Shanavia Dowdell – Rockhampton Cyclones
In a round littered with individual brilliance, it was hard to look past Round 12 POW Shanavia Dowdell to earn her second Player of the Week honours in as many weeks. The Alabama native exhibited her class in a game littered by turnover errors and poor shooting, which noticeably did not seem to affect her. She dominated inside and seemed to grab every rebound that came her way, finishing with 18 for the game. 29 points at 52% from the field rounded out a mammoth double-double!
With the Cyclone’s matched up against a struggling Gladstone outfit, many punters would have seen this as a sure thing. However, the Power really came to play and appeared to be in complete control at 3 quarter time, holding a solid 9 point lead. The fourth quarter was all the Cyclone’s though, with the familiar suspects of Dowell, Jones, Norwood and Clifford all having their hand in the pie. The Cyclone’s ended up sneaking out of Gladstone with a tough and hard-fought win, which only further solidifies their top position on the overall ladder.
With the game against Mackay this weekend, the Cyclones have no time to rest. A win wouldn’t just stich up top spot and secure home-court advantage throughout the playoffs, but a mental block may enter some other teams’ minds, where they wonder period if this Rockhampton unit can be beaten at all.
In the Capital’s overtime victory, Captain Amy Lewis stepped up and got her side out of jail with 30 points and 8 rebounds, Soana Lucet continued her hot form with 38 points and 19 rebounds against the Pirate’s and Natalie Novosel had 30 points and 12 rebounds to secure a playoff spot for her Flames.
Ray Willis – Gladstone Power
With the season winding down and the Gladstone Port City Power out of playoff calculations, one may assume that the Power will be easy beats; as they didn’t have as much to play for as playoff bound teams. Well fans in Gladstone Saturday night were treated to an absolute spectacle, led by none other than import Ray Willis. The Round 3 Player of the Week was a menace again, filling the stat sheet and making plays when his team needed him too in the 103-100 win over Rockhampton. Thus he has earnt himself Player of the Week once again in Round 13.
After the Power jumped out of the gate in the first quarter and led 22-13, things were knotted up at the half at 44, largely due to the play of Shaun Gleeson and Ray Turner. Things were close down the stretch, with players from both sides stepping up and making plays. Following the game tying 3 point shot from downtown by Rockhampton’s Jordan Gregory, Ray Willis managed to find his teammate Remy Lawler for the “And-1” game winning bucket. Willis finished the game with 32 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. He drew a game-high 9 fouls also, proving that his ability to stir up quality defences is first class.
The Atlanta Native is enjoying another QBL Season with the Power. After his successful stint in Sweden last year in the QBL offseason, he has increased is scoring output to 22.6 points per game; which was required following the departure of then head coach Derek Rucker and fellow import Justin Baker.
In other notable performances, Cameron Tragardh was phenomenal again with 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Marlins, Brenden Teys had back to back 20 point games for the Pirate’s and Jacob Davis was a huge spark for the Capital’s with 27 points in only 21 minutes.