ALBURY-Wodonga Bandits coach Brad Chalmers has admitted to feeling the frustration after the Border club finished with a flourish to overcome the North West Tasmania Thunder on Saturday.
After trailing by as many as 14 points in the third quarter, the Bandits overran the visitors in the final five minutes with a remarkable 20-9 burst to claim the 11th win of their SEABL campaign, 90-82.
Chalmers wasn’t pleased it took until mid-way in the last quarter for the Bandits to find the required intensity.
“I think we’re all really frustrated,” Chalmers said.
“All year I don’t think, as a group, we just haven’t been able to do it.
“That’s something I have to try to work on.
“But at the same time, we got a win tonight, we got a win last week and we’ve won five of seven.
“Mind you, I was expecting to win quite a few games on the back end.
“The longer this group was together, the better we were going to be.
“It’s panned out like that, we’ve gotten some rhythm as the season has gone on.”
Point guard Jermel Jenkins — in his final game for the Bandits — produced another fine display with 29 points and five rebounds to lead a balanced scoring attack.
Five other Bandits notched double-digit scoring totals, with Alex Opacic scoring six of the Bandits’ final eight points to finish with 13 points and six boards.
Thunder was led by import pivot Eric Gaff’s 21 points and 10 rebounds while one-time Bandit Blagoj Janev nailed four triples on his way to 17 points.
Chalmers acknowledged the Thunder, who led for almost 34 minutes of the 40-minute contest, were a difficult cover, especially in the first half.
“First half was tough, they were shooting over 50 per cent, which is not ideal,” Chalmers said.
“But that last quarter, we were pretty good defensively and we had that lift in intensity.”