MAINSTAY: Import Taylor Young has been the most consistent for the Power and dressed rather casually before a solid training session. Power play Townsville and Cairns tomorrow and Saturday.
MAINSTAY: Import Taylor Young has been the most consistent for the Power and dressed rather casually before a solid training session. Power play Townsville and Cairns tomorrow and Saturday. Nick Kossatch GLA190618YOUNG

Taylor made to help Port City Power surge

BASKETBALL: When Gladstone Port City Power Capricorn Surge signed its first import way back in August, the club knew what it was going to get.

Fast-track 10 months and Taylor Young, 27, has indeed delivered. In an up and down season for the Power he has been a player to rely upon.

"I think that my success has been on the back of my team-mates who have been picking me up," a humble Young said.

"The coaches and captain Matt (Hancock) always make sure that I am ready to play."

Before last Sunday's loss to Cairns Marlins, Port City Power strung four wins in succession after a 0-5 start to the season.

Young said in such an even competition the best teams are those that play like one and if that happens, the lower teams can beat those above them on the ladder.

"Any given night anyone can go off (win or lose) and I think everybody is starting to realise that now," he said of the team's improvement.

"Nobody's forcing shots or trying to get their own."

Young is a combination point guard and makes the impossible lay-up look easy.

A graduate of Warner Pacific University in Oregon, he has averaged 14.5 points, 3.25 rebounds and two assists a game.

He had an earlier stint at QBL level with Rockhampton Rockets where he played four games last year.

"It was kind of like a stepping stone for me and I feel like that helped me with my success," Young said.

Basketball began when his Mum introduced him to it when he was a six-year-old to keep him "off the streets''.

"I remember my step-dad and he was my first coach... and it just kind of went on from there," Young said.

After he graduated at the Warner Pacific College in Oregon and he played in the Ireland Division One competition for Paris Texas Kilkenny before his stint with the Rockets.

This season, Young averages almost 24 points a game and was named as the round seven player of the week last week.

As to what might lie ahead, Young said it's a case of taking it as it comes.

"Basically I want to play in as a high a level (of basketball) that I can," he said.

"My goal is to continue to play out here and hopefully get a shot to play NBL."

WEEKEND GAMES R7

Women/men

Tomorrow: Townsville v Power 6.30pm/8.30pm in Townsville

Saturday: Cairns v Power 6pm/8pm in Cairns



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