The Report: Round 8

Senior Men 
Eltham Wildcats 98 defeated Ringwood Hawks 89
B. Waldren 22 points, J. Canovan 16 points/9 rebounds, C. Cameron 14 points/9 rebounds

Playing in front of a huge home crowd on Saturday night the Wildcats took on the defending Champion Ringwood Hawks. Ringwood landed the first blow going into quarter time up 2, however the Wildcats took control in the second quarter and a buzzer beating 3 point shot by Sam Whelan put the Wildcats up by six points going into the half time break.

Ringwood showed why they are contenders in 2018 fighting tooth and nail to stay in the contest until Josh Sykes “alley oop” dunk late in the third fired up the home crowd and the Wildcats who would eventually run out winners by 9 points.

Senior Women 
Eltham Wildcats 59 defeated by Knox Raiders 77
A. Kunek 29 points/6 rebounds, O. Bontempelli 16 points, S. Gillam 8 points/5 rebounds

The Wildcats came out firing on the road behind 18 first quarter points from Alice Kunek that would see Eltham go into half time up 39-33. The second half was not so kind to our Wildcats being outscored 20-42.

Eltham Wildcats 68 def by Sunbury Jets 73
O. Bontempelli 26 points, A. Kunek 20 points, J. O’Shea 7 points/5 assists

The task only got harder for the Wildcats on Sunday having to back up against the defending champion Sunbury Jets. Bontempelli & Kunek were brilliant in this one but it wasn’t enough as the Jets won three of the four quarters handing our Wildcats a five point loss.

Youth Men
Eltham Wildcats 72 defeated Melbourne Tigers 67
C. Yammouni 16 points, B. Ward 12 points, M. Scherf 10 points

The Wildcats were in control from the tip, Tom O’Connor hit a three ball 16 seconds in and the Wildcats never looked back winning the next three quarters and leading by as much as 22 points. The Tigers fought back in the final quarter and were within three points in the final minute but Brayden Ward and Mark Scherf would ice the game on the free throw line.

Eltham Wildcats 72 defeated Ringwood Hawks 58
M. Scherf 12 points, S. Clarke 11 points, O. Magbegor 11 points

Keeping Ringwood to 20 points at the half the Wildcats forced the home team into low percentage shots while scoring in transition and the three point line. The lead blossomed to 28 points and provided an opportunity for all players to get minutes. The Wildcats have a 8-2 record and currently sit third in their pool behind Knox and Dandenong.

Youth Women
Eltham Wildcats 41 defeated by Camberwell Dragons 76
S. Waldron 14 points, R. Svent 8 points/9 rebounds, E. Davies & E. Horsley 5 points

The Wildcats scored 6 points in the opening quarter and got outscored 27-7 in the final period against one of the best teams in the competition. Young star Stephanie Waldron was a standout with 14 points and 4 rebounds while Rachel Svent also showed brilliance with 8 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists.