Cairns Marlins’ James Comino looks to drive past Rockhampton’s Stephen Weigh.
Cairns Marlins’ James Comino looks to drive past Rockhampton’s Stephen Weigh. STEWART MCLEAN

Weigh shows way at Cairns

STEPHEN Weigh shone as the Republik Nightclub Rockets bounced back from a disappointing loss to Townsville to overcome Cairns 24 hours later in a tough weekend on the road.

The Rockets put Friday’s 92-85 loss to Queensland Basketball League leaders Townsville Heat behind them to drive four hours further north to Cairns and record a 75-72 victory.

Weigh finished the weekend with the impressive stats of 49 points – 27 against Townsville and 22 against Cairns – in the 77 minutes and 52 seconds he was on the court.

Rockets coach Neal Tweedy said it was an outstanding effort by the young scoring machine.

The Townsville loss makes it unlikely the Rockets will now host a home semi-final.

Tweedy said the group was very disappointed to lose to Townsville after matching the home-side all the way.

“The game was a lot closer than the score may appear,” Tweedy said.

“We thought we played well enough to win, so we were pretty devastated.

“To then back up against Cairns was a massive effort.

“It really was a great team effort.”

Along with Weigh, there were a number of valuable contributions including Pero Vasiljevic, who chimed in with 19 and 14 points respectively and Mitch Philp who got plenty of court time and scored 23 points in the two outings.

Tweedy is confident in the side’s ability against any of the other contenders.

“We think we can win on the road wherever we have to go to play,” he said.

“We showed that against Townsville on Friday.”

Tweedy will keep a close eye on a couple of players this week who have picked up illnesses ahead of Saturday’s home game against Gladstone.

He said Kurtis Bolck didn’t play against Cairns because of sickness while Ryan Jeffries had tonsillitis.



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