The road worriers
Crocs desperately need to address woeful away record
to play one of their worst halves of basketball of the season on Saturday, was a prime example of how they a l l o w t hemselves t o g e t bullied.
‘‘ They came out and surprised us with that, they didn’t do it three weeks ago, and we got a little flustered by it and didn’t handle it as well as we could have,’’ he said.
The 31-year-old has no doubt their return to The Swamp for a rematch with New Zealand, who pipped them by a point last Thursday, will restore confidence immediately.
Self-assurance, Crosswell stressed, is not something they can afford to squander again now that they need to win at least two of their final four games of the regular season to make the play-offs.
Hosting the competition’s top teams, New Zealand and Perth, in the next two weeks could make or break the Crocs’ campaign. The pressure might now be amplified on them to bounce back immediately, but Crosswell says there has been no panic, just rational reflection on their shortcomings.
‘‘ It’s a long flight home from Sydney and the guys had a lot of time to think and then this morning ( yesterday) we talked about it,’’ he said. ‘‘ We had a big video tape session and saw that we can fix the things that went wrong.’’