Wildcats suffer as top guns miss out
THE Warwick Wildcats A grade team had to journey home with the bitter taste of defeat in their mouths last weekend.
This is a new experience for the team and coaches after going through the first half of the season undefeated.
All three teams travelled away to play Dalby on Saturday with both the Whites and Greens bringing home wins in reserves. But the under-strength Wildcats could not make any headway in the close game with the halftime score 50-49 in Dalby's favour.
Unfortunately for assistant coach Darin Page, four of the starting five were unable to travel to Dalby.
With coach Jeff Clark out of the country, Page was hoping to welcome him home with a winning result but it wasn't to be.
Several of the reserve-grade players backed up to help out in A grade.
Many of the reserve grade players got their first taste of the A grade league.
Page said the reserves fought valiantly and gave everything they had on the court.
"To Dalby's credit, their defence in the final few seconds was vicious," he said.
This defence managed to stop James Legan scoring what would have been a game-winning basket.
The final score 97-93 showed the absolute commitment the reserve grade players gave to the game.
Dom Cremasco, Dean Clark and Legan took on the challenge of mentoring the reserve players and they gave the Dalby team a run, Legan starring with 58 points after a fairly rough welcome to Dalby.
Page said it was a game that the Wildcats could have won and backing up after a loss to beat the new and improved Tenterfield team at home this week was not going to be easy.