(Front, from left) Civic Video manager Andrew Moore, Warwick Wildcats regional league captain-coach Duncan McKenzie, Kristen Sturgeon (Civic Video), (back) players Josh Cremasco, Nick Quinn and D.J. Cremasco.
(Front, from left) Civic Video manager Andrew Moore, Warwick Wildcats regional league captain-coach Duncan McKenzie, Kristen Sturgeon (Civic Video), (back) players Josh Cremasco, Nick Quinn and D.J. Cremasco.

Claws come out in battle to retain basketball trophy

WITH the 2012 D League season over and the Warwick Wildcats having a successful debut, thoughts are now turning to development towards next season.

Wildcats assistant coach and regional basketball group president Duncan McKenzie has entered a Warwick team in the 2012 ARRBL inter-regional competition.

The Civic Video Wildcats will once again aim to defend the reserve-grade regional champions title.

McKenzie said he entered the team for two reasons.

"Firstly, to give the local boys more playing opportunity over the D League off-season and to further enhances their skills for the 2013 season," he said.

"And, secondly, to ensure the Wildcats name continues to be the only team name on the ARRBL reserve-grade trophy."

The team has been competing against teams from northern NSW, Darling Downs and Wide Bay.

In 2012 the regional basketball group altered the format to allow for a wider range of teams and has been running a series of four, weekend round events between August and December in Toowoomba and Hervey Bay with the finals to be played in Toowoomba.

The Wildcats performed well in this year's ARRBL and have gained valuable skills and knowledge from playing in the D league. After three rounds, the Wildcats are in first position and are favourites to take out the competition.

"Josh and DJ Cremasco have come a long way since the teams we are playing last saw them and the combinations they have developed are having an impact on the Wildcats' results," McKenzie said.

"While we are in the interim stage of the new format, there may be an avenue for Warwick and other competing teams to host rounds in 2013," McKenzie said.

At present the Wildcats top the reserve-grade table and are guaranteed first position in the finals.

Going into the last round of games on December 1 and 2, the Wildcats will play each team once more, before playing the first round of the finals on Sunday afternoon.



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