Coach calls for Snakes to move it around

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - JOR­DAN GERRANS

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.”

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