BROTHERLY love will be out the door as Queensland basketball prepares for the biggest weekend of its year.

Brothers Chris and Michael Cedar will face-off this weekend as the McDonald's Rockhampton Rockets and Mackay Meteors lock horns in the QBL men's finals series.

The Rockets and Meteors progressed through to the three-match finals series after registering semi-final wins on their home courts on Saturday night.

A spirited Ipswich Force stuck it to the Rockets, but a final quarter blitz saw the reigning QBL men's champions edge out their rivals and advance through to Saturday's decider.

The Rockets ended Ipswich's season with a 115-97 at Hegvold Stadium with a 30-21 final quarter delivering the final nail in the coffin to Ipswich's hopes of a grand final berth.

QBL men's MVP Chehales Tapscott top scored for the Rockets with 26 points while QBL All-League team member Ray Turner contributed 25 points to go with his 16 rebounds.

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Rockhampton Rockets 115 (C Tapscott 26, R Turner 25, C Cedar 24) def Ipswich Force 97 (J Legan 28, K Harvey 26, Z Fereti 17) at Hegvold Stadium on Saturday night.

Despite a game high 28 points from Ipswich import and QBL All-League team member James Legan, the Force couldn't stick with the Rockets as the match heated up in the dying minutes.

Four hours drive north the Meteors crushed Brisbane Capitals' hopes thanks a team-high 27-points from Michael Cedar.

Chris currently holds a slight edge in the head-to-head stakes after the Rockets won both regular season matches between the two sides in 2014 while Michael and the Meteors launched their QBL campaign with a pre-season win over the Rockets.

Chris said yesterday he was yet to hear from his big brother, but believed the banter wouldn't be far away.

"I haven't received any (texts) yet. They'll start coming through this week," Chris said.

On the QBL's biggest stage, the pair will go head-to-head, starting with the opening match of the finals series on Friday night.

Mum Margaret will make the journey from Townsville to Rockhampton to be in the Hegvold Stadium stands on Saturday night for what Chris hopes is the final match of the series.

"I've got mum coming down from Townsville on Saturday so hopefully she only gets to see the one game," Chris said.



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