Tabatha nails Capitals but men thrashed away
BASKETBALL: A last-gasp basket from Tabatha Richardson-Smith gave McDonald's Gladstone Port City Power a sensational 81-79 win against Brisbane Capitals.
It was the perfect finish for the Ray Cooper-coached women's team after being thrashed by Brisbane Spartans just 12 hours earlier in the first of the two away double-header matches.
With just seconds left on the clock, Victoria Aldred swished a triple to level the scores 79-79.
There was just six seconds left and Richard-Smith got her 21st point to improve the Power's record to 4-2 and secure fourth spot on the QBL ladder.
Cassie Rochel was superb with 23 points and 12 rebounds while Kayla Kiriau chipped in with 10 points.
Best for the Capitals were D'Lesha Lloyd with 26 points and Heidi Freeburn (24 points).
Port City Power were thrashed by Brisbane Spartans 95-57 on Saturday night.
Richardson-Smith led the way with 24 points while veteran Charmian Mellars grabbed 11 rebounds.
The Spartans were brilliantly led by Ashleigh Karaitiana who shot at 50%, while Aja Parham (16 points) also dominated.
The bench players Natalie Taylor (15 points) and Maddie Allen also made more than useful contributions.
Meanwhile Gladstone Port City Power men's games record holder Troy Robinson said morale was high despite the Power being thrashed in both games against Spartans and Capitals.
The Power were beaten 91-71 against Spartans with Ray Willis back in form with 36 and Remy Lawyer continued his fine season with 18.
And it didn't get any easier yesterday.
Capitals punished the Power 99-54 with veteran Dusty Rychart showing all his NBL experience shooting 22 points and Zac Carter also nailing 22.
William Shackleford was by far Port City's best player.
The effervescent power forward pulled down 18 rebounds and shot 18 points.
"We feel like we're a better team than what our record shows,” Robinson, who broke Daniel Green's games record of 132 games yesterday, said.
"It's a tight competition now and there are no easy games at all now.”
Nathaniel Musters had a tough initiation in the first game with foul trouble, but Robinson said he played better yesterday.
"He played better defensively while Patrick (Ciganovic) is still adjusting,” Robinson said.
'We are still trying to figure out how Patrick and Nate (Nathaniel) play and we have to build from here.”
As for being the men's player who has played the most games for the Power?
"It's very humbling to be able to play for this long in this program,” Robinson said.
What is sure to be more appealing is to get a home win against eighth-placed Gold Coast Rollers this Saturday from 8pm.
Just one win separates Power (13th) and Rollers which indicates the closeness of the competition.
The Power women will be red-hot favourites to beat the win-less Rollers in this Saturday's game from 6pm.