SPORT Ge­orge sparks first win El­las fi­nally kicks into gear for ti­tanic vic­tory

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EL­LAS Ti­tans moved back into the win­ners’ cir­cle with the re­turn of key man Deba Ge­orge help­ing the side to a 95-46 vic­tory over Light­ning in Round 5 of the Dar­win Men’s League Cham­pi­onship.

The Ti­tans were the form side through the Chal­lenge sea­son, only drop­ping a sin­gle game – to Raz­zle – be­fore the sea­son was called off.

How­ever, for­tunes turned against the side early in the Cham­pi­onship sea­son, with the ab­sence of some key per­son­nel see­ing the side lose its open­ing four games.

The match-up against Light­ning was El­las’ first to see the re­turn of NBL1 Al­bury Ban­dits star guard Ge­orge, play­ing in tan­dem with fre­quent league stand­outs De­ola D’Brown, Wil­lie Shack­le­ford and Ben Streeter.

“It’s al­ways ex­cit­ing to come up and play with El­las, and it was good to get back into it with them (on Fri­day night),” Ge­orge told the NT News.

“It was only my first night back, but I know what we’re ca­pa­ble of and, though it wasn’t our best bas­ket­ball, there’s still room to im­prove.

“I’m go­ing to be here for the re­main­der of the sea­son now, and I’m look­ing for­ward to help­ing the side re­turn to the good bas­ket­ball we were play­ing last sea­son.”

Shack­le­ford was an­other who had a strong game for El­las, putting aside the hurt of re­cent losses with younger play­ers such as Cam and Lu­cas Dun­can, Bay­den Franey and Trent Ab­bott all step­ping up.

D’Brown was pleased to fi­nally get an open­ing win for the sea­son, and felt it came about as a re­sult of his team­mates com­ing to­gether and re­set­ting their col­lec­tive men­tal­ity. “It’s good to get back to win­ning ways. We all got to­gether and de­cided to kick our­selves back into gear and play the bas­ket­ball we know how to play,” D’Brown said. “Hav­ing Deba helped spark the side.”

In other Men’s League ac­tion, Ea­gles pow­ered through to an 89-62 win over Uni Rebels, with im­ports Chris Elder (28 points) and Joseph Jack­son (20 points) stand­ing out for the vic­tors.

In the Women’s League, Ansett (So­phie Palmer 18 points) scored its sec­ond win of the sea­son with a tight 64-60 win over Ess­ing­ton (Ieasha Friel 16 points). back

Pic­ture: KERI MEGELUS

Deba Ge­orge starred on his re­turn to El­las Ti­tans.

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