Dubbo Rams captain-coach Nathan Peckham believes his side has set a standard for 2011 with strong performances in their weekend double-header against Maitland and Cessnock.
While they finished the weekend with a win and a loss, it was the style of play and enthusiasm that impressed Peckham.
On Saturday the Rams met Maitland and, while they lost 55-45, it was only small things that let us down.
“We were competitive for the whole match and we were
only down by two points early in the fourth quarter,” Peckham said.
“I thought we let them get to the free-throw line a bit too much and those easy points were the difference in the end.
“But it was an improvement on what we had done the previous week and it transferred into Sunday which was good.”
Damien Reid scored 12 points on Saturday for the Rams, with Marty Roberts adding eight in his first game back from junior representative duties.
Peckham was impressed with Roberts’ performances over the weekend after throwing him into the starting point guard role.
“Marty was very mature on the court. I threw a challenge out there for him and he responded by scoring eight and 10 points and his ball distribution was good as well.”
On Sunday the Rams met an under-strength Cessnock Cobras side, with the coach keen to see his side rack up a big win.
They delivered with an impressive 98-58 victory, led by 26 points from guard Jordan Morrow.
“Our defence really won the match for us because we employed a full-court press and when you do that, you really sort out the good teams from the
not-so-good teams,” Peckham said.
“They were under-strength and we were able to steal a lot of ball from them because they couldn’t handle our defensive pressure.”
Aside from Roberts, Reid and Morrow the Rams were also well-served by Mick Townsend and John Swan, who took
himself off the golf course to play his first matches for the Dubbo side.
“Swanny played a lot of basketball before he found his niche in golf,” Peckham said.
“He bought a lot of enthusiasm and voice to the team and that really spread and our communication was great.”
The Rams will now have a week off before they travel to Sydney for a double-header against Hornsby and Hawkesbury on May 14-15.
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