United target Bullets’ hot shots
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.
ON FIRE: Jason Cadee lines up a shot.