Blake Kelly has been the leading scorer for the Coffs Harbour Suns so far this season.
Blake Kelly has been the leading scorer for the Coffs Harbour Suns so far this season.

Double-header to challenge Suns

IT'S a weekend away on the Central Coast but don't think the Suns basketballers are going on a holiday.

Coffs Harbour's men's Waratah league team faces a challenging double-header this weekend starting with the Central Coast Crusaders this afternoon before backing up again tomorrow morning to face the Central Coast Waves.

Coach Dion Parbery admits his outfit faces a stiff challenge against the undefeated Crusaders.

"They've got the best runs on the board so far and, I think, the second-best scorer in the league at the moment so we're expecting them to be a tough team," Parbery said.

The Suns will go into the clash with some confidence after claiming their opening win of the season last start.

"The guys stepped up in the last game against Maitland and we're probably on a bit of a roll even though that was a couple of weeks ago now," Parbery said.

Point guard Blake Kelly has been leading the scoring for the Suns so far this season and has been getting some support from Travis Slater and James Beaton, who's been working hard under the basket.

The trio will be asked to step up again tomorrow against the Waves.

"From what I know of them they're a very similar team to us and play a similar style of game," Parbery said.

"Hopefully we can back up against them and come away with a good win."

While winning both matches this weekend would put the Suns in a strong position in their pool, Parbery admits getting only half way to that lofty goal would be a bit of an achievement.

"If we go 1-1 playing away this weekend, I'll be happy," he said.



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