UPDATED: Gladstone Power surge to grand finals
DAY THREE WRAP: Gladstone are through to both the boy's and girl's grand finals at the Under-14 Division Three State Championships in Brisbane and Cairns respectively.
The boy's Surge take on Brisbane Capitals Bronze from 1.20pm on Good Friday while the girl Power team meet Souther Districts from noon on the same day.
The boys overcame overcame a mid-game slumber to finish strong in a 76-52 win against a gallant Townsville Sparks team.
The brilliance of Albert Kahondo (25 points), energetic Ben Knight and the lion-hearted Haizyn Mellars proved too much for Townsville who were best served by twin towers Harrison Fuller and Harrison Delgado shot 12 and 13 points respectively.
It was just five points the difference with the Surge lads ahead and Townsville were still in the hunt at three-quarter-time.
Then Gladstone stepped it up with a 27-11 final quarter.
Gladstone Power girl's accounted for Logan Storm by 10 points and qualify for the big dance.
Erin Harvey was superb with 17 points and Kadee Barrenger shot nine.
There were also useful contributions from Jordan and Mia Jordan in the 53-43 win.
Power led by just four points at half and three-quarter-times before an 18-12 final stanza sealed the deal for Gladstone.
Meanwhile the Gladstone Sparks boy's team will be playing for pride against Sunshine Coast Phoenix 3 from 8am Good Friday.
They then take on Gold Coast Tide at 1.20pm later in the day.
Sparks lost a heart-breaker against Redlands PCYC Roar 54-52 on Thursday.
The Gladstone team led 27-24 at half time, but Redlands produced a 24-13 third quarter and withstood a stern challenge from the Sparks in the last term.
Sparks' Cooper Rhodes (14 points) and Angus Clancy, with 12, Tyryn Littleboy and Lincoln Bray led the way.
EARLIER: Gladstone Port City Power Surge were made to work hard in an epic quarter-final match against Burdekin Wildcats in the State Under-14 Championships in Brisbane.
Surge's Haizyn Mellars was the match-winner with 25 points in the 54-47 win.
It means the Surge take on Townsville at 4pm today and the winner of this match will play-off for the gold medal tomorrow.
The Wildcats started the better with a 6-0 start before Surge settled, but it was anyone's game at half-time with Gladstone 23-19 ahead.
With Burdekin trump card Hayden Lammon (15 points) on the bench for an extended period either side of the long break, the Power capitalised with their transition play in full effect.
Gladstone edged ahead 40-31 at three-quarter-time and despite the best efforts of Hayden in the last quarter before he got fouled out, Gladstone Port City Power Surge made it six from six.
Albert Maunga shot 14 points while Ben Knight got nine.
The job is still well and truly ahead of them and anything less than a grand final tomorrow will be seen as a let down.
Gladstone Sparks unfortunately lost another game against Logan Storm 60-30.
Sparks Tyryn Littleboy shot nine points and Lincoln Bray got six while Parys Phillips dominated for Storm with a 20-point game.
Meanwhile the Gladstone Port City Power girl's also have the chance to make the grand final in Cairns.
Power thrashed Mackay 82-37 to set up a date against Logan at 4pm today.
Erin Harvey continued her great championships with 33 points while Kadee Barrenger and Jordan Porter shared 30 points between them.
EARLIER: Gladstone Port City Power Sparks never gave up, but they lost to Ipswich Energy 78-30 in the final game on Wednesday.
The Energy team were too classy, but Sparks could take heart and had encouraging performances from Tyryn Littleboy who shot 10 points and Cooper Rhodes with six.
Ipswich Energy's Nathan May did the damage and was effectively the difference with 40 points.
U14 Boys: 12pm Quarter Final 4 Gladstone Port City Power Surge v Burdekin Wildcats
U14 Boys: 9.20am Pool AA: Gladstone Port City Power Sparks v Logan Storm
U14 Girls: 12pm Quarter Final 4 Gladstone Port City Power v Mackay Commettes
BASKETBALL: The Gladstone Power Surge under-14 boy's team will compete in the pool play-offs following another undefeated day in Brisbane at the State Championships.
It puts the Surge in a prime position for a gold medal play-off on Good Friday providing they do what they have been doing in the cross-over pool games on Thursday at midday and 4pm or 5.20pm.
Surge will play Burdekin Wildcats at noon on Thursday.
If the Power win, then they will play at 4pm, but a loss will see them in a 5.20 encounter.
Two wins on Thursday will see the Surge with entry straight to the grand final on Good Friday.
A win and a loss - then Surge will play off for a bronze medal while two losses spells no medal contention and a spot in mid table placing.
His haul included powerful rebounds and reverse lay-ups.
Haizyn got great support from Ben Knight (18 points) and Albert Maunga who shot 14.
Dempsey Hall, in his first year playing basketball and standing at 188cm, shot 18 points for Phoenix and is one with a massive future.
The Surge then tore apart USC Rip 61-43 with their trademark transition play in the second game
Albert had another outstanding match with 19 points while Luke Hampson and Seth Collins also stepped up with seven and six points respectively.
In the first game on Wednesday, the Power withstood an early challenge from the fired up Phoenix to win 70-36 on the back of another master-class from Haizyn Mellars who scored 20 points.
Angus Clancy (10 points) and Cooper Rhodes, with six, were Sparks better players.
The Power's U14 girls smashed Mulgrave Magic 79-18 with Kadee Barrenger, Erin Harvey and much-improved Jordan Porter combining with 55 points to make it two wins from two starts.
Southern Districts Trojans then beat Power 70-41 and foul trouble did not help the Power's cause.
Mia Jordan and Jordan Porter were fouled out.
Kadee and Erin shot 12 and 11 points respectively while Eli Walsh got eight for Gladstone Power.
The Power girls play Mackay at midday on Thursday in a pool cross-over match.