THE Horsham Hornets have started off their South West Country Basketball League campaign in style, with a 80-54 victory against Portland at home on Saturday night.
The Hornets started strong with a 7-0 run and never relinquished the lead for the remainder of the game.
At the half, the Hornets were up 43-22 and despite missing coach Cam Bruce, played a solid game.
With a good spread of scorers including Jeremiah McKenzie with 21 points, Damien Skurrie with 15, Tim Pickert with 14 and Matt Lovel with 13, the Hornets ran away with the game.
Pickert captained the side and said it was a great result.
“It was a perfect start for the season and we got a bit of rust out of the system,” he said.
Pickert said Jeremiah McKenzie played an important role offensively.
“Jeremiah has taken the next step this year and we are hoping he can continue that for us because he will be fantastic,” he said.
“Everyone touched the court and did their role. There was no standout.”
With a big opening win, Pickert said the side would take plenty of confidence in its return season to the South West conference.
“It was good to see we could hold onto an early lead,” he said.
“Every win is good at the start of the season but looking at the rest of the results there were a fair few blow outs, so it will be a tough season.”