TOWNSVILLE won’t allow themselves to be held back in their pursuit of a coveted second place finish on the National Basketball League ladder.
The Crocodiles hit the road for the final two weeks of their regular season campaign, starting with Melbourne at The Cage on Saturday.
So far they have had little joy outside the confines of The Swamp, but towering centre Luke Schenscher says there is no longer room for error if they are to get what they want come the play-offs.
‘‘ It’s in our hands now, we decide where we finish with these next two games.
‘ ‘ We have to beat Melbourne, and right now that is our only focus,’’ he said.
As for their paltry record of three wins away, Schenscher would rather look beyond the final score and talk of the near misses.
‘‘ How many games have we lost by a point, or on the buzzer or i n overtime?’’ Schenscher asked.
‘‘ There is three right there.
‘‘ The advantage is with the home team, in front of a home crowd . . . comfortable in their own surroundings.
‘ ‘ That i s something we have to deal with. These next two games are big for us, we are just going to have to get it done.’’
And there is an undeniable confidence in the reptile camp that they are up to task.
It comes with cementing a place in the finals and getting the better of their closest rivals in recent weeks.
But most of all, it has to do with t he battle-hardened nerve they found against Perth last week.
‘‘ We really started to get i nto playoff-style basketball,’’ the 216cm Croc said.
‘‘ I’d say that there is only as much pressure as we place on ourselves, and right now we are thriving on it.
‘‘ It’s helping us concentrate in practice during the week.’’
Those preparations will be dramatically different from week to week.
While they end their regular season with a meeting with arch rivals Cairns –