Rockets need win, loss for play-offs
By RACHAEL BORICH
IT HAS come down to the wire for the Rockhampton Stadium Nightclub Rockets men's basketball team this season.
The prerequisites to enter this weekend's final round of the QABL (Queensland Australian Basketball League) Sunstate division regular season are set.
The Rockets must win at home against Mackay on Saturday night and Cairns, who have only lost one game at home this season, must defeat Townsville to get the Rockets into the play-offs.
Cairns and the Rockets will enter their respective games as favourites to win.
Rockets coach Neal Tweedy said Mackay played very well to beat his team the previous weekend, but this time around the Rockets had everything to play for while the season was over for Mackay.
The Rockets did everything in their power to keep their play-off hopes alive on the weekend finishing with two wins from three games on their southern road trip.
Dragging tired bodies onto the floor for their final game against quality opposition yesterday, the Rockets finished with a 128-76 loss to Southern Districts Spartans which followed impressive wins over Northside (120-77) and Brisbane (107-98) on Friday and Saturday nights respectively.
"It was a superb effort from our guys,'' Tweedy said. "We won the games that we had to win.''
Michael Hart hit the big points in the Rockets' two wins while Stuart Reoch and Craig Bosel effectively filled the void left by Gyasi Cline-Heard.
Tweedy will talk with Cline-Heard, back in the US trialling with the NBA Atlanta Hawks, during the week and assess the situation but is not confident of the athletic American returning this season.