IT has been a tough month for the Lithgow Workies Lazers Basketball side who have been travelling all over the country; they are away again on Saturday when they take on Tuggerah.
The good news is they are still undefeated and sitting on top of their pool after eight rounds of the state league competition.
Last round the Workies Lazers travelled to Maitland to take on the Maitland Mustangs and showed just why they are on top with a 80-59 win.
“The win was a real team effort with all players contributing at both ends of the court,” Coach Richard Marjoram said.
“The boys worked hard in both defence and offence and it is good to see some of the younger players step up and take control of the game.
“Riley (Hughes) had his best game to date and he will only get better as the competition progresses.”
The game started off at a slow pace with both teams failing to find the bottom of the net.
Workies Lazers settled into the game quickly with their focus on the planned offence that worked a treat and gave them a 18-8 lead after the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Lazers lost their way and their eagerness to score cost them.
Even so they took the quarter 23-18, to lead 41-23 at half time.
Lazers decided to stay courtside at the break, had a quick talk on the sideline and then practiced their shooting for the remainder of time.
This worked well with the Lazers winning the third quarter 23-12.
In the final quarter and the game well won, the Lazers dropped off their intensity to allow Maitland to win the quarter 23-12.
But the Lazers were never in danger, winning the match 80-59.
Top scorers for Lithgow were Boaz Gregg (22), Ryley Hughes (14), Adam Marjoram (11) and Todd Brownlow (9).
For Maitland, Mark Garland and Jordan Rumble scored eight each.
Lazers’ Peter Phillips had his best game of the season, with great screening to set up inside play.
Next weekend the team travel to play Tuggerah and then finally the Lazers will be at home (Saturday, June 30) when they take on Hawkesbury Jets at 7pm.
The Lazers would like to thank their sponsors, Lithgow Workies, Lean and Bennett Toyota and Holden, Harvey Norman, Centennial Coal and Valley Car Wash, 2LT and the Lithgow Mercury for their fantastic coverage.