THE Kennedy Tours/Bomaderry RSL Shoalhaven Tigers men’s state league basketball team closed out the regular season with a crushing 102-36 thrashing of the Goulburn Bears in Goulburn on Saturday evening.
The win gave the Tigers a 13-2 win-loss record for the regular season and the top of their pool going into the final series, which starts this weekend.
The Tigers went on the road undermanned without Jeremy Goode and Thomas Chimento, but were obviously never troubled by a youthful Bears outfit.
Tigers import Chris Moore was his dynamic self from the outset of the game, leading from the tap and having the opening four points of the game before going on to have 12 for the opening quarter.
Captain Tom Cook was his usual hard working self, working the ball around the floor.
Although he had a slow night on the score sheet, he guided the team well.
In an opening quarter that saw all the Tigers with court time, the men responded well in up-tempo style.
“Bromance boys” Brent Nemeth and Keiryn Corbyn worked tirelessly on the boards and benefited from early assists and feeds from the exterior, allowing them to go to work inside the paint.
The Tigers led at the first break 27-6.
The second quarter allowed for the captain to have a rest, leaving Roddam and Ozolins to guide the Tigers up the floor.
The boys continued to play an interior game and punish the mismatches.
Moore continued on his scoring spree, either going to work, or cleaning up the scraps off the boards, and had another 10 points for the quarter.
Corbyn continued to work tirelessly and the results showed with another 27 points for the Tigers for the quarter.
The style of play meant the Tigers had scored 45 of their 54 points from inside the paint in the first half.
The second half saw the men focus more on the defensive end.
The result was keeping the Goulburn Bears to just two points for the quarter and a total of just 12 for the entire second half.
In an unchallenged environment the Tigers were relentless and went on to thrash the Bears in the last game of the regular season.
Paul Roddam continued his fine shooting of late with a 13 point second half display.
Nemeth and Corbyn chipped in with 13 and 12 respectively, and Ozolins chipped in (not with scoring) with a mountain of assists to the combined front line of Moore, Nemith, Corbyn and Dennison.
For the Tigers, Moore finished the game with 40 points, Roddam 18, Nemith 13 and Corbyn 12.
The Tigers now venture into the semi-finals of the competition with a cross-over with the Sutherland Sharks in Sutherland next Saturday afternoon at 3pm.
The winner of this game is delivered directly to the finals weekend, while the loser gets a second bite of the cherry the following weekend.
The Tigers crossed the Sharks two years ago in a similar cross-over and are well aware that the game will be completely different to their regular season clashes.
The Sharks play in the tougher Sydney pool and will be a largely unknown quantity.
This match should see the Tigers at full strength with the return of Goode, Chimento and Mulvihill (from injury).
The Tigers will require quality sessions on the floor at practice this week to ensure they are ready for the next challenge.
They will rely heavily on the scoring potential of Moore, Cook, Roddam and Goode, but are secure in the knowledge that they have the back up from a deep bench, and rotation when required, to get the job done.
The Tigers are contemplating taking a supporters bus to Sutherland, next weekend. All enquiries should be made directly to either Scott Balsar or Cheryl Hunter at the stadium.
If you are interested in booking a seat for the Tigers’ quarter-final against Sutherland contact head coach Scott Balsar on 0412 770 713 to book your seats to support the Tigers.