Bygate and Sunbury have title within their grasp


Jess Bygate and the Sunbury Jets have one hand on the Big V Division 1 Championship trophy after a resounding 62-41 victory against Geelong Supercats in game one of a best of three grand final series

The Kennedy Kereama coached Jets took the 90 kilometre trip south to Geelong on Saturday in their stride winning the first quarter 19-9 then reaching the half time break ahead 31-16.

Bygate, after a 21 points haul in the semi-final last week, had a much quieter evening recording 4 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists.

The two teams meet again in Sunbury next Saturday for game two. Game three, unlikely to be needed, is also scheduled to be in Sunbury the following day.

After being trounced last week Toni Edmondson and the Perry Lakes Hawks had the satisfaction of taking their best of three semi-final series to a deciding game in the Western Australian State League.

The Hawks were walloped 80-50 by Joondalup Wolves in game one but struck back in game two to win 60-56 on their home court on Saturday.

Edmondson contributed a double double of 10 points and a dozen rebounds in the win.

Game three on Sunday, back at Joondalup, was a different story as the Wolves mauled the Hawks 74-49.

Edmondson was terrific at the defensive end snaring a game high 14 rebounds in addition to a couple of steals and a block. Unfortunately the Tall Ferns guard could only score five points on a night when the Perry Lakes offence could not get going.

With State League commitments now over Edmondson can focus on pre season training with Perth Lynx – the Australian WNBL season less than six weeks away.

The season is also over for former Tall Black Duane Bailey.

He and the Brisbane Spartans came unstuck against Nunawading Spectres in the SEABL Eastern Conference Preliminary Final on Saturday losing 80-68.

Bailey was one of three Brisbane players in double figures notching 16 points and 7 rebounds. Brisbane gave up a 30-16 first quarter lead and although they narrowed to within three points (58-55) at three-quarter time could not sustain the revival and can now plan for next season.

Former Breakers guard Shane McDonald scored 13 points for Nunawading who advance to the Conference Final.

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