Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Three Games in Three Days Horror Road Trip a Triple Chance for Meteors; Mackay Sides Confident of Navigating the South

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Three Games in Three Days Horror Road Trip a Triple Chance for Meteors; Mackay Sides Confident of Navigating the South

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Byline: Daniel McKenzie daniel.mckenzie@dailymercury.com.au

Basketball: The Mackay Meteors hope a horror draw could spark a run to an outright lead on the Queensland Basketball League ladder.

After overcoming a fast finishing Rockhampton in a 112-105 nail biter at the Crater last Saturday, the Meteors now have a bye before facing three road games in three nights from Friday week.

Believing the bye has come at the right time for the Meteors, American import Titus Robinson said the side would be rested ahead the three run stretch which takes in the North Gold Coast Seahawks on the Gold Coast on the Friday, the Brisbane Capitals in Brisbane on the Saturday, and the Southern District Spartans on the Sunday.

Currently sitting level with Townsville at the top of the QBL ladder with six wins and one loss, Robinson said a successful trip could prove crucial in the push for league ascendancy.

"It's (road trip) going to be big and if we win all three games down there, it helps us put a little separation between us and other teams," he said.

"It's good to get some space and you'd know you have a deep enough team to win three on the road."

On paper, the Meteors' would be confident of toppling the winless Seahawks (last place), Capitals (12th), and Spartans (15th), but Robinson said the back-to-back to-back nature of the draw meant his side would need to clinical if they hoped to go 3-0.

Needing to manage players, Robinson said good starts and controlling leads would allow the side to rotate minutes and minimise the workloads on starters like Todd Blanchfield, Chris Cedar and playing coach Cameron Tragardh.

"We need to protect the ball, play as a team and make sure we jump out on top and try to keep things down instead of letting them come back," he said,.

"That way the starters can get a bit more rest and we can let the other guys get in and play a little bit more."

For the plan to work, Robinson said the side would need to "pay attention" and not allow comebacks like they did against Rockhampton, who hit the lead in the dying minutes after being as much as 30 points down. …

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