ROUND 7 - Men
Toowoomba Mountaineers v Gold Coast Rollers
The Mountaineers were able to record their first win of season 2019 with a comfortable 16-point victory over the Logan Thunder in Round 6. Two big three-pointers inside the last minute of the second quarter gave the home side all the momentum heading into the major break before eventually pulling away in the fourth. Ricardo Martin put up 25 points to go with 9 boards whilst Malat Makuach added 22 off the bench. Kresto Wall was a massive +26 in his 24 minutes of action. Despite trailing at the half, a strong third quarter broke the game open for the Rollers as they outscored the Seahawks by 18 before eventually running out 15 points the better. Spencer Parker put up 27 points and 12 boards including 3-3 from deep which saw him awarded the QBL Player of the Week. This victory has Gold Coast sitting pretty at 4-1 and with a matchup against a Toowoomba side boasting a 1-6 record they will see this as a great opportunity to keep their winning streak alive. Round 6 proves that Toowoomba will be no easy beats this season and in front of their home crowd, anything is possible. Gold Coast just.
South West Metro Pirates v Sunshine Coast Phoenix
The Pirates were able to get their season back on track with a 7-point road win over Ipswich. 6 players reached double figures for South West led by Ryan Vines and Max Kerle who both put in 18. Kerle managed his point tally in a quick fire 9 minutes of playing time. Vines also recorded 7 dimes as the team recorded 20 total assists which was 57% of their total made buckets. Sunshine Coast Phoenix come to town fresh of a 1-1 road double through central and northern QLD. Phoenix blew out the struggling Gladstone Power before backing it up with a loss to competition powerhouse Mackay Meteors. Phoenix had a variety of contributors against Gladstone with Meehl and Robateau both scoring 20+ but it was Eric McAlister who starred with 40 points and 15 boards despite the heavy loss to Mackay. Phoenix are sitting pretty 5th on the table with only two losses on the season but we think the Pirates will string two wins together for the first time all season and take home the W at Hibiscus Stadium.
Gladstone Port City Power Surge v Townsville Heat
Gladstone have now fallen to their sixth straight loss after a disappointing weekend which saw home losses to both Phoenix and Cairns. Despite being blown out by 24 on Friday, the Power were able to put up more of a fight only going down to Cairns by 5 on Sunday afternoon. Gladstone led by as many as 13 throughout various stages of the contest but were outscored 29-45 in the all-important second half. Gladstone have made a huge roster home with the deactivation of import Harold Ridgeway nearing the halfway point of the season. Townsville welcomed back their star point guard Josh Wilcher with open arms as they recorded two strong victories in their southern road double. The Heat smashed the Seahawks by 50 points before following it up with an 11-point win over the Spartans on Sunday. Despite featuring a slightly different line up to 2018, Townsville see themselves as one of three teams with only the one loss on the season with a 5-1 record. This could get ugly for the Gladstone home crowd as we expect the Heat to win this comfortably.
Mackay Meteors v North Gold Coast Seahawks
The Meteors pushed their win streak to a league-high 8 games with a 22-point drumming over the visiting Phoenix. Bryce Washington continues to put up MVP-like numbers with 27 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists, but continues to receive plenty of help from the rest of the starters who all put up double figures. Derick Newton put up 25 on 67% shooting, while Christ Cedar recorded a near triple-double with 17 points, 11 assists and 7 boards. Lukass Blicavs also notched up a season-high 19. The Seahawks will be eager to bounce back from a disappointing 0-2 weekend which featured a 50-point blowout at the hands of Townsville the night after a loss to the Rollers. After starting the season 2-2 North Gold Coast have quickly suffered 4 consecutive losses by an average of 24.5 points. Unfortunately, things do not get much easier as a trip to Mackay looks like another blowout waiting to happen. Meteors easily.
