THE weekend's road double-header was labelled as the 'doomsday double' for a reason by coach Scott Balsar.
And although his Kennedy's Tours Shoalhaven Tigers youth men's side left it all out their on the court, they unfortunately lost both road fixtures in Sydney.
First up was the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles at the Northern Beaches Indoor Sports Centre, a game they lost gallantly 77-68.
On Saturday, the hosts raced out to a 24-12 lead by quarter-time - a lead that stretched to 18 points by the main break.
But in true Tigers fashion, they clawed their way back into it, to be only down by seven points heading into the final term.
Balsar's Cubs continued their charge in the fourth and reduced the margin to just three points, but that was as close as they got, before losing by nine points.
In the loss, Gavin Costain top scored with 23 points, while both Riley O'Shannessy and Lachlan Armstrong contributed 13.
"In the first half, we didn't stick to the scouting plan - we knew they had numerous shooters and we failed on our defensive assignments and let them have open looks," Balsar said.
"But at half-time, we addressed that and their scoring really dried up, which allowed us to storm back into the contest.
"Unfortunately, we probably used too much energy to get back into the match and when we got within one basket of them, we just we exhausted and ran out of gas - which saw us make costly turnovers in the final quarter."
Balsar also highlighted the fact that the hosts made 17/18 from the charity stripe, whereas the Tigers only shot 12/18 from the free-throw line.
After that tough loss, Balsar's side backed up less than 24 hours later against the Sydney Comets - a match which they lost 82-71.
"We started strongly against Comets and we comfortably leading by nine points midway through the second quarter," Balsar said.
"But once again we couldn't produce a four quarter performance, as they ran over us in the second half."
In the loss, Costain again top scored with 17, while Armtrong (15) and Brayden Morris (13) also played well.
"Obviously it's disappointing for the boys to not get one of those games, as we were in a position to win both contests," Balsar said.
"Although we didn't win either match, there's plenty of positives to take from the weekend including the heart the boys played with on court, where they proved they can compete with any team in this competition, if we put a full 40-minute performance together."
The Cubs, who are not 5-5 on the season, return home this Saturday, when they host the Central Coast Crusaders from 6pm at the Den.