Bears keen to win
THE Queensland Basketball League play-offs have slipped from the grasp of the Bundaberg Bears, but coach Matt Fleming hopes to provide supporters with a consolation home-court win.
Bears were knocked out of contention for the play-offs after a heartbreaking loss to Mackay Meteorettes last weekend.
Fleming said the team’s failed finals’ campaign would take out none of its sting ahead of a Century 21 Stadium encounter against Caboolture Suns tomorrow.
“The girls will be out there in full force to try and claim the win and finish the season on a high note,” he said.
“We don’t want to end the season on a downer so we need to reclaim some pride.”
Bears will field a full-strength side except for the absence of pregnant captain Kylie Giles.
Suns sit below Bears on the competition ladder, but Fleming has warned his team it will be no easy match.
“They’ve got some really talented girls in the centre and a strong inside game,” he said.
“The girls won’t be able to take their feet off the accelerator, they’re going to have to bring their best game.”
Fleming said supporters in the grandstands would be a key motivator for the team in its second-last game and hoped to deliver a home-court win.
“It’s disapointing to miss the play-offs.
“But hopefully we can pull off a win this weekend and give the crowd something to cheer about,” he said.
“We want to finish the season strongly so this is a big game for us.”
Bears will finish up the season with a game against Northside Wizards on August 7.