Colac basketballers break scoring record

BREAKING the Country Basketball League south-west conference season scoring record was an added bonus in the Colac Kookas’ big win against Horsham.

The Kookas racked up a season-high 123 points to trounce a young Hornets line-up by 67 points at Colac’s Bluewater Fitness Centre.

The score surpassed top side Mount Gambier’s previous conference-best score of 110, but the Lakers still hold the greatest margin record from their 72-point win against Horsham in round three.

Colac coach Justin Williamson credited Colac’s intensity to the scoring onslaught, which had all 10 Kookas impact on the scoreboard.

“We had one little slack bit before half time but we had a chat about it, went back out there with the same frame of mind and it was just go, go, go,” he said.

“We shared the ball around pretty well so the defence doesn’t know who to guard.

“It was just a good team game, everyone stuck to the structure and did what we were supposed to be doing.”

Guard Marcus Larcombe continued his stellar season with a team-high 32 points, including four baskets from outside the arc.

Kookas forward Shaun Dell played his best game of the season under the basket to net a season-best 20 points, while Russell Whiteford backed up his performance last round with 15 points.

The 123-56 victory brings the Kookas even closer to securing a finals berth, but a spot in the top four could rely on results from this weekend’s final-round clash with Warrnambool.

Williamson said keeping concentration for the four quarters was the only thing to work on after an otherwise “flawless” result.

“The last five minutes became a bit scrappy and that just comes down to losing concentration a bit,” he said.

“We’ve got to make sure we stay switched on whether we’re winning by 20, 30, 40 or even losing.

“They’re not the best team in the league but it’s still pretty good to get a result like that.”

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