Colac basketball coach Nathan Lemke says his team gave its all for club legend Sam Barrow’s 100th Country Basketball League game yesterday.
The Kookas wrapped up a tough weekend with back-to-back losses against Geelong United on Saturday, 62-98, and Mount Gambier yesterday, 78-104.
The two sides are shaping up as genuine contenders, with only one loss between them so far this season.
But Lemke said he was pleased with the support for Barrow’s major milestone.
“It’s something that is a really big achievement, and we’re rapt for him,” he said.
“Sammy just demonstrates Colac basketball in a nutshell; he works hard, he’s composed, he’s dedicated to the game.
“So it’s great to see a player like that get some recognition.”
Lemke said the milestone inspired the young Kookas in the lead-up to the weekend’s matches.
“We spoke about it at training and the boys are really pumped for him, they were looking forward to getting out there and playing for him,” he said.
Meanwhile, Seb Hay became the latest teenager to debut for the Kookas’ senior men’s team, suiting up in Saturday’s clash at Geelong.
Fellow under-18 basketballer Elijah Reid also played his first game of the year.
“I was really happy with the effort of Elijah and Seb who both came up from the 18s,” Lemke said.
“I’d been preaching a lot about playing hard, fighting for every rebound, and Elijah just battled so hard against Geelong’s bigs.
“And down the other end, there was one passage of play where Seb dove out of bounds for a loose ball which resulted in a basket to Jordy Lingard.
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“It’s just great to see the young blokes setting the tone.”