Southern Districts Spartans v Logan Thunder
A second-quarter meltdown cost the Spartans majorly in their Round 6 loss to the visiting Townsville Heat. Despite winning the remaining three quarters a 14-36 second quarter scoreline all but diminished the possibility of an upset. Southern Districts fought back hard to go down by only 11 by the final buzzer. Callum Dalton had his best game of the season to date with 32 points and 8 rebounds, whilst Chris Whitehead put in 30 despite a sloppy 7 turnovers. Logan suffered a disappointing 16-point loss to the previously winless Toowoomba Mountaineers in Round 6. The Thunder only managed 82 points which is their lowest total on the young season. Mitch Young put up a respectable 20 points and 13 rebounds but excluding Young, the team shot a miserable 34% clip from the field, including only 13% from downtown. With both teams sitting at 10th and 11th on the ladder this is not a game either team can afford to lose. In what is one of the tougher games to tip of the weekend, Spartans just.
Rockhampton Rockets v Townsville Heat
With what looked to many as being the best team on paper in the league, the Rockets are yet to play up the hype to this point of the season. Round 6 saw Cairns come to town and record a blowout 21-point victory and keeping the home side to their lowest point tally of the season. The Rockets find themselves at 3-4 with their only victories being against Gladstone and Ipswich who currently sit in the bottom 4. Rockhampton get no better opportunity to live up to their potential with the reigning league champion Townsville Heat visiting on the second night of a back to back. Coach Tweedy is in desperate need of some bench production and that is an area of which Townsville has plenty of depth with Jamell Anderson putting in 17.5 points a game off the bench in his first two appearances of the season in Round 6. Rockhampton’s best is more than enough to take it up to Townsville but to this point in the season, it is hard to tip the Rockets to claim a massive scalp. Townsville on the road.
Gold Coast Rollers v Logan Thunder
Both teams will feature in only their seventh game of the 2019 season with relatively light starts to the season behind them regarding the number of games played. This will be Logan’s first double header weekend coming off a Saturday night contest against Southern Districts at Rowland Cowan Stadium whilst Gold Coast will head home after a trip to Toowoomba themselves. Gold Coast’s only loss of the season is to the undefeated Brisbane Capitals and despite being the opening game of the season, are the only team to defeat Mackay. Despite such a positive start to the season the Rollers only manage 89 points a night and are yet to reach 100 points. Compare that to Logan who have given up 98 points in 4 of their first 5 games of the season. This game will feature a distinct slash in game style. Boasting an undefeated 4-0 record at Carrarra Indoor Stadium it is difficult to pick against the Rollers on their home court and for this reason, they should finish off Round 7 on a positive note.
ROUND 7 - Women
Mackay Meteorettes v North Gold Coast Seahawks
Mackay’s winning streak came to an end in Round 6 after a nail-biting 4-point overtime loss to the Sunshine Coast Phoenix at home. The Meteorettes dominated for most of the game with their biggest lead of 16 evaporating in the final quarter. Erica Covile top-scored with 22 points, Heidi Freeburn had 20 whilst Burdgess and Delaney each scored 18 for the home side. The bench for Mackay combined for just 6 points and coach Haughton will be hoping for more this week against the Seahawks. North Gold Coast had an up and down weekend losing narrowly to their rivals the Rollers on Friday before putting in one of their best performances for the season defeating Townsville by 23 at home. Lauren Jansen, Casey Samuels and Deja Middleton all averaged 13 points across the two games for the Seahawks with Jansen having an outstanding game against Townsville top-scoring with 23 at 71% from the field. It promises to be an interesting match-up considering the results of the previous round, however, Mackay will be desperate to avoid back-to-back losses at home and should be the favourites in this one.
Southern Districts Lady Spartans v Logan Thunder
The Spartans continued their unbeaten start to the season taking care of the Flames last Sunday at Rowland Cowan Stadium. Leah Scott top-scored with 27 points, whilst Aja Parham-Ammar was close to a triple-double with 17 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists. Natalie Taylor provided some spark off the bench with 14 points including 4 three-pointers as the Spartans continue to dominate in season 2019. Southern Districts face a top of the table showdown with the Logan Thunder who are coming off a narrow 8-point win at Toowoomba. Mikaela Reuf was outstanding with 26 points and a whopping 25 rebounds for the visitors, whilst Ash Taia had 23 points including 6 3’s and Mikhaela Cann was again tremendous on offence with 10 assists. This will be the match of the round in Carina with an upset certainly on the cards if Logan can bring their A-game.
