Alex Desroches scored 33 points in the Suns 100-84 win against Lithgow.
Alex Desroches scored 33 points in the Suns 100-84 win against Lithgow. Tarum Images

Suns playoffs bound

COFFS Harbour has wrapped up a spot in the Waratah State League playoffs with an 80-43 victory against Port Macquarie at Sportz Central.

A solid if unspectacular first half from the Suns was enough to overcome a misfiring Dolphins outfit.

While the Home side still found a way to the basket, captain coach Matt Shanahan would've been left bitterly disappointed with the number of easy shots his side managed to miss.

Luckily for Coffs Harbour Port Macquarie was doing it tougher.

The Dolphin's American import Maurice Williams was dangerous on the dribble but more often than not forced difficult shots that didn't hit the mark.

Strong outside shooting from the Sun's Robbie Linton helped the scoreboard tick over for the home side while Alex Desroches delivered the same high octane performance he has built a reputation for as Coffs took a 35-17 lead into the break.

"Compared to last week we had a completely different mindset on the court and it showed," Shanahan said.

"We worked hard off the ball and more often than not strong defence will create points which it did tonight."

It was a much improved effort from the Sun's in the second half with Shanahan's side cutting down on the turnovers and scoring more freely.

Energetic man to man defence from Coffs restricted Port Macquarie's scoring chances and created turnover after turnover for the home side.

A horrific ankle injury to Maurice Williams in the dying seconds of the match rounded off what became a nightmare clash for the visitors.

"after tonights win all our focus moves to the first week of the finals," Shanahan said.

"We are not sure who we will play in the first week of the finals but we need to be on our game if we are to progress any further.

"there are plenty of positives to take out of this game and we will look to build on them in the playoffs."

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