Mandurah Magic coach Jason Chalk believes the disappointment of missing out on a place in the State Basketball League semi-finals will serve to galvanise his players’ determination for future campaigns.
Mandurah’s eye-catching season came to an end at the hands of the East Perth Eagles last weekend with defeat in games two and three of their quarter-final series.
Despite both games being played at East Perth’s Morley headquarters, the Magic were buoyed by a vocal contingent of travelling fans.
However, those who made the trip north were left disappointed after game two, which the home side won in overtime, 93-90.
That result seemed to take the wind out of Mandurah’s sails and they ultimately bowed out of the play-off series following a 94-79 loss in game three.
Chalk admitted the series had been disappointing, but said the entire season would serve as a benchmark.
‘‘We’ve been working on getting to this position for five years now and we want to make sure that from here, we don’t go backwards,’’ Chalk said.
‘‘We’ve had a taste of it now and we want to keep going forwards.
‘‘From the start of the season my goal was to make the play-offs and win one play-off game, which is something we managed to do.
‘‘But we reassessed our goals heading into the finals and we thought that anything less than getting through the first round, probably wasn’t good enough.
‘‘So we’re a bit disappointed with where we finished especially after winning the first game.’’
Big-men Taylor Mullenax (24 points) and Tom Remmerswaal (23) stood tall for Mandurah in game two.
The pair followed up with 22 and 21 points respectively in game three.
American Mullenax has been among the competition’s most prolific scorers this season, averaging 24.3 points a game.
Only Willetton’s Robert Kampman (24.5) and South West’s Senario Hillman (24.6) have averaged more than the Mandurah import.
Retaining Mullenax and compatriot Taylor Land is now a priority for Magic.
‘‘We’ve put an offer in to both the imports to come back, but it’s up to them now,’’ Chalk said.
‘‘The bulk of the side for next season will return, but we might lose one or two.’’