Knox Raiders v Diamond Valley Eagles
Saturday 25th May
Women 6:00pm | Men 8:00pm
For NBL1 Game of the Round your Knox Raiders host Diamond Valley, a contest that gives the Raiders a strong chance to come away with two wins. Anneli Maley has been the leader of the Eagles so far this season, averaging over 19ppg and 14reb.
As a whole, Diamond Valley turn the ball over more than anyone in the league, except for the Centre of Excellence. We’ve seen the Raiders be great on the defensive end getting steals throughout this season, so this should give them a big edge. One place where the Eagles are good is on the glass – if Knox can’t tighten up their box outs that will keep the game close.
As opposed to their women’s team, the Diamond Valley men don’t have a standout statistical performer, with three players – Benjamin Allen, Darcy Harding and Logan Hovey – all averaging between 11 and 17 points. So far this season, the Eagles have played at a much faster pace than the Raiders. If Knox can slow the game down, they can allow Cedarian Raines to establish himself in the paint and kick out to open shooters.
Last week, Jorden Adnam had his best game of the season. With Damon Huier back in the lineup, it will be interesting to see if Adnam can still carve out a role off the bench.