BAS­KET­BALL: A round of epic fin­ishes

NT News - - MAD MONDAY -

BOTH block­buster Ansett v Ea­gles men’s and women’s clashes lived up to the hype in Dar­win Bas­ket­ball Cham­pi­onship ac­tion at Mar­rara Sta­dium.

The men’s Round 9 match went into over­time, and that was where the Blues made a run to pre­vail 116-109.

Ansett leader Jer­ron Jamer­son (46 points) slightly got the bet­ter of Ea­gles op­po­site An­thony Golden (38 points) in what was an ab­sorb­ing bat­tle be­tween the skil­ful Amer­i­can play­mak­ers.

Jamer­son com­bined well with Robert Skin­ner (26 points) and Jai O’Shaugh­nessy (14).

Joe John­son (35 points) and Jor­dan Sing (18) also fired for Ea­gles.

With the qual­ity of im­ports this cham­pi­onship sea­son, many in Dar­win Bas­ket­ball be­lieve this has been the best sea­son for a num­ber of years.

This was the third high-scor­ing game of the round where five teams passed 100 points, not seen be­fore in League com­pe­ti­tion.

Ansett and Ea­gles were locked at 97-all af­ter Mitch O’Donoghue hit a three-pointer with just 23 sec­onds re­main­ing in reg­u­la­tion.

Jamer­son then hit a bas­ket and O’Donoghue a three-pointer for a 107-104 lead with two min­utes re­main­ing in over­time, and the Blues were not headed af­ter that.

The Ansett v Ea­gles women’s clash was also a beauty, Ea­gles win­ning 73-70 to in­flict the first de­feat on the Blues this Cham­pi­onship sea­son.

Ansett was up 64-62 late in the fi­nal quar­ter, be­fore Ea­gle Jay­lene Boundry hit con­sec­u­tive threes to put the Birds up 68-64 with three­and-a-half min­utes re­main­ing.

Lil­lian Wil­liams iced it for Ea­gles, ex­e­cut­ing a pair of free throws with 30 sec­onds left.

Star Ea­gles young­ster Ieasha Friel led all scor­ers with 29 points.

Michelle Friel also hit 15 and Alysha-Marie Wil­liams 13.

Tal Yakov fin­ished with a team-high 20 for Ansett.

In other women’s games, Uni Rebels beat Light­ning 48-40 and Tracy Vil­lage de­feated Raz­zle 77-40.

In other men’s games, the Ess­ing­ton v Palmer­ston game was also a nail­biter in the dy­ing stages, the Can­nons win­ning 103-100.

To­bi­asz Hose (34 points) and new­comer Deba Ge­orge (30, in­clud­ing six threes) com­bined for 64 points for Ess­ing­ton.

The ad­di­tion of former NBL and SEABL star Ge­orge is likely to be­stow cham­pi­onship favouritism on the Can­nons, who also have im­port De­ola D’Brown Fo­larin (20 points v Palmer­ston).

The Power’s im­ports also fired, with Gar­rett Hall (32 points) and Wil­lie Shack­le­ford (31) lead­ing the way.

The Power trailed 81-73 at three-quar­ter time, be­fore putting in a sus­tained fi­nal-term drive outscor­ing the Can­nons 27-22, to fall just short.

In other re­sults, the first­placed Rebels beat Light­ning 108-73, and the Jets notched up their first win of the sea­son with a 79-71 tri­umph over Raz­zle.

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