A grade basketball heats up

BASKETBALL: The Port Augusta A grade basketball is heating up, with some great contests in men and women’s competitions.
Nanjing Night Net

The Port Augusta A grade basketball is heating up, with some great contests in men and women’s competitions.

On Thursday October 20 the Women’sA grade competition had a close round full of pulsating action.

The derby between Falcons Black and Falcons Yellow resultedin a 35-35 draw.

Falcons Yellow are a young up and coming side, supported by the experienced Bettina Jackson.

Playing without Bettina, Falcons Yellow were well led by Tylah Jackson with 14 points.

Falcons Black have a more experienced side, and were well supported with the return of Peyton Fuller.

The game was close throughout with Falcons Black gaining a break only to be countered each time.

With time winding down the onepoint difference looked to be the difference before a defensive rebound by Tylah and a coast to coast drive before being fouled. Her one made foul shot sealed the draw.

In the second game, the Devils outfit paced by players from Whyalla came out with a 37-35win over the seasoned Spartans team.

Spartans boast the Harrison sisters, Grantham sisters and the return of club stalwart Brooke Grantham.

Aysha Zada was explosive and Mia Grantham top scored on the night to keep this contest close.

A late three-point shot by Mia and a Devils turnover kept this game close.

Wanita Calyun will return to the Devils outfit for the next game, but Spartans will learn from this game and adapt to maintain their competitiveness.

The A grade women’s competition will be a very close contest and is too early to call a premiership favourite.

The A grade men’s competition shifted to Friday 21st October for one round proving popular for spectators.

The Eagles verse South game was by the far the best game of A grade basketball this season, with Souths taking the win 37-25.

Lachlan Knibbs for Eagles continued his excellent form with 10 points in the first half.

But after half time Adam Bentley curtailed his influence, along with effective help defence from Brett McKerlie.

Souths pulled away in the second half to maintain a 10 point buffer.

Tye Harrison and Slade Laube were effective at both ends of the court.

Top scorers were Brett McKerlie andSlade Laube with 13 each for Souths while Lachlan Knibbs top scored for Eagleswith 14.

The Cobras and Titans game was close through the first half, before Cobras finished off strong to win 51-35, their first win for the season.

Billy-Jo Martin had a break out game for his new club with 16 points and was effectively backed up by the return of Alan Margiatich.

Travis Rabig and Jesse Smith willed Titansto compete, but the experienced Cobras side had too many answers at both ends of the court.

Top scorers for Cobras were Brett Humphrys with 17 points while the Titans’Travis Rabig and Jesse Smith scored 8apiece.

At the completion of round one Souths and Eagles look the early favourites in the A grade men’s, however Cobras will be around the mark come finals, as will Titans with their full squad.

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