THE Horsham Hornets out-muscled defending Country Basketball League champions Mt Gambier 75-58 at Horsham Amateur Basketball Stadium on Saturday night without playing-coach Tim Pickert and young gun Darcy Tucker.
A 14-0 start to the final quarter was enough for the Hornets to run away with the match in emphatic fashion.
Forward Matt Lovel had a welcome return to the court after a two-year absence, scoring 18 points and collecting eight rebounds.
Play-maker Cam Bruce was also impressive with 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
Assistant coach Simon Berkefeld was the Lakers' best, scoring a game-high 24 points.