X-FACTOR: Casey Walker was important in the latter stages of the game against Brisbane Spartans.
X-FACTOR: Casey Walker was important in the latter stages of the game against Brisbane Spartans. Matt Taylor GLA020618MBL

WATCH: Port City is on the board

BASKETBALL: Gladstone Port City Power The Capricornian Surge have finally broke through its first win in the Queensland Basketball League men's competition against Brisbane Spartans.

It was a see-sawing contest in which the Power withstood a 30-20 quarter-time deficit and then Spartans' twin towers of Will Magnay and Ben Volkman to win a thriller 94-89.

With just minutes left on the clock, Brisbane Bullets' star Adam Gibson made two foul shots to give Spartans the lead.

But Nathaniel Musters was in the right place at the right time for a put-back basket for an 87-86 lead and from that moment Port City Power were in control.

A technical foul from the Spartans' bench sent Matt Hancock for three successful foul shots and Taylor Young's spectacular lay-up iced the game.

Taylor Young for Gladstone Port City Power.
Taylor Young for Gladstone Port City Power. Matt Taylor GLA020618MBL

Power coach Brady Walmsley was ecstatic after the game and said his team's style got the job done.

 

Gladstone Port City Power men's coach Brady Walmsley.
Gladstone Port City Power men's coach Brady Walmsley. Matt Taylor GLA020618MBL

"Those games are a marathon and not a sprint and I thought we started with more energy and urgency and that improved," he said.

"Basketball's a game of runs and they went on a run, but we managed to plug the gap and find our way first to the finish line at the end."

Tyler Allen played his best game of the season and made a sweet baseline triple for a 72-70 lead early in the final quarter.

Mitch Philp then fed Magnay for his second dunk in as many minutes, but when Dylan Owen cut off a Gibson pass that led to Cirkook Riak three-pointer, the home crowd was rocking.

Owen's fake and step-back triple was a treat 30 minutes earlier before Magnay and Volkman combined to level scores at 69-all at three-quarter time.

Walmsley said Owen's inclusion after a stint of college basketball in the US could not be underestimated.

"We've been a good offensive team the whole time and I don't think offence has been a question," he said.

"For us we play a style that's difficult for the opposition to combat.

"Our challenge is and has been impacting the game on the defensive side and Dylan certainly comes to us with a defensive edge and he demonstrated that again, which is great."

Port City Power travel south to meet North Gold Coast, South West Metro Pirates and Gold Coast Rollers this Friday, Saturday and Sunday in a Gold Coast triple-header.\

SCORES

Gladstone Port City Power 94 d Brisbane Spartans 89 (no other stats could be provided due to QBL technical malfunction)



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