THE Granite Belt Giants enjoyed their first game of regional basketball despite losing to the Warwick Wildcats 85-62.
The Giants recently decided to become part of the inaugural South-West Queensland Basketball League Big Q.
Giants player Damian Petrie said the team had a great time while playing the Warwick side at WIRAC last Friday.
"I think we were down by 20 points in the first quarter,” Petrie said.
"They were a lot more talented but we were able to keep the 20-point margin.
"We played pretty well to put 62 points on the board.
"We're all just a bunch of local fellows,” Petrie laughed.
The Giants' under-18s team is also part of the competition.
The U18s lost to the Warwick side 31-17 but Pertie said players still had "heaps of fun”.
"For their first game they did really well. They improved a lot,” he said.
Petrie said they got the chance to play against a different town and that was all that mattered.
He said the Giants were excited about the chance to play more games in the Big Q competition, especially at the local YMCA.
"I think that's the good thing about the comp,” he said.
"We get to play a home game and families and friends can come down.”
While the local basketball competition concluded in August, the Big Q is a great chance for local basketball players to keep the ball rolling.
This weekend, the Giants will face USQ, the team from the University of Southern Queensland.
Last weekend, the USQ Reserve Grade defeated the Runnin' Rebels 62-54 while the A-grade team came out winners over the Harristown Runnin' Rebels 96-68.
So, if you have time on Friday, make your way to the YMCA to support our Giants and watch some great games of basketball.
Petrie said game times were not yet decided but should be similar to last week's with a 5pm start for U18s and 6pm start for the men's game. Visit the Giants' Facebook page for more information.