WORKIES Lazers’ excellent run of victories came to an abrupt end in the State Basketball League when they went down to the Hawkesbury Jets 81-71 in front of a big home crowd.
It was the Lazers first loss of the season and had twice previously beaten the Jets.
The big Jets side used their height and physical presence to upset the Lazers’ structure with the home side a little off their normal game.
The bigger Jets’ side dominated the backboards giving their shooters plenty of ammunition to shoot with.
Frustration set in causing foul problems for the home side.
“One of the most frustrating problems was we missed too many uncontested shots,” coach Richard Marjoram said.
“We showed little patience and failed to set up good options.”
Down 29-19 in the first quarter, Lithgow Lazers showed fighting qualities to comeback strongly in the second quarter to take the lead into half time at 39-34.
The second half was scrappy, with scores tied at three quarter time.
It was the Jets that stood up in the final quarter to outplay Lithgow 29-19 to set up their 10 point win.
Quarter scores: First Jets led 20-16; second Lithgow won it 23-14; third 18-13 to the Jets; fourth: 29-19 to the Jets.
The scoring was shared around with the top scorers being Matt Hughes, Adam Marjoram and Boaz Gregg all on 16 points and Todd Brownlow on 12.
For the Jets, Aaron Marsh was their main man with 25 points.
The Lazers last quarter in the past couple of games has become an increasing concern for coach Marjoram.
“We have been struggling to put teams away in the last quarter and we seem to go away from the good offensive things that got us to the lead.
“Hopefully we will take something out of the loss and focus on what needs to be done for four quarters in our next game against Power, at Niagara Park.
“It was a great crowd that tried to get us home for a win, but unfortunately it was not to be.
“Hopefully we will reverse this result when we play at home again against the Illawarra Hawks on Saturday, July 14.”