Men lose close encounter with Redbacks
Portland’s men’s Coasters have suffered their third straight loss to start the CBL season, going down by five points against Ararat.
The Coasters trailed by 18 points during the second half, but rallied to fight back and lead by one point late in the game, but were unable to capitalise down the stretch.
Playing coach Trenton Johnston said while the team showed improvement on the court, it was disappointing not to come away with a win.
“It was our game for the taking, we just couldn’t capitalise on easy offence and we missed simple layups and foul shots; we would’ve missed more than four points from the line,” Johnston said.
“There were a lot of positives there, but we should’ve won the game; we couldn’t keep the pressure on.
“They went on a big run early and then we caught up to get to within a point and then we took our foot off the pedal and then a couple of minutes later we’re down by 18 points.
“We then came back again in the last quarter and were up by a point, but we couldn’t capitalise at the end of the game.
“Aaron Caldow, Ash Hill and Harry Punton played really well, but it was genuinely a good team game when we were playing well.”