Lack of effort hurts the Braves

BENDIGO Braves coach Ben Harvey says he is frustrated after the team has lost four out of its past five SEABL games.

The Braves lost both their games on the weekend, first to Nunawading by two points on Saturday night and then to Geelong by 21 points on Sunday afternoon.

Harvey said it was a stark contrast between the two performances.  

“Even though we didn’t win against Nunawading I thought it was our best game of the year,” he said.

“We were winning in 35 of the 40 minutes of that game.

“We should have won but we didn’t and today (Sunday) was our worst performance.”

The final score against Nunawading was 85-83 while Sunday’s game was 76-97 in favour of the Supercats.

Harvey said his team put in a really poor effort against the Supercats.

“We are not playing hard enough; it is frustrating as a coach to see that,” he said.  

“We gave up too many points, 97 points is way too many, and our defensive transition was poor.”

Turnovers proved costly for Bendigo, with Geelong scoring 22 points from Braves errors.

“It was an even playing field, they just found a way to get the job done,” Harvey said.

Bendigo’s Michael Vigor scored a game-high 21 points while for Geelong Ash Cannan and Nathan Herbert scored 20 points apiece.

Harvey said it was time for the team to step up and learn how to play hard.

“I knew it was going to take longer for the team to work together because there are so many new players, but I didn’t think it would take this long,” he said.  

“As a coach there are things that I need to work on too, you don’t point the finger at the players.  

“I think I need to change things up.

“We need to learn to play together and to play hard because we are not doing that at the moment.

“This league is too good. 

"If you don’t play well together, you don’t win basketball games.”

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