Promising start not enough
THE Port City Power men’s team could not stop a flying Mackay Meteors at Kev Broome Stadium yesterday afternoon.
Mackay went into the game as favourite, sitting at the top of the QBL points table, while the Power sat well outside finals contention in 10th place.
Power has become notorious for dropping close games this season – nine of its losses have been by less than 10 points – but yesterday’s game was not one of these, as Mackay defeated Power 103-81 in front of Gladstone’s home crowd.
The Power started strong and led the majority of the first period, with Keith Borgan, Dale Iwanicki and Ray Canady playing prominent roles.
Gladstone was six ahead going into the second quarter but the lead was short-lived, as the QBL’s number one team went ahead two-and-a-half minutes into the period.
But the Power stayed competitive, remaining within two baskets until half-time, going to the break 44-49 down.
Power drew even closer with the first basket of the third after a minute, but that is where its run ended.
Mackay established a lead of 10, which it held for most of the quarter, and headed into the final period 62-72 up.
Despite the best efforts of the Power – especially from Iwanicki – the Meteors continued to blaze ahead.
The Power could do little to pull back the 21-point gap with only four-and-a-half minutes to go and the game ended 103-81 in Mackay’s favour.
Borgan played a starring role again for the Power, top-scoring with 23 points, followed closely by Iwanicki on 22.
Todd Blanchfield (27 points, eight rebounds) of Mackay went close to the best stats of the game but was bested by team-mate Timothy Coenraad (28 points, eight rebounds).
John Fitzgerald also played a vital role for the Meteors, with 23 points and eight rebounds.
Power plays three games on the road – against Maroochydore, Caboolture and Rockhampton – before its season ends.