Rockets win three games, back in contention for finals
THE ROCKETS claim to a third consecutive Queensland Basketball League (QBL) title got a significant boost over the weekend, after they accounted for Ipswich Force 101-77 on Friday night, the Toowoomba Mountaineers 102-99 on Saturday and South West Metro Pirates 111-103 yesterday.
The win lifts the Rockets into third position on the QBL Men's ladder behind Mackay and Brisbane, but with two games in hand on Mackay and one game on Brisbane.
"That was a season-defining weekend," Rockets coach Neal Tweedy said.
"The three wins gets us well back into finals contention and it was a great effort from the boys."
Rockets co-captain Brad Williamson said the team was delighted they played so well on the road, particularly against Toowoomba, who were the toughest match of the triple-header.
"We are definitely very happy with that," Williamson said.
"We knew it was going to be a very tough road trip, three games in three days away. We were without Peni Nasalo for the second game against the Mountaineers so that game was very tough. That was definitely the hardest match of the three. So to snatch that win, we knew we had played well."
Despite only shooting at 50 per cent for three-pointers, Williamson dropped six of them in the last match, many at vital stages of the game. He said his three point form had slipped recently, so it was great to start shooting them again.
"I hit a few three pointers when we needed them, so that was great," Williamson said.
"The South West Metro boys were a bit chirpy. They tried to talk a bit of trash to us so it was great to drop some three pointers on them. I've been a bit cold recently, so it was great to get the eye back in.
"I started to get it happening in the second match against Toowoomba but was fouled out.
"So, I was delighted to have a few rattle out in the last match as well."
QBL Men ladder:
- South West
- Gold Coast