Back home and ready for Pan­thers

Shepparton News - - SPORT -

The Coun­try Bas­ket­ball League sea­son rolls on for the Shep­par­ton Ga­tors to­mor­row, at home at Shep­par­ton Sports Sta­dium play­ing Wal­lan.

In el­e­gantly mov­ing to 3-0, the Ga­tors have shown they are ca­pa­ble of plenty, blow­ing out Myrtle­ford by 40 points and beat­ing Wal­lan by eight, be­fore em­brac­ing the grind of over­time to beat Be­nalla last week­end.

The chal­lenge will once again be the Pan­thers, but the Ga­tors will be full of con­fi­dence given their win­ning form com­bined with the 87-79 re­sult from Oc­to­ber 28.

That con­test saw Dy­lan Way­man (22 points), Josh La­batlus (19) and Gabe Evans put up big num­bers, while the Pan­thers will look to Maxwell Vi­itala to lead them to a re­venge win.

● Shep­par­ton’s Lady Ga­tors head to Kyne­ton to­mor­row, a two-week break mak­ing the side fresh and ready for ac­tion.

The play­ers looked par­tic­u­larly strong last time out, with big dis­plays from Rhi­anna Bar­ton (23 points), Ash Rae (17 points with five three-point­ers) and Marni Sharp (16 points) in the com­mand­ing 84-56 thrash­ing of Myrtle­ford.

It means af­ter two games, the Ga­tors are 1-1 and look­ing for a win to po­si­tion them­selves nicely in the hunt for the north-east post­sea­son.

But bat­tling the Tigers could eas­ily prove a tough fix­ture af­ter they have made a 3-1 start to the new cam­paign.

The Tigers have twice taken Echuca to the clean­ers with 40 and 36-point wins, sand­wich­ing an 18-point win against Mary­bor­ough.

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