Future of basketball bright in the Rose City
THE Warwick Wildcats were up against it on Saturday night.
Coming up against the juggernaut of USQ, whose team was full of players with QBL experience, was never going to be easy.
The Dragons side featured the likes of Toowoomba Mountaineers Jack Gallagher, Paul Aleer and Josh Ozegovic.
Aleer was even linked with the Cairns Taipans earlier in the year.
They were heavy favourites to take home the title from the opening round, but our boys can go home knowing they made them work for it.
Shots at key moments in the game didn't drop for the Wildcats, nor did many of the 50-50 calls in the game go the way of the home side.
They could've easily given up at half-time when they were down a big margin and lost leading scorer Josh Cremasco early in the second quarter to a hamstring injury, but they did the opposite and continued to fight.
Centre Nick Quinn battled away in the third quarter. Young Jayden Clark showed his promise, attacking the basket with late minutes in the fourth, putting up the last four Wildcats points in the process.
For a side that hasn't been able to have its full squad at training for the entire season, there is unlimited potential for them if they can stick together.
The reserve grade Wildcats also went down to USQ, but again there is plenty of promise for the future.
The side featured numerous young players, who the club hopes will stay in the system for years to come.
Pop Dickerson and the whole crew behind the Big Q should take credit for their brainchild, as should the Clark brothers in Warwick for putting quality sides together.
The competition experienced huge setbacks at the start of the season with the withdrawals of Gatton and Dalby, but organisers persevered, and were able to put together a competition rife with men's and women's stars.
If Warwick can get behind this team, how big can the sport grow in the Rose City?