Pirates sit near the top

By Andrew Johnston

THE REBIRTH of the Echuca Senior Pirates continues.

The Pirates split their games on the weekend, but the result sees them in outright second on the CBL North-West ladder.

On the road in Castlemaine on Saturday night, the Pirates were unable to overcome the power of the Cannons, going down by 26 points.

Glenn Hopson led the way with 19 points, but a mammoth 26 by Cameron Devereaux wrapped the game up for Castlemaine.

A return home to the Echuca Stadium on Sunday reignited the Pirates, with Luke Rosendale dropping 21 and Tyler Phillips putting up 19 of his own as the Pirates blew past Kyneton by 21 points to extend to 4-2 on the season.

Coach Leo Tenace said his line-up was slow to start on Saturday night.

‘‘We probably didn’t get out of the blocks as well as them,’’ he said.

‘‘And then they killed us on the glass, and in their shooting. Actually they killed us on transition going both ways which isn’t really good either,’’ he laughed.

‘‘The reality is they were a better side on the night. We look forward to getting that opportunity against them again to improve and see what we can do against them when we play our absolute best.’’

Tenace said part of the improvement in this season’s side, and helped lead to the win against Kyneton, is having multiple shooting options.

‘‘We aren’t an offence that is built around one or two guys,’’ he said.

‘‘With our demographic we think everyone should be able to take shots and to sore in this side, and we are seeing that in the way they play that multiple guys are getting shots up.

‘‘We are playing a better brand of offense in getting the ball in and then kicking it out to open guys. They are putting up better shots and we are getting some three pointers into our game that we didn’t have in the past, so that’s making a huge difference.’’

Unfortunately, Sunday did not go as well for the Lady Pirates.

The Lady Pirates fell to Kyneton by 37 points, remaining on the lower rungs of the ladder without a win.