NOTHING BUT NET: Nathan Kirwan moves in for a lay-up.
NOTHING BUT NET: Nathan Kirwan moves in for a lay-up. Leeroy Todd

Gympie Basketball season on the bounce

BASKETBALL: In the second round of basketball action Pelicans have asserted an early season lead on the ladder as they had their second consecutive win.

The news came as a double blow for their on-court foe, as Thundercats suffered their second defeat in as many weeks and must endeavour to turn the tide in the near future.

Pelicans shot out to an 18-11 lead after the first term and were never headed, despite the efforts of Thundercats to re-establish themselves in the contest.

The slow starts will be something Thundercats will need to counter in weeks to come, but it takes nothing away from a great team effort from Pelicans who seem to have lost none of the touch over the extended off-season. Nigel Jenkin was widely acknowledged as the difference through his efforts at both ends of the floor, and will look to maintain his intensity in coming weeks.

The second game of the night brought the return to the court of Huskies, the last team to hoist premiership silverware in 2014.

Understandably so, the champs were as keen as mustard to hit the floor, and showed their credentials in a 48-22 victory over Reptors.

Sporting shiny new uniforms, the Huskies welcomed Mary Valley Physiotherapy as its sponsor for the season and started to show glimpses of play to match their new look as the game progressed.

Troy Ashton displayed customary zeal in the paint to thwart any inside threat Reptors may have posed, though it was not for a lack of endeavour, particularly from Harrison King who has returned to the competition after a short absence.

The match was a tight run contest for the first half, before Huskies applied the afterburners and ran away with the contest.

Perennial contender Bobcats had the bye this round. However, they will return to action next week as one of the older rosters in the competition looks to ease itself into the season.

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