Altona Gators had to be satisfied with just one win from their two games at the weekend, taking the points on Saturday before dropping a game on Sunday.
In Saturday’s game against Camberwell the Gators claimed the win despite scoring less field goals and less points from long range.
It was Altona’s superior free point and three-point shooting that set it apart as they took a 61-51 victory.
In a close game, the Gators conceded more rebounds and assists, and gave away more turnovers, but they were able to shoot at 70 per cent from the free throw line, while also making five three-pointers to two in the victory.
It was a solid team effort by the Gators’ four main players, with Nathanael Coory (18 points, five rebounds, five assists), Tom Scott (12 points, seven rebounds), James Till (nine points, 14 rebounds) and James Webster (11 points) all filling up the stat sheet to keep their side in the game.
In Sunday’s game against Maccabi, a more attacking game produced an entertaining contest for Altona’s home fans but the Gators could not keep up with the visitors as the hosts went down 81-69.
This time it was Altona’s turn to be on the receiving end of the free throw count, with Maccabi’s 11-point advantage in that stat essentially deciding the contest as the Gators performed strongly all game.
Till was again strong under the rim with 15 rebounds to go with his 11 points, while Coory rounded out a good weekend personally with 22 points and three steals.
The weekend’s results have the Gators sitting eighth on the ladder ahead of this week’s clash with Craigieburn.
In youth championship women action on Sunday, the Gators put up a good fight against Ringwood but fell short, 55-63.
Destiny Liu (11 points, six rebounds), Trinity Steele (11 points) and Zoe Day (10 points) all put up good numbers, but Ringwood was a touch more efficient in attack as it took the win.
The loss leaves the Gators fourth in their division.