DEFENCE: Pete Olson goes over Nigel Jenkin in defence.
DEFENCE: Pete Olson goes over Nigel Jenkin in defence.

The Bobcats smash the Thunderkatz

BASKETBALL: Gympie men's basketball teams are getting the chance to check out the competition as they all bring their A-game to the court.

With only seven games left to be played in the season, the Bobcats were keen for payback, after they were thumped by reigning premiers Huskies last week.

The Bobcats were up against Thunderkatz on Monday night.

The Thunderkatz got off to a flying start, outscoring the Bobcats by seven in the opening quarter.

Thunderkatz' Jay Redshaw was outstanding scoring with finesse and taking more offensive than defensive rebounds.

The Bobcats were missing their big man Miguel Galy for the match.

He was off the court with a toothache.

Curtis Dray and Clayton Westlake had to step up and fill the gap.

The Bobcats tightened their defence in the second quarter to score 18 points and bring them within two goals of the Thunderkatz.

In the end, the Bobcats did not have enough gas in the tank and went down by eight points, 52-44.

The second game was another fast one.

Peter Olson and his bottom-of-the-ladder Reptors took on Luke Hauser's ladder-topping Pelicans.

Last time they faced off Hauser outscored the entire Reptors squad by himself and everyone was expecting another shellacking.

That was not the case; to their credit the Reptors held their own in the first-half with great all round teamwork.

The lightning speed of the Pelican's Michael Steinhardt was used to good effect.

Hauser struggled early to get the pill to drop but Josh Bray responded putting his hand up to keep the score ticking over for the Pelicans.

The huge second quarter for the Reptors had them within three goals of the season-favourites at half-time, 23-26.

The final score saw the Pelicans win 61-58.