Railways duo help secure vital victory

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Railways' Cyrus Upson gets through traffic.
Camera IconRailways' Cyrus Upson gets through traffic. Credit: Laurie Benson

Railways jumped back to third in the Albany Basketball Association men’s A-grade standings after pulling away from Barking Owls in the second half of their round eight clash on Tuesday night.

Dynamic duo Henrick Alforque and Kalin Lane combined for 20 second-half points as they guided Railways to a 10-point victory.

It was the first win since round 3 for Railways, having drawn a game and then lost their past two outings.

Lane stepped up in the big moments grabbing a stack of rebounds to go with 12 points in the second half.

Henrick Alforque hit two second-half threes on his way to 13 points for the game.

Railways' Kyle Smith takes on Barking Owls' Liam Murdock.
Camera IconRailways' Kyle Smith takes on Barking Owls' Liam Murdock. Credit: Laurie Benson

Railways outscored Barking Owls 31-23 in the second half to win their win their third game of the regular season.

Both sides traded baskets for much of the first half but Kane Shephard’s two just before the buzzer ensured Railways led narrowly at the change.

A three-point play from Henrick Alforque gave Railways a handy buffer early in the second half and despite Owls’ best efforts Railways continued to draw away.

Baskets to Cyrus Upson and Lane opened a game-high lead of 10 points with 12 minutes remaining.

Sam Finigan and Justin Benson tried to drag Owls back into the contest but Railways continued to find answers as Lane and Henrick Alforque iced the 49-39 result.

Railways' Kalin Lane takes on Barking Owls' Sam Finigan.
Camera IconRailways' Kalin Lane takes on Barking Owls' Sam Finigan. Credit: Laurie Benson

Lane top-scored with 16 points and was well supported by Henrick Alforque who hit 13 while Justin Benson was the shining light for Owls with 11.

Tigers continued to show they are a threat, notching their fourth win after taking care of Raiders.

Experienced heads Tim Button and Corey Hill combined for 23 points in their side’s eight-point win.

A strong first half put the Tigers up by 12 points at the half before managing to hold off a young, determined Raiders outfit 41-34.

Hill dropped 12 points while Button added 11 for the victors.

Barking Owls' Liam Murdock takes on Railways' Cyrus Upson.
Camera IconBarking Owls' Liam Murdock takes on Railways' Cyrus Upson. Credit: Laurie Benson

Xavier Brenton-Reed top-scored with 11 for Raiders while David Arthur hit two threes on his way to eight points.

A Henry Alforque masterclass has helped Knights remain clear on top in their title defence, after a convincing 80-61 win against Ambassadors.

Alforque dropped 29 points, 18 which came from beyond the arc in a hot three-point display.

Knights added 44 second-half points to secure their sixth win of the season.

Kye Griffiths was influential with 16 points for Knights and for Ambassadors Caleb Carman toiled hard and finished with 13.

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