Life's a beach for Pullem
"I've got a view of the sea from my room," reveals new Worthing Bears coach Christopher Pullem straight away. If the Sussex seaside is somewhat of a culture shock to one used to cosmopolitan Boston, then the 28 year old American from New Hampshire is not showing any strain so far from his transatlantic move.
"Other than Canada, I'd never been outside the United States before. But when I arrived and walked into the gym, the dimensions were exactly the same on the court and the baskets are the same height off the floor. I haven't spent a lot of time anywhere else so I haven't really noticed the difference."
Three wins and two losses from their opening five games bear close relation to last year's 4-2 flying start under Pullem's fellow countryman Chris Jones. His departure pre-empted a run of 19 losses in a row, so Pullem is reluctant to make an early predictions of a better finish to this season.
"We still have a long way to go, since we started late in training and we still need to tighten up our man to man defence, which is very weak. The League is as I expected, very athletic and very competitive, although some teams like Leopards and Towers are unexpectedly struggling. That will change because they have the money to do that, but we don't have that luxury"
So in six starts, what has the coach learnt about his side ? "I know that if we don't come out ready to play, we won't play well. You could see it against Leicester, when some guys looked out of it and were stunned when we went 11-0 down."
"With guys like Jon Gaines, Larry Coates and Steve Nelson, we can stay in games because they can all hit three pointers, but I know that along the way there are going to be some blow outs for us. I just want to keep them to a minimum."
Whether Bears can maintain their momentum right throughout the season remains a big question, but one things for certain. There'll be no fancy talk of titles in Worthing's camp until the results justify the boast.
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