BASKETBALL: Panthers ready to start winning streak

The Penrith Panthers senior men’s basketball team will be looking to start a new streak this weekend.

This time however, the local Association would like the streak to be a winning run.

Penrith made a good start to their fresh start two weekends back on July 14 with a win against the Newcastle Hunters.

The Panthers will be hoping to grab a second consecutive win (this time over the Hills District Hornets) on Saturday night at the Penrith Valley Regional Sports Centre (PVRSC) Cambridge Park.

The Hornets had a narrow 78-76 win over the Panthers back on May 15 but fortune has perhaps swung even more in favour of the Hornets, who have strengthened their roster since that game with the inclusion of US college player Paul Brotherson.

As the Panthers struggled through their horrendous thirteen-game losing streak, plummeting from the top of the competition ladder to the cellar, the Hornets moved into playoff contention without ever securing a permanent berth in the ’Top Six’.

The Hornets are coming off an 88-80 to a full-strength Newcastle Hunters last Saturday, whilst the Panthers enjoyed a bye, basking in their shock 76-69 win over a depleted Hunters line-up on July 15.

There will be some desperation in the Hornets camp, as a loss to the lower-ranked Panthers could end the visiting team’s playoff aspirations.

Saturday night’s WCL game between the Panthers and Hornets tips-off at 5.30pm and will be preceded by two Youth League games between the Penrith and Hills District Basketball Associations.

The two Youth League games both tip off at 3.30pm - on adjoining courts.

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