Cairns Marlins (4) def USC Rip City (5) 93-76
The Marlins proved too strong at home on Saturday coming back from a second quarter deficit to knock out the USC Rip 93-76. Stevie Weigh and Damon Heuir top scored for the Marlins with 23 points each, whilst Kuany Kuany led with team with 11 rebounds. Isaih Tueta was the top scorer for the Rip with 20 points and had 5 assists. Cairns will now travel to Townsville next week to take on the Heat for a spot in the Grand Finals.
Townsville Heat (3) def South West Metro Pirates (6) 92-89
Townsville almost let a 20-point lead slip in the final minutes after a strong comeback from the Pirates before going on to win 92-89 and set up a home semi-final next weekend against Cairns. Josh Wilcher was outstanding for the Heat top scoring with 27 points, whilst also leading the team in assists with 7. Justin Baker had 9 rebounds as did Keegan Tudehope who came off the bench playing big minutes. The Pirates fought back strongly thanks to a massive performance from Jeremy Kendle who registered a game-high 31 points and 10 rebounds. Tanner McGrew picked up 19 points and 12 rebounds but in the end, it wasn’t enough for the Pirates to continue their 2017 season.
Mackay Meteors (2) def Logan Thunder (7) 93-83
Mackay’s home court advantage was again on show in the quarter-finals with the Meteors registering a 10-point win over the Logan Thunder. Mackay were led by trio Shaun Bruce (27 points, 10 assists), Chris Cedar (25 points, 5 rebounds) and Cameron Tragardh (22 points, 9 rebounds). Bijan Johnson came off the bench to top score for Logan with 24 points and Mitch Young was again strong for the Thunder with 20 points and 17 rebounds. Mackay will now host Rockhampton in the semi-finals next week.
Rockhampton Rockets (8) def Brisbane Capitals (1) 95-91
Rocky came up with the biggest upset over the weekend knocking out the top seed Brisbane Capitals by 4 points on Saturday night at NAB Stadium. Christopher Fowler was best on court for the Rockets with a game-high 30 points shooting at 72% from the floor. Rashad Haasan scored 23 points and gained 14 rebounds, whilst David Wagner picked up 10 boards in the win. The Capitals put up 50 three-point shots on Saturday but only hit 13 for the game. Dusty Rychart starred for the Caps with 27 points, whilst Princeton Onwas scored 21 before fouling out in the final quarter. The Rocket’s upset sees them travel to Mackay to take on the Meteors in next week’s Grand Final qualifier.
Gladstone Port City Power (4) def Townsville Flames (5) 78-74
Gladstone’s late season form continued in the quarter finals over the weekend beating Townsville by 4 points to book a semi-final clash with the Spartans. Tabatha Richardson Smith was again the star for the Power with 29 points and 12 rebounds, whilst Cassie Rochel collected 14 rebounds in the win. Townsville were without their star scorer Darcee Garbin who was on World Uni Games duties representing Australia. In her absence Mia Murray stepped up with 32 points and 8 rebounds, whilst captain Rachel McCully had 9 rebounds and 9 assists.
Mackay Meteorettes (3) def Ipswich Force (6) 78-74
Despite trailing early in the game, Mackay were able to put in three strong quarters to knock off the Ipswich Force at home 78-74. The Meteorettes shared the points around on Saturday with Chevennah Paalvast the top scorer with 18 points and Nadeen Payne was strong in the paint registering 13 rebounds. Markel Walker was dominant for the Force scoring 27 points and 14 rebounds, whilst Shenita Landry had 12 points and 13 rebounds. Mackay will now travel to Logan to face the Thunder next Saturday night.
Brisbane Spartans (1) def South West Metro Pirates (8) 77-45
The Brisbane Spartans continued their undefeated season crushing the Pirates at home by 32 points. Ashleigh Karaitiana scored 20 points, whilst Natalie Taylor came off the bench to score 17 including 3-7 from downtown. The Pirates had just one player who managed to reach double-digits with Stephanie Bairstow scoring 14 points. Madelyn Willey led from the front with 7 assists but the Pirates were no match for the surging Spartans who continue to have home court advantage for the rest of the play-offs.
Logan Thunder (2) def Brisbane Capitals (7) 87-56
The Logan Thunder had little trouble taking care of the Capitals with a 31-point win at home on Sunday. Kate Gaze led the Thunder with 33 points which included 5 three-pointers. Ula Motuga and Sarah Ambrose both had 11 rebounds, whilst Mikhaela Donnelly again led the team in assists with 7. Brisbane’s star D’Lesha Lloyd tried to keep her team in the contest with 20 points and 9 rebounds, but the Capitals were outmatched by a dominant Logan outfit. The Thunder will now host Mackay next week setting up a mouth-watering semi-final clash.