By Liam Emerton
The Port City Power under 18’s ripped into the first round of the Central Queensland Junior Basketball Competition on the weekend.
While it was a tough first round for our young female participants our boys gave it all they had and picked up two wins from a possible four.
The teams travelled out to Bundaberg for the first round of the competition with Port City Power’s boys forced into back-to-back games.
The first match for our boys was against Bundaberg and it was the perfect start for the Power.
Cooper Rhodes and Joshua Morfey were outstanding for Port City scoring 22 and 21 respectively as they went out 91-66 winners.
But after running their legs out against Bundy, the team was thrown into a match against the Rockhampton Rockets.
The Rockets always have a strong junior system and, combined with fresh legs, were able to take down our local basketballers.
They won 124-71 but it wasn’t for the lack of trying as Morfey top scored for the Power with 22 and teammates Rhodes (15) and Luke Hampson (15) made solid contributions against a very strong team.
Port City’s third match came the next day with the side coming face-to-face with the Rockets again.
While our defensive game was stronger this time around it still wasn’t enough to crack Rockhampton, which took out Gladstone with a 96-63 victory.
This time Rahul Captain stepped up with an impressive 19 points but it wasn’t enough as Port City lost their second match in a row.
Needing a shot of confidence, the side faced Bundaberg in the final game of round one and found their rhythm once again.
Producing their best offensive performance of the round, Port City came out and dominated Bundy with a 105-67 win.
Rhodes had a terrific outing against the Bulls, scoring 30 points which all came from inside the three point line or from the stripe.
Captain also found his feet again with a solid 20 points while Tyryn Littleboy (16), Hampson (15) and Morfey (15) all produced solid performances on the offensive end.
That leaves our under 18’s clear in second place, hunting down the undefeated Rockhampton Rockets which comfortably took out the first round.
Our under-18 girls team had a much tougher tournament than our boys, losing all four games.
Despite having to face two really strong teams in the Rockhampton Cyclones and Bundaberg, Tiani Lawton and Amy Smith were standouts for the Port City squad, having solid contributions in almost every match.