The Dome seemed a little quiet on Tuesday night to start with and then it wasn’t!
Daylight saving may have had a few on the back foot as games were slow to start, waiting on players to arrive on a balmy spring evening.
When the games were underway, the action more than made up for any delays and the Dome was back to its vibrant best.
Chill’s Celtics faced off with Bourkey’s Bulls on Court 2 and the stand had a respectable number of onlookers for a Tuesday game and they were not disappointed.
The Celtics namesake Rhys Chillingsworth was the first points scorer and he backed himself with another two after William Hansen from the Bulls potted his team’s first.
This end-to-end play continued as Hansen scored a two and then a one pointer before Celtic’s Archie Cruickshank potted a three.
Cruickshank added another two points then Bull’s Tom Kelly kept up the close scoring when he sunk his basket.
Will Hansen was able to sink a three off the backboard that appeared to defy the laws of physics and Bourkey’s Bulls hit the lead.
This was not for long as Chill sunk two in a row for his team before Blake Russell stepped up and put both of his foul shots through the hoop.
Archie Cruickshank took up the challenge and sunk two of his own to even the score.
David Bourke and Julius Fletcher each added singles to finish the Bulls scoring on 18 for half time.
Chill’s Celtics hit their stride and an avalanche of points ensued from Zac McNeill, Ryland Sainsbury, Blake Russell, Archie Cruickshank and Rhys Chillingsworth to finish them on 32 for the half.
The Celtics may have had the first half sorted but the Bulls started as they meant to finish when they found their rhythm and the baskets followed.
Bourkey showed his skills by sinking three in a row followed by Hansen and Fletcher before getting another himself.
The ball was moved rapidly around the court by some skilled basketballers who have played with and against each other many times in the past.
This gives particular shorthand to the players, knowing each other’s movers and able to anticipate the action, catch that pass or block that opponents play.
It turned out to be a game of two halves with the Celtics dominating the first period 32-18 before the Bulls found their game, started putting some good plays together and got a roll on. In the second period they outscored their rivals 27-10 to snatch a 45-42 win. Friendships are put aside as the competition heats up.