QBL teams in reach of fi­nals hope

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - ROHAN O’NEIL

FI­NALS bas­ket­ball is still a pos­si­bil­ity for both of Townsville’s QBL teams af­ter the Heat and Flames scored much- needed wins over Cairns on Fri­day night.

The Flames were able to turn the ta­bles on the Dol­phins team that had soundly beaten them in Cairns the week be­fore, with their 89- 68 vic­tory mov­ing them to a 7- 5 record.

With run­away lad­der lead­ers Gladstone as­sured one of the three play­off spots for north­ern pool teams in the fi­nals, the Flames will be left to bat­tle for the fi­nal two post sea­son places with Cairns ( 7- 4) and a well- placed Mackay ( 9- 4).

With just four games left in the sea­son, the Flames must con­tinue their win­ning ways to have any chance of play­ing fi­nals bas­ket­ball, start­ing this Fri­day when they host the Mackay Me­te­o­rettes.

The same goes for the Heat, who are still have a math­e­mat­i­cal chance of play­ing in the post sea­son af­ter they top­pled Cairns 78- 60. Townsville’s 5- 6 record sees them sit at eighth on the stand­ings and they will need to win out the year to steal the fi­nal play­off spot for the north­ern di­vi­sion.

Heat coach Rod­ney An­der­son wasn’t look­ing too far ahead and was more im­pressed with how his team bounced back af­ter a poor show­ing in Cairns last round.

“We haven’t re­ally talked about the play­offs and we don’t want to judge our sea­son as be­ing good or bad depend­ing on play­offs,” he said.

“It’s about hav­ing pride in our de­fence, stop­ping the guy in front of you and we feel like we were em­bar­rassed in Cairns last week so it was good to make it dif­fi­cult for them.”

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