A below par Killamarsh Arrows tumbled to a 75-68 defeat in London at Brixton Topcats.
Coach Andrew Purnell was naturally disappointed after a promising sequence of results that had Arrows dreaming of a promotion push.
He said: “After the high of a fantastic performance last week (against Loughborough Riders) we were brought back to earth with a bump.
“We had a disrupted journey but take nothing away from Brixton they were deserved winners. We put ourselves in a position to win going into the fourth by taking quarters two and three, however, a failure to execute offensively and a lack of intensity defensively in the fourth saw us slip to a defeat.
“Next is Birmingham away and another dangerous outfit who will, like Brixton, test us to the maximum. I still believe in this groups hunger and desire to put this right.”
The defeat saw Arrows slip to 11-5 overall record and out of the promotion picture for this season.
Arrows got off to a very sluggish start, losing the first quarter by 26-9 but hit back over the next two quarters in which they were effective both offensively and defensively to tie the game at 51-51 with a quarter to play.
Sadly Brixton saw the opportunity to take the game as the Arrows fell away defensively in the final quarter with numerous mistakes and generally bad execution losing the quarter 17-24 and the match 75-68.
Cameran McCallum led the team in scoring with 22 and was Arrows’ best player but he was crowded out down the straight as there seemed to lack the desire needed to notch a win in London.
Andre Rankine had some moments but it was not enough overall.