Thursday, May 17, 2018

Featured Game of The Week – Hobart Chargers vs. Mt. Gambier Pioneers
Friday 18th May- 8:00pm @ Derwent Entertainment Centre

In unfamiliar territory outside a finals position at the moment, Mt. Gambier sit at 3-3 and face a difficult road trip against one of the better home teams so far this season in Hobart who own a 5-2 record overall.

The Chargers are 3-1 at the Derwent Entertainment Centre and are winning by an average margin of 14 points while four victories on the trot have raced them into fourth position after a shaky opening fortnight.

Tre Nichols has starred in his first season as Hobart point guard, leading the league with 25.7 points per game, shooting 49% from the field and 41% from distance as well as pacing the Chargers with a team-high 4.9 assists per game.

The front court of Craig Moller (18.7 points, 13.9 rebounds- first in the competition) and Mathiang Muo (19.6 points, 6.3 rebounds) are providing Nichols strong options in the paint as well as dominating the glass and with Zac White’s addition of 8.8 points and 5.3 rebounds, they have a well-rounded forward line.

Those bigs will be a concern for the Pioneers who are struggling with injuries to key personnel including Majok Deng who has played just one game and that puts more of the burden on Lewis Thomas, who is averaging a double-double of 16.7 points and ten rebounds as well as Luke Jamieson (10.2 points, 8.6 boards).

The inclusion of Tim Coenraad a fortnight ago will help after the NBL player scored 27.5 points across his first two games and knocked down 11 three-pointers but their guard rotation is also a worry as Tom Daly has not played since mid-April which opens the door for Nichols to have a big night.

Mt. Gambier will be well-rested before their Tasmanian road trip after their game against Nunawading last round was abandoned due to severe weather and the best team over the past few years still have a few tricks up their sleeve but Friday night against an in-form Chargers will be a real test of their mettle.

Round 7 Notables:

  • The night after they visit Hobart, Mt. Gambier will take on N/W Tasmania who only own a 4-4 record this season but no men’s team has been successful in sweeping the Tassie road trip so far.
  • N/W Tasmania will also be celebrating White Out Night during that game as they raise money for Ronald McDonald House.
  • Geelong face an intriguing weekend as they visit Sandringham on Saturday night, the team they defeated in last year’s East Conference Semi-Final before hosting Nunawading on Sunday in a replay of the 2017 Preliminary Final when the Spectres thrashed an undermanned Supercats side.
  • The CoE have surprised many to sit fifth on the ladder with a 5-2 record but they will be seriously tested with a triple-header this weekend on the road against Bendigo, Melbourne and Diamond Valley.
  • After a 4-0 start, Bendigo have dropped two of their past three games and they will be looking to prove themselves against the CoE on Friday night before heading to Dandenong on Sunday.
  • Canberra are at Belconnen Stadium to complete a three-game home stand on Saturday night and they will be desperate to finally get on the winners list but Albury/Wodonga will be equally desperate, having dropped four in a row.

Find the full fixture for the men in Round 7 via the SEABL website here 

Image Courtesy of Beetle Black Media