Sam McDonald in training.
Sam McDonald in training. Paul Braven

Coach has his basketball boys primed for selection

COACH of Gladstone's representative under-14 basketball side Duane Barrenger will have a pleasant but difficult selection headache in coming weeks.

He will have to reduce the squad from 16 to 12 ahead of next month's Central Districts Carnival in Emerald.

What Barrenger has seen so far during two months of training, as preparation for the event, has been pleasing.

"The main thing is to get all of them participating at a high level and I am pleased with the boys and it'll be nice to play against a team for a change," Barrenger said of the challenges that lay ahead.

"I have been impressed and it has been very good."

The CDC will feature representative teams from Emerald, Rockhampton and Bundaberg, but the young Gladstone players will be up for the fight as Barrenger searches for players who have the potential to become future Gladstone Port City Power players in the Queensland Basketball League.

Barrenger said he has been impressed with Haizyn Melloarus and Albert Maunga along with the new players that have joined the squad.

"They are good ball carriers," Barrenger said of Haizyn and Albert.

The draw for the CDC will be decided in two weeks, but Barrenger has his players primed for an assault when the event commences on Saturday, November 21.