Brody brilliance creates promising start

Justin FrisSouth Western Times
Slammers guard Lucas Goff is guarded tightly as he approaches the keyway during Saturday night’s loss.
Camera IconSlammers guard Lucas Goff is guarded tightly as he approaches the keyway during Saturday night’s loss. Credit: Justin Fris

The Warwick Senators overpowered the Printsync South West Slammers men’s team 101-64 at the Eaton Recreation Centre on Saturday night.

After racing to a promising 5-0 lead in the opening minute courtesy of some stellar brilliance from youngster Brody England, the visitors gradually worked their way into the contest and took control.

There was no shortage of effort nor hustle across the Slammers team – they just simply didn’t have the experience and height to go the distance against a formidable playoffs-bound team.

Distinguished former NBL star Cody Ellis (18 points, two rebounds, zero assists) displayed the full range of his experience throughout the night, by shooting accurately and involving his teammates in general play, while reliable guard Ngor Manyang (19 points, seven rebounds, one assist) caused headaches for the Slammers defence in the paint.

The Senators cemented their victory during the second quarter, where they outscored the home side 34-19.

Despite a ballooning deficit, England (20 points, two rebounds, zero assists) and tireless skipper Michael Lay (21 points, three rebounds, five assists) refused to concede an inch and did all they could to limit the damage.

Both Slammers coach John Triscari and his Senators counterpart Mike Ellis rang the changes once the sting had gone out of the game.

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