NOW A PIRATE: Jake Allen in action for Gladstone Port City Power.
NOW A PIRATE: Jake Allen in action for Gladstone Port City Power. Paul Braven GLA110415BBALL


BASKETBALL: The McDonalds Gladstone Port City Power women and men teams will be aiming to gun down the South West Metro Pirates' ships at Kev Broome Stadium tonight.

Both sides are choc full of confidence with the men in particular showing signs of gelling as a team in last week's 87-76 win against Gold Coast Rollers.

But standing in the way of successive wins is Pirate and former Port City Power player Jake Allen whose partner Maddy Willey is an ex-Power player now playing for the Pirates' women's team as well.

The left-handed aggressive forward has had a solid season for the Pirates which are also coming off double wins against USC Rip and Logan Thunder.

Allen shot 10 and 17 points respectively in the two games and is averaging 11.86ppg.

"We have settled in great and everyone at the Pirates organisation has been very welcoming," Allen said.

He will be playing against younger brother Tyler as reported in the Observer earlier this week.

The brothers have not talked about their personal battle prior to tonight.

"We are just excited to play against each other," Allen said.

He recalled some childhood basketball scrimmages where he claims to be the victor.

"Yeah we played all the time at the park and the majority of the time Tyler would end up mad though," Allen said.

He is enjoying a solid season and is averaging 8.2ppg and the Pirates sit seventh on the ladder with three wins and four losses.

The Power (12th) have two wins and have played one less game.

Allen said the biggest advantage of playing down south is the amount of teams and getting an idea how they play.

"The biggest difference would be the ability to go and watch a variety of other teams play because of the number of teams in the Brisbane area," Allen said.

Willey's Pirates are eighth, but will pose a huge threat to the fourth-ranked Power.

The guard has been consistent with an average of 14.43ppg and it has been a homecoming of sorts.

"I actually spent all of my junior representative and some of my senior representative years playing for the Pirates, so it wasn't hard to settle and it's been really good to be back home," Willey said.

"I'm really excited to be back in Gladstone and there's so many people I want to see and catch up with and of course a win over the old club wouldn't hurt."




Today at Kev Broome Stadium

Women: Power v Pirates 6pm

Men: Power v Pirates 8pm