Orange Tigers' quest to turn their Spalding Waratah League Division 1 Men's season around has been made a tougher task after the weekend's 78-61 loss to the Illawarra Hawks on Saturday.
The fourth-placed Hawks were too strong for the visiting Eagles, as Kobe Mansell was the only player to hit double-figures in points, with Ben Gundry and Andrew Manios with eight points the closest to Mansell's 20.
Skipper Mitch Selwood said the Eagles were mostly on top in the first half, up by one point going into the main break, but the Hawks' class shone through in the second half.
"They're a good side," Selwood said.
The side had a "couple of defensive slip-ups" in the second half, and while Selwood lauded his side's ability to find space and take shots, the side just couldn't hit them.
"That's just the way it is sometimes," he said.
Justin Parish stood up alongside Mansell to be one of the Eagles' best on the court, with the power forward impressing his captain.
"Justin had a really good game, he's one of a number of our young guys who can play across a variety of positions," Selwood said.
The Eagles' next game is against Wagga Wagga Heat at Sir Neville Howse Stadium from 6.30pm.
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