Albany were left to rue two losses on the first day of the Basketball WA senior country championships in Perth, finishing fourth overall in the top division. A youthful top men’s team was named by Albany for the annual tournament, having won eight titles in the past 15 years. But losses to Bunbury and Busselton Red, the two eventual grand final teams, meant Albany missed out on making another championship decider. Albany drew with Bridgetown on Sunday, then had a one-point win over Karratha, but their grand final hopes were already over. On Monday Albany closed their campaign with a strong win over Busselton White, ending with two wins, one draw and two losses in the men’s division 1/2. Albany trailed by only one point against Bunbury at half-time of their first match but eventually went down by five points, with Jordi O’Neill hitting a game-high 15 points. In their second game, Albany went down by nine points to Busselton Red after a see-sawing second half. Hamish McMorran top-scored in the loss with 10 points. Albany and Bridgetown couldn’t be separated in round three on Sunday but Albany bounced back later that day to beat Karratha, 27-26. O’Neill (8 points), Keanu Weeden (7) and McMorran (6) led the way. Men’s division 1/2 coach Justin Benson was proud of his team’s performance. “The guys were really good and right in the two games they lost,” Benson said. “Those two teams were really strong as well. “Hopefully we can build on this and all the guys can come back next year.” Albany lost the masters grand final to Bunbury 1, 23-44. After their first-up loss to Bunbury 1, Albany had wins over Dardanup (55-29), Karratha (35-21), Bunbury 2 (43-19) and Australind to reach the decider. Albany finished mid-table in men’s division three but struggled in division five. Denmark claimed third place in men’s division five with three wins from six games, and Denmark’s other men’s team finished fifth in division four.