Razorbacks Split Round Two Results
An under-strength West Sydney Razorbacks Wheelchair Basketball team has split its results in round two of the National Wheelchair Basketball League (NWBL) competition, falling 88-66 to the "Highlube" Wollongong Roller Hawks on Friday night at the Shellharbour Basketball Stadium, then recovering to defeat the Wenty Leagues Wheelkings 88-53 on Saturday afternoon at the Bankstown Basketball Stadium.
The Razorbacks were reduced to just six players on Friday night, with both Sarah Stewart and Katie Hill playing in the United States with the Australian Women's team (Gliders).
The Roller Hawks took full advantage of the Razorbacks lack of depth, dominating the game for a 22-point win behind triple-doubles from Australian Paralympian Tristan Knowles and Australian international Brett Stibners.
The Razorbacks had a surprising new addition to their team for Saturday's clash with an equally under-strength Wheelkings,
with multiple Australian Track Paralympian Louise Sauvage joining the Razorbacks to bolster the player numbers and showing some deft chair skills on-court.
The Razorbacks were untroubled to hold on for their second win over the Wheelkings this season and should remain in the top half of the competition ladder, after the completion of all games in this round.
Round three features yet another double-header for the Razorbacks, who host the Dandenong Rangers in two games at Bankstown and Sutherland.
Game one is at 8pm on Saturday night June 14 at the Bankstown Basketball Stadium, while Game two will be at 10am on Sunday morning at the Sutherland Basketball Stadium.
"Highlube" Wollongong Roller Hawks 88 (Tristan Knowles 34 points, 14 boards, 11 assists; Brett Stibners 23 points, 12 boards, 10 assists; Reo Lewis 10 points, Jesus Martin 10) def West Sydney Razorbacks 66 (Troy Sachs 29 points, 15 boards; Nick Taylor 21 points, 9 assists; Darren Skuse 10 points)
West Sydney Razorbacks 88 (Troy Sachs 30 points, 19 boards, 10 assists; Darren Skuse 27 points, 18 boards; Nick Taylor 16 points, Grant Mizens 11 points, 12 boards) def Wenty Leagues Wheelkings 53 (Craig Cannane 16 points; Jeremy Van Asperen 11 points, 10 boards; Koen Jansens 10 points, 10 boards)
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