BULLDOGS stamped their authority on the South East Coast basketball men’s competition with a big win over Saints in the Round 5 winter season clash.
Both teams went in undefeated, but it was the Bulldogs who crushed the Saints with an offensive onslaught.
The game was set up with a 9-0 run to begin and Bulldogs never looked back.
The precise ball movement and ability to find the open player had Saints continuously scrambling on defence.
Young stars Josh Haggett and Harry Mules worked hard for Saints and showed what bright futures they have, but they were no match for the experience of Simon Berkefeld, who led all scorers with 28 points.
Bulldogs 110 (S. Berkefeld 28, S. Lock 22, M. Black 19) d Saints 63 (J. Haggett 17, H. Mules 14).
Panthers emerged victorious over Roos as both teams looked for their first win in the winter contest.
Panthers put their season back on track with a 13-point win, as last season’s grand final MVP Rob Hein controlled the boards and led the game with 22 points.
Hein was well supported by former Roo Corey Barrett with 20 points.
Young gun Harry Wright worked hard for his 18 points and Roos stalwart Mark Bachmann hit 20 points before fouling out.
Panthers 83 (R. Hein 22, C. Barrett 20, O. Thomson 17) d Roos 70 (M. Bachmann 20, H. Wright 18).
For the women, it was a clash of the two Millicent sides and Cats came out on top with a strong 17-point victory.
A three-point lead to Cats at the long break had the contest shaping up to be a classic, but the Cats ramped up their defence and rebounding effort to extend their lead by three quarter time.
Georgia and Alana Winter worked well at both ends of the floor, combining for 43 points, while Poppy Venn had a night out for Saints with 26 points.
Cats 71 (G. Winter 22, A. Winter 21) d Saints 54 (P. Venn 26, M. Pulmer 11).