Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Former Rocket Blasts off; Martin Stars as Meteors Down Rocky

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Former Rocket Blasts off; Martin Stars as Meteors Down Rocky

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Byline: Guy Williams Guy.Williams@capnews.com.au

BASKETBALL: Dual QBL men's premiership winner and former Republik Nightclub Rockets star Rhys Martin again rose to the occasion.

Playing in his third consecutive QBL men's grand final, Martin led the Mackay Meteors to their first championship in the 26-year history of the Queensland competition when the Meteors finished 100-82 winners over the Rockets at Candlestick Park, Mackay, on Saturday night.

The Meteors guard, who will link with the Wollongong Hawks in the upcoming NBL season, knocked down big shots from outside the arc at the end of each of the opening three quarters to finish with 25 points and effectively break the Rockets' spirits.

A gracious Rockets coach Neal Tweedy praised Mackay's performance on the night and in particular Martin's ability to lead his side.

C[pounds sterling]I'll give him credit Co he stood up when he needed to,C[yen] Tweedy said.

C[pounds sterling]Rhys controlled the match. When he hit three buzzer-beaters at the end of their first three quarters, that hurt our guys.C[yen]

Cairns Taipans development player Deba George, Wollongong Hawks star Timothy Coenraad and fellow former Rocket Michael Kingma did the damage for the home side. George and Coenraad both added 24 points while Kingma's work in close earned him 15 points and seven rebounds.

The Rockets were confident leading into the grand final after their 85-73 quarter final win in Townsville and 89-63 semi-final win against Northside Wizards last Friday. …

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