VETERAN basketball player Adam Melmeth was the star of the show when the Newcastle Hunters kept their Waratah League playoff hopes alive with an 86-67 win over Hills Hornets at Newcastle Basketball Stadium on Saturday night.
The 36-year-old won the defensive player of the match award and contributed three crucial triples to lead from the front as skipper.
American import Bennie Murray was also outstanding on his way to a game-high 25 points along with seven rebounds, six assists and three steals to win the most valuable player.
The win ended a four-game losing streak for the ninth-placed Hunters who are two wins out of the top six, with three home games in July followed by Bankstown and Penrith.
Charlotte Bull's incredible 20 rebounds, nine points, five steals and four assists was not enough to inspire the women's team to victory. They lost 68-52 to Hills.