UP AND AWAY: Burnie’s Sam Johnstone puts up a shot in the game against Devonport. Picture: Stuart Wilson.LATROBE coach Jordan Muir hopes Chris Smith and Andrew Woodward will continue to stand tall.
The pair enjoyed breakout games in the Demons’ 12-point win over Somerset on Tuesday night, with Muir saying the sky was the limit for the big men.
“Chris really came out of his shell and Andrew was very useful as well,” Muir said.
“To have our big guys involved is really important for us and hopefully it’s the start of a run on for them.
“They’re both good players when their confidence is up.”
Not for the first time this year, Jordan Gregg led the way for the Demons on the stats sheet with 20 points and 16 rebounds.
However, Muir was pleased to see not all the responsibility falling to the import.
“Jordan was great, but we had lots of good contributions,” he said.
“We ran all 12 players and they all had an impact.
“We concentrated really hard on defence and let the offence take care of itself.”
The win improves Latrobe’s record to three and eight for the year, keeping it in fifth place.
Somerset is languishing in eight place, but will receive a boost with Tall Timbers Thunder import Blagoj Janev set to suit up for the Heat.
Meanwhile, Ulverstone got the better of reigning premier Wynyard for the second time this season, recording an 11-point win at home.
Shawntes Gary led all comers with 33 points and 18 rebounds, while Wildcats coach Sam Armstrong had 21 points.
Burnie justified its place in the top four with a win over third-placed Devonport.
Larry Williams fell agonisingly short of a triple-double for the Tigers with 25 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, while former Somerset coach Michael Nutt had 19 points.
Penguin snapped a five-game losing streak with a 85-76 away win against Smithton.
This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.