AT THIS time of year most coaches' No.1 concern is player burnout heading towards the business end of the season.

For Rockhampton Rockets head coach Neal Tweedy it's the exact opposite.

Such is the quality of the reigning QBL men's champions roster, Tweedy is concerned his players aren't getting enough court time.

The Rockets were dominant from start to finish in their 110-59 win over Gold Coast Rollers at Hegvold Stadium on Saturday night.

The win proved to be a double-edge sword for Tweedy as the broad margin allowed him to give youngsters Rhys Taylor, Brodie Munson, Jared Blanchard and Jackson McTier time on court.

However, it also meant only imports Chehales Tapscott and Ray Turner; and former Brisbane Bullets sharp-shooter Brad Williamson were the only players to spend more than 25 minutes on court.

During their 119-106 win over Gladstone last weekend, co-captain Mitch Philp (27:10) and guard Chris Cedar (25:13) all played more than 25 minutes while Tapscott (37:42), Williamson (30:43) and Turner (32:00) spent more than half an hour on court.

"There's guys who are only playing 18 or 19 minutes when they'd normally be playing in the high 20 minutes so it was pretty much a team effort.

"It's hard when you've got 12 guys. Back in the old days when we had 48-minute games those sort of players get another eight minutes above what they played tonight," Tweedy said.

"These days with the 40-minute game it's hard to get guys in, even though you want to but we've still got to worry about where the team is sitting heading into this big road trip."

The Rockets hit the road to face 5-3 side Northside Wizards on Friday night before meeting Suncoast Clippers on Saturday.

"There's no use sitting all our top line players knowing we want them to play week in, week out when we've got such an important road trip coming up," Tweedy said.

"We probably put it on the border (line) tonight. You don't really want Mitch, Chris Cedar and Peni and Glenn all playing 18 and 19 minutes, but it was great that we could play the young kids for the minutes that we did.

"We're very wary we want our young kids to develop but we're also very wary where we want our program to go over the next few weeks.

"We've got to get guys that we're going to have in the roster in the finals series ready to go when that time comes around."

QBL MEN

ROUND 8

Rockhampton Rockets 110 (C Tapscott 31, R Turner 29, B Williamson 14) def Gold Coast Rollers 59 (B Perkins 16, R Cassidy 10, S Mayer 8) at Hegvold Stadium on Saturday night.



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