Coffs Suns shine against Port
IN front of a large and very vocal home crowd, new State League coach Ray Tomlinson lead the new-look Coffs Harbour Suns to a first-up win against the Port Macquarie Dolphins 70-62.
The men's team took to the court with enthusiasm but went to the dressing room at half-time a point down.
In the second half the Suns rallied and at one stage were feeling comfortable with a lead of more than 20 points.
The Dolphins were not going to lie down and after showing their physical and mental toughness managed to reduce the margin to single figures with only four minutes remaining.
The Suns managed to maintain their poise and with a huge sigh of relief from both the crowd and coach claimed victory by eight points.
Matt Neal and Chris Tonks were steady all game taking well-contested rebounds and some timely offensive boards.
Sharpshooter, leading scorer, and game MVP, Robbie Linton lit up the crowd and court with his accurate scoring.
Craig Hanlon and Jesse Browning kept the team together and scoreboard ticking over running the floor while ex-Port player Jimmy Robinson proved his worth up and down the court.
Nick Hughes overcame a shaky start to end up with a solid game in both offence and defence and a crowd thrilling three-pointer.
Tomlinson and his team hit the road in the next three weeks taking on Tamworth, Armidale, Lismore and then head down to Port for the return visit.
The next home fixture is on April 18 and it will see a double header at Sportz Central with the women tipping off at 5.00pm and the men to follow at 7.00pm.