SPECTRES CLAW GAME 1
NUNAWADING BASKETBALL | The Nunawading ‘Gatorade’ Spectres have taken a 1-0 lead in their Big V Grand Final Series with an emphatic 99-75 win over the Eltham Wildcats Saturday night.
A full-house at The Graveyard ensured both sides understood they were on the clock, the significance of claiming a Game 1 victory not lost on anyone in the building.
The Spectres stamped their authority on the game from the get-go, Zachary Coleman-Bock (24 points, 12 rebounds) feeding off the crowds’ energy and dominating the offensive glass. Tom Graham (19 points, 5 rebounds) also elevating the home side above the more favoured Wildcats.
“As we do every week, our focus was on giving great effort and settling into the flow of the game,” Spectres Head Coach Andrew Cutler said.
It was an impressive effort across the board by the Nunawading crew, five players reaching double-figures in the scoring column. The defensive end, equally as impressive as the Wildcats were forced into a sub-par shooting performance from behind the arc (3-13).
“We loved the support of the home crowd and we’ll need everyone out at Eltham next week nice and early to pack the stands with blue.”
The Spectres will head across to Eltham for Game 2 Saturday (Game 3 Sunday if required) with the tip off time to be announced Monday afternoon. Cutler conscious that the Wildcats will make necessary adjustments ahead of an all-important second game.
“Eltham have been a benchmark in our conference all season. We have a great deal of respect for them and are under no illusions as to what lies ahead.”
“They are well drilled and will make adjustments that will challenge us”
“We’ll keep working to improve at practise this week and look forward to that challenge.”
The Spectres will take great confidence going into Game 2, not just from a well-executed performance in the series opener but having also claimed a significant win on Eltham’s home court during the regular season.
Stay tuned to Nunawading Basketball’s social media accounts for more game information as it drops.