Wilby stars in big win for the Storm
SHARP-SHOOTING James Wilby may have been on fire but Michael Muldoon reckons all his team were heroes as his Lismore Storm side maintained its impressive start to the season.
Star shooting guard Wilby racked up 45 points as the Storm sealed a hard-fought 81-71 win over Bellinger Valley Braves on Saturday night.
Sid Hume's 24-point haul also proved crucial as the Storm made it two wins from two at the start of the 2013 Waratah State League Pool A men's competition.
Coach Muldoon said the pair's contribution had instigated the win, but a solid all-round effort had been decisive.
"James is a key player," he said. "When he is on the court, the others lift their game.
"We have these clutch players who are doing well when it comes down to it.
"They are doing so well (though) because they are running off the rest of the team.
"We worked together to get the win and it was a really good victory."
Enjoying home advantage, the Storm racked up a 10-point lead early in the match at the Keen St complex.
The Braves proved dogged opposition, but Muldoon's team kept its noses in front to claim the win.
"It was maybe tougher than we thought it was going to be," the coach said.
"When we needed to be good defensively, we were. I thought we were outstanding at times offensively as well."
Muldoon felt Ben Mayo was a standout performer was his side.
The win made it back-to-back victories for the Storm to start the new season, after the day one triumph at Newcastle Hunters.
Muldoon said the "awesome" support of the crowd for his side's first home match of the season had also been important.
"It is always good to get a win in front of your home crowd," he said.
"It was a good turnout (and) they were awesome.
"It was a tough match, but we managed to pull our fingers out, lift our game and get the win."
Muldoon's side is back in action this weekend with a tough-looking trip to highly fancied Central Coast Crusaders.