BASKETBALL: In the battle of the Cedar brothers, the younger Chris came out on top of former Meteor regular Mick.
The Cedars battled at guard and as captains in the season opener and it was Chris’ Mackay Meteors that defeated a much-improved Gladstone Power 93-84 in front of a packed Kev Broome Stadium in Gladstone on Saturday night.
“Getting the first win was more important than Mick and I having the battle,” Chris Cedar said.
“Mick started really hot but we threw a few guys at him to wear him out.”
Chris said there wasn’t a lot of on-court banter going on between the brothers.
“We don’t really talk during it and concentrate on the game,” he said.
The Meteors captain, in his Mackay QBL debut, praised the “team performance”.
“We play 10 deep,” he said.
“To have a guy off the bench top scoring (Luke Harvey) shows that we have depth and everyone contributes.”
Harvey netted 22 points in his return for the Meteors after a year off. Fellow big man Brad Rasmussen also contributed well with 16 points and five rebounds.
The boisterous crowd got what they wanted early, as both sides hit the ground running and Gladstone led 31-25 at first break.
A strong defensive second quarter from the Meteors paved the way for the win.
This Saturday’s home opener is against Townsville, where Chris Cedar will match against junior teammates.
“It’s always good to go against the old club,” he said.
“We owe them one for beating us in the preseason.”
McDonald’s Mackay Meteors 93 (L. Harvey 22, R. Martin 21, B. Rasmussen 16 points) def. Gladstone Port City Power 84 (R.Willis 35, M.Cedar 22 points)
Gladstone Port City Power 87 (S. Walker 24, M.Willey 21 points) def. Global products Search Mackay Meteorettes 62 (T. Willey 16 points; F.McGrath 6 rebounds)