Port City Power men qualify for finals for first time
PORT City Power men have qualified for the finals for the first time in history with a 10-point win over the Cairns Marlins on Sunday afternoon at Kev Broome Stadium.
It was the case of the usual suspects for the Power with Ray Willis scoring 27 points, Justin Baker with 21 and captain Michael Cedar putting away 20.
But it wasn't one-way traffic for the Power, with Cairns threatening to take their final's dreams away.
With 2.32 left on the clock in the last quarter the Marlins were coming at the Power; with the scores level Shaun Bruce hit a three-pointer to give the Marlins the lead.
Bruce then went on to hit a two-point jump shot to stretch the lead to five points.
Then came man of the match and the Port Power's captain, Michael Cedar.
He shot a three-point jump shot to bring it back to two points, followed by a two-point jump shot to level the match and push them infront with another three-point jump shot.
The Power didn't give the Marlins another look in from there outscoring them 12-4 to win 86-76.
Coach Derek Rucker was emotional after the match and thanked the crowd for getting them over the line.
"We have very good players and we have been successful off the court and on the court," he said.
"It's so rewarding, for everything that has happened in the last six months, I can't describe how good this feels."
He said it was great to see his baby grow; but the job wasn't over yet.
"Sometimes the hardest part is getting to the dance. Once you're in the party anything can happen."