A DRAWN game in Basketball Kyabram’s Years 1-4 division highlighted another exciting evening at Kyabram Sports Centre on Monday.
Kyabram Veterinary Clinic Raptors and Albion Motors Wildcats played out a thrilling draw, 18-18.
With six points in the opening half, Jimmy Hargreaves was largely responsible for Wildcats taking a 10-8 lead into the long break.
However, Jack Perrella was equally important for Raptors, scoring six points in the first half to keep his team in the game.
Jimmy found a scoring partner in crime in Sienna Brennan in the last two quarters. They each scored four points.
But last season’s MVP and Defensive Player winner Katie Barnes stepped up for Raptors in the second half by scoring eight points.
Cooper Wilson’s two points was the vital two points for a fitting draw.
In the other 1-4 match, top team Peter Walsh Hornets overcame a half-time deficit to win 30-24 over second-on-the-ladder Kerr’s Amcal Gators.
All six Hornets players scored points, with Sam Mongan and Brody Wells leading the way with eight apiece.
For Gators, Clarry Talbot (10) and Archer Backway (six) were their team’s high scorers.
Gators pair Joanna Parr and Aston Thompson pulled in many rebounds, while Antony de Pasquale was fleet footed in defence and mid court.
For Hornets, Xavier Mongan also collected many rebounds, and showed he has a knack for shooting, too.
For most of the game, the ball swung from end to end of the reduced court through sharp passing and light footwork.
One coach remarked: “This is how basketball should be for the kids.”
In 5-6 division, top team Infinity Health Gators turned an 8-4 lead at the half into an 18-10 victory over ACM Raptors (second).
Gators general Archie Watt led the scoring with 6, but it was big man Xavier Brennan (four points) and small guard Archer Backway (four) who put the points on the board when it mattered in the second half.
Ky McDonald (six) was Raptors’ lone multiple goal scorer. Luke McDonald and Jack Watson each scored two points.
Last season’s premiers Fab Flowers Hornets (third) were merciless in their demolition of Aldon Tutoring Centres Wildcats (fourth).
Archer Guinan scored 14 points in the Hornets’ 34-8 victory.
Hornets’ other scorers were Steven Bassett (eight), Cohan Hooper (six) and Liam Parr (six).
For Wildcats, Ali Hall again shouldered the scoring burden and finished with six points. Bryce Broadhurst (two) was Wildcats’ only other scorer.
In 7-9 division, Kyabram Bakery Gators (second) had no answer for Jarom Owen-Horn’s skill around the ring as he led the Betta Homeliving Hornets (third) to a 52-32 victory.
Jarom had 13 first-half points, which helped his team to a 21-13 lead at the long break.
He powered on to score 18 points in the second half.
James Myers (17) also had a strong game for Hornets. Charlotte Freemantle and Chelsea West also scored.
Darcy Backway (10) and Ivan de Leon (10) led Gators’ scorers. Other scorers were: Oliver Watt (eight), Brodie Luckman (two) and Levi Gordon (two).
On paper, top team Mister Embroidery Raptors appeared to thrash Walker Real Estate Wildcats 51-12.
However, the match was a lot closer in reality.
The Wildcats had equal amount of scoring opportunities in the first half, but could not capitalise on their good work, which meant they trailed 6-18 at the long break.
The Raptors kicked into overdrive in the second half with Ryan Hatch (15) — including a pair of aces in succession — leading his team’s parade of scorers.
All six Raptors made it on the scoresheet, compared to just three on the Wildcats side.
Basketball Kyabram competition continues next Monday night at Kyabram Sports and Entertainment Centre from 6pm.
To get involved, or for more information, go to basketballkyabram.com or phone Michael on 0414 815 527.