Gladstone Phoenix Power guard Braydon Hobbs.
Gladstone Phoenix Power guard Braydon Hobbs. Luka Kauzlaric

South West Metro makes Power men work for win

A SCORELINE OF 97-82 might make Gladstone Phoenix Power men's win over South West Metro look like it was an easy affair, but in reality it was anything but.

The visitors fought Power tooth and nail for every possession at Kev Broome Stadium in a physical encounter.

"The smaller teams, they try and beat up the bigger teams," Power centre Illiwa Baldwin said.

He had a big night in the clash, promoted to the starting line-up in the absence of Shaun Gleeson.

Gleeson was away honouring commitments to his new NBL side, the Sydney Kings.

The Power had a big starting five - Baldwin, Blair Smith, Justin Baker, Nathan Calder and a 196cm point guard Braydon Hobbs.

"It was fun, with that size we can play really good basketball, it was like an NBA team in size," Baldwin said.

The Power plays Gold Coast on August 9 and Cairns on August 18.