POWERING UP: Michael Cedar played a pre-season debut match for the Port City Power, pipping his brothers Mackay team 87-80.
POWERING UP: Michael Cedar played a pre-season debut match for the Port City Power, pipping his brothers Mackay team 87-80. Paul Braven

Brothers play for opposite sides in basketball

MICHAEL Cedar has become accustomed to playing against his brother Chris in their past few years of basketball, but both entered a clash on Saturday night playing for new teams.

Chris has moved from Rockhampton to Mackay this year, and Cedar was making his debut for Gladstone's Port City Power.

On the end of a grand final defeat last year, Cedar took the honours this time in a pre-season encounter.

But he believed there was a lot in the tank of the Power this year and his new team could upset the competition.

"We have so many players who have the ability," he said.

"I think from what we saw Ray Willis and Justin Baker are exciting players as our imports."

The 87-80 victory was the first time Cedar, Willis and Baker had played with each other for the Power.

The team was missing Illiwa Baldwin at the centre position but other than that, was at full strength.

Cedar admitted Mackay had more players to come in, but said the potential of Gladstone meant it would be up to the task when the regular season arrived.

"It is all positive for us right now," he said. "We were very scrappy and did not do everything right.

"We have done a lot of training, I have been here since the end of January, but this was our first court appearance with most of us in."

Where Cedar starts on the court for the Power is still to be decided, with Willis an extremely versatile 201cm import.

Yassine Ghomari is also looking like a starting guard, which means Cedar could end up guarding his brother at times during the season opener at Kev Broome Stadium on May 2.

He did not do it on Saturday, but said whoever got the role would be important.

"It was all about trying to slow him down, he started very well," Cedar said of Chris's 25 points and eight assists.

But Cedar finished the game better, draining a couple of threes to seal the win for Port City.

Power up: 

  • Port City Power 87 d Mackay 80
  • Justin Baker had 25 points to lead the scoring for Gladstone
  • Chris Cedar also had 25 for Mackay