A come-from-behind victory on Saturday night has kept the Shepparton Gators’ Country Basketball League season unblemished after six matches.
The Gators trailed for much of the clash against the Wangaratta Warriors, but found a way to turn a seven-point final-term deficit into a four-point triumph when the final buzzer sounded.
Cameron Hardy, who stood in as coach for Josh Waight, thought his charges were lacking a defensive presence for large periods of the match, allowing the Warriors to take control.
‘‘Wangaratta played really well, they made a lot of their second chance shots which we allowed them to do,’’ he said.
‘‘We didn’t do a great job with our defensive rebounding at all.’’
The 71-67 final scoreline was helped by a massive night from Dylan Wayman, who added 25 points to bring his season tally to 65 in just five matches.
‘‘We had a really good fourth quarter, which was led by Dylan Wayman, he stepped up and led the way which gave us the chance to get the win,’’ Hardy said.
Nick Dodd (19 points), Liam Dodd (10), Tyrone Mohamed (six), Josh La Batlus (five), Tom Crowe (four) and Ryan Sarkady (two) also hit the scoreboard to continue the Gators’ trend of sharing the attacking load.
‘‘It was nice to see a scoring spread, but I would have liked to see a lot of good shots, that we would have normally made, go in,’’ Hardy said.
‘‘We couldn’t buy a bucket in the third quarter, but we could have dropped our bundle, so it was good that the guys fought it out.’’
Once again the Gators will cool their heels for a fortnight after playing, with their next clash a local derby against the Echuca Pirates on December 9.
But the stop-start season has failed to trouble the side yet and Hardy believes there is no reason for that to change.
‘‘The mantra that Josh has been repeating is that our aim is to keep getting better,’’ Hardy said.
‘‘It doesn’t matter who we play, we just want to be the best we can be.’’