Nothing magical as Slammers slip

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Printsync South West Slammers men’s coach John Triscari is hoping for a change in fortune, following two frustrating losses on the weekend.
Camera IconPrintsync South West Slammers men’s coach John Triscari is hoping for a change in fortune, following two frustrating losses on the weekend. Credit: Justin Fris

The Printsync South West Slammers men’s side was unable to build from spurts of momentum against both the Mandurah Magic and Rockingham Flames, falling to 0-17 for the season.

After taking an early lead against the Magic on Friday night at the Eaton Recreation Centre, the home side was burned by former forward Travis Durnin (16 points, 15 rebounds, four assists), who helped guide his side to a morale-boosting 80-69 win.

A night later, the Flames kicked home late in the fourth quarter to defeat the Slammers 92-69 at the Mike Barnett Sports Complex.

Slammers v Magic: The home side looked the goods early, displaying tremendous effort at both ends. Leading 22-15 at quarter time, it appeared as though the home side was on course to finally record a victory. However, Aaron Trahair’s Magic read another script, outscoring the Slammers 31-14 in the second term. Despite another solid performance from centre Terrell Carter (21 points, one rebound, one assist), the Slammers defence was unable to stop both Durnin and Marvin Smith II, who dominated with his inside shooting throughout the night.

Flames v Magic: With the hosts minus Greg Hire and Joshua Ritchart, Triscari sensed an upset was in the wind. The visitors remained in the rear-view mirror throughout the evening and closed to within six points early in the final quarter. Sensing they needed a lift, Flames guard Luke Travers broke the shackles and put the result beyond doubt for the home side. Carter hit a game-high 24 points for the visitors, while Mitchell Keller (10 points, six rebounds, three assists) showed he has a real future at SBL level with another solid outing. The Slammers face the Cougars and Giants this weekend.

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