Pirates sail back in for tough encounter

November 04, 2017

AFTER a two-week break for junior Pirates commitments, the Echuca Lady and Senior Pirates head into their second CBL game of the season this Sunday.

Both teams started the season off with close losses, but continue to work on improving their on court performance, preparing for a double header against Seymour.

In the men’s competition, Seymour remains undefeated in their opening games, so the Pirates will have their hands full.

‘‘There’s no doubt they’re one of the powerhouses of the competition and we’re also looking likely to be missing Tyler Phillips, who is pretty important to our side as a big man,’’Coach Leo Tenace said.

In the absence of Phillips, who has a knee complaint, the team has worked hard on their transition skills in attempting to match up with Seymour.

‘‘What it means is we lack a bit of pressure around the boards, so we have to make up for that. A way we can do that is our transition game. I think we can match them really well with our speed and take a bit of an advantage in that area. It also means that you look for other ways to score, going outside with your shots a bit too,’’ Tenace said.

In the women’s competition, both sides come into the match up yet to register a victory.

Ladies Pirates coach Simon Eishold said the team had worked hard on their defensive plays throughout the week to limit Seymour’s ability to score.

‘‘The fact is defence wins games of basketball, so we have worked hard on our defensive structures, making sure we can control them on transition and get good use of the ball,’’ Eishold said.

Both games will be played this Sunday at the Echuca Basketball Stadium, with the Lady Pirates the first cab off the rank at midday, followed by the men’s Pirates at 2pm.

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