Sydney Uni Lions came away with a huge result over the weekend, defeating defending Waratah League Division One Champions the Sutherland Sharks at Brydens Stadium.
Both sides were firing from the tip, and it was evident from the start that these two teams would both be hovering around the top of the table in the 2016 season.
Sydney’s intent was clear from the start as they tried to utilise the advantage of their new centre, Rob Dewar. Rob’s combination of size and skill will be a key for Sydney this year, and he didn’t disappoint as he went to work early on the Sutherland bigs to lead the Lions to a 22-20 lead after the first quarter.
Sutherland however, was not going down easily and showed why they are defending champs and a perennial Waratah League Division One powerhouse. The Sharks looked dangerous and rode the hot hand of Ben White to keep the game a close 44-35 at the half, in Sydney’s favor.
As the game grew longer, Sydney showed why they will be a force to be reckoned with in this year’s Waratah League Division One competition. The Lions’ youth and depth should allow them to outlast teams. This was especially evident in the Sutherland game as the Lions managed to extend their lead each quarter and had 4 players in double figures.
Nick Peters had a good shooting day, Sam White handled the ball impressively to finish with 13 points and as usual Yann Fasbender was solid at both ends of the court.
Despite Sutherland draining eleven 3 pointers and a notable game from Reece Craigie, the Lions were able to edge out the Sharks, 83-66. This game was a lot closer than the final score suggested, as the Lions will have their work cut out for them in what is expected to be a cracking game when they head down the highway to play at Sutherland later in the season.
Sydney Uni Lions – Rob Dewar (30), Yann Fasbender (17), Nicholas Peters (15)
Sutherland Sharks – Reece Craigie (20), Benjamin White (17), Brendan Gleeson (12)
With the support of the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Basketball Association, the Lions are off to a strong start as they are now two wins from two games to start their season. Their next game is at home at the Sydney Uni Aquatic Centre this Saturday March 19 against the Inner West Bulls at 4:15pm. Get down to the courts to see some high flying, entertaining hoops!