The trip away came at exactly the right time for the Albury-Wodonga Bandits, according to small forward Cirkook Riak.
After getting over a big loss to Ballarat at home, the weekend's double header road trip gave the side a chance to bond and get back to their winning ways.
Despite a loss in the weekend's first game against Geelong, Riak said the side showed definite signs of improvement.
"Although we didn't get the result we wanted away from home with the beautiful crowd Geelong has, I feel we made a few strides forward," Riak said.
"I think the road trip came at exactly the right time when we needed it.
"We bought the fight."
Riak, who has come to be known by local crowds as an entertainer out of the court, said he still has parts of his game he wants to improve on.
"I know I still have a long way to go," he said.
"I try to light up the crowd, but also sometimes that can be detrimental to the team.
"For our team, I can bring the high energy and defensive intensity, and hopefully contribute up the other end as well.
"Personally, I've been up and down with that, so I just need to be more consistent.
"If you don't show up every week, you're going to get smashed.
"Everyone has to contribute."
The Bandits are now preparing for another big road trip for a double header in Tasmania.
The side will first take on North West Tasmania on Friday night, before backing it up against the Hobart Huskies on Saturday.
Import Ken-Jah Bosley will again be looked on to step up for the Bandits, after getting his sensational form back.
Bosley is not only the Bandits' leading scorer, but is also leading the way in the NBL1 competition after six rounds.
"Every week they're going to target him a lot," Bandits point guard Jarrod Molner said.
"He's our lead scorer and has the ball a lot.
"They're (NW Tasmania) 11th on the ladder and four and four, so they're a pretty good team.
"They have a lot of three point threats, so our guards will have to step up in that game."
The Hobart Huskies are currently sitting 14th on the ladder, with three wins and five losses this season.
"They have some good, big men who might give us some trouble, so we'll have to step up defensively," Molner said.
After the Bandits win and loss, they stand at sixth position with four wins and three losses.
In the youth league competition, the Albury-Wodonga Bandits women's side are currently sitting fourth on the ladder with two wins and four losses so far this season.
They face the Sydney Comets for round ten this weekend at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre.
While in the youth men, the Bandits are second on the ladder with seven wins and just two losses.
The Bandits youth men are gearing up to take on Macarthur Heat at 4pm also at home this Saturday.
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