Pacers build momentum

Whittlesea Pacers men’s side went 2-0 in their back-to-back games over the weekend, improving their record to 4-11.

Whittlesea fought off a comeback to beat Coburg Giants 65-61 at home on Saturday night.

Whittlesea kept trying to pull away from Coburg but quick replies made it difficult until an 11-0 run in the fourth period gave the Pacers a 10-point lead.

Coburg was able to bring it back to three points but clutch free throws by Blake Cuthbert sealed the win.

Emmerson Potts-Broughton had 19 points, five points and three assists in the win.

The Pacers backed up less than 24 hours later and upset the Bulleen Boomers on the road 78-72 on Sunday.

A strong first period had the Pacers up 13 early but the Boomers went on a 14-0 run going into half-time to lead by three.

The teams traded buckets in the third period but the Pacers were able to whittle the margin down and overtake the Boomers for their second straight win.

Hakeem Simon was a monster inside with an 18-point, 19-rebound double-double while Potts-Broughton had 17 points and 10 boards.

Rachel Bell dropped 41 points in the Pacers women’s 75-68 home win over Casey Cavaliers on Saturday night.

Bell was crucial, playing all 40 minutes and also having eight rebounds and three assists.

Fellow American Dani Reinwald was also key to the win, dominating the paint and pulling down 23 rebounds and scoring 17 points.

It was a back and forth match as neither side led by more than seven points at any stage.

The Pacers led by five points early but Casey was in control for most of the contest until the fourth period. Whittlesea wrestled the lead away with a 19-7 final quarter for the win.

The Pacers weren’t as fortunate the following day as they took on Hume City Broncos in Broadmeadows and fell 99-54.

After a momentary Pacers lead in the first period, Hume City opened up a 14-point lead and never looked back.

Hume City made shots from all over the floor, making 38-77 from the field and an surprising 16-34 from three-point territory.

Bell backed up her 41-point performance the night before with 30 points, five rebounds and three assists while Reinwald had a 15-point, 13-rebound double-double.

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