UNDER PRESSURE: Michael Stone takes the ball up for the Clippers in their clash with the Northside Wizards on Friday night.
UNDER PRESSURE: Michael Stone takes the ball up for the Clippers in their clash with the Northside Wizards on Friday night. Patrick Woods

Meehl urges troops to be on guard from start

AFTER seeing his team caught out in first quarters, Suncoast guard Zeke Meehl has urged the side to show more intensity in coming Queensland Basketball League games.

The Clippers crashed to a 93-61 loss to Northside at Buderim on Friday night after falling behind by 18 points early in the round-six clash.

It was the third time in four outings the side had trailed at the first change, but it was by far its worst start to a match.

The Clippers were due to play South West Metro at Mt Gravatt last night but regardless of the result there, Meehl said his team must show more concentration, more consistently, at the start of matches.

"To be honest, I think it's to do with our preparation, just making sure we're ready individually," he said.

"We're just coming out a little flat and that's something we've been having a little problem with the last couple of games and we end up having to chase from behind.

"I just think the guys aren't ready sometimes for what the other team will bring.

"They come out giving 100% from the beginning and our guys get caught on the back foot and by the time we do recoup and get ourselves going it's a 15 to 18-point deficit."

He said most of the side could learn from Josh Walters' initial effort on Friday night, when he scored most of their early points.

"He came out firing and brought a bit of energy with him," Meehl said.

"We need to make sure were on the same page (as Walters) and be ready to go."

The Clippers have shown enough to suggest they can trouble the top teams.

This was particularly evident in a win against Ipswich a week ago.

"They are a very tough team. We came up against them with the mentality we were the underdogs and we fought hard from the beginning and that shows signs of what we can do," Meehl said.

"If we play like that every week we'll challenge every team in the league, but our problem is that consistency."

The Suncoast women's side lost 77-74 to Northside on Friday despite the presence of Australian Opal Natalie Hurst, who scored 31 points.

They were also due to face South West last night.

FULL-TIME

Queensland Basketball League, round 6, at Buderim

Men: Northside 91 bt Suncoast 61

Women: Northside 77 bt Suncoast 74



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