The Knox Raiders State Championship Men have fallen to league leaders the Ringwood Hawks, 76-91 on Saturday night at the State Basketball Centre. Long a powerhouse in the Big V competition Ringwood has started 2018 in great form charging to the top of the table. Scottie Stone was the difference between the two sides hitting an incredible 7 triples at 50% from beyond the arc. For the Raiders, the loss sees them in 4th position with 3 wins and 3 losses, with the Hawks 5 wins with only the 1 loss.
The Knox Raiders State Championship Women are sitting on top of the Big V ladder following two impressive victories over the weekend.
Saturday night at Keilor, the Raiders secured an 85-81 road victory in what was a high scoring game. Keilor were joined by Briana Babic who had 20 points and 4 assists in her first game for the Thunder after joining them from the Melbourne Tigers. For Knox, Bec Ott had 29 points shooting at an outstanding 71% from the field in a dominant performance.
The Raiders took that great form into the game against the second placed Hawks on Sunday afternoon at SBC and came away with an impressive 73-61 win. Knox set up the win with a dominant 3rd quarter period that saw them outscore Ringwood 21-10. Once again Knox was led by Bec Ott who this time had 22 points, with Emily Fisher also having a strong game in scoring 11. The win sees the Raiders improve their record to 6 wins and 1 loss, whilst the Hawks drop to 4 wins and 2 losses.
The Knox Raiders Victorian Youth Championship Men won both their games on the weekend, starting with a 93-61 easy win over the Ringwood Hawks. It was a solid 4 quarter performance from Knox who won every period, with Colin Shaw leading the way with 17 points. Knox had 5 players score in double figures and simply had too many options for the Hawks defense.
The Raiders weekend got even better on Sunday with a thrilling 88-85 win over the Spectres at Nunawading in overtime. Knox were led by Corey Fiddes who was outstanding with 27 points and 5 boards, and again it was a great team performance by the Raiders with Ethan Woodward scoring 18 and pulling down 5 boards and Zac Elms scoring 15 points. After starting the season 0-2 the Raiders have surged winning 7 in a row and sitting on top of the ladder of the Terrill Conference.
A slow start has cost the Knox Raiders Victorian Youth Championship Women’s team, losing on their home floor 58-76 to the visiting Altona Gators. The Raiders fell behind early losing the first period 9-19 , and the second period 10-18 giving the visitors an insurmountable half time lead. Altona had too much depth, with their bench outscoring the Raiders reserves 32-17. Knox were led in the scoring by Eliana Bravington who battled hard with 16 points and 14 boards. The Gators had more scorers across the board and were led by Zoe Day with 11 points.