Chandrea Jones – Rockhampton Cyclones
This Rockhampton unit have not lost since Round 1 and with their two road wins on the weekend and they are currently sitting pretty at the top of the QBL Ladder with a record of 10-1. One mammoth reason for this has been the play of Import Chandrea Jones who after another dominating weekend has earnt herself Player of the Week Honours for Round 9.
With her side feeling the pressure to win both games, Jones delivered the goods with a 28 point and 10 rebound performance in a hostile Bundaberg Environment to back up her 24 points and 9 rebounds from the night before. With performances like this along with the talent on their roster, the Cyclones will feel that this team has more than a fair chance to bring glory back to Rockhampton and win it all this season. She was well helped by her partners in crime Norwood and Haynes nonetheless; which has really set them up to coast into the playoffs.
After graduating from collegiate powerhouse Syracuse University where she earned Big East All-First Team her senior year, the Baltimore native has been in the QBL since 2012 and has continually excelled in the system that Rockhampton has preached. During the past few off-seasons she has enjoyed several stints in Europe, most recently in Latvia and Finland where she reaped both personal and team success; picking up all-star five honours across both national leagues in 2015-16.
In other noteworthy performances for round 9, Beatriz Royo Terres had a triple-double in a cold night up the mountain for the ‘Neers in their win again the Pirates, Rachel Pryor kept the Dolphins playoff chances alive with clutch double figures over the always tough Meteorettes and Soana Lucet was instrumental in the Force’s two pool victories.
Jordan Gregory – Rockhampton Rockets
A few weeks ago the Rockets season, and their long run of finals appearances, looked to be in serious doubt after finding themselves in unfamiliar territory of 4-4 after getting run off of the floor by the Capitals at NAB. However after this past round, the Rockets have improved to 7-4 after two hard-fought victories on the road at the Sunshine Coast and Bundaberg respectively.
One main reason for the recent improvement and change of fortune has been the play of star guard Jordan Gregory who has averaged 32 points over the two wins from the last round and came up clutch when it mattered, highlighted by going 16-16 from the stripe. Gregory was making shots from all over Friday Night and notched up 5 assists to get the Rockets’ the win they desperately needed. He was able to back it up in Bundaberg the night after to lead all scorers with 31 despite some stronger defensive resistance by an impressive Bulls outfit.
In his first professional contract since graduating from the University of Montana, the sharpshooter from Pueblo in Colorado has been scorching opposition teams and currently averages 25 points per contest and is on track to join the “50-40-90” club. With the trio of Philp, Turner and Macmillan able to light up the scoreboard on any given night with him was highlighted this weekend with the quartet combining for a sizzling 116 against the Clippers. This potent offensive line-up that the Rockets have will give Head Coach Neal Tweedy confidence that his Rockets can beat anyone on any given night.