Coach says his team can build against tough Cougars

Justin FrisSouth Western Times
New Printsync South West Slammers men's import Tyler Livingston.
Camera IconNew Printsync South West Slammers men's import Tyler Livingston.

Although his men are 0-5, Printsync South West Slammers coach John Triscari is adamant his side will turn its fortunes around.

The Slammers head to Herb Graham Recreation Centre tomorrow night and face the East Perth Eagles, before returning home the following night to entertain the Cockburn Cougars.

Triscari believes if his side can improve its situational awareness for longer periods, they will challenge several rival clubs throughout the year.

Slammers: Had opportunities in both of their games last weekend against the Kalamunda Eastern Suns and Perth Redbacks, but lapses ultimately cost them victory. Aside from the defeats, Brian Voelkel managed consecutive double doubles across both nights – which greatly pleased Triscari – while Tyler Livingston hit 37 points against the Redbacks, which was punctuated by efficient inside shooting when his side mounted a comeback during the final quarter.

Eagles: Enter tomorrow night’s date against the Slammers with two double digit defeats.

Despite coming up short against the Giants, electric American import Cameron Williams (28 points, three rebounds, two assists) continues to deliver the goods offensively for Adam Forde’s side.

Williams and Andrej Donlagic caused the Slammers issues during their round one meeting at the Eaton Recreation Centre, which the Eagles won 108-98.

Cougars: It’s been a lean start to the year for Adam Nener’s men, who were comprehensively defeated on the road by a rampaging Geraldton Buccaneers side last Saturday at Activewest Stadium.

The defence allowed six Buccs players to drop double figures on the scoresheet, with only Jaarod Holmes (19 points) giving the home side something to think about offensively.

Three of their four defeats in 2019 have been by more than 11 points.

TRISCARI’S TAKE

Redbacks post-game thoughts: “It was a game of ebbs and flows. We just lapsed in concentration at times – maybe I sat us in the zone for too long, I’m not sure. I’ll look at some videos and make decisions on that, but we allowed them to make easy baskets underneath us.”

On this week’s double header: “I can’t knock the way the guys played. We matched it with Kalamunda for 95 per cent of that game. And we did the same on Saturday night, but we just let them both get out to a lead. I think both games are winnable this weekend but I always go in pretty positive. I think we can do better on the boards against the Eagles and we have already seen how they play this season. With Brian in the team, and Tyler hitting his straps inside, they should be tough matches.”

Scouting reports

East Perth Eagles

League position: 8th; home record: 1-2; away record: 2-1; last round: lost to Goldfields Giants 120-110.

Cockburn Cougars

League position: 13th; home record: 0-2; away record: 0-2; last round: lost to Geraldton Buccaneers 107-68.

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