YOUNG legs and sharp minds continue to drive the Warrnambool Seahawks to success in the Country Basketball League (CBL).
The Seahawks sit second on the ladder after nine rounds ahead of a double-header this weekend.
They travel to take on Portland Coasters tonight, before hitting the court at St Jospeh’s school stadium tomorrow for a home game against the Colac Kookas.
The Kookas handed the Seahawks their only loss for the season when they ran out 14-point victors in round four.
Seahawks coach Barry Brooks said the win-loss ratio was not a focus.
“We are just concentrating on how we want to play and making sure we are doing what we can to continue to improve,” Brooks said.
“The last time we played Colac we were in the game until the last quarter, but a mental lapse cost us and hopefully we can stop that from happening this time.”
With the team made up of talented teenagers, Brooks said he was giving his young players a chance to have a large say in their own development.
“While they are a really young team, they are a pretty hardened lot,” he said.
“A few of them got a taste of senior basketball last year and they have all played a lot of squad basketball through their juniors, so the workload is not an issue.
“Out on the court I give them the opportunity to assess the situation of the game at the time and adjust accordingly. Occasionally I will call them in and have a chat but they are good at reading the state of the game.”
Warrnambool Mermaids will take momentum into their game against Portland Coasters tonight.
The Mermaids won an under 18 tournament in Shepparton last weekend, with the Tim Gainey-coached team going through unbeaten.
They defeated Broad-meadows, Swan Hill, Mildura and Echuca before accounting for Wodonga Wolves 34-25 in the final.
Darcy Wilson was named the Mermaids’ MVP.