US imports live up to their reputation as Rockets win by 30

Rockets player Ray Turner slam dunks during the basketball game against the Mountaineers at Hegvold Stadium earlier this month
Rockets player Ray Turner slam dunks during the basketball game against the Mountaineers at Hegvold Stadium earlier this month Chris Ison

IT'S no wonder McDonald's Rockhampton Rockets coach Neal Tweedy wanted Chehales Tapscott.

The US-based International Basketball League's most valuable player in 2013, Tapscott has delivered all that was expected of him and more in 2014.

The 198cm tall forward top scored for the Rockets in their 104-74 win over Northside Wizards on Friday night, the first of two wins for the reigning QBL men's champions on the road on the weekend.

Shooting at 72%, Tapscott hit 13 of 18 from the field top finish with 30 points - his seventh 30-plus point haul in 2014.

Tapscott is currently averaging 31.5 points per game and has found a knack of making tough plays look easy.

His partner in crime, fellow US import Ray Turner, stepped up on Saturday night to lead the team in scoring with 35 points in their 112-83 win over Suncoast Clippers at Maroochydore.

While Tapscott's shooting was slightly wayward in the Rockets' 29-point win, he made up for it in effort on the boards.

He pulled down 17 rebounds, including six offensive boards. It's this all-round effort that pleases head coach Neal Tweedy.

"We've done well with our recruiting in recent years. Most of the times we get good imports," Tweedy said.

"These two are easy to handle - they're pretty special.

"They interact with our fans.

"The kids love them so they're the perfect two Americans that we look for every year.

"We knew Ray was a great athlete and we knew Chey would be the all-round player that he is."

The Rockets travel south to Bundaberg this weekend to meet the locals in Round 10 of the QBL before returning to Hegvold Stadium to host the Bears on July 12.

On their home floor, Bundaberg were convincing 93-74 winners over Toowoomba Mountaineers yesterday.



Rockhampton Rockets 104 (C Tapscott 30, M Philp 19, C Cedar 17) def Northside Wizards 74 (N Kay 22, M McCarron 16, T Diop 14) in Brisbane on Friday night

Rockhampton Rockets 112 (R Turner 35, C Tapscott 27, C Cedar 15) def Suncoast Clippers 83 (K McDonald 21, M Johnson 18, J Walters 11) in Maroochydore on Saturday night

Topics:  basketball chehales tapscott rockhampton rockets

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