NBL1 SOUTH 2021 ROUND 2 WRAP

NBL1 SOUTH 2021 ROUND 2 WRAP

NBL1 Women v. Bendigo Braves (Friday)

Frankston Blues 76 def Bendigo Braves 70

The Frankston Blues have kept their undefeated record intact after handing the Bendigo Braves their first loss of the year.

Early on, it was all Bendigo as they looked to remain without a loss at home, ending the first quarter with a 21-9 lead.

The Braves were led by Abigail Wehrung, who continued her hot run, finishing with 24 points, four rebounds, three assists and a pair of blocks.

After the first term, The Blues started to turn the tide, led by Darcee Garbin and Tessa Lavey, the latter of which played all 40 minutes on the evening.

The game remained close throughout the third quarter, with Bendigo able to remain in control heading into the final 10 minutes of action.

Everything changed in the last term, as Frankston turned on the afterburners, blazing away to victory.

Garbin top scored for the Blues, tallying 23 points, including five deep balls, as well as eight rebounds.

NBL1 Men v. Bendigo Braves (Friday)

Frankston Blues 94 def Bendigo Braves 73

The Frankston Blues have put together a dominant performance on the road to secure their first victory of the season.

Everything was clicking for the Blues early, jumping out to a 14-point first quarter lead and leaving the Bendigo Braves looking for answers.

They didn’t find any in the second term, as Frankston continued to pull away, entering half time with a 54-31 lead.

Lachlan Barker was on fire from downtown for the Blues, nailing seven of his 11 three-point attempts on the way to 26 points.

While the Braves put together a stronger performance in the second half, the damage was already done.

Ray Turner did his best to help Bendigo, tallying 13 points and nine boards, but it wasn’t enough as the Braves fell on their home floor.

NBL1 Women v. Dandenong Rangers (Saturday)

Frankston Blues 78 def Dandenong Rangers 75

The Frankston Blues have secured their second win of round two after holding off a spirited effort from the Dandenong Rangers.

The first half was a back-and-forth, entertaining affair, with Dandenong taking a slim, two-point lead into the main break.

The Rangers were led by the spectacular duo of Jemma Potter and Emilee Harmon, who combined for 51 points on the evening (28 and 23 respectively).

Everything changed as the two sides entered the second half, with Frankston taking control on the back of another hot-shooting evening from Darcee Garbin.

Garbin tallied 30 points and grabbed eight rebounds to help lead the Blues through a dominant third quarter.

That, combined with some fantastic all-around play from Tessa Lavey (18 points, eight rebounds, eight assists) and a considerable rebounding edge ultimately saw the Blues take the victory on their home court.

NBL1 Men v. Dandenong Rangers (Saturday)

Frankston Blues 110 def Dandenong Rangers 76

The Frankston Blues have secured a huge victory at home against the visiting Dandenong Rangers.

The game was played at a frenetic pace, and ultimately, the Rangers just couldn’t keep up.

The Blues pulled ahead in the second term, outscoring Dandenong 35-13 on the back of some large individual scoring efforts.

David Anderson proved why he has had such a stellar international career, scoring 24 points in just 19 minutes, while his Blues teammates

Lachlan Barker and Dillon Stith each had big games (23 points and 20 points respectively).

Declan Soukup tried his best to get the Rangers back into the game, sinking five or his six three-point attempts on his way to 17 points.

In the end, the Blues were far too good, running away with the 34 point win.