Two wins for Port City Power at state champs
GLADSTONE Port City Power under 14 boys finished yesterday's first day of the Queensland State Championships with two wins and one loss in Brisbane.
The Power withstood a gallant Southern Districts Trojans to win 49-38 on the back of a 17-2 burst early in the third quarter when Power coach Duane Berrenger instructed his players to apply a full-court press.
Haizyn Mellars shot 22 points while Thasindu Chandresekara got 16.
Redlands PCYC Pride proved to be one of the teams to beat and brought Gladstone back to earth in game two.
Pride defeated Power 71-37 after the visitors fought back to get within eight points.
However a couple of questionable calls from the referees wrested the momentum back to Redlands.
Gladstone rebounded and ended the day with a 79-32 thrashing at the expense of Sunshine Coast Rip 3.
In an even team performance, almost everyone scored Thansindu leading the way with 13 points.
Things were not as fortunate for the Gladstone Power's under 14 girls' team.
The found the going tough with 64-20 and 59-33 losses to Logan and Ipswich respectively.
Lucia Perez De Guzman has been one who has stood tall with an average of 9.5ppg for the Power side.
They played in the division one championships in Ipswich losing to both Logan Thunder and Ipswich Force.
Meanwhile Gladstone's under 16 boys finished in 14th place of 29 teams which competed.
It was somewhat of a frustrating result for Ray Cooper's boys.
"We beat the two teams that were in the gold medal play-off and lost to the teams we should have beaten…it was a great learning experience," Cooper said.
"It meant we missed the play-offs for the higher positions"
Round two of the under 14 boys and girls championship continue today.
UNDER 16 BOYS: Southern District Titans 77 d Gladstone 49, Gladstone 100 d Sunshine Coast Phoenix 3 44, Brisbane Capitals Bronze 64 d Gladstone 46, Gladstone 72 d Burdekin Wildcats 61.
UNDER 14 BOYS: Gladstone 49 d Trojans 38, Redlands 71 d Gladstone 37, Gladstone 79 d Sunshine Coast Rip 3 32.
UNDER 14 GIRLS: Ipswich Force 59 d Gladstone 33, Logan Thunder 63 d Gladstone 20