FOR two long years the Echuca Senior Pirates have been building.
The players have slowly found themselves improving game by game. All they needed was the win to prove they were on track.
On Saturday night, they got it.
The side have had problems all season with their starts, often being forced to play catch-up basketball. This time, however, that was not the case.
The Pirates dominated the scoring in the first quarter, with steals and strong rebounding limiting Myrtleford’s scoring.
The Pirates ran out to an 18-8 lead with minutes remaining in the first.
Myrtleford, however, were not going to go quietly. The Saints charged, pulling to within one point with seconds to go in the quarter, before a Reagan Smith three calmed the Pirates’ nerves at the buzzer.
After a hotly contested start to the second, Jordan Hutton and Liam Tenace began to take charge on the scoring end.
The Pirates showed the play they have threatened throughout the season, with Tyler Phillips dominant on the boards. The Pirates’ transition game also began to come into its own, punishing Myrtleford’s missed shots with quick scores of their own.
The Pirates went into the main change with an 11-point advantage and never looked troubled after half time.
Fuelled by Liam Tenace, who top scored with 24 points, and assisted by Phillips, who contributed 11, the Pirates extended their lead to more than 20 points in the third quarter.
Myrtleford’s frustration became clear, sending the Pirates to the line multiple times in the final quarter.
While the Pirates took their foot off the gas in the later stages of the final quarter, the result was beyond doubt.
The building erupted in jubilation at the buzzer, as the Pirates claimed their first scalp of the season.