Wildcats manage to turn game around

SATURDAY night saw all three Warwick teams bring home wins from Toowoomba.

Wildcats and Warwick Green are now on top of their respective tables with White pushing for the lead in reserves as well.

The Wildcats faced the only team they hadn't played in the league, Protech, and had to fight for every single point.

Wildcats didn't play their normal game in the first half with a lot of open shots not falling. The boys were being given the opportunities, they just weren't able to run with them. Protech is a well balanced side. They have a good inside and outside game and this made it difficult defensively in the first half of the game.

At half-time Wildcats were down by 25 points, 60 to 45. The decision was made to up the defensive pressure in an attempt to force the Protech ball handlers into mistakes. Bringing the game to a ten-point difference at three-quarter time showed the tactics were working.

With seven minutes to go the game was coming back into Wildcats hands with only a one point difference 88 to 87 to Protech.

Andy Rendalls' energy on the court was infectious and he was hitting shots just when it was needed, handing the lead to the Wildcats early in the fourth quarter. Rendalls put up a successful jump shot to give Warwick their first lead in the game since the opening points.

Assistant coach Darin Page said the defensive focus was working and the team kept the pressure up, rotating players as it was an intense game.

The fourth quarter turned into a running game with Wildcats able to find new energy and run Protech off the floor.

Once again Wildcats stars James Legan, Snowy Quinn and Declan Starasts teamed up to provide excellence on court.

In seven minutes the Wildcats ran away with 28 points compared to Protech's 9, giving them a 115 to 96 point win.

The Regional League is taking a break over the school holidays so all teams now have a couple of weeks rest.

All three Warwick teams play their next game away at Dalby on October 8.



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