Flames need to step up af­ter shock Power de­feat

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - ROHAN O’NEIL

TOWNSVILLE Flames coach Brady Walm­s­ley has de­manded more con­sis­tency from his team af­ter their tough 80- 72 loss to the Port City Power on Satur­day night.

A fast start from the com­pe­ti­tion lead­ing Power helped them race out to a 23- 11 lead af­ter the first pe­riod and they were able to con­tin­u­ally keep the Flames at bay.

The Flames man­aged just 23 points in the first two quar­ters and de­spite a vastly im­proved sec­ond half per­for­mance, Walm­s­ley’s team were un­able to bridge the gap and steal a home win.

“It wasn’t re­ally un­til half- time that we got go­ing and against good teams like Gladstone you just can’t let them get out in front like we did,” he said.

“I think that we showed in the sec­ond half that when we do things the right way we can com­pete against any­one in this league but we need to find a way to do that for 40 min­utes.”

Their loss saw them slip to fifth in the QBL stand­ings with a 7- 4 record for the sea­son and with fel­low North­ern pool clubs the Power, Mackay and Cairns ahead of them, the next few weeks will be hugely im­por­tant to their play­off as­pi­ra­tions.

“We’ve had a re­ally com­pet­i­tive run over the last three or four games and our next few games are re­ally must- win for us,” he said.

The Townsville Heat en­joyed much more suc­cess­ful night as they stormed home to an 86- 72 win over Gladstone.

Crocodiles point guard Mitch Nor­ton led with 20 points and four as­sists, while Harry Frol­ing also ex­celled with an 18- point, 11- re­bound dou­ble com­ing off the bench.

Vet­eran for­ward Max Mur­ray capped a big week with 13 points and four re­bounds and Heat coach Rod­ney An­der­son praised his squad’s re­solve bounc­ing back from last week’s overtime loss.

“Last week we knew that we let the game slip away so I was re­ally happy with how ev­ery­one ap­proached train­ing and bounced back on Satur­day night,” he said.

“Gladstone have had a re­ally tough sched­ule lately so we re­ally wanted to push the pace, make them grind in de­fence and the guys fol­lowed the game plan ex­actly as I hoped.”

Pic­ture: ZAK SIM­MONDS

TOUGH GO­ING: The Flames’ Mia Newley tries to get around Port City Power's Natalie Tay­lor in the Women’s QBL match be­tween Townsville and Gladstone. The Power came away with the win.

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