US imports fire

LATROBE City Energy’s United States import players appear to have found their feet in BigV’s division one, with both posting double-doubles at the weekend.

Having suffered foul trouble in previous fixtures, men’s import Terrance Beasley played a full 40 minutes to record a game high 23 points, 13 rebounds and five steals in Energy’s 80-70 win over Geelong away from home.

Hannah Weedman was equally impressive with 29 points and 15 rebounds, but it was not enough to get her side over the line as the women went down 62-73 against Werribee. The Energy men won each of the opening three quarters to lead by 21 points at the last change.

Geelong won the final quarter 26-15 as Energy’s radar went haywire, shooting just five of 20 field goal attempts for the period, but the result was already in the bag.

Tellingly, Energy put up 88 shots compared to Geelong’s 65 in a relentless cascade of scoring attempts.

Energy’s fourth consecutive win after dropping the opening match of the season propelled the reigning champion into second behind Chelsea on both the cross conference and Watson conference ladders.

After three wins on the trot to start their campaign, the Latrobe City women suffered their first loss for the season away to Werribee.

The Devils led by two at the first change but two poor quarters from Energy, in which the visitor registered just 23 points in total, allowed the home team to skip away.

Weedman’s 29-point haul was the only double figure tally for Energy.

The result leaves the side in fifth on the ladder, but equal third on points with Geelong and Camberwell with a game in hand on second-placed Mildura.