Blues Ready To Absorb Home Crowd Energy
Frankston Blues coach Andrew Harms says the group will absorb the energy created from their home crowd in Saturday night’s NBL1 Preliminary Final against Bendigo Braves.
The Blues have enjoyed a week off after getting past Nunawading Spectres in the Qualifying Final, in a game that was played in front of a raucous Frankston faithful.
With the NBL1 Championship Game to be played at State Basketball Centre, Saturday will be the final chance Blues fans have to watch their team play this season, and Harms is hoping his players embrace that environment.
“For us it’s about absorbing that crowd, absorbing that energy and going out there and playing for each other and the club,” Harms said.
Frankston used that home crowd to help fuel a 37-19 first quarter against Nunawading, and Harms says the key to having another fast start will come down to the mindset of his players.
“You have to have intrinsically motivated athletes,” Harms said.
“If we have to come with external motivation to get them to come ready to play and be at their best at this stage of the year, then we are working really hard and not really smart.
“We are excited at the fact come Saturday, we know the guys are intrinsically ready to go, they’re well prepped, we will hone in on Bendigo’s strengths and weaknesses as best we can to be able to implement that in the first quarter.”
Despite having a week off, Harms ensured his side didn’t lose any weekly routine, running a Saturday training session which involved some game level intensity drills.
The coach thinks his side handled the break well and are in peak condition to attack the Preliminary Final.
“It’s one we forecasted if we were successful in our first week, what that second week would look like without a game,” Harms said.
“We leaned into our strength and conditioning guys around setting up a week and a bit of a plan that ensured we got the adequate rest but also wanted to make sure we maximised the opportunity to get some extra work into the guys.”
Two of the Blues’ most vital pieces, Majok Majok and Dan Trist, were away from the club at the start of this week for NBL preseason duties with Perth Wildcats and South East Melbourne Phoenix, respectively.
Even though they were away from the group, Harms says Majok and Trist didn’t fall behind the club’s program, as they were pre-prepared on relevant information.
“At this stage of the year, the guys are really ingrained with how we operate,” Harms said.
“They missed the Tuesday session, but we were able to give them the relevant information that was needed about what we walked through on Tuesday.
“It’s the awareness that we aren’t going to grow a great amount in one week. The guys are really locked in on staying connected with us while they’re away and we have done preplanning to make sure they’re in the loop.”
Tip off between Frankston and Bendigo is scheduled for 7:30pm AEST on Saturday night.