Wildcats faced tough task

The Stawell Panel and Paint Wildcats fell victim to the Colac Kookas in their basketball clash at the 'Den' last Sunday.

Colac arrived full of venom after a tough loss to Horsham the night before.

From the outset Colac hounded Stawell's guards, pressuring the Wildcats full court.

This made it tough for Stawell to get into their offence, forcing them into quick shots which sparked Colac's running game.

To the Wildcats credit, they stayed close, finishing the quarter 10 points behind.

Wildcats coach Ben Leslie asked his charges to be patient, work past the press and run their offence.

However, poor shooting from the Wildcats again proved costly.

Colac pushed their lead to 26 points at the long break.

Compounding the problem was Jarred OHayon in serious foul trouble which forced him to sit on the bench for much of the third quarter.

Wildcats still had their best quarter with Rory Jones again stepping up his game, dropping eight points in the quarter.

Stawell broke Colac's press continually setting up Jones and captain Joel Freeland for baskets.

Despite this Colac pressed on and stretched their lead to 29 points.

The final quarter saw Colac run away with the game, continuing to pressure Stawell, scoring 36 points in the quarter to Stawell's 11 points.

Rory Jones scored seven of those points, finishing with 19 points for the game.

Joel Freeland played almost every minute, scoring 12 points.

Shane Field made his debut for the Wildcats, grabbing numerous rebounds and playing solid defence.

Despite sitting for much of the game, Jarred Ohayon scrounged 11 points.

The final score was 112-58.

Despite the result, coach Ben Leslie was happy with the endeavour shown by the players.

He said Stawell was a young club, with lots to learn about the next level of competition, but with hard work can compete with the more experienced teams.

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