Wildcats finish out of the placings in Canberra 

The Parramatta Basketball Association's first pre-season tournament went off without too much fanfare and a string of losses at the 2013 Canberra Classic, which was held in the Belconnen Basketball Centre and the Australian Institute of Sport over the weekend.

Just seven players headed south with the men's squad, with late withdrawals decimating the published roster.

The majority of the Wildcats women did make the trip, although new signing Juanita Chan stayed at home due to University commitments.

Wildcats senior head coach Merve Tait was upbeat about the tournament, in spite of the string of losses, stating "it was a very worthwhile trip".

"Our women's team played very well against some of the most talented young women in Australia".

After hearing coach Tait's full description of the weekend, it would be easy to imagine the Wildcats women were playing in 'the land of the giants', with many of the Canberra players over 180cm (6 foot) in height.

The men's competition was also strong, highlighted by the appearance of the Canberra Gunners (White) team, which will compete in Australia's largest national sporting competition (the South East Australian Basketball League) in 2013.

The Wildcats had two narrow losses to the Gunners (45-44 and 61-59) and but for a couple of unfriendly calls during the game, could have contested the Grand Final on Sunday.

Instead, the Wildcats would eventually miss the Final, following a 60-52 loss to the ACT Under 20 Men's team on Saturday.

Parramatta fielded just six of their available seven players in that game, with Adi Causevic rested due to a niggling injury.

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