Weekend Wrap – 4th & 5th May

Youth Women
Eltham Wildcats 66 def by Casey Cavaliers 73
Top performers: S. Fell 19 points/8 rebounds, P. Cantone 13 points/10 rebounds

After a slow first quarter the Wildcats battled hard on Saturday night against the Casey Cavs going down by only 7 points. Eltham used their size to dominate the rebounds and the points in the paint but were unable to value possession turning the ball over a remarkable 36 times which was the difference in the game.

Eltham Wildcats 49 def by Camberwell Dragons 52
Top performers: E. Davies 12 points, L. Brancatisano 10 points

The Wildcats hit the road on Sunday to take on the Camberwell Dragons which would be a low scoring affair. The first half went basket for basket but it was the third period that would result in the difference as the Dragons outscored Eltham 15-8. Eltham rallied hard in the fourth cutting the lead to only 3 points with a Taylor Vine two point jump shot in the final seconds.

Youth Men
Eltham Wildcats 70 def Knox Raiders 67
Top performers: M. Scherf 19 points, C. Yammouni 17 points

The Wildcats and the Raiders played a thriller on Saturday night at Eltham High School. Knox came to play taking a three point half time lead but Eltham came out firing on all cylinders in the third quarter outscoring the Raiders 23-12. Knox took the lead 61-60 with only 3.29 remaining in the game but Eltham executed down the stretch outscoring Knox 10-5 to win the game.

Eltham Wildcats 82 def Melbourne Tigers 62
Top performers: C. Yammouni 33 points/10 rebounds, C. Westall 12 points/7 rebounds

Eltham once again started slow and saw themselves down 5 going into the second period. A 20-20 second period set up what would be the Wildcats best defensive half of the season only allowing Melbourne to score 9 points in each period while netting 43 of their own. Christian Yammouni was superb with a season high 33 points/10 rebounds.

Senior Women
Eltham Wildcats 65 def by Dandenong 83
Top performers: C. Schweers 24 points, M. Mulligan 18 points/15 rebounds

The first three quarters went back and fourth with the Rangers going into the final period up by 5 points. Dandenong would take control of the game in the fourth quarter as the Wildcats struggled to find the basket only scoring 3/14 shot attempts. Dandenong would outscore Eltham 21-8 to secure the win.

Eltham Wildcats 94 def Launceston Tornados 80
Top performers: C. Schweers 28 points, M. Mulligan 19 points/11 rebounds

The Wildcats took on an undermanned but very impressive Launceston outfit on Sunday afternoon at Eltham High School. Despite only having seven players and missing an import due to injury the Tornados would not go away and would cut the lead to only 10 with just over seven minutes remaining in the game behind an S. O’Neill 2 point floater.

Young star Abbey Ellis (18 points/3 steals) took the game over with her activity on both ends of the floor helping stretch the lead to 14 points to ensure a much earned win.

Senior Men
Eltham Wildcats 104 def Dandenong Rangers 85
Top performers: A. Doyle 27 points, G. McKay 26 points/11 rebounds

The Wildcats came out firing at the Dandenong Basketball Stadium on Saturday night behind a 26-13 opening quarter. The Rangers looked to secure momentum and the game as they dropped 36 points in the second quarter alone but the resilient Wildcats dominated the third (26-10) and played out the final quarter to get their second win of the season. McKay and Doyle were brilliant.

Eltham Wildcats 95 def by North West Tasmania Thunder 100
Top performers: A. Doyle 24 points, J. Aver 20 points

The Wildcats returned to Eltham High School for the second time to take on North West Tasmania. The Thunder took an 8 point lead at quarter time behind some brilliant team play on both ends of the floor. The well drilled North West outfit looked to be running away with the game as they pushed the lead to 14 early in the fourth. Justin Aver then clicked into gear getting to the ring and creating for Bradbury and McKay while hitting back to back three point baskets of his own in the final minute of the game to cut the lead to 3. The Thunder hit their free throws down the stretch to keep the fast finishing Wildcats at bay.