SEABL Round 10 Preview

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Luina Geelong Supercats (3rd East Conference 8-4) vs. Nunawading (2nd East Conference 12-2) @ Nunawading Stadium, Saturday 7:30pm & Kilsyth (6th East Conference 5-7) @ Kilsyth Sports Centre, Sunday 2:00pm

A CHALLENGING road double faces the Luina Geelong Supercats as they enter the second half of the SEABL season. Wins over Nunawading and Kilsyth will help the Supercats maintain the pressure on the Spectres and Mt Gambier, who currently occupy the top two spots in the East Conference. However, two losses could open the door for the likes of the Cobras, Albury-Wodonga and Sandringham. The Spectres have been the SEABL’s busiest team through the opening nine rounds, posting a 12-2 record, including a sweep of the Tasmanian road double last week. Veteran big man Simon Conn has shown no sign of slowing down despite being well into the twilight of his career. He is averaging 21.9 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. His battle with Geelong duo Eric Gaff and Ma’alo Hicks will be crucial to the outcome on Saturday night. Conn makes the most of opportunities provided by star guard Shane McDonald, who is averaging 7.5 assists per game. Geelong will face another talented big man on Sunday, with former Melbourne United player Chris Patton (17.3ppg and 7.2rpg) posting some solid numbers for Kilsyth. If he and fellow Cobra Auryn McMillan get plenty of opportunities inside, they have the potential to make life tough for the Supercats.

 

Luina Geelong Lady Supercats (3rd East Conference 8-3) vs. Nunawading (5th East Conference 6-6) @ Nunawading Stadium, Saturday 5:30pm

The Luina Geelong Lady Supercats start the second half of their campaign full of confidence after last week’s dominant performances against Launceston and Canberra. However, they face a tricky trip to Nunawading for a meeting with an inconsistent Spectres line-up. Nunawading split their Tasmanian road double last week, with Mareena Whittle pouring in a season-high 28 points and grabbing 12 rebounds as the Spectres handed the Tornadoes their second defeat in as many nights. First-year import Anita Brown has also had a solid season with Nunawading, and is second in scoring behind Whittle at 14.8 points per game. Geelong will be hoping its front court of Alex Bunton, Ebony Rolph and Sara Blicavs will be too much too handle. Although she will miss this weekends game, Blicavs’ 2017 season has been simply outstanding. She is not only averaging 23.3 points and 8.0 rebounds per game, but is shooting the ball at an impressive 50.6 per cent. Bunton is shooting the ball at 50 per cent in the five games she’s played since returning from Russia, helping her to 12.6 points per game. A win is vital for the Lady Supercats if they are to keep touch with East Conference pacesetter Kilsyth. The Cobras have a 10-2 record and are riding a six-game winning streak.