Round 16 – Match Preview

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Women’s NBL1

Tip-off: 5pm

Record: 7-7

Last five-matches:

Cockburn Cougars 45 vs 83 Lakeside Lightning (2021)

Cockburn Cougars 48 vs 76 Lakeside Lightning (R3 WCC 2020)

Cockburn Cougars 58 vs 80 Lakeside Lightning (R14, 2019)

Cockburn Cougars 64 vs 83 Lakeside Lightning (R6, 2019)

Cockburn Cougars 85 vs 87 Lakeside Lightning (R14, 2018)

 Previous match-up:

R11 2021: Cockburn Cougars 45 (Jessie Edwards 11, Nic Roberts 6, Molly Matthews 5) vs 83 Lakeside Lightning (Ashleigh Isenbarger 19, Alecia Knowles 16, Kyrah Daniels 14)

Summary: The Dentistry Plus Cockburn Cougars Women will be hoping to get their season back on track against tough opponent Lakeside Lightning. Their earlier matchup saw the Lightning come away with an easy win, with Cockburn hoping to reverse that at home. Taylah Simmons (15.6ppg) has been super consistent this season for the Cougars, as well as Jessie Edwards (16.4ppg) who will need to step up against Ashleigh Isenbarger (20ppg). The Cougars will be hoping to share the ball around and get several players scoring, but if they can stop Lakeside scoring that will be key to getting victory.

 Key Match-up: Molly Matthews vs Ashleigh Isenbarger

Men’s NBL1

Tip-off: 7pm

 Record: 8-9

Last five-matches:

Cockburn Cougars 67 vs 85 Lakeside Lightning (R11 2021)

Cockburn Cougars 85 vs 81 Lakeside Lightning (R3WCC 2020)

Cockburn Cougars 52 vs 99 Lakeside Lightning (R14, 2019)

Cockburn Cougars 102 vs 88 Lakeside Lightning (R6, 2019)

Cockburn Cougars 85 vs 122 Lakeside Lightning (R14, 2018)

 Previous match-up:

R11 2021: Cockburn Cougars 67 (Josh Hunt 13, Nic Pozoglou 11, Ben Henshall 10) vs 85 Lakeside Lightning (Rowan Mackenzie 26, Julius Bowie 22, Jack Isenbarger 16)

Summary: The Dentistry Plus Cockburn Cougars Men will be looking to grab their seventh consecutive win against top of the table Lakeside. This game shapes as crucial for both teams, with Cockburn looking to get a spot in the finals, while the Lightning will be hoping to consolidate a top two position. The match-up between powerful duo Nic Pozoglou (16.5ppg) and Julius Bowie (21ppg) will be entertaining and whoever can get on top will be huge for their respective teams. Stars Gavin Field (18ppg) and Rowan Mackenzie (20ppg) will also be important to both teams. Corey Sherill (21ppg) will be a tough defensive assignment for the Cougars who will need some young players to step up on the offensive end. The Cougars have been firing on all cylinders in recent games and will need to reproduce that form against the formidable Lightning.

 Key match-up: Nic Pozoglou vs Julius Bowie