Hurricanes keen to create a storm
BASKETBALL: Hervey Bay Hurricanes player-coach Andrew Priest hopes this weekend's Regional Basketball League at Hervey Bay PCYC will trigger a resurgence of basketball in the city.
For the first time Hervey Bay will host a round of the league, which includes four teams from Wide Bay.
It's been five years since the Hurricanes last played in a recognised senior basketball competition and the team will field a roster with a combination of both youth and experience.
Priest feels the RBL will be a key plank of the club's strategy to develop elite players.
"The whole reason why we took part in this league was to give our young players a platform to play on a bigger stage," he said.
"This competition helps bridge that gap from local competition and semi-professional ABA league and gives them something to aspire to."
In the opening round in Toowoomba, a shorthanded Hurricanes team got off to a flying start by beating Gympie 57-32, but dropped their next three games.
Despite being dealt a wicked schedule - one game on Saturday and three on Sunday - Priest said there was no reason why they couldn't win most their matches this weekend.
"Because we are on our home court, we've got to make sure we take advantage of that situation," he said.
"I think coming away with two or three wins is not a far-fetched goal."
The Hurricanes' chances of doing well have been boosted by the inclusion of towering centre Glenn Jordan.
The 38-year-old is expected to be the only 200cm-plus player to hit the Pialba courts for the two-day tournament.
Priest said Jordan was sorely missed in Toowoomba and will be a handful for opposition players.
"We're fortunate to have Glenn this time. He's the piece of puzzle which we were lacking last time," he said.
"We were down in the height department and his intimidation on the defensive end will make us a 15 to 20-point better side."
Games tip-off from 9am tomorrow with the final matches to be played at 3pm on Sunday. Spectator entry is free.
11am: v Protech
9am: v Gympie
11am: OZ Intensity 1
1pm: OZ Intensity 2