Hor­nets shore up spots

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We might have to drop a few play­ers and go with the strong­est team that we can,” he said.

“Per­cent­age will be vi­tal and ours prob­a­bly isn’t as high as we’d like it to be, so we’ll be aim­ing to win by as much as we can.”

Men

Hor­sham’s men kept them­selves en­trenched at the top of the lad­der with a 90-76 win against the Su­per­cats.

The vic­tory did not come as eas­ily as the women’s with the Hor­nets forced to with­stand a sec­ond quar­ter fight­back by Gee­long.

Hor­sham burst out of the blocks with a flurry of three-point­ers, hit­ting six in the first quar­ter to build a 26-10 lead.

It was Gee­long’s turn to do dam­age from the perime­ter in the sec­ond quar­ter, with Jack Dun­stan net­ting three triples in the space of two min­utes to ig­nite the vis­i­tors.

Scores were knot­ted at 41 at the main break when Jamieson Hult­gren scored his ninth and tenth points at the end of the quar­ter.

The game looked evenly poised, but Jeremiah Mckenzie helped put the Hor­nets back in con­trol for good af­ter half-time.

Mckenzie scored 18 points in a third-quar­ter blitz that in­cluded five three-point­ers.

The out­burst gave Hor­sham a 14-point lead, which it would not squan­der.

Mckenzie and cap­tain Tim Pick­ert com­bined for 58 points in the game, while for­ward Jor­dyn Burke played his strong­est game for the sea­son.

Young big Austin Mckenzie was also solid for the home team and guard Har­ley Pope logged his first points for the sea­son on a first-quar­ter three-pointer.

The Hor­nets will also face off against War­rnam­bool and Bel­lar­ine this week­end, with tip-off times at 8pm on Saturday and 2pm on Sun­day re­spec­tively.

The Sea­hawks are win­less this sea­son, but the Storm is look­ing to seal a top-four spot and should chal­lenge the Hor­nets.

If the home team claims vic­tory in both matches, it will be in the box seat to seal the south-west con­fer­ence mi­nor premier­ship. • Ararat Red­backs will travel to Mt Gam­bier on Saturday to take on the Lak­ers at 7pm at Bern Brun­ing Bas­ket­ball Sta­dium.

HARD FOUGHT: Hor­sham Hor­net Jake Hobbs is stuck in traf­fic dur­ing Saturday’s match against Gee­long Su­per­cats. The Hor­nets went on to win 90-76.

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