Game good prep for nationals

Tyrone Thwaites looks on as his side battles Cockburn.
Tyrone Thwaites looks on as his side battles Cockburn.

WESTERN Australia’s under-16 metro men’s team has continued its preparation for July’s Australian Junior Championships with a 77-74 practice match win.

WA held on in a tight contest against the Cockburn Cougars’ under-18 division one team at Wally Hagan Stadium on Saturday.

Coach Tyrone Thwaites said he was pleased to see his team grind out a win.

“It threw up all sorts of scenarios that may come up at nationals and it was great to work through them as a coaching staff, as well as with the players,” he said. “The close games are really important.

“Knowing what to do and when to do it down the stretch can be the difference between going 3-3 and 5-1 in your pool rounds.”

It was the second week in a row WA was able to defend a lead against a side charging home.

WA takes on Willetton’s under-18 side this week, with Thwaites looking to tweak his side’s ball movement.

“We still have a few offensive adjustments to make,” he said.

“We don’t get our key scorers the ball enough.”