On the eve of their first game at home for the 2018 season, Brady Walmsley coach of the Port City Power says the almost entirely new starting line-up will transform their offensive play:
“At the end of the season last year, the Power was the lowest scoring team in the league and they had the lowest three-point field goal percentage, so I guess we’ve tried to establish the kind of personnel to counteract that,” he told Gladstone News this week.
“I think, and most people would agree, that in modern basketball that it’s hard to be good if you don’t score a lot of points. Getting our offence playing a more modern style has been kind of a primary focus for me,” Brady said
New personnel including imports Taylor Young and Casey Walker, as well as former NBL Illawarra and Melbourne player Troy Robinson.
“It’s his first time playing in the QBL, but he’s a pretty established player,” coach Walmsley said.
The other new faces are Jordan Lumkon and Cirkook Riak both originating from the New South Wales league.
Returning are Tyler Allen, Nathaniel Musters, games record-holder and co-captain Troy Robinson as well as Patrick Ciganovic.
“Aside from those guys – Pat, Tyler, Nathaniel and Troy – everyone is basically new.”
After thrilling crowds in their pre-season game, the Power were defeated last weekend 117-76 by USC Rip City (Sunshine Coast) but backed it up with nail-bitingly narrow margin (losing 109-108) the second of two away games last weekend.
The Power face Toowoomba at home this Saturday (May 12) at the Kev Broome stadium, and Captain Power will be there:
Locally designed by Sianna Choc at local firm Elevate Media, coach Walmsley says he’s looking forward to seeing Captain Power electrifying the fans on game night: “I am really excited to see Captain Power. He looks pretty cool to me,” he said.
“In the breaks, it’s great to have an entertaining and exciting product on the floor to sell the sponsors and the stands; I think it’s an engagement strategy that’s unique in the league,” he said.