FOR the second week in a row Coffs Harbour’s youth league basketball team didn’t just win but it set up its victory with a withering blast in the first half.
Still unsure whether the resounding season-opening win was a one-off, doubts may have crept in by quarter-time when the team started slowly to lead by only five points at the first break.
The second stanza was a different story.
The Suns were in top gear straight from the tip and Cessnock had no answers.
Coffs Harbour led 43-21 at the break and looked to have the contest sewn up.
Taking the foot off the pedal can prove costly though and it wasn’t long into the third quarter before the Suns found itself on the wrong side of an 11-2 run.
With Matt Shanahan away, state league captain Drew Williams was filling the role on the sidelines and he quickly called a time-out and offered some home truths which to the boys’ credit they responded to positively.
It wasn’t long before the substantial lead was rebuilt and in front of a healthy crowd drew away to record a comfortable 30-point victory.
The Suns were best served on the score sheet by Luke McGinniskin who scored 18 points.
Team captain Nick Hughes scored 15 points while Jack Murat who has returned to the team this year showed that a solid pre-season has him set up for a good year as evidenced by his 12 points.
Shanahan kept close tabs on the action despite being away and he said he was happy with all of the reports he heard.
“The best thing was there was a good spread of contributors which is a real strength of this team,” Shanahan said.
The victory bodes well for the Super Saturday being played at Sportz Central this weekend.
The youth team helps to get proceedings under way in a 4pm double-header when it faces Maitland Mustangs on one court while the Suns women’s team play on the main court against Bellinger Valley Braves.
The men’s team step onto the main court at 6pm to face rival Grafton Vikings.