BASKETBALL CAMP: Maitland Mustangs’ US import Mitch Rueter with Kaia Isaac, 8, Johmike Fitzgerald, 6, Helena Walkon, 9 and Liam Markham, 12, at the Maitland Federation Centre yesterday. The Maitland Mustangs’ American import Mitch Rueter was on hand to show more than 50 youngsters basketball skills and drills during the first day of a school holiday camp at the Maitland Federation Centre.
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Rueter felt it was a great opportunity for the primary school-aged kids to come out and learn the game while being shown some important skills along the way.

“It’s a chance for the kids to come and have a bit of fun,” Rueter said.

The camp continues today with a multi-sports fun day.

Rueter said he was still coming to terms with the Mustangs’ substandard showing in their 84-65 loss to Norths at home on Saturday night but was confident Maitland would bounce back before the play-offs.

“Just disappointed; at the start of the season we were beating teams because we were better than them, not necessarily because we were playing better,” Rueter said.

“We need to improve going into the play-offs, I’ve spoken to Luke [Boyle, Mustangs coach] and we were saying the play-offs are like a whole new season.”

The Mustangs travel to Sydney on Saturday to take on the Hills Hornets.

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