Magic and Cruisers both 8-0 as teams prepare for final games before Christmas break

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Sean Van Der WielenHarvey-Waroona Reporter
There was full action on the court for the first round in three weeks on Wednesday.
Camera IconThere was full action on the court for the first round in three weeks on Wednesday. Credit: RegionalHUB

The Waroona Amateur Basketball Association seniors competitions are back to being all hands on deck, with all teams playing as scheduled last round.

Round nine of this summer’s season was held at the Waroona Recreation and Aquatic Centre on Wednesday, in what was the halfway point of the ordinary season.

It was the first time since round six all matches went ahead, following multiple forfeits in rounds seven and eight.

In the men’s competition, Rent-A-Crowd had the Warriors nipping at their heels at the halfway point of their final match for the year, with both teams separated by only two points.

The team’s buffer was not enough to keep off a surge by the Warriors in the second half, with the side ultimately winning the match 62-52.

Trey Bennell was the best for his side scoring 29 points, while opposition player Matthew Parker finished the game just behind on 28.

Magic continued their perfect season with a 78-46 win over the Bulls, who played two fill-ins during the game.

Jurrell Hansen scored 26 points to help his side to victory, while Bailey Gallop helped carry the defeated side by scoring 33 points.

The Kings’ Keelan Hinchcliffe achieved the same result in helping his team in their 44-29 win against the Bush Chooks.

In the women’s competition, the undefeated Cruisers nearly trebled the score of their opponents to score a 45-16 victory against Group Therapy.

The victors managed to keep their opponents to only three points in the first half, while Lisa Joseph (13 points) and Jennifer Hayes (12 points) managed to individually nip at their opponent’s final score.

Phoenix players managed to just finish off their year with a victory after defeating the Young Bloods 24-22.

Abby Simpson scored 13 points for the winning team.

Things were higher scoring but still close between the Kings and the Blue Birds.

The Blue Birds had a razor-thin one point lead at half time, but ran out of steam in the second half to allow the second-placed team to storm home to a 38-34 victory.

Brooke Vantwist was the best player of the match, scoring 14 points.

The Suns and the Slammers will return to the court on Wednesday for the final matches of the year.

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