CASEY Cavaliers dropped their third successive Big V basketball division 2 clash with a six-point loss to Melton at Melton Indoor Recreation Centre on Saturday night.
But Cavs coach Stewart Baird said it wasn’t all doom and gloom for his team and believes they are close to turning the corner after the hard-fought 70-76 loss.
“It’s obviously disappointing but when you lose games in a row you look for signs that there is improvement,” he said.
“Going into the fourth quarter we were up by two or three points but they continued to work really hard and we had a couple of mental blocks.”
Several key statistics told the tale. Melton scored 13 points as a direct result from a Cavs turnover; the home team also pulled down 18 offensive rebounds.
“If we cut that by a third we would have won the game,” Baird said.
Baird said the positives to come out of the match were plentiful with Ash Szalek (12 points, 11 rebounds) battling hard against strong opposition.
He said Dylan Wayman lifted after having a downer in their previous match and Stephen Michalski also contributed.
“We brought Dylan on halfway through the first quarter and he took just seven shots and ended up with 14 points. It’s great when a player clearly has a bad one and he can respond.”
Baird said he is hopeful his team can return to the winners’ list against Keilor at Casey on Sunday. The club hosts a fund-raiser for Breast Cancer Awareness.
Casey Cavaliers women went down 50-57 to Southern Peninsula Sharks on Saturday night with Jessica Szalek statistically their best with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
The Sharks blew the game apart in the third term with a 26-12 run but the Cavs never gave up and threatened in the final term.
But Sharks star Lee Wilkins’ 19 points proved to be the difference.
Casey Cavs Youth League 2 men were due to play yesterday.