Hornets split championship league round against Bruins

Jamie Samuels drives to the hoop for the Hornets. File photo, courtesy of Noel Rowsell

Jamie Samuels drives to the hoop for the Hornets. File photo, courtesy of Noel Rowsell

The Bankstown Bruins hosted the Hills District Hornets on Saturday night at the Condell Park Basketball Stadium, in Round 15 of the 2014 Waratah Championship League competition.

The night's results would be split between the two associations, with the Hornets winning a dour low-scoring women's game 65-34, before the Bruins won a scintillating men's game 113-105 to square the ledger.

Hills District were dominant in the women's game, leading 22-6 in the opening term and building on that margin in every quarter to run out convincing 31-point winners.

Casey Samuels (13 points, 10 boards) and Kate Oliver (13 points, 8 boards) were the leaders for the Hornets, ahead of Wendy Strong 22 points and 12 boards, Jamie Samuels 12 rebounds and Bailey Toleafoa 11 points.

The Bruins men have taken on a new lease of life with the return of Sydney Kings NBL guard Jason Cadee and recorded their second consecutive 'ton' in their huge win over the highly-ranked Hornets.

International representative Steve Markovic scored a triple-double for the Bruins, punishing the Hornets with a personal tally of 26 points, 13 boards and 11 assists.

Paul Brotherson led the Hornets with 24 points and 15 boards, ahead of Jason Strong 23 points, Josh Chapman 20 and Emils Duselis 10.

Both Hills District teams host the Maitland Mustangs this Saturday, with the women's game tipping off at 4.30pm and the men's game at 6.30pm.

Hills District will be favourites to win both games.

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