Crunch encounter has Wolves hungry for seafood

Tayler NealeAlbany Advertiser

An all-important clash between Crabs and Wolves will headline round 12 of the Albany Basketball Association men’s A-grade competition at Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre tonight.

With four rounds remaining, the Crabs are hanging onto fourth spot, but a loss tonight could cause them to slide to sixth, with the Wolves currently holding a superior percentage and Ambassadors scheduled for a bye.

The Wolves haven’t tasted victory since a round 8 win in December over bottom side Dugites, and will look to get their season back on track tonight.

With Wolves guard Matt Leary out with an eye injury, fellow back-court player John Murray will have his work cut out.

Last time the sides met, Leary top-scored with 21 points as Wolves thumped Crabs 50-35.

Murray is averaging 15.5 points a game but will need solid offensive contributions from other teammates to overcome Crabs.

In the other fixtures, Barking Owls take on Raiders’ under-18 development squad, while Dugites and Tigers also face off.

In the women’s A-grade competition, a top-of-the-table clash between Flames and Magpies will give one side breathing room as the race to the finals heats up.

The two sides are locked on 29 points with nine wins and separated only by percentage.

In the round 7 clash between the two teams, Flames notched a comprehensive 16-point win as Zandalee Arthur top-scored with 25 points.

In the other matches, Raiders take on Panthers, and Grammar Griffins play Sparks.

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