Braves women surge past Rangers; men suffer third straight loss

Kelly Wilson continued her red-hot form with 25 points and 12 assists in a convincing win against Dandenong Rangers on Sunday.
Kelly Wilson continued her red-hot form with 25 points and 12 assists in a convincing win against Dandenong Rangers on Sunday.

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UPDATE 4.20PM: Bendigo Braves look to have plenty of work ahead of them after slumping to their fourth loss in five games, including three in a row.

Coach Ben Harvey’s team started the weekend with a second loss this season to the Centre of Excellence and were beaten by nine points on Sunday at Dandenong.

The dual losses have sent them packing to the middle of the league ladder after they started the month in top spot following four straight wins to open the season.

Star guard Jeremy Kendle led the Braves against the Rangers with 28 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals, while fellow import Ray Turner had 19 points and nine rebounds.

Chris Hogan and Matt Andronicos had 11 and 10 points respectively.

The Braves were without guard Daniel Hansen (injury) and lost point guard Indiana Faithfull in the opening quarter courtesy of a technical foul.

The Rangers at one point led by 16 points and won the rebound count 39-36.

EARLIER, Bendigo Lady Braves have moved to 8-0 following another stunning win in Dandenong on Sunday.

The SEABL pacesetters defeated championship contenders Dandenong Rangers 100-76 to claim their second win of the weekend.

The Braves women defeated Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence 80-53 on Friday night at Bendigo Stadium.

An accomplished starting five of Kelly Wilson, Maddi Wild, Nadeen Payne, Ash Karaitiana and Kara Tessari scored all but six of the Braves’ points.

Star point guard Wilson led the way with 25 points, six rebounds and an incredible 12 assists.

Wilson also had 13 assists against the COE on Friday night.

Nadeen Payne came into the weekend averaging 23.9 points and again had 23 against the Rangers, along with eight rebounds and four assists.

Young gun Tessari nailed six of seven three-point attempts on her way to 21 points, while Ash Karaitiana had 17 points and six rebounds.

The Braves women scored 23 of their points off Dandenong turnovers and out-rebounded the Rangers 40-36. They steadily increased their lead throughout the contest after leading 28-20 at quarter time.

Their eventual 24-point margin was their biggest lead for the game.

One-time Bendigo Spirit player Tayla Roberts was the standout for Dandenong with game-highs in points (32) and rebounds (13), to go along with five assists.

Tess Madgen (11) was the only other Ranger to register double points.

Next up for the Braves women will be a Friday night clash against former coach Jonathan Goodman’s Sandringham Sabres, who defeated Geelong Supercats 79-65 on Friday night.

The match will be the first on Bendigo Stadium’s new show court.