Weeden and Leary shoot Wolves to victory

Cameron NewboldAlbany Advertiser

Young pair Keanu Weeden and Matt Leary have helped sink Dugites and ensure Wolves avoid the wooden spoon in the final round of the Albany Basketball Association men’s A-grade competition on Tuesday night.

The duo, who are also teammates in the Raiders’ under-18s development squad, proved the difference in the battle of the cellar-dwellers as they combined for 33 points in their side’s gritty seven-point win.

Dugites point guard Adam Ditchburn and centre Stewart Davies were vital in their side erasing an early deficit and then taking the lead, but a late flurry from Wolves through Weeden and Leary saw their side take a three-point advantage into the break.

Dugites' Todd Knuiman looks for options as Wolves' Zac Pearson defends.
Camera IconDugites' Todd Knuiman looks for options as Wolves' Zac Pearson defends. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Wolves were getting smashed in the rebound count as big man Davies asserted his authority under the basket, but it played into their hands as the perimeter shooting from Leary and Weeden guided them to a fourth win of the season.

Weeden nailed four long-range attempts and transition baskets to finish with 19 points, and Leary chipped in 14, including two from outside the arc.

Wolves shot at 30 per cent from three-point territory and 56 per cent from the free throw line in the 50-43 victory, which lifted them off the bottom of the ladder.

Dugites' Andrew Hobbs attempts to score as Wolves' Daniel Colbung and Cyril Norment defend.
Camera IconDugites' Andrew Hobbs attempts to score as Wolves' Daniel Colbung and Cyril Norment defend. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Dugites were left to rue shooting seven of 17 free throw attempts and going 16 per cent from outside — including missing all six second-half three-point attempts.

Davies had his best offensive return of the season with 13 points, while James Langridge (12 points) and Adam Ditchburn (10) were also in double figures.

Minor premiers Barking Owls had their nine-game winning streak snapped by a determined Ambassadors outfit.

Caleb Carmen got back to his best form with 21 points, while Kye Griffiths (13) and Ryan Barber (12) were also influential in the high-scoring 76-55 triumph.

In the other fixture, Tigers came from five points down in the dying minutes to win a gripping contest against Crabs by three points.

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