Mackay Meteors shoot down Rocky Rockets in pre-season match

MACKAY has come out on top in the first match against Rockhampton in the pre-season QBL series.

The McDonald's Rockhampton Rockets lost 95-75 to the Mackay Meteors while the Frenchville Sports Club Cyclones also lost to the Mackay Meteorettes 79-45.

McDonalds Rockhampton Rockets coach Neal Tweedy said it was a disappointing result for their team.

"I thought the mindset from the start of the game wasn't great, we were slow in the first quarter," he said.

"Defensively we need to have the right mindset that we're there to stop goals from the start.

"To give up 39 points on our home floor is not our standard."

He said the pre-season game was good to see where the team was at, and they'll be knuckling down over the next month.

"We'll get back into training, we're still a month away so we've got a lot of work to do.

"We need to adjust our defence more than anything.

"Mackay just outworked us … they out rebounded us 35 to 25."

He praised Glenn Scott, who had 19 points and five rebounds, as their best player in the game.

There were several players away for the Rockets, with Brad Williamson missing due to personal commitments, Jared Blanchard at the under-18 nationals and the two American imports yet to arrive.

Ray Turner is expected to arrive Monday week, with the name of the second import being announced tomorrow.

Cyclones captain Alex Brady said the game was a good eye-opener for the younger players and a way to introduce them to the pace and playing style of higher-level basketball.

Cyclones player Chloe Morrow in the pre-season basketball game against Mackay at Hegvold Stadium. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Cyclones player Chloe Morrow in the pre-season basketball game against Mackay at Hegvold Stadium. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

"We'll be going away from that game just to focus on physicality and intensity at practice," she said.

"Mackay are a really tough team … we need to lock in our offensive sets a little bit

"The big focus for us this game was not really the score, being a pre-season game we didn't have a lot of preparation time so we're just trying to gel as a team."

Alex is expecting a tough season but the fact they were a small team was one of their advantages.

"We'll try and work on a game that's going to suit us and that's probably a fast-paced game and running the ball, trying to beat the bigger teams up the court," she said. "With a lot of young players, we've got a lot of room for improvement, so we're trying to work on getting better each week."

Rockhampton will meet the Meteors and Meteorettes on April 26 for another pre-season game in Mackay, and Neal said hopefully they'll be able to make some improvements before the rematch.

QBL Series

Mackay Meteors 95 d Rockahmpton Rockets 75

Mackay Meteorettes 79 d Cyclones 45