Triscari wants his men to keep the league leaders at bay

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Printsync South West Slammers men’s import Tyler Livingston is guarded tightly by Ryan Blanchett on Saturday night.
Camera IconPrintsync South West Slammers men’s import Tyler Livingston is guarded tightly by Ryan Blanchett on Saturday night. Credit: Justin Fris

He might be a man who isn’t afraid of any big, bad wolves of the Joondalup variety, but Printsync South West Slammers coach John Triscari is under no illusions about Saturday night’s clash against the league leaders at HBF Arena.

The Slammers, who sit bottom at 0-13, are desperate to turn their fortunes around against a side who have already stamped their ticket to the 2019 SBL playoffs.

Slammers: The man all of Slammernation wanted to see – new import Terrell Carter – didn’t disappoint on debut. The charismatic Carter (27 points, nine rebounds, three steals) played a sterling role for his side, despite going down 84-66 to the Kalamunda Eastern Suns. After a bright start, the home side struggled to match it with the visitors’ accurate offence, who put the result beyond doubt by half-time.

Wolves: The Wolves are riding high on top spot, with Ben Ettridge’s side again looking to feature prominently at the business end of the SBL post-season. Enter Saturday night’s clash on the back of a hard-fought 87-84 victory over the Geraldton Buccaneers, who pushed them throughout the night. Aside from Earnest Ross’s overall performance, the Wolf Pack benefited greatly from new American import Ridell Camidge – who hit seven of his 11 three-point attempts – while fellow import Kevin Davis was effective inside the paint.

John Triscari’s take (Slammers)

“Joondalup are a different proposition this week. They are going to be very tough.

“But it was great to have James Goodlad back this week. He was a little bit out of touch but he is a guy which we can get to step up.”

Scouting report(Joondalup Wolves)

League position: 1st; home record: 5-2; away record: 7-1; last round: defeated Geraldton Buccaneers 87-84

Top performer: Earnest Ross — 24 points (5/13 from the field, 3/8 from beyond the arc, 5/6 from free throw line), 12 rebounds, two assists, one steal.

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