Coach calls for Snakes to move it around
SNAKES coach Mike Kelly would like to see the ball move more offensively in the club’s final nine games of the NBL season.
After the brightest spot of Cairns’ 2018-19 season, a breakthrough victory over Brisbane and near upset of Sydney just days later, when the offence flowed and the ball moved, the stagnant Taipans were run down by Melbourne United on Sunday night.
The bottom of the ladder Snakes started the season using Melo Trimble’s isolation offence skills but went away from it in the middle part of the campaign, looking to get the ball to shooter Devon Hall or deep post touches to Nate Jawai.
The one-man show of Trimble was back over the weekend against Perth and Melbourne.
Trimble was full of confidence after his 32 points on Friday evening as he took five of Cairns’ first eight shots on Sunday.
All five found the bottom of the net as he jumped out to 11 points before five minutes was played in the contest.
He had 18, making all eight of his shots, by the time the first period ended, before finishing with 42 points.
“I do want the ball to move more and when someone is hot, I want them fed the ball,” Kelly said. “Right now we have had different guys step up and score recently it has been Nate and Melo.
“I really was happy with tonight until the second half of the fourth quarter, I thought we did not arrest our lack of direction well enough and I take full responsibility for that and not helping the guys find that more.”