The road wor­ri­ers

Crocs des­per­ately need to ad­dress woe­ful away record

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport -

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.’’

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