Majik able to keep Trouts at bay
Reigning men’s A-grade premiers Mayuga Majik repelled a late fightback from an underpowered Coral Trouts side in the Karratha Basketball Association summer competition last Thursday.
Majik were leading 30-27 in the last two minutes of play after Kayden Hyland (16 points) hit one of his four triples on the previous play.
It was the side’s first points in a good eight minutes.
Trouts brought the ball over the halfway line until it rested with forward Matthew Rhodes.
Rhodes tried to make a move on defender Beau Alec, who, after a bit of confusion, grabbed the loose ball and reached the other end of the court to seal the match 32-27 as the clock wound down.
Simon Kot sparked the Trouts in the second half with seven of his 12 points for the game.
Jeremiah Cheedy had five points, finishing with aerial finesse on fast breaks.
In the women’s grade, the Sinners pulled within striking distance of Mud Flaps after trailing 413 at half-time.
A few defensive stops and scoring plays brought them to 13-18 after fierce play from reigning women’s B-grade most valuable player Jacqueline Gartner, who scored eight points and a bunch of rebounds.
Mud Flaps were not having any of it, though, as their floor general Sarah McDonald (10 points) combined with fellow guard Keryn Eckersley (six) to put the game out of contention, pressing the ball hard up the court.
The duo put up nine points in quick succession to put the game out of contention for Sinners.
Mereana Joesph dropped a consolation triple towards the end of the match, but time ran out as Mud Flaps took the victory 30-16.
In other women’s matches, Goat Trouts beat Time Out 42-15, while Just Us took care of Cyclones 40-12.
In the men’s B-grade, Vipers won their third on the trot 24-15 against Flakers, Cardinals beat Heat 41-15, and Thunder had Cyclones’ number with 39-23.
Sinners’ Rowenia Tumoana takes a jump shot.
Cyclones’ Jason Almonte dribbles to beat his man.
Tip-off for Warriors versus Titans.
Cardinals’ Todd McPartlen at the free throw line.
Mayuga Majik’s Harley Alec makes a move in the key.
The Coral Trouts talk it over before their match.