NBL1 Women vs Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence
The Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence played host to Frankston as they looked to secure a second-straight win after a 37-point demolition job of Launceston in Round 8.
The Blues were looking for an immediate response after heartbreakingly falling two points short of a stirring comeback win versus Ballarat in Round 9, and started hot with an 11-4 run. But BA hit back, with five first-quarter bench points to each of Paige Price,
Jade Melbourne and Gemma Potter ensuring the CoE went into the break trailing by just one.
Frankston flexed their muscles in the second period, with forward Shereesha Richards (26 points, 12 rebounds) recording 14 first-half points enroute to a double-double, giving the Blues an eight-point advantage at the half.
BA started the second half strongly, as Potter (14 points) continued her first-half form with six consecutive points for the CoE. But for every Potter bucket, Frankston’s Courtney Wilkins (14 points) seemingly had an answer, before Richards took over again as the Blues extended their lead to 20 at the final break.
Stephanie Reid (23 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists) filled the stat sheet as Frankston took the foot off the pedal and cruised home to a 12-point victory.
NBL1 Men vs Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence
Frankston have made short work of the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence to continue their push towards the top end of the NBL1 table. Separated by just one place on the ladder headed into the matchup, the Blues showed they were a class above the BA CoE, overcoming a slow start to record a 100-78 road victory.
Basketball Australia jumped out to a seven-point lead at quarter time, but a devastating 33-12 second term for Frankston saw the Blues holding a 14-point buffer at the main break.
The CoE clawed the margin back by three in the third period, but another lopsided quarter in the fourth allowed Frankston to run out 22-point winners.
Frankston had even contributions from all five starters. Dan Trist (21 points), Najeal Young (19 points), Damon Bozeman (17 points), Lachlan Barker (16 points) and Igor Hadziomerovic (14 points) were all in double-digits scoring. Joshua Bannan (17 points) and Hyunjung Lee (14 points) put up some resistance but turnovers were an issue for the BA CoE, committing 19 to Frankston’s 11.
Frankston will carry momentum into their Round 11 matchup with fellow top 4 hopefuls Dandenong, while the BA CoE will face a tough task as they try to recover against Melbourne.