NBL1 SOUTH 2021 ROUND 3 WRAP

NBL1 SOUTH 2021 ROUND 3 WRAP

NBL1 Women v. Launceston Tornadoes

Frankston Blues 90 def Launceston Tornadoes

In a battle of undefeated teams, the Frankston Blues have outlasted the Launceston Tornadoes in an exciting, high scoring contest.

After taking the lead to open the game, Launceston found themselves playing from behind for the remaining 38 minutes of action.

The Blues continued to push its fast-paced offence led by league-standout Darcee Garbin.

While not the most efficient evening for Garbin, she still top scored for Frankston, tallying 23 points, while adding 11 rebounds.

Taking a 52-38 lead into the main break, Frankston found itself fighting hard in the second half as Launceston’s one-two punch of Keely Froling and Mariah Payne caught fire.

The pair combined for 58 points on the evening and led the Tornadoes back within reaching distance.

A shot from Payne closed the gap to just two points with less than a minute remaining, however some clutch free-throws from Frankston sealed its fourth victory of the year.

NBL1 Men v. NW Tasmania Thunder 

Frankston Blues 110 def Dandenong Rangers 76

The North West Tasmania Thunder have gotten back in the win column, beating the Frankston Blues on the road on Saturday evening.

Frankston were seldom able to take or hold onto the lead, with turnovers a major issue for the Blues (17 on the evening).

Frankston didn’t ever give up despite trailing for much of the contest, with the likes of Dillon Stith (18 points, 11 rebounds), Lachlan Barker (18 points, seven rebounds) and David Anderson (15 points, nine rebounds) keeping the side in the game.

However, no matter how hard the Blues pushed, the Thunder held strong, maintaining its lead for the entire second half and leading by as many as 18 points in the fourth quarter.

Joseph Chilcott led North West Tasmania in