LAY-UP: Bundaberg's Tyler Davis starred with a triple-double in the Bears' first game.
LAY-UP: Bundaberg's Tyler Davis starred with a triple-double in the Bears' first game. SImon Young

Bundy is back in town

BASKETBALL: The Bundaberg Bears and Bulls made a statement in their return to competitive basketball.

Bundaberg Basketball is back, in a big way, after both the men's and women's sides defeated Maryborough in the Central Queensland Basketball League.

In the first match of the new competition, the Bulls won by 88 points with the Bears winning by 43.

The Bulls, facing a side that just affiliated back with Basketball Queensland after 17 years, showed their class with a commanding shooting performance.

Led by a triple-double from Tyler Davis, with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists, the side led by 50 at half-time before running away with the contest further in the second half.

The side shot at more than 50 percent from both the two point and three point range.

"It was outstanding the way they played,” Bulls coach Mick Catlin said.

"Many of them gave the ball away and made sure someone else had an easier shot.

"It was a good opportunity for others to get a bit of game time as well in the end.”

Bulls youngster Aiden Potter scored 28 points as six players got into double figures.

Catlin said the challenge for the team was to back up the performance next week against Hervey Bay who will be a much tougher proposition for the Bulls.

For the Bears, they secured victory after a strong defensive effort in the first half.

The side kept Maryborough to just 16 points at half-time as they raced to a 33-point lead.

Bears players Mekkija Redgard and Shelby Cass top scored with 16 each as Cass almost got a triple-double with nine rebounds and 10 assists.

The sides will now play Hervey Bay at home next Saturday.