Rain stops play in men’s match after Power surge
BASKETBALL: With Gladstone Port City Power well on the way to causing a boilover with a 20-12 lead at quarter-time against number one QBL side Townsville Heat, the referees decided that the court was deemed too slippery and unsafe.
Persistant rain on Friday and Friday night caused condensation to form on the floor - a problem that has occasionally plagued the Kev Broome Stadium during the warmer, more humid summer months.
The Power dominated their more fancied visitors after conceding the first two baskets, as Marvin Williams and Jake Allen went to work to establish a run and gun transition game which rattled Townsville.
Ray Willis added a triple to take the Gladstone side to a 9-4 lead and when Williams took on Peter Crawford at the low-post for 15-4, the Blair Smith coached Power started to believe. Townsville and ex-NBL veteran Luke Schenscher struggled with the pace of the game and was replaced with Luke Brennan.
It proved decisive with Brennan having an immediate impact. He made successive baskets and his size troubled the Power defence inside the paint. The Heat reduced the deficit to six points before Yassine Ghomari settled the hosts down with a much-needed bucket.
Power import Tevin Jackson says the focus was to use pace.
“Our main focus was on running in transition and we put an emphasis on that,” Jackson said.
He added that player welfare came first when the decision was made to abandon the match.
“Both teams were out there and at the end of the day it comes down to the health of the players,” Jackson said. Smith said the Power just wanted to keep playing. “It’s disappointing because we played fantastic and the guys were pumped,” Smith said. We came out aggressive and executed our game-plan well.”
Power players had a shoot-off with fans after the premature end of the game.