Inkson twins light it up as Khalu gives licence to thrill
MACKAY basketball fans were seeing double on Saturday night as the Inkson twins worked their magic in the Meteors’ 109-37 thumping of the Bundaberg Bulls.
In their second senior start and first on home court, the talented twins took centre stage in the final quarter as coach Joel Khalu gave them licence to thrill.
The 17 year olds combined for 23 points, five rebounds and three buckets from beyond the arc as the homegrown tandem got a taste of life as a Mackay Meteor.
“It was good get an opportunity to come out and play (and) show what I can do, to prove myself,” Lachlan said in the post-match.
“The crowd was just insane. It was an insane atmosphere. I’ve never been at home playing for Mackay, so it was great.”
Incredibly the twins almost said no to Khalu’s offer to play in the CQ Cup.
They trained with the senior squad in pre-season but cited work and school commitments as major hurdles.
However Khalu managed to talk them around to it and after some shifting of schedules, the pair signed on and have not looked back since.
Coach Khalu felt the twins turned the game back in the Meteors’ favour last weekend in Rockhampton and against the Bulls the pair proved they have the makings of long-time starters.
“I thought both of them rose to the occasion,” Khalu said.
“It’s easy in this environment to get a bit nervous but I thought they adjusted really well.
“There’s an NBL1 North opportunity there for them but they have to keep working hard to get better. So far, they’ve been really good
“That’s what this league is about is giving opportunities to guys who might not normally have a chance to play at this level.”
Having hone their craft at home and together on-court growing up, Riley and Lachlan have an almost telepathic level of basketball chemistry.
Almost, but not quite.
“He saw me when I went for an alley-oop but I didn’t look for him back, so sorry about that,” Lachlan said with a nod to his brother.
“We’ve always played together in every team. The chemistry is obviously there.
“I’ll look at him, he’ll look at me and it’s ‘yep, we’re doing this’.”
They’ve got a knack of scoring,” Khalu added.
“I think both of them are one and two in scoring in most of our local competitions but for me it’s about preparing them for that next level.
“I’m focusing on, for them, defensively and how they can impact the game at that end of the floor as well.”