Jack Olive brings the ball forward for the Warwick Wildcats.
Jack Olive brings the ball forward for the Warwick Wildcats. Sean Teuma

Late surge not enough as Wildcats reserves fall to USQ

BASKETBALL: The Warwick Wildcats have gown down to the USQ Dragons 43-32 in the reserve grade Big Q grand final at WIRAC.

A surging second and third quarter burst from the visitors set up the match-winning lead, in which the Dragons outscored the Wildcats 21-13.

The defence of USQ suffocated the home team throughout the stretch, forcing turnovers and fast break opportunities.

The Wildcats found themselves down by as many as 15 midway through the final term, before Jack Olive and Jesse Tumata helped claw the lead back to nine with under a minute to play.

That would be as close as they got, as Michael Rickwood iced the game with the last four points.

Jesse Tumata top scored for the Wildcats with 13 points, and captain Jack Olive finished with eight.

For the premiers, Rickwood came away with 13 points, and streaky captain Mitch Davis picked up 10 of his own.

Warwick gets their chance for revenge at 7.10pm tonight at WIRAC, when the A-grade Wildcats host the USQ Dragons.

USQ Dragons reserve grade premiers. (Back, from left) Jack Gallagher (coach), Mitch Davis, Alistair Davis, Matthew Davis, Cristian Chen. (Front, from left) CJ Quick, Brendan McKillop and Michael Rickwood.
USQ Dragons reserve grade premiers. (Back, from left) Jack Gallagher (coach), Mitch Davis, Alistair Davis, Matthew Davis, Cristian Chen. (Front, from left) CJ Quick, Brendan McKillop and Michael Rickwood. Sean Teuma

Warwick Wildcats reserve grade runners up. (Back, from left) Lehi Clark, Jack Olive, Eric McCavanagh, Jesse Tumata, Dalton Nielsen, Nathan Cooney. (Front, from left) Sam Wall, Kevin Globio (coach), Rob Wagner and Shaun Kelly.
Warwick Wildcats reserve grade runners up. (Back, from left) Lehi Clark, Jack Olive, Eric McCavanagh, Jesse Tumata, Dalton Nielsen, Nathan Cooney. (Front, from left) Sam Wall, Kevin Globio (coach), Rob Wagner and Shaun Kelly. Sean Teuma


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