Hornets shore up spots
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.”
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.