Nunawading Basketball News



The Nunawading Spectres have swept the Player and Coach of the Month awards for April with Marena Whittle and Paul Flynn taking out the honours respectively.

Whittle has made a successful return to the court after missing the end of the last SEABL season through injury and led the Spectres to an unbeaten run through April.

She averaged 22.6 points per game (sixth best in the league), 7.8 rebounds, two assists and 12 total steals (seventh best).

In addition, Whittle has been highly efficient at the offensive end, knocking down 48.8% from the field, 48% from the three-point line, 77% from the free-throw line and her 12 made three-pointers places her fifth in the competition.

Playing just 19 minutes in her opening game against the CoE, Whittle eased herself back into the season with 13 points, five rebounds and two steals while shooting 3-4 from distance.

She then dominated proceedings the following day against Melbourne, scoring 26 points in 24 minutes on 10-18 shooting while adding six rebounds and three steals to get Nunawading off to a perfect start in Round 1.

The following weekend she recorded her first double-double of the year with 28 points and 11 rebounds including five offensive boards against Diamond Valley and backed that up in Round 3 with her most impressive performance, collecting 31 points, 13 rebounds, two assists and three steals in an 11-point road victory over Frankston.

Wrapping up a brilliant month, Whittle finished with 15 points, four boards and three steals against Albury/Wodonga, leading the Spectres to a league-best 5-0 record.

Coach Flynn has been the mastermind of Nunawading’s success in his debut season at the helm, taking the Spectres to the top of the ladder with three wins at home and two on the road.

They were one of only two teams to sit unbeaten at the end of the month but played two more games than Bendigo to be placed first.

The Spectres won their five games in April by an average margin of 15 points and only lost five quarters for the month as they showcased a consistent performance through each contest.

Nunawading have also been very impressive to start each game, leading by an average of eight points at quarter-time after they blew the CoE out of the water with a 25-12 opening term while also leading Melbourne 19-11 and Diamond Valley 26-15 at quarter-time.

May will be a serious test of the Spectres’ form as they get ready to take on the likes of Hobart, Geelong and Kilsyth but they have laid the foundations in April to reach the playoffs for an eighth straight year.

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