ROUND 3 REVIEW
Three teams came away from Round 3 with sweeps as Sydney Metro, Kilsyth and Wollongong all succeeded in their two games over the weekend.
The Rollerhawks have stayed on top of the ladder and now own a 7-1 record, courtesy of 41-point and 17-point victories against Red Dust.
Sharing the ball with an average of 24.5 assists across the two games, Wollongong shot 54% as a team with Luke Pople, Michael Auprince, Brett Stibners and Nick Taylor all averaging double-figure scoring.
Taylor recorded 12 points and 13 assists in the first meeting before Stibners took over the following day with 12 points, ten boards and 13 assists while Auprince top-scored with 22 points on 10-12 shooting.
For the Heelers, Adam Deans averaged just under a double-double with 12.5 points and nine rebounds and he was helped by Jannik Blair, Rob Pike and Jake Kavanagh as Red Dust trimmed the margin in the second clash.
Despite the two losses, the Heelers still sit inside the top four but Kilsyth and the Spinning Bullets are hot on their heels having played three less games.
The Cobras own a 4-1 record following two decisive wins over the Wheelcats which dropped Perth to sixth on the ladder.
Their first meeting was an instant thriller, going into double-overtime before Kilsyth prevailed 90-84.
The lead never hit double-digits for either side but Shaun Norris (32 points, 14 rebounds, 16 assists) took it into overtime with a huge three-pointer at the end of regulation.
Kim Robins (37 points, nine boards) then put Perth ahead in overtime however Shawn Russell (26 points, 13 rebounds) kept his cool, scoring the next two baskets for the Cobras before Damon Fent (seven points) sealed the clash from the free-throw line.
In their second meeting, Kilsyth were more comprehensive as they won by 27 points thanks to Knowles (26 points, 9.5 rebounds and 14 assists per game for the round) who countered another triple-double from Norris (17 points, 14 boards, 11 assists).
Rounding out the weekend, Sydney Metro kept Adelaide winless while showing their offensive capabilities with two scores over 100, the first time a club has achieved that feat this season.
They blew their opposition out of the water in the opening quarter of both clashes, leading by 35 and 26 respectively.
Joseph Chambers continues to come off the bench but that has not haltered his production, averaging 44.5 points with 7.5 rebounds, five assists and three steals while hitting 81% from the field.
John McPhail (17 points, 5.5 rebounds, 11 assists) impressed all over the court and CJ McCarthy-Grogan (19 points) and Darren Skuse (18 points) both contributed heavily on the scoreboard.
Turnovers proved the main issue for the Thunder but positively, Beau Buckley top-scored for them with 17 points while Adam Roocke recorded 11 points with eight rebounds per contest.
The NWBL will now take a break for the Queen’s Birthday long weekend before returning in Round 4 on June 23.