The Hills District Hornets grabbed an outstanding 94-81 win over the highly-rated Sydney Comets on Saturday night at the Hills Basketball Stadium, in Round Eleven of the 2012 Waratah Championship League (WCL) competition.
Paul Brotherson maintained his incredible run of form to lead the Hornets with 32 points, ahead of Josh Chapman with 19 points and 18 boards, Emils Duselis 13 points, Jason Strong 13 and David Pollard 18 rebounds.
The return of Pollard was a master stroke for the Hornets, who kept the Comets two big-men Tom Dawson and Ufojan Isbicer relatively quiet in the paint.
Dawson finished with the modest stats of 15 points and 7 boards, whilst Isbicer managed just 10 points and 9 boards.
The Hornets jumped the Comets in the opening quarter, leading 27-17 at the first break then moving to a 44-33 lead at half time.
The Comets made a determined run to close the margin to eight points (68-60) at the end of the third term, before the Hornets once again dominated in 'money-time' to grab a convincing 13-point win.
Round Twelve offers yet another enthralling home game for Hornets fans, with their team hosting the eighth-placed Illawarra Hawks at 1pm on Sunday afternoon.
The Hawks defeated the Sutherland Sharks 80-72 last weekend but more significantly, Wollongong Hawks NBL guard Tyson Demos suited up for the first time this season.
The highly-rated Demos led the Hawks with 30 points and his partnership with NBL team-mates Daniel Jackson and Zac Delaney, along with former NBL forward Troy Pilon, presents the Hornets with a major hurdle to overcome.
Based upon the form of each team, this should easily be the Game of the Week.
It may be of great significance the Hornets will be fresh for the contest, whilst the Hawks will be backing up from a Saturday night game against the lowly-ranked Penrith Panthers.
Hills District Hornets 94 (Paul Brotherson 32 points, Josh Chapman 19 points, 18 boards; Emils Duselis 13 points; Jason Strong 13 points, 6 boards, 6 assists; David Pollard 18 boards) def Sydney Comets 81 (Michael Seckold 18 points, Tom Dawson 15 points, 7 boards; Ufojan Isbicer 10 points, 9 boards; Sam Hyman 10 points)