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Whittlesea Pacers’ men remain winless after a 90-72 road loss to Collingwood All Stars on Sunday.

The Pacers kept it close in the first quarter, just one point behind at quarter time and even leading early in the second period but a 16-5 run from Collingwood shut that down.

A 27-14 Collingwood third quarter saw the Pacers down 24 through three quarters.

The Pacers made a valiant attempt at a comeback but it was to no avail.

Whittlesea’s ball movement was a problem, with the Pacers registering only one assist for the whole team to Collingwood’s 11.

Shooting was a problem too, as the Pacers shot just 26-68 (.382) from the field and 4-15 (.267) from three.

Jayce Beasley led the Pacers in scoring with 18 points and four rebounds while import Hakeem Simon had 14 points and seven rebounds.

Whittlesea coach Brian Vaughns said silly fouls were costly for the Pacers.

“To start the third, it was 8-0 from eight free throws, we had a foul and two techs and an unsportsmanlike,” he said.

“Some of the things were beyond me. I’ve been coach in the Big V for more than 10 years and I’ve never see anyone in any game get given a tech for having a hand in someone’s face.

“Hakeem and Dominic Bruno fouled out then it just snowballed.

“I did see some positives but our defence sucks at the moment and we need tighten that up at the moment because our opponents are shooting 50 per cent from the floor and to me, that’s telling me our guys have to be more committed on defence.”

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