Revenge was sweet for the Maitland Mustangs as they beat Manly Warringah 55-50 last night.
Two weeks ago an understrength Mustangs team travelled south to face the third-placed Manly and came home with an 89-59 loss.
The Mustangs had only six of their regular players on court, but this time one of them was Kieran Gleeson and it was a different ball game.
"Having Kieran back gives us a huge boost," coach Luke Boyle said.
"He had double figures in shooting (14) and in rebounds (11)."
The Mustangs started strongly, finishing the first quarter a point ahead of their opponents, but found themselves behind after shooting six points to Manly's 13 in the second quarter.
"We're putting in place a few new offences, so you get guys forgetting where they're supposed to be," Boyle said.
"When we get them sorted we'll be causing some problems for our opposition."
Not ready to let their heads drop, the Mustangs set about closing the gap, and they'd done it by mid-third quarter.
They exchanged the lead twice before the final break.
The final period belonged to the Mustangs.