Senior debuts from three of Colac basketball’s future stars helped overshadow the Kookas’ shock loss to Ararat yesterday.
Colac under-18 representatives Ryley Walker and Jaxon Mallon made their Country Basketball League senior debuts in a dominant 78-54 win over Terang on Saturday night, with young tall Will Parkhouse also suiting up with the seniors yesterday.
But the Kookas couldn’t replicate their success in yesterday’s clash with Ararat, falling 73-85 to a Redbacks side which had managed just three wins for the season.
Colac coach Nathan Lemke, speaking to the Colac Herald before yesterday’s clash, said the club was rapt to get games into some of the Kookas’ future players in the absence of Jackson Henry, Beau Fenton and Denver Murnane, who returned yesterday.
“We knew we were going to have a couple out this weekend so we brought the 18s in to train with us and gave a couple of them an opportunity,” he said.
“The 18s generally spend the first half an hour of training with us, so they’re familiar with the players and the program, and it makes the pathway into the CBL a bit smoother.”
Both Walker and Mallon got court time in Saturday’s win, finishing with three and two points respectively.
See today’s Colac Herald for more.