Win to Wildcats in home game
THE A-grade basketball game at the weekend was touted as the three-point shootout of the season, with James Legan stepping up for the Warwick Wildcats and Shane Davis taking the court for the Highfields Young Guns.
This home game was always going to be played with a lot of energy, with the Young Guns and Wildcats sitting one and two on the ladder.
In the end, the Wildcats were victorious 112-90.
Players on both teams put their bodies on the line for the win.
Duncan McKenzie and Declan Starasts found themselves sliding across the floor entangled with Highfields players on a couple of occasions.
The three points were coming thick and fast but unfortunately for Highfields they were coming of Wildcats' hands.
Davis was successfully shut down in his three-point range, only scoring 25 points compared to Legan's 38.
Credit has to go to DJ Cremasco for his exceptional defensive work shutting down Davis.
Shannon Slater played an excellent game and was instrumental in several assists, scoring 11 points himself. Highfields struggled to play around big Shannon.
Starasts and Snowy Quinn teamed with Legan to put 17 points on the board, each showing their QBL skills on the court.
Standout players are hard to define in a game of this calibre, with every member of the Wildcats wanting the win and playing with passion.
Coach Jeff Clark was happy with the outcome after the punters had picked the Young Guns to win.
Unfortunately for Davis, Young Guns didn't allow for the power that Legan, Quinn and Starasts bring to the Wildcats, nor the strong back-up offered by McKenzie and Josh Cremasco.
Coach Clark said they were now preparing for a win next week against Toowoomba Protech, which will cement the Wildcats' position at the top of the ladder.
Clark went on to say that he was impressed with the strength of the younger players who stepped up from reserves to support the A-grade squad.
Saturday night started off with a training game for the reserve-grade Warwick Green side after Highfields women were unable to provide a team.
The forfeit gave Green a commanding hold on the lead in the reserve-grade rankings.
The game wasn't wasted though with a team of locals getting together to give Green a game.
A blow-out final score of 52 to 18 was inevitable with Josh Cremasco taking the opportunity to throw down a few dunks to entertain the small crowd.
Warwick White brought home a lucky win when they travelled to Toowoomba for the other reserve-grade match against the Tenterfield Terriers.
With both Warwick reserve-grade teams securing wins, it looks like we should expect a Warwick v Warwick home final.
The next home game is on October 15.
Juniors are welcome to clinics with Pop Dickerson from 4pm each Friday at the Warwick State High School Great Hall.