Mildura Weekly : Friday August 12 Vol 10 No 40
32 sport MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, AUGUST 12, 2016 By ADAM LUITJES A BIG home crowd is ex- pected to spur on the Mildura Lady Heat tomorrow night as they host the undefeated Sunbury Jets in Game One of the Big V Basketball League semi-finals. Buoyed with confidence after overcoming Western Port by four points in last week’s elimination final, Mildura will be eager to test themselves against the high- flying Jets. Having endured a season full of ups and downs, Mil- dura coach, Ian Sandiman, said his team deserved to progress through to the next round of finals. “The girls were relieved and happy after the game,” Ian said. “The first time we played against Western Port we lost by one, and the sec- ond time we lost by two in overtime. “It was just a relief, and we were so happy, last year the girls got put out in the first round, this year they have progressed to the semi- finals.” Needing to win tomor- row to give themselves the best possible chance in the best-of-three series, Ian said he’ll be instructing his team to take the game on at every opportunity. “To get the win at home with the crowd behind us, will give us a great boost when we play them away next weekend,” Ian said. “We need to get the win for the home crowd, I reckon we will get that win.” With both teams boast- ing an arsenal of sharpshoot- ers – plus dominant imports – Ian is expecting a fast-paced shoot-out tomorrow night. “It’s going to be up and down the court, and they play a similar style to us,” he said. “What we have to do is stop the big girls penetrating the middle of the key. “If we play a one, three, one zone with Alli (Gloyd) in the middle, which will stop the bodies coming through, so we can get the rebounds.” Having witnessed first- hand Sunbury’s dominance, Ian still believes there are ar- eas of the Jets’ game that can be exploited. “I have had a look at the footage and there is some stuff that we can get out of that,” he said. “They come right up in your face and put pressure on, but if we can put the ball to the court and at- tack their ankles, we’ll put them in foul trouble.” Faced with the daunting task of playing Sunbury in Melbourne next weekend, Ian is confident his team will stand up against the odds. “We will need our point guards to look after the ball, we can’t afford any turn- overs,” he said. “We need to hit our open shooters, and we need Alli to clean up the ball.” Game One of the semi- finals series will be played at the Toyota Hothouse tomor- row at 7pm. Lady Heat fired up for Jets • BRING IT ON! Lady Heat players Mikayla Delcastegne, Alli Gloyd and Courtney Sandiman ahead of tomorrow’s big finals game against the undefeated Sunbury Jets. Photo: PAUL MENSCH OUTSIDE BROADCAST AT SUNDAY 21ST AUGUST 11AM - 1PM COME ALONG AND SEE WHO MAY WIN $50,000 (CONSOLATION PRIZE $1000) ENTRIESCLOSETHISSUNDAY!
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