Big winners of round one go head-to-head in clash

Justin FrisSouth Western Times
Zac Baker assesses his options for the Bulls during their 113-40 win over Eaton in round one.
Camera IconZac Baker assesses his options for the Bulls during their 113-40 win over Eaton in round one. Credit: Justin Fris

Reigning Bunbury Basketball Association men’s A-Grade premiers Bulls will look to flex their muscles against Aces Sky tomorrow night.

A team stacked with SBL experience, the Bulls showed no mercy against the Eagles offensively last Friday, with Travis Durnin dropping 42 points.

Aces Sky also enter the clash in winning form, after disposing of an undermanned Tornadoes Red 84-45.

Cory Richardson (23 points) led the way offensively for his side, however he will find the going tough against former Printsync South West Slammers teammate Clive Weeden, who imposed himself on the defensive end last week.

Things will not get easier for the Eagles, who take on Tornadoes Black, who looked strong against Aces White in the season opener.

Black’s versatility proved too much for White, with five players hitting double digits.

This dominance was punctuated by a 22-9 offensive run during the first quarter, which effectively put the result beyond doubt.

In order for the Eagles to cause an upset, they must start strongly.

A sluggish opening against the Bulls cost them dearly, which led to the margin ballooning out of control.

Owain Sims played a lone hand in attack for the Eagles, but in order for them to have sustained success long-term, he needs support in the key way.

In the final match of the round, Tornadoes Red host the Dunsborough Oilers.

Red, who had only five players in week one, will be hoping their fortunes improve against the Oilers, who will be keen to avoid the “second year blues” in the top flight.

It will be a different looking women’s A-Grade competition, with Tornadoes Red not fielding a team for the 2019-20 season.

In Red’s place will be the Bulls, who did not participate last season.

Bulls will open the new campaign against Tornadoes Black, while the newly-formed Eaton Eagles women’s team will take on Aces Sky in the late game.

Round 2 fixtures (tomorrow night at the South West Sports Centre) Men: 7.30pm Eaton Eagles v Tornadoes Black, Tornadoes Red v Dunsborough Oilers; 9pm Bulls v Aces Sky; Women: 7.30pm Bulls v Tornadoes Black; 9pm Eaton Eagles v Aces Sky

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