THE Kennedys Tours Shoalhaven Tigers men’s team have gone a long way to securing their place in the Waratah League Division One finals – chalking up two crucial wins at the weekend.
On Saturday night at the Tigers Den, Ian Ozolins men defeated the Dubbo Rams 79-70, thanks to 19 points from Alex Brown and 16 from Will Ozolins.
The team then backed it up on Sunday, travelling to the Queanbeyan Basketball Stadium to defeat the Yowies 104-72, behind Brown’s 26 and Jackson Weeks’ 22 points.
“Overall, it was a very good weekend and I’m most impressed how we performed,” Ozolins said.
“Saturday, against a much improved Dubbo, was a struggle at times but we managed to grind that out.
“Obviously we didn’t play to our full capabilities and probably headed into the match with expectations of that we would easily win this match, having already defeated them on their home court earlier in the year.
“But to their credit, they made us work hard for the win – a game we couldn’t afford to drop.
“Then on Sunday we came to play against the Yowies, who we were keen to beat after they got the result on our home floor.
“It was good to see that we didn’t drop off our intensity despite having a lead, scoring 50 or more on both halves – while stepping up on the defensive end and only allowing 30 points in the second half.
“The most pleasing thing was the boys discipline – in a number of games we have been guilty of beating ourselves but I think we have learnt form that now. The two wins consolidate our season to date, ahead of the final few games against a number of unknown Sydney teams.”
The 2-0 weekend leaves the men sitting in fifth position on the ladder, with an overall record of 9-4 – heading into this Saturday’s match against the Sydney University Spiders at the Sydney University Sports and Aquatic Centre.
“Both Tom Ozolins and Alex Brown had great weekend’s, excelling in both matches,” Ozolins said.
“The return of Jackson Weeks helped bolster the rebounding stocks, which was again led by Bruce Ozolins.
“Tim Hanlon, although he didn’t trouble the scorers, he again did all the dirty work to help us win.
“It’s this balance and the fact that everyone now knows their role which should put us in good stead ahead of the final few matches before finals.”