HORSHAM Hornets co-coach Damien Kilpatrick believes his side is still well placed to win the Big V division two title despite recording its fifth loss of the season on Saturday night.

The Wimmera Roadways Hornets lost to Keysborough Cougars, 69-66 after scores were level at half time.

“We are training every Saturday afternoon and every Sunday,” he said.

“We are stepping it up. We are here to win.”

Kilpatrick said the Hornets remained in third spot with the Cougars hot on their heels.

“It brings them equal with us on points and we have them on percentage,” he said.

“They have have tough games to go and for us three of the next four games we play are teams in the bottom half of the ladder.

“But that doesn’t mean anything. Mornington knocked off Melton on Saturday night.

“They have beaten two big teams in two weeks.”

Kilpatrick said while the loss in front of a home crowd was disappointing, there were positives.

Tim Brook shot 17 points and reeled in nine rebounds against his former side and Corey Collier continued his blistering season, dropping 17 points and collecting 15 rebounds.

Cam Bruce had four steals and Tim Pickert, 13 points, and James Southerland, 12, also dropped double figures.

“It’s not as if we didn’t play well we had four players score double figures again and share the workload,” Kilpatrick said.

“We are not having any luck. We only shot 30 per cent from the field.

“We had a good look at it but couldn’t execute shots.”

Kilpatrick said the tightness of the game meant the Hornets only used six players.

He said it wasn’t an ideal scenario.

“We had 11 or 12 suit up but we only ran six,” he said.

“They were a quick team and we were behind all game so we couldn’t run the bench.”

Horsham hosts Mornington on Saturday night.

Tip off is at 7.30pm.

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