Eagles not aiming for pretty
Disruptive and ugly — that’s the type of basketball the East Perth Eagles plan on delivering at Activewest Stadium in Geraldton tomorrow night.
Their thinking is this: should they be able to disrupt and make it ugly, they will stay in the contest.
The first part will be achieved if they follow off-court happenings of recent weeks.
The Eagles hosted the Geraldton Buccaneers less than three weeks ago, losing 103-83. In the lead-up to the game, head coach Adam Forde moved interstate, joining the Sydney Kings as an assistant.
Kiwi and “young player developer” Colin Driscoll stepped up.
But he won’t be guiding the side in Geraldton, having a previous commitment at a holiday camp in Malaysia. John Taylor, a 250-gamer in the SBL and Eagles life member will be in charge.
“The long-term plan is for John to coach, but he has a very young family,” Driscoll said.
“I didn’t disagree with Adam’s philosophy, but everybody has different ideas.
“I have tried to introduce stuff I am comfortable with. I am running with different sets and the players have bought into it.
“We know how talented the Buccs are. They didn’t have a full team here (on May 26), but blitzed us at certain periods in the game.
“We were still in with a chance, then what’s-his-name Alipate started shooting the ball out of his ... well, you know what I mean, but I cannot say it.
“Against them, we have to put up a disruptive, ugly game to keep it close and still be in it.
“I am disappointed to be missing this game, as I was involved in a national program back home (New Zealand) with Brayden Inger and James Paringatai.
“East Perth got me to develop younger players, as almost all players are 21 and younger. This is not a one-year quick fix, it will take three to five years.”
The Eagles sit in 11th spot on the SBL table, well below the second place the Buccs occupy.
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