Steelers continue stellar run of results

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THE Western Port Steelers were forced to work for it, but they have extended their winning streak to three games with a win over the Geelong Supercats in Men’s Division One Basketball this Saturday.

Making the big trip to Geelong Arena, the Western Port Steelers were in good form heading into their clash with the Supercats, and would have been hopeful of a big victory.

Sitting in 4th place on the table, two games clear of their nearest opponent, would have had them considered strong favourites in their match against 9th placed Geelong. However, the Supercats took the game to their opponents in the first quarter and showed they were no easy beats.

A big third term was the highlight for the Supercats, as they went into the final quarter with the lead against their highly fancied Western Port opponents.

The Steelers had their backs to the wall, but eventually recovered to overcome the deficit and run out narrow five point winners, Geelong Supercats (89) to Western Port Steelers (95).

Dylan Travis was the standout for Western Port, dropping 39 points in a match winning performance for his side.

The Steelers now only sit one win behind 3rd place Keysborough Cougars, but the Cougars have the advantage of having two games in hand.

In women’s competition this weekend, the Mornington Breakers scored an upset in Division Two to knock off the Melbourne University Black Angels.

The Breakers currently sit in 8th place after a widely inconsistent season, and were up against a Melbourne University side that was sitting pretty in 3rd place on the table.

Playing away from home, the Breakers impressed by overpowering the Black Angels in the first half, establishing a six point lead at the half time break.

Although Melbourne University fought back well in the third quarter, the Breakers proved too strong and secured a huge victory (36) to (48).

Ashleigh Wright was the star player for the successful Mornington Breakers side, scoring 21 points and shooting at 54 percent from the three point line.

Men’s Division Two featured an intriguing matchup between two sides placed alongside one another on the ladder, as 6th placed Melton Thoroughbreds played host to 5th placed Southern Peninsula Sharks.

The Sharks looked more than up for the challenge in the first half, and went into the half time break with a six point lead over Melton.

After the break, the Thoroughbreds kicked thing into another gear and started to assert control over the match.

With the Sharks holding a narrow lead going into the final quarter, Melton had to dig deep to get a result, but dig deep they did.

Melton outscored Southern Peninsula by ten points in the final quarter, and secured a nail biting come from behind victory (80) to (77).

Dexter Graham scored 27 points shooting at 55 percent for the winners, while Corey Bond was the most impressive performer for Southern Peninsula with 23 points.

First published in the Frankston Times – 25 June 2018

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