Team pleads for local support against Wildcats
IT was a show before.
When more than 4000 Townsville Crocodiles fans willed their side to victory over National Basketball League minor-premiers New Zealand, they touched their on-court heroes deeply.
Point guard Nathan Crosswell was first to express his thanks and make an impassioned plea for more of the
like never same tomorrow via the Townsville Bulletin’s text the editor page.
‘‘ Just a quick text to all the Croc fans who have been awesome supporting us over the last month. Please come out and help us on Friday ( tomorrow) night against the Wildcats, second place is up for grabs,’’ the 31-year-old veteran wrote.
His shout out was followed by captain Russell Hinder yesterday, with the forward keenly talking up the emotional bond the team has developed with reptile faithful.
When the going got tough against the Breakers, trailing by as many as 15 points and struggling to contain a side that was shooting at 93 percent from the field, Hinder knew there was support in numbers to turn the momentum around.
‘‘ We have always said that is one of the smartest crowds in the league,’’ Hinder said. ‘‘ I’ve been at a lot of places where the team is down ( by) two at the half and they get booed. Here they saw we were making a fight and giving everything we had, work- ing our tails off and they showed their appreciation accordingly and that gave us a lift at the half.
‘‘ We, from the bottom of our hearts, appreciate everything they do for us.’’
And it’s not just what they did to lift the Crocs on one night that the team holds dear, but for what part they could potentially play in a championship. ‘‘ You can tell these guys really care about the Crocodiles and what we are trying to do and that they will be coming with us anywhere we go,’’ Hinder said.