Strong start for Coffs youth team
COFFS Harbour’s Waratah League basketball youth team showed in its season-opening match on Sunday that it should be a force to contend with in 2011.
The Suns ran rampant over a disappointing Central Coast Power Red team to record a 110-34 win.
The writing was on the wall early for the Reds as Coffs Harbour was able to execute its plays with alarming efficiency.
The Suns built up a 40-point buffer by half-time and kept the foot on the pedal when play resumed for the second half.
Luke McGinniskin scored a game-high 19 points while Brodie Calvert and Bryce Davis also managed to find their way on to the scoresheet often bagging 16 and 13 points respectively.
When the young Suns made its State League debut 12 months ago it was an inexperienced outfit that had the potential to win games but often threw opportunities away through silly errors and a lack of composure in tight situations.
With a year’s worth of experience under the players’ belts this Suns outfit looks like it is about to realise the potential it has shown and record more ticks in the win column.
The news was not so good for the men’s team on the weekend.
Playing its third straight match on the road, the Suns couldn’t overcome a sluggish start and eventually went down to the Port Macquarie Dolphins 65-54.
At half-time the Suns trailed by 11 points and were unable to bridge the gap despite the efforts of captain Matt Shanahan who scored 19 points and Ryan Swift who joined in with 14 of his own.
The men’s, women’s and youth Suns teams are all in action this Saturday in their respective Waratah League competitions.
The two senior teams are on the road again and will be travelling to Ballina to face the Breakers while the youth league team has another home game at Sportz Central.
The young Suns will be playing against Cessnock Cobras.