By Liam Emerton
Gladstone’s Queensland League basketball sides played their last home game of the season on the weekend, suffering two disappointing defeats.
The Port City Breakers side brought its best game to the match against the Gold Coast Rollers women’s team but ultimately fell at the final hurdle.
The ladies were winning by 10 points, 30-20, at halftime but a tremendous fightback from the Rollers in the third gave the travelling side a two-point lead heading into the fourth.
Down by three with just five seconds left, Port City’s Jameson McMullen sent the ball to Jay-lee Hippolite who knocked down a three-point buzzer-beater to level the scores at 64-64 and send the teams into overtime.
Sadly for Port, it could not get the job done in the extra time, with the Rollers taking control and winning 76-71.
Of course, Hippolite’s buzzer-beater was a standout play, but the ever-consistent Savannah Au knocked down 23 points and controlled 13 boards for a sublime double-double.
Daila Walker’s 16 points and 11 rebounds earned her a double-double performance as well.
Kadee Barrenger’s 14 points were combined with an impressive six steals showing her terrific contribution to the match.
The men’s match between Port City Power and Gold Coast Rollers was less tight by the end of the match but the local team showed plenty of heart.
The tightly contested second and fourth quarters showed the squad’s potential but slow starts in the first and third stanzas cost the team a decent run, eventually losing 94-70.
The Knights, Mitchell (20 points) and Ben (10 points), were the only two stars in double figures for scoring.
Gold Coast also managed a high percentage of 47.3 in field goals, which is considerably higher than Port’s 40.54.
Both the Gladstone teams will now sit this round on the sidelines and will return to action next weekend.