Opposition defence battle to have Cotton sewn up

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In the first two rounds of the 2020-21 Bunbury Basketball Association season, Xavier Cotton has taken his game to another level.

The Tornadoes Black offence is already potent enough as it is, but add Cotton’s 29.5 points per game average to that mix and you are dealing with a unit which will keep rival defenders up at night.

Hoping to wrap up Cotton tomorrow night will be Aces Sky, who fell to the Dunsborough Oilers 65-51 on Friday night.

But given how solid Tornadoes performed against reigning champions Aces White last week, it will be a tough ask for them.

A bulk of the Tornadoes’ dominance was their ability to jam the defensive glass with big bodies and deny the Aces White offence time and space.

All players were committed to hustling on both ends, which resulted in Cotton, pictured, and company hitting the scoreboard with a vengeance.

On the back of their gallant 55-52 loss against top women’s side Tornadoes Black, can the Eaton Eagles finally snap their winless streak?

Leading by five points with less than three and a half minutes to play, the Eagles’ hopes were dashed by Kelly Bastow, who drained two three-point shots and got her side over the line.

But the Eagles should have taken plenty of confidence from the performance, as they aim to stampede over the Bulls tomorrow night.

It will not be easy though, with Bulls veterans Karis Tingey and Brittany Gliddon both capable of having big games against the Eagles defence.

Fixtures (tomorrow night at South West Sports Centre)

A-Men: 7.30pm Aces Sky v Tornadoes Black; 9pm Aces White v Bulls, Tornadoes Red v Dunsborough Oilers; A-Women: 7.30pm Eaton Eagles v Bulls, Tornadoes Red v Dunsborough Oilers; 9pm Aces Sky v Tornadoes Black.

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