EMERGING forward Liam Killey led Warrnambool Seahawks to a confidence-boosting Country Basketball League season-opening win.
Killey dropped a team-high 19 points and reeled in 15 rebounds in the Seahawks’ 78-72 win against reigning champion Mount Gambier Lakers on Saturday night.
Seahawks coach Barry Brooks said the Vic Country under 18 representative led a team effort.
All bar two Warrnambool players scored in the round two away victory.
James Mitchell (15 points), Leigh Saffin (10) and Damian Gray (10) were also instrumental for the Seahawks, who had a bye in round one.
Point guard Tom Symons was effective in his comeback from a knee reconstruction.
Symons scored six points and got through the match unscathed, save for fatigue late in the contest.
Teenage forward Jake O’Flynn stepped up for his first CBL game, playing a role in the first half. Brooks said the Seahawks, who use the CBL as a development program for their Big V seasons, controlled the contest against the Lakers.
“It was good to beat them over there on their own court with their whole team,” he said.
“We got away early on them and at half-time we were winning pretty easily, up by 10 points or so.
“Midway through the third quarter we were 13 or 14 points up and we concentrated on keeping that but we went into the last quarter 10 points up and pretty much held the game at that point.
“But the last couple of minutes were a bit frantic. We missed a few lay-ups and they got a couple of threes.”
Terang Tornadoes coach Justin Wallace said the club wasn’t panicking after dropping its first two games of the season.
Colac Kookas inflicted a heavy 96-59 loss on the returning CBL club on Saturday night.
Wallace said the Tornadoes lacked height, which played into the Kookas’ hands.
“We went away from our structures and that didn’t help much,” he said.
Geelong Falcons-listed footballers Alex Moloney and Xavier Lourey, who both stand 191 centimetres, will bolster the Tornadoes’ tall stocks when they return against Horsham Hornets next weekend.
Wallace said it would ease the burden on himself and Sam Spencer.
“I am six foot three (190cm) and he is six foot six (198cm),” he said. “Jake Crawley is six foot one (185cm) and that is it so we are pretty short at the moment.”