AGGRESSION, skill and teamwork were all words used by Bundaberg Bears coach Darryn Roche after his team's 90-71 loss to Gladstone in the Queensland Basketball League game at the weekend.
Frustratingly for Roche, one word he couldn't use was consistency.
Bundaberg kept pace with Gladstone in the second half, and at one stage trailed by 10 points, but after being blown of the court early the Bears found it hard to claw their way in front.
Cheap turnovers and a lack of energy in defence cost Bundaberg a shot at the game, but thanks to a stunning start to the season Roche is happy where the team is sitting.
"We are 5-4 and still leading our pool - the season is still all in our hands," Roche said.
"I am positive we are at the end of the rough patch.
"For the rest of the season we have two tough games, Townsville and Mackay, the others are very winnable."
Roche holds that belief after watching the way his players went about their work in the second half against Gladstone.
He said there were times during the game every player did something good and if they put that type of performance together regularly there's not a team that can beat his.
Emma Mahady (23 points) and Carly Boag (22) points led the way for the Bears while Samarie Walker was the game's top scorer with 24.
In the Bulls game Bundaberg's lack of experience showed when the young team matched Gladstone in the first half only to be beaten 104-78.
Cam Duncan and Luke Iacobucci got plenty of minutes and the time on court will serve them well, and if the plans for development come together the players won't remember the tough 2015 season.
Bundaberg plays Logan at home on Saturday in what will be another test.