Bas­ket­ball

Vipers take easy win in re­laxed game

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Perera

Close games and small but sig­nif­i­cant shifts around the mid­dle of the lad­der char­ac­terised round 17 as teams gave their all in the last game be­fore the month-long Christ­mas break.

That said, one team had started their hol­i­days early. The Goat Trouts for­feited to the Fal­cons be­cause most of its play­ers had al­ready left for Christ­mas.

In the men’s A-grade, the Mayuga Ma­jik and Par­doo Katz game turned into a nail­biter when the Katz crept up from be­hind to stun their op­po­nents with a 37-all tie min­utes be­fore the end.

Both teams threw ev­ery­thing they had into scor­ing and Mayuga Ma­jik won a few last pre­cious points to just edge out the un­der­dogs 42-39.

#Yo­getit dis­pensed with the Co­ral Trouts 41-25.

In the men’s B league, the sixth-placed Ti­tans al­most pulled off an up­set of their own against the Roe­bourne War­riors, re­main­ing hot on their heels on the score­board through­out the game.

They lost by a mere four points in the end.

Thun­der were back in form de­feat­ing the Cy­clones 30-11 and the al­ways-con­sis­tent Car­di­nals put on an im­pres­sive dis­play against a lively Heat to win 51-30.

Mean­while, the Vipers had an easy 50-17 win over the Flak­ers in a game where both sides de­cided to re­lax and enjoy their last chance to play be­fore the break.

In women’s B grade, Just Us beat the Sin­ners 43-15.

Sin­ners’ de­fence against Just Us was strong but in at­tack they were stuck at four points for most of the game.

Rowe­nia Tu­moana’s goal mid­way into the sec­ond half that broke the drought was greeted with cheers.

Sec­ond and third-placed Mud Flaps and Blaz­ers faced off in a tense game that the Blaz­ers’ strong per­for­mance at both ends of the court won them 30-18. Hello Trouts beat the Beavers.

Pic­tures: Ali­cia Perera

Car­di­nals’ Kael Neill and Heats’ Nathan Baker jos­tle.

Vipers’ Mark Saunders and Flak­ers’ Bradley Goes.

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