BETTA Homeliving Hornets finally tasted the sweet nectar of victory in Basketball Kyabram’s Years 7-9 division on Monday evening.
They overcame the gallant Kyabram Bakery Gators (44-35), who were without several key players.
The Hornets flew out to a 30-13 half-time lead, however, after taking in the suggestions of their on-court coach, the Gators outscored the Hornets 22-14 in the final 20 minutes.
The Watt brothers — Oliver and Archie — were up to the challenge and scored 33 points between them. Ollie had 24 points and Archie, who has stepped up from Grade 5-6 division, had nine points.
Of the Gators’ new players, Brodie Luckman found every square inch of the court in a dynamic defending effort; Levi Gordon chipped in with a vital early bucket and Charlees Sudholtz played above her size to take a handful of rebounds.
For the victors, James Myers (10) and Ivan de Leon (8) had their best scoring and rebounding games. Joseph Owen-Horn scored four close-to-the-ring points; Chelsea West swept in a sweet jumper and Charlotte Freemantle showed poise with the ball. But again the star was leaping Jarom Owen-Horn who collected 20 points and a score of assists.
Mister Embroidery Raptors d Walker Real Estate Wildcats 58-18
Raptors: Harley Reid 14, Hollie Reid 12, Blake McAuliffe 12, Ryan Hatch 8, Rhys Shay 6, Blake O’Hara 6.
Wildcats: Sam Plumb 12, Nathan Mackison 2, Will Hooper 2, Riley Morris 2.
Betta Homeliving Hornets d Kyabram Bakery Gators d 44-35
Hornets: Jarom Owen-Horn 20, James Myers 10, Ivan de Leon 8, Joseph Owen-Horn 4, Chelsea West 2.
Gators: Oliver Watt 24, Archie Watt 9, Levi Gordon 2.
Gators d Fab Flowers Hornets 27-18
Gators: Archie Watt 14, Sam Marland 8, Callum Leocata 3, Jayden Taylor 2.
Hornets: Alli Hall 6, Archer Guinan 2, Justin Bassett 4, Jim Hipwell 4, Porcha Emini 2.
Raptors: Harrison Wigg 8, Lucas Kell 4, Jack Watson 2, Xavier Brennan 2, Hayden Freemantle 2.
Ky Veterinary Clinic Raptors d Albion Motors Wildcats 22-20
Raptors: Katie Barnes, Ollie Barnett, Lachlan Rodriquez, Jack Perella, Anthony DePasquale.
Wildcats: Alex Barnes, Sienna Brennan, Jimmy Hargreaves, Brody Thompson, Joanna Parr.
Peter Walsh Hornets d Kerr’s Amcal Gators 44-22
Hornets: Samuel Mongan, Ashton Thompson, Baylee Letizia, Logan Green.
Gators: Xavier Walsh, Keplar Cleveland, Xavier Walsh.
Raptors d Hornets 30-18
Cooper Rodriquez, Patrick Hargreaves, Jimmy Goff-Quinn, Ewen Walsh, Cooper Wilson, Archer Turnbull, Oliver Walley, Lilly Taylor, Brody Wells, Clay Wilson.
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