Bundaberg Bears player Kiara Green lines up a shot under pressure from the South West Metro Pirates’ defence.
Bundaberg Bears player Kiara Green lines up a shot under pressure from the South West Metro Pirates’ defence. Max Fleet

Bears gear up to play Meteorettes

THE Bundaberg Bears will gear up for a match with one of the top basketball teams in the competition, the Mackay Meteorettes, tomorrow.

Women’s team player Yvonne Turner said the home court advantage may be the key to success.

“It’s always good to play at home; you have your home stand, you’re used to the rings and floor and you know how to play the rings,” she said.

“We always come out and play to our potential.”

She said the team would devise a strategy to give it their all this weekend.

With Turner “on song”, the Bears’ prospects look especially good after she was named the player of the week for the state competition with a triple double last week.

She scored 39 points as well as grabbing 14 rebounds and making 11 assists.

“I played a really good game on Sunday,” she said.

“I think the whole team played really good; we finally played as a team and felt like a confident team.”

The men’s Bundaberg Bulls’ Willie Shackleford also won the player of the week last week, earning 28 points along with 26 rebounds.

Men’s coach Adam Curran said it was an intense effort from Shackleford.

“It was one of his best performances,” he said.

Curran is hoping the Bundaberg Bulls can give the Mackay Meteors a run for their money this weekend.

“We match up player wise really well,” he said.

“They’re going to be difficult to handle, but hopefully with a home court advantage we can get away with a win.

“Each team has a weakness and that’s what we’re trying to focus on,” he said.

“It’s going to be a tough game, but I’m confident it’s going to be a close game.”



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