Improved Olympians look to test Saints
Saints coach Scott Manton is acutely aware that records can be deceiving as his squad prepares to take on Olympians tonight in men’s division 1 basketball.
Olympians are last in the fourteam standings after nine consecutive losses to open the season.
The red and whites, however, displayed vast improvement in a loss to CBC a week ago.
The margin was three points, but the scoreline reverted back to 20-0 in the Collegians’ favour after Olympians took the court with a player not on the score sheet.
For Manton, Olympians’ display was proof they would be dangerous opponents tonight.
Third-placed Saints are coming off a 101-50 drubbing against the Lou Causer-led The Franchise.
“We’re trying to build consisten- cy and this time of the year, that can be hard because people have other commitments and with one eye on the Christmas break,” Manton said.
“Our competition is such that on any given night, any team can beat anyone else, outside The Franchise who will most likely go into each game as hot favourites.
“But you still think you can be competitive and Olympians provide a genuine danger game for us.
“I refereed the Olympians-CBC clash last weekend and barring a technicality, Olympians certainly could have won that game.
“It’s taken a little while to put together a competitive team. But again, all four teams can easily produce any upset, if you want to call it that.”
Manton said Saints’ loss against The Franchise reflected the trials and tribulations of a largely young group. “The Franchise are unbea- ten for a reason,” he said.
“They’ve been together a long time with experienced players and certainly the (flag) favourites for a reason.
“With our team, being a younger group, the biggest challenge is finding consistency and we were totally outgunned on the night.
“It’s disappointing because you always want to be competitive.
“But sometimes with a young group, things can get out of hand quickly, as far as the wheels falling off on a given night. We’re still positive though.”
Also tonight, The Franchise chase a 10th straight win against CBC.
Fixtures in the top women’s division started last night with two games. Tonight, Olympians play Saints at 7.15pm and Zaros oppose CBC at 8.30pm.
CBC went into the round on a 10game winning streak.
Olympians’ Deltyn Beau Te Puke and CBC's Jordan Hooks.