SHOT BLOCKED: Troy Robinson (No.12) played his part for Gladstone Power in the loss to South West Metro on Saturday night in game one of their weekend double-header.
SHOT BLOCKED: Troy Robinson (No.12) played his part for Gladstone Power in the loss to South West Metro on Saturday night in game one of their weekend double-header. Luka Kauzlaric

Under-strength line-up no match for QBL rivals

TWO wins from two outings for their female counterparts was always a tough act for the Gladstone Power men to follow.

The ladies scored two wins at the weekend to show the way for the men in the Queensland Basketball League, but unfortunately they were unable to deliver.

The Power were beaten by South West Metro Pirates 95-72 on Saturday night and then, with a host of players unavailable and others forced out with injury, an under-strength Gladstone battled bravely before going down 84-71 to the Gold Coast on Sunday.

Power head coach Steve Bowden heaped praise on his players after the South West match, as his side was reduced to seven men ahead of yesterday's game.

"They're (South West) one of the top performers, they shot at well over 50% and we only shot at just over 30%," Bowden said.

"They shot out to a 17-point lead early and had an American import that shot at 65% and sunk 40 points."

Despite the heartbreakingly narrow losses at the weekend, the Power will get the chance to redeem themselves with their next three games at home.

Results:

  • South West Metro def Gladstone 95-72
  • Gold Coast def Gladstone 84-71