Axe Falls on Hobart Import
An 0-4 start to the year has caused the Hobart Chargers to dump import Cam Bennerman as they search for a more cohesive line-up to resurrect their season.
Bennerman averaged 11.5 points at just 26% shooting, including a game against Geelong in which he went scoreless in 21 minutes. However, Coach Ben Rush cited more than just a lack of scoring as a cause for the sacking.
He didn’t fit in the direction that the club was going and the culture we’re trying to develop.
Hobart have a history of biting the bullet when it comes to their imports, having dumped Zach White after 5 games last year before getting rid of Jerrah Young and Coach Paul Davie mid-way through the season.
After enjoying stints with the Ballarat Miners as well as the Sydney Kings in the NBL, Kevin White comes in as Bennerman’s replacement.
White is known predominantly as a hard-nosed defender and his inclusion has raised some eyebrows with the Chargers averaging just 60 points per game.
However, Hobart were able to get on the winners list on Friday night with a 62-54 grind-out victory over Brisbane. Kyle Hunt’s 17 points and 12 rebounds got the Chargers over the line while the Spartans shot just 28% with Scott Kenny playing only 12 minutes.
Coming off the bench, White shot 1-5 for 8 points. Although the offensive struggles remain, a win will do wonders for Hobart’s confidence and perhaps the cohesiveness they were searching for has been found.