Season under way

In round five of the North West Basketball Union Under 22 season on Friday, Smithton Saint Marshall Evans dribbles towards goal against the Devonport Warriors. Pictures: Ashleigh Force.

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NWBU. The Smithton Saints are making an impact in the North West Basketball League Under 22 season.

Playing competitively in both home and away games, the Saints look to a strong second half of the roster.

The season started with a round one home game for the Saints, hosting the Ulverstone Hoppers.

A competitive affair, Ulverstone hopped ahead for the victory 54 to 62 in the women’s game before the men took to the court to turn the tables to win, 63 to 56.

In round two, Smithton travelled to take on Latrobe.

The Demons utilised the energy of a home crowd to gain the match points in both games, 53 to 47 for the women and 72 to 59 for the men.

The Wynyard Wildcats claimed close victories in round three played in Smithton, with the final scores at 50 to 53 and 47 to 56.

The Saints scored strongly against the Burnie Tigers in round four in Burnie, as Smithton took wins in both the women’s match, 53 to 62, and the men’s 47 to 75.

Playing in front of a home crowd in round five on Friday, Smithton strung together two thrilling performances against the Devonport Warriors.

Fast and fierce basketball entertained the spectators as the women narrowly fell behind the opposition to be defeated 52 to 66 while the men gained a 15 point victory, 58 to 43.

The Saints took two tremendous wins in round six against Somerset Heat in Somerset on Tuesday.

Play soared from end to end in the women’s match, ending in a two point victory to Smithton, 63 to 65. The women now have two victories in the record books and sit at sixth on the ladder.

Somerset struggled to find momentum in the men’s match as Smithton dominated in the scoring to win 73 to 100. Now with four wins on the board, the men remain in tight contention between Latrobe Demons and Devonport Warriors on the ladder, sitting at fifth.

Saint Jordan Williams has provided experience and guidance to the young Under 22 squad, says coach Matthew ‘Wak’ Walker. While Ryan Nibbs has excelled in the season to date with swift skills and accurate shooting.

“We have a great group of young men in the team that are playing exciting basketball,” said Walker.

“I think with the support of more people on game day, this group could go a long way.”

The Smithton Saints will host a home game in round seven of the North West Basketball Union on Tuesday (October 2) against the Penguin Blues.

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