GLADSTONE Port City Power came agonisingly close to its first win for the season on Saturday night before going down to Rockhampton Rockets 119-106.
In the team's first game under the direction of Derek Rucker, Port City produced a positive performance.
"It was quite a significant game for us," Rucker said. "We played tough for a couple of quarters and but they just got away from us."
Rucker said he was pleased with the team's never-say-die attitude.
"The guys were playing for each other last night," he said.
"We've still got to improve. We can't give away that many points and there were a few too many turnovers.
"Offensively we played exceptionally well."
Rucker said the focus would be on defence and improving the players' conditioning in the coming weeks.
"Basically we need to keep our cohesion and our attitude up," the former Brisbane Bullets star said.
"There are a lot of intangibles we need to focus on to make sure we present as a unit.
"Everyone did a really good job. I thought McFarland's performance was very good but everyone made good contributions."
Cardell McFarland top scored for Port City with 41 points, six assists and two rebounds.
Illiwa Baldwin also impressed with 20 points, two assists and seven rebounds.
In the women's game, Gladstone Port City Power dominated Rockhampton Cyclones to run out 109-87 winners.
Port City centre and ex-Cyclones player Amanda Beatson said she was happy with the win over her former teammates.
"We still have a lot to work on though," she said.
"This year we're trying to work on defence and we seem to be getting better.
"The Cyclones came out firing today, there's a big rivalry between us.
"They played hard for the whole 40 minutes."
Round 7 results
Rockhampton Rockets - 119
Gladstone Port City Power - 106
Gladstone Port City Power - 109
Rockhampton Cyclones - 87