Our Seahawks men and women ventured up to South Pine on Saturday night to take on the Wizards who would prove to be a great test of our teams.
Our SmartSkill Seahawks women would find themselves trailing early as the Wizards opened up a comfortable early buffer by piling on 34 first quarter points to our 21. The second quarter was a little more even, as both teams stepped up the defensive efforts, however the Wizards would enjoy a 52-35 lead going in to the big break.
The battle continuing in the third and the momentum showing signs of changing. Doniyah Cliney was going about her business compiling points and once the fourth quarter rolled around our women would see the ball finding the bottom of the basket more consistently as they made their run at the Wizards. Getting close, but not close enough going down by 3 points. Cliney would finish with 30 points and 7 rebounds and Katie Deeble tallied 22 points of her own. Isalys Quinones was also solid in her Seahawks debut, recording a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Mackay hosted Brisbane last Friday night and welcomed Miele Goodchild in to their lineup, returning from her 4 years at Duke. However Brisbane spoiled the welcome, convincing winners 103-67.
Miele however would lead her new team with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Shaneice Swain and Alexa Hart would both contribute 12 points of their own, but there was limited offensive output beyond that. Mackay had no answers for Capitals recruit Abby Cubillo who stormed her way 36 points and Player of the Week honours.
Our men's game against the Wizards was highly exciting. High scoring basketball was on display from both teams but it was our team that came out of the blocks fast, shooting at a high percentage.
Dave Gurney connected on 2 of the teams 4 1st quarter three pointers and Tamuri Wigness was carving through the defence and finishing at the rim, which was the catalyst to a 32 point opening quarter. Our fortunes would continue through most of the second quarter however a Northside run approaching half time would see the gap cut to 5 at the main break.
NBL duo Anthony Drmic and Mitch McCarron where huge for the WIzards as the game progressed. Drmic ending up with a game high 32 points.
Jordan Hunter and Tamuri Wigness would lead the Seahawks with 21 points a piece, supported by Dave Gurney (18 points), Alex Mudronja (13 points) and Aiden Krause (12 points).
The Mackay men picked up a thrilling 3 point win over the Capitals, in a relatively low scoring affair at the Mackay Basketball Stadium.
Sydney King, Biwali Bayles led the Meteors with 19 points and 15 rebounds, however Emmanuel Malou would be the only other Meteor with double digit scoring contributing 15 points.
NBL brothers, Kyrin (NZ) and Jaylin (Sydney) Galloway had quiet nights scoring only 8 and 7 points respectively. They will no doubt be looking to improve their output.
We should be in for a pair of fantastic games. Get your tickets now at www.seahawksbasketball.com.au/tickets