BASKETBALL Kyabram’s ‘Big House’ was a rock’n on Monday night with players thrilling a large crowd of supporters in round two of competition.
Betta Home Living Hornets and Mister Embroidery Raptors, in Year 7-9 division, experienced just how much time exists in the final minute of play when the clock is stopped at every whistle.
With scores locked and 40 seconds on the clock, the Hornets looked to have the game in their grasp when their leader Jarom Owen-Horn advanced the ball down the court.
He had amassed 25 points to that stage, and, as he spied the clock, he appeared to have the game-winning shot in his sight.
But during that last 20 seconds there were at least a dozen shots on goal, a scramble of defense, free throws by Jarom — he knocked down one to send his team ahead, 34-33 — an intentional foul that sent Raptors to the line (0 from 2) and possession, and the final winning shot by Rhys Shay as the clock wound to its conclusion.
Take a bow Raptors and Hornets. It was a match to savour.
Highlights: The last-minute scramble, all six Raptors players scoring, including Blake ‘Boz’ O’Hara who set his feet and flushed a long bomb, Jarom, of course, and James Myers (nine points) who showed he has game in the big league.
On the other court, Oliver Watt (Ky Bakery Gators) and Sam Plumb (Walker Real Estate Wildcats) traded points on their way to each amassing 20 points for their respective teams.
While Sam had only one scoring partner in Will Hooper (10), Oliver delighted in Ivan De Leon’s return (15) and the addition of new player Darcy Backway (10).
Final score: Gators d Wildcats 53-30.
Two close matches played out in Grade 5-6 division with Infinity Health Gators and ACM Raptors taking the four points for a win.
Defense was king in the Infinity Health Gators/Fab Flowers Hornets match where the final score was Gators 12, Hornets 10.
Gators’ Archer Guinan (six) marshalled his troops and was his team’s top scorer.
Darcy Ramadan was Hornets’ leading scorer, with six.
In the other 5/6 match, last season’s All Star member Harrison Wigg made a welcome return to the court for Aldon Tutoring Centres Wildcats, rebounding strongly and scoring 14 close-to-the-hoop points. Ali Hall also had a good return, scoring eight.
But it wasn’t enough to get past the fast-moving ACM Raptors. Sam Marland scored 10, and brothers McDonald — Ky and Luke — each scored eight points
Final score: Raptors defeated Wildcats 30-26.
In the league’s most junior Grade 1-4 division, last season’s premiers Peter Walsh Hornets won the grand final re-match with Kyabram Veterinary Clinic Raptors 38-14.
Sam Mongan (18) and Logan Green (12) used their height to good effect for the Hornets.
For Raptors, Lachlan Rodriquez, Cooper Wilson and Cooper Rodriquez each scored four.
In the other match, all six Kerr’s Amcal Gators scored, but it was new player Archer Backway who stole the show. He posted 22 of his team’s 36 points.
Jimmy Hargreaves was Albion Motors Wildcats’ leading scorer with 16 points, but the only other scoreboard contributor was Alex Barnes (four).
Basketball Kyabram competition continues next Monday night at Kyabram Sports and Entertainment Centre from 6pm.
To get involved, or for more information, go to basketballkyabram.com or phone Michael on 0414 815 527.