Pelicans down Bobcats in tight tussle
BASKETBALL: Reptors stars Matt Elson and Michael Steinardt have steered their side to a semi-final start after they overcame Huskies 39-33 at The Pavilion this week.
With a well balanced array of talent, the Reptors came out flying from the jump ball and took an early lead. After the nerves had settled, the Huskies found their groove and brought the game within one by end of the first quarter.
As both teams tightened up on defence, the intensity increased, and both teams fell into foul trouble, none more so than the Huskies. Reptors captain Michael Steinhardt started catching fire, hitting threes at will to keep them rolling.
The fourth quarter continued with the intense physical play. Reptors managed to take advantage by sinking five key free throws while the Huskies heavily relied on Ryan Gottke as he scored their only four points of the quarter. In the major semi-final, Pelicans and Bobcats battled it out for for a place in the decider.
The Pelicans, led by scoring leader Luke Hauser, were missing point guard Josh Bray due to undisclosed illness, while the Bobcats would rely heavily on longtime duo, Matt Lally and Curtis Dray.
There was no settling in as both teams came out flying with sharp ball movement and physical play.
The first quarter saw a total of 10 fouls called between the two teams as they battled for superiority.
Going into halftime, the Bobcats began to contain the hot hand of Hauser, but still found themselves down by 13 points. Pelicans won 47-33.