Giants look to consolidate position in men’s NBL1 top-five on Perth road trip

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Goldfields Giants' coach Wayne Creek.
Camera IconGoldfields Giants' coach Wayne Creek. Credit: Amber Lilley/Kalgoorlie Miner

Austin Cummings is slated to make his NBL1 debut for the Goldfields Giants on this weekend’s two-game road trip as the squad looks to build on fifth place in the standings.

Cummings, who turns 25 on June 28, is the older brother of fellow Giants guard Hamish and is expected to get key minutes in the absence of captain Jerome Reid (COVID-19) and Melusi Mkhwananzi (hamstring strain).

Giants coach Wayne Creek said the group would take on Lakeside (Saturday) and Perry Lakes (Sunday) with big expectations.

“This is a great opportunity to go 7-2 and establish ourselves in the top-four, and possibly the top-two,” Creek said.

“At the halfway mark of the season, it would really put us in a good position to make a strong run at the business end of the season.”

Creek said Austin Cummings would bring a solid skill set to the group.

“Austin’s a very sound player and a great outside shooter,” Creek said.

“He’s come in (to the squad) late.

“But with injuries and COVID, there’s an opportunity for someone like him who shoots the lights out.”

The Giants beat Lakeside, who are 11th, by 16 points in the season-opener.

Creek, however, expects the Lightning will be a tougher assignment this weekend.

“They have just added a new American import who hasn’t played yet and is a bit of an unknown,” Creek said.

“They’ve definitely got better since last time we played them.

“Perry Lakes are just a quality team who don’t give away much from year-to-year.

“And they don’t play all weekend until Sunday, so they will be fresh.”

Meanwhile, the Giants’ women’s NBL1 squad is looking to rebound after a big defeat at home last weekend.

”We will take confidence into this weekend, especially in the game against Lakeside Lightning, knowing we only lost by three points in round one and were missing a number of senior players due to COVID,” Giants coach Rob Thomson said.

“But they were missing import Sara Dickey last time, so we will have to be on our game to give ourselves a chance to win.

“Perry Lakes Hawks will also be a tough challenge with the likes of Emma Clark and Mia Satie on their roster.

“Defensively, we will have to pressure those two players in particular, to try and make sure they don’t have an influence on the game.

“This week we have really worked on our ability to execute our plays, with an increased focus on each player’s role within the team and our team rules.”

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