Thursday, August 24, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
Veteran Mackay Meteors basketball forward Bradley Rassmussen remains a vital cog in the club’s NBL1 North Conference finals charge.
The popular stalwart leader celebrated his 300-game milestone last Friday night by helping the Meteors register a vital 89-77 victory over the North Gold Coast Seahawks at Mackay Basketball Stadium.
It was a match to savour for the long serving Rassmussen – now in his 16th season with the Meteors – and just three days shy of his 39th birthday.
His court time was limited to five minutes where he picked up three rebounds with the crowd favourite receiving thunderous applause from diehard supporters waving Rassmussen placards.
The 12-point triumph improves Mackay’s record to 11-8 in their quest for the play-offs.
Leading the way was Meteors trump card Isaac White who produced 30 points, 13 rebounds, nine assists and three steals in yet another superb performance.
The Mackay skipper was ably supported by talented guard Tyler Williams who contributed 20 points, three rebounds and three assists; forward Christian Maran (15 points, four boards and two assists); exciting guard Isaiah Lee (eight points and three rebounds) and DJ Baptiste (five points and 12 rebounds).
The tenacious Seahawks pushed the Meteors all the way and trailed by seven points at the first break; 48-37 at half time and by twelve points at the end of the third stanza.
Former Meteors guard Biwali Bayles turned in a strong display against his old club - posting 24 points, nine assists, three rebounds, three steals and two blocks for North Gold Coast with US import Wesley Harris contributing 16 points and 12 boards, Kody Stattmann 15 points and seven rebounds, Josh Duach 12 points and Majok Majok (10 points and 11 rebounds).
In the early game, North Gold Coast Seahawks stayed in finals contention with a thrilling 95-90 victory over the Mackay Meteorettes.
Classy guard Alexa Held proved the difference - registering 37 points, three assists and three steals in a top display for the Seahawks.
Mackay led by four points with 1:15 to play after a spectacular jumper from Denesha Bobongie but it was short-lived.
Carly Remmos hit a three-pointer for North Gold Coast soon after before then also scoring inside and Held stretched the lead to three with seconds to play.
Two free-throws from Bride Kennedy-Hopoate sealed a five-point victory for the visitors who improved to a 9-7 record to remain inside the top eight.
Erin Riley (21 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and three assists), Emma Gandini (16 points and five steals), Kennedy-Hopoate (eight points and two board) and Remmos (seven points and five rebound) also impressed for the Seahawks.
The Meteorettes were best served by Davida Dale (19 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and three steals) with the gifted Bobongie adding 19 points, five blocks, four rebounds, four assists and three steals and Brittany Reeves (19 points, 17 boards and three assists).
Brad Rassmussen notched up game number 300 last Friday
The Meteorettes fell short of the Gold Coast Seahawks in a high-scoring game at the Crater last Friday night. Photo credit: Keiron Place Photography