The Hills District Hornets ran into a flat spot on Sunday afternoon at the Hills Basketball Stadium, falling in both the women's game (73-61) and the men's game (77-73) to the visiting Bankstown Bruins.
The loss in the women's game will not adversely affect the Hornets playoff campaign, as they still appear destined to face the Sydney City Comets in the first round of the playoff series on August 25.
The loss in the men's game has however thrown the local Association into an unwanted situation, with the Hornets dropping back from sole possession of fourth spot on the ladder into a five-way tie.
The Penrith Panthers, Hornsby Spiders, Central Coast Crusaders, Newcastle Hunters and Hornets are now all locked together on 12 wins and 11 losses, with only three of those teams able to qualify for the playoff series.
The Hornets men will however have their immediate fate in their own hands, as they face the Crusaders on Saturday in Terrigal and the winner of that game should qualify for the quarter finals.
WOMEN: Bankstown Bruins 73 (Briana Maimone 15 points, 13 boards, 6 assists) def Hills District Hornets 61 (Casey Samuels 23 points, 8 boards; Jamie-Lee Samuels 12 points, 10 boards).
MEN: Bankstown Bruins 77 (Steve Gavrilovic 21 points) def Hills District Hornets 73 (Josh Chapman 18 points, 12 boards, 7 assists; Emils Duselis 18 points; Jason Strong 15; David Pollard 8 points, 17 boards).