Team effort vital for Braves

BENDIGO Braves coach Ben Harvey says his team can’t rely on one person to score big, it has to be a team effort.

The Braves face the Knox Raiders on Sunday with Harvey expecting more of an all-round performance from the team.

Last week American import Dustin Salisbery scored 28 points in the Braves’ thrilling one-point win over Brisbane.

“He is a nice player but we can’t rely on Dustin to score 30 points a game,” Harvey said. 

Dustin has a killer instinct, he can play at any level at any time but everyone needs to play their role. - Ben Harvey

“Dustin has a killer instinct, he can play at any level at any time but everyone needs to play their role.”

Harvey said the Braves’ first round win wasn’t a great win but was confident the team can improve.

“In the first month we were always going to have to grind our way through games,” he said.

“We have to get our fitness levels up.

“It is a new team and we have new systems in place so there is definitely room for improvement.”

Knox has a double-header this weekend, playing Kilsyth on Saturday night before playing Bendigo on Sunday afternoon.

Harvey said that was an advantage for the Braves.

“I think it will be a very level game,” he said.

“They didn’t have their import (Jeff Jones) last week but they will this week, so they will be a much stronger team.

“We have been training strong and now we are just looking to get on the floor.”

The Lady Braves also face Knox on Sunday.

Several of the championship-winning Bendigo Spirit team will play against one another with Gabrielle Richards and Kelly Wilson set to suit up for Knox and Jane Chalmers, Heather Oliver and Chantella Perera playing for the Braves. 

Last week new recruit Alex Bunton starred in the Braves' round one win scoring 20 points. 

This week she was invited by Basketball Australia to take part in an Opals training camp in Canberra. 

The Lady Braves tip off against Knox at noon on Sunday at the State Basketball Centre. 

The Bendigo Braves tip off at 2pm. 

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