War­riors fall to Wolves

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Sport - By CAM POT­TER

ANY time a for­mer SEABL guard rolls into the sta­dium for a Coun­try Bas­ket­ball League match it is al­ways go­ing to be a tough task on de­fence for the op­pos­ing team.

When one of the most ex­pe­ri­enced and ex­cit­ing SEABL guards the Al­bury Wodonga Ban­dits has seen in Deba Ge­orge pulled up to Wan­garatta In­door Sports and Aquatic Cen­tre on Satur­day night, Wan­garatta War­riors were al­ways go­ing to be on the back foot.

Tak­ing on the Wodonga Wolves, and with­out War­riors’ own star guard Liam Wright, Wan­garatta re­mained close with the Wolves de­spite Ge­orge’s in­flu­ence on the game early.

Nine points sep­a­rated the teams at quar­ter time 22-13, a lead that would grow to 16 points at the half time break 46-30.

Sam Waite (14 points) and Tom Young (13) com­bined for five made three point­ers to help push the War­riors with the team-lift­ing shots.

Lauchy West landed two long range shots, while Char­lie Young added 10 points.

Wodonga pushed the is­sue in the third term, erupt­ing for a 24-10 10-minute stanza and push­ing away any hope of a War­riors’ come­back.

War­riors’ for­ward Michael Jenk­ins who en­tered the game just be­fore half time af­ter he ar­rived at the game late en­joyed a great last quar­ter.

Jenk­ins nailed four bas­kets in a row for the War­riors, with his at­tack on the of­fen­sive re­bounds over­whelm­ing the Wolves’ de­fence.

Un­for­tu­nately the War­riors fell 34-point losers, 95-61 with Deb Ge­orge’s 25 points with five three point­ers and sti­fling de­fence chang­ing the course of the game.

Jake Bowen added 10 points for the War­riors be­fore he was struck down with a lower leg com­plaint mid­way through the third term.

“A lot of the young guys stepped up tonight with Jake (Bowen) go­ing down and Liam (Wright) out we re­lied on Tommy Young, Char­lie Young and By­ron Hosie a lot,” War­riors’ head coach Pa­trick Northey said.

“Those boys had to play the point tonight and they all stepped up re­ally well into the role.”

Northey said for three quar­ters his side was in the game.

“We just fell asleep; we did it against Sey­mour last week­end, and we did it again tonight,” Northey said.

“We can’t al­low it to hap­pen but we will get bet­ter from this; we are al­ways learn­ing when we are on the court.”

On Ge­orge’s in­flu­ence, Northey said it was a good ex­pe­ri­ence to play against a player so tal­ented.

“He’s a guy that just hap­pens to be ridicu­lously handy at bas­ket­ball,” he said.

“He’s a lo­cally based player and he is avail­able to play; he just so hap­pens to be able to knock any­thing down from be­hind the three point line.

“Hope­fully he can help the en­tire North East con­fer­ence at that guard po­si­tion, who­ever matches up on him will learn a lot.”

SPLASH BROTH­ERS: Sam Waite (left) and Tommy Young hit five three point­ers be­tween them on Satur­day night.

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