Slammers gear up for Tigers

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Terrell Carter could be the difference for the Slammers this weekend.
Camera IconTerrell Carter could be the difference for the Slammers this weekend. Credit: Justin Fris

Printsync South West Slammers men’s coach John Triscari is keen to upset Willetton’s chances of qualifying for the play-offs tomorrow night at the Willetton Basketball Stadium.

And the Slammers boss believes his side has a real advantage.

“We’ll have a height advantage but Willetton tend to negate that by running a zone,” Triscari said.

“And we are not very good against a zone. So preparation this week will be making sure that our zone plays are functioning so we are on top of that.”

Triscari has been working overtime in a bid to cover the loss of inspirational skipper Michael Lay, who is done for the season with a shoulder injury.

“It’s a really big hole to fill,” he said. “I’m hoping Cory Richardson is able to play this week.”

Scouting reports(Willetton Tigers and Geraldton Buccaneers)

Form: The Tigers are fighting with the Giants for the final spot in the top eight, while the Buccs are keen to push for a spot in the top four.

It’s been an uncharacteristic season for the Tigers, who have struggled at home this season and must win against the Slammers tomorrow night to have any hope of making the post-season. Even then, they will still face a tough ask against Perry Lakes on the final night of the regular season.

The Buccs have turned Activewest Stadium into a fortress again this season, although it’ll be their road form that’ll be pivotal down the stretch if they are to go deep into the play-offs. After this weekend, they head to Perth for another double-header, before game one of the finals away from home.

It is tipped Mat Wundenberg, Aaron Ralph and Liam Hunt will rotate on Slammers centre Terrell Carter.

Tigers - League position: 9th; home record: 4-6; away record: 8-6; last round: defeated Cockburn Cougars 90-72

Buccaneers - League position: 3rd; home record: 11-2; away record: 6-4; last round: defeated Joondalup Wolves 85-82

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