BBA, Round four: Bulls remain on top following an 80 to 74 win over Tornadoes Black

Playing to win: Bunbury's best basketballers hit the court for round four on Friday, November 2. Photo: Thomas Munday.
Playing to win: Bunbury's best basketballers hit the court for round four on Friday, November 2. Photo: Thomas Munday.

Reigning premiers Bulls made it four from four following an exciting showdown against Tornadoes Black on Friday night. 

A burst of energy helped Bulls to claim a nine-point lead at quarter time, before maintaining a clear margin in the second term. 

Tornadoes Black, however, was never too far behind, thanks to sharp shooting from Nat Van Dijk (21 points) and Matthew Leary (20). 

With Paddy Phillips (22) leading the way, Bulls remained in front and eventually claimed a 80 to 74 win.

Naturaliste Community Centre hosted an intensifying showdown between the Dunsborough Oilers and Eaton Eagles. 

Both sides were neck-and-neck in the first term, with Dunsborough having a slight edge over the Eagles. 

Oilers Jack Flynn and Matthew Mansfield (both 14) entertained the home crowd, while Caleb Staiger (13) kept Eaton in the contest. 

Dunsborough gained more momentum in the second half, going on to claim its first victory of the season with a 68 to 47 win.

Tornadoes Red reclaimed second spot on the ladder with a sterling effort against Aces White.

A tight contest in the first half saw Aces White’s Brody England (15, five three-pointers) and Travis Vogel (15) give their side hope. 

Ahead by five at the main break, Tornadoes Red took control of the second half thanks to Phoenix Oneil (17). 

Tornadoes Red was pleased with its 71 to 50 victory.  

In the women’s competition, Tornadoes Black sits two games clear after its clash against second placed Dunsborough. 

Yet again, Adele and Dana East (18 and 16 respectively) were fearless around the court and gave the Oilers a chance at victory. 

Slammers’ players Cian Parsons (16, seven two-pointers) and Ebony Bilcich (15) gave Tornadoes Black enough of a boost to be up by seven at the main break.  

Up against fierce competition and a Dunsborough home crowd, Tornadoes Black managed to maintain a 10-15 point buffer in the second half. 

Following its 71 to 62 win, Tornadoes Black is the team to beat. 

Tornadoes Red maintained third spot with a decisive 21-point win over Aces Sky. 

With the scores level at the first change, Courtney Bayliss and Karinda Farrant (both 17) helped Tornadoes Red to a seven-point lead at half time. 

The team banded together in the third, claiming a nine-point lead going into the final term. 

Shooting 20 points to 11 in the fourth quarter, Tornadoes Red earned itself a 67 to 46 win. 

Isabella James (11) and Slammer Sydney Lewis (10) starred for Aces Sky during the showdown. 

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