Blitz tournament to be Slammers import’s first taste

Justin FrisSouth Western Times
Several Slammers youngsters will get plenty of court time this weekend.Picture: Justin Fris
Camera IconSeveral Slammers youngsters will get plenty of court time this weekend.Picture: Justin Fris

US import Jay Washington will get his first taste of SBL action on Saturday when he suits up for the Printsync South West Slammers on Saturday in the revamped men’s SBL Regional Blitz tournament.

“Jay is going to fly in to Perth tomorrow,” Slammers coach Mark Worthington said. “He will have his last game in Darwin tonight, so we will keep him up in Perth after he arrives and he will meet the team first thing on Saturday morning.”

Although this will be his first experience coaching an SBL team, Worthington is no stranger to pre-season basketball and the challenges and opportunities which come with it.

“For us, it is more of a case of just getting together, playing against other teams and just seeing what is out there,” he said.

“The city blitz tournament is a week later, so we will go up and have a look at the city teams.

“But what I have said to our guys a couple of times is that it is not necessarily who we are facing this year, but more about who we are as group, how we grow and how we learn through wins and losses.

“This will be the marking stick of our season this year and we go into the Blitz pretty raw, but at the same time, (we are) excited about the possibilities of where this team is going to fare this season.”

Fixtures

(Bendat Basketball Centre)

Saturday, February 29 - 9am v Mandurah Magic; 10.15am v Goldfields Giants; 2pm v Geraldton Buccaneers; Sunday, March 1 - 9am v Cockburn Cougars; 11am - v U18 WA Country.

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