Triscari likes Slammers’ chances

Justin FrisSouth Western Times
Slammers import Tyler Livingston is questionable to play on Saturday night in Kalgoorlie after aggravating a pre-existing knee injury.
Camera IconSlammers import Tyler Livingston is questionable to play on Saturday night in Kalgoorlie after aggravating a pre-existing knee injury. Credit: Justin Fris

The Printsync South West Slammers men’s team will complete one of the longest trips in the SBL on Saturday, when they travel to Kalgoorlie to face the Goldfields Giants.

But thankfully due to support from loyal club sponsors and personnel, the journey won’t be as bad as first thought, with the squad flying to and from the Goldfields instead of being crammed into a bus.

They might be on the bottom of the ladder, but Slammers coach John Triscari believes several players have plenty to play for.

“I love going to Kalgoorlie,” he said.

“I love the banter with the crowd and how they are basically sitting in your back pocket. The last time I was there coaching, they had a sofa.

“There was a raffle which they ran each week and if you won, you could sit on the sofa right behind the opposition coaches.

“It’s quite fiery when you are there and a few of them behind you have had a few drinks.

“Even though we are going in undermanned, I still think we can win.”

Triscari confirmed that Tyler Livingston’s availability on Saturday night was questionable due to a troublesome knee injury, while James Allen’s broken nose is also of concern. “Tyler’s knee is worse than I first thought so he may not play,” he said. “James Allen has a broken nose, but he suited up on Saturday night for us.

“I don’t know if he wants to do that again and I’m not going to be putting any pressure on an injured player to play.

“But Brody England returns from the NBL combine, so that’s a plus.”

Scouting report(Goldfields Giants)

Form: After looking on course for a finals berth, the Giants have spiralled over the past month, having lost four of their last six matches.

With their destiny no longer solely in their own hands, the Giants must convincingly defeat the Slammers on Saturday night to have any chance of making the finals, while hoping Tigers and Eastern Suns both lose against the Hawks and Wolves respectively.

David Humphries enters Saturday’s game on the back of a 37-point game against the Eagles, while Jay Bowie has also been in scintillating touch offensively since his return from injury.

Giants - League position: 8th; home record: 7-5; away record: 6-7; last round: defeated East Perth Eagles 125-107

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