QBL: Weekend Round Up – Round 14
Cairns Dolphins – Northside Wizards 58-84 (W)
The Dolphins held a narrow lead in the first quarter but lost it soon into the second term, with the Wizards proving too strong, stealing the lead and running away with it for the remainder of the match. Northsides Taylor Lilley took out the Player of the Week award with her 31 point effort in the match, while Cayla Francis wasn’t far behind with 30 points for Cairns.
Cairns Marlins – Northside Wizards 83-65 (M)
The men’s team managed to even the score for Cairns, with the margins kept within single digits throughout the game, right up until with less than seven minutes remaining where the Wizards lost control, handing the game to Cairns. Aaron Grabau shot 26 points for the Marlins while Zac Carter top-scored for Northside with 16.
Brisbane Capitals – Gold Coast Rollers 73-87 (W)
The Rollers denied the Capitals a win at home to end the season, taking command of the match early in the piece and building themselves a strong lead. Brisbane’s Rachel Warren shot a game-high 24 points while Jade Davis put up 20 points for Gold Coast.
Brisbane Capitals – Gold Coast Rollers 74-84 (M)
It was a closer battle in the men’s match, with the Gold Coast getting out to a seven-point lead at the end of the first quarter, before the Capitals stole it back to lead by five points at halftime. The Rollers again fired up to steal the lead back to go into the final quarter up by three points, and despite another comeback from the home side early in the fourth term, the Rollers managed to again grab the lead to take the 10 point win. Nicholas Masunda had a game-high 29 points for the Capitals while the Rollers’ Scott McGregor shot 17 points.
Rockhampton Cyclones – Mackay Meteorettes 72-59 (W)
The top-of-the-table clash saw a hard-fought battle, with scores kept tight in the first half. The Cyclones managed to hold an eight-point advantage at halftime, and were able to hold onto the lead for the rest of the game, despite continued pressure from Mackay. Shanavia Dowdell shot 18 points for Rockhampton while Rachel Allison top-scored for the Meteorettes with 19.
Rockhampton Rockets – Mackay Meteorettes 81-70 (M)
The men’s match saw a similar story with the teams keeping fans on the edge of their seats in the first half, the Rockets coming back from the start of the second quarter trailing by one point to lead by 11 at halftime. From there they managed to maintain composure throughout a number of Mackay comebacks, to go through with the 11 point win. Mitch Philp shot 19 points for Rockhampton while Michael Cedar and Braydon Hobbs both contributed 15 for the Meteors.
Gladstone Power – Toowoomba Mountaineers 78-56 (W)
The Power maintained their dominance in the league, holding the game in their hands from the first quarter and running away with it to ensure themselves another win before the finals. Natalie Hurst and Rebecca Haynes both shot 16 points for Gladstone while Krystal Watson and Janelle Adams both hit 11 points for Toowoomba.
Gladstone Power – Toowoomba Mountaineers 82-74 (M)
The Gladstone men had a closer call in their match, leading the visitors by five points at halftime after both teams shared the lead in the first two quarters. The Mountaineers then staged a strong comeback, dominating the third quarter to go into the final stanza up by six points. But the Power weren’t about to concede their last match of the season on their home court, and pulled out a massive effort to take the match by eight points. Gladstone’s Zach Silverman shot 25 points while the Mountaineers’ James Legan shot 19 points.
Maroochydore Clippers – South West Metro Pirates 84-68 (W)
Another close match with both teams out to try to finish their season on a high the lead changing hands on a number of occasions. Maroochydore got the better of the Pirates in the final quarter, however, and secured themselves the 16 point win.
Maroochydore Clippers – South West Metro Pirates 61-91 (M)
Maroochydore held the lead in the first quarter, before the visitors took the lead in the second and built themselves a strong margin to take the 30-point win. The Pirates’ Robert Lippman shot 38 points to earn himself the Player of the Week title, while Gianni Constantiello and Zeke Meehl both shot 17 points for the Clippers.
Townsville Flames – Northside Wizards 69-87 (W)
The Wizards got the lead early and held onto it for the entire match, despite consistent attempts by the Flames to crawl the lead back and gain the upper hand. Taylor Lilley again had a strong game to earn her Player of the Week title, with 25 points, while Lisa Braunberger shot 17 for Townsville.
Townsville Heat – Northside Wizards 91-72 (M)
It was a different story in the men’s game with the Heat dominating the match almost from tip-off, ending their season on a comfortable win. Matthew Rees shot 22 points for Townsville, as did Louis Hurd for Northside.
Bundaberg Bears – Toowoomba Mountaineers 63-39 (W)
It was a close first half with the Mountaineers keeping up with the Bears, but the home side eventually got the upper hand to take the spoils. Rachel Maenpaa put up 15 points for Bundaberg while Janelle Adams shot 13 points for Toowoomba.
Bundaberg Bulls – Toowoomba Mountaineers 84-100 (M)
The Bundaberg men weren’t as fortunate in their match, with the first three quarters seeing a tight battle for the lead, the Toowoomba side eventually powering up to build a decent lead in the final quarter to take the win. James Legan shot 31 points for Toowoomba while Willie Shackleford had 21 points for Bundaberg.
Courtesy of: qbl.basketball.net.au