Bas­ket­ball re­turns

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■ It was come­back night last Thurs­day night with three come-from-be­hind wins and a near-miss as bas­ket­ball re­sumed at the Kar­ratha Leisure­plex.

In the women’s divi­sion, pow­er­house team Just Us was down against Hello Trouts early.

Trouts Mel John­ston was ac­cu­rate from the field scor­ing nine points, for the match, as her side looked strong 15-11 go­ing into the half.

Then things turned pear-shaped and the reign­ing mi­nor pre­miers dug them­selves out of their hole to win the match 30-23 against the valiant Trouts.

Also in the women’s ac­tion, the Blaz­ers re­stricted the Sin­ners to six points in the sec­ond half of their match and over­came a five-point deficit to win by a sin­gle point 27-26.

The game got phys­i­cal with both teams cry­ing foul on de­fen­sive plays.

Amanda Mowarin got the cru­cial buck­ets for Blaz­ers in the sec­ond fin­ish­ing with 9 points.

Com­plet­ing the trio of wins was Thun­der in the men’s B-grade against Vipers.

Both sides were un­de­feated com­ing into the match and Vipers looked to have their op­po­nents’ num­ber at the end of the first with a small lead.

How­ever, Vipers lost point guard Masri Amirell to a sus­pected knee in­jury and couldn’t get around Thun­der’s full-court press, go­ing down 18-26.

Thun­der’s Ken­dall Tay­lor was elu­sive with the ball and scored 11 points. Vipers’ Chris McAl­lis­ter had six. Co­ral Trouts went down by six points to #Yo­getit in A-grade ac­tion de­spite a spir­ited come back from 11 points down at half-time.

Dan­ford Parata hit three 3-point­ers on his way to 11 points for #Yo­getit as they kept their heads above wa­ter win­ning 37-31. Leigh Cover had nine points for Trouts.

Four­teen points from Beau Alec helped Mayuga Ma­jik beat Par­doo Katz 58-32 in the other A-grade game.

In other B-grade ac­tion, the War­riors de­feated Car­di­nals 45-27, and in the women’s, Mud Flaps de­feated Goat Trouts 37-7 thanks to a com­bined 24-point ef­fort from Erin O’Con­nor (15 points) and Sarah McDon­ald (nine points).

Pic­tures: Pe­ter de Krui­jff

Cy­clones’ Roberto Fer­nan­dez pen­e­trates into the key­way.

Blaz­ers’ Amanda Mowarin takes the ball to the hoop.

Co­ral Trouts’ Leigh Cover.

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