AN ENERGETIC Glenn Scott provided the spark the Rockets needed as they returned to their dominant ways with a 30-point win over Toowoomba Mountaineers.

Scott started the alongside captains Mitch Philp and Brad Williamson; and imports Chehales Tapscott and Ray Turner.

But it was 16-year-old sensation Jared Blanchard who had the crowd on their feet shortly after he took to the floor late in the third quarter.

After missing his first three-point attempt, the Queensland under-18 representative found his range early in the fourth quarter sinking a three-pointer before following it up with a high-flying dunk.

A 44-second stint against Brisbane Capitals a fortnight ago aside, Blanchard's first real court time saw him hit two three-pointers to finish with 12 points after shooting 5-6 from the field.

"He was outstanding in his first real minutes at QBL level and to get in in the third quarter and to come out with that energy, he knocked a couple of shots down, and had that beautiful dunk down the middle," Rockets head coach Neal Tweedy said of Blanchard's performance in the McDonald's Rockhampton Rockets' 113-83 win over Toowoomba Mountaineers on Saturday night at Hegvold Stadium.

"He's got some quality and he's been working hard with our older guys and that's what we want to bring through."

Led by Tapscott (39 points), Turner (25 points) and Scott's defensive hustle, the Rockets turned on the heat early in the match opening up a nine-point buffer at the end of the first quarter before extending their lead to 16 at half-time.

But, it was his work in defence that impressed head coach Neal Tweedy.

"We really were committed at the start and Glenny Scott gave us a little bit more energy," Tweedy said.

"He can get a tap out and he's a good defender like Peni (Nasalo)."

At his disposal, Tweedy has a roster that sees former NBL players Michael Kingma and Chris Cedar; and the ever-consistent QBL championship winner Peni Nasalo injected into the contest off the bench after the opening minutes.

Throw in young guns Blanchard and Jackson McTier, who has returned from a season with US college team Alaska Anchorage Seawolves and Tweedy has the deepest roster he's worked with in recent years.


Rockhampton Rockets 113 (C Tapscott 38, R Turner 31, B Williamson 15) d ef Toowoomba Mountaineers 83 (W Farley 29, M Adams 25, T Smith 23) at Hegvold Stadium on Saturday night.

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