Mixed night for Gladstone Power basketball teams
BASKETBALL: Emerging McDonalds Gladstone Port City player Kiah Guinea could sense the momentum shift that the fiesty Cairns Marlins applied.
With the absence of three-point specialist and captain Maddy Willey, 18-year-old Guinea had an open look with the score at 76-75 in the Marlins favour after the visitors had erased a seven-point deficit at three-quarter-time.
Guinea’s shot was nothing but net as the Power regained its earlier ascendency to win 87-80.
“We just had to keep doing what we’ve been doing,” Guinea said post-game and before a tricky away encounter on Sunday against Mackay at 1pm.
“We just had to play with a high energy and our defence was great.”
Myra Donkin and Teyla Evans had threatened to spoil the party for the hosts as the pair engineered a counter-attack before Guinea’s triple.
Power’s Markel Walker was magnificent with 25 points and she received great support from Charmian Mellars and Kerah Nelson who shot 20 and 19 respectively.
Meanwhile Cairns Marlins had too much power inside the paint for a plucky Gladstone and cruised to an 89-74 win.
NBL players Cameron Traghardh (32 points) and Alex Loughton dominated the key while Damon Heiur stroked five triples among his 23 points. Power’s Jake Allen fought against the odds with 16 points and Tevin Jackson had his moments that included two slam dunks and 12 points. Gladstone take on Mackay from 3pm on Sunday.