Crocs un­wa­ver­ing

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport - by Andrew Aloia andrew. aloia@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

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 –

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