Wildcats fine-tuning play

Jesse Pyke in possession in the Warwick Wildcats game against Brisbane Vikings at WIRAC.
Jesse Pyke in possession in the Warwick Wildcats game against Brisbane Vikings at WIRAC. Diane Essery

THE Subway Warwick Wildcats lost their encounter with the Brisbane Vikings 86-69 on Saturday night, and oddly enough, it was Wildcats players Declan Starasts and Snowy Quinn who were the difference after playing for the Vikings in this game.

With Wildcats playmaker Jesse Pyke carrying a neck injury, and big men Mike McDaniel and Paul Aleer being last-minute withdrawals, the Wildcats struggled to score points in the first half, managing only 20 points for the half. After half-time they lifted the intensity levels and won the second half - in the process scoring 49 points.

Wildcats coach Jeff Clark was happy with the efforts under the circumstances.

"We were scrappy in the first half, and forced too many plays. In the second half, the team started to combine well, and looked a much better team," Clark said.

"When we add Declan, Snowy, Mike and Paul to the team, we will have far more depth and a more balanced player rotation.

"In the end, it really doesn't matter if we win or lose pre-season games. What does matter is how we perform, and if we progress as a team from the games."

A big determining factor for this season will also be just how long star player Cameron Scutts will be out with a groin injury.

"If we can get the whole team on the court at the same time, we will be extremely hard for any SBL team to beat," Clark said.

"We have one of the tallest teams with six players around or above the 2m mark."



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