Cougars bring out the Magic
COCKBURN played host to the opening round of the inaugural SBL Wheelchair Basketball competition on Friday night.
A large crowd packed into Wally Hagan Stadium to see the Cockburn Cougars take it up to the Mandurah Magic.
Ex-Aussie Roller and five-time Paralympian Brad Ness was one of the cornerstones of the Cougars’ lineup all night as Cockburn won a tight affair.
Cockburn started slowly, allowing the Magic to go on a six-nothing run.
The Cougars took advantage of Mandurah’s missed opportunities to get back into the game and pulled away late to open up a 21-14 lead at the end of the first.
The lead was down to six points by half-time before Cockburn’s teamwork got the best of Mandurah to lead by 10 with one quarter to go.
Cougars player Andrew Dewberry was a threat from deep all night, hitting two from beyond the arc and multiple deep twos, which were vital as the Magic fought back.
Cockburn blocked the final shot of the game to see them win the match 66-63.
This season’s Cougar squad features Ness, Dewberry, Ryan Morich, Ben Moncrieff, Ben Sainsbury, Sarah Vinci and Nang Nguyen.
Cockburn controlled the ball well all night.