Wins give Power men ray of hope
BASKETBALL: McDonalds Gladstone Port City Power headed south on a mission and came out better than what many outside of the Power camp had thought.
The Power men arrived back home after recording two wins from a tough triple header against Toowoomba Mountaineers on Friday night, Ipswich Force on Saturday night before the team suffered a 92-73 loss against sixth-placed Logan Thunder yesterday afternoon in Brisbane.
But let's start off with the positives.
The form of Nathaniel Musters improved out of sight especially in the middle game against the Force which was a 100-94 win.
The power forward was huge with 25 points from 11 of 13 field shooting and he used his massive frame to monster in 16 rebounds.
Fellow forward William Shackleford pulled down 19 boards to go with his 10 points while Ray Willis mesmerised with a mammoth 46 points and four triples.
The much-improved Remy Lawyer landed two three-pointers among his 13 points.
Scores were locked away at 38-all at half-time before the Power led by as much as 15 points in the final term
James Legan and Kyle Karvey kept Ipswich in it with 28 and 19 points respectively.
Port City Power opened its trio of matches with an 81-69 win against the Mountaineers with Willis again dazzling with 36 points.
The promising Dylan Owen enjoyed extra minutes after coming off the bench to score nine points.
Musters and Shackleford collected 11 rebounds each as well as combining with eight and 10 points respectively.
Logan Thunder proved to be too much of a tough assignment in the final game yesterday afternoon.
Thunder prevailed to win 92-73 to entrench itself inside the top eight while Port City Power have much work to do to crack into the top eight and currently sit 10th on the ladder.
Patrick Ciganovic played his best game in Power colours and shot 15 points while Willis had his colours lowered but still managed 20 points.
Shackleford chimed in with 12 points, but the class of the aptly-named Keanu Post, with a game-high 29 points, had him up there with best-on-court honours.
The whole starting five for Logan posted double-digit scores and that was another decisive factor in the game while the Power did not have enough scoring contributors off the pine.
The Power sit two games from eighth spot which is occupied by Rockhampton Rockets - its next opponent at Kev Broome Stadium this Saturday from 8pm.