BASKETBALL ConocoPhillips CQ Cup Rd 1: Rockhampton Rockets vs Mackay Meteors. Marcus Fossey.
BASKETBALL ConocoPhillips CQ Cup Rd 1: Rockhampton Rockets vs Mackay Meteors. Marcus Fossey.

Khalu turns Fossey’s fun into games: ‘So you playing?’

MARCUS Fossey is back in the Meteors' red and black and it's like he never left.

Six years removed from his final playing stint off a Mackay bench in the QBL, Fossey has been pulled from the local A-Grade competition to be one of the leading lights in Joel Khalu's CQ Cup squad.

After watching Fossey work his magic at The Crater in round two it's incredible to think he almost did not play at all this season.

As the story goes Fossey, the storyteller, turned up for the infamous Joel Khalu pre-preseason pick-up sessions and after enjoying his time with old mates, the former Meteor returned for pre-season proper with fun and fitness in mind.

That was until Khalu pulled him from a session and put the question to him bluntly.

"Joel pulls me out in the middle of training and just says 'hey, are you playing?' and I was like … maybe," Fossey recalled, bemused.

"And then I decided to commit."

And though the experienced campaigner may joke his best basketball is behind him, Fossey has fit in seamlessly with his former Meteors mates and the on-court chemistry is already paying dividends.

"Luckily Mackay has always had a good bunch of locals. We're missing a few, but we still have Rassy (Brad Rasmussen), Blics (Lukass Blicavs), Wicksy (Hayden Wicks); all those guys who are on posters around Mackay," Fossey said.

"And luckily we're all mates, so it hasn't been all that different in that respect."

Khalu's return to Mackay coincided almost perfectly with Fossey's return to the Meteors set-up. Only a fool would call that coincidence.

BASKETBALL ConocoPhillips CQ Cup Rd 1: Rockhampton Rockets' Jaxson Zulian and Mackay Meteors' Marcus Fossey
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In a coronavirus-affected campaign, Khalu needs numbers he can rely on and in Fossey he has a damaging guard who can run the floor and find an open man when needed.

Again, Fossey says, that comes down to chemistry.

"Stepping back in with Gambo (Mitch Gamblin) and Rassy and Blics … it's very easy to know what they're going to do (and) where they're going to be.

"As a guard you're able to put yourself in the right spots to get them looks. Because you know Rassy is going to be sitting in that mid-range pocket; you know Gambo will be in the corner somewhere, and Wicksy will be lingering for that open three.

"It hasn't changed in years, so it's been quite a seamless transition back into the roster."

In the Meteors' round two demolition job of the Bundaberg Bulls, Fossey was clearly enjoying himself.

As the team ran up the score on an undermanned Bulls outfit, Fossey and co had the ball zinging in and out of the paint at will.

That chemistry will be important in the tougher CQ Cup games against the likes of Rockhampton and Gladstone, he said.

"That's where our chemistry will hopefully shine and be evident to people," Fossey said.

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