Cats claw out vic­tory

Stanthorpe Border Post - - SPORT -

BAS­KET­BALL: The Gran­ite Belt Giants are inch­ing closer to their first win of the Big Q Bas­ket­ball sea­son af­ter a nar­row de­feat in the lo­cal derby against War­wick.

The fiery clash saw the ri­val sides take on one an­other Fri­day night at the Stan­thorpe YMCA.

De­spite miss­ing a hand­ful of reg­u­lar A-grade squad mem­bers, the Wild­cats beat the Giants in both games.

War­wick won 63-55 in the A-grade game with War­wick win­ning nar­rowly in re­serve grade as well. Giants player Damian Petrie said his side were dis­ap­pointed by the re­sult, de­spite only los­ing by eight points.

“We changed our tac­tics a lit­tle bit, we dropped back into the zone de­fence and tried to sort of get them to shoot the ball a bit more and hope they missed, which they did, and we were putting a few in,” Petrie said.

“It’s the first time where we lost by eight and ac­tu­ally went ‘gee we didn’t play well’. We were all a bit flat and thought that’s one we should of got the other night.

“Credit to them. USQ are on top of the ladder and will prob­a­bly fin­ish first, but my tip, on their day, War­wick would po­ten­tially win.

“We shook hands and sort of said ‘too good again’. They’ve beaten us a few times we’ve played them but it was all a bit of fun.”

De­spite the loss, Petrie said the Giants were en­joy­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence all the same.

“I think in mar­gins like bas­ket­ball... we’ve lost by nine against Run­nin’ Rebels and eight the other night... three bas­kets, four bas­kets. Across an en­tire game, for a bunch of lo­cal lads, to only get rolled by three or four is pretty good,” he said.

“The big­gest thing for me is to see all those young blokes play.”

The Giants travel to Toowoomba next to take on ladder lead­ers USQ.

PHOTO: MATTHEW PUR­CELL

ON COURT: The Gran­ite Belt Giants took on War­wick Wild­cats in Fri­day night’s Big Q Bas­ket­ball clash at the Stan­thorpe YMCA.

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