Knights unleash scoring onslaught

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Knights' Keanu Weeden takes on Crabs' Ezra Marques on his way to the hoop.
Camera IconKnights' Keanu Weeden takes on Crabs' Ezra Marques on his way to the hoop. Credit: Cameron Newbold

Knights dropped 47 points in a clinical second period to brush aside Crabs in their round 10 Albany Basketball Association men’s A-grade contest on Tuesday night, maintaining their place at the top of the ladder.

The early stages of the match suggested it was going to be an entertaining arm wrestle as Crabs fought hard to regain the lead midway through the first half, mainly through veteran Danial Abbott.

Even trailing by nine points at half-time, Crabs had been sharp enough in attack and were preventing Knights’ fast-break threat as best they could.

But things unravelled in the first few minutes of the second half in a big way.

It was almost seven minutes before Crabs added to their half-time score and in that time Knights had gone to another level, pinching the ball and simply creating havoc with their high-tempo style.

Knights' Henry Alforque takes on Crabs' Hunter Richards.
Camera IconKnights' Henry Alforque takes on Crabs' Hunter Richards.

Knights went on an 18-0 run and it was purely and simply game over.

Cohen Scott broke the drought for Crabs, who actually scored consecutive baskets, but it only momentarily put the brakes on the Knights’ train.

The margin got beyond 25 points and kept growing as Knights finished emphatic 36-point winners.

The departing Tom Edwards was again damaging with 18 points and Henry Alforque was at his evasive best with 17 points.

Such is the weaponry Knights have, all six players hit the scoresheet and four reached double figures, with Kye Griffiths (13 points) and Henrick Alforque (12) also busy in the 73-37 triumph.

Abbott must be admired for his competitiveness in any situation as he toiled gallantly for 12 points, but his side quite possibly had more turnovers than they had points and slipped to last as a result.

Knights’ Tom Edwards has possession as Crabs’ Shane Braimbridge reaches in.
Camera IconKnights’ Tom Edwards has possession as Crabs’ Shane Braimbridge reaches in.

Barking Owls share the same 8-1 record as Knights after they won a hard-fought fixture over Kinjarling Thunder, 61-40.

In the closest game of round 10, Tigers escaped with a narrow 43-41 win over The Farm Athletics, with Bodhi Holmes and John Santia both having 12 points for the winners.

Ambassadors slipped up against Raiders’ under-18 development squad, losing 35-56 after Henry Alforque (19) fired yet again.

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