A disappointing first quarter left Thames Valley Kings with too much to do in their match against Plymouth Storm on Saturday.
They were beaten 60-37, although after being 20 points behind at the end of the opening session were evenly matched for the remainder of the game.
Plymouth were too much for the Kings at the start and didn’t miss at all in the first quarter as they raced into a 22-2 lead, with Peter Rapley getting the visitors’ sole effort.
However they fought back to draw the second quarter, with both sides scoring 12 points as Reece Barker impressed for the Kings.
A further 11 points followed in the third quarter as Joe Humphreys, Rapley and Vickie Simmonds added to the scoring, while 12 more came from Humphreys and Barker in the final period.
Ignoring the first quarter the Kings would have been narrowly beaten 38-35, but as it was they ended up losing 60-37.
Captain Wayne Burton said: “Well done to the guys for working as hard as they could against a very strong opposition, making it doubly hard for us to get anywhere near their basket.”
The Kings have just one match remaining this season, at home to the so far unbeaten Warwickshire Bears on May 7 at the Kennet Leisure Centre in Thatcham.