VIDEO: Rockhampton Rockets game against Flames on Sunday

CHEHALES Tapscott is always the last player to walk off the court.

It's due to his whole-hearted gratitude for the loyal supporters that turn up week in, week out to cheer him and his teammates on.

After every game, the humble star makes sure he shakes the hand of every supporter in the stadium before he hits the showers.

That's exactly what the McDonalds Rockhampton Rockets player did yesterday afternoon when the Rockets fought their way to a 90-72 victory over Townsville Flames at Hegvold Stadium.

While Chehales led the Rockets on their winning way by contributing 31 points and 11 rebounds, he said it was the parochial home crowd that really got the job done.

"It was a fun game and I just want the crowd to be there every single game like that, it was a good job by the crowd too," Chehales said.

"Of course I shook everyone's hand after the game.

"I love doing that because they're showing us support so I want to show them support. They make that arena rocking; it's all them."

The Rockets Queensland Basketball League round 11 campaign against the Flames got off to a rocky start after Townsville came out of the sheds all guns firing.



Rockhampton Rockets 90 (C Tapscott 31, C Cedar 21, B Williamson 12) def Townsville Heat 72 (M Djeric 25, M Rees 14, M Norton12 ) at Hegvold Stadium yesterday.

Tapscott said the early attack took the Rockets by surprise and provided plenty of hard work for the rest of the match.

"It was okay. We could have played a lot better," he said.

"We struggled in the first half and we struggled to advance our lead. They came out strong and we came out sloppy but late in the second half we finally picked it up.

"At half-time we just looked at each other and were like 'this game shouldn't be this close' so we decided to turn it up a little bit, player tougher defence and execute offensively.

"We're pretty confident in ourselves and we expected to take an early lead but I have to give them credit; they came out strong and they came out competing."

The 24-year-old likened the game to a play-offs encounter and said it was something the Rockets had to be prepared for over the next four weeks.

"It was really intense, it felt like a play-off game; it was a play-off atmosphere for sure," Tapscott said.

"Every time they got a bucket it was like we had to get a bucket too.

"We're getting ourselves ready for the play-offs and we've gotta keep working on ourselves so we'll see how it goes. We're looking to win every game."

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