TAKING AIM: Gladstone Port City Power’s Michael Cedar excels in the home team’s win against Townsville Heat on Saturday night.
TAKING AIM: Gladstone Port City Power’s Michael Cedar excels in the home team’s win against Townsville Heat on Saturday night. Mike Richards

Port City Power staves off strong Townsville attack

PORT City Power worked well under pressure when they snared a 98-78 win against Townsville on Saturday night.

Coach Derek Rucker said he was particularly impressed with the fourth quarter.

It was in the last quarter that Power had a strong defensive line with Townsville only scoring 11 points.

With Townsville coming off a win against Rockhampton on Friday night, Ruker said they were prepared for a challenge.

"The main thing was we showed a lot of resiliency.

"Townsville really pushed us and we had to withstand all of that," he said.

Ruker said the fourth quarter determined the outcome.

"We were solid through the whole game but that final margin of victory was determined by that quarter.

"To hold Townsville to 11 points was outstanding defensively," he said.

"In our offence we started out a little slow but got better as the game moved along."

On June 6 the Port City Power takes on Mackay.

"It's early in the season so teams have new players and you never know what to expect," he said.

"We're playing the league leaders at their venue so we will need to be very strong."

Final score was 98 -78.

Port City Power women no match for Townsville

PLENTY of lost opportunities meant the Port City Power women's team was at a loss when it faced Townsville on Saturday night.

Coach Ray Cooper said the side expected a tough match from the northern Queensland team.

"We needed to put more pressure on them when they had the ball and make them shoot some tough shots," Cooper said.

Despite trailing behind the other team for the majority of the game, Cooper said the Power women never gave up.

"We stayed in the game, even after they hit every shot we just kept working harder and harder."

"In the third quarter we came back harder because we were down a fair bit and the girls put some responsibility on themselves and as a team to pick up their defence," he said.

The final score was 83-75.