Gleeson Lands Winner in Final Moments

LeGassick Goannas point guard Shaun Gleeson delivered a powerplay inside the final five seconds delivering the Gold Coast LeGassick Goannas a heart-stopping 83-81 upset victory over the South West Metro Pirates at The Southport School yesterday.

With scores locked at 81-all and 30 seconds remaining, Gleeson took the ball from an Adam Darragh defensive rebound and calmly ran the shot clock down to single figures before he penetrated the Pirates' defence for a lengthy two-point shot to win the game.

Moments after Gleeson's shot, the siren sounded to give the Goannas a 5-2 win-loss start to the Queensland Basketball League.

It capped off a thrilling afternoon for the home side after the Gold Coast Gliders scored an epic 89-87 victory when captain Jade Abele sank two free throws after the siren.

"It was just a good tough game with an amazing finish.  I'm extremely happy with the win and the way we played it tough right to the end," said Chris Riches. 

Gleeson, in line to be signed by the Blaze as 11th man, did his chances no harm with 24 points and a match-winning play as Gold Coast coach Joey Wright looked on.

It was a huge effort from Gleeson who was ruled out during the week with a knee injury.

"He was supposed to miss two matches with the knee injury, he didn't train during the week, so it was a big effort to play today," said coach Mick Conlon.

The astute Conlon said he was certain Gleeson would not look out of place in an NBL jersey.

It was a brave win from the Goannas who trailed by 11 points deep in the second quarter but fought back to lead by six points at three-quarter time and held their nerve at the death.

Conlon paid tribute to skipper David Gurney who topped the scores with 26 points. "David was really strong for us today, we really generate a lot from his experience."

The Goannas are now undefeated at home and are in the middle of a four-game stretch at TSS.

"I said at the start of the season that we want to go undefeated at home and so far we have done that and we want to restrict teams to 80 points, they scored one more than that today but we won, so I'll accept that," said Conlon.

The excitement will continue next Sunday at The Southport School against the Maroochydore Clippers at 12pm and 2pm. Adults $7 and children 17 and under $2.


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