Knox Raiders vs Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence

WOMEN

The Knox Raiders have redeemed themselves from last week’s loss with a solid 14-point victory over Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence.

The Raiders were at an immediate advantage against the BA CoE who came into the match with only seven players. However, at the end of the first term, the Raiders found themselves trailing by two points.

It was a similar story in the second quarter with the BA CoE outscoring Knox 20-15 to give them a 13-point lead at the major break. Jade Melbourne had a solid first half for Basketball Australia leading the scoring with 13-points.

Briahna Whatman had a standout third quarter for the Raiders draining three quick 3-pointers to help Knox take the lead heading into the final term.

Mid-way through the fourth, it was clear that the BA CoE were running out of legs, scoring only 12-points to the Raiders 23 for the quarter.

Whatman proved how dangerous she can be from behind the arc, nailing five of her six attempts and finishing with 25-points. Teammate Lauren Scherf contributed a solid 21-points, shooting at 60 per cent from the 3-point line.

Despite the loss, Melbourne had a standout performance for the BA CoE with a 19-point 10-rebound double-double.

 

MEN

The Raiders have clenched a 10-point victory over the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence in a game filled with twists and turns.

the BA CoE were in control for most of the first half with Alex Ducas stacking on a quick 11-points in the first quarter to give the team an 8-point lead at the break. Ducas continued to show that he is the man nailing two free-throws in the final seconds of the second term to hold a two-point lead at the half.

The BA CoE struggled from the field shooting at 36 per cent to the Raiders 48 per cent. This became clear in the second half when Knox took the lead early on in the third.

Despite regaining the lead in numerous times during the third, the Raiders were able to run away with the game in the final minutes of the fourth quarter on the back of a 12-0 run.

Ducas finished with a commendable 31 points in his team’s loss. While Knox’s starting five each recorded over 10 points for the game.