THE Horsham Hornets might have secured one of the club’s biggest wins when they defeated the Swan Hill Flyers in the North West conference, coach Cam Bruce said.
The Hornets demolished the Flyers in their second game of the 2017-18 season, winning 118 to 56.
The game was played in Swan Hill.
Bruce said to the Flyer’s credit, the team is at a developing stage.
“They are working to create a pathway and they are starting from scratch,” he said.
“They are trying to develop some young 15-16 year olds like us.”
Bruce said his team got a fantastic start to the ball game and kept the pressure on all night.
“We moved the ball really well and our defensive pressure was fantastic, we forced them into tough shots,” he said.
“In the first quarter we applied full court pressure and we worked well together. We shot the ball well and our offence moved well.
“At quarter-time, I think we were up 30-8.”
It was a similar outcome in the second quarter for the Hornets, Bruce said the team continued to work together as a team and put on relentless pressure.
“It was a great first half,” he said.
“Everyone played similar minutes.”
Bruce decided to make some defensive structural changes at the halfway point in the tie.
“We decided to put some different things in to prepare for Bendigo this week,” he said.
The Bendigo Braves have been tipped by Bruce to be the favourites to win the season.
Bruce said he didn’t think the game had a most valuable player but having Matt Lovel back in the team was good.
“He was great all night, he finds space where others don’t think there is room,” he said.
“He’s a smooth player.”
Lovel was the leading scorer for the Hornets come the final buzzer, he scored 25 points. Captain Tim Pickert was close behind Lovel with 22 points.
(Scoring 118) Is a good confidence boost for the kids coming through. Aussie (McKenzie), who is 14, scored six points… That experience was great for him.Cam Bruce
Bruce was impressed by his men.
“That was one of the best team efforts since I have coached the Hornets,” he said.
“I can’t remember a time when we had scored almost 120 points.
“(Scoring 118) Is a good confidence boost for the kids coming through. Aussie (McKenzie), who is 14, scored six points… That experience was great for him.”
Every Hornets player on the game-day list scored.
Young Mitch Martin has stepped up and scored 13 goals.
Bruce said there are always things a team can work on to get better.
“There are things we need to work on and we will this week, we’ve improved from last week,” he said.