South Western Times

Slammers keen to make amends

- JUSTIN FRIS

Saturday night’s road clash against the Lakeside Lightning in Perth cannot come quick enough for Perkins Builders South West Slammers men’s coach Mark Worthingto­n.

A man who wears his heart on his sleeve, Worthingto­n’s passion for promoting regional WA talent to succeed at NBL1 West level is unrivalled.

This passion, however, is also the reason why Sunday’s 92-51 home loss against the Rockingham Flames was so difficult to digest, given how his side was unable to execute critical intangible­s out on the floor.

Ahead of Saturday’s game, Worthingto­n told the South Western Times that his squad thoroughly reviewed the previous weekend’s game at practice on Tuesday night — and no stone would be left unturned in a bid to bounce back swiftly.

In another blow for Slammernat­ion, Brody England is likely to be on the sidelines for a lengthy period, after suffering a serious ankle injury against the Flames.

But it was not all bad news for the Slammers, with new signing James Wilson’s performanc­e on Sunday night remarkable on a number of levels.

Described by Worthingto­n as a “meat-and-potatoes kind of guy”, Wilson backed up for senior duty after playing D-League earlier in the day and finished with six points, a rebound and a steal from his nine-minute cameo.

Scouting reports: (Slammers) League position:

14th; home record: 0-2; away record: 0-2; last round: lost to Warwick Senators 96-60, lost to Rockingham Flames 92-51. Top performer (vs Rockingham Flames) — Mitchell Keller (Six points — 3/10 field goal attempts, 0-1 three-point attempt, 13 rebounds, two assists, one steal).

(Lightning) Form:

The Lightning have played only twice this season, with a .500 record. They looked very impressive against the East Perth Eagles last week, with Corey Shervill lighting up the offence and workhorse Jarrad Prue a demon at both ends of the glass. League position: 6th; home record: 1-0; away record: 0-1; last round: defeated East Perth Eagles 121-60. Top performer — Corey Shervill (29 points — 11/15 field goal attempts, 6/9 three-point attempts, six rebounds, two assists).

 ?? Picture: Jon Gellweiler ?? Cody Hill sizes up his Flames opponent during Sunday’s home loss.
Picture: Jon Gellweiler Cody Hill sizes up his Flames opponent during Sunday’s home loss.

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