Big upset as Busselton defeat Bulls

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Mitchell WoodcockSouth Western Times

Tornadoes Black reclaimed top spot on the men’s Bunbury Basketball Association ladder thanks to a 21-point win over Aces Navy at the South West Sports Centre on Tuesday night.

Nat Van Dijk and Jason Smith were both in fantastic form, scoring 25 and 22 points respectively to lead Tornadoes Black to a 102-81 victory.

Tim Collins and Carey Watkins both provided great support by scoring 17 points each, as Tornadoes proved too strong for their fellow finals contenders.

Daniel Woods was the best for Aces Navy with 22 points, while Luke Deighton hit a treble of three-pointers on his way to 19 points.

The in-form Travis Durnin had a quiet night, scoring just nine points as he was well held by Tornadoes Black’s defence.

Busselton caused one of the upsets of the season when they defeated Bulls by three points.

Dylan Ness and Matt Mansfield both scored 15 points to lead the Bullets to a 63-60 win.

Michael Leary showed he is still in great touch, scoring 26 points for Bulls, including five three-pointers, while Chris Douglas also played well with 19 points.

Braden Wilson scored 28 points to lead Tornadoes Red to a strong 30-point triumph over Aces White to finish the men’s round.

Wilson hit half a dozen three pointers, while Brandon Bennell and Jaydon Wilson (both 14 points) helped out in the scoring department.

Sam Fotu was the only player for Aces White to reach double figures, scoring 12 points, with their most prolific scorer Brody England missing the game.

In the women’s competition, Courtney Bayliss hit a game-high 36 points for Bulls in their 75-54 win over Busselton.

Bayliss hit 10 three-pointers for the game, just a week after scoring 51 points.

Beige Harris was Busselton’s best with 22 points, while Shannon Verhagen hit six field goals to finish with 12 points for the Bullets.

Tayah Burrows and Kate Fielding dominated for Tornadoes Red in their 26-point victory over Tornadoes Black. Burrows scored 23 points, while Fielding managed 19 in the 71-45 win.

Raya Thompson was in good form for Tornadoes Red with 12 points, while Ebony Bilcich was Tornadoes Black’s best with 10.

BBA action continues tonight with Tornadoes Red and Bulls battling it out in the women’s division, while Aces White will take on Tornadoes Black. In the men’s competition, Tornadoes Black and Bulls will clash, while Aces Navy and Aces White will meet in a battle of the clubmates.

The round will finish with Tornadoes Red taking on Busselton.

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