Shepparton Gators ready for revenge

By Tyler Maher

There is a solitary glaring blot on the copybook of Shepparton Gators’ men’s team this Country Basketball League season.

The north-east division ladder-leader has dropped just one of its nine clashes this summer as the outfit hurtles towards finals action — a round seven fixture against Wodonga away from home.

But the Wolves will be at the gate of the Shepparton Sports Stadium tonight and the host will be keen to rectify November’s five-point defeat in order to make a top-two finish a certainty with just a pair of matches to follow in the regular season.

Josh Waight’s charges tuned up nicely for tonight’s contest, which tips off at 8pm, with a 29-point win against Wangaratta last week and will want to keep that momentum rolling against the Wolves.

Nick Dodd (16 points), Dylan Wayman (13), Liam Dodd (10) and Josh La Batlus (10) all reached double figures in the last contest between the Gators and Wolves, but stopping Wodonga’s Josh McKay (16) and Bailey Lloyd (15) will be high on the agenda for the home side this time around.

Last week every Shepparton player who got on the court snared at least two points, with Jordan Michel (16 points) and Nick Dodd (14) leading the way.

Victory tonight would set up a huge clash against Seymour next weekend for the Gators, with the winner of that contest then likely to snare top spot heading into the finals.