Season Best for Duane Bailey plus play-off news involving Tall Ferns


It was a weekend of mixed results for the Australian based New Zealand internationals.

In the Queensland Basketball League Chevannah Paalvast and the Townsville Flames travelled down to Mackay to face the Meteorettes in a quarter-final tie.

The Meteorettes had beaten the Flames twice in regular season action and once again they rose to the occasion winning 82-67 after leading 50-33 at half-time.

Paalvast made 16 points and added 7 rebounds for Townsville but it wasn’t enough to upset Mackay.

The Tall Ferns guard will now focus on preparing for her second season with Townsville Fire in the Australian WNBL. The defending champions open their season in early October.

The season also came to an end at the quarter-final stage for Lisa Wallbutton in the Western Australian State League.

The Perth Redbacks had been defeated 90-66 by Rockingham Flames in game one of the series last weekend. It was tough going again for the Redbacks on Friday going down 77-56 to be eliminated in two straight games.

Wallbutton came up with her customary double figure rebounding Haul, a nice round 10 on this occasion. She also scored 6 points but the Redbacks were beaten comfortably.

Also in the State League it was better news for Toni Edmondson as Perry Lakes Hawks outlasted Mundurah Magic although it took a third game to separate the two teams.

The Hawks were defeated 73-65 at Mundurah on Friday but they protected their home floor on Saturday with a 71-59 win to progress to the semi-finals.

Edmondson contributed 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the decisive game after being restricted to 9 points in the second encounter.

In Melbourne the Sunbury Jets were too hot for Mildura Heat. The Kennedy Kereama coached Jets powered to a 21-9 first quarter lead before easing to an 82-59 victory.

The Jets, for whom Jess Bygate supplied 15 points and 6 rebounds, look likely to progress to the the Big V Division 1 grand final in two straight games when the best of three semi-final series resumes next weekend.

Duane Bailey was in good form for Brisbane Spartans as they rounded out their SEABL regular season with a 93-86 victory against Frankston Blues

Bailey, in just his tenth game for the Spartans, produced a season best 22 points and also snared 8 rebounds.

The CJ Bruton coached Spartans will now face top placed Bendigo Braves in the major semi-final next weekend. The winners advance to the Eastern Conference Final, the losers face the minor semi-final winners.

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