WARRNAMBOOL Seahawks won the battle in a game of two halves against Mount Gambier Lakers on Saturday night.
The Seahawks, coming off a four-week Country Basketball League break, made a scratchy start before skipping away to a comfortable 80-62 win at St Joseph’s Primary School.
Mount Gambier had a three-point advantage at half-time but Warrnambool’s blistering 16-0 run to start the third term proved match-winning.
Seahawks coach Barry Brooks described the round 12 fixture as an “ugly game”.
“The first half was average and the second half was a lot better,” he said.
“We were three down at half-time and at some points during the first half we were down eight or 10.
“We had a few different rotations go through trying to find consistency and we had foul problems too.”
Brooks said he implemented a zone defence — developed with former Seahawks’ Big V coach Tim Gainey — in the second half which swung momentum the Seahawks’ way.
“I have used it a couple of times with these boys so they know what to do,” he said.
“It slowed them (Mount Gambier) right down and got our offence working a bit.”
Liam Killey’s push for more Big V minutes received another boost.
The teenage forward dropped 29 points and had 20 rebounds.
His partner in crime James Mitchell shot 18 points and was also influential with double-figure boards.
Josh Dean was the most consistent Seahawks’ guard, with Damian Gray and Leigh Saffin, both back after four-game breaks, finding foul trouble.
Terang Tornadoes had a mixed double-header weekend.
They recorded a nine-point win against Portland Coasters on Saturday night and registered an 11-point loss to Mount Gambier yesterday.
Terang coach Justin Wallace said the Tornadoes held sway for the bulk of the game against Portland, with creative guard Scott Judd top-scoring with 22 points.
“We were roughly up 10 points the whole game,” he said.
“We got out to 18 points and they pressed up the last few minutes and they got it down to nine points.”
Wallace said the Tornadoes carried their momentum into yesterday’s clash against the Lakers.
“We had a chance,” he said. ‘‘It was seven points with one and a half minutes left and we didn’t really run anything properly at the end so they just got away.
“It was a lot better than the other weekend when we played them.
“We rebounded a lot better and defended a lot better and it was a four-quarter effort.
“Usually we come out until half-time and are competitive and then we drop off a bit.”
Terang hosts Warrnambool at Terang Basketball Stadium on Saturday night.
Portland has a bye.