Flames lack fire, fo­cus in loss

Southern Telegraph - - Sport - David Sal­vaire

Lack of con­cen­tra­tion in the sec­ond pe­riod cost Rock­ing­ham Flames the game on Sun­day, fall­ing to Ger­ald­ton Buc­ca­neers 85-79.

Af­ter keep­ing the vis­i­tors quiet in the open­ing pe­riod, the Flames were caught nap­ping in the sec­ond with a bar­rage of Buccs three­p­oint­ers do­ing the dam­age.

Rock­ing­ham en­tered the ma­jor break with a 12-point deficit and could not bridge the gap in the sec­ond half.

Ger­ald­ton sharp­shooter Aaron Ralph was dan­ger­ous from be­yond the arc with 20 points while a dou­ble-dou­ble from US im­port Mo Bar­row (11 points, 12 re­bounds) hurt the Flames in­side the paint.

Brad Sa­mule­son’s men showed some fight through Jar­ryd Grif­fin (12 points, 10 re­bounds) and Vinny Zollo (17 points) and guards Ryan God­frey and Beau Sa­muel­son were also strong.

Sa­muel­son said the lack of con­sis­tency from his side was dis­ap­point­ing.

“Our big­gest is­sue is we’re not get­ting 40 min­utes of basketball on the court at the moment which is a shame,” he said.

“If we could play out the game and shoot at a bet­ter clip our win-loss ra­tios would be a lot dif­fer­ent.

“Ger­ald­ton is def­i­nitely one of the top three in the com­pe­ti­tion and I thought we con­trolled them re­ally well bar (Aaron) Ralph.

“But we went away from our struc­tures and peo­ple got a lit­tle lazy in the sec­ond pe­riod and that’s what hurt us.”

Both men’s and women’s Rock­ing­ham sides were due to face reign­ing SBL pre­miers Cock­burn Cougars on Tues­day with the re­sult un­known at the time of writ­ing.

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