Saints set to build in CBL
the first time we didn’t really know how we would fare but going forward players now know what to expect.
“I think the biggest positive is the number of youth coming through, we had a lot of young players this year and there’s only going to be more youth fighting for spots in the future.”
Myrtleford’s young talent certainly shone for much of the season particularly late in the campaign for the men’s team when it was evident, some of the best line- ups were those made up entirely of teenagers.
The team’s three leading scorers Jalen Barker, Jackson Townsend and Charlie Crisp were no older than 17.
Stevens said having the right mix of youth and experience was important though, and unfortunately both teams were without veteran leaders for extended periods of time.
“Two of our captain’s missed games because of injury, Bec (Piazza) going down hurt the women badly and Ben McIntyre was limited to only eight games for the men,” Stevens said.
“We finished ahead of Echuca on the ladder but lost to them the first time without Skinny ( McIntyre) and also lost to Wallan in overtime without him.”
The Wallan loss was one of three games the men lost by four points or less.
Despite not yet recommitting to coach next season, Stevens knows where the Saints can improve.
“If we can find another two talls for the women’s side we’ll be right in the mix, we just lacked height a lot of the time, especially when we didn’t have Bec,” he said.
“For the men I think there are a few defensive things we can change while continuing to work on our offensive game.
“That’s one area we got smarter at and improved in the more guys played with each other.”
Lastly Stevens said everyone involved with basketball in Myrtleford should be proud of what both teams achieved this past season.
“The people that got this off the ground have started something that has a very bright future,” he said.
“The support from the community was incredible and we look forward to having the biggest home crowds again next year.”
This weekend’s North East conference grand finals will be contested between Wallan and Wangaratta in the women and Seymour and Wodonga in the men.