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    Jeremiah McKenzie dodges Lucas Cooper, Stawell Wildcats vs Horsham Hornets.
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    Matthew Bourke, Stawell Wildcats vs Horsham Hornets.
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    Lucas Cooper, Stawell Wildcats vs Horsham Hornets.
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    Troy Kenny, Stawell Wildcats vs Horsham Hornets.
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    You ru Lin drives to the basket as Jeremiah McKenzie tries to block the shot. Stawell Wildcats vs Horsham Hornets.
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    You ru Lin, Stawell Wildcats vs Horsham Hornets.
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    Aiden Graveson guards Austin McKenzie, Stawell Wildcats vs Horsham Hornets.
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    Tim Pickert, Hornets, Stawell Wildcats vs Horsham Hornets.
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    BATTLE: Seth Blake guards Horsham Hornet Jeremiah McKenzie during action on Sunday. The Hornets easily accounted for the Wildcats, 107-57. Pictures: PAUL CARRACHER

Hornets building finals momentum

Horsham Hornets and Stawell Wildcats went head-to-head in a south-west conference clash on Sunday as Country Basketball League teams returned to the court following a mid-season break. 

The outcome contained no surprises, with the third-placed Hornets putting on another strong showing as they look to build momentum ahead of finals.

Horsham dominated the match from tip off, leading by 20 points at quarter time and extending its margin at each change to triumph by 50 points, 107-57. 

The Hornets had a healthy spread of scorers, but Jeremiah McKenzie, 28, coach Tim Pickert, 27, and Austin McKenzie, 25, created plenty of headaches for Stawell’s defence. 



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Angus Murray and Aiden Graveson were among the Wildcats’ shining lights, finishing with 13 points apiece, with Matt Bourke, 12, also securing double figures. 

Both teams will look for victories against Terang at the weekend, with the Hornets welcoming the Tornadoes to Horsham Basketball Stadium at 6pm on Saturday, and the Wildcats playing host on Sunday at 1pm. 

The Wildcats will work hard to claim their first win since rejoining the competition this season.

The Tornadoes are 10th on the ladder, four wins clear of Stawell.

The Wildcats have a tough task ahead, but before they tackle Terang they face a road-trip to Warrnambool on Saturday night to face the sixth-placed Seahawks. The match starts at 7pm.

Ararat had a bye before the break but is back in action at the weekend, travelling to Portland to play the Coasters on Saturday night. 

The Redbacks are in seventh place on the ladder and will be out to cause an upset against the conference’s fourth-placed outfit. 

Tip-off is at 7pm.

The Lady Hornets have a bye and will resume pleasantries against Geelong on January 18.  

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