Stern test for top teams

Justin FrisSouth Western Times
Ebony Bilcich in action for Tornadoes Black, who endured their first loss of the 2018/2019 BBA season on Tuesday night.
Camera IconEbony Bilcich in action for Tornadoes Black, who endured their first loss of the 2018/2019 BBA season on Tuesday night. Credit: Jon Gellweiler

In the first instalment of Tuesday night basketball during the 2018-19 Bunbury Basketball Association season, both sets of league leaders endured thrilling finishes with mixed results.

A-Men league leaders Bulls survived a 89-88 heartstopper against Tornadoes Black in their top-of-the-table clash, while previously unbeaten A-Women powerhouse Tornadoes Black suffered a 88-61 loss against sister side Red.

In an eagerly anticipated A-Women clash, both sides split the opening exchanges before Red got the hot hand offensively with a 10-0 scoring run.

Leading the way during this passage of play was Courtney Bayliss (32 points), who drained a trifecta of three-point shots in the space of 31/2 minutes.

Unable to eat into the double-digit deficit at the midway point of the second quarter, Black again conceded a costly 10-0 run, which effectively iced any opportunity of gaining a foothold in the contest before the half.

The sting went out of the contest for much of the second half, though Red’s Karinda Farrant (34 points) took advantages of the opportunities that headed her way.

In the remaining match of the round, Dunsborough Oilers returned to winning ways with a huge 75-47 win over Aces Sky, the return of Adele and Dana East resulting in 46 points.

A-Men reigning premiers Bulls were given their biggest fright of the campaign to date, with Tornadoes Black holding a one-point lead with five seconds left in a game which had multiple lead changes.

However, Cohen Thompson (20 points) broke Black’s hearts as he coolly sunk a jump shot as time expired.

In other matches, Tornadoes Red defeated Aces White 81-72, while the Oilers rolled Eaton Eagles 75-35.

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