NBL1 Women vs Launceston Tornadoes
The two teams traded baskets for most of the first quarter with Frankston able to get a slender lead thanks to Stephanie Reid who poured in 18 first quarter points.
Frankston used the momentum generated by Reid to really get on top in the second quarter, outscoring Launceston by 14 points. Reid added 14 points to her total in the second quarter to have 32 at half-time with her side leading by 21 points.
The third quarter simply confirmed Frankston’s dominance and the game was no longer a contest. Launceston struggled all game in terms of shooting and looking after the ball. The Tornadoes shot 36% from the field and turned the ball over an alarming 34 times. Reid moved to 40 points with a three late in the quarter with 50 in her sights.
The fourth quarter was a non-affair with both benches utilised. The main event at this point was Stephanie Reid’s pursuit of 50 points. The Blues continued to run over the top of the Tornadoes ultimately winning 114-67, a margin of 47 points
Reid finished the game with 50 points to go along with excellent passing and defensive numbers of 10 assists and 7 steals. She was incredible from the field going 19/25 and 7/8 from three-point range.
Despite the loss, Brittany Hodges was immense for the Tornadoes with 19 points and 19 rebounds to lead her side on an otherwise poor night.
The win is only Frankston’s second of the season, but if Reid and co can continue to play in this manner then more wins will be on the horizon. Launceston fall to their fourth and worst loss of the season.
NBL1 Men vs NW Tasmania
The Blues had a dominant first quarter, outscoring the Tasmanian side by 13 points. Frankston spread the scoring around with three players scoring six points in the opener. Tasmania recovered in the second term restricting the margin to only nine points at half-time.
Regardless, Tasmania’s shooting let them down, going 41% from the field to Frankston’s 60% in the opening half.
Frankston consolidated in the second half, making use of the advantage they built in the first quarter. The Blues and Tasmania traded buckets for much of the second half as the game reached something of a stalemate, with Frankston narrowly winning the final two terms.
The Blues ultimately ran out 13-point winners with four of their starters, Najeal Young, Majok Majok, Damon Bozeman and Igor Hadziomerovic, scoring 16 points or more. Young was the pick of the bunch with 21 points and seven rebounds. For Tasmania, Nicholas Banyard was excellent throughout the game scoring 26 points and pulling down six rebounds, but more was needed from the rest of his side to claw back the deficit.
The win is Frankston’s third moving them up the table to sit in 12th place, two spots behind Tasmania who suffered their third loss to move to a 3-3 record. Frankston came out on top by 13 points.