Sides battle ahead of deciders

The Cougars’ MG Plasterers South East Coast Basketball League season was on the line, requiring a win against Roos to have a chance at making the finals. Tobi de Wit and Josh McGregor came out all guns blazing combining for 59 points, while Dale Bachmann had his best SECBL scoring game for the Roos putting on a show for 37 points.

But the Roos could not match the high scoring power of Cougars who put the game away early to win 99-78. Both Panthers and Cats went into the game with a 12-2 record making it a match for top spot.

Normally two free-flowing teams, the game quickly turned into a defensive tussle as both sides worked hard to reduce the efficiency of their opponents. Cats’ star Josh Murphy used his side to create space for his deadly mid-range game, while Brad Rathjen and Kyle Tipene found their range for the Panthers connecting on 11 triples between them.

Panthers managed to hold on by 10 points and came away with top spot going in to the first round of finals. In a must win game for the Bulldogs Red to have hope at a finals position, the game was tense early and tight up to the halfway mark. But Bulldogs Blue used its half time break well as it picked up intensity in the third quarter managing to get out to a 12-point lead.

With the season on the line the Red side clawed its way back to trail by single digits going into the final term. Unfortunately for the Red team its offence dried up in the final term and Simon Berkefeld of the Blue side got hot on his way to a game high 28 points, putting an end to the Bulldogs Red season with a 20-point win.

The Cats were playing to secure the all-important top spot against the Cougars in this MG Plasterers South East Coast Basketball League women’s contest. The Cougars took it right up to the top placed Cats, even holding onto a one point lead with seven minutes remaining.

But when Keryl Ousey of the Cougars fouled out the Cats made a move quickly getting out to a 10 point lead and putting the game to rest. Georgia Winter led all scorers with 16 points and was well supported by Lucy Denton with 15 of her own. For the Cougars the Horrigan sisters combined for 27 points.

In the final game of the season for the Bulldog/Roos they had the chance to showcase some of their emerging talent. Siobhan Adams had her best SECBL scoring game with 19 points including a trio of three pointers, Sarah Nulty also showed what she is capable of with 13 points.

But they could not match the depth and experience of the Saints, with Pioneers captain Jasmin Howe finding her spots and controlling the tempo of the game to ensure her team held on for a 66-52 victory.

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