Clippers in a close one

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Clippers' Mitch Huntley blocks a shot by Misfits' Jess Healy.
Camera IconClippers' Mitch Huntley blocks a shot by Misfits' Jess Healy. Credit: Broome Advertiser, Carly Laden

A fierce, evenly matched contest has resulted in the Clippers notching their first win of the 2020 Broome Basketball season.

The Clippers took on the Misfits in round three of competition last Wednesday night, where both teams were hungry for their first victory.

Although the Misfits managed to build an early lead, Clippers were quick to bring the fight and start shutting down the Misfits wherever they could.

Despite the early scare, Misfits held on to lead 11-9 at quarter time.

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The second quarter saw the Clippers draw level early as they continued to show great effort on the court. However, successive baskets from Clinton Manado and Huang Sheng Hsiang saw the Misfits take back the lead.

Huang, a newcomer for the Misfits, proved to be a smart recruit as he began to shine, scoring several baskets in a row and showing strength in defence.

As the match began to pick up the pace, Clippers proved they were still in it, keeping the margin very low at just three points at the main break.

Clippers' Wayne Edgar puts the pressure on Misfits' Mo Cusack.
Camera IconClippers' Wayne Edgar puts the pressure on Misfits' Mo Cusack. Credit: Broome Advertiser, Carly Laden

The third quarter saw the Clippers continue to match the Misfits and they showed great hustle while the Misfits tried desperately to hold on.

In the midst of back and forth between the teams, the game continued to pick up intensity and set up an exciting showdown in the last quarter.

The Clippers managed to take the lead for the first time in the match, leading 39-38 at three-quarter time.

The final quarter saw the Misfits claw their way back to the lead as the intensity lifted further.

It all came down to the wire in the final minutes of the match, with Mitch Huntley, Wayne Edgar and Karl Bedford stepping up and taking the lead back for the Clippers.

In the end, Clippers emerged victorious 55-52.

Elsewhere, Blackhawks continued their undefeated streak with a 51-43 win over Gantheaume Pointers and the match-up between Tigers and Hornets ended in a forfeit.

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