Rockets urged to fire up

By RACHAEL BORICH ROCKHAMPTON Stadium Nightclub Rockets men's basketball captain Darren Richardson believes his team does not deserve to be in the finals if they cannot win tonight.

The Rockets are at home to the Northside Wizards at Hegvold Stadium ? they are two contrasting teams.

The Rockets are coming off backto-back losses against the Cavalier Corporation QABL Sunstate league's top two teams ? Cairns and Spartans ? and now find themselves in fifth place on the ladder.

Northside are newcomers to the league this season and while only having one win against their name they have still managed to push several teams.

"There's no doubt we're expected to win this one ? if we lost we'd certainly be disappointed and not deserved of making the play-offs,'' Richardson said.

However, Richardson still respects Northside saying they have still competed very well this season.

The Rockets are still playing good basketball, but need to fine tune how to stay on top when they're in front of the league leaders.

"In general we wouldn't change much, but our offence is breaking down a bit and getting a bit ragged and out of control.''

Richardson is also confident himself, and his fellow point guards, can work out some "cohesion'' with six games still remaining in the regular season.

The Rockets have run a fast full court game in past seasons with Mike McShane predominantly running the point guard, but since McShane's early departure with a broken hand this year, Rockets coach Neal Tweedy is working through new combinations.

"We're doing the best we can, but we're not as quick in transition and probably play more the half court now,'' Richardson said.

Tonight's game starts at 8.30pm.



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