The Report: Round 18

Senior Men 
Eltham Wildcats 96 defeated Ringwood Hawks 88
J. Sykes 17 points/9 rebounds/5 blocks, J. Aver 16 points, I. Bonhomme & B. Waldren 15 points

After a disappointing result last week the Wildcats bounced back in impressive fashion defeating the top of the ladder Ringwood Hawks on Saturday night. A 29-17 opening quarter by Eltham set the tone while their trademark defence held the Hawks to only 36% shooting from the field. Brilliant performances across the board by the Wildcats as they held off a fast finishing Ringwood squad in front of a hostile crowd. The Wildcats finish in second position and will have the first week of finals off.

Senior Women 
Eltham Wildcats 65 defeated by Ringwood Hawks 68
A. Kunek 15 points, J. Kitto 12 points, E. Ogier 10 points

The Wildcats started hot with a 18-10 opening period and would go into the half time break up six points. The third quarter would be the difference in the game as the Hawks outscored Eltham 23-11 to set up a very close final period. A two point basket by E. Ogier would bring the game to within three points and after a defensive stop Meg Dargan missed a three point shot to send the game into overtime.

Youth Men
Eltham Wildcats 86 defeated Sherbrooke Suns 78
C. Yammouni 34 points, T. Clifford, M. Scherf & B. Norris 10 points

The Eltham Wildcats have advanced to the Grand Final after defeating the Sherbrooke Suns on Saturday night at Eltham High School. The Wildcats did it the hard way as the Suns brought their “A” game scoring 39 first half points and taking a 9 point lead into the main break. Coach Jeffers changed up the defence to a 2/3 zone and encouraged the boys to shoot with confidence and stop second guessing themselves under the pressure.

The Wildcats would respond and dominate behind C. Yammouni who scored 15 points in the quarter en route to a 27-13 scoreline. Eltham would hold the lead in the fourth quarter to secure a Grand Final berth against the Nunawading Spectres. Game 1 is this Saturday night 5:30pm at Nunawading Basketball Stadium.

Youth Women
Eltham Wildcats 74 defeated by Cragieburn Eagles 79
J. Daoud 23 points, E. Horsely 14 points/20 rebounds, A. Burrows 9 points/11 rebounds

The Wildcats were outscored in the first quarter 11-26 and would never recover even though they won the next three quarters. An unprecedented 39 turnovers by the Wildcats would have them fall short of their third win of the season. Huge games to finish off the season by Daoud & Horsely shows a bright future for our young Wildcats.