TOP team Kyabram Bakery Gators rebounded from a shock loss last week with a come-from-behind victory in Basketball Kyabram’s Years 7-9 division on Monday night.
While all five Gators players hit the scoreboard, it was two — Oliver Watt and Ivan de Leon — who did the damage. Between them they scored 43 of their team’s 49 points.
Watt piled on a season-high 27 points, including 17 points in the last half when the game was on the line. But his most important shot came late in the game when he sunk a long three-point dagger to almost certainly seal victory.
New recruit de Leon was strong on the boards and finished with a career-high 16 points.
For the vanquished Walker Real Estate Wildcats, Nathan Mackison (18) and Sam Plumb (17) did the bulk of the scoring and work on the boards. Will Hooper chipped in with six points and made some great pin-point passes to players in advantage.
The Wildcats led 24-18 at the half, but had no answer to Watt’s brilliance in the second half.
It’s semi-final time for Grades 3-4 division next Monday, when top placed Kyabram Veterinary Clinic Raptors take on bottom Karr’s Amcal Gators, and Peter Walsh Hornets (second) play Albion Motors Wildcats (third).
Reigning premiers Raptors earned their top billing with a thrilling 42-38 victory over Hornets. The winner was guaranteed top spot, so there was plenty on the line for the two teams.
Hornets shot out to a 21-7 lead in the first quarter, with Sam Mongan dominating play.
But a 16-2 run by the Raptors in the second saw the teams locked 23-23 at the half.
Katie Barnes moved onto playmaker Mongan in the second half, and her dynamic defence was a big factor in her team’s success. Superior team work by Jack Perrella, Lachie Rodriquez, Ollie Barnett and Anthony DePasquale for Raptors ensured their victory.
Kyabram Bakery Gators d Walker Real Estate Wildcats 49-45
Gators: Oliver Watt 27, Ivan de Leon 16, Levi Gordon 2, Brodie Luckman 2, Archie Watt 2.
Wildcats: Nathan Mackison 18, Sam Plumb 17, Will Hooper 6, Jerry Hapurona 2.
Mister Embroidery Raptors d Betta Homeliving Hornets 40-24
Raptors: Harley Reid 12, Hollie Reid 12, Ryan Hatch 6, Blake McAuliffe 6, Rhys Shay 2, Blake O’Hara 2.
Hornets: Jarom Owen-Horn 18, James Myers 4, Charlotte Freemantle 2.
ACM Gators d Raptors 36-26
Gators: Archie Watt 12, Cohan Hooper 8, Sam Marland 8, Ben Dickens 4, Jayden Taylor 2, Darcy Ramadan 2.
Raptors: Lucas Kell 12, Harrison Wigg 6, Jack Watson 4, Xavier Brennan 2, Hayden Freemantle 2.
Ky Veterinary Clinic Raptors d Peter Walsh Hornets 42-38
Raptors: Lachie Rodriquez, Ollie Barnett, Katie Barnes, Jack Perrella, Anthony DePasquale.
Hornets: Samuel Mongan, Ashton Thompson, Baylee Letizia, Logan Green.
Albion Motors Wildcats d Kerr’s Amcal Gators 30-6
Wildcats: Alex Barnes, Sienna Brennan, Jimmy Hargreaves, Brody Thompson, Joanna Parr.
Gators: Sophie Seedsman, Keplar Cleveland, Marley Gordon.
Hornets 32 drew Raptors 32
Cooper Rodriquez, Paddy Hargreaves, Jimmy Goff-Quinn, Ewen Walsh, Cooper Wilson, Archer Turnbull, Oliver Walley, Lilly Taylor, Brody Wells, Clay Wilson, Clarry Talbot, Xander Freemantle.
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