Devils lose another thriller

Dion Jewell was both a playmaker and scorer for Werribee Devils on Sunday. Picture Shawn Smits

Close but no cigar – that’s becoming a familiar tale for the Werribee Devils in the Big V basketball men’s championship.

The Devils have endured three heartbreaking one-basket losses in the past three weekends, two to Hume City Broncos split by one to McKinnon.

In front of their home fans at Eagle Stadium on Sunday, Werribee’s luck was out once more, losing 114-113 to the Broncos in an overtime thriller.

The Devils are a game outside the eight and wondering what might have been if they had managed to turn those close losses into wins.

The Devils were carried by star imports Fred Hunter and Jeremy Smith against the Broncos on Sunday. Hunter played his best game for the club with 36 points on 18-from-31 shooting to go with 15 rebounds and five steals.

Smith finished with 21 points, seven rebounds and three assists.

In women’s division 1, Werribee slipped further off the finals radar with an 84-72 loss to Keilor Thunder at the Keilor Basketball Stadium on Sunday. Rebecca Van Kuyk (27 points and 17 rebounds), Jess Slade (19 points and 14 rebounds) and Jacqui Silcock (14 points) kept the Devils in the contest, but the Thunder found a way to defend its home court.

The Devils (2-8) will travel to Rosebud to face Western Port Steelers (7-3) on Saturday night.