Win­ning on the road a good re­sult

The Advocate (Perth) - - SPORT - With Greg Hire

GUN FOR HIRE WIN­NING on the road is ex­tremely tough.

That was re­in­forced in our first two away games this sea­son when we lost to Cairns in Queens­land and New Zealand in Auck­land.

The Break­ers also beat us on our home court.

One as­pect that came from those de­feats was our lack of dis­ci­pline but I also be­lieved play­ers weren’t play­ing to their strengths.

How­ever, we didn’t lose con­fi­dence and pro­duced a suc­cess­ful road dou­ble against Bris­bane and Mel­bourne last week.

What we saw over those two wins was guys step­ping up, play­ing their role to the best of their abil­ity and play­ing a great brand of bas­ket­ball.

Lu­cas Walker re­in­forced how in­flu­en­tial he can be with a dou­ble-dou­ble against Mel­bourne. I think we will see him in the Aus­tralian Boomers line-up in no time. Im­port Derek Cooke Jr was phe­nom­e­nal. Grab­bing 14 re­bounds against Mel­bourne United, he is def­i­nitely grow­ing in con­fi­dence.

Bryce Cot­ton was mag­nif­i­cent as al­ways but I thought Damian Martin was ex­cep­tional.

He was ag­gres­sive on the of­fen­sive end, and he re­ally led from the front.

We will en­joy a short lit­tle break un­til our next game as we have a FIBA-en­forced break with play­ers rep­re­sent­ing both Aus­tralia and New Zealand in World Cup qual­i­fiers.

It will be a great time to recharge the bat­ter­ies but, even more so, it will give us an op­por­tu­nity to work on our in­di­vid­ual games, which gen­er­ally we don’t have the lux­ury of do­ing in­sea­son.

Next up, it’s the Break­ers in New Zealand again and hope­fully we can re­verse our for­tunes against them.

It will be an­other fierce con­test and I know the guys will be chomp­ing at the bit to get a win on en­emy ter­ri­tory.

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