Ladder leaders Maitland beat the Sutherland Sharks in round eight of the Waratah Basketball League.
No such luck for the Hunters, who went down 87-68 to the Central Coast.
And in the women’s, Newcastle was outclassed by Manly-Warringah.
With Suzy Batkovic rested due to back problems, the Hunters found it hard to make an impact, or a basket.
The Sea Eagles outclassed the home side by 38 points.
Former Opal Belinda Snell top scored with 24.