Reversing their fortunes from earlier battles, the Pirates broke their losing streak against the boys from Broken-Hill who were missing stars Tevin Miro and Jarrod Lenihan.
Despite their shooting percentages being down on the previous week’s game against the Cannons, the Pirates can thank their rebounders and assist players for getting them over the line on this occasion.
Brett Butler (14 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks) was having one of his best games of the season, working hard at both ends of the floor to give the Pirates the advantage in rebounds, blocks and clever assist plays.
Despite losing their best players for the remainder of the season, Broken Hill’s Ezzat brothers were determined to make their mark on the league. Tarik (16 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal) and Samir (13 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals) were doing their best to get their team the win, aggressively chasing offensive rebounds and being rewarded with close-in put-backs.
In the end, it wasn’t enough to counter Brett Butler’s size and strength with the Pirates finishing modest winners 41 points to 31.