Thursday, August 24, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
Meteors superstar Isaac White has experienced a bittersweet week in the world of basketball.
Just days after being named in the NBL1 All-League First Team and one of three finalists for the Most Valuable Player award, a disappointed White could only watch in despair from the sidelines as the Meteors crashed out of the North Conference title race after a 94-72 quarter final loss to South West Metro Pirates in Brisbane.
White – still recovering from a torn quad – missed the sudden-death fixture against the Pirates who now square off with reigning premiers Gold Coast Rollers in a semifinal this weekend.
The Meteors were robbed of their biggest weapon when champion guard White was ruled out, making it a tough assignment for his Mackay teammates.
White was a standout in 2023 and led the League in points per game (32.7) and steals per game (2.72) – producing stellar performances each week to pilot his team to a top eight berth.
Mackay trailed by four points at quarter-time and led 39-37 at the main break before the Pirates staged a second half revival.
Christian Maran top-scored for Mackay with 16 points, three rebounds and two assists with Tyler Williams contributing 15 points, five boards and five assists, Amarco Doyle (11 points and eight rebounds) and DJ Baptiste (10 points and seven boards).
White praised the efforts of Head Coach Joel Khalu, his teammates and the Meteors program, describing it as “super professional.”
Isaac White (left) was named in the NBL1 All-League First Team at the Basketball Queensland NBL1 presentation event and led the League in points per game (32.7) and steals per game (2.72)