State Championship Men:
The Knox Raiders State Championship Men celebrated Dylan Hare’s 150th game in style securing their first win of the season, beating Waverley 73-64 at the State Basketball Centre on Saturday night.
Trailing by as many as 13 points early in the game the Raiders settled down after a time-out and battled back to be within 3 points at the first break. The momentum continued for Knox in the second, outscoring Waverley 21-12 to take a 6-point lead into the half-time. After a half-fought second half the Raiders came out 9-point winners on the scoreboard, largely thanks to their ability to dominate in the paint.
Knox outscored Waverley 38 points to 14 in the key in a top effort by the home side. Knox were led in the scoring by Chris Kaba who had 19 points and 9 boards, but it was a great team effort with 3 other starts (Hare, Dyson, McDonald) all scoring double figures themselves. For the visitors Jaquez Motley led the way with 16 points.
State Championship Women:
In a battle between two of the teams everyone expects to be thereabouts come seasons end, the Knox Raiders have dropped a tight one on their home floor, losing to Waverley 68-71 over the weekend. The game now sees both teams with a 2-1 record after three games. Raiders young gun Emily Fisher had her best game at a senior level leading all scorers with 23 points, shooting an impressive 60% from the field, and 50% from beyond the arc hitting three treys. For the Falcons, who welcomed the return of Tegan Cunningham to the floor, Kelly Bowen led the way with 15 points and Renee Mokrzycki had 14. Knox now travel to Boardman Stadium for an important clash with Sunbury, who have also started the season with 2 wins and 1 loss in what is already looking like a closely contested State Championship Women’s Competition.
Victorian Youth Championship Men:
An impressive weekend for the Knox Raiders Victorian Youth Championship Men with a close 6-point road win on Saturday night at Sherbrooke, backed up with a dominant home win on Sunday afternoon where they easily accounted for Blackburn.
At Belgrave the Raiders set up their win with a blistering opening term that saw them race out of the blocks to take a 25-11 lead over the Suns. Despite Sherbooke chipping away at the margin throughout the contest the Raiders were not going to let this one slip against their local rivals and held on for the 85-79 win. Leading the scoring for Knox was Fiddes with 19 and Woodward with 12.
Fiddes back up his great game from the night before, leading the scoring again for Knox in their win over Blackburn on Sunday with 23 points. Down at the main break the Raiders were simply unstoppable in the second half against the Vikings outscoring the visitors 50-19. Yanni Staedel-Arnould also played a great game for Knox scoring 13 points and pulling down 5 boards. For the visitors Conrad Cooper led the way with 17 points.
After dropping their opening 2 games of the season the Raiders have moved up to second place in the Terrill Conference with a 3-2 record.
Victorian Youth Championship Women:
Sunday afternoon saw the Knox Raiders drop their first game of the VYCW season with a 51-53 loss at home to Nunawading. With 35 seconds remaining on the clock the Spectres Sara-Rae Slater came up big with a score to take the lead in what would be the last bucket for either team in the match. Slater had 12 points for Nunawading and pulled down an impressive 18 rebounds. For the Raiders, who will be disappointed after losing the last period 9-16, Leah Santomaggio led the scoring with 20 points. Both teams sit on a 3-1 record after 3 rounds of competition. Knox has a big double header weekend coming up, hosting Kilsyth on Saturday night before a road game at Sandringham on Sunday.