Ansett pair soar to darken day for Light­ning

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT - JOSH SPASARO

THE party tricks from Amer­i­can at­tack­ing com­bi­na­tion Robert Skinner and Jer­ron Jamer­son were in full swing in Ansett’s big 138-89 win over Light­ning in men’s Dar­win Bas­ket­ball Cham­pi­onship ac­tion on Thurs­day night.

Jamer­son piled on 45 points and Skinner played a good sup­port role, scor­ing 24 points.

The size of the vic­tory moved Ansett to sec­ond spot on per­cent­ages above Ea­gles, who had an up­set 115-109 loss to Palmer­ston on Fri­day night.

“It was a pretty good win. With games like this we’ve just got to fo­cus on keep­ing our fo­cus and ex­e­cut­ing dif­fer­ent things that we’re go­ing to do against other teams,” Skinner said.

The 23-year-old guard said all it took was a look from Jamer­son to know what play he wanted. Skinner and Jamer­son com­bined for two al­ley­oops and a stack of well ex­e­cuted no-look passes which led to points.

“A lot of our duos now, we just give each other eye con­tact and know what we want to do with the ball,” said Skinner, who hails from Cen­tral Maine Col­lege, where Ansett prod­uct Freddy Webb is play­ing.

“In games like this it’s good to work on those things. I gave him an al­ley-oop and he was able to throw me an al­ley-oop.

“Lit­tle things like that we can carry on to the next game.”

De­spite the mar­gin, the Blues were not happy with their de­fence to con­cede 89 points against the sixth-placed Light­ning.

“There’s no moun­tain to the top when it comes to play­ing de­fence, be­cause you can al­ways do bet­ter on the de­fen­sive end,” Skinner said.

“We’ve got to stay fo­cused on our de­fen­sive side and that will make it eas­ier for our of­fence, be­cause we like to get out and run.”

Jesse Bell (37 points) and Cameron Bai­ley (18) were among Light­ning’s best.

“We’re a bit un­der­manned with Austin Kis­se­lev and Craig Martin away, and Shaq (Ho­hipa-Wil­son) out in­jured now,” Bai­ley said. “Hope­fully we can re­group but time is run­ning out. We’re go­ing to have to make a push real quick.”

In other re­sults, Ess­ing­ton beat Tracy Vil­lage 126-75 and the Uni Rebels de­feated Raz­zle 88-68. In Women’s Cham­pi­onship ac­tion, Ansett beat Light­ning 70-48, Raz­zle beat Rebels 62-57 and Palmer­ston de­feated Ea­gles 58-41.

Is­raeli im­port Tal Yakov starred once again for the sec­ond-placed Ansett in their big win, scor­ing 36 points.

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