THERE are weeks when there’s no hiding the fact that the opposition is just too good.
That was the case across all divisions in Basketball Kyabram’s Summer League on Monday night at Kyabram Sports and Entertainment Centre.
However, the winners were respectful and the losers balanced — evidence of great sportsmanship within the competition.
If we had to pick a match of the round, it would have been the Grade 5-6 match in which ACM Raptors were 30-19 victors over Aldon Tutoring Centre Wildcats.
Raptors triumvirate Sam Marland (14), Ky McDonald (10) and Luke McDonald (4) showed no mercy towards the shell-shocked Wildcats in the first half by amassing 22 points between them, while holding their opponent to seven.
However, Wildcat leader Ali Hall was not about to let her team be humiliated.
She scored 12 second-half points and finished as the game’s high scorer with 15 points. Harrison Wigg (4) was the only other Wildcat to make the scoresheet.
The other 5-6 match was a blowout, with Gators winning 44-10 over Hornets.
All six Gators players scored points, with Archie Watt (14), Jim Hipwell (12) and Bill Hipwell (8) again leading the way.
Archer Guinan (4), Cohan Hooper (4) and Steven Bassett (2) tried valiantly to keep their team in the contest, but were outclassed.
In Years 7-9 division, Mister Embroidery Raptors were leading Betta Homeliving Hornets 38-6 when officials invoked the mercy rule at half time.
Rhys Shay (14) and Ryan Hatch (12) were looking ominous.
The Hornets were missing their marquee player and the league’s leading scorer Jarom Owen-Horn. James Myers was their only scorer with six points.
Fab two Oliver Watt (26) and Darcy Backway (14) led their Kyabram Bakery Gators to a 56-12 win over undermanned Walker Real Estate Wildcats.
All Gators players got on the scoresheet. Brodie Luckman (6) had his most productive scoring match, Ivan de Leon scored eight close-to-the-bucket points and Levi Gordon chipped in with two points.
In 1-4 division, the two likely finalists flexed their muscles with convincing wins.
Albion Motors Wildcats — led by Jimmy Hargreaves (22) — defeated Gators 38-16, while Hornets ace Samuel Mongan (16) steered his team to a 38-18 win over Kyabram Veterinary Clinic Raptors.
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 call Michael on 0414 815 527.