Warrandyte Venom boasts some of the qualities Leigh Bathman is hoping to implement in his side.
The Shepparton Gators are looking to finesse elements of their game while continuing on the same winning streak which has seen them lose just one match this season.
But to make the Gators the most formidable team in the competition, Bathman said there are a few things to learn when the side travels to take on the Venom tomorrow.
‘‘I envy their group a little bit because they do the one percenters; they rebound, box out well and cut out hard and play a physical brand of basketball so do the things that we not so much lack, but need to learn to handle those things better’’ he said.
‘‘Melbourne teams play a much more physical brand of basketball and that’s the challenge.’’
But the Gators’ belief is at a season high.
Last weekend Shepparton defeated Geelong Supercats and Chelsea Gulls in an intense double header and those performances have Bathman confident his side can withstand anything.
‘‘After last Sunday’s efforts (against Chelsea) in real adversity, not much is beyond our group,’’ he said.
‘‘We’ll just have to be in the right mindset and execute it on the day which is the challenge because in this league anyone can beat anyone.’’
A major blow has Jake Cowling destined to miss between three and four weeks after straining his ankle shortly into the match against the Gulls.
But Nick Dodd will be present as he and Tyrone Mohamed aim to fill the hole.
Cameron Vines was also injured in the match, suffering bruising to the neck and back after a heavy fall, but Bathman said the import is keen to take the court.
‘‘We were happy with the way he trained (on Thursday night) and he even wanted to do more than we probably wanted him to do,’’ he said.
The coach is looking for all players in his side to step up in order to prevail against a Warrandyte side keen to climb up the ladder.
‘‘We’ll take eight guys down and Jake will be a bit of a loss but if we have the same steely resolve that we had in last weekend’s game we should be all right,’’ Bathman said.
‘‘Tyrone Mohamed did a really good job and we’ll need Matt (Bartlett) and Spencer (Coleman) chipping in to be close to our optimum ability and if we do that we give ourselves a chance because we certainly think we’ve got the talent to break them open.’’