HAMILTON’S Country Basketball League (CBL) season remains on tenterhooks with this weekend’s results needing to fall the Hurricanes’ way if they are to progress into finals.
The Hurricanes came away from the weekend with one win, placing their final’s campaign in doubt in what is an extremely tight top four.
Hamilton lost to the Terang Tornadoes by 17 points on Saturday but responded by producing a 32-point drubbing of the Portland Coasters on Sunday.
However, the loss to Terang may see Hamilton slip out of finals contention depending on the last round’s results.
Currently the Hurricanes sit second on the ladder with eight wins and a percentage of 101.44 followed by Colac (104.19), Corio Bay (102.4) and Terang (98.39) all with seven wins.
Compounding Hamilton’s worries is that it is not scheduled to play this round.
This weekend the Hurricanes need one of these scenarios to go their way – Horsham produces an unlikely win against Terang or loses by less than 27 points, Warrnambool defeats Colac or Portland beats Corio Bay.
Hamilton’s round 10 loss to Colac followed by Saturday’s defeat at the hands of Terang has placed it in a precarious position.
Coach Matt Smith said the loss to Terang had left these players disappointed.
“After the Saturday night game the real committed players felt pretty down,” he said.
“We have put a lot of hard work into the season and to let second spot slip was disappointing.”
The Hurricanes now face a waiting game with their fingers crossed the weekend’s results will go their way.
“At the end of the day it’s our fault, it was in our hands,” Smith conceded.
“Now we’ve just got to sit and wait.
Full report in today’s Spectator.