Spartans’ fall is Crabs’ gain

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Kinjarling Thunder's Sam Finigan scores as Ambassadors' Tim Breadmore defends.
Camera IconKinjarling Thunder's Sam Finigan scores as Ambassadors' Tim Breadmore defends. Credit: Laurie Benson

The demise of Albany Spartans has helped Crabs add more scoring depth to their roster as the impact of Hunter Richards combined with a long-range shooting display from veteran Wade Eskett resulted in a win over The Farm Athletics on Tuesday night.

Having forfeited their previous two matches, Albany Spartans have been removed from the Albany Basketball Association A-grade competition with a number of their players switching to other teams.

Richards’ move to join Crabs took little time to have an effect as he contributed 19 points from the bench to provide a perfect combination with three-point specialist Eskett.

Crabs hit nine triples for the game and after being level with Farm Athletics for much of the contest, finally broke clear inside the final 10 minutes to go on and record an impressive six-point win.

Richards tied scores at 41 apiece with a long-range basket and the livewire went about scoring 12 consecutive points for his new side to give them the advantage and when Eskett nailed his fifth triple, Crabs appeared home.

Kinjarling Thunder's Taj Williams takes on Ambassadors' Ryan Barber and Todd Knuiman.
Camera IconKinjarling Thunder's Taj Williams takes on Ambassadors' Ryan Barber and Todd Knuiman. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Eskett and Richards combined for the last three Crabs baskets as their side prevailed 61-55 to record a third win of the season while the impact of Jason Bell (8) and tall duo Ezra Marques (5) and Shane Braimbridge (3) at the defensive end was also vital.

Farm Athletics opened up a lead early in the first half, not missing from the free-throw line or outside the arc in the first few minutes, but their defence allowed Crabs back in on more than one occasion.

Zac Pearson finished with 15 points and was supported by Jaylen Beattie (10) and Jeff Fitzpatrick (9) but their side was outpointed in the rebound count.

Farm Athletics went at 80 percent from the free throw line and shot seven of 14 three pointers while Crabs were successful in nine of 22 long range attempts and hit six of 13 from the line.

Meanwhile, Ambassadors made it two wins in a row after they accounted for Kinjarling Thunder by 13 points in round 9.

Todd Knuiman (15) and Caleb Carmen (12) were terrific for the winners and again Tim Breadmore showed his capabilities at both ends as Ambassadors got across the line, 54-41.

The Thunder were well led by Jackson Shaw with 17 points and hard-working big Sam Finigan (9).

Kinjarling Thunder's Stuart Myers shoots over Ambassadors' David Gill.
Camera IconKinjarling Thunder's Stuart Myers shoots over Ambassadors' David Gill. Credit: Albany Advertiser

In the other games, Knights head to the mid-season break on a seven-game winning streak after beating the Raiders under-18 development squad by 17 points.

Barking Owls defeated Tigers, 44-33.

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