U16 champs over as Power's U18 boys and girls start theirs
BASKETBALL: Gladstone Port City Power have finished 10th at the Queensland Under-16 State Championships on the Gold Coast.
The Power lost its first four matches before it win two in a row against South District and South West Metro Pirates and finished the championships with two wins and five losses.
In Sunday's battle for ninth spot, the Pirates wanted revenge and came out to play and beat Power 86-49 after the Brisbane-based team set up a 19-point half-time lead.
Gladstone looked flat after quarter-time and Pirates sensed it to go for the kill, and unfortunately the Power played its worst match of the championships.
Joe McEldowney (game-high 21 points) was Gladstone's best player throughout and fought hard against Pirates and was the team's highest point-scorer.
Captain Jack Small (eight points) had his moments, but the Pirates' coaching staff did their homework, especially from a defensive perspective where it didn't allow Gladstone any time and space in transition.
Thasindu Chandrasekara was well held from back-to-back 41-point games on Friday and Saturday, but still contributed while Alvin Maunga showed energy off the bench.
Marley Evans produced two fabulous rejects after he came off the bench
Power coach Ray Cooper said the team improved with each game despite Sunday's setback.
"Less turnovers and Thasindu really stepped up in our wins," he said.
"Jack Small has been a workhorse and I have been pleased with our bench players in our wins."
As for Sunday's effort against the Pirates, Cooper said it's hard to front up against the same opponent twice in the space of three days, but paid credit to them.
"Obviously they were going to come out and change things and play harder which is what they did," he said.
The respected coach said most of the players have experienced division one level basketball for the first time and to come away with two wins and to be competitive in patches against the big gun teams, has been a positive.
"They might not have been competitive the whole time, but they put little stints together and it's good to see and really good for their future development," he said.
"It's a tough week, but they would have learned a lot from it."
While Joe, Thasindu and Jack have been the stand-out players - Cooper recognised the rest of the playing group.
All made most of their minutes on the court in what were high-intensity matches.
Cooper said consistency was the key and that was evident when the team won its games.
Thasindu and fellow gun Haizyn Mellars will move to Brisbane for school and to further develop their basketball.
Cooper said while this is good for their development, he will be sorry to see them leave Gladstone.
"Haizyn will be missed and the same with Thasindu and the best of luck to those two and they're great kids," he said.
"They will only get better."
Meanwhile Gladstone Power's under-18 boy's and girl's teams will feature in the Queensland State Championships on the Sunshine Coast which starts today.
The Power boy's will be coached by Cooper and take on Pirates Red at 3.30pm and Southern Districts Trojans at 8pm today.
Jessica Wilmot, Tyra McNeil, Eloise Greenland, Darcie Arnold, Emily Lymbery join Bundaberg's Emilee Cameron, Rockhampton's Charmian Cronin-Stacey and Jessica Conjar (Hervey Bay) make up the James Lankin coached girl's Power team.
The Power U18 side play Northside Wizards and Phoenix Orange at 11am and 5pm respectively today.
All results can be followed on the Basketball Queensland website.
Brisbane Capitals Gold 103 d Power 50; Logan Thunder 68 d Power 45; Cairns Marlins 86 d Power 53; Spartans 116 d Power 69; Power 83 d Pirates Gold 60; Power 102 d Mackay Meteors 62; Pirates Gold 86 d Power 49
9-10: Joe McEldowney - Avg ppg: 15.43
8-10: Thasindu Chandrasekara - 22.43
7.5-10: Jack Small - 10.57
GOLD MEDAL WINNERS
D1 Boys: Townsville 66 d Spartans 65
D2 Boys: Titans 64 d Northside Wizards 2 56
D3 Boys: Pirates 63 d Logan Storm 43
D1 Girls: Townsville 66 d Seahawks 57
D2 Girls: Townsville 64 d Caboolture 57