The Horsham Basketball Association hosted the CBL South West grand finals on Saturday, February 10, but it did not go as the locals hoped.
Despite an eight-point half time lead, the Hornets were felled by the minor premier Mount Gambier Lakers 100-88 in front of a capacity crowd.
The come-from-behind win was spearheaded by Lakers' sharpshooter Simon Berkefeld, who scored a game-high 37 points and was voted the grand final MVP.
Matthew Brown was the standout for the Hornets; he finished with a team-high 25 points in his last match for the club.
Mitch Martin led by example, whilst a targeted defence contained Austin McKenzie.
Both Max and Cody Bryan impressed at both ends of the floor.
A semi-final loss ended the Lady Hornets' dream of a home grand final.
Instead, the Horsham watched a dominant Portland outfit claim a 63-40 win over Mount Gambier.
After a tight first half, the Coasters overpowered the Lakers on their way to the 23-point win.
Tyleah Barr top-scored with 21 points and was voted as the MVP.