Lazaro happy with Queanbeyan Basketball's u19s

Queanbeyan Roadrunners men's under 19s coach Jono Lazaro, pictured back right leaping for the basket, says his young basketballers are showing plenty of capability. Photo: Joshua Matic.

Queanbeyan Roadrunners men's under 19s coach Jono Lazaro, pictured back right leaping for the basket, says his young basketballers are showing plenty of capability. Photo: Joshua Matic.

THE Queanbeyan Basketball Association has got off to a solid start in the ACT under 19s second division competition after three rounds, with both the men's and women's teams taking two wins to sit in the top four.

A 34-all draw against the Big Bang Ballers is all that separates the women from a perfect record, while the men can lay this claim having had a bye last round.

Queanbeyan men's coach and Yowies NSW State League player Jono Lazaro said despite some scrappy periods of play at times, his men had been very consistent across the board.

"We've started the season at two wins and no losses, so all is looking pretty good so far," he said.

"I'll admit we have been scrappy at times, but the focus has been more on how we go together as a team, as we have a few boys who are new to the team."

Lazaro was most impressed with his team's defensive effort so far this season, something he had planned to work on as a tactic during the pre-season.

They ground out an extremely tight and low-scoring 37-35 win over St Edmunds Whites in round one, while they again pulled out of a grind with Tuggeranong in a 49-41 win the following week.

"Other teams in the competition have had pretty solid attacks in past seasons, so our focus has been on our defence, and once we're happy with that we'll start bringing in more attacking structures," he said.

Lazaro will embark on a five-week trip to the United Kingdom in two weeks time, leaving a large hole in the men's Yowies side himself, while leaving the Roadrunners coaching to QBA president Jan Browne during his absence.

The women's team have returned larger victories to date, dispatching the Radford Fire 54-31 before cleaning up Wests Magpies 47-31.

They are coached by Jenny Spooner this season.

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