Tall Spartans powerful force against Ambassadors
The imposing height new side Den/Albany Spartans possess appears a key part of their quest to play finals after they disposed of a wayward Ambassadors in round 6 of the Albany Basketball Association men’s A-grade competition.
A squad stacked with tall players, Spartans dominated the rebound count on their way to a 10-point win to remain entrenched inside the top four ahead of a defining month in their season.
With games against the Kinjarling Thunder, Tigers and Knights to come in the next three weeks, a win was all Spartans were after against the Ambassadors but the result was never in any real danger thanks to their athletic heavyweights.
Despite coughing up the lead twice in the second half, Spartans were in control for the majority of the contest as a scoring flurry from Nathan Miller and then the poise of Taj Williams guided them to victory.
Sam Baddeley-Holmes, Jak Phillips and Bodhi Holmes were formidable under the bucket as Spartans finished winners, 46-36.
Ambassadors trailed by three points at half-time after two late three pointers from Jaylen Beattie and a successful basket to Kevin Fontana on the buzzer and they carried that momentum into the second half.
Early in the last half Ambassadors hit the lead but the nippy Miller hit a triple then caused a turnover for a resulting lay-up and was on the end of another turnover to score seven consecutive points and restore order for his side.
From there Spartans held sway with Williams getting busy in offence to ensure the result, impressively knocking down 10 second half points.
Williams top scored with 15 to go with contributions from Miller (10) and Baddeley-Holmes (8), their team shooting five of 13 three point attempts for the match.
Ambassadors shot poorly throughout the clash and were left to rue missing all seven of their second half three point attempts and hitting seven of 19 free throws at 37 per cent for the entire game.
Kye Griffiths and Beattie finished with 10 points for Ambassadors while Caleb Carmen (7) failed to score in the opening 20 minutes.
In other results, Tigers withstood a spirited challenge from Kinjarling Thunder to claim a 13- point win on the back of a 21-point haul from Tim Button.
Barking Owls prevailed in a tight contest against Crabs, 52-47 with Red Rogers (13) and Justin Benson (11) influential while the Knights maintained their perfect record downing Raiders under-18 squad, 49-34.
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