VIDEO: Rockets are the toast of QBL again
EMOTIONS ran high at Hegvold Stadium on Saturday night as the Rockhampton McDonald's Rockets claimed their second successive QBL men's championship.
But no one was more emotional than Mitch Philp.
The Rockets skipper kept his 2014 QBL championship ring close as his teammates and fans celebrated their 104-94 victory against northern rivals Mackay Meteors and couldn't describe the feeling of winning back-to-back championships.
"I'm over the moon, it's tough enough to win one, but two in a row is absolutely outstanding," Philp said.
"I think for the next three days I'll be intoxicated, it's going to be a great celebration and I can't wait."
After defeating Mackay 105-91 in game one of the finals series on Friday night, Mackay took their game to the next level in the second match.
After struggling to contain the Rockets shooters and falling short offensively in the first encounter, Mackay came out focused, driven and determined to secure the second showdown.
Mackay came out blazing in the opening quarter against an impressive Rockets side and both teams went shot-for-shot to see the scores locked 27-all at the first break.
Mackay's Todd Blanchfield had hit three buckets from the arc by the first break and gave the Meteors momentum heading into the second quarter.
Mackay scored a flurry of points to build up a seven-point lead early in the second quarter before Rocky reined them back.
2014 QBL MEN'S GRAND FINALS
Rockhampton Rockets 104 (R Turner 31, C Tapscott 24, B Williamson 17) def Mackay Meteors 94 (T Blanchfield 33, D Heuir 18, C Steindl 13)
But the Meteors fought back and headed into the locker rooms at half time with a four-point advantage.
Intensity and physicality ramped up in the third quarter. The Rockets proved their class and experience to build a convincing lead and secured an emphatic win.
Rockets import Ray Turner took out the game MVP award for his efforts of 31 points and 15 rebounds, while Todd Blanchfield top scored for the Meteors with 33 points.
Philp praised Turner for his efforts and said he might not have been wearing the championship ring if the star wasn't on the court.
"Full credit to all of our guys, I thought our imports showed how good they were with the class they showed tonight," Philp said.
"Ray Turner MVP, very well deserved he was an absolute beast tonight, he won us the game in the end."
"We came out in the third quarter and like I said Ray was just an absolute monster on the boards."