Top-of-ta­ble clash thrills as Bulls down Tor­na­does Black

South Western Times - - Sport -

Pic­tures: Jon Gell­weiler The top-of-the-ta­ble clash thrilled spec­ta­tors in round four of Bun­bury Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion men’s ac­tion on Fri­day night.

Bulls and Tor­na­does Black bat­tled it out in a tight con­test, but it was reign­ing pre­miers Bulls who were even­tual win­ners in an 80-74 vic­tory.

Bulls’ wide­spread of scor­ers in Paddy Phillips (22), Clive Wee­den (13), Chris Dou­glas (12) and Trent Wor­thing­ton (11) was too much for Tor­na­does to over­come.

While Tor­na­does’ Nat Van Dijk (21), Matt Leary (20) and Ja­son Smith (17) bat­tled hard, the side would be dis­ap­pointed with the loss with the re­sult mov­ing them down the lad­der to third.

Tor­na­does Red jumped their club mates af­ter a con­vinc­ing 21-point win over a win-less Aces White, while fur­ther south in the first round to be played at the Nat­u­ral­ist Com­mu­nity Cen­tre the Duns­bor­ough Oil­ers took ad­van­tage on their home court with a sim­i­lar 21-point vic­tory over Ea­ton Ea­gles.

In the women’s com­pe­ti­tion, the Oil­ers bat­tled hard for a sim­i­lar re­sult but lad­der lead­ers Tor­na­does Black were too strong in the nine­point win.

While cousins Adele (18) and Dana East (16) were again in form for the Oil­ers, Tor­na­does’ Cian Par­sons (16) and Ebony Bil­cich (15) got their team over the line.

Back at the South West Sports Cen­tre, Tor­na­does Red were con­vinc­ing over bot­tom-placed Aces Sky in a 21-point vic­tory.

Aces will be hop­ing to notch up their first win of the sea­son when they take on the Oil­ers to­mor­row night, while Tor­na­does Black will be look­ing to ce­ment top spot in a derby win over Tor­na­does Red.

In the men’s, Tor­na­does Black will be look­ing to re­bound with a win over Aces White, Bulls will look to stand even clearer in the top spot with a win over Ea­gles and Aces Sky will bat­tle to move up the lad­der against Tor­na­does Red.

Duns­bor­ough Oil­ers’ Adele East fought hard with 18 points, but Tor­na­does Black were too strong.

Bulls’ Paddy Phillips was piv­otal in the top-of-the-ta­ble clash.

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