NBL1 Women vs Melbourne Tigers
Frankston managed to grit out a brave win over the Melbourne with a 75-69 victory.
The Blues were looking strong in the first quarter as they recorded 20 points, before a late three-pointer from Melbourne’s Monique Conti gave the Tigers a spark of life heading into the second quarter.
Tigers’ guards Conti and Katie Bugden were massive in the second quarter, but the Blues managed to fight through a scrappy start to the second term and produce consecutive 20 point quarters as they continued their slender lead over the Tigers.
Jo Smith (22 points) started the second half with a bang, finishing off an impressive jump shot from downtown to kick start the third quarter, and continued her dominance as the matchup looked in danger of breaking from the grasp of the Tigers.
Melbourne saved their best offensive display until the final quarter, with Kasey Burton (16 points) ensuring that the Blues would need to hold off a fast finishing Tigers outfit.
Shareesha Richards (29 points, 10 rebounds) was able to all but seal the issue, clutching two free throws to sink the Tigers and record an impressive four quarter effort from the Blues.
NBL1 Men vs Melbourne Tigers
Frankston have defeated the Melbourne Tigers at the death in an astonishing contest, with a three-pointer from Damon Bozeman on the buzzer defeating the Tigers 99-98.
The matchup between both sides was a free-flowing, high-scoring spectacle, with the attacking and offensive rhythm of the match proving to be a constant theme throughout the night. The fans and coaching staff alike joined the players in riding every wave and bump as this bout reached its dramatic climax.
The Blues and Tigers went back and forth in the opening half, with Michael Wells (39 points) providing headaches for the Blues throughout the clash.
The attacking threat of Najael Young and Igor Hadziomerovic began to overpower the Tigers in the third quarter, and saw the Blues surge to a ten-point lead at three-quarter-time.
The Tigers came out firing in the fourth and in large thanks to Wells, were able to gain the ascendency, recording 25 points from turnovers compared to the Blues’ six.
The Blues had one last trick up their sleeve though, and Bozeman was able to steal the win for Frankston with the final play of the night.
NBL1 Women vs Southern Sabres
A second half fight-back secured a stunning four-point win for Southern.
The Sabres trailed by 11 points at half time, but overturned the deficit in the second half to claim a 97-93 win.
Rachel Jarry was instrumental in the win, finishing the game with 27 points, three rebounds and five assists. Morgan Riley who had 22 points, six rebounds and three assists assisted Jarry in the win.
Shereesha Richards was excellent for the Blues despite the defeat, shooting 54% from the field to finish the game with 30 points.
The Blues would be disappointed to let slip of the win against a team that had won only three games for the season.
Frankston looked set to secure the win after scoring 32 points in the first term to lead by 15 points at quarter time.
Yet the first term was the only quarter they outscored Southern as the Sabres clawed their way back into the contest.
Southern cut the margin to 11 points at half time, which have them confidence to overturn the margin in the second half.
The Sabres outscored the Blues 29-19 in the third term to trail by one-point at three-quarter-time.
Frankston were unable to stop the momentum in the final term and when Sherry Glennie shot the first bucket of the quarter the Sabres took the lead, which they held until the final buzzer.
Southern will next host Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence while Frankston travel to Kilsyth.
NBL1 Men vs Southern Sabres
Frankston shot 61% from the field in their victory over the Southern Sabres.
The Blues were electric from the field and scored 58 points in the paint and 14-26 from three-point range.
Damon Bozeman top scored for the Blues with 26 points and 71% shooting from three-point range, while Najeal Young had 25 points, four rebounds and two assists.
Frankston displayed their offensive game in the first term to lead by five points at quarter-time. The Blues were a nightmare for Southern’s defence and scored 38 points in the second half to take a 22-point lead into half time.
Any hopes the Blues would take their foot off the pedal in the second half was dashed as they continued to surge towards the 100-point barrier.
The Blues extended their lead by one-point in the third term and then scored 30 points in the last quarter to stretch their lead to 27 points at the final buzzer.
Southern would be disappointed by their inability to contain the Blues offence. The Sabres shot 52% from two-point range highlighting their own ability on offence, yet struggled to find any fluidity on defence.
They will hope to turn their form around when they host BA CoE next week, while Frankston will travel to Kilsyth.