Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Brilliant Bobongie Inspires

Deserved NBL1 North Triumph Over Pirates

FLAMBOYANT forward Denesha Bobongie stole the show as Mackay Meteorettes returned to the winners list in the NBL1 North Conference with an emphatic 71-55 victory South West Metro Pirates at Mackay Basketball Stadium last Saturday night.

Back on home boards after a tough triple-header road trip, the young Meteorettes found their rhythm and groove with Bobongie producing yet another masterclass performance.

Fresh off a three game winning streak, the Pirates had no answer to the Mackay magician who registered 18 points, 15 rebounds and four assists to propel the Meteorettes to a second win in six games.

The Pirates led 19-13 in the first quarter before the Mackay women rolled into action to lead 35-32 at the half time break and sealed victory with a 21-8 points blitz in the final period.

Other Meteorettes players to impress were import guard Davida Dale, who contributed 18 points, seven steals, six rebounds and four assists and forwards Madison MacDonald (11 points, two boards and two steals) and Ellie Collins (6 points, eight rebounds and two assists).

The Pirates were best served by forward Leah Scott (20pts, nine rebounds, two assists); guard Lulu Twidale (14pts, two rebounds and one assist) and forward Hannah Young (11pts, 14 rebounds, three assists and two steals).

South West Metro Pirates stunned the previously undefeated Meteors in the Mens fixture with a shock 97-87 victory over the competition leaders.

Led by dynamic forward Lamar Patterson (26pts, six rebounds, eight assists and four steals), the Pirates showed tenacity and skill to end

Mackay’s five match winning streak with a spirited triumph.

Patterson was the trump card as the Pirates led at all breaks and defended stoutly to stave off a late Meteors challenge.

He was supported by centre Ben Volkman (17pts, ten rebounds) and guard Kai Woodfall (16 points, two rebounds and three assists).

Star Mackay guards Isaac White (32 pts, four rebounds and assists and two steals) and Tyler Williams (20pts, six rebounds, four assists, three steals) led by example with strong performances.

Photo credit: Kieron Place Art & Photography

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