Fast start vital to score victory

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Fast start vital to score victory

The Castec Rural Pioneers will return to Wulanda Recreation and Convention Centre tomorrow night to face the Nunawading Spectres.

Nunawading has had a solid start to the season and currently sits 6th on the ladder with a record of 5-3.

So far this season the Spectres best player has been Jalen Johnson, who currently leads the team in points, rebounds and is tied with blocks.

Another player the Pioneers will have to keep an eye on is Jack Gandolfo, a sniper from deep who is currently averaging 43.58% from behind the arc.

If the Pioneers do not keep a man on him then he will cause some damage.

For the Pioneers to succeed they need to retain the form from their last two road games where they performed well as a team.

Mount Gambier gelled as a team on the weekend, with everyone contributing and getting points on the board, something they have been struggling to do so far this NBL1 South season.

Another key to success will be starting the game well.

In both away games Mount Gambier got off to a strong start which set the tone for the rest of the match.

The team has struggled at home to start games well and it shows with the record at home compared to their away record.

Head coach Richard Hill said he was looking forward to the challenge that Nunawading will bring tomorrow night.

“Nunawading are a pretty good team, they have got two high level imports and a bunch of really good solid Australians,” he said.

“I expect it to be a really hard game, if we play well we should win on our home court.”

Hill outlined several keys to success in this game.

“We will want to continue to improve on the areas that we showed on the weekend that we were getting better at,” he said.

“The competition is pretty tough, we are going to have to slow down their high level scorers.”

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