Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Buried at the Crater; Rockets Raid on Mackay Has Meteors Seeing Stars

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Buried at the Crater; Rockets Raid on Mackay Has Meteors Seeing Stars

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BASKETBALL: It was the big test of the Minecorp Rockets credentials for the 2012 QBL season and the team came away from Mackay with flying colours.

Mackay has made the Crater its fortress in recent years but on Saturday night it was the locals who left the stadium shell-shocked as the Rockets' high-intensity defence handed the Meteors their first home loss in 19 games.

C[pounds sterling]C[yen]I'm obviously very happy,C[yen] coach Neal Tweedy said. C[pounds sterling]We went out with a pretty good game plan and stuck to it.C[yen]

In a low-scoring contest the Rockets recorded a 71-65 victory with all team members making the kind of contribution required in a crunch match.

The Rockets only used seven players with the five in the starting line-up playing big minutes.

However, the contribution made by the two players coming off the bench, Tony Campbell and Aaron Glazebrook, delighted Tweedy.

C[pounds sterling]Aaron gave us eight minutes but in that time he scored five points and got four rebounds,C[yen] he said.

The experienced Campbell had a little longer on court and part of his contribution was scoring a three-pointer.

C[pounds sterling]It is all about getting guys some rest,C[yen] Tweedy said. C[pounds sterling]Their bench goes a lot deeper than ours but they still only played the seven players.C[yen]

It was also important to have bench players do their job as the Rockets had Ryan McDade sitting on four fouls and in danger of being fouled out of the game.

Tweedy said the Rockets' objective was to control the tempo of the game and ensure it didn't turn into a high-scoring contest.

C[pounds sterling]It was a defence-oriented game,C[yen] he said. C[pounds sterling]Defence and rebounding, if you win those stats then you win games.

C[pounds sterling]We went out to reduce their shot attempts.C[yen]

The Rockets were successful, winning the rebound count 43-38. …

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