Shepparton Gators have enjoyed back-to-back victories at the weekend with wins against Maccabi Warriors and Western Port Steelers.DAMEN FRANCIS April 15, 2014 3:15am
Shepparton Gators passed yet another test of their credentials, with back-to-back wins in their first home-and-away double header of the Big V season.
The Gators scraped past Maccabi Warriors by five points at Bialik Stadium on Saturday night, before accounting for Western Port Steelers by 11 at Shepparton Sports Stadium on Sunday.
Neither performance particularly impressed coach Russell Parker, but the results showed his side had the ability to grind out wins.
‘‘Statistically we were better than both the other teams, but we didn’t cover ourselves in glory,’’ Parker said.
‘‘Coaches always want to play a 100 per cent perfect game, but realistically it’s more like the difference between 50 per cent and 75 per cent. You’ve got to win regardless and we did, which is pleasing.
‘‘We’re a third of the way through the season and we’re in good shape, so we’re not complaining.’’
Matt Bartlett recovered from a horror start in which he committed four early turnovers, to post 29 points against the Warriors, including four three-pointers, and a 41.7 per cent shooting percentage from the floor.
JL Lewis (17 points, nine rebounds, three steals and two blocks), Matt Waight (13 points and eight rebounds) and John Woodcock (12 points and eight rebounds) were also prominent.
Benji Tamir caused plenty of problems for the visiting Gators, putting up 28 points, 13 rebounds and three assists.
Lewis led the way for the home side on Sunday, with a big double-double, hauling down 17 rebounds to go with a team-high 16 points.
The American import stuffed the stat sheets at the weekend, tallying 33 points, 26 boards, four steals, four assists and four blocks across the two games, all despite having root canal treatment late in the week.
Bartlett and Dylan Wayman, who hit just two of 16 shots from the floor for the weekend, had also been unwell.
John Woodcock suffered a knock to the shoulder in game one, but was able to take to the court Sunday.
Point guards Shannon Ralph and Tom Frame came in for praise for their performance on Steelers guard Manny Hendrix.
The pair kept the American to 18 points — well down on his season average of 32 going into the contest.
Parker used nine players across the two games and said it was disappointing he had been unable to hand court time to any of the club’s young players, due to the close contests.
The Gators sit second on the division two men’s ladder and have a week off for Easter, before returning to the court against Keysborough Cougars on April 27.
The Bureau of Meteorology has released a severe weather warning for regions that include Shepparton. It includes damaging winds and the potential for flash flooding.
Pete O’Neill and Abby Hicks are national champions at the completion of the 2015 Australian Barefoot Championships held last week.
GVAC women Rachel Pratt and Jacquie Fitzpatrick showed the men, and the large crowd at Rushworth Speedway on Saturday, March 28, they have what it takes when competing in the men’s classes.
Two international backpackers have taken aim at contractors who hired them to pick fruit in the region without payment.
Rochester boxing coach Chris Trewin and his team of dedicated trainers have been hitting the bag for more than six months and the results are beginning to show.
Local MP calls for community applications
A special event will take place at Pioneer Park on Sunday.
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Concerned Costerfield residents had the chance to voice their antimony health concerns last week after an independent facilitator was appointed.
Strathmerton clinched a win in the high-scoring game against Mathoura on the weekend in the PDFL North West competition.
Deniliquin swimming dynamo Stephen Dalzell has finished 13th overall in his preferred event at the Australian Age Championships.
Murray Goulburn Co-operative has set a date for a special meeting to vote on a new capital structure.
Emergency services are on scene of a two-car crash on the Midland Hwy, near Benalla. Two people have died. Traffic is being diverted.
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