Missed chances cost Swindon Shock dear at the weekend as they were beaten 62-58 at Cardiff City in EBL National Division 4.
After running league leaders Oxford close last time out, Shock went into the clash with Cardiff in confident mood.
Cardiff eased into a lead from the tip off but Swindon’s under 18 star Alistair Tilney put Shock back on track with Swindon’s first three baskets.
However, by half-time Cardiff had amassed a comfortable 12-point advantage.
Coach David Colclough rang the changes in the third quarter, turning to wily old guard Alex James to come in and provide some control and energy in defence.
And with six minutes remaining in the third quarter, Shock had reduced the deficit to single figures.
Cardiff kept the scoreboard ticking over in the final quarter as Swindon continued to miss key chances.
With three minutes remaining, Shock were down by seven points but a very late run saw them close the gap to just two.
But with little option left but to foul when Cardiff got back into shooting range, the hosts were able to take advantage of their two free shots and wrap up victory by four points.
Coach Colclough was disappointed with the performance, saying: “Our team is in a slump right now, and we need to get back on track.
“We’re usually a very good shooting team. We have a number of good three-point shooters. But our shooting was really, really bad tonight.”
Swindon now host Southampton on the January 31st hoping to get back to winning ways.