Henare keeping options open

22:49, Apr 06 2014
Gareth Dawson
Sharks player Gareth Dawson putting a shot up.
Troy Payne
Sharks player Gareth Dawson being defended by Otago's Troy Payne, left, and Warren Carter.
Paul Henare
Sharks bench with head coach Paul Henare.
Brian Conklin
Sharks bench watching the game, from left, Brian Conklin, James Paringatai and Shea Ili.
Reuben Te Rangi
Sharks player Reuben Te Rangi warming down after a 83-77 defeat by the Nuggets.
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The Sharks team warming down after a 83-77 defeat by the Nuggets.
Luke Martin
Sharks Luke Martin in action.
Kevin Braswell
Sharks player Kevin Braswell tries to get the ball up to the basket with Nuggets players Warren Carter, left, and Tony Tolovae.
Kevin Braswell
Sharks Kevin Braswell talks to his team-mates, from left, Leon Henry, Shea Ili, Brian Conklin (obscured) and Reuben Te Rangi.
Ray Harper stand
NBL basketball game between Southland Sharks v Otago Nuggets. It was the Sharks first game in the new Stadium Southland.
Jazz Time
Jazz Time hip hop dancers entertain the crowd at half time during the Sharks Nuggets clash.
Brian Conklin
Sharks players, from left, Brian Conklin, Leon Henry, Reuben Te Rangi and James Paringatai during the game.
Reuben Te Rangi
Sharks player Reuben Te Rangi in action.
Brian Conklin
Sharks player Brian Conklin in action before going off with a hamstring injury.
Brian Conklin
Sharks player Brian Conklin in action before going off with a hamstring injury.
Paul Henare
Sharks head coach Paul Henare talking to the team during a break.
Shea Ili
Sharks' new signing Shea Ili in action
Shea Ili
Sharks' new signing Shea Ili in action
Reuben Te Rangi
Reuben Te Rangi puts the ball up to the basket.
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The Sharks clapping to acknowledge the fans after their 83-77 loss to the Nuggets.
Reuben Te Rangi
Sharks players Reuben Te Rangi (with ball) and Gareth Dawson under the basket with Nuggets (from lower) Tony Tolovae, Marques Whippy and Samuel King #7.
Reuben Te Rangi
Sharks player Reuben Te Rangi takes a shot at basket.
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Southland Sharks v Otago Nuggets.
Reuben Te Rangi
Reuben Te Rangi takes a shot at the basket.
Reuben Te Rangi
Sharks player Reuben Te Rangi takes a shot at basket.
Sharks banner
Raising the NBL Championship banner into Stadium Southland for winning the league in 2013.

Southland Sharks coach Paul Henare is keeping a look out for other potential import options with the prospect that American Brian Conklin could spend time on the sidelines.

Conklin picked up a hamstring injury while playing for the Townsville Crocs in the Australian National Basketball League but had felt he had recovered in time to line up for the Sharks in the New Zealand league season opener against the Otago Nuggets in Invercargill on Friday.

However, during the third quarter, Conklin again injured his hamstring and missed a good part of the third quarter and the entire fourth quarter. His injury was costly for the Sharks as they went down 83-77.

Henare told The Southland Times yesterday they would assess where Conklin is at today, and didn't rule out calling in another import for Friday's game against the Waitakere Rangers in Invercargill.

Henare said time was against them, given that they wanted to give Conklin time to decide whether he could play.

"I want to at least wait until Monday or Tuesday before I make a decision on that.

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"He's still young, he's fit, he's strong, so we're hoping he's going to bounce back. If we need to go down that path, though, it's definitely something I'll consider," he said.

"I'll definitely look at the option. Whether anything can be done in time [for Friday night], I'm not too sure.

"Realistically, you're probably looking at Australia and guys that have finished their season over there and are willing to come over from there at short notice. There might be someone or there might not."

Henare said the loss to Otago was frustrating, with his team coming up short in most areas.

They were out-rebounded and they missed several open looks at the basket. Key shooters Kevin Braswell, Leon Henry and Shea Ili shot just five from 31 shots between them from the field and two from 14 from the three-point line.

Braswell, remarkably, contributed just five points.

"It was a frustrating night; we just weren't able to get any flow. We got beaten in some areas on the boards, which was disappointing, and some of the loose balls that were floating around, but we still had our chance to win.

"It's disappointing but at the same time there is definite room for improvement."

The Southland Times