Shepparton Gators have lifted their intensity in the second half to post a strong victory over Keysborough Cougars in their Big V clash.DAMEN FRANCIS April 1, 2014 4:15am
Shepparton Gators jumped into the Big V division two men’s top four with a 15-point win against Keysborough Cougars in front of a vocal home crowd on Sunday.
The Gators were slow out of the blocks and lost the first two quarters before taking control after half-time and running away with it.
It was the Gators’ second straight win and one of their most impressive performances since returning to Big V last year.
‘‘We had a lot of different contributors and an even points spread,’’ coach Russell Parker said.
‘‘They were a bit physically stronger than us in the first half and we were a bit tentative on defence, but we picked the intensity up and it took care of that.
‘‘We’re progressing quite nicely and the boys have been saying they felt teams had improved from last year, so it’s a good sign we’ve been competitive so far.’’
Newly signed American import John Lee Lewis Jr made his first appearance in Gators colours and showed enough to suggest he would be a significant addition to the roster.
Lewis finished with 14 points, seven rebounds, two steals, three assists and a blocked shot in 26 minutes off the bench.
There remains scope for improvement, as he made just six of a team-high 15 field-goal attempts and committed five turnovers for the game, and Parker admitted the newcomer was a little too eager to impress.
‘‘He was very keen to do well and he might have been a little over enthusiastic,’’ Parker said.
‘‘He fitted in fine, but it was very early for him and there’s quite a bit of work to be done on how to best utilise him.’’
John Woodcock was the star, contributing 22 points, eight boards and two blocks and keeping Cougars giant Kevin Benn largely in check.
Benn recorded a 19-point, 10-rebound double-double, but had limited impact after half-time as Woodcock worked him over going the other way.
‘‘Kevin is just a great big man. He camps in the key, doesn’t get three-second violations called on him and is hard to defend,’’ Parker said.
‘‘John did really well. Benn was defending him and had to chase him up and down the court. I don’t think many guys in this competition would like chasing John up and down the court all day.’’
The only downside of the contest was a hip injury to captain Matt Bartlett, but the guard fought it out and still managed 12 points and five assists in 28 minutes.
Matt Waight (10 points, 11 rebounds and five assists) and Dylan Wayman (14 points, nine boards and four three-pointers) were also good.
The redevelopment of Shepparton Library, which will feature accessible shelving, a teen-specific area, a Skype booth and internet-enabled work stations, will be completed in the next two months.
The Ovens & Murray qualifying final between Yarrawonga and Lavington on Saturday left spectators talking more about the standard of umpiring than the two competing teams.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
The Kiss Angels, 50 Shades of Hope team have come up with a creative way of fundraising for the Relay for Life, a purple potty.
District hotels and businesses may change rosters with penalty rates for casual employees on Sundays set to be cut.
Students visit local businesses for reading lessons
Bottle thrown at Jason Cole in bitter aftermath to Seymour-Benalla game on Saturday.
A truck driver is lucky to be alive after crashing into a Jerilderie home yesterday morning.
Chef and co-owner of Heathcote’s Willow Room Brent Loam is thrilled with the listing in the 2015 Age Good Food Guide
Cobram kids learn about health with hospital as state-wide obesity campaign is launched.
TRUCKtalk magazine all the rage with local truck drivers.
A few anxious customers were outside the closed gates of the failed Bee-Jay Machinery business on Goulburn Valley Hwy in Shepparton on Tuesday morning, wondering what would become of deposits they had paid for tractors and other machinery.
An unknown sum of money was stolen from Benalla Golf Club this morning after thieves broke into its gaming room.
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