United tar­get Bul­lets’ hot shots

Warwick Daily News - - LEAGUE/BASKETBALL - – Michael Ran­dall

Less than a week ago, a trio of Mel­bourne United guns were play­ing for the Boomers un­der An­drej Le­ma­nis.

This af­ter­noon, Mitch McCar­ron, David Bar­low and Craig Moller will try to top­ple their na­tional team coach – and Boomers team­mates Cam Glid­don, Ja­son Cadee and Matt Hodgson – as United try to make it five wins on the bounce when they face the Bul­lets in Bris­bane in the first of two clashes be­tween the clubs this round.

But if he has any in­side in­for­ma­tion from men­tor­ing the trio dur­ing wins over Iran and Qatar at the week­end that ce­mented the Boomers 2019 World Cup qual­i­fi­ca­tion, Le­ma­nis isn’t let­ting on.

“I don’t think that’s nec­es­sar­ily a mas­sive ad­van­tage or makes a mas­sive dif­fer­ence when you’re com­ing into the game, par­tic­u­larly with guys who have been in the league for a long time like that,” the Bul­lets coach said.

“What you get in the na­tional team en­vi­ron­ment is just a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of their per­son­al­ity, how they deal with highs and lows … how they are around the group.”

United with­stood a bar­rage – 15 three-point­ers – from the Bul­lets last month in a 102-94 win and coach Dean Vick­er­man said his side will at­tempt to run the likes of marks­men Glid­don and Cadee off the three-point line tonight.

“There’s been a big fo­cus this week on how we de­fend that and make sure that we re­strict them to more two-point shots than three-point shots,” Vick­er­man said.

Photo: Bradley Ka­naris

ON FIRE: Ja­son Cadee lines up a shot.

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