Lightning the winners in tight game, Hawks soarDraw

Lightning were narrow winners, 46-44, over Wildcats in round one of the Junior basketball championships played last Wednesday at the PCYC.

After a battle for dominance in the first quarter, with Lightning taking the honours 15-14, Wildcats created havoc in the next two periods, outscoring Lightning 14-5 in the second, and extending their lead by the final break to twelve points after a 12-8 run in the third.

A repeat of their third quarter effort would have seen Wildcats comfortable winners, but they completely lost their way as their attack faltered and holes appeared in previously tight defence.

Lightning, spotting the lack of urgency by Wildcats to consolidate on their hard won lead, quickly chased down the deficit, and with a couple of minutes remaining had taken the lead.

Wildcats rear guard action to save the match in the final minute, much to their disappointment, was all too late, Lightning snatching victory by a single basket.

Steven Marshall 32 points for Lightning, Liam Hollis 6.

For Wildcats, Lachlan Mitchell 18, Alan Simpson and Marcus Lynch 8 each.

Hawks were never in trouble against Kings from the opening whistle winning 58-36.

They opened up a 17-8 lead by quarter time, and by the long break had increased the gap to fourteen points.

Hawks soared through the third period 14-8, galloping away to a twenty point advantage, Kings unable to get combinations working to score regular buckets, their defence also leaking like a sieve.

The final quarter was the closest of the match, 14-12 in favour of Lightning, the flurry of points by the Kings confidence building, but far too late to make a difference in the result.

Jack Swords hit 30 points for Hawks, Phil Riley 14, Connor Whale 8.

John Harris 16, Lachlan Westwood 10 for Kings.

Draw for Wednesday, June 8, 20164pm, Kings V Lightning

5pm, Wildcats V Hawks

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