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SPECTRES STRIKE RAIDERS

SPECTRES STRIKE RAIDERS

NUNAWADING BASKETBALL | The Nunawading 'Gatorade' Spectres Big V women have extended their good form, opening the Big V season with a 2-0 win/loss record on the back of a strong performance against Knox at the State Basketball Centre Saturday night.

The Spectres, led by post Caillin Ibbotson (19 points, 7 rebounds) claimed an impressive 69-66 win against the Raiders in a physical contest that saw 47 fouls called and 58 free throws taken. Ibbotson relishing in the style of play to dominate the paint across all four quarters, shooting the ball at 80% from the field.

Tessa Boyd continued her impressive start to 2017 also, contributing 16 points including the final basket to close out the game.

Whilst the Spectres took the lead from the opening tip, Knox did an exceptional job of playing the possession game against Nunawading, never allowing the margin to balloon beyond a couple of baskets (Nunawading's biggest lead for the game was 7 points). The Raiders took the points in the third term, stealing the lead momentarily in the final period before the Spectres regained control and the game.

Nunawading will play their home opener this Saturday night, hosting an inform Sandringham side having defeated Altona Sunday.

On the men's side of the Victorian Youth Championship division, Nunawading travelled up the mountain for a Sunday showdown with Sherbrooke, with the Spectres still looking to open their account in 2017.

The Suns jumped out to an early lead, which they never gave up across the 40 minute contest. A poor shooting night (21% from the field) and high turnover rate (18 for the game) limiting the SPectres ability to get themselves back into contention.

Nunawading drop to 0-2 on the season but hold a golden opportunity to turn their fortunes at home this Saturday where they square off against 2016 Grand Finalist, Ringwood Hawks.
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