Intensity lifts as teams eye spot in finals
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.
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.