It was a winning weekend in round 12 NBL1 action for the Bendigo Braves, with both teams securing wins on the road against the Eltham Wildcats.
The Braves women cruised to their 15th win of the season in a 96-60 thumping of Eltham last Saturday night.
The Braves were never troubled as they led by 15 points at quarter-time, 18 points at half-time and 27 points at three-quarter time.
Forward Becca Tobin dropped an effortless 22 points on 13 shots as well as 14 rebounds to lead the team.
Eight of captain Kelly Wilson’s 19 points came from the free throw line, with the Braves a near-perfect 22/23 from the stripe.
Eltham struggled to defend the paint all night, giving up 40 points, while their bench was more prolific than their starters, scoring 36 of the team’s 60 points.
A monster night from Ray Turner propelled the Braves to a much-needed win against the Cats as they prevailed 92-88.
Turner’s 26 points included a perfect 11/11 from the foul line and even a three-pointer as the big man was unstoppable in 28 minutes of play.
Three other players scored in double figures for the Braves, with reserve guard Tanner Rayner seeing a rise in his minutes after an injury to Deonte Burton in the first half.
The Braves struggled to half time, trailing by 12 points at the main break before strong third and fourth quarters saw them home.
They keep in touch with the top eight, currently in ninth spot behind the Dandenong Rangers at 8-8.
Tomorrow night’s round 13 clash is the Braves’ final regular season home game as they welcome the Diamond Valley Eagles to town.
The Eagles women are bottom of the standings at 2-15, while the men’s team has also struggled this season at 7-10.
The women’s match tips off at 5.30pm, with the men to follow at 7.30pm.
By NICHOLAS NAKOS