Seahawks bring defensive edge

WARRNAMBOOL Seahawks want to bring a defensive edge to their first home game of the Big V season.

The Seahawks host Altona Gators at the Arc tonight.

Both sides enter the round three contest coming off losses after first-up wins.

Warrnambool coach Bobby Cunningham said the Gators were a well-rounded side, capable of heavy scoring.

“Altona shoots a lot of three-pointers and they like to get after you on defence,” he said.

“If they make a basket they like to put pressure on, which is good. It’s the way the game should be played. We are going to do the same to them.”

Cunningham said it was crucial the Seahawks’ defence stamped its authority, given the Gators’ tendency to put up a lot of shots.

“If we only give them one shot and rebound the ball, we’re a chance,” he said.

“If we give them a second shot and a wide- open look it might be a long night.”

The Seahawks were yesterday still awaiting approval from the Department of Immigration to unleash US import Sai’Quon Stone.

Stone missed the first two games due to immigration red tape.

Cunningham said the team-oriented guard had trained well and was ready to hit the court.

“He is doing his job off the court, at junior basketball and encouraging,” he said.

“He is doing everything we ask of an import.”

Forward Liam Killey will return for the Seahawks after missing their round two loss and point guard Isaiah McLeod was selected as part of the club’s development player rotation policy.

“Isaiah is six feet tall and really, really energetic and loves to play defence,” Cunningham said.

“I am sure he’ll be nervous playing at home with 300 or 400 people there and people yelling his name.”

Tip off is 7pm at Warrnambool Stadium.

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