Rockets? second US import arrives in city



ANTON Lyons wants to do great things while playing basketball for the Rockhampton Rockets.

The powerful 198cm small forward flew in from the United States yesterday to play for the team for five months.

Lyons, 23, said he can't wait to get on the court: "I want to do something that has never been done before.

"Something like make it to the finals, or have a long winning streak.''

This is the first time the California-born ball player has been in Australia and he looked forward to taking in some of the Aussie culture.

"I like it here already,'' he said. "It's hot, like I'm in California.''

And while he was excited to meet his team-mates and learn more about the Australian way of life, he said the country's unique wildlife had him particularly intrigued.

"I want to see a kangaroo.''

Despite his desire to get to know Australia, Rockets coach Neal Tweedy said Lyons was an extremely focused player. "His athleticism both up and down the floor will be a good at-tribute,'' he said. "He is a good rebounder due to his size.''

Lyons joins Charles Brown on the team. Brown also hails from the US and will be in Rockhampton for five months.

It is the high calibre of the league that is creating a need for strong players from overseas.

"It's becoming very competitive,'' Tweedy said.

"We are recruiting players to compete against the opposition.



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