Weekend Wrap – 27th & 28th April

Youth Women
Eltham Wildcats 48 def by Keilor Thunder 61
Top performers: K. Mountford 16 points/14 rebounds, E. Horsley 14 points/19 rebounds

After winning the first period 14-10 the Wildcats struggled to find the scoreboard in the second quarter being outscored 7-20 which would be the difference in the game. The second half would be a seesaw as Eltham won the third but again outplayed in the fourth period. The Wildcats were brilliant inside the paint out rebounding (59-48) and outscoring (30-18) the Thunder.

Youth Men
Eltham Wildcats 91 def Southern Sabres 68
Top performers: B. Norris 14 points/9 assists, M. Scherf 13 points/7 rebounds

A 29-17 opening period set the table for a Wildcats win on Saturday night against the Southern Sabres. The Wildcats locked in defensively forcing the Sabres to shoot tough low percentage shots while moving the ball on the offensive end saw Eltham win all four quarters and the game.

Eltham Wildcats 75 def Hawthorn Magic 46
Top performers: M. Scherf 15 points/7 rebounds, C. Yammouni 10 points

The Wildcats came out full of intensity on Sunday against the Hawthorn Magic. Eltham were all over the Magic on the defensive end only allowing them 14 first half points while netting 42 of their own. Every Wildcat player scored and even more impressive was the 37 bench points.

Senior Women
Eltham Wildcats 74 def Ringwood Hawks 68
Top performers: M. Mulligan 23 points/15 rebounds, C. Schweers 19 points

The Eltham Wildcats have beaten the Ringwood Hawks for the first time since 2012. The first three quarters would see the game go back and fourth with neither team sustaining leads. The final quarter was the difference as the Hawks shot 2/18 from the field and only managed to score 6 points for the period.

Senior Men
Eltham Wildcats 106 def by Ringwood Hawks 112 (20T)
Top performers: A. Doyle 32 points, B. Waldren 23 points

The Wildcats came away empty handed after going down in a double overtime thriller against the Ringwood Hawks. Eltham blew a 9 point lead in the final five minutes of the fourth quarter as Ringwood missed two opportunities to win the game. Behind a Ben Waldren free throw the Wildcats secured a four point lead with 15 seconds remaining but Grandy Glaze committed a cardinal sin fouling Jacob Gibsons 3 point attempt. Gibson hit all three then the Hawks intentionally fouled Grandy Glaze to who hit 1/2 from the line. Up 2 and an errand inbound pass from the Wildcats ended up in a transition lay up for the Hawks to tie it up 95-95 and send the game into double OT. Once again the game went back and fourth as both teams filled up the scoring column but it was the Hawks who executed and made shots in the final 40 seconds to win the game.