Leader sparks team to victory

The Colac Kookas had a full strength squad for the first time this Country Basketball League season during the team’s win against Terang on Saturday.

The Colac Kookas had a full strength squad for the first time this Country Basketball League season during the team’s win against Terang on Saturday.

COLAC co-captain Sam Barrow has sparked the Kookas to a come-from-behind Country Basketball League victory against Terang.

Colac coach Keith Harrison described the 73-63 win as ugly, as the Kookas struggled to play their natural game style but still managed to notch up their sixth victory of the season.

“It was one of those games where we just couldn’t get our game going, partly due to the way they played but partly we were just out of sorts,” he said.

“But at the end of the day, a win is a win.”

Terang held the lead at quarter time and for the majority of the second term.

Barrow, who finished with a game-high 15 points, hit back-to-back three-pointers to give Colac the lead in the third term.

“Sammy Barrow continued his captain’s effort and knocked down shots that kept us in touch and in the end put us over the line,” Harrison said.

“He also did a lot of the one-percenters, the little things, that helped us get over the line,” he said.

“Emerson Varley also did a lot of one percenters, the stats sheet wouldn’t have looked super pretty for him, but there were a number of times when we needed a steal or a big play and he seemed to be the guy that just went out and got it.”

Kookas tall forward Steve Packer made an impact on the scoreboard with 13 of his 14 points in the opening half, while Terang’s Scott Judd led all scorers with 25 points.

Judd and Barrow finished the match with five three-pointers each.

“Terang’s not a bad side, they’re much improved and they’re pushing everyone right to the line, so we’re happy to get the win,” Harrison said.

“We march on with hopes of a top-two finish and we’re still a chance to get there,” he said.

Colac veteran Matt Lucas scored six points in his first game of the season after overcoming injury, while Ben Martin also made his season debut.

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