New import ready to fire in first game for Rockets
BASKETBALL: American Chris Fowler will look to repel the Townsville Heat when he makes his first appearance for the Rockhampton Rockets this weekend.
The champion point guard arrived in Rockhampton just over a week ago and Rockets coach Neal Tweedy can't wait for him to hit the court at Hegvold Stadium tomorrow night.
"He's going to be a big help to us,” Tweedy said of Fowler, the all-time assist leader at Central Michigan University.
"He's been brought in to be the point guard, so to run our team on the floor. He's my communication a lot of the time to the players so he can get us into offence and defence and he's showing that leadership already in the first few training sessions he's been at.”
The Rockets are sitting in sixth place on the QBL ladder, with two wins from four games, and are keen to score victory on their home floor against a Townsville outfit that Tweedy rates very highly.
"They were probably close to the best team in the regular season last year and they've only made a couple of changes,” he said.
"They've brought in Justin Baker and Jamell Anderson as their two new imports but it's a pretty similar group with former Australian player Peter Crawford and Matt Rees who's been one of the premier big men in the QBL for a long time.
"Defensively we need to stop their scoring. They're quite potent when they get going, especially from the three-point line.
"If we can contain that and keep it to a 70, 80-point game it's going to give us a great opportunity.
"As we talk about with this young group of ours we've got to get better each week and I feel like we've been doing that so hopefully we can continue our improvement and protect our home floor.”
The Rockets game tips off at 7.30pm.
The Rockhampton Cyclones play the Townsville Flames at 5.30pm.