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   Jul 05

Seahawks stumble on the road without talls

CONSISTENT: Warrnambool Seahawks jet Alex Starling drained 18 points and reeled in 15 rebounds in his side’s Big V loss to Melton on Saturday night.
Nanjing Night Net

WARRNAMBOOL Seahawks coach Bobby Cunningham is confident his charges will take positives into their final four Big V regular season games despite suffering their third loss in six matchesSaturday night.

Cunningham was proud of the undermanned Seahawks’ efforts in their 82-69 away loss to Melton Thoroughbreds.

The Seahawks travelled without experienced trio Tim Gainey, Simon O’Keefe and Matt Alexander, robbing them of height for the Terrill conference top four battle.

Cunningham used the opportunity to give burst player James Mitchell and youngsters Tom Fary and Isaiah McLeod important minutes.

Star import Alex Starling provided a steadying presence, sinking a team-high 18 points and reeling in 15 rebounds.

“I was really, really pleased and I am normally never happy after a loss,” Cunningham said.

“But considering the cards we were dealt with at the start of the night, I’ll take that.

“I know with a full complement of players that we could have stolen that game.”

Cunningham gave Fary and McLeod roughly 15 minutes court time each against the finals-bound Thoroughbreds.

He was thrilled with their efforts against seasoned players.

“The boys came on with energy and weren’t afraid of the moment,” Cunningham said.

“And James Mitchell had one of his better games this year. I was really, really pleased with James.”

Warrnambool trailed at every break. It was seven points in arrears at quarter-time and five at the main break.

A dominant third term from Melton, where it drained 20 points to the Seahawks’ 13, proved the difference.

“We were in the game until half-time but we ran out of legs a little bit,” Cunningham said.

Warrnambool hosts Watson conference outfit Chelsea Gulls –a side playing for its finals spot –on Saturday night at the Arc.

Cunningham said the Seahawks, who should regain some of their tall timber, would take confidence from their performance against the Thoroughbreds into that fixture.

The second-year mentorsaid pressure for finals berths, in both conferences, was heating up.

Warrnambool has an 11-7 win-loss record.

“It is a tight race now,” Cunninghamsaid.

“We have four games to go and three of them are at home.

“We have got to win our home games.

“If we don’t win our home games, we don’t deserve to make finals.”

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