Goodbye said with victory
By AARON KELLY ? THE ROCKHAMPTON Hog's Breath Cafe Cyclones gave departing coach Mike McShane a fitting farewell in Brisbane on Saturday night.
The Cyclones scored a determined 74-64 win over South West Metro to end their three-match losing streak and gain their first Cavalier Corporation QABL Sunstate Division victory.
With McShane returning to the United States this week, the Cyclones' American connection of Mandy Welch and Khalia O'Reilly Williams finally arrived in force.
Welch hit a game-high 27 points, including a trio of important threepointers, while O'Reilly Williams scored 22 points to lift the Cyclones to a thrilling last-quarter comeback.
Trailing South West 56-49 at the start of the final term, the Cyclones climbed off the floor to produce a "more consistent'' effort McShane was working towards.
Simone Grant also chimed in with a match-winning 13-point haul and the emergence of youngsters Jordana Brady and Katrina Clifford continued.
The Cyclones arrived in Brisbane after a gutsy 82-55 loss to a Gold Coast class act on Friday night. Jackie Lear top-scored for the Gold Coast with 28 points while O'Reilly Williams (18 points) and Grant (15 points) led the Rockhampton charge.
Last year's Rockhampton Basketball Association coach of the year, Kevin Bolck, will take over the reins from first-season coach McShane.
Bolck, who was last year recognised by the Queensland Academy of Sport for his coaching, will be aided by assistant coach Frank Haack.