Rockets on unsteady course for play-offs
By RACHAEL BORICH
THE Rockhampton Stadium Nightclub Rockets are taking the hard road in their quest for a play-offs appearance after a loss to Mackay on Saturday night.
Their 113-104 defeat in Mackay was not the result needed at the business end of the Cavalier Corporation QABL Sunstate league season.
On the weekend the Rockets were also hit hard when Townsville produced a surprise 96-86 win over an understrength Cairns outfit.
These results now have the Rockets needing to defeat Northside and Brisbane this weekend and also winning at home against Mackay in the final round.
"Hopefully that should be enough to get us in,'' Rockets coach Neal Tweedy said.
Tweedy is hopeful of taking more size on this weekend's triple header southern road trip with Stuart Reoch and Greg Scott likely to return.
In Mackay on Saturday night it was a game up for grabs and the Rockets were in control until Mackay, who are out of play-off contention, launched a three point barrage in the final quarter to seal the victory in their final home game of the season.
It was the players the Rockets weren't expecting to hurt them that did the damage like forward Peter Duck who hit 28 points off the bench.
Mackay's main strike weapon Denver Tenbroek was restricted to 27 points against the Rockets' zone defence.
"They (Mackay) probably played their best performance of the year in that game,'' Tweedy said.
Full time ? Mackay 113 (Peter Duck 28, Denver Tenbroek 27, Matt Hunter 21) d Rockhampton 104 (Michael Hart 27, Paul Scott 23, Darren Richardson 18) Quarter breakdown (Mackay/Rockhampton) ? (Q1) 27-32, (Q2) 25-24, (Q3) 22-22, (Q4) 39-26.