LATROBE City Energy opened its account for season 2014 with a commanding 23 point win over Camberwell Dragons at home on Saturday night.
Energy overcame a lacklustre first quarter, in which it trailed 21-15 at the break, with a dominant 20-3 second term to lead by 11 at the half.
Camberwell pegged it back to eight at the final change, but Energy piled on 36 points in the last quarter to emerge 85-62 victors.
Vashon Weaver led the way with 17 point, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals, while American import Ashton Pitts and Jordan Canovan racked up 16 points apiece.
Jarryd Moss played 20 minutes for a return of 15 points as coach Les Stothard went through 12 troops on the night.
Energy made Camberwell pay from the line, hitting 22 of 32 free throws to the Dragons’ 11 of 18.
Canovan, Pitts, Moss and Michael Bridgman were all flawless with their frees.
The win moved Energy into fourth on the Watson ladder and fifth overall.
Energy travels to Altona on Sunday to tackle the Gators.
Vashon Weaver – 17 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals
Jordan Canovan – 16 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists
Ashton Pitts – 16 points, 7 rebounds, 1 block
Adam Gibson – 15 points, 8 rebounds
Mark Fernandez – 13 points, 4 rebounds
Julian Fields – 11 points, 1 block
LATROBE City Energy’s second half fightback fell four points short against Camberwell Dragons on Saturday night in Traralgon.
Energy reduced an eight point half-time deficit to four by the final change, but an even fourth quarter, in which both sides shot less than 25 per cent from the field, saw the Dragons home 63-59.
Mikaela Dickson led the scoring with a game high 19 with support from Tanarly Hood’s 11 points, six rebounds and five assists.
Carly Mullen-Bianconi could not rediscover her touch from last week, hitting just two of 12 from the field.
American import Lindsay Horbatuck played a full 40 minutes and showed her defensive prowess, pulling down 17 rebounds to go with three blocks.
The loss was Energy’s second on the trot.
The women are away to Whittlesea Pacers on Saturday.
Mikaela Dickson – 19 points, 2 assists
Tanarly Hood – 11 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists
Lindsay Horbatuck – 6 points, 17 rebounds, 3 blocks
Emily Verey – 18 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists
Elyce Lambrou – 11 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks
Prue Ainsworth – 11 points, 2 assists
Round 2 results
BigV Division 1 Men
Latrobe City Energy d Camberwell Dragons 85-62
Sunbury Jets d Mildura Heat 74-70
Melton Thoroughbreds d Warrnambool Seahawks 96-82
Mildura Heat d Altona Gators 92-81
Southern Peninsula Sharks d Geelong Supercats 84-64
Sunbury Jets d Craigieburn Eagles 63-62
Blackburn Vikings d Chelsea Gulls 81-68
Melbourne Uni Black Angels 74 d Warrandyte Venom 68
BigV Division 1 Women
Camberwell Dragons d Latrobe City Energy 63-59
Hawthorn Magic d Sunbury Jets 66-55
Mildura Heat d Whittlesea Pacers 69-57
Geelong Supercats d Werribee Devils 69-59
Keilor Thunder d Southern Peninsula Sharks 76-74
Hawthorn Magic d Craigieburn Eagles 65-61