Harvey slams Braves after shock loss

BENDIGO Braves coach Ben Harvey has questioned his side’s discipline and leadership after Saturday’s night’s shock SEABL loss to the Albury/Wodonga Border Bandits.

Bendigo Braves guard Josh Wilcher gets past the Bandits' defence. Picture: JOHN RUSEELL, BORDER MAIL

Bendigo Braves guard Josh Wilcher gets past the Bandits' defence. Picture: JOHN RUSEELL, BORDER MAIL

The Braves were hot favourites to defeat a Bandits side that had won just one game for the season.

However, the home side gave the Braves a lesson in work ethic and playing as a team, cruising to a 95-86 win.

“Last week we beat the top team, this week we lose to the bottom team… there’s no consistency there,’’ Harvey said.

“We win the Albury game and we’re only one game outside of the top two. There just wasn’t the effort required to win a game at this level.

“We gave up intentional fouls, which is undisciplined, and we lacked on-court leadership in the second half.

“We were good in the first half, but when things went bad in the second half they went really bad.

“I’m not pointing the finger at any individuals – as a team we weren’t good enough.

“I could name five or six Albury players who played their role for their team. I’d struggle to name one for us.”

The Braves led 47-43 at half-time, but fell away dramatically in the second half.

The Bandits outscored the Braves 29-15, including a 14-0 run, in the third term to break the game open.

The Bandits scored the first four points of the final term to extend their lead to 14 and the Braves never threatened.

“We gave up 52 points in the second half… that’s just not good enough,’’ Harvey said.

“You’re not going to win many games if your opponents score 95 points.”

The Bandits shot the ball at 50 per cent from the floor, while the Braves struggled at 36.8 per cent.

Import Dustin Salisbery led the Braves with 28 points, including 16-18 from the free throw line.

Michael Vigor, 14 points, Kevin Probert, 12 points, and Zac Atkinson, 11 points and 10 boards, were the other Braves players to score in double figures.

The loss left the Braves (5-5) in fifth spot on the south conference ladder ahead of this Saturday night’s home game against the Knox Raiders (2-8).

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