The Penrith 'Pioneer Tavern' Panthers have lost their second game of the 2014 Waratah Championship League (WCL) competition, falling 71-67 to the Central Coast Crusaders on Sunday afternoon in Terrigal.
Josh Morehead almost got the Panthers back in the game in the final seconds but the two referees ignored a crude unsportsmanlike foul on the talented point guard to effectively let the Crusaders off the hook.
Penrith had by far the highest number of shots in the game but a 32% shooting performance would leave them ruing their slow start to the season, although success may not be too far away.
The Panthers host the Bankstown Bruins at the Penrith Valley Regional Sports Centre, Cambridge Park at 4pm this Saturday afternoon.
Both men's teams are still chasing their first win this season and home court advantage may just be the 'x-factor' the Panthers need to break their drought.
Saturday night will also feature the WCL debut of Sydney Flames WNBL superstar Rohanee Cox, who will suit up for the 'Davlin Security' Panthers women's team against the Lady Bruins.
Coincidentally, both women's teams will also be looking for their first win of the season, with the Bruins falling 60-50 to the Hills District Hornets in Round One and sitting out Round Two with a bye.
The Penrith women have already endured two byes and will be ready to go.
Central Coast Crusaders 71 def Penrith 'Pioneer Tavern' Panthers 67 (Ben Kearins 18 points, 8 boards, 4 assists, 2 steals; Sean Albert 12 points)