Power to battle Spartans

Awatea Leach knocked down 31 against the Yowies on Saturday. Photo: Gladstone Basketball GABA.

By Liam Emerton

After a rough double-header on the road, the Port City Power returns back home for a big battle.

It won’t be as intense as The battle of Thermopylae but the men’s Power squad will have to be as strong as an army to knock off the Southern Districts Spartans.

The Spartans march towards Gladstone this weekend sitting in third place having won six matches and lost just two.

But our basketball squad has proven they can push the biggest teams in the competition when they lost by just single digits to the table-topping South West Metro Pirates.

That match against the Pirates was the second of two games on the road last weekend, losing 88-81.

Baylin Janes was our top scorer in that match, with 19 points leading the way in front of Mylique Prior who scored 16.

The opening match of the road trip also saw the Power drop points to the

Yarrabilba Yowies.

That match was lost by just one possession as the Yowies stole a 93-90 victory over Port City.

It wasn’t so much that our squad played bad but that Yarrabilba’s Trei Compton caught fire, scoring 33 of their points.

Owen Gardiner and Josh Morfey tied for Gladstone’s best score of the night with 14 on Saturday.

The game against the Spartans will be the first and only time the teams meet in the regular season.

Without many more games to play this year the squad will need to perform on their home court to have any chance of breaking into the finals.

For our women’s squad they will have a chance to score another win over the Yarrabilba Yowies.

The Power blew out the Yowies by a staggering 40 points in round seven and will be hoping to do the same this weekend.

Awatea Leach was by far the best-on-court scoring a 31 piece for the Power in their huge win.

The side will need to shake off a tough 84-75 loss to the South West Metro Pirates however which happened the day after their win over Yarrabilba.

Sitting in fourth, another win over the Yowies could be crucial in pushing the squad into a huge momentum boost.

Games are scheduled to tip off with the women’s match at 5pm and the men’s at 7pm.