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Timbermen want to build on big win

New Westminster Salmonbellies player Scott MacDonald, left, checks Nanaimo Timbermen opponent Scott Ranger during Sunday
New Westminster Salmonbellies player Scott MacDonald, left, checks Nanaimo Timbermen opponent Scott Ranger during Sunday's Western Lacrosse Association game at Nanaimo's Frank Crane Arena.
— image credit: GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin

Every win in the Western Lacrosse Association counts for the same two points in the standings. But maybe the Nanaimo Timbermen can find some extra value in Sunday’s big win over the New Westminster Salmonbellies.

“When you can beat a team like New West or any other team in this league, it’s definitely a good feeling and there’s lots of building blocks out of these games,” said Scott Ranger, captain of the Coastal Windows Timbermen.

Beating a good team like the Salmonbellies helps to create more confidence, said Ranger. In lacrosse and in any sport, he said, a team has to learn how to win.

“There were a lot of things that we learned within that game,” Ranger said. “Fight the little battles, the loose balls, a couple of fights at the end. We’re right there with them and we’re right there with every team in this league.”

The Timbermen get a full week to let those lessons sink in, as their next game is Sunday (June 24) on the road against the last-placed Maple Ridge Burrards.

“I hate the saying ‘If we lose this one the last one means nothing’ because they all mean something,” Ranger said. “But you kind of have to take that mindset into games like this. You can’t go one step forward, two steps back. That’s the big thing, is that we continue to build and continue to get better.”

GAME ON … The T-men play the Burrards Sunday at 6:45 p.m. and the WLA will offer a pay-per-view webcast at www.theboxrocks.com … After that, the next game for the T-men will be June 30 when they play the Coquitlam Adanacs at Frank Crane Arena.

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