WITH their Saturday game postponed Bathurst Goldminers were hoping to make the most of their remaining men’s Waratah Youth League division two match on Sunday.
However, in their trip to face the Camden Valley Wildfire the Goldminers watched the match get away from them in the final quarter and finish in a 85-73 defeat.
An unexpected referee shortage led to the postponement of the Goldminers’ home game against St George Saints.
That left Goldminers with a tough trip to make the next day in a bid to salvage points from the interrupted double header.
Goldminers managed to match it with the Scorchers through the first three quarters of their Sunday game but the home side began to up the ante in the final term while Bathurst’s shots refused to fall.
The man doing the damage for Camden Valley was Tomas Ramos who shot a season high eight three pointers, just a week after sinking seven against Moss Vale Magic.
A 14-4 run in the final quarter in favour of the Wildfire earned them the win.
From a tactical standpoint Goldminers coach Andrew Osborn said his team were sound, but it was on the technical front that things didn’t quite click.
“There was a period where they shot really well and the ball just wouldn’t go for us and that was the difference,” he said.
“It was anyone’s game. When they’d get in front we’d pull it back and when we’d get in front they’d pull it back. It went like that for most of the game.”
The match closely resembled the clubs’ previous meeting at half-time where Camden Valley held a narrow half-time lead.
In that match at home Goldminers rallied over the second half to win 83-72 but on Sunday their finishing on offence wasn’t there.
“There were periods during the third and fourth quarters where we were creating the shot but they weren’t falling for us,” Osborn said.
“I said at the end of the game to the boys that I can’t coach their shooting on the court.
“You go through all the theory in terms of starting from the feet to the final release but when they get on the court if things aren’t going their way that tends to fall apart.
“When you’re missing Will [Cranston-Lown] that hurts. They had a smile on their face when they found out he wasn’t playing.”
Cranston-Lown is currently on tour in the US in the hopes of being scouted for a college side, and recently took part in the Australian Under 18s training camp in Canberra.