NBL1 Women vs Knox Raiders
Knox has secured a brave 95-108 victory over the Blues in a Saturday night thriller at the Frankston Basketball Stadium.
It was an even 29-29 ballgame at the end of the first, the Raiders struggling to break away from Frankston despite dominating the majority of play. Knox stretched out to a nine point lead with five minutes left in the second thanks to a 3pt jump shot by Abigail Wehrung, but Frankston once again impressed by clawing their way to only a one-point 54-55 deficit at the main break.
The game remained close in the third, with Lauren Scherf and Wehrung combining well to see the Raiders just edge ahead of the Blues to a four-point lead at the final break.
Steph Reid continued her brilliant run of form for Frankston, almost single-handedly keeping the Blues’ hopes alive by posting 30 points, 8 assists and a single rebound at 58% from 38:42 minutes of game time.
Reid was supported by Shereesha Richards, who finished with 23 points and seven rebounds at a superb 78% off 27:26.
But despite their efforts, Frankston couldn’t stop the press of the Raiders, who stormed home in the last to record a 13 point victory. The final scoreline didn’t reflect the true nature of the tightly-contested game, but the Blues will at least take home a moral victory in knowing that they competed well against the much higher-placed Raiders.
Wehrung (29 points, six assists, five rebounds) and Scherf (32 points, 20 rebounds, six assists) were outstanding for Knox, while Rebecca Ott also impressed with 25 points at 69%.
NBL1 Men vs Knox Raiders
Frankson has asserted their dominance over the Raiders in a 99-86 triumph.
Both sides have been middling in the lower half of the ladder this season, but the Blues will take this victory as a positive sign heading into the middle portion of the season.
Frankston were dynamic in the first 35-10 performance, led from defence by impressive American import Najeal Young (18 points, six rebounds, three steals at 88%).
Knox pushed hard in the second but found it difficult to make meaningful ground on their 25 point deficit, entering into the main break trailing 21 points 57-36.
The Raiders continued their press in the third but again failed to make a dent in their deficit, and Frankston’s 22 point lead seemed insurmountable for Knox as they headed into the final change.
But the Blues faltered in the last and with less than a minute remaining it was a 9 point ballgame, with Mike Rose (32 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals) incredibly impressive in leading the Raiders back to a competitive position.
Frankston held steady, however, and ended the night 13 point victors, led by Young (18 points, six rebounds, three steals at 88%) and Damon Bozeman (22 points, three rebounds, three assists).