Suns win weekend double
THE Camera House Coffs Harbour Suns men's basketball team made it two out or two last weekend, with convincing wins over State league newcomers Muswellbrook and Raymond Terrace.
It was anticipated that neither game would stretch the Suns and this gave coach Peter Barton the opportunity to run a variety of offensive and defensive moves in preparation for the tougher games later in the season.
Ryan Cross had his best -ever State league weekend, getting among the points and rebounds in both games.
His efforts were rewarded on Sunday when he received the coaches top points in the most valuable player progressive point score.
Saturday night's game against Muswellbrook saw the Suns take the game 89 points to 67.
The Suns lead at every quarter, although the second quarter saw a revitalised Muswellbrook match it with the Suns for a 23 all quarter scoreline.
The second half was a repeat of the first, where the first quarter went our way easily.
This allowed coach Barton to fiddle with the team combinations in the last quarter, finishing the game with his 'kindergarten five' - all the 2006 debut boys, who did a great job.
The Muswellbrook game saw the debut of new resident Jules Catt, who scored a valuable 10 points for the Suns.
This game also signalled the welcome return of point guard Nathan Ainsworth who has been out with an ankle injury for some weeks.
Sean Murphy again led the scoring with 27 points, 12 in the first half and 15 in the second.
Mitchell Cole is continuing his debut season in great form, relishing the opportunity to mix it with the big opposition centres.
Mitch had 15 points against Muswellbrook, while Ben Holder and Dirk Miller contributed 20.
The crowd lit up when under 18 player Rob Linton hit the scoreboard with a perfectly timed backdoor cut in the last quarter.
Done with absolute text book technique, the cut resulted in a fabulous basketball and the Suns bench were on their feet in applause.
Overall, a pleasing game which proved to the coach that he has lots of options for future games.
Sunday morning's game was a totally walk-over for Coffs, who took the win 138 point to 18.
Raymond Terrace were two short from their game against Grafton the previous night, with the veteran coach taking the court to boost numbers.
Coach Barton was careful not to demoralise the young Raymond Terrace outfit, and that philosophy was recognised by the Raymond Terrace coach at the after-game function.
The Camera House Suns were able to practice their trapping defence and defensive rotations during this game, which resulted in many steals and easy baskets.
Coach Barton was also able to bench a number of players who are carrying injuries.
Every player in the Suns team contributed, led by Mitch Cole on 34, Nathan Ainsworth on 20 and Kurt Riddell on 18.
Fans are reminded that the biggest home game of the season is on Saturday night when the Camera House Suns play their local derby against Grafton Vikings from 7pm.
The Suns will be out to maintain their stranglehold on the Bruce Leonard Shield, so be there to support your team.