WARRNAMBOOL Seahawks finished with five players fouled out in their loss to Geelong Supercats yesterday.
The Seahawks were overrun in the final term after leading at every change in the 89-85 defeat in Geelong.
Sai’Quon Stone, Simon O’Keefe, Liam Killey, James Mitchell and Damian Gray finished the Big V division one game on the bench, all fouled out.
Warrnambool coach Bobby Cunningham paid credit to Geelong, which fought back from a 13-point deficit in the second term, but admitted he was frustrated with the lopsided foul count.
He said he was surprised tall Supercat Sebastian Loader finished the game without a foul.
“We shot 30 free throws and they shot 47,” Cunningham said.
The narrow defeat ended the Seahawks’ three-game winning streak and was just their third loss in 10 games.
Cunningham said his side made an emphatic start, dropping 31 points in the first term.
“We jumped them in the first quarter by 10 points and had a nice buffer,” he said.
“We hit the ground running today. Our defensive pressure was good, we caused turnovers and outran them and were making a lot of plays.”
The Seahawks had a seven-point lead at half-time, which was trimmed to five at the final change.
Geelong snared its come-from-behind win by draining 18 points to nine in the fourth quarter.
“They showed class and patience and that got Geelong back into the game at the end,” Cunningham said.
Former coach Tim Gainey finished with a game-high 22 points for the Seahawks.
Mitchell (17 points), Stone (14) and Josh Dean (12) also contributed.
Gray grabbed six steals.
Cunningham said the Seahawks would learn from the loss and took positives out of the result.
“It was only our third loss. Geelong is on top of the (Terrill conference) ladder but they’ve had four losses,” he said.
“Once we catch up in games, if we keep winning, we’ll be top of the ladder. They have played 13 games and we have played 10.
“Geelong was better than us today but in our favour is we beat them (in round four) by 13 points and they beat us by four points, so we have them on head-to-head.”
The Seahawks host Warrandyte next Saturday.