FINALS-LIKE contests played out in round 10 of Basketball Kyabram’s Summer League on Monday night at Kyabram Sports and Entertainment Centre.
Flag favourite in Year 7-9 division Walkers Real Estate Wildcats got more than they bargained for when Mister Embroidery Raptors (2nd) bounced out to a 14-8 quarter time lead, with Raptors big man Wes Hill posting 8 points.
However, Wildcats, playing without their tall centre Lachlan Maskell, gathered their system and outscored their opponent 28-18 over the remaining three quarters.
Hill dominated his team’s scoring and finished with 22 points. He was the only Raptors player to score in the second half and reached the maximum scoring allowance of 14 points with minutes remaining in the match.
Just three other Raptors – Adam Napier (4), Ryan Hatch (4) and Jewell Old (2) - scored for their team.
Conversely, Wildcats shared the scoring load with six players hitting the scoresheet.
Noah Ryan rebounded strongly and was rewarded with 12 mostly close-to-the-ring points. Charlie Lloyd ran the floor well for 10 points, Jackson Barnett had 6, Molly Carver 4, Ebony Arnold 2 and Ivan de Leon 2.
Final score: Wildcats d Raptors 36-32.
Bottom side Kyabram Bakery Gators celebrated their third win of the season and showed they will be dangerous come finals when they overcame Betta Homeliving Hornets 29-25.
Trailing 15-7 at the half after Hornets put on 13 first-quarter points, the Gators worked their way back into the contest and blitzed their opponent 10-2 in the last.
Gators captain and league leading scorer Liam Dillon was top scorer with 13 points. But it was his passing to team mates to advantage in the last that won the game for his team.
Gators had four two-point scorers in Jake Plumb, Sam Plumb, Kane Burt and Callum Ryan.
For Hornets, Jarom Owen-Horn finished with 8, Kalab Ford had 6, Jackson Campbell 5, Ashlan Hubble 4 and Alex Plummer 2.
In Grade 5-6 division, bottom side Fab Flowers Hornets continued their improvement when they pushed Infinity Health Gators (second) all the way.
With scores level at three-quarter time, an upset was brewing. However, Gators found two extra scorers than Hornets and won 20-16.
For the victors, James Myers, Dylan Scoble, Riley Cronyn and Oliver Watt each had 4 points. Justin Bassett and Riley Wakenshaw chipped in for two points.
Hornets top scorer was Luke Carroll with six points. Shane Arnold and Liam Tranter posted four points and Noah Stevens 2.
Top team Aldon Tutoring Wildcats were too strong for ACM Raptors, winning 55-16.
Wildcats were 30-2 at the half, but to the Raptors credit, they put up a fight in the second half and scored 14-25.
Raptors scorers were Bailey Pyke (8), Michael Turpin (6) and Matt Di Petta (2).
Charlie Barnett tip toed to the maximum points allowed line and finished with a game-high 23 for the Wildcats. Miller Griffiths sunk his shots from range and scored 14. Will Campbell and Nathan Mackison had 6, Hugh Freeman 4 and Tom Lloyd 2.
In Grade 3-4 division, Kyabram Veterinary Clinic Raptors scored their third win of the season when they upset top team Albion Motors Wildcats 14-9.
Scores were locked 9-9 with two minutes remaining, however, Luke Turpin broke the deadlock and cool hand Jimmy Hargreaves scored the last three points including a vital free throw to seal the win.
Raptors scorers: Keplar Cleveland 4, J Hargreaves 3, Katie Barnes 2, Xander Griffiths 2, L Turpin 2, Ollie Barnett 1.
Wildcats had just two scorers - Tyler Doolan 6 and Liam Parr 3.
Peter Walsh Hornets were steamrolled by Kerr’s Amcal Gators, 43-6.
Max Carroll was back to his best for Gators. He scored 15 points. Bill Hipwell also had a good scoring game and finished with 10. Other scorers were Jim Hipwell, Shaun Atkins 4, Tyler Clarke 4, Ryan Clarke 2, and Jack Donaldson 2.
Sam Marland scored 4 and Jack Watson 2 for Hornets.
It’s still not too late to get into basketball this term.
A new term of coaching in preparation for competition begins this Friday.
Boys and girls are welcome to sign up by going to www.basketballkyabram.com or by calling Michael on 0414 815 527.
Competitions cater for Grades 1 and 2, Grades 3-4, Grades 5-6, Years 7-8, Years 9-10.