South West Metro Pirates v Sunshine Coast Phoenix
South West Metro are back on the winners’ list after a confidence-boosting win over the Ipswich Force last week. Kayla Roberts was strong for the Pirates registering 21 points and 10 rebounds, whilst Grace Champion had her best game in a Pirates uniform scoring 14 off the bench in a short amount of time. The Pirates contained Amanda Johnson well last week and will hope to do the same against the Phoenix’s Alexis Hyder and Aliyah Huland El who have both been in good form. Hyder was outstanding for the Phoenix in last week’s northern double-header with averages of 30.5 points, 16.5 rebounds and 4.5 steals on 69% shooting earning her Player of the Week. Sunshine Coast had arguably their best weekend of the season defeating Gladstone and edging out Mackay in a thrilling overtime clash at the Crater. The Phoenix have now climbed their way to 5th on the ladder and face an important clash against the 7th placed Pirates. Both teams are in good form which promises to set up a mouth-watering clash.
Toowoomba Mountaineers v Gold Coast Rollers
Toowoomba suffered two close losses in Round 6 going down valiantly to Logan and Ipswich. Anita Brown and Kristina King were the shining lists for the Mountaineers dominating the stats board over the weekend. Brown had averages of 29 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists, whilst King averaged 21, 17 and 2 in the losses. The Mountaineers can’t continue to rely on these two and will be hoping that there are more contributions from the rest of the team up against Gold Coast. The Rollers got the bragging rights over the Seahawks last Friday thanks to a hard-fought victory at home. Jacqui Luna-Castro continued her good form with 27 points and 9 rebounds and Susannah Walmsley 23 points with 7 threes beyond the arc. Both teams have improved dramatically over the past season and this should be an entertaining game to watch out west. The Rollers have the form on the board and will need a win to keep in touch with the top 8.
Gladstone Port City Power Breakers v Townsville Flames
Gladstone endured a tough weekend at home losing to both Sunshine Coast by 19 and a narrow heart-breaking 1-point loss to the Dolphins on Sunday. The Power would be particularly disappointed in their loss to Cairns having dominated the entire game before a Janee Thompson jump shot on the buzzer cruelled their chances of a second win for the season. Akilah Bethel, Ashleigh Kelman-Poto and Amarah Coleman all had big weekends for the Power with Bethel averaging 13.5ppg, 7.7rpg and 2.5apg; Keman-Poto had 15ppg, 11rpg and 2apg whilst Coleman was sensational with 27 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. The Flames travel to Central Queensland on the back of another tough road trip to the south in Round 6. Townsville lost both games on the road to the Seahawks and last year’s champions Spartans to leave them sitting outside the 8 at .500 halfway through the season. The Flames will need a win to not only boost their standing but their confidence on their second consecutive road trip. Expect the Flames to bounce back in this one before a tough game against Rocky the following day.
Rockhampton Cyclones v Townsville Flames
Rockhampton are back at home for an exciting match-up against the Townsville Flames on Sunday afternoon. The Cyclones maintained their top-4 spot despite a shock 2-point loss to the Dolphins. In a low scoring affair, the Cyclones were overrun by a determined Cairns outfit and struggled for baskets registering just 20-64 from the field. Brooke Blair top-scored with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists Goulding and Snow combined for 21 points and 23 rebounds. Both teams enter this round off bad losses but have the chance to cement their position in the 8. The Flames will hope for some more from their bench players and will hope that a win can put them back into finals contention leading into the second half of the season. Should be a tight tussle in Rocky with the home side as slight favourites.
Gold Coast Rollers v Logan Thunder
The Rollers and Thunder play their second game of the weekend in this Round 7 clash on the Coast. Both teams head into the contest in good form but on other ends of the ladder. Logan sit second on the ladder with just one loss next to their name, however, they will be backing up against the defending champions Southern Districts the night before, whilst Gold Coast moved up to 11th after last week’s win over the Seahawks. Jacquie Luna-Castro and Susannah Walmsley have been the best performing Rollers averaging over 15 points a game, whilst Logan have been led by Mikaela Reuf who is averaging a stunning 15 rebounds a game and Mikhaela Cann who leads the league with almost 10 assists per game. At home, the Rollers have been playing good basketball but Logan are an exciting team and should have enough to get home in this one.