Suns dominate Mustangs to get first win of the year

Coffs Suns Under-12 girls prepare for their Tamworth matches.
Coffs Suns Under-12 girls prepare for their Tamworth matches. Contributed

THE first double-header of 2016 for Coffs Suns senior basketballers had the women taking on Newcastle and the men playing Maitland.

The Beachside Radiology women started out strongly but were run down late by the Hunters with a final score of 47-36.

Rachael McGinniskin top scored with nine points.

The men were out to prove a point and dominated the Mustangs, leading at every break to run out 22 point winners.

Blake Kelly had 22 points while Travis Slater registered nine points and 13 rebounds.

Meanwhile, Bellinger Valley juniors paid a visit to Tamworth they'll long remember with 15 wins from 18 matches to put the Braves on top of the early season NJL ladder.

With coach Denise Challinor at the helm, star performers in Tamworth were under-12 boys, winning all four games.

Coach Shane Dunlop had his under-14 guys fired up as they rolled arch rivals Port Macquarie Dolphins first up before adding Byron Bay and Tamworth Thunderbolts to the list.

The recently assembled under-12 girls pleased coach Craig McMahon by winning their first two games before dropping the last two.

Under-18 girls won three out of three and the under-16 girls bounced back from an opening loss to win the last two.

Four Bellinger Braves teams head north to Lismore this weekend.

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