Wheelkings Drop Two on Long Weekend
A critically under-strength Wenty Leagues Wheelkings wheelchair basketball team has lost both games of a double-header second round of the National Wheelchair Basketball League (NWBL) competition.
The Wheelkings were without Australian Paralympians Liesl Tesch, Tina Stewart and Kylie Gauci, along with up and coming junior Bill Latham, thus putting them at great odds against two of the leading teams in the competition in the West Sydney
Razorbacks and "Highlube" Wollongong Roller Hawks.
Saturday afternoon's clash at the Bankstown Basketball Stadium saw the Razorbacks lead throughout, with Australian Paralympian Troy Sachs grabbing a triple-double of 30 points, 19 boards and 10 assists to lead his team to an 88-53 win.
Sunday's game at the Ryde Aquatic Centre saw yet another Australian Paralympian in great form, with Tristan Knowles grabbing a triple-double of 47 points, 15 boards and 15 assists to lead the Roller Hawks to a 101-87 victory.
The Wheelkings next games will be in Melbourne against the strong Dandenong Rangers on the weekend of June 28-29.
The three female Paralympians will be back for that clash, along with Latham, who is returning from an excellent European season in Spain.
West Sydney Razorbacks 88 (Troy Sachs 30 points, 19 boards, 10 assists) def Wenty Leagues Wheelkings 53 (Craig Cannane 16 points; Jeremy Van Asperen 11 points, 10 boards; Koen Jansens 10 points, 10 boards)
"Highlube" Wollongong Roller Hawks 101 (Tristan Knowles 47 points, 15 boards, 15 assists) def Wenty Leagues Wheelkings 87 (Jeremy Van Asperen 31 points, 11 boards; Koen Jansens 26 points, 11 boards, 12 assists; Craig Cannane 13 points, Jonathon Simon 11)
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