Rockhampton Rockets fire up for testing trip
TOM Garlepp will be looking to leave the McDonald's Rockhampton Rockets on a winning note this weekend.
The Sydney Kings' co-captain, who signed a short-term contract with the Rockets, will play his last two games for the club against Cairns tonight and Townsville tomorrow night.
But it will be no easy feat, with Rockets' coach Neal Tweedy rating these two away games among the hardest in the QBL.
The Rockets are coming off a win at home over Toowoomba and a loss away to Mackay in last weekend's double header.
"It's a challenge going into Mackay every year," he said of last Sunday's defeat. "I was disappointed with the result; we had opportunities to get back into the game and didn't take those opportunities," he said.
"But it's not like we played that badly in Mackay and I think we played quite well against Toowoomba on the Friday night."
Tweedy said this weekend's opponents were quite different teams but the approach for the Rockets would be the same in both games.
"We've got to take care of the basketball and execute offensively and don't turn it over and give them opportunities for easy lay-ups or easy offensive transitions," he said.
"Winning on the road is hard in this league and we have to look after the ball and take the right shots coming down the floor."
Tweedy is also hoping the younger members of the team will stand up this weekend.
"We were probably poor on our rotations last Sunday. We have to be better at that and get the younger guys in there earlier," he said.
The Frenchville Sports Club Cyclones, who scored two wins last weekend, are also on the road to Cairns and Townsville.