Pocket Rockets hit Mackay
By RACHAEL BORICH
IT WILL be a smaller and faster Rockhampton Stadium Nightclub Rockets men's basketball team that hits the court in Mackay tonight.
Just as last weekend's game against Northside Wizards was a must-win situation tonight's Cavalier Corporation QABL Sunstate league showdown is another must-win contest in the Rockets play-offs agenda.
The Rockets are battling with Townsville for that final play-off position.
While the Rockets have five games remaining Townsville has just three, which includes two games against league leaders Cairns.
They arrive in Mackay with another new look roster with Gyasi Cline-Heard back in the US trialling with the NBA Atlanta Hawks, big centre Stuart Reoch is unavailable and Greg Scott remains sidelined with a hip injury.
The situation is nothing new for Rockets coach Neal Tweedy. "We seem to have a curse,'' Tweedy said.
Despite the continual changes throughout the year the Rockets remain on track to feature in the finals as long as they can beat Mackay this weekend, and again at home in the final round, while also scoring a win over Northside in Brisbane.
One player who has continued to step up to the plate, against some of the toughest defence in the league, is Hart.
Hart and Paul Scott will have to step up to forwards duties this weekend while players like Darren Richardson, Peter Trenerry and Tony Campbell run the floor.
The last time these teams met in Mackay the Rockets won by 16.