The Griffith Demons have made a great start to the newly rebooted MIA League with the men’s and women’s sides both picking up victories over Leeton Eagles in the opening round of fixtures.
Giordan Pastro led the way for the Griffith side in the women’s game putting up 26 points and was well supported by Jenna Richards and Meg Dal Broi who finished with 13 points each as the Demons came away with a 73-49 victory.
The Eagles had some players returning to basketball after 3-5 years saw Taya Crockford and Niki Leighton dominating inside in the rebound while Maddy Clyne finished with 21 points and Maddy Kennedy seven points.
The men picked up where the girls left off as they were able to start the season with a 71-49 point win over the Eagles.
Griffith manager Beau Edwards was impressed by how his side came together out on court.
“They gelled a lot quicker than I was expecting,” Edwards said.
“A lot of them have never played together so to see them gell well against a big Leeton side was really pleasing.”
Nathan Richards was strong in the paint and finished with 21 points for the night while Issac Testoni also put in a strong performance to finish with 16 points.
There was another who really caught the eye of Edwards.
“I thought Jordan Magoci played quite well for someone who hadn’t really played senior basketball before,” he said.
Ty Fletcher was the top point scorer for the Leeton side as he finished with 21 points.
This weekend the Demons will travel to take on MIA League newcomers West Wyalong on Saturday afternoon.
The Wildcats were also victorious in both of their games against Narrandera as they came away with a narrow 38-31 win in the women’s with Catherine Hood and Lea Kerr having good games equal top scoring with 10 points
The West Wyalong men’s side then picked up a 91-63 victory with Fraser Gehrich dropping 31 points.
Edwards feels it should be a good matchup.
“From what I have heard they are a pretty big team,” he said.
“They will be a tough team to rally around.”
The women’s game will get underway at 3pm while men’s will follow at 5pm.