NBL1 2019 QUALIFYING FINAL – FRANKSTON VS NUNAWADING RECAP

NBL1 2019 QUALIFYING FINAL – FRANKSTON VS NUNAWADING RECAP

The Frankston Blues have defeated the Nunawading Spectres by ten points (107-97) to progress to the next round of the finals.

The Frankston Blues entered the game in spectacular fashion opening with a huge 37-point opening term. The Spectres were able to snatch the lead with the first shot of the game however the Blues wasted no time taking charge. After quickly stealing the lead the Blues had the margin standing at 17-points with five minutes remaining on the clock. Their lead did not waver as the Spectres trailed by 18-points at the end of the first quarter (37-19). Frankston’s Najeal Young made his presence known scoring 11 points in the term.

The Spectres were in a tough position as the game entered the second quarter however they were not hanging their heads. While the Blues were still playing strong, Nunawading began stacking on points helping them reduce the margin back down to 12-points with just over a minute left before half time. Despite their efforts, a series of missed shots allowed the blues to go on a quick 7-0 run to put the margin back out to 20-points before the Spectres Jack Saunders nailed a 3-pointer to bring their lead back down to 17-points at the major break.

Nunawading were still feeling the damage from the Blues massive first term however with one half still to play, they were still in the game. Tom Wright stood up for the Spectres scoring eight early points to help bring the margin back down to four points midway through the term. It was a similar story to the second quarter as the Blues once again capitalised on a series of missed shots and bad passes to stretch the lead back out to 14-points with the final quarter in sight.

The Spectres continued to keep Frankston on their toes as they once again came close to stealing the lead halfway through the fourth. A 3-pointer from Saunders had Nunawading trail by two points with plenty of time to play but they once again fell short as the Blues ran away with the game.

Despite outscoring Frankston in both the second (28-27) and fourth (27-23) quarters, the Nunawading Spectres struggled to undo the damage from the first ten minutes of the game. While they remained competitive throughout, the Blues were too strong.

Frankston’s Damon Bozeman top scored for the match with 28-points and six rebounds while teammate Najeal Young finished with 21-points. Tom Wright recorded 21-points for Nunawading while Jack Saunders had 15 points off the bench.