Unbeaten but room to improve

NSW Kookaburras coach Jared Scoines says his side will have to play until the final buzzer if it’s going to be a contender in the highly competitive under-16 boys division.

The Kookas made it two from two after beating the Tasmanian Tigers 90-48 at Wodonga Sports and Leisure Centre yesterday but the coach said the side was yet to peak.

“The goal’s always to win,” the former Sydney Kings player said.

“We got this group together with two days of preparation so we’ve thrown as much at them as we can.

“We were sloppy in the second half and didn’t maintain that standard and to Tasmania’s credit they put us on the back foot.

“Hopefully the boys can keep sticking together as a unit.”

The Kookaburras lead Pool 2, while the Victorian Goldminers are on top of Pool 1.

In the under-16 girls, the South Australian Sharks made it two straight wins after beating New Zealand Kea 70-31 at Lauren Jackson Sports Centre yesterday.

The Sharks can extend their unbeaten run if they beat the Victorian Bushrangers in Wodonga today.

Other pool leaders are the Victorian Settlers and NSW Kookaburras (under 18 boys), the NSW Waratahs and NSW Kookaburras (under 18 girls), the Kookaburras and Tasmanian Devils (under 14 boys) and the Goldminers and Sharks (under 14 girls).

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