MITCH Philp returned to the form that saw him crowned 2013 QBL men's final MVP as the McDonald's Rockhampton Rockets stormed to a 13-point win over Port City Power.
Heading into the contest, an out-of-sorts Philp's top score was just 10 this season, coming in the Rockets' 88-75 win over Ipswich Force in Round 2.
The Rockets co-captain had made just seven of 33 attempts from beyond the arc, shooting at just above 20%.
However, Philp was on the money on Saturday night at Kev Broome Stadium, hitting seven of 12 from the three-point line on his way to a team-high 31 points, his biggest haul in 2014.
Both sides shot the ball well from outside, with Gladstone finishing with 15-30 and the Rockets 15-34 from the three-point line.
A red-hot performance from Port City's Cardell McFarland, who finished with a game-high 41 points, helped the home side keep in touch to trail the Rockets by one point at the first break.
The Rockets blew the lead out to as much as 14 late in the second quarter before maintaining the momentum during the second half.
Rockets guard Chris Cedar said the side's performance in attack was pleasing, but he was critical of their effort in defence.
"We shot the ball quite well last week as well where we scored over 100 points (123) against Toowoomba," he said. "But on the other side is our defence. To let them score that many points was a bit disappointing."
He did, however, praise the efforts of Peni Nasalo, Glenn Scott and Brad Williamson, who regularly lead the team in defence.
Cedar, who had previously played against Philp during his time at the Townsville Heat, said the performance was unlike anything he'd seen from his teammate.
"That's been the best I've seen Mitch play, not only this year, but in previous seasons," Cedar said. "I don't think I've seen him shoot the ball as well."