Perfect 10 for Braves’ women as men crumble against Cobras

Coach Megan Moody has led the Bendigo Braves women's team to a 10-0 start.
Coach Megan Moody has led the Bendigo Braves women's team to a 10-0 start.

The Bendigo Braves’ men and women had mixed nights against Kilsyth in Melbourne on Saturday night.

The women continued their outstanding start to the season, but the men slumped to a 23-point defeat.

The Braves’ women opened up a two-win lead at the top of the SEABL ladder after disposing of closest rival Kilsyth in emphatic style.

The Braves were at their ruthless best as they won 87-66 to take their season record to 10-0.

The victory snapped a three-game losing streak against Kilsyth dating back to the heartbreaking two-point loss in the 2016 grand final.

Star duo Kelly Wilson and Nadeen Payne set the foundation for the win and the rest of the squad followed.

Wilson was superb with 18 points and 12 assists, while 10 of Payne’s 16 points came from the free throw line. She also pulled down a game-high 17 rebounds.

Maddi Wild was an offensive threat. She scored 13 points and four of her nine rebounds were on the offensive glass.  Ash Karaitiana (10), Gabe Richards (8), Kara Tessari (6) and Bianca Dufelmeier (6) joined in the scoring spree.

The Braves’ men slumped to their fourth loss in their past five games when they were outclassed by top team Kilsyth.

Ray Turner

Ray Turner

The Braves struggled to find their offensive rhythm against the stingy Kilsyth defence and went down 89-66.

The Cobras took control from the start and grabbed a five-point lead at the first break.

Kilsyth’s offence hit top gear in the second term as it poured in 29 points for the quarter to open up a 49-34 lead by half-time.

The Braves were more competitive in the second half, but by then the damage had been done.

The Braves had a horror shooting night.

They made just three of their 22 three-point attempts and missed 12 of their 23 free throws.

Big men Ray Turner and Matt Andronicos were a combined 3-13 from the free throw line.

Indiana Faithfull struggled, making just one of his nine field goal attempts. The guard didn;t have one assist in 24 minutes of court time.

Jeremy Kendle again led the way for the Braves. The star import scored 26 points on 10-18 shooting and added eight rebounds and four assists.

Turner was the only other Brave to score in double figures. The power forward had 16 points and 11 boards.

In comparison, the Cobras had five players score in double figures.

The loss leaves the Braves with a 6-5 record and in 10th place heading into next week’s league bye.

The next games for the men and women are at Bendigo Stadium against the Canberra Gunners on Friday, June 15.