Gold face chal­lenge to turn around form

South Western Times - - BASKETBALL - Mitchell Wood­cock

BULLS Gold will have to turn around their re­cent poor form against Tor­na­does Black to­mor­row night if they are to win the sec­ond semi-fi­nal in the Bun­bury Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion.

Gold have lost the last two en­coun­ters against the mi­nor pre­miers, go­ing down by 18 points in round 8 and los­ing by 21 points in round 15.

Much will rely on Bulls Bas­ket­ball Club Most Valu­able Player Tre Ni­chols, with his shoot­ing power piv­otal to their cham­pi­onship push.

Ni­chols scored 25 points the last time the two sides met, but was up­staged by for­mer South West Slam­mer Ja­son Smith (25 points) and team­mate Corey Watkins (24 points), whose com­bined ef­forts were too much for Gold’s de­fence.

Smith’s abil­ity to hit the three­p­oint shot as well as drive well in the key makes him a tough matchup and Gold’s Brynn Fran­cis may need to sac­ri­fice some of his of­fence to help out at the other end.

The loser of this match will go on to face the win­ner of Bulls Ma­roon and the Bus­sel­ton Bul­lets, who put their sea­sons on the line to­mor­row night.

Bus­sel­ton are yet to de­feat Bulls Ma­roon this sea­son, los­ing their three matches by an av­er­age of 14 points, with their most re­cent con­test last week­end the biggest so far.

In a team with stars such as Trent Wor­thing­ton, Wade Hitch­cock and Michael Glid­don, it has been James Good­lad who has trou­bled Bus­sel­ton the most, av­er­ag­ing more than 16 points against the Bul­lets.

In the women’s com­pe­ti­tion, Tor­na­does and Bulls will meet in the sec­ond semi-fi­nal, with the sides en­joy­ing two vic­to­ries from four matches.

The con­test be­tween Bulls’ Court­ney Bayliss and Tor­na­does’ Dena English will be the high­light of the night. Bayliss scored 39 points in the Bulls’ round 5 vic­tory, while English av­er­ages 21 points against this week­end’s op­po­si­tion.

In the first semi-fi­nal it will be the bat­tle of the club­mates, when Aces Navy take on Aces White. White have not beaten Navy so far this sea­son, with Kate Field­ing’s side win­ning all four clashes by an av­er­age of 17 points.

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

Tre Ni­chols and Bulls Gold will be look­ing to drive them­selves to this year’s Bun­bury Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion grand fi­nal.

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