Jess Browning was a strong contributor against Armidale in the Termimesh Sun's win.
Jess Browning was a strong contributor against Armidale in the Termimesh Sun's win. Paul Murat

Suns blaze against Lions

THE Termimesh Suns men returned to the winner's list last Saturday night with a comprehensive win over the young Armidale Lions 89-60.

Although Armidale are in last position on the table and winless after eight games and Coffs are sitting in the top 4 with a 4-5 win-loss record, the crowd was rewarded with a game of controlled and organised basketball.

The Lions took the game right up to the Suns early which shows the improvement in the Lions who went down by 70 points to the Suns in the first round.

The end of the first quarter had the Suns just ahead 20 points to 16.

The second quarter saw Robert Linton light up scoring seven points but the Suns were still struggling offensively. Jake Whittleton had his hands full containing Armidale's post player who was sinking shots with ease.

The second half was a different story, however, with the Suns taking control of the contest through a much-improved defensive effort.

Returning to the Suns for his first game of the season, Darcy Kean dominated the rebounds and Whittleton started blocking shots with ease. The second half score saw the Suns run up a 51-25 score with every player contributing to the scoreline.

Top scorers for the game was Craig Hanlon with 16 points, Linton (14), Matt Neal (12), Whittleton (11) and Jess Browning with nine points.

Coach Ray Tomlinson was pleased with the defensive effort of the team but work still needs to be done to improve the shooting percentage of the team.

“I am more positive about where we can go now and our Sunday practise was probably the best we have had all year,” he said.

“We have a stronger team now that Kean and Williams are back and I think we can only go forward from here.”

The Suns have the next week off before the men and women head to Grafton on May 23 and the men head to Port Macquarie on May 24.



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