Rockets Pero Vasiljevic is settling well as the 2011 QBL champion attempts to retain its crown.
Rockets Pero Vasiljevic is settling well as the 2011 QBL champion attempts to retain its crown. Chris Ison

Rockets cautious of Suns

BEING labelled the match favourite is not a concern for Republik Nightclub Rockhampton Rockets coach Neal Tweedy. He has gotten used to it over the years.

However, he hopes his players are not too complacent when they suit up against Caboolture Suns at Hegvold Stadium tomorrow afternoon.

“Obviously we will go in as favourite but I don’t want to be taking them lightly,” Tweedy said.

Tweedy said he had been disappointed at the way the Rockets floundered against the Brisbane Capitals during the first half of last week’s game.

By the main break, the Rockets looked to be in serious trouble, only to outscore the visitors by 20 points during the second half and run out comfortable winners.

While it was not a vintage display from the Rockets, it did prove to be enough and that result was made sweeter by the fact the Capitals then travelled north to beat Mackay the following day.

An injury scare has gone through the Rockets camp though this week, with Stephen Weigh nursing a wrist injury.

“He trained last night,” Tweedy said yesterday, “and he had a pretty good run.”

But, Tweedy said he does not expect Weight to be a part of the Rockets’ final session before tomorrow’s match.

Should the injury be worse than diagnosed or further irritated then it would not just be bad news for Weigh and the Rockets but also the Boomers as the player is set to join the national squad at a training camp ahead of an international series against China.

While the position of the Suns on the ladder is enough to give the Rockets confidence their recent form has been encouraging.

A win against Cairns Marlins was a strong result and that was followed by a victory over Northside Wizards, one of the teams that accounted for the Rockets on their disastrous road trip to Brisbane earlier in the season.

If the Rockets fire on all cylinders then they will win.

Pero Vasiljevic is settling in nicely for the Rockets and was impressive against the Capitals by scoring 14 points and collecting 10 rebounds.

Travis Reed is causing difficulties for opponents as he commands a fair amount of court space and is a difficult opponent to dislodge when he is under the hoop.

While Ryan Jeffries put in a lively display it was business as usual from Paul and Glenn Scott as they assisted in getting the Rockets back on course each scoring timely three-pointers.

Tip off at Hegvold Stadium tomorrow is at 2pm.



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