Rockets win squeaker
ROCKHAMPTON Stadium Nightclub Rockets men's basketball coach Neal Tweedy had his heart in his mouth before breathing a sigh of relief in Townsville on Saturday night.
Townsville's Pierre Jallow watched a three-point attempt on full time narrowly fade away as the Rockets produced a 97-96 victory and gave themselves some breathing space over their northern rivals in the race for the Cavalier Corporation QABL Sunstate Division 2005 play-off series.
The Rockets appeared to have the game in the bag, leading by 17 points with nine minutes remaining, before Townsville's man-to-man defence shut down the Rockets point guards.
It is an area of the game the Rockets will need to work on before they host Cairns on June 18.
One area that is working on cue is the ability of US import Michael Hart.
Hart, who has worked his way back after breaking his hand in the pre-season, hit a game-high 42 points, a tally which only included three free throws.
"He's always under control in everything he does,'' Tweedy said.
Final scores: (Saturday night) Rockhampton 97 (Michael Hart 42, Gysai Cline-Heard 20, Paul Scott 11) d Townsville 96 (Pierre Jallow 28, David Sleight 22, Mark Ferguson 18); (Friday night) Cairns 118 (Kane Oakley 25, Brenton Campbell 23, Gary Boodnikoff 16) d Rockhampton 92 (Michael Hart 31, Gyasi Cline Heard 23, Paul Scott 12).