WA Metro men kicked Day Four of competition with two games, with their first being against an undefeated NSW Country team. The opening quarter saw both teams start nervously, struggling to score. WA ended up trailing 11-12 at the end of the first quarter.
The turnover count started to creep up for WA in the second quarter hampering their ability to score. A good defensive effort by WA kept them in the game to be down 26-16 at half time.
The third quarter saw NSW Country extend their lead through some good team work. WA continued to struggle on the offensive end. Corey Shervill started proceedings in the last quarter with a three point shot. However the good execution of the NSW team continued seeing them run out comfortable winners 56-36.
For WA, Corey Shervill top scored with 10 points. Mitchell McKenna and Callum Kimberley battled hard on the boards with 11 and 8 rebounds respectively.
In their second game against the Northern Territory, WA bounced back with a convincing 95-36 win.
The game allowed Coach Clarke to rotate all of his players which allowed them to gain some much needed confidence following their morning loss.
Scoring was spread amongst the team with four players scoring in double figures, with Lachlan Evans leading the way with 19 points. Callum Kimberley (17 points), Corey Shervill (16 points and 10 rebounds) and Andrew Ferguson (16 points and 9 rebounds) also had strong games.
In what was always going to be a monumental task against an undefeated NSW Metro, WA Country boys went down 98-36. WA started the game scoring the opening basket and disrupting the flow of NSW’s offence.
However WA was unable to maintain its pressure with NSW Metro slowly finding their rhythm to lead 32-9 at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter saw NSW start to dominate on the inside. To their credit, WA kept attacking the basket and getting to the free throw line. The score at the break saw NSW leading 59-23.
The second half saw NSW assert their authority and run out comfortable winners 98-40. For WA, Shaun King led all scorers with 13 points while Taj Flemming chipped in with 8 points.