Nail­biters mark sea­son re­turn

Pilbara News - - Pilbara Sport - Ali­cia Perera

Bas­ket­ball was back from the break last Thurs­day for round 18 and show­cased sev­eral thrillers, as some teams re­turned strug­gling to find their form while oth­ers rose to the oc­ca­sion.

In women’s B-grade, a bye for lad­der-lead­ers Just Us left the com­pe­ti­tion wide open, and Time­out swooped in to al­most cre­ate one of the big­gest up­sets of the women’s com­pe­ti­tion.

The cur­rent bot­tom team put on a fierce dis­play against se­cond-placed Mud Flaps, and what many ex­pected to be an easy game ended up ex­tremely closely matched.

It went down to the wire with the Mud Flaps one point be­hind a minute from the end, be­fore Time­out had two fouls called against them.

Mud Flaps missed the first two free throws and looked done for, but an­other two — from a foul called on the siren — were both slot­ted in by Erin O’Con­nor.

They al­lowed the Mud Flaps to draw, then win, the game.

Goat Trouts beat Cy­clones Women by four points, while the Blaz­ers were too good for the Beavers and Hello Trouts de­feated Sin­ners by a large mar­gin.

Both men’s A-grade games were also nail­biters.

Par­doo Katz de­liv­ered an up­set to se­cond-placed #Yo­getit.

The Katz, who have only won four games this sea­son, won by 10 points.

Mean­while, Co­ral Trouts were te­na­cious against the dom­i­nant Mayuga Ma­jik and never more than a few points be­hind, though the lad­der­lead­ers scraped through 34-33.

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