THERE'S an old sporting adage which suggests ability without hard work will only get you so far.
James Mitchell and Jack Huxtable's Warrnambool Seahawks are proving it to be correct.
The Seahawks produced a dominant second-half display to stun Terang Tornadoes on Sunday, running out 72-61 winners away from home.
Mitchell told The Standard his men were up to lift the intensity and make use of fresh legs after the main break.
"That was our focus at half time. Jack (Huxtable) reminded us they'd played last night while we hadn't when we came off and there was about two points in it at that stage," he said.
"We knew we were fresh and knew we had to keep running. We've had some brilliant young guys in Ash Keen and Josh Dyson who probably haven't played as much as they deserve to.
"They and Ben Walters have been training really well and waiting for their time and it was good to rely on them a bit more. It was fantastic."
Mitchell reserved praise for Walters, who drained 25 points and effectively set up the triumph.
"He's worked very hard and is getting the reward," he said.
"He was basically the difference."
The Seahawks will enjoy a two-week Christmas break from Country Basketball League action before facing Portland Coasters in the new year.
Mitchell said redemption was a high priority after suffering a heavy defeat to the Rebel Noter-coached side earlier in the season.
"Portland have been in finals and grand finals in recent seasons," he said.
"We've got a lot of respect for them and the way they play. We've got that one circled on the calendar and it'll be interesting to see how far we've come since then."
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