Mackay Meteors (2) def Rockhampton Rockets (8) 106-90
Mackay have qualified for the QBL Grand Final Series after a tense 106-90 win over a gallant Rockhampton outfit on Saturday night. The eighth-seed Rockets were high on confidence going into the game after upsetting the Brisbane Capitals last week in the quarter-finals. Another Rocky upset seemed on the cards in the first half after the Rockets went to a 10-point led. Mackay however clicked into gear early in the second half thanks to big games from Lucas Walker (25 points, 11 rebounds), Shaun Bruce (18 points, 9 assists) and Chris Cedar (18 points and 7 assists). Rockhampton had three players score 20 points or more with Mitchell (29), Wagner (24) and Hassan (22). Mackay now have home court advantage next weekend and will host the Townsville Heat in the best of three series.
Townsville Heat (3) def Cairns Marlins (4) 79-77
The Heat are through to the Grand Finals after a narrow 2-point win over Cairns in a thriller at Townsville. Josh Wilcher starred for the Heat finishing the game with 30 points, to go along with 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Marlin’s guard Damon Heuir was white-hot in the third quarter finishing with 27 points and Stevie Weigh had 21 points, whilst Kody Stattman hit two clutch three-pointers to keep the Marlins within reach but was unable to hit the last shot to win the game on the buzzer.
Brisbane Spartans (1) def Gladstone Port City Power (4) 89-67
The Power pushed the undefeated Spartans all night in their semi-final and led early in the second half before Brisbane started hitting their shots to eventually go on to a 22-point win. Ashleigh Karaitiana was a surprise starter off the bench but eventually was the leading scorer for the Spartans with 27 points and 5 assists. Gladstone had just 7 players make the trip to Brisbane and despite another massive game from Tabatha Richardson Smith who scored 34 points, the Power were unable to match the fresher legs of the Spartans. Brisbane now enter the Grand Final Series with an undefeated record and will be massive favourites against Mackay.
Mackay Meteorettes (3) def Logan Thunder (2) 80-67
Mackay travelled to Logan on Saturday night and were able to come away with a 13-point win to book their place in next week’s Grand Final series against the Brisbane Spartans. Mackay led from start to finish in a dominant performance which was led by Nadeen Payne who amassed 32 points and 18 rebounds. Micaela Cocks and Chevennah Paalvast both scored 13 each, whilst Jillian Haughton had 7 assists for the Meteorettes. Logan’s incredible season came to an end despite a brilliant effort from the team’s leading point scorer Kate Gaze who put up 37 points. Mikhaela Donnelly and Cassie Smith combined for 23 points and 9 assists but it was not enough to get the Thunder into the Grand Finals. Mackay will be heavy underdogs next week against the Spartans, but anything can happen come Grand Final day.