North East Bushrangers look to continue their improved form

THE North East Bushrangers will be looking to put together back-to-back wins when they take on Keilor Thunder at Wodonga Sports and Leisure Centre on Sunday.

After arguably their best performance in last weekend’s win against Coburg, the Bushrangers will look to continue their form against a Keilor team coming off a tough game the night before.

It won’t be an easy challenge, though, as Keilor sits in the top four with two wins in a row.

The Bushrangers will have to keep a close eye on Thunder star Joel Smith, who is averaging 19.7 points and 8.3 rebounds.

For the Bushrangers, they will be hoping to replicate their hot start to last week’s game and consistent performance that saw four players finish in double figures.

Jon Lindhe will look to continue on from last weekend’s all-round performance while Josh McKay is having a standout year and will be a key figure at both ends of the court.

Youngster Lloyd Wright is under an injury cloud and if he misses, his younger brother Liam and Michael Torres could step up.

The North East Lady Bushrangers take on the Melbourne University Black Angels on Sunday.

It will be their second meeting of the season with the Bushrangers going down by eight earlier in the season in Melbourne.

Rachel Jeffery has been in stellar form, averaging 19.8 points and 7.9 rebounds a game, while Stacey Browne has been a solid wingman with 11 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.

But the Lady Bushrangers will be looking for big games from Sarah Mellington, Alaana Northey and Jade McCowan to take some pressure off the pair.

North East will be without the services of Jessie Smith for the rest of the season after she went down with an Achilles injury last weekend.

Sunday’s matches start at 12pm for the ladies and 2pm for the men.