NBL1 2019 ROUND 9 WRAP

NBL1 2019 ROUND 9 WRAP

NBL1 Women vs Diamond Valley Eagles

The game was played at a fast pace from the opening tip with both sides looking to play on the fast break. Frankston managed to get an early six-point advantage over the Eagles, but sides struggled to shoot with Frankston managing 40% to Diamond Valley’s 36%.

Frankston started the second quarter on fire getting out to a lead of 16 points before the Eagles reigned them back in. The margin at the half was nine points in Frankston’s favour, with the Blues on top for most of the half, but allowing Diamond Valley to go on little runs to keep in touch.

Anneli Maley had an excellent first half with 15 points and nine rebounds for Diamond Valley while JoAnna Smith scored 13 points off the bench for Frankston including three three-pointers.

The Blues pulled further ahead once again in the third quarter, scoring 33 points in the period. While star guard Steph Reid was quiet, the Blues had four scorers in double figures and were playing strongly at both ends. The lead for the Blues at three quarter time was 20 points.

The game petered out in the final quarter with Frankston winning easily by a margin of 18 points. Shereesha Richards (25 points, 11 rebounds) and JoAnna Smith (24 points off the bench) were the stars for Frankston. Anneli Maley had an outstanding game despite the loss with 23 points and 19 rebounds to be the best for Diamond Valley.

The loss sees Diamond Valley remain in last place with a 1-12 record, while Frankston rack up their rack up their fifth win from 12 games to sit in the middle of the pack.

NBL1 Men vs Diamond Valley Eagles

The opening quarter was a tight affair with Diamond Valley taking a four-point lead into quarter time. Anthony Odunsi had eight points for the Eagles, with Damon Bozeman scoring ten for the Blues, to lead their respective sides.

The close contest continued in the second quarter with Diamond Valley taking a one-point lead into half-time. Both sides were strong offensively with Diamond Valley going at 52 per cent to Frankston’s 46 per cent. The Blues had the advantage at the free throw line though, making 14 free throws to the Eagles eight. Majok Majok had 14 points to lead the way for Frankston, while Odunsi had 12 for Diamond Valley.

The Eagles controlled the second half, winning both quarters by six points to run out 13-point winners. The team had three players score 20 points or more. Logan Hovey (25 points), Anthony Odunsi (22 points) and Benjamin Allen (20 points) who were the key in their success.

Majok Majok had 18 points and 12 rebounds for Frankston, with Igor Hadziomerovic adding 17 points. Both sides were efficient in terms of scoring with Diamond Valley outshooting the Blues by making 52 per cent of their shots to 45 per cent.

The win is Diamond Valley’s fifth, but they remain in the bottom half of the table. Frankston are now 6-6 and remain in the mid-table area.

NBL1 Women vs Ballarat Rush

Overtime was required to separate Frankston and Ballarat at the Frankston Basketball Stadium.

The Rush led by five points at three-quarter-time, but a late rush by the Blues tied the scores at 82 apiece at the final buzzer.

Ksi-Le Bao scored the opening points in overtime, before Saraid Taylor shot a triple to give the Blues the lead. The lead changed again when Bao made 2-2 from the free throw line and Lucy Cochrane made a layup, before the Blues tied the scores with less than 50 seconds left in the game.

The match appeared destined for double OT, before Chanise Jenkins was fouled and made two free throws to hand a Rush a 89-87 win.

Olivia Hackmann was difficult to contain throughout the game and finished the match with 32 points and seven rebounds, while Jenkins had 16 points, four rebounds and two assists.

Stephanie Reid worked tirelessly for the Blues throughout the game and had 25 points, while Taylor Lee had 24 points, three assists and six rebounds.

The difference between the two teams was the contribution from their bench. The Rush’s second team contributed 24 points to their total, while the Blues bench added only two points.

NBL1 Men vs Ballarat Miners

Damon Bozeman was the difference in Frankston’s 87-80 win over Ballarat at the Frankston Basketball Stadium.

Bozeman shot 62% from the field to end the game with 27 points, nine points more than any other player on the court.

Lachlan Barker provided support for Bozeman and finished the game with 18 points and five rebounds, while Alister MacDonald had 12 points off the bench.

Joshua Fox led the way for the Miners with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while teammate Marqueze Coleman had 16 points, seven rebounds and three assists off the bench.

It was a tale of two halves as the Blues asserted their dominance early in the contest. Bozeman scored 23 of his 27 points in the first half as the Blues held an 11-point lead at half time.

The tide changed in the second half as the Rush made a push to overturn the deficit. Ballarat was dominant in the paint and finished the game with 50 points in the key.

The Miners got within one-point of the Blues midway through the final term, before Frankston steadied and came away with a seven-point win.