Times to get tougher for the Bundaberg Bears and Bulls
THERE is no secrecy around the fact that the Bundaberg Bulls and Bears need to break their losing streaks in the Queensland Basketball League.
The Bears are on a three-game winless run and the Bulls are 0-6 from the last half dozen outings and all both teams need, and want, is a victory in this weekend's road-trip double-header against Northside and Brisbane.
After a run of five games away from WIN Stadium which started in May, Bundaberg was looking forward to the past three weeks, but dual losses to Logan in the round nine games ensured the homecoming won't be remembered fondly.
Ex-Bundaberg players Kyle Kiernan and Alice Honnery walked away winners after the Bears fought back gallantly from a poor opening quarter to go down 78-76, while the Bulls were drowned out by the Thunder in its 83-64 loss.
Bundaberg's Carly Boag (19 points), Brookilyn Pope (18 points) and Monique Stevens (18 points) were the top scorers for the Bears while Ricky James (17 points) led the way for the Bulls.
The Bulls' Willie Shackleford was at his dominant best without the ball and pulled in an amazing 22 rebounds, to go with his 14 points, but it wasn't enough to stop Logan running away with the win.
Bundaberg lost both games to Northside in June at home (Bears 98-83 and Bulls 78-58) and will have to improve.