UPDATED: High voltage Power rock and roll opposition
BASKETBALL: Coach Ray Cooper has built a formidable Gladstone Port City Power under-18 men's team.
It was another clean-sweep of results by the Power with 125-44, 134-87, 128-47, 94-49 and 103-64 smashings against Maryborough, Rockhampton, Emerald, Hervey Bay and Bundaberg at Kev Broome Stadium on the weekend.
It takes Gladstone's record to 10-0 after the first two Central District Carnivals and a near certainty to play in division one of the State Championships early next year.
The Power were challenged in the final against against Bundy and in fact fell to a 16-5 hole before Cooper told them what he thought of the tardy start.
The host's size mattered when bigs Luke Knight, Tibah O'Brien, Jack Small, Ben Murdoch and Joseph McEldowney went to work.
"That definitely fired all of us up and it's been pretty hard managing injuries and stuff, but he got us to lift our heads up and ready to go," Murdoch said of Cooper's spray.
He shot 12 points while Thasindu Chandrasekara rounded out a brilliant carnival with 35 points to go with his 36, 38, 36 and 24 points in the first four games.
Ben Harvey, while not big with points, was massive as point guard with his tenacity and assists throughout the five games.
Cooper said McEldowney is one of the players who is growing in confidence.
"It's a confidence thing for Joe and he's always had that talent and I think it's just him believing in himself," he said.
"We do know what he can do and what he can bring to the team."