Semi-final hopes fade for Bulls
BUNDABERG Bulls have been dealt another blow as they make a late charge into the Queensland Basketball League play-offs.
Bulls suffered an 101-84 defeat at Century 21 Stadium on Saturday against competition leaders Mackay Meteors.
The loss followed a defeat in overtime by Gold Coast Goannas last weekend and means Bulls now have only two games remaining to secure one of two play-off places in the Central Queensland pool of the competition.
Coach Adam Curran said the loss highlighted a need to tighten up ball security in his side after it conceded 17 turnovers.
“They’re a top-class side so it was never going to be that easy, but we can’t afford to hand over that much ball,” he said.
“It’s something we’re going to need to try and improve if we’re going to be a shot for the play-offs.”
Will Shackleford was a standout for the Bulls, scoring 30 points for his team and notching 17 rebounds.
Point guard Todd Meyerding provided staunch defence throughout the game and helped the Bulls’ final tally with some well-executed long-range shooting.
The loss of tall timber Nello Giordano in the fourth quarter due a foul was a costly blow for the side with Meteors quick to capitalise on his absence with rapid-fire shooting.
Curran said his team performed well in trying circumstances to limit the losing margin in the final quarter.
“We stayed in the game and it’s to the guys’ credit the score didn’t blow out further,” he said.
“We didn’t get over the line in the end, but the guys put in a good team effort.”
Bulls will now prepare for the final two fixtures of the regular season against Caboolture Suns and Northside Wizards at Century 21 Stadium.