning to the side, taking some time to again find combinations.
By the end of the match, the players had clearly found a better tempo.
Maluga said it is great for the players to be headed to a finals series after so much effort, but others deserved credit.
"It has been a great team effort, everyone behind the scenes as well," he said.
- Women - won over Ipswich 74-66
- Men - lost to Brisbane 78-77
- Women play Rockhampton in a three-match finals series