Giants fall short of finals spot in Big Q
THE Granite Belt Giants’ season has reached a conclusion with the local side failing to secure a finals spot in the Big Q Basketball competition.
Both the A grade and reserves side bow out for 2017 after winding up against Toowoomba’s Runnin’
Rebels on Saturday.
The young reserves side kept pace with their opponents in the early stoush but couldn’t keep it up.
“Think it ended 45-30. They just had some lapses but up until the last quarter they were still right in it,” Damian Petrie said.
“I think what’s hurt us, and not to begrudge other teams, we went into the season going ‘we’re entering an under 18s team and it’s gong to be a youth competition’.
“But being termed a reserve grade competition a couple other teams have played some experienced blokes.”
The A grade clash was almost a mirror image of the preceding game.
Manylok Malek was in devastating form for Rebels, notching roughly 40 points himself in a 89-60 win.
“The season’s been a heap of fun anyway,” Petrie said.
There’s been some confusion with how the finals will work but Petrie expects Warwick will go straight through as competition winners, with USQ and Runnin Rebels to face off in second versus third for a shot in the final.
Attention now turns to the local competition which is likely to get under way again in April or May.
Petrie’s keen for a women’s competition to get off the ground.
“Got to get the women going, couldn’t quite get enough but that’ll be the big thing in 2018. Had some interested but not enough to make a competition.”
UP FOR IT: The Granite Belt Giants reserve side took on the Runnin’ Rebels on Saturday.