WINNING on the road is extremely tough.
That was reinforced in our first two away games this season when we lost to Cairns in Queensland and New Zealand in Auckland.
The Breakers also beat us on our home court.
One aspect that came from those defeats was our lack of discipline but I also believed players weren’t playing to their strengths.
However, we didn’t lose confidence and produced a successful road double against Brisbane and Melbourne last week.
What we saw over those two wins was guys stepping up, playing their role to the best of their ability and playing a great brand of basketball.
Lucas Walker reinforced how influential he can be with a double-double against Melbourne. I think we will see him in the Australian Boomers line-up in no time.
Import Derek Cooke Jr was phenomenal.
Grabbing 14 rebounds against Melbourne United, he is definitely growing in confidence.
Bryce Cotton was magnificent as always but I thought Damian Martin was exceptional.
He was aggressive on the offensive end, and he really led from the front.
We will enjoy a short little break until our next game as we have a FIBA-enforced break with players representing both Australia and New Zealand in World Cup qualifiers.
It will be a great time to recharge the batteries but, even more so, it will give us an opportunity to work on our individual games, which generally we don’t have the luxury of doing in-season.
Next up, it’s the Breakers in New Zealand again and hopefully we can reverse our fortunes against them.
It will be another fierce contest and I know the guys will be chomping at the bit to get a win on enemy territory.