WARRNAMBOOL Seahawks coach Barry Brooks was left ruing poor offence as his side lost its second straight Country Basketball League match on Saturday night.
The Seahawks’ win-loss record slipped to 1-2 on the back of the 73-66 loss to the undefeated Horsham Hornets at the Arc.
Horsham led by two points at three-quarter-time, but Seahawks veteran Bobby Cunningham was influential in the final term, sinking four of five three-point attempts as Warrnambool pushed the Hornets to the line.
The lead changed hands twice in the last quarter.
Horsham guard Tim Pickert stood up in the final five minutes as the Hornets stretched their undefeated start to the season to three games.
Brooks said Warrnambool let an opportunity slip.
“We didn’t play with a great deal of skill. We didn’t execute our offence well enough,” Brooks said.
“Our intensity early was pretty bad but, to their credit, we lifted our intensity but our skill set still didn’t lift and that made it difficult for us to play how we wanted.
“Having said that, we led the game with four minutes to go and then our skill set let us down again.
“We had chances to win the game but we didn’t play well enough to do it.”
Brooks said the young Seahawks needed to work on their fitness. He said they “ran out of legs”.
“We had five fouled out at the end of the game,” he said.
“We did get a lot of fouls and it’s something we’re going to have to work on from a skill set point of view.
“Damian Gray played well but he ran out of legs in the end. It’s his first game back from injury, so we asked a lot of him right down the stretch and he probably struggled in the last four or five minutes. But we didn’t have many options because we had so many fouled out.”
Brooks said Warrnambool’s shooting percentage was a concern.
“This week we looked tentative on our shots rather than shooting badly,” he said.
“We didn’t appear to have the confidence to shoot it after last week.
“We have got to work on that, get our confidence back into our offence and try and get our offence working in some sort of order.”
Portland Coasters defeated Hamilton Hurricanes 71-56 on Saturday night.
Hurricanes coach Matt Smith said the Coasters led all game.
“We got to within five in the last quarter,” he said.
“Tim Annett got a couple of threes in a row and put it out of reach in the last couple of minutes.”
The result of the Portland versus Colac Kookas match was not available last night.