Slammers opener: Triscari aims for zero turnovers

Justin FrisSouth Western Times
Printsync South West Slammers captain Michael Lay.
Camera IconPrintsync South West Slammers captain Michael Lay. Credit: South Western Times

Ahead of Saturday’s SBL home opener against the East Perth Eagles, Printsync South West Slammers coach John Triscari is focussed on two intangibles – opportunity and no turnovers.

“We’ll have a full squad minus Brian Voelkel to pick from,” he said. “It’s up to the guys now at training to impress.

“So if you want a starting spot, go grab it.

“Minus Tyler Livingston and Michael Lay who have got starting spots, there are three other spots up for grabs and nine guys who all want one.

“Show me what you’ve got boys!”

A seasoned tactician, Triscari believes minimising turnovers – particularly early in the game – could hold the key to victory.

“We are focussed on zero turnovers,” he said. “If we can individually all do that I think we can win the game.

“Because that is what the hustle of what their defence can create – so we will need to include a lot of fake passing and also protect the ball.”

The Eagles were unbeaten at the 2019 SBL Pre-Season Blitz, with victories over Kalamunda Eastern Suns, WA Metro and the Mandurah Magic.

Former Slammers Matthew Leary and Archie Hall suited up for the Eagles during the tournament and could be selected this Saturday – however Triscari is only concerned about players who are wearing Slammers singlets.

“It’s very interesting that despite the depth that we have got that some players wanted to go elsewhere,” he said.

“There are some real opportunities this year for young guys to step up and I told them all that is what I’m about.”

Triscari also feels a victory over the Eagles would provide valuable momentum ahead of their round two road trip to Activewest Stadium – the longest trip in the SBL – to play the Geraldton Buccaneers.

“I love that stadium in Geraldton as I think it is one of the best in the SBL,” he said.

Tip off is 8pm at the Eaton Recreation Centre.

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