DANIEL Hansen may only be 26, but as he hits 100 games with the Bendigo Braves this weekend he admits he feels a touch battle weary.
“I would’ve been there for at least 150 games, and played more with the youth league. I feel about 80,” he laughed.
Hansen notches the milestone on Sunday against Dandenong, in Bendigo’s second game of a testing weekend.
The sharpshooter has increased his role in recent years from an occasional part of Ben Harvey’s side to a regular member of the team.
“I definitely feel like I’ve stepped up into that bigger role and am really enjoying that,” he said.
The Braves endured a loss to Melbourne last weekend, and Hansen said they have a round of revenge ahead of them.
Bendigo plays Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence on Friday night in the team’s last game on the old court one at Bendigo Stadium.
The Braves lost to the CoE in round five on the road and lost to Dandenong in a preseason practice match.
“Hopefully we can pay them both back this weekend,” Hansen said.
The Braves were smashed by 20 in the rebound count against the Tigers last Saturday night, and that will be the first thing to focus on tonight.
“It comes back to communication and rebounding. We can’t just rely on Ray (Turner) to do that work for us,” he said.
“We have to really focus in on that and be stronger on the boards, we can’t allow them to have 12 offensive rebounds in a quarter like Melbourne did last weekend.
“Hopefully we can cap it off with a win on Sunday in Dandenong.”
Tonight’s double-header at Bendigo Stadium begins at 6pm with the women’s match.