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Braves winning streak hits 12

Kevin White shoots for two against Brisbane at Bendigo Stadium. Picture: GLEN DANIELS
Nanjing Night Net

A RUTHLESS Bendigo Braves has sounded another warning through the SEABL, leaving another finals rival in their wake.

The Braves proved too strong and too slick for their nearest east conference rival Brisbane Spartans, comfortably winning Sunday’s contest at Bendigo Stadium 89-74.

It was the Braves’ 20th win from 23 games this season anbd their 12th straight victory.

Point guard Kevin White starred for the Braves with a game-high 20 points, four rebounds and three assists.

He was well supported by guard Jeremy Kendle (21 points, 11 rebounds) and centre Matt Andronicus (13 points, seven rebounds) in a game in which all five starters scored in double figures.

Reflecting the Braves’ dominance, no Spartans player was able to notch double figures until bench player Dean Brebner reached 10 points about three minutes into the final quarter.

Brebner eventually reached 12 points, one fewer than Spartans import Mathiang Muo.

It was a subdued performance from Muo, who was was the men’s player of the week last week after producing31 points, seven rebounds, two assists and a steal in a win over the Albury-Wodonga Bandits.

White said their ability to restrict opposition teams at the offensive end of the court was something the Braves hung their hat on week-after-week.

“We talk about getting 10 stops a quarter and being a team that if shots don’t fall, or shots don’t go in, we have to have another weapon and that’s our defence,” he said.

“That’s been our go to all year.

“I think the three losses we had, teams have scored in the 90s or high 80s and we’ve won a few games where the teams have been in the 80s, but it’s been rare.

“When we keep teams to 60 and 70 points, that’s when things become a lot easier and we have everybody chipping in, not just one or two people.”

Skipper Chris Hogan continued his fine season with 12 points, made up of four three-pointers, while Damian Johnson had 13 points and five rebounds.

The game against the Spartans was the 50th SEABL appearance of young Brave Jake Cowling.

The Braves have beaten the Spartans twice this season, which augurs well for their likely semi-final encounter at Bendigo Stadium in a fortnight’s time.

Bendigo’s win ended a five-game winning streak for the Spartans.

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