SAI’QUON Stone sat on the pine when Warrnambool Seahawks lost to Melton Thoroughbreds on the road in round two.
The American import will start against the same opposition tomorrow, some 11 rounds later and with the Seahawks chasing a play-offs berth.
Stone missed the first three games of his Big V debut season awaiting a green light from the immigration department.
He has since established himself as an on-court leader, averaging 15 points, almost seven rebounds and three assists a game.
Stone said he was happy to play his role for the team and fit into coach Bobby Cunningham’s plans.
The point guard praised Cunningham’s ability to instil confidence and belief in his players.
“I have to find the open shot, whether it’s for me or a teammate,” Stone said.
Stone said the Seahawks had learnt from their early-season loss to the Thoroughbreds.
They only had eight players take to the court in the 96-82 defeat, with promising forward Liam Killey joining Stone on the sidelines.
They will be at full strength tonight and on their home court at the Arc — a venue they’re yet to lose at this season.
“It was tough to watch us lose to them,” Stone said.
“I hope I can help and give them a better chance to win.
“On our home court we have to attack first.
“We have to control the tempo. We have point guards who make great decisions and we have Tim Gainey the finisher.
“If Liam and Simon (O’Keefe) control the boards in the paint (it will help too).”
Stone said development players Sam Gray and Jeremy Bolden would also play off the bench as the Seahawks search for their 10th win of the season.
Seahawks’ tip-off is 7pm tonight at the Arc.