PHOTOS: Port City rolls Gold Coast at home
PORT City Power men's basketball team took control of the first quarter against the Gold Coast Rollers on Saturday night, scoring 18 points in five minutes to run away with the match.
The whole team seemed to be reading off the Rollers' play book in defence, starving them of time and space forcing them to make hurried shots.
Justin Baker and Ray Willis cleaned up from the Rollers' missed shots and collected more than 21 defensive rebounds together.
Ray Willis was focused and determined for the Power for the whole match and the intensity in his eyes didn't fade as they leapt to a 126-81 victory.
Willis said they were all tuned in to play a high intensity match after being disappointed by their loss to Mackay two weeks ago.
"We won and that's the only thing that matters, but throughout the course of the game I wanted to capitalise on any opportunities we had," he said.
"Our crowd was phenomenal tonight. They showed up and held us down."
Willis won the player of the match for his 24 points, 11 rebounds, and 7 assists.
Justin Baker also had a huge game with 24 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists.
But what pleased coach Derek Rucker most was the court time given to the young players.
"The things I wasn't pleased with were made up by the 14-15 year-old fellas getting a game," he said.
"They work so hard training and it was great to see them play well."
It was not just the coach who was happy to see them on the court.
The crowd went wild as Botond Hajos, Mitchell Knight and Declan King all hit the scoreboard late in the game.
You could hear the crowd telling other players to pass the ball to Hajos and he delivered with a strong lay up over a tall defender.
The crowd were all on their feet as the young man ran back to defend like nothing even happened.
Rucker said he had to thank the crowd for making the stadium a fortress and expected another large crowd next week against Townsville.
"We will just get back to working hard starting (on Sunday) and focus," he said.
"We are very confident we can do it if we put in the work."
The Power plays Townsville on Saturday May 23 at Kev Broome Stadium at 8pm.
Port City Power v Gold Coast Rollers:
- Port City Power 126
- Gold Coast Rollers 81