Black: Tigers are ready for home game challenge

Sarah Mozley

Willetton Tigers SBL coach Steve Black says he is confident his team know how to get a win against the South West Slammers in this week’s home game clash.

The first two rounds of the SBL season have seen the Tigers go down in close games.

But Black assures that there is no need to panic, saying he has been impressed with how his team have played and they know where to improve.

“I’ve actually been really happy with how we’ve played, just not how we finished off.” Black said.

“We’ve had a look at what we need to focus on down the stretch of games … in the first couple of games we haven’t quite finished off to the level that we would like,

“I think if we can improve in that then I’d been confident we’d be able to finish those games off and get wins.”

Black notes that the odds have been against his team so far and he is pleased with how his team have performed given the challenges.

“I’m actually very comfortable with where we’re at in terms of the way we’re playing, given that we’ve had a few injuries and we were missing quite a few players.” Black said. 

“We’ve played two very good teams away from home… I’m not too worried.”

“I’ve loved the pace that were playing at and the energy the guys have brought, it’s just a matter of refining some of the little things.”

Black says the Tigers will be searching for their first win in this Thursday’s home game, and they will be looking to the fans to give them an extra boost.

“We like to play an exciting, up tempo game with lot of energy.” Black said.   

“When you’re at home and the crowd is enjoying themselves, they’re behind you and they’re generating that energy for us, it makes a huge difference, 

“Our guys enjoy that, they feed off that … with the style of play that we want this year the energy from the crowd is going to be a major factor. 

The Tigers will be going up against one of the tallest teams in the competition this week – a challenge Black says they are prepared for.

“The Slammers are very big, probably the biggest team in the league … if we can just keep rebounding with a team of that size then I’m confident our offensive transition will provide us with some opportunities.” Black said.

“Their strengths are very clear and they’re very good at what they do,

“We need to make sure that we’re doing all the things that we need to so we can make it the type of game we can win.”

Head down to Willetton Basketball Stadium this Thursday to see the Tigers take on the Slammers at 8 30pm. WSBL tip off is at 6 30pm.

 




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