Foul go, referees!
By AARON KELLY ? THE Brisbane Capitals landed a heart-wrenching blow on the Rockhampton Stadium Nightclub Rockets and supporters when they snatched victory from their team in the final eight seconds at Rockhampton's Hegvold Stadium on Saturday night.
In a controversial final quarter, a physical Brisbane outfit capitalised on some dubious refereeing to steal a last-gasp 100-99 victory in their Cavalier Corporation QABL Sunstate Division showdown.
Rockets coach Neal Tweedy yesterday blasted the officials for their role in the last quarter mayhem ? a performance he rated as the worst he has seen.
"My guys were getting murdered up the floor,'' Tweedy said. "With four minutes to go, it was like they put their whistles away.''
The depleted Rockets were headed for a determined win when Brisbane guard Tim Smith tipped in to give the Capitals the lead for the first time in the match in the dying seconds.
Rockhampton was hammered by the referees in the closing stages with a 9-5 foul count against the home side.
It was the cruellest of outcomes for the Rockets, who are expected to have US imports Michael Hart and Gyasi Cline-Heard both on court to help snap a three-game losing streak in Saturday night's home clash against South West Metro.
The Rockets led by 20 points heading into the final term after scores were locked 51-all at the main break.
Paul Scott hit a game high 25 points and 18 rebounds, while Michael Pennisi (23) and captain Darren Richardson (18) also led the scoring charge.
Michael Shaw top-scored with 18 for Brisbane, who completed the road double after Friday night's 10386 thrashing of Mackay.
Richardson said the refereeing was "pretty ordinary''. "We didn't get much love from the officials,'' Richardson said.
"With the crowd getting behind us, they (officials) just went the other way ? it was tackle at the end.