In­ten­sity lifts as teams eye spot in fi­nals

Pilbara News - - Sport - Alicia Per­era

Kar­ratha Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion fi­nals are just around the cor­ner and teams worked hard to fi­nalise their places on the lad­der in round 20 last Thurs­day night.

A clear top four has emerged at the top of the men’s B-grade lad­der, with Prodigy, Vipers, the Heat and the School­ers all in the run­ning.

In a top-two match-up this round, the Prodigy’s speedy sharp­shoot­ers shone against the Vipers.

They were dom­i­nant through­out the game and kept the shots com­ing thick and fast on their way to a 50-38 win, with no short­age of three-point­ers as part of the on­slaught.

The Heat, in third spot on the lad­der and hot on their heels, also per­formed well against the Car­di­nals and recorded a 42-22 win, al­most dou­bling their op­po­nents’ score.

De­spite some good de­fence work from the Red­backs, the Flak­ers held them to a low score in their match-up, de­feat­ing them 25-7, while School­ers hung onto their po­si­tion, round­ing out the top four with a win over the Pel­i­cans.

The top of the men’s A-grade com­pe­ti­tion re­mains tight, with Mayuga Ma­jik, Trouts School and #Yo­getit only a hand­ful of points apart.

Mayuga Ma­jik over­pow­ered #Yo­getit to­wards the end of a close game be­tween the al­ways com­pet­i­tive teams, show­ing them­selves to be the more fo­cused team on the night.

They were one point down at the half-time break but broke away as the sec­ond half wore on and got five points clear by the fi­nal siren.

The Co­ral Trouts had an­other strong show­ing this round af­ter their ex­cit­ing win last week, and beat Par­doo Katz 46-28, with Mar­cus Goodes es­pe­cially in­flu­en­tial for the side.

Mean­while, Pis­tons beat Trouts School by 10 points in a light­ning­fast game that was tense un­til the end.

In the only women’s A-grade game of the round, Fal­cons and Pegy Fly­ers faced off in a com­pet­i­tive match.

They were even for most of the game and had drawn 9-all at half­time, but the Fal­cons had a surge late in the sec­ond half to win the game 25-14.

Women’s B-grade team Lady Fal­cons fur­ther im­proved their fi­nals chances by com­ing from be­hind and beat­ing the Blaz­ers, though it was close at 17-16.

Sin­ners beat the Drib­blers, 25-11, while the women’s B-grade lad­der­lead­ers, the Hawks, were ef­fec­tive in front of the hoop and won in a high-scor­ing game against the Roe­bourne Ra­zor­backs.

Pic­tures: Alicia Per­era

Flak­ers' Glenn Macri finds him­self caught in heavy traf­fic as he drives to the bas­ket.

Prodigy's Dan Hut­ton passes be­hind his back.

Pel­i­cans' An­thony Miller looks for op­tions against School­ers' Michael Royal.

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