Double road trip failure for Thunder

ARRYD MCGUANE   THE ADVOCATE   North-West Tall Timbers Thunder coach Sam Armstrong said his team was outplayed in back-to-back games in their round 11 SEABL road trip against the Sandringham Sabres and Nunawading Spectres

Armstrong said it wasn’t an easy road trip given the team did not play up to their high standards.

“It has been a tough trip, probably tougher more so because we didn’t play the basketball we are capable of playing,” Armstrong said.

“If anything, I think we let ourselves down with our ability to execute on both ends of the floor.

“It is disappointing from where we have come from and I think this team has been able to bounce back all year, so hopefully we can do it next week.”

I think we let ourselves down with our ability to execute on both ends of the floor

Thunder coach Sam Armstrong

In both games, the Thunder led at quarter-time for them to drop off offensively and allow the hosts to gain the ascendancy.

The ability to start was in the two games of the road trip was pleasing for Armstrong, although the games got out of hand.

“We got good starts in both games, which was pleasing on the road because we haven’t started well on the road before.

“The ability to carry that out over the course of 40 minutes just wasn’t there this weekend. Two breakdowns and you can’t break down too many times on the road and get away with it, two better teams beat us this weekend.”

The Thunder were led by 22 points from Lachlan Barker on Saturday and Jeremiah Ingram led the scoring on Sunday with 16 points.

But Armstrong said it was hard to pick out best players during the road trip.

“It don’t think there were any real standouts, I think Lachie’s (Barker) first half against Sandringham was good and was able to shoot the ball well and keep the scoreboard ticking over.

“It was probably a case of a really even contribution from everyone all weekend, it was just a matter of not getting it done collectively.”

The Thunder dropped to 10th place on the ladder and have a very important game against seventh-placed Dandenong at Ulverstone Basketball Stadium on Saturday.

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