SPECTRES NEED TO FIND SPARK
NUNAWADING BASKETBALL | It was the weekend that didn’t go exactly to plan for he Nunawading ‘Burwood One’ Spectres South East Australian Basketball League teams. Coming off their first losses of the season in Round 5, both the men and women were keen to promptly right the ship with their match ups this weekend.
The Spectres men were scheduled for a rematch of the East Conference Final in Mount Gambier Friday night, however a combination of extreme weather conditions and aircraft mechanical problems saw them grounded in Melbourne along with the leagues match officials. That game to be rescheduled by SEABL headquarters in due course when a suitable date can be established.
Nunawading’s women jetted up to Sydney on Saturday, the inclement weather in causing also them a 2-hour delay with only one runway in operation for most of the day at Sydney Airport. The Sydney Uni Sparks quickly jumping on a sluggish start by the Spectres.
Forced to chase the entire game, the home side hammering Nunawading in the second term to open a 14-point lead at the main break. Whilst the Spectres got their offense ticking over more after the break, they leaked too many points down the defensive end to make any significant dint in the deficit.
Whilst the Spectres were able to win the fourth and final term, it was a mountain too high as they recorded their second consecutive loss for the season.
“We’ve got to do a better job at the defensive end,” Spectres Head Coach Paul Flynn said.
“The league is incredibly competitive, and we can’t afford to come into games thinking we have a quarter, quarter and a half to play our way into it.”
“Our effort was reasonable, but our execution was poor, and when you’re up against a side that boasts some talent in this league we’re going to need all cylinders firing at once.”
Whilst the result was far from desirable, it’s not all doom and gloom for the Spectres who have fallen to third on the women’s ladder.
“The area’s we fell down in aren’t difficult to fix,” Flynn continued. “But we need a sharper focus on how we prepare as a team on court this week.”
“We have two important match ups this weekend in Hobart and Geelong, when we lock in and execute what I know we’re capable of then we’ll be in a position to win games.”
Both Spectres sides have a home/away double this weekend, playing host to the Hobart Chargers Saturday night before traveling to Geelong to tackle the Supercats Sunday.
Saturday 19 May
5:30pm Nunawading ‘Burwood One’ Spectres v Hobart Chargers (women)
7:30pm Nunawading ‘Burwood One’ Spectres v Hobart Chargers (men)
Sunday 20 May
12:00pm Nunawading ‘Burwood One’ Spectres @ Geelong Supercats (women)
2:00pm Nunawading ‘Burwood One’ Spectres @ Geelong Supercats (men)