Slam­mers refuse to con­cede sea­son is over

South Western Times - - Sport -

PRINTSYNC South West Slam­mers coach Carl Cata­lano says his team will con­tinue to play like they are con­tend­ing for a cham­pi­onship, de­spite sit­ting six wins out­side of the top eight.

The Slam­mers face the fifth-placed Perry Lake Hawks at the Ben­dat Bas­ket­ball Cen­tre on Satur­day night be­fore host­ing the Gold­fields Giants on Sun­day.

The chal­lenge will be even greater for the Slam­mers with cap­tain Clive Wee­den to miss the next two weeks due to per­sonal com­mit­ments.

“Head­ing into this one (dou­ble-header) we have to stay fo­cused,” Cata­lano said.

“We do not have Clive this week­end, so that will be dif­fer­ent for us, but it means some­one has to step up.”

Cata­lano said the Slam­mers were not fo­cussing on where they fin­ished on the lad­der.

“We have been in the hunt for it (play­offs),” he said.

“There were some games in the mid­dle part of the sea­son that we needed to win and we did not get it done. That hurts you to­wards the end of the year.

“It is an even com­pe­ti­tion where any­one can beat ev­ery­one.

“It is more about what we do. We are a much bet­ter side than what Gold­fields were and I still think we are.

“We just want to play a cer­tain way. That is where we are at the mo­ment.”

Cata­lano said mak­ing the play-offs would be dif­fi­cult, but the team would not “con­cede their sea­son”.

“I have said it right from day one, our goal from the start of the year was to make play­offs,” he said.

He said the group would stay to­gether for the re­main­der of the sea­son, with im­ports Bran­don Thomp­son and Brian Voelkel to fin­ish their State Bas­ket­ball League cam­paign.

Pic­ture: Mitchell Wood­cock

South West Slam­mers cap­tain Clive Wee­den will miss the next two weeks due to per­sonal com­mit­ments.

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