Top scorer: Kelly Wilson


The Champions IGA Lady Braves have started the NBL1 season in the best possible way after back-to-back wins in round two to move to 3-0.

On Friday night, the Lady Braves used a dominant second half, where they outscored the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence 39-20 to win 72-54 at Bendigo Stadium.

Kelly Wilson top scored with 22 points and 14 assists, with Gabe Richards dropping 20 points in the win.

The Lady Braves backed up that strong performance with a 73-55 win against rivals the Ballarat Rush on Saturday night.

A strong second and fourth quarters propelled the side, who were once again led by Kelly Wilson, who scored 22 points.

Round two wasn’t a good one for the Bendigo Bank Braves who lost both of their games to fall to 1-2 on the season.

New import Deonte Burton scored 11 points on debut but it wasn’t enough as the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence dominated the second half 48-34 to win by 15 points, 87-72.

The derby at Ballarat’s Minerdome was a much closer contest, with the Braves in the game until the buzzer, losing 94-86.

It was a break out game for Burton, who scored a game-high 30 points on 9/14 shooting, with captain Ray Turner scoring 21 points in a losing effort.

The Bendigo Bank Braves and Champions IGA Lady Braves both hit the road tomorrow night to play the Kilsyth Cobras at Kilsyth Sports Centre.