Un­de­feated Black fac­ing stern test

South Western Times - - Sport - Michael Philipps

REIGNING Bun­bury Basketball As­so­ci­a­tion men’s cham­pi­ons Tor­na­does Black will look to con­tinue their un­de­feated start to the sea­son when they face Aces Navy to­mor­row night at the South West Sport Cen­tre.

Coach Shane Goff said de­spite the un­beaten start to the sea­son he was still wary of the strength of the com­pe­ti­tion.

“Ob­vi­ously it is good to start the sea­son with two wins, but they haven’t been easy wins,” he said.

“It is look­ing like it is go­ing to be a very tough sea­son and it is not go­ing to just fall our way.

“We have had to bat­tle to get where we are but that is a good sign for the Bun­bury com­pe­ti­tion.”

Goff cred­ited his side’s de­fen­sive pres­sure as a ma­jor rea­son for the promis­ing start to the sea­son.

“The guys work re­ally hard in de­fence and they pride them­selves on be­ing able to stop opposition team’s best scor­ers,” he said.

“But at the same time we have guys who are able to turn around that de­fen­sive pres­sure and ap­ply it to the score­board.”

Goff said his club’s re­cent suc­cess had marked them as the team to beat this year.

“Not only are we the reigning cham­pi­ons, but we have also played in the last four or five grand fi­nals,” he said.

“We are def­i­nitely the yard­stick of the com­pe­ti­tion so when we play other teams they will al­ways bring out their very best.”

Goff said he was wary of tak­ing on a Aces Navy side and the team was not fo­cus­ing on in­di­vid­ual play­ers.

“They are a very well-bal­anced team and they lost one of their big men through an in­jury,” he said.

“Wade Hitch­cock can shoot the lights out and Travis Durnin has a lot of SBL ex­pe­ri­ence.

“We know we are go­ing to have a tough game on our hands but we can’t fo­cus on one or two play­ers.”

In other games, Bulls are af­ter back-to-back wins when they face the Bul­lets and Tor­na­does Red want their first win against Aces White.

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

Tor­na­does Black coach Shane Goff will not fo­cus on in­di­vid­ual play­ers like Wade Hitch­cock when his side faces Aces Navy to­mor­row night.

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