It's tight at the top in the premier division of Basketball Kyabram Summer League with three teams locked equal on 18 points after round six on Monday night.
Walker Real Estate Wildcats rose to top of the table in the Year 7-9 division with a hard-fought 42-27 win over the improving Gators.
But had it not been for a serious indiscretion on the part of one young Gator which cost his side a valuable scoring opportunity late in the game, the score could have been closer.
The match was mostly played in good spirits with Gators captain Liam Dillon (12) and Sam Plumb (6) taking it to their opponents. In fact, when Dillon slotted eight points including two of four from the line in the third stanza and Plumb scored four consecutive points early in the fourth, the game was for the Gators’ taking.
However, Wildcats premier players Jackson Barnett (16) and Lachlan Maskell (12) held their nerve in the last with six points apiece to lead their side to victory and top spot on the ladder.
Previous top side Betta Homeliving Hornets led 12-8 at the half against Mister Embroidery Raptors, but went scoreless in the third to lose 17-25.
Raptors ace Wes Hill went on a game-winning scoring rampage in the third stanza, slotting seven of his nine points for the match.
Hornets top defensive effort kept their opponent within reach, however, they could not find the bottom of the net often enough with Jarom Owen-Horn their top scorer with seven.
Aldon Tutoring Wildcats and Infinity Health Gators went toe to toe for three quarters in Grade 5-6 division, before top side Wildcats showed their class to run away with victory, 45-25.
The game came alive in the third when Gators dynamo Oliver Watt lit up for 11 points, including a long three-pointer.
But Wildcats superior scoring power got them over the line, with division leading scorer Charlie Barnett slotting 19 and Miller Griffiths 12 for the victors.
In the other match, ACM Raptors continued their good form with victory over Fab Flower Hornets, 29-13.
Raptors dynamo Bailey Pyke showed you don’t have to be big to be a scoring threat, by shooting them from all parts to finish with 18 points.
For Hornets, Shane Arnold had six.
In Grades 3-4 division, Kerr’s Amcal Gators upset top side Albion Motors Wildcats, 25-18.
The Gators jumped out of the blocks in the first to set up their win, scoring 12-6. Bill Hipwell finished with a game-high 12 points.
For Wildcats, Jack Doolan scored 6, Charlie Isaac 4, and Liam Parr 4.
Peter Walsh Hornets defeated Kyabram Veterinary Clinic Raptors 10-6.
Hornets captain Angus Mackenzie was top scorer with six points. He had good support from Ben Dickens (4) who also provided good rebounding for his team.
Luke Turpin scored four and Katie Barnes two for Raptors.
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