ALL three of Western Port's Big V basketball teams head into this Saturday's triple-header against Cranbourne in winning form.
The Steelers men produced arguably their best display for the season with a 71-60 win over Melton at Melton on Saturday.
Steelers general manager Marc Pirrotta said coach Justin Bourchier was thrilled with the victory, which gives them three wins from their past four matches. "It's a really good step forward for them and it takes them to four wins and four losses," he said.
Chris Jones and Matt Williams each scored 17 points for the Steelers and stepped up in the absence of Vlad Tankov.
The division 2 women recorded a 52-43 victory over Melbourne University, just weeks after losing to them.
Pirrotta said a major factor was the presence of Keira Beswick and Sarah Collins, who were absent in the loss to University.
Beswick scored seven points but was a huge presence on the boards, dragging down 18 rebounds and e Collins contributed eight rebounds from limited court time.
"A lot of it was about rediscovering team unity, commitment and composure which had been kind of lacking," Pirrotta said, adding that the Steelers were confident they could cause a boilover and upset top-placed Cranbourne.
The youth league 2 Steelers suffered a final-term scare when Sunbury got within a point after the lead had blown out to double figures, eventually winning 71-69.
Pirrotta said former player Kenny Brunner had the youth league outfit playing with passion. "He seems to get the best out of those guys," he said. "Everyone is getting an even spread of minutes and everyone is contributing on the floor. They're almost halfway through the season and in a good position."
Pirrotta said he was expecting a bumper crowd at Western Port for the triple-header against Cranbourne, with proceedings starting at 4pm.