NBL1 Women vs Southern Sabres
For the second week in a row, overtime was needed to determine a winner at the Southern Basketball Stadium.
Both teams were gridlocked at the end of the fourth term as the Sabres overturned a three-point deficit to send the game into overtime.
The game continued to be evenly contested in OT with scores gridlocked, until a bucket by Shereesha Richards with 20 seconds left on the clock gave the Blues the lead.
Richards was instrumental for the Blues in the 97-96 win, scoring 40 points along with 14 rebounds and seven assists. Richards was supported by Saraid Taylor who had 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Courtney Wilkins had 14 points and seven rebounds.
Tenaya Phillips starred for the Sabres with 24 points, while Amy O’Neill had 22 points and 10 assists in the Sabres’ agonising defeat.
Southern came out firing in the first term to score 24 points and lead by 12 points at quarter-time. The Sabres dominated both ends of the court to hold the helpless Blues to only 12 points in the term.
Frankston improved in the second term and began to find their feet on offence. The Blues scored 18 points in the term, yet conceded 21 points to allow the Sabres to take a 15-point lead into half time.
Frankston worked their way back into the contest in the third term, courtesy of 13 points from Richards who gave the Blues a three-point lead at three-quarter-time.
The Blues led by as much as six points in the fourth quarter, but the Sabres cut the margin and the game was sent to overtime, where the Blues were able to claim a one-point win.
Frankston dominated the paint and finished the game with 62 points in the key. They also 18 offensive rebounds and scored 19 second-chance points.
NBL1 Men vs Southern Sabres
Frankston recorded a comfortable 97-83 win over Southern at the Southern Basketball Stadium.
The Blues led by as much as 21 points in the contest, before the Sabres made a late push to overturn the deficit in the last quarter.
Majok Majok starred for the Blues with 21 points, nine rebounds and an assist, while Damon Bozeman had 13 points.
Playing in his final game before calling time on his career Rhys Carter did his best to keep the Sabres in the contest with 24 points, 10 rebounds and five steals.
Frankston were the superior team in the first term, outscoring the Sabres 25-17 to lead by eight points at quarter-time. The Blues continued to dominate on offence in the second term and scored 28 points to extend their lead to 14 points at half time.
Alister MacDonald was the instigator of the Blues dominance by scoring all of his 13 points in the first half.
Southern improved their defence in the third term and held the Blues to 17 points in the quarter. Unfortunately for the Sabres, they only scored 16 points in the term and were unable to reduce the gap on the scoreboard.
Southern made a late push in the final term to reduce the deficit but were unable to establish a serious threat to the Blues lead as the visitors came away with the win.
Frankston dominated the paint at both ends of the court, scoring 54 of their 97 points in the key, while holding the Sabres to only 20 points in the paint. The Blues also forced the Sabres to make 21 turnovers, which resulted in 33 points.