Mackay Meteors guard Tyson Demos goes aerial against the Brisbane Capitals in game two of the finals series with coach Joel Khalu (right) looking on.
Mackay Meteors guard Tyson Demos goes aerial against the Brisbane Capitals in game two of the finals series with coach Joel Khalu (right) looking on. Tony Martin

Meteors beat Brisbane to be this year's QBL champions

BASKETBALL: After three games in the Queensland Basketball League grand final series, it came down to just two moments.

Captain Chris Cedar drained a vital three-pointer to put the Mackay Meteors up with seconds to play in game three.

The Brisbane Capitals missed their chance and Luke Harvey grabbed a huge defensive rebound, and that was all she wrote. Mackay won the deciding game by just two points, in a tense and tight contest.

The Meteors were down by 11 points at one stage but fought back in the third period to set up their win.

Coach Joel Khalu found it hard to describe the feeling of winning.

"There was probably a lot of doubt there throughout," he said.

"I think our desire was what got us over the line."

Cedar said in the first half of game three the side was not playing to win a championship.

"In the second half we played how we normally play," he said.

"This is probably one of the best teams I've ever played in."

US import Braydon Hobbs was huge throughout the series, and was deservedly named most valuable player of the finals series.

"We battled through a tough three games, everyone was pretty tired heading into the game, but we stuck to our plan and got the win," Hobbs said.

Hobbs scored 22 points in the final game and was a huge factor in the win.

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 Game one: Mackay Meteors, 82 defeated Brisbane Capitals, 76

 Game two: Brisbane Capitals, 85 defeated Mackay Meteors, 73

 Game three: Mackay Meteors, 88 defeated Brisbane Capitals, 86


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