South West Slammers men fall short against Mandurah Magic

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John Triscari is keen for his side’s fortunes to change quickly.
Camera IconJohn Triscari is keen for his side’s fortunes to change quickly. Credit: Justin Fris

The Printsync South West Slammers men’s team are still searching for an SBL victory in 2019, following Thursday’s 94-88 loss to the Mandurah Magic at the Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre.

John Triscari’s men coughed up a 10-point quarter time lead, with the hosts outscoring them 31-20 in the second term to head into the locker room at half time with a one point lead.

With Brian Voelkel unable to play due to a nagging wrist injury, it was left up to Michael Lay (29 points, five rebounds, four assists, three steals, one turnover) and Tyler Livingston (31 points, nine rebounds, one assist, two turnovers) to help lift their teammates.

With 24 seconds to go, Lay drained a three point shot to pull the Slammers to within two points, before glittering American import Shaun Stewart (38 points, six rebounds, three assists) sealed the Magic’s win with multiple trips to the charity stripe.

Reflecting on the effort, Triscari was disappointed his side again failed to get reward for effort.

“We stopped doing what was working,” he said.

“We went a little bit solo I think in the second quarter.

“They got on top of us and from there it was a level pegging sort of game.

“I don’t know exactly what it is. I know this is a bit of a cliche but I don’t believe they know how to win.”

Despite the defeat, Triscari was pleased with how Lay and youngster Brody England – who played all 40 minutes without a breather – applied themselves.

“When I spoke with Michael at the start of the season when we signed him, I asked him for about 20 points per game,” he said.

“He has easily averaged that.

“I can’t ask for anything more from him.”

Focus now shifts to the Lakeside Lightning at home on Saturday night, who sit sixth on the table with four wins from six games.

“They’ve been in very good form,” Triscari said.

“I’m expecting that they will play a fair bit of zone – which was what they did last week.

“They have got Jarrad Prue back and he is just a rebounding machine.

“And their American John Isenbarger is really good and they have a heap of guys who can shoot a three.

“We are going to have to work on our help defence and make sure that our rotations are working.”

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