Rockets hit top gear, triumphing over Bulls in round 10
WHEN Chehales Tapscott, Brad Williamson and Mitch Philp find their rhythm on the floor, there's no stopping them.
The talented trio combined to guide the McDonalds Rockhampton Rockets to a 99-77 triumph over Bundaberg Bulls in round 10 of the Queensland Basketball League in Bundaberg on Saturday night.
While the match had its ups and downs, Rockets coach Neal Tweedy could not fault his side's intensity in the first and final quarters of the encounter.
"It was a very good win on the road," Tweedy said.
"I was very pleased with our start. It was one of our best starts on the road all season.
"We got out to a 17-point lead in the first quarter but we didn't play great defensively in the second and it got down to about a six-point margin in the third before we got back into it in the last quarter.
"The start and finish of the game was very pleasing but obviously we will have to work on the middle."
Rockets star import Tapscott led on the scoreboard with 34 points and 11 rebounds but Tweedy said the entire team deserved a pat on the back for their efforts.
"It was good to get Brad (Williamson) back in the game and Mitch Philp was good again," he said.
"Scoring-wise it was a great night with a number of contributors across the court. We have shown form over the last three weeks and have had good victories on the road."
With their last game away from home for the season done and dusted, Tweedy said the Rockets would up the ante for four challenging matches at Hegvold Stadium, starting with a face-off with Townsville this weekend.
"We will get back to training this week and prepare for a home game against Townsville on Sunday afternoon," Tweedy said.
"We have played our last away game for the year and the last four rounds are at home now. We need to win at home to host the play-offs."
Rockets 99 (C Tapscott 34, B Williamson 18, M Philp 16) def Bundaberg Bulls 77 (W Shakleford 23, B Hogan 18, K Keirnen 18) in Bundaberg on Saturday night.