Norwest Giants score first win of the Ultimate Basketball League season by downing Central Bulls

Winning feeling: Norwest Giants guard Andrew Joven streets the opposition to score on a fast break, helping the side to its first win of the UBL season. Picture: Noel Rowsell

Winning feeling: Norwest Giants guard Andrew Joven streets the opposition to score on a fast break, helping the side to its first win of the UBL season. Picture: Noel Rowsell

The Norwest Giants have finally broken through for their first win of the 2016 Dooley's Ultimate Basketball League (UBL) competition, defeating the Central Bulls 112-96 in a high-scoring contest.

Life has been tough for the Giants this season and with the Bulls playing better each week, Saturday's game was expected to be tight.

The Giants made a great start, surging to a 26-11 first quarter lead and extending the margin to 22 points (61-39) at the half time break.

The Giants continued to dominate in the third term, taking a 91-61 lead into the final quarter and looking unbeatable.

Not content to lie down in submission, the Bulls rallied in the final term, closing the final margin to to just 16 points.

Harman Josan led the Giants with 33 points and 27 boards, ahead of Daniel Eyre-Thompson 25 points and 14 boards, Pratik Keskare 25 points and Andrew Joven 11 points and 10 boards.

The much-anticipated clash between reigning premiers the Sydney City Cobras and the competition-leading Western Sydney Vikings turned out to be a conclusive victory for the Cobras.

Led by centre Sam McCorkindale (34 points, 16 boards) and German National League forward Paul Brotherson (38 points, 12 boards), the Cobras out-ran the Vikings for a convincing 127-79 victory.

The Sydney Warriors bounced back into form with an 87-63 win over the Sydney Basketball Institute, while the Parramatta Wildcats defeated the St George Dragons 83-74.

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