Weekend Wrap – 18/19th May

Youth Women
Eltham Wildcats 61 def by Warrandyte Venom 62
Top performers: K. Mountford 10 points/10 rebounds, L. Brancatisano 14 points/10 rebounds, E. Horsley 13 points/17 rebounds

The Youth Women continue to get better and nearly stole a win against the third placed Warrandyte Venom on the road on Saturday night. The Wildcats were brilliant in the first quarter but a 5-19 second period would come back to bite them as a huge 27 point final quarter would see the Wildcats storm home as a Taylor Vine 3 point make would cut the lead to only one point on the buzzer.

Youth Men
Eltham Wildcats 94 def Nunawading Spectres 74
Top performers: Z. Cunningham 27 points, T. Clifford 16 points, C. Yammouni 15 points

The Grand Final rematch from 2018 went back and fourth the whole first half as Eltham took a 6 point lead into the break. The Wildcats would break away in the third and fourth periods behind the superior inside play of Eltham junior Zak Cunningham who scored a career high 27 points. The battle in the paint would be won by the Wildcats who outscored the Spectres 64-26 points inside the key.

Youth Men
Eltham Wildcats 87 def McKinnon Cougars 67
Top performers: M. Scherf 21 points, C. Westall 19 points, Z. Cunningham 12 points

A frantic start to the game saw a 26-26 opening period as coach Craig Stratford preached defence the Wildcats would lock down for the reminder of the game only allowing 11, 15 and 15 points from then on. Eltham dominated the paint again outscoring the Cougars 38-22 while the red hot shooting of Mark Scherf would see him hit 5 three pointers of his own. Eltham move to top of the ladder with a 11-1 start to the season.

NBL1 Women
Eltham Wildcats 81 def Southern Sabres 64
Top performers: C. Schweers 41 points, C. Brook 14 points/8 rebounds

With American import Maggie Mulligan not playing due to sickness Chelsie Schweers simply took over this game. After a close first three quarters Eltham hit three consecutive three point shots to start the fourth while the Sabres could only manage 8 total points for the period and it wouldn’t be enough as Schweers netted a season high 41 points including 7/13 from the three point line. Eltham are now 6-4 on the season and currently sit in 8th spot of the ladder.

NBL1 Men
Eltham Wildcats 97 def Southern Sabres 80
Top performers: J. Sykes 27 points/12 rebounds, A Doyle 25 points/8 assists , G. Mckay 16 points

Eltham have won their third game of the season behind the aerial brilliance of Josh Sykes and the shooting of Adam Doyle. The Sabres had key players missing but that did not slow them down as they took an 8 point lead at the half. The Wildcats must of had some of “Michael’s Secret Stuff” (Space Jam reference) at half time as they started the third period on a 13-2 run and would outscore the Sabres 32-15 in the quarter. The fourth quarter turned into Josh Sykes personal highlight movie as he threw down four dunks in the period alone igniting the Wildcats to a 17 point win.