Light­ning one fam­ily in win

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT - JOSH SPASARO

LIGHT­NING player- coach Chris Char­man praised his team’s close-knit fam­ily cul­ture after its nail­bit­ing 74-70 win over Palmer­ston in Dar­win Bas­ket­ball League Sea­son 1 ac­tion on Fri­day night.

Foot­ballers Keegan Dingo (South­ern Districts – 14 points) and Shane Thorne (Wan­der­ers – 13 points) stood out for the win­ning out­fit. Team­mates Jesse Bell (20 points), Brodie Her­tel (14) and Cameron Bai­ley (10) also im­pressed.

“The boys fought it out and got a good win, es­pe­cially after the pass­ing of a club fam­ily mem­ber this week – the un­cle of Keegan and Shane,” Char­man said.

“It hit the club pretty hard and we all wore black arm­bands.

“There was a lot of feel­ing in this game and the boys were ner­vous as a re­sult, but they ended up do­ing the club proud.

“Cameron Bai­ley is not the tallest player in the com­pe­ti­tion, but he was on big Wil­lie Shack­le­ford (29 points for Palmer­ston) for most of the night and did a great job.”

Char­man said get­ting Dingo and Thorne back to the club’s top-grade side this sea­son was a huge boost for Light­ning.

“It’s been great and they’ve been sensational for us this sea­son,” Char­man said.

“I’ve been try­ing to get both of those guys back for the past cou­ple of years, but they’ve had footy com­mit­ments.

“They both love their bas­ket­ball.”

Light­ning might only have a 2-3 record so far this sea­son, but it has shown a marked im­prove­ment on its 5-15 Cham­pi­onship cam­paign last year.

“We don’t have any big­name im­port play­ers and that’s kind of the way we like it – it’s who we are,” Char­man said.

“We haven’t had our full team on the court yet but when we do, we feel con­fi­dent we can make the fi­nals.”

Also on Fri­day night, Ansett beat Tracy Vil­lage 70-65.

Joe Ste­wart and Brad Davis (16 points each) and Austin Hill (15) stood out for the win­ning team.

In women’s League Sea­son 1 ac­tion also on Fri­day night, the Power re­versed its men’s de­feat, win­ning 68-56 against Light­ning.

Chris­tine West (20 points) and Mikaella De­samito (15) stood out for Palmer­ston.

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