Tuesday, May 8, 2018

In their first season in which they are eligible for the playoffs, the Centre of Excellence are off to a 4-1 start and Alex Mudronja was a key part of their sweep of Round 5 against Canberra and Bendigo.

He averaged 20.5 points, seven rebounds, four assists and a steal in the two victories as he showed off his offensive talents from all over the court as well as his ability to penetrate and force oppositions into fouling him.

In a mid-week clash against the Gunners, the CoE trailed by a point at quarter-time but a 54-32 run over the second and third quarters set up an 18-point victory.

Mudronja had 11 of his 13 points during that run, draining two three-pointers as well as connecting on an and-one play to help the CoE cruise through the second half.

He also had an equal team-high nine rebounds, two assists and a steal which all came in just 25 minutes as the CoE were able to share the minutes around their entire roster.

They backed up two nights later against Bendigo, a team that was unbeaten and sitting on top of the ladder prior to the contest.

The CoE jumped out of the blocks though, sparked by a three-pointer from Mudronja on their first possession and he went on to score 11 points for the opening term, connecting on another two and-one plays.

He helped them gain an eight-point advantage by quarter-time and while Bendigo narrowed the margin at the main break, Mudronja added another eight points to keep the CoE in front.

The Braves continued their comeback in the third, taking the lead at the last change but Mudronja again stood in their way, adding to his highlight reel with a dunk as the CoE responded with a 9-0 run.

He scored another five points in a row midway through the quarter to push the home side’s lead back out to double-digits and while Bendigo had one last run left in them, it was left too late as the CoE secured a very impressive 91-87 win.

Sitting fifth on the ladder but just a game out of top spot, the CoE have staked their claim as a playoff contender a third of the way through the regular season.

Alex Mudronja Round 5 Stats: 20.5 points on 16-42 (38%) shooting including 3-10 three-point shooting, seven rebounds (two offensive), four assists and a steal per game.

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