In the second home game of the season, the SmartSkill Seahawks Women and Seahawks Men’s QSL 1 sides faced off against the Toowoomba Mountaineers, this past Saturday night.
The SmartSkill Seahawks Women side went into the weekend under-manned, with regular starters Charli Reece and Krystle McKenzie missing as well as key bench player, Taylor Harvey.
It was the opportunity for the second-string squad players, Jessica Boundy and Jasmine Hunter, to place themselves into Head Coach Brad Kann’s starting line-up and prove their worth to their side.
Boundy rewarded Coach Kann with an 18-point, 6 rebound, 3 steals and 2 block game. Courtney Willemse came into the game under an injury cloud but continued to tick the scoreboard over with 19 points and 6 rebounds.
The SmartSkill Seahawks Women won 3 out of the 4 quarters, only slipping in the 3rd quarter when the Mountaineers made a run, but the side held tough down the stretch and came out eventual winners 74 – 62.
Next up saw the Seahawks Men’s side ready to get on the floor against a winless Mountaineers Men side and boy did they jump out of the gates fast, with a commanding 36-15 first quarter lead that never looked to be challenged.
Even with an early injury to NBL veteran, Rhys Martin, the young Seahawks side strangled the opposition into turnover after turnover and capitalising down the other end.
Dave Gurney lit the Nest on fire from the 3-point line, going 4 for 8 from the land of plenty. Young gun Riley Coombes had his best game of the season, also capitalising on four 3’s from the land of plenty and has quickly become a crowd favourite with his high energy and flowing mullet.
Seahawk’s rookie Amarco Doyle also showed why he is in the National Performance Program, with a 10 point / 10 rebound effort in less than 15 minutes on the floor.
The Seahawks men saw 7 double digit scorers in their massive win in front of a veracious home crowd, 104 – 67.
Both teams had to back up a big Saturday night with a trip up the mountain to face off against… you guessed it, Toowoomba for an NBA style double header.
The SmartSkill Seahawks Women side had to dig deep into their bag to grind out a victory up the mountain. Willemse came up big down the stretch to carry her team over the line by getting herself to the foul line when her team needed it the most.
Once again weekend starters, Boundy (10 points, 10 rebounds), and Hunter (11 points, 6 rebounds) rewarded Kann with his trust and came up big for a Seahawks side that really struggled to put the ball in the hoop on Saturday night (22 from 72 FG)
Club stalwart, Lauren Jansen, came up huge again with a 13-point, 14 rebound, 4 assists effort.
The SmartSkill Seahawks women grinding out their second win in less than 24 hours, 58-61.
To make it 4 from 4 for our QSL Division 1 teams over the weekend, the Seahawks Men’s team faced some of their own adversity with unavailability of Rhys Martin, Zion Johnson, Donny Russell and Spencer Taleni, making the way for our young squad in Mackenzie Hall, Jack Foley, Tyler Horlock and Seahawk favourite, Sasha Lomakin, to get their chance.
Big man Wilson Page (17 points and 13 rebounds) had his biggest game of the season, asserting his dominance down low and followed up from a solid outing the night before.
Jesse Lomax continued his hot form, hitting an incredible seven 3’s for the day and finishing with a game high 28 points.
In his return to the Seahawks, Sasha Lomakin controlled the game beautifully from the point guard position, dishing out 4 assists and 3 steals to go along with his game high plus/minus of +33.
The QSL Division 2 Men completed a clean sweep for the Seahawks over the weekend, with an absolute belting of Brad Sibraa’s Red City team 82-54.
Bigs for the Seahawks, Norbert Csiki Bege and Dylan Atkinson both had a huge games, with 25 points and 13 points respectively.
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