Cedar tough as teak in Rockets easy win over Port City
PENI Nasalo calls him Silky. And smooth-moving McDonald's Rockhampton Rockets star Chris Cedar showed Hegvold Stadium fans why on Saturday night as he delivered 29 points in the Rockets 123-94 win over Port City Power.
Early foul trouble caught out not only coach Neal Tweedy - who received a technical foul in the sixth minute - but saw Rockets captain Mitch Philp and import Ray Turner sitting courtside as Cedar and youngster Jackson McTier were injected into the contest midway through the first quarter.
Only import Chehales Tapscott contributed more points than Cedar in the Rockets' QBL Men's Round 17 win.
Cedar went 10-14 from the field, but it was long-range shooting which was the standout with the former Townsville Crocodiles guard hitting five three-pointers during his season-high haul.
In his first season at the Rockets, Cedar's contribution as a distributor and scorer in attack, and his energy in defence can not be understated.
Comfortable playing a supporting role, Cedar has thrived when he's been required to step up and deliver.
His high-energy on court efforts are in stark contrast to his laidback personality.
Rockhampton Rockets 123 (C Tapscott 30, C Cedar 29) def Port City Power 94 (C McFarland 27, B Waters 22) at Hegvold Stadium on Saturday night
"It's quite funny actually," teammate Glenn Scott said after the victory.
"Off the court he's quite laidback and he never looks like he's in a hurry to do anything, but on the court he moves so quick.
"Peni has come up with the nickname Silky because he's a silky mover."
McTier, 19, quickly identified Cedar as the Rockets' standout in the 29-point win.
"Chris Cedar - he played awesome," McTier said.
"He came off the bench and stepped up - he is smooth. He's that sort of impact player that clubs want. He makes it look easy."
Brad Williamson and Turner both added 17 while 19-year-old Brodie Munson had a career-high nine points.
The Rockets now turn their focus toward Saturday's final round match against fourth-placed South West Metro.