Cairns Marlins travel well
THE Marlins couldn't be in better shape to tackle Queensland Basketball League heavyweights Mackay next weekend, strolling to their sixth and seventh straight wins in a southeast Queensland road trip on the weekend.
The supremely talented squad outclassed South West Metro on Saturday (85-78) and were able to give their bench big minutes yesterday against Gold Coast and still win by 26 points (89-63).
Six players scored between 10 and 18 points as coach Brad Burdon guaranteed there would be no weariness before their battle in Cairns on Saturday with a cashed-up Mackay, who have lost just once this season.
"We're just getting ready for that one now," Burdon said.
"We're trying to set ourselves up for finals, but it's a pretty experienced group, we are not getting ahead of ourselves."
Burdon is like a kid in a candy store at the moment considering the depth of his side.
On Saturday night it was James Comino who tore through the fifth-ranked Pirates with a double double.
But when he ran into foul trouble yesterday, Burdon called on Matthew Adekponya and Aaron Grabau to do the same thing.
"I am not really picking and choosing them though, they are choosing themselves based on how well they're playing," Burdon said.
Their road fortunes are good news for what may lie ahead, with the Marlins a very real chance of travelling to contest the QBL finals.
"That's the likelihood, but we are confident and if we play to our potential we can beat anyone," Burdon said.
That theory will be put to the test this weekend against the Meteors, who are coming off a bye but have also won their last seven games.
"They've got lots of money and they are doing a good job of using it," Burdon said.
"The boys are excited for the challenge that they've got ahead of them."
It was almost a perfect four from four on the weekend, if not for the Dolphins' four-point loss to Gold Coast yesterday.
Cayla Francis was outstanding again at centre, while the whole team was satisfied as they crushed South West on Saturday.
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Lots of depth: The Marlins' Matthew Adekponya was called from the bench to tear through the Gold Coast yesterday.