AN undermanned Horsham Hornets side posted back-to-back wins at the weekend to remain undefeated in the Country Basketball League competition.
A skeleton crew of just seven players suited up for the Hornets in both road matches but somehow got the job done against Colac Kookas in an 83-76 win on Saturday night and against Terang Tornadoes 90-74 yesterday afternoon.
Cam Bruce starred for the Hornets in both matches, posting a team-high 26 points in both matches.
He was backed up by Matthew Lovel and team captain Tim Pickert, who both helped Horsham keep the scoreboard ticking over.
With several players unavailable because of VCE exams, work commitments and injuries, the Hornets were only able to field seven players and looked fatigued in the final quarters of both matches.
The Hornets were outscored 25-18 in the last term against Colac and Terang cut a one-time 25-point lead to six with just over one minute remaining in yesterday’s match.
Horsham managed to close out the game with a 16-point win.
Pickert said the team was positioning itself well with early wins and would be in better shape once key players such as Basketball Victoria Country representative Darcy Tucker returned.
“Having only seven players on the road is sort of tough on the body but it was good to pull two wins out in the end,” he said.
“Colac is a really good side so to win there with an undermanned side was a great credit to us.”
Pickert said his form would improve as the year progressed after concentrating mainly on football earlier in the year.
Coach Steve Bruce said Horsham’s three early wins from three games was a good sign.
“We were probably a few petrol tickets short but every team is talking about having a few players missing,” he said.
“Usually when you go on the road, to win one game is a good result so to get two wins was really good.”