ECHUCA Senior Pirates have suffered a major setback in their Country Basketball League campaign, falling to the Seymour Blasters by 69 points on Sunday.
With the side missing the rebounding presence of Tyler Phillips going into the match, the Pirates suffered a further setback with the late omission of fellow tall Liam Tenace, the Pirates looked in immediate danger.
The quick start of Seymour was an issue for the Pirates, who conceded the first 16 points of the game.
The side began to push into the match from there, going into quarter time trailing 17-34.
But the size and speed of the Blasters was too much, with the Pirates struggling to score for the next two quarters, before the Blasters went on a 33 to four rampage to close off the game.
Coach Leo Tenace was open and honest about his sides performance.
‘‘There was men playing against boys out there,’’ Tenace said.
‘‘We found areas we could improve in and we worked on them, and I actually think we executed in a lot of those areas quite well. But when you come up against a side like that, there isn’t much more you can say. We were outplayed, pure and simple.’’
The lady Pirates also found themselves on the losing end, falling short of a late charging lady Blaster lineup by 11 points.
Morgan Dingwall lead the fight for the lady Pirates, scoring 17 points, but the team struggled to score otherwise, particularly late in the game.
Coach Simon Eishold said confidence to shoot was an issue.
‘‘We didn’t score on four trips down the court in a row at one stage in the final quarter, while they got us back on their transition baskets. It’s an issue,’’ Eishold said.
‘‘We are a great shooting team, the girls have been shooting well at training, I think they have it in them. So, the issue becomes working on confidence in game, so they are willing to put up shots in game. That will make a huge difference on court.’’
Eishold said the transition from netball to basketball would take time for his players.
‘‘Those two games are incredibly different in the way you move,’’ he said.
‘‘So, it takes a bit of time for you to change your mindset for different sports. And you can already see its happening, so the deeper into the season we go, the more comfortable the girls get in regards to the change over and I think when that happens, results start to come.’’
The Pirates now head to Wallan to take on the Panthers in a double header on Sunday.