Redbacks nest at new home base
THE Perth Redbacks’ push for this year’s State Basketball League title will be led from a new home court.
The Redbacks have moved from their long-term base at Belmont Oasis to Curtin University’s stadium, a change club officials made to enhance the game-night experience for more of the team’s fans.
Last season the Redbacks won their final six regular fixtures to enter the play- offs as one of the competition’s form teams.
Finishing third on the ladder, they swept the Mandurah Magic in a quarterfinal series but succumbed to eventual premiers East Perth at the semi-final stage.
Men’s coach Nik Lackovic has been reappointed and is confident that with a core group of returning players – plus a newly arrived American import – the team is poised to again challenge for the title when the season begins this month.
Returning players include club captain Joel Wagner, Dennis Tawhiti, Jarrad Prior, Ash Stephens, Zach Makavilitogia, Jamieson Lewis and Tim Rendulic.
“The retention of our main core group, who I’ve had for two seasons now, helps with the familiarisation of what we run at both ends of the floor and it gives ownership and leadership of this within our group,” Lackovic said.
“We are only going to ever be as good as our leaders, and ultimately it is their team; I’m here just to guide the ship.”
Former club junior Ben Smith, a shooting guard, has returned to the Redbacks after a stint with Kalamunda Eastern Suns, and point guard AJ Johnston is another player rejoining the squad.
This season tips-off on March 14.