Basketball fans can see the Echuca-Moama Pirates and Lady Pirates in action at Echuca this weekend.By Geordie Cowan
The Echuca-Moama Pirates and Lady Pirates play their first home games of the season this weekend.
Both teams play league newcomers Albury Cougars on Sunday, seeking their first wins.
‘‘We’d love for as many people to come through the door as possible,’’ Pirates coach Chris Clyne said.
‘‘It is the first chance for Echuca people to see their men and women in action.
‘‘It would be great for as many people to come along and support the guys and girls as much as they can and watch hopefully two great games of basketball.’’
It will be a tough task for the Pirates, who lost to Shepparton Gators 101-49 in the opening week before falling to ladder-leader Wodonga Wolves 95-60 in the second round.
The team also plays undefeated Seymour Blasters in Seymour tomorrow.
Albury has also started the season without defeat, thanks in part to attackers Darcy Harding — who has shot 27, 34 and 27 in the opening three matches — and Sawyer Dearborn, whose 12 three-pointers in the opening two games sees him hold a 36.5 point average.
The Lady Pirates have greater hope of capturing their first win against the Cougars, who defeated Castlemaine in the opening round but then fell to the Gators by a similar margin as Echuca-Moama.
However, the Lady Pirates will need to keep a close eye on Sarah Moore, who has scored 51 points in the two matches.
Recruit Leah French (18) and Georgie Eishold (14) are the Lady Pirates’ leading scorers and coach Simon Eishold would hope the others can help with scoring on Sunday.
The Lady Pirates take on Albury at noon and the men’s tip-off is at 2pm at the Echuca Basketball Stadium.
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