WARRNAMBOOL Seahawks will be without Alex Gynes for an indefinite period after he sustained an eye injury last weekend.
The boom recruit is out of the Seahawks’ line-up for its home double-header against Melton and Melbourne University this weekend, paving the way for Ollie Bidmade to make his return from the youth league.
Seahawks coach Matt Alexander said Gynes copped a stray elbow to the eye during last Saturday’s win over Mildura Heat and is set to see specialists next week to assess the extent of the injury.
With Gynes’ substantial contribution missing, Alexander said it was up to the team as a whole to lift and fill the void.
“We’ve worked on ball movement this week – what Alex gives us is a lot of movement inside the key and he’s a high per cent shooter because he moves so well … he’s very hard to defend,” Alexander said.
“We put Tim Gainey in his position – he’s a very good intercept player.
“Because we’ve got more talent in guard positions, he’s played a bit of a different role this year.
“(But) as a whole team, we’re going to try to fill the void.”
Bidmade impressed when given the opportunity for more time on court in the youth league, playing 40 minutes for 17 points, five assists and five blocks.
“He played very well, so I think he’ll have his tail up and play well (this weekend),” Alexander said.
The Seahawks host Melton on Saturday night and Melbourne University on Sunday afternoon.