Imports out for road trip

Reports By AARON KELLY ? THE Rockhampton Stadium Nightclub Rockets will face their first double-header of the Cavalier Corporation QABL Sunstate Division 2005 season without American imports Mike McShane and Michael Hart.

Hart's early injury comeback was yesterday halted with the forward ruled out of tonight's clash against the Gold Coast.

Hart, who suffered a broken hand during the pre-season, is set to return for the Rockets' home showdown with Brisbane Capitals at Hegvold Stadium tomorrow week.

McShane is also recovering from mid-week surgery to a broken hand and will be sidelined for the next 6-8 weeks.

Rockets coach Neal Tweedy said the onus was now on in-form trio, the Scott brothers, Paul and Glenn, and Michael Pennisi, ahead of the tough southern road trip, which continues against the South West Metro in Brisbane tomorrow night.

"We're trying to tread water at the moment,'' Tweedy said.

The Rockets will also have to halt Gold Coast point-scoring machine and former Rockhampton player Thalo Green tonight.

Green hit a game-high 33 points in the Gold Coast's 96-79 loss to Cairns last Sunday, to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.

The Gold Coast line-up also boasts Brisbane Bullets guard Adam Darragh.

Tweedy said his side was headed for a fall if they continued to concede starts and suffer mid-game lapses.

"We have to play more consistently and build pressure on their home floor,'' Tweedy said.

The Rockets will also confront South West for the first time this season ? a team coached by Bullets captain Derek Rucker.



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