Bulls show strength

September 16, 2017

Referees Charlie and Shane take a break during a timeout.

Benalla Basketball Association’s men’s and women’s competition put on great games during round five last week.

The association’s spring domestic competition saw the Bulls overcome the Cougars in the women’s league.

The Bulls continued their strong form, led by Tylah Marchbank and Olivia Cooney, and ran away with the game early, holding their lead for the duration of the match.

Chargers and Wildcats faced off in the second game of the round and it was a close contest from start to finish.

Tied at 22-all at half-time, the game was up for grabs. It was the Chargers who jumped out to an early lead with a 12-3 run to start the second half.

Chelsea Walsh led a charge for the Wildcats, bringing them back to within a point, but the Chargers held on for a two-point victory.

In the men’s games, the Rose City Rangers took on team MASH. After a close start to the game, the Rangers stepped it up and built a handy lead by half-time.

Colby Plum did his best to keep MASH in the game, knocking down shots at will. The second half saw the Rangers extend their lead through strong offence by Jack Spencer and defence by Charlie Berthun, which saw them finish with a 20-point win.

On the other court, Veggie Patch took on the Benchwarmers, with new recruit Shane Cowton starting the game strongly and helping the Benchwarmers stay within a point at the end of the first half.

Tom Rigby put on a show, leading Veggie Patch in the second half, scoring nearly all his team’s points in an effort to get his team over the line. However, the two teams could not be separated at the buzzer, tied on 37-all.

In the first of the later games, Flat White 2 Sugars took on Bromley’s Ballers in the battle of the young guns.

Both teams tried to get the break they needed, with the Ballers taking a small margin into half-time.

Marcus O’Brien and Michael Ryan worked hard to get the Ballers back in the game, but Blake Uebergang had other ideas, earning FW2S the win.

The Allstars had it all to do against the under-18 squad team and did well to stick with it for most of the first half, before the squad team found its stride.

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