Signs that Power can match it with the best
BASKETBALL: Gladstone Port City Power Capricorn Surge have completed season 2018 in a disappointing 13th place after successive home losses against finals-bound Brisbane Capitals and Logan Thunder at Kev Broome Stadium.
While the Power were gallant in both losses, the reality is that it simply lacks the class and depth and both Capitals and Thunder exposed it with respective 113-93 and 108-94 wins
On Saturday night, Gladstone began in competitive fashion to lead by a point at quarter-time.
Tyler Allen made a triple to put Power a point ahead, but Brisbane built on its six-point lead at half-time on the back of Aaron Anderson (24 points) and Zac Carter who shot 23.
Probably the difference in the game was the scoring off the bench - 31-8 in favour of Capitals.
Nathaniel Musters played his best game in the Power singlet and was huge with 21 points and a massive 18 rebounds and Matt Hancock returned to great form with an equal game-high 24.
Musters' late-season surge continued with another double double of 17 points and 10 boards yesterday and Cirkook Riak entertained the crowd with his passion and class with 23 points.
Casey Walker did the unpredictable on the way to 18 points and Taylor Young capped a terrific season with 14 points.
But the difference in yesterday's game was Cairns Taipan NBL centre Mitch Young who was unstoppable with an MVP 42 points.
"He was classy and we did our best to get a hold of him, but he's a good player and doesn't miss many opportunities around the rim," Power coach Brady Walmsley said.
"I thought the fight from our guys and that's a top three team and the way we competed and never gave up and kept fighting back was really good."
Telling was an 11-0 run to start the third quarter as Logan Thunder extended its lead to 20 points.