Coach pushes competitive bid

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Printsync South West Slammers men’s coach John Triscari is hopeful of more positive results this weekend.Picture: Justin Fris
Camera IconPrintsync South West Slammers men’s coach John Triscari is hopeful of more positive results this weekend.Picture: Justin Fris

The Printsync South West Slammers men’s team has another double header this weekend, beginning with a trip to Wally Hagan Stadium on Saturday night to play the Cockburn Cougars.

John Triscari’s side will then back up the following morning at home to the Goldfields Giants.

Despite results not going their way, Triscari is determined to persevere with his squad and push them to be as competitive as possible.

Cougars: A perennial finals aspirant, Adam Nener’s side is unlikely to make a run for the 2019 post season, given their forgettable season this year. However, they do enter Saturday night’s clash in winning form, after seeing off the Perth Redbacks 88-85 on Saturday. Ageless 202cm forward Gavin Field continues to inspire the Cougars with his offensive brilliance from week to week, which could cause some problems for the Slammers defence if he is able to roam free.

Giants: Have enjoyed one of their more successful seasons in recent years and are in prime position to play finals in 2019. Under new coach Wayne Creek, the Giants have banked several home victories, with import Julius Bowie often the exclamation mark of these solid displays. The Giants travel to the Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre on Saturday night to play the Magic in the lead up to Sunday’s clash.

John Triscari’s take(Slammers)

“For us to be within six points of Rockingham in the last quarter – it shows that we can match it with a top four team,” he said following the Flames loss.

Scouting reports(Cougars and Giants)

Cougars: League position: 13th; home record: 3-5; away record: 1-9; last round: lost to Lakeside Lightning 99-52, defeated Perth Redbacks 88-85

Top performer (v Redbacks): Gavin Field — 36 points (4/11 from the field, 7/13 from beyond the arc, 7/7 from free throw line), 10 rebounds, two assists.

Giants: league position:

Seventh; home record: 6-3; away record: 4-5; last round: defeated Perry Lakes Hawks 94-89

Top performer (v Hawks):

Julius Bowie — 16 points (5/8 from the field, 2/3 from beyond the arc, 0/0 from free throw line), 12 rebounds, six assists.

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