North West Tall Timbers Thunder wary of Gunners

JARRYD MCGUANE   THE ADVOCATE   North West Tall Timbers Thunder coach Sam Armstrong says his side will not underestimate the winless Canberra Gunners in the round 9 SEABL clash on Saturday night.

Armstrong said the team can’t treat the Gunners any different than one of the SEABL’s top teams.

“We have to approach things like we are playing a team with a good record and play each game on it’s merits,” Armstrong said.

“We are coming off a loss, I think if we go through and treat the game any differently, we can probably cause a slip up in this season.”

In their round 8 loss to the Ballarat Miners, the Thunder only managed three free throws and settled for shots from deep, while struggling with foul trouble.

Armstrong said the foul issues and create better scoring opportunities have been major focuses this week.

“Getting to the free throw line, either by getting our big guys a few more post touches or our guards with a little penetration getting to the rim is something we have talked about this week.” 

“Fouling is also something we have also spoken about at various times this year and we are putting too much pressure on ourselves by getting into foul trouble.

“We are one of the better teams defensively when we can stay out of foul trouble and that is a focus for us for the remainder of the season.”

The Thunder will take nine players on the road trip and Armstrong said the squad is in great shape.

“We will be at full strength, we will take nine players away on the road and it has been good to have Benny Richmond back to have some continuity back in our group.”

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