HOME SEMI: Josh Cremasco contesting a shot against the USQ Dragons.
HOME SEMI: Josh Cremasco contesting a shot against the USQ Dragons. Nev Madsen

Rose City to host semi finals of first Big Q comp

BASKETBALL: In a huge coup for basketball in the Rose City, the Warwick Wildcats will host the semi finals of the inaugural Big Q season on December 9.

With news of the USQ Dragons forfeiting their clash with the Wildcats next week, Warwick will officially finish on top of the ladder.

They will host the Granite Belt Giants, a team they have beaten in both encounters this season, and should they progress, they will face the winner of USQ and the Harristown Runnin' Rebels.

Darren Mentor, general manger of the Big Q, confirmed Warwick had the chance to host the grand final of the competition, with the highest placed team in A grade hosting the decider.

Guard Kevin Globio starred for the Wildcats in their first meeting with the Granite Belt, scoring a game-high 25 points in a comprehensive 85-61 victory.

In their other meeting in Stanthorpe, Joshua Cremasco led the way, as an undermanned Wildcats fought-off a tenacious Giants side 63-55.

Cremasco had 27 points for the game, with Adam Fern chipping in with 11 of his own.

It is expected Warwick will take on USQ in the final, the only side to hand the Wildcats a defeat this year.

Finals fixtures for the Women;'s and Reserve Grade competitions are yet to be decided, with teams still with games in hand.

The Australian Boomers began the first round of qualifying against Chinese Taipei overnight.

On Monday the Boomers will host Japan in Adelaide, a side they beat by 16-points in the Asia Cup earlier in the year.

Brisbane Bullets centre Daniel Kickert and Cairns Taipans guards Cam Gliddon and Mitch McCarron represent Queensland's NBL sides during the first window of qualifying.



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