July 6 2018
This weekend will be the Tigers most important weekend since rejoining SEABL in 2016.
A string of losses caused by fading out in the last five minutes of a game have sent the Men’s team from being comfortable in the Top 8 to now being on the outside looking in.
Last Saturday’s loss against the Supercats was devastating particularly after opening up a 10 point lead with five minutes to go, the loss was so upsetting it still hurts.
The Men seeming have four weaknesses, the last minute of each quarter, the last five minutes of the last quarter, turnovers and securing rebounds.
The team does have a wide range of scorers but if one players goes cold in scoring and nobody takes his place in keeping the scoreboard ticking over, it is all over.
Turnovers have been deadly for the Tigers, the Tigers can play fast but if the timing is slightly off the ball will end up in the hands of the opposition.
Rebounding is important, despite having Deng on the team, the team is still struggling to get the rebounds needed especially on offence.
Snagging more rebounds could offset some of the turnovers and keep the scoring going for the Tigers (or preventing the opposition from scoring more).
The Men have to win this weekends games to stay in the hunt for Finals, now that fans have the taste of success they want more and this year has to be the year.
The Women’s team have been in erratic form but early performances have kept them in the Top 8.
They got the Tornadoes and then the Rangers, Dandenong should be weakened thanks to an Opals camp picking players from most of the opposition to come.
The Tigers have three main scoring options in Rebecca Cole, Monique Conti and Louella Tomlinson and when they on a roll they can score 20 points or more each but they need the others to score too especially if the opposition halts one of the three.
A clean sweep weekend can give the side a little space before trying to beat Nunawading for the first time, meet Dandenong again and finish against the Sparks.
July 20 could be a very tense night for Tigers fans, both teams will be playing in two different locations and both games are overlapping so expect the possibility of some very nervous Tigers fans.
But wins this weekend and perhaps the next two weekends can prevent such a tightrope from happening, time will tell and everything is in the Tigers hands.