Rockets fumble lead again
By RACHAEL BORICH email@example.com
THE Rockhampton Stadium Nightclub Rockets men's basketball team has encountered deja vu.
In yesterday's 91-85 loss to the Southern Districts Spartans ? the Cavalier Corporation QABL Sunstate division leaders ? the Rockets endured the same scenario which cost them a two-point loss to second-placed Cairns the previous round.
Rockets coach Neal Tweedy was at a loss after yesterday's nailbiting finish, unable to explain his team's continual third quarter problems.
"This game was there for the taking ? we're not putting teams out when we should be,'' Tweedy said.
The Rockets had opened up a 17-point lead with five minutes remaining in the second quarter before the Spartans only trailed 52-43 at half-time.
NBL Breakers player Ben Thompson missed some early shots, but found his golden touch in the third quarter while the Rockets struggled against the Spartans' double team defence.
Spartans hit the lead with four minutes left in the third quarter and never surrendered it until the buzzer sounded.
Rocket Gyasi "G man'' Cline-Heard gave it his all, making the slam dunks in offence while pulling down rebounds at the other end, but the Rockets could not make the big shots when they needed them.
Trailing 72-66 at threequarter time the Rockets hit the lead again with five minutes remaining in the game, but allowed the Spartans to edge ahead.
A Glenn Scott three-pointer with 48 seconds left had the Rockets down 87-85 before Spartans guard Rhys Martin again found the basket.
The Rockets must now win four of their last six games to make the play-offs.