Exasperated was probably the best way to describe Townsville coach Shawn Dennis after the Crocs offered little resistance in Friday's 90-75 loss to the Hawks.
Three straight wins gave Dennis good reason for optimism about a win over the Hawks.
But at times the Hawks looked as though they were up against schoolboys, such was the ease with which they scored and rebounded.
"It's amazing we only lost by 15. The scoreboard doesn't tell the story. They should've beaten us by 30 or 40 with our effort tonight," Dennis said after the game on Friday.
"We had maybe a glimmer of hope of sneaking into the play-offs - to come out and play with a lack of urgency, I don't understand it. We didn't have the desire and passion. The rebound and foul count says that.
"Just when you think you're getting it right, to come out with that was really disappointing.
"The signs were there on Wednesday," Dennis said.
"Russ [Hinder] as captain and the coaching staff were trying to warn against it.
"We were far too loose coming into this game. I don't know if we thought we were world-beaters all of a sudden.
"I guess it's another lesson for this group," he said.