Tornadoes own week 10

Justin FrisSouth Western Times
Skye Palmer looks inboard while on A-Women duty for Tornadoes Red.
Camera IconSkye Palmer looks inboard while on A-Women duty for Tornadoes Red. Credit: Jon Gellweiler

Week 10 of the Bunbury Basketball Association overwhelmingly belonged to Tornadoes, with its sides across both competitions recording important victories.

In A-Women action, Tornadoes Black maintained a five game lead at the top of the standings with a resounding 92-73 victory over the Dunsborough Oilers.

After the Oilers split the initial exchanges during the first quarter, Black powered away with a 10-3 offensive run midway through the second term which ultimately put the result on ice.

Black’s sister side Red capitalised on the Oilers’ loss and moved into second after their 89-46 win over Aces Sky.

A-Men league leaders Bulls show no signs of relinquishing their grip on another premiership, after defeating Tornadoes Red 84-73 – while Aces Sky had Cory Richardson to thank after his two free throws guided them to a 77-75 win.

Tornadoes Black defeated the Oilers 100-69 in the remaining game of the round.

As the festive season looms across the South West, basketball fans are also in for a treat with the Bunbury Basketball Association spreading matches across Tuesday and Friday nights.

Aside from competition recess between December 19 and January 3, matches will be held under the dual night format until January 29.

In A-Women action tonight, an all-Tornadoes clash between Black and Red headlines the fixtures.

Although unbeaten, Black have opened up a five-game break over second-placed Red, the match should be anything but a formality – considering how well the players know each other.

Despite their .500 record, Red has been building in recent weeks and enter tonight on a three-game winning streak.

Last time both sides met back in round six, Black prevailed 73-69 – but Red pushed them deep into the last quarter, with an Ebony Bilcich jump shot as time expired ensuring a greater buffer at the final whistle.

Across court, the Dunsborough Oilers have an opportunity to arrest their recent form slump when they face Aces Sky.

After riding high in second spot for several weeks, the Oilers have lost three on the bounce, withFriday’s 19-point loss to Tornadoes Black a bitter pill to swallow.

Offensively, they were without Adele and Dana East, who have shouldered their fair share of scoring responsibility in 2018 – however Beige Harris (27 points) stepped up.

In order for the Oilers to return to their winning ways, they will need to spread the load offensively and keep the Sky defenders guessing.

Bulls and Tornadoes Black go head to head in the A-Men match of the round, with second placed Black keen to make inroads into the reigning premiers’ dominance.

Due to the nature of the fixture, both sides have only met once in 2018, with Bulls narrowly securing a 80-74 win in round four – their most slender victory so far this season. In other matches, Tornadoes Red host Aces White and Eaton Eagles entertain the Oilers.

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