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04:37PM, Mon 2 April 2012

RAIDERS RETAIN THE CYSTIC FIBROSIS CUP WITH TWO BIG WINS


The Knox ‘Under Armour’ Raiders have retained the Cystic Fibrosis Cup over the weekend with two impressive wins against arch-rival Kilsyth. The victories continue the Raiders perfect 3-0 start to the season with both teams the only remaining undefeated club’s in the South Conference. Knox took out the CF Cup with a final margin of 150-132. It is the fourth time the Raiders have won the trophy in its seven year history.

SEABL Men

It’s arguably Victoria’s biggest basketball rivalry when Knox and Kilsyth take the floor against each other and Saturday night’s showdown at Knox Basketball Stadium was what both club’s have grown to expect; a physical and tight contest that went down to the wire.

Despite the frantic finish, the Raiders had to fight back hard in the second half after a very poor start that saw the visiting Cobras race out to an early 34-19 lead by the quarter time break. The Cobras shot at a red hot 62.5% from the field in the opening term whilst the Raiders struggled to convert at a clip of 33.3%.

Scoring for the Raiders dried up further in the second quarter, pouring in just 13 points on 6 from 19 field goals but dodged a bullet from their opposition as the visitors could only muster up one additional point to extend their lead to a healthy but not insurmountable 16 points by the main break.

Bitterly disappointed with their efforts to half-time, the Raiders looked revitalised in the third quarter and gave the home crowd something to cheer about. Starting in place of the injured Mick Hill, Justin Aver stepped up in a big way including scoring five of his 13 points in the first two and a half minutes of the second half as the Raiders went on an opening 9-0 run to peg the lead back to seven. Aver knocked down a big three-pointer to cap the 9-0 run as the Cobras called a quick time-out.

The Raiders continued to chip away at the lead throughout the third but the Cobras kept them at bay until CJ Massingale broke free of some early shooting shackles, reeling off eight straight points in the last 80 seconds of the quarter to tie the ballgame up at 62 a piece.

Never team gave an inch in the final quarter with four points being the greatest margin at any one time. Both teams enjoyed slender leads but it was the Raiders who executed best down the stretch, including going 7 from 7 from the free throw line and 21 from 23 for the entire game.

Lester Strong knocked down a pair of clutch free throws with six seconds remaining to put the Raiders up by three points and when Cobras new import Garfield Blair missed a potential game tying three-pointer, the Raiders sowed up a fantastic 81-78 come from behind win.

Although struggling early from the field, Massingale still finished with a game high 27 points including 10/11 from the free throw line, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. The two-time MVP came up with some big shots in the game’s final minutes and troubled Blair into some costly turnovers in the final quarter.

John Philip was voted the game’s MVP with another workmanlike 21 points @  52.9% and 10 rebounds performance. Philip played over 35 minutes of action and battled hard down low all game against the Cobras bigs duo of Tim Lang (22 points, 10 rebounds) and Auryn Macmillan (13 points, 10 rebounds).

Strong came up big in the final moments of the game but was plagued by foul trouble, finishing with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks in just 26 minutes. Aver was the other Raider in double figures with 13 points and 5 rebounds.

For the Cobras, Lang and Macmillan were tough opponents inside whilst Blair notched up 18 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists.


SEABL Women

Earlier, the Knox ‘Under Armour’ Raiders SEABL Women continued their blistering start to the season with a 69-54 win over the Lady Cobras to set up a 15 point CF Cup lead for the men who followed.

Still playing without the services of reigning MVP Amy Denson, the young Raiders outfit under new coach Cheryl Chambers looked like a cohesive team that is playing well above their years of experience.

The Raiders jumped out to a 16 point lead at the main break, mainly in part to a 27-12 second quarter as the home side shot a sizzling 75% (12/16) from the field whilst forcing the visitors into some tough shots on the other end of the floor.

Playing in her 100th SEABL game, Odette Andrew has relished her increased responsibilities and game time this season, scoring in double figures for the third straight game. Andrew finished with a game high 16 points @ 54.5%, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals for the Raiders.

Baskets became hard to come by in the third quarter with both teams shooting at just 25% but it was the Raiders who still managed to win the term by four points and extend their advantage out to a commanding 20 points.

The Lady Cobras showed some resiliency in the final quarter with Hayley Moffatt (14 points, 3 rebounds) and Chantella Perera (12 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists) battling hard for their team. The visitors cut the final winning score to 15 points but it was too little too late as the Raiders first three quarters had set-up the game winning margin.

Raiders big pairing of Shanae Greaves and Emily Fryters continued to impress, combining for 24 points and 20 rebounds. Greaves poured in 13 points @ 50% to go with 8 rebounds and 3 assists with Fryters leading the way again on the glass with 12 rebounds, 11 points @ 55.6% and 2 blocks.

New recruit Kelly Wilson continued to show her former MVP class with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Other Raiders starter, Cassie Smith notched up 7 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals.

Both Knox ‘Under Armour’ Raiders teams will enjoy the Easter break off before returning to the court on Thursday 12th April in a double-header against the Rangers at Dandenong Basketball Stadium. The Raiders will then back it up two nights later at home against Sandringham in a double-header on Saturday 14th April which will mark CJ Massingale’s 200th game for the Raiders.

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