VIDEO: Rockets cruise to easy win over Northside
BASKETBALL: NEAL Tweedy isn't convinced the McDonald's Rockhampton Rockets are QBL championships material just yet.
A week after upstaging Logan Thunder, the reigning QBL men's champions managed their third win of the 2015 QBL season with a 121-89 win over Northside Wizards at Hegvold Stadium yesterday.
In what Rockets coach Tweedy described as one of their best starts, the Rockets dominated the opening two periods to lead 61-47 at half-time.
"We started really strong, shot the ball and guarded them well, but we turned off a bit at the end of the second quarter," Tweedy said.
"We were nearly up 30 points, but they came back at us 18-2."
Star import Chehales Tapscott led the scoring in the first half 26 on his way to a game high 41 points.
Tapscott was busy on the boards, pulling down 19 rebounds to go with 34 points shot by fellow import Dominic Cheek.
"Chehales was outstanding in that first half. He is very hard to cover especially when they don't double team him," Tweedy said.
"He really opened up the scoring for other players in the second half."
Cheek (5), Glenn Scott (4), Mitch Philp (2), Brad Williamson (2) and Brodie Munson (2) combined to add 15 three-pointers to the Rockets box score.
"Teams who can shoot at above 50% from the three-point line should not lose many games," Tweedy said.
"You never know how you are going to come out, especially for your first home game on a Sunday, but I thought our start was absolutely outstanding."
But Tweedy said it was his side's firing attack that ultimately hurt them in defence.
"Defensively we need to own up as a team," he said.
"I was not 100% happy with that performance and I think it was because we were too comfortable offensively which took us into a lull defensively.
"That's certainly something we will look to focus on at training this week."
The Rockets will face Townsville Heat in Round 4 of the QBL at Hegvold Stadium on Friday night, 8.30pm.