Wildcats make debut
DECLAN Starasts and Michael McDaniel were the best for Warwick in an 83-54 D-league loss to West Logan at WIRAC on Saturday afternoon.
The game was the first in history for a Warwick team in a season-long state tier 2 competition.
Warwick coach Jeff Clark said his side really missed captain Damien 'Snowy' Quinn who was out for a month with injury.
"He is like our halfback in rugby league - calls all the plays and sets the pace of the game," Clark said.
"I was happy with the effort but we lacked cohesion in attack and that led to us giving them some easy baskets.
"In the third quarter, they had a run of about 10 points, which put us out of the game."
Clark rated Starasts as his best player.
"We haven't seen the best of Declan as he rarely got the ball," Clark said.
Clark used big man Shannon Slater in his starting five.
"I wanted to try to match up their size," Clark said.
"He has quick hands for a big fellow and did pretty well.
"I was happy with the intensity of all of our younger players. I plan to use them more in the next few games."
West Logan coach Geoff MacLeod said both sides were a bit rusty in the first quarter.
"Warwick put it to us but we stepped our transition game up in the third quarter," MacLeod said.
"Their number 10 (Starasts) is a very useful player. He can hit the open jump shot well and is up to Queensland Basketball League standard.
"Mike (McDaniel) was also tough.
"Warwick will gel into a strong team with more games. Their fitness let them down."
MacLeod attended school in Warwick in Year 1 and said the team enjoyed the trip to Warwick.
"There was a big crowd at the game."
Of the younger brigade, MacLeod was also impressed with DJ Cremasco.
Warwick was playing catch up from the start of the game as it conceded seven points before McDaniel scored two to put the home side on the board.
Soon after, DJ Cremasco netted a free throw for a 10-3 scoreline.
Scores by the clock
End of first quarter - West Logan 24, Warwick 20
Half-time - West Logan 40, Warwick 31
Third quarter - West Logan 58, Warwick 41
Full time - West Logan 83 d Warwick 54
West Logan - James Jeffrey 24
Warwick - Declan Starasts 18
Leon Perdue 9
Michael McDaniel 8
DJ Cremasco 8