Rockets to announce import

By AARON KELLY ? THE ROCKHAMPTON Stadium Nightclub Rockets will today announce the signing of a new US import to re-launch their Cavalier Corporation QABL Sunstate Division play-off aspirations.

Reeling from back-to-back losses, Rockets coach Neal Tweedy confirmed yesterday injured point guard and first-season Cyclones coach Mike McShane will return home on Wednesday.

McShane, who joined the Rockets program in 2003, was last week ruled out for the season with a broken hand.

Tweedy yesterday remained tight lipped on the replacement, but admitted he was another "big man'' to help bolster the Rockets' depleted roster.

The Rockhampton-bound player, who played US College basketball for Penn State, departed Atlanta on the weekend after finishing playing commitments in Uruguay.

He is expected to arrive later this week, but will not suit-up for the Rockets in Saturday night's crunch game against the Brisbane Capitals at Hegvold Stadium.

The Rockets' double-header went from bad to worse with a 111-98 loss to South West Metro in Brisbane on Saturday night.

After a 125-102 thrashing at the hands of the Gold Coast on Friday night, the Rockets led South West 87-80 in the final quarter before fatigue took its toll.

"We simply ran out of legs,'' Tweedy said.

"We're a little undermanned and they were always going to be tough games without your two imports.''

American Michael Hart will make his long-awaited debut for the Rockets against the Capitals, who suffered a 106-101 loss to the Gold Coast on Saturday night.

Hart ? the Rockets' major offseason purchase ? makes his return from a broken hand.



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