Keilor Thunder stakes title claims

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Keilor's Charleston Long and Humes Jake Martin. Picture Shawn Smits.

By Lance Jenkinson

Keilor Thunder has won four of its past five games to join the contending pack in Big V men’s state championship.

After its three-game winning streak came to an end with a narrow 85-79 loss to Hawthorn Magic on Saturday night, the Thunder bounced back with a stirring 94-86 win over Hume City Broncos at Keilor Basketball Stadium.

Keilor held the lead at every change and went into the final quarter in total command.

The Thunder got an even performance out of its starting five.

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Keilor Thunder’s Michael Anderson and Hume’s Shayan Mahboob. Picture Shawn Smits.

Photo Gallery: Keilor Thunder vs Hume City Broncos 

Chris Kaba’s 19 points were the best among the starters, but it was BJ Symons’ 21 points off the bench that were the team’s best for scoring.

Mike Anderson had a double-double for Keilor, finishing with 10 points and 16 rebounds. Joel Bellman impressed with 16 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Keilor will be back on their home court on Sunday, hosting the Chelsea Gulls from 3pm.

In the women’s state championship, Keilor Thunder romped to a 95-70 road win over McKinnon Cougars.

Erin Bollman had 30 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists and five steals in a superb showing for the Thunder.

Keilor will have its longest road trip of the season on Saturday night when it plays Warrnambool Mermaids.