NBL1 RECAP - ROUND 6
NUNAWADING BASKETBALL | The Nunawading ‘Burwood One’ Spectres returned to the winners list in NBL1 men’s competition Saturday night following a comprehensive road win over the Southern Sabres.
The Spectres piled on 116 points, their highest collective tally of the season behind a vintage performance from big man Simon Conn (31 points, 16 rebounds). Conn played far from a lone hand though, with five Spectres notching double digits in the points column, Shane McDonald with 10 assists and Dain Swetalla also claiming a double-double with 17 points, 14 rebounds.
It was a far more of a complete performance by Nunawading, who welcomed back skipper Tom Wright from national duties along with Swetalla and McDonald from injury. The Spectres won each of the first three terms against the Sabres, before really stamping their authority on the fourth and final period to run away comfortable victors.
The Nunawading women also claimed an emphatic win over the Sabres, all but burying the home side in the first quarter.
Co-captains Izzy Chilcott (22 points, 12 rebounds) and Rachel Antoniadou (19 points, 5-7 3P) led the way with Chelsea D’Angelo (17 points) and Rebecca Pizzey (16 points) also keeping the score table busy.
The Spectres were able to play all 11 players significant minutes across the game, a move that signifies the depth and talent on the Nunawading roster, including Rachel Brewster who had returned to Australia following a standout 4-year collegiate career with Utah State just 2 days prior to the game.
Both sides face an important away / home double this weekend, with results potentially playing a significant role ahead of what is shaping to be one of the most competitive backends to a season in recent years.
Saturday night the Spectres will head over to Dandenong for a cross-suburban showdown against the Rangers, before returning home to The Graveyard Sunday to host some of the finest young talent worldwide in the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence.