Senior basketball returned to local courts last week for the opening round of the 2021-22 Manjimup Amateur Basketball Association season. The new season also brought with it some changes to the structure of the senior men’s fixtures with the A and B-grades being amalgamated, creating one bigger division of 12 teams. Cobras and Giants faced off in one of the first matches of the season in the men’s competition with both teams hungry for a win. However, things did not quite go to either team’s plan as the game ended in a draw. Players battled with a physical brand of basketball, with both teams using the fast break for easy points. It was Cobras who led at half-time, albeit by just one point at 15-14. There was barely anything between the two teams all night and it came down to the final moments when Cobras’ Kallum East had the opportunity to win the game. East was fouled in the dying seconds with his team down by one point, giving him two free-throws and the chance to take the lead. After calmly making the first shot to level the scores, East could not convert the second with the scores locked at 34-all. Elsewhere across the men’s division, the Barracudas defeated Hawks A 41-34, while Hawks B were more successful taking down the Raiders 35-31. Dingos were victorious against Spoonbills 48-39, Wolfpack took down the Yabbies 59-40 and Imperials got the best of the Warriors 36-28. Meanwhile, in the top women’s division, the Pink Ladies exploded against the Vipers with a comprehensive 68-19 win and the Comets defeated the Aces 45-38. The AR Women’s grade saw Senators take down Magpies Orange 23-19 and Diamonds come out on top against Mystics 21-14. A sister team clash in the B women’s competition saw Aus Stars Green get a 43-20 win over Aus Stars Purple, Senators claim an 18-13 win over Bush Chooks and Saints defeat Magpies Light Blue 26-21.