IT was a double delight for the North East Bushrangers at the Wodonga Sports and Leisure Centre at the weekend.
The Lady Bushrangers hunted down a 10-point deficit to score an impressive 64-58 win against the fifth-placed Mornington Breakers.
And the men’s team accounted for Mornington, winning 82-76.
Lady Bushrangers coach Jason Bannerman was full of praise for his players after their gusty win.
“We know we’re good enough to win these games,” Bannerman said.
“It was just about having confidence in ourselves.
“We have made some changes and set ourselves little goals, especially to cut down our turnovers.
“We have halved them in the last two weeks.”
Bannerman also had high praise for youngster Jade McCowan’s efforts.
“Jade made some big plays on the defensive end down the stretch,” he said.
“Second efforts tonight really got us over the line.”
Stacey Browne continued her rich vein of form to be the game high scorer with 20 points, while shutting down the Breakers key offensive weapons.
Holly Bawden was crucial to the Lady Bushrangers victory, producing some big defensives efforts and pulling down some important offensive boards to finish with 13 points and eight rebounds.
In the men, North East Bushrangers refused to give up and were rewarded with a six-point victory.
Mornington’s import Demarcus Berry produced some big shots to keep them in the game, but it was youngster Trent McMullen and Jon Lindhe who came up trumps.
Jon Lindhe again led the charge for the Bushrangers with 20 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals.
He was well supported by Dylan Webb, 15 points and 9 rebounds, while McMullen shook off a tough first half to finish with 12 points.