Rockets' fuel tank drained
By RACHAEL BORICH
ROCKHAMPTON Stadium Nightclub Rockets men's basketball coach Neal Tweedy is questioning the QABL's NBL player rule after his team's season crashed and burned in Cairns on Saturday night.
The Rockets suffered a 2-0 loss in their Sunstate division northern divisional finals after a comprehensive 113-85 loss to the Cairns Marlins on Saturday night followed Friday night's 36-point defeat.
Tweedy admitted the Rockets were "outclassed and outsized'' by Cairns, but credited his players with never giving up against a team which mainly consists of professional players.
"The QABL has to have a good look at its NBL rule,'' Tweedy said.
The QABL allows clubs to have as many NBL players as they want, as long as no more than two players receive more than 25% court time in the NBL.
At the weekend Cairns had Aaron Grabau and Gary Boodnikoff as their two main NBL players.
However, players like Kane Oakley, returning to the Cairns Taipans NBL squad this season, fellow Taipans squad member Deba George and New Zealand Breakers' new squad member Tim Berendorff are a further three players Cairns have had at their disposal this season.
"There's a hell of a lot of professional players in there and we need three imports to compete with a team like that,'' Tweedy said.
Game two was always going to be tough for the Rockets and the task became more difficult when they lost captain Darren Richardson with a heel injury early in the first quarter.
Tweedy could not fault his opposition's game.
"Cairns shot the ball better than I've ever seen in the ABA. "They're as good if not better than their team that won the national title last year,'' he said.
Game 2 full time: Cairns 113 (Dwayne Vale 28, Gary Boodnikoff 22, Kane Oakley 12, Aaron Grabau 12) d Rockhampton 85 (Michael Hart 30, Glenn Scott 20, Paul Scott 16).