Rockets guard feels effects of gruelling trip
ROCKHAMPTON Stadium Nightclub Rockets point guard Rhys Martin is feeling the effects of a gruelling northern road trip last weekend.
Martin has been struck down by the flu ahead of Friday night's final home game of the regular season against the in-form Brisbane Capitals.
Martin starred for the defending state and national champions on the road - hitting a game-high 39 points in Friday's nail-biting 117-111 loss to Mackay before collecting 26 points in Saturday's crucial 112-90 win over Townsville.
Rockets coach Neal Tweedy is confident Martin will be fit to take on a “dangerous” Brisbane team who arrive in Rockhampton on the back of six straight wins after last weekend's 125-119 overtime win over the Northside Wizards.
“This Brisbane team is a very dangerous team because they've got great depth,” Tweedy said yesterday.
“They'll be coming in with an attitude with nothing to lose.
“They come in being the top team from the south so we're expecting a dog fight.”
The Rockets' hopes for a home semi/grand final weekend remain alive but the team must win their three remaining games against Brisbane (home), Cairns (away) and Northside (away).
The Rockets will don “pink” uniforms at Hegvold Stadium on Friday night in support of the McGrath Foundation. It will be a big night for the team with captain Tony “TC” Campbell celebrating his 400th game.
QBL round 14
Friday: Rockhampton v Brisbane, Maroochydore v South West, Townsville v Northside.
Saturday: South West v Ipswich, Mackay v Brisbane, Cairns v Northside, Gladstone v Caboolture.
Sunday: Bundaberg v Caboolture.