Seahawks coach takes the blame for defeat

WARRNAMBOOL Seahawks coach Bobby Cunningham accepts the majority of the blame for Saturday night’s 20-point loss to Mildura. 

After a three-week break, the Seahawks hit the road on Saturday night, but couldn’t overcome the Mildura Heat, going down 81-61. 

Cunningham said while the final score didn’t reflect the full game, there was no excuse for the final-term effort, when Mildura sunk 24 points to 10. 

“It didn’t help when their main guys were dominating and playing the way they should be and our main guys weren’t,” Cunningham said. 

“We need to get back into training this week to rectify a few things. 

“I know we can play good basketball, we’ve proven that. But we need to be more accountable for our plays and for the ball. 

“We’ve had a three-week lay-off and we showed rust last night, but that’s no excuse.” 

Cunningham said James Mitchell and Tim Gainey were the Seahawks’ highest scorers, shooting 18 and 21 points respectively, racking up more than half the Seahawks’ final score. “Those two were great, but we need other guys to step up and to put themselves in a position to score,” he said. 

“But then that’s my fault as well, I didn’t create positions for them.

“I barely moved the defensive plays. We played man-to-man the whole game.

“I said to the guys I’m going to take most of the responsibility for this.”

But Cunningham said his side’s never-quit attitude was one of the positives to take away from the loss. 

“Our ability to do battle is unquestionable,” he said. 

“But what we need to do is take that ability and turn it into an ability to win.

“The guys need to embrace a hostile environment like the one we faced in Mildura and relish it. 

“They need to realise it and seize the moment.”

Cunningham said the focus would now turn to Saturday’s home game against Sunbury. 

“It’s a double-header weekend,” he said. 

“We play Chelsea away from home on Sunday.”

“But there is no point worrying about Sunday until after we’ve played on Saturday, that’s out main focus.” 

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