An impressive last quarter by the South West Slammers brought the Eaton Recreation Centre crowd to their feet, but wasn’t enough to get the home side over the line in Friday night’s West Coast Classic clash against Lakeside Lightning. Trailing by as many as 15 points at three-quarter time, the Slammers embarked on a highlight laden 7-0 run to start the final quarter and hit the front for the first time midway through the quarter, before an untimely turnover and a clutch three-pointer by Lakeside’s John Isenbarger put the visitors ahead 62-61 with 15 seconds left on the clock. The Slammers’ woes began early, shooting 50 per cent from the free-throw line through the first three quarters and missing 18 consecutive three-point attempts before Devan Craig made the breakthrough from beyond the arc with just three minutes to go in the third quarter. Lakeside’s seven-footer Andrew Ferguson made life difficult for the Slammers as he registered an 11 rebound and 21 point double-double from 30 minutes of game time. The experienced heads of Mitchell Keller and the composed Cory Richardson, who received treatment to a cut lip in the first quarter, were two of the big drivers in the gutsy last quarter fightback. Head coach Mark Worthington said he was pleased with his team’s work in defence in the fourth quarter. “I thought it was a team effort in the fourth quarter especially on the defensive end,” he said. “Richo had his moments, Lachlan Murray had his moments and Mitch (Keller) had his moments as well.” Worthington said he hoped his side took lessons out of the disappointing loss. “I think it just part of the maturation process for us as a young team and learning how to play with a lead and how to be strong with the ball. “It was a big turnover to finish the game but overall to have 14 turnovers for the game in total, which is seven less than we have had all year is a huge step. “Hopefully these are lessons learnt going forward, some of these losses that sting a little bit linger with them and hopefully when we play them next season we atone for letting them off the hook this season. “The frustration is that I’d like to see a win in the column for the boys, to have that game and give it away is pretty well how our season has been so far.” The Slammers suffered a more convincing defeat at the hands of the Perth Redbacks in the second game of their double header on Saturday night. After travelling to Perth, they lost 93-55 with Keller leading the scoring with 19 points.