By Liam Emerton
The Rockhampton Rockets are flying high after picking up their second straight victory.
What makes the win even sweeter for our Rockets is that it came against our closest rivals in the Mackay Meteors.
The Mackay side hosted our Rocky lads and took a one-point lead into the second quarter after winning the first 26-25.
But a surge, especially in defence, saw our Rockets hold Mackay to just 15 points in the second period, scoring 21 of our own to take a 46-41 lead into the half time break.
Adding to their close lead, Rockhampton put on 25 points in the third while Mackay could manage just 21, giving the Rockets a 71-62 lead heading into the final stanza.
And in an almost exact duplication of the second quarter, the Rockets scored 21 points and kept the home side to just 15 to bring home a huge 92-77 win back to Bravus Arena.
There’s no surprise that Todd Blanchfield was at his brilliant best again.
Blanchfield has been red hot and proved that by lighting the Meteors on fire, scoring 38 points off 14 from 27 shots.
And it wasn’t just his shooting form that was strong, Blanchfield managed to pull down 10 boards, securing a 38-point double-double for his squad.
Isaiah Moss was also solid for our NBL-1 side, scoring 26 points and securing 11 rebounds.
Moss also played all 40 minutes of the contest whereas Blanchfield rested for just one minute and one second of game time.
The fitness of our men’s squad seems to be the difference-maker with our starters able to play massive stretches of the game without fading towards the clutch time.
This weekend the Rockhampton Rockets return home to Bravus Arena against the Brisbane Capitals.
The Capitals have scored two tight victories in their opening two matches, beating Ipswich Force 82-80 and the Northside Wizards 80-79.
Their defence has been the main factor in their wins, but with the way Rockhampton has been scoring it will be tough to contain the red-hot shooters of the Rockets.
For our Cyclones, their trip to Mackay was a little less successful, falling short to the Mackay Meteorettes 83-67.
Jannon Otto was our best shooter of the night, scoring 26 in the tough loss to our local rivals.
This weekend the Cyclones welcome the Capitals to Rockhampton in hopes of getting back to their winning ways.
Rockhampton has won one game from three this year while the Capitals have split their games this season, winning one and losing the other.
In good news for both sides, the Capitals’ road trip includes a match against Mackay on Friday, giving our Rocky sides an opportunity at a team less than fresh.
That could be a big factor in the matches on Saturday, especially with the atmosphere of a Rockhampton crowd getting behind the Rockets and Cyclones.