FORMER Warrnambool Seahawks mentor Rebel Noter started his Portland Coasters’ coaching career with an opening round win on Saturday night.
The fast-finishing Coasters proved too strong for Terang Tornadoes, winning 65-45 to kick-start their Country Basketball League south-west conference season.
“It was fairly even all the way through and in the last quarter we had a 22 to nine run and that was the difference,” Noter said.
“Because it was the first hitout I rotated the bench a bit and had to get everyone out on the court.
“There were a lot of combinations on the court our players weren’t used to and in the last quarter we brought it together.”
Coasters captain Trenton Johnston dropped a team-high 18 points.
“(We had guys score) 13 points, 10 points, 10 points, nine points and five points so it was a fairly good, even spread and it showed we can throw the ball around,” Noter said.
Terang coach Justin Wallace top scored with 23 points.
Noter said the game at Portland Basketball Stadium attracted about 100 people.
“It was an up-tempo game for us and I think the crowd was excited by the game and it was a good atmosphere and hopefully we can build on that,” he said.
Warrnambool Seahawks had the bye and start their campaign next weekend against Mount Gambier Lakers, which dropped their opening game to Horsham Hornets on Saturday night 75-58.
The Seahawks were the highest scoring south-west conference team last season, averaging 82 points a game under coach Barry Brooks.
Meanwhile, former Warr-nambool Mermaids coach Trevor Gleeson started his third NBL coaching stint with a win. Gleeson guided Perth Wildcats to a heart-stopping three-point victory in their season-opener against a gallant Adelaide 36ers at Perth Arena on Friday night.