Zaros face tough­est as­sign­ment in de­fend­ing pre­miers CBC

BAS­KET­BALL

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Zaros face a test of both the squad’s depth and re­cu­per­a­tive pow­ers as they pre­pare to take on de­fend­ing women’s di­vi­sion 1 bas­ket­ball pre­miers CBC tonight.

With the squad’s first three matches pro­duc­ing one win, Zaros opened the round last night against bot­tom side Heat.

They back up tonight for the di­vi­sion’s tough­est as­sign­ment against un­beaten op­po­si­tion.

De­spite Zaros’ shaky start, Kiri­ana Hawaiki­rangi has emerged among the di­vi­sion’s top of­fen­sive play­ers.

She heads into the round av­er­ag­ing 17 points a game, sec­ond only to CBC’s Gaby Clancy (18.5).

The Col­le­gians chase a fifth straight win.

Also tonight in the di­vi­sion, Saints take on Olympians.

Sec­ond-placed Olympians’ lone blem­ish in four matches was against CBC in round 3. Saints, how­ever, are keen to build mo­men­tum af­ter a mixed start yielded two wins against two losses.

In tonight’s round of men’s first di­vi­sion matches, The Fran­chise, un­der player-coach Lou Causer, look to ex­tend their un­beaten start to five games against CBC.

When the sides met in round 2, The Fran­chise won 86-72 be­hind Jerome Reid’s 44 points.

Reid and Saints’ Michael Gard­ner have been the com­pe­ti­tion’s of­fen­sive stars with 41.25 and 21.25 points a game, re­spec­tively.

Sec­ond-placed Saints take on Olympians in the other clash.

Olympians are seek­ing their first win.

Pic­tures Louise White and Kelsey Reid

Cathy Gaby, Julie Reid, Vilma Chisholm, Brenda Hard­ing­ham, Liz Sul­li­van and Robin Ed­wards in 2015.

Pic­tures: Kelsey Reid

Saints' Elena Scafidi de­fends against CBC's Gaby Clancy.

Lo­cal star Ebony Riordan.

The Fran­chise's Lou Causer.

Saints' Michael Gard­ner.

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