It was another weekend of mixed results for the Ararat Redbacks, winning one of three games played across Saturday and Sunday.
The men’s team took on the South West division’s team to beat in the Mt Gambier Lakers and went down in a high scoring affair on Saturday night at the Ararat Fitness Centre.
45 points from Dellon Brown was the difference for the Lakers, as they recorded a 103-80 win.
Redbacks coach Steve Cronin said the match will be remembered as “the one that got away”.
“My blokes did everything I asked of them but we couldn’t shut him (Brown) down. He was the factor,” he said.
“It was a really free flowing game.
“Other than a patch in the second quarter where we couldn’t hit our shots we were able to run with them. That patch of inconsistency was the difference in the end.”
Zac Dunmore was once again the standout for the home team, dropping 24 points for the night.
Cronin said he believes the Lakers are the team to beat in the South West division.
“They were missing one of their best players on the night too so they just get better,” he said.
“They are definitely the best going around, but I think we have what it takes to be up there.”
Temperatures soared past the 30 degree mark on Sunday, making conditions tough for for the men’s side who took to the court less than 24 hours after their previous game against the Lakers.
The Redbacks had to back up for a game against the Portland Coasters on Sunday, where they were able to come home strongly and claim a 81-76 win.
The Redbacks held a big lead early in the game, but let the Coasters back into the match in the final term.
“Our boys dug deep and pushed through any tiredness they might have had,” Cronin said. “We maintained possession and made the right shot selections.”
Joshua Fiegert was instrumental in the come from behind win, scoring 16 points.
12 Redbacks players contributed to the win with points of their own.
The Redbacks will be hoping Jason Cameron will be able to recover from an injured ankle for their next game in two weeks time.
“Jason is our tallest player and is crucial for our team,” Cronin said.
“We will have to wait and see how he pulls up.”
The women’s Redbacks side struggled in their game against the Coasters, going down 28-52.
Ararat’s men’s side will travel to take on Milicent and Mt Gambier on December 2 and 3 for their next matches, while the women’s team will be hosted by Geelong on Saturday, November 25.