Hatchell satisfied with first week
NEW Plymouth Marjon boss Matt Hatchell expressed himself satisfied with his first weekend as a Division Three South basketball coach.
Hatchell, who took over from his dad George in the off season, saw his team power past Oxford Brookes University 81-63 on Saturday in their opening English Basketball League game of the season.
But Hatchell said he probably took more from a National Cup round two defeat by Bristol Flyers the following day.
Bristol play two divisions above Marjon, yet struggled to get past them 76-61.
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Hatchell said: "It's good to get your first competitive game under your belt – it's nice to see the coaching stuff you've brought to the team actually working out on the court.
"It's a bit of a confirmation that I'm not out of my depth and I do know what I'm talking about.
"Against Oxford, we never looked like we were going to lose, to be honest.
"They were an okay side and worked hard, but I didn't feel they had the presence we had."
Against Oxford, Tomas Janusauskas and Shane Hennessey shared 44 big points inside as Plymouth pounded Oxford Brookes.
Point-guard Jamie Davies added 14 points from Marjon's backcourt as Oxford Brookes were decisively outscored 47-27 in the second and third quarters. The first and final frames were traded.
Hatchell, however, said he was also pleased with the team's performance on Sunday against Bristol.
He said: "Considering they (Bristol) were two divisions above us, we did very well.
"There were five points between us at half-time and going into the fourth quarter, Bristol were only 10 points up.
"Going into the game, Bristol were under a bit more pressure and we had nothing to lose.
"The game was a bit more challenging than Saturday's match, but I felt the score flattered Bristol a little.
"If you had told me before the match that we would be just 10 points behind going into the final quarter, then I would have taken that.
"One of the things in their favour was that they had an American professional and the other was the number of points they scored off the bench.
"They had 19, while we had only two.
"But I'd say we probably took more out of the Bristol game than us beating Oxford."
Janusauskas top scored against Bristol with 17 points, followed by Davies with 15 and Mark Gillbard 14.