Tim Pickert put together an incredible performance in his 300th match for the Horsham Hornets on Saturday night.
Pickert put on a show for the home crowd as he scored a season-high 41 points in the Hornets crushing 60 point victory against the Warnambool Seahawks.
It was the Hornets’ biggest victory they have had in the Country Basketball League south west men division this season, with the scores finishing 116-56.
Pickert said he was thankful for his teammates who made sure his 300th game was one to remember.
“The guys looked after me a bit,” Pickert said. “They kept looking for me and finding me in good spots which made it a bit easier.”
Despite insisting it was just another game before the match, Pickert admitted the night was a special occasion he would long remember.
“It was very overwhelming actually,” he said. “It was a very special night for myself and for the association, to have someone play 300 games for them for the first time. It was a pretty big night.”
The Hornets played some exciting basketball in the blow-out victory, slicing open the Warnambool defence and getting to the rim with ease. The Hornets were happy to throw the extra pass to find an open player, playing with unselfishness and confidence that led to the commanding victory.
“That’s the way we like to play,” Pickert said. “Up-tempo, fast basketball, and last night was a prime example of that.
“We played really well in stretches. We had a few lapses toward the end but on the whole it was a good performance.”
Pickert top scored with 41, while Jeremiah McKenzie scored 20 and Damien Skurrie had a good night with 18.
The match also gave the chance for youngster Harley Pope to get some valuable minutes as he continues to develop. Pope checked into the match half-way through the first term and scored a season-high 9 points for the match, exciting the crowd and the Hornets bench with every point.
Pope has certainly showed signs of being a first-team senior player for the Hornets in the future.
The Hornets faced a tougher task on Sunday against the tall and athletic Bellarine Storm, but still raced away to an impressive 24 point victory 79-55.
Tim Pickert top scored again on Sunday with 24, Matt Lovel was next best with 16 while Matt Lloyd scored a season-high 15 points in a promising performance from the youngster.
Jeremiah McKenzie also chipped in with 14 points.
The win ensured the Hornets a top two spot on the ladder ahead of the final round of the regular season next week.