England white-hot in upset victory

Michael GliddonSouth Western Times

Aces White finished their season on a high defeating a depleted Bulls Gold team 89-72 in the final round of Bunbury Basketball Association’s Dale Alcock Homes A-Grade competition on Friday night.

Brody England had a game to remember, nailing six three-pointers on his way to a massive 52 points to lead his team to the win, with Jay Collet (11 points) and Matt Germs (10 points) providing support.

For Gold, Brynn Francis scored 22 points, Alistair Ishigami-Sims hit five three-pointers on his way to 17 points and Brad Fiori scored 13.

Tornadoes Red defeated club-mates Grey 84-79 with the result moving Red up from the last position on the ladder and Grey taking their place to finish the season.

Jordan Sears scored 28 points for the winners with Jay Walton and Jordan Falco scoring 14 points each.

Jordan Yarran scored 23 points with teammates Brandon Bennell scoring 19 points and Tyrone Winder scoring 15 for Grey.

Tornadoes Black claimed the minor premiership with a 17-4 win/loss record ahead of Gold (16-5) and Maroon (15-6) and finished the regular season with an 86-39 flogging of Aces Navy.

Ryan Smith scored 22 points for the winners while Nat van Dijk (21 points) and Lucas Goff (13 points) were also solid.

Archie Hall was the only Navy player to reach double figures with 17 points.

Bulls Maroon defeated Busselton 69-50 with Trent Worthington scoring 16 points for the winners and Mitch Tenardi scored 14 for the losing side.

In the women’s competition, Tornadoes survived a spirited effort by Aces White to win 53-52 and finish the second with a 14-2 record.

Cian Parsons scored 15 points for Tornadoes and was backed up by Dena English (12 points) and Ebony Bilcich (10 points).

White were led by Amanda Frontino who scored 12 points with Tiahna Sears and Jasmine Barrett scoring 10 each.

Bulls finished the season winning the minor premiership by percentage with a 14-2 record thanks to a 54-41 win over Aces Navy.

Courtney Bayliss (16 points) and Laura Jeffery (12 points) were the best for Bulls, while Tori Dugan (15 points) and Kate Fielding (13 points) were Navy’s best.

The semi-finals will take place on Friday night at the South West Sports Centre, with Bulls Gold and Tornadoes Black to contest for a spot in the men’s grand final, while Bulls Maroon and the Busselton Bullets will put their season on the line in the first semi-final.

Meanwhile, in the women’s competition, Aces White and Aces Navy will play to keep their championship hopes alive in the first semi-final, while Bulls will take on Tornadoes for a spot in the grand final.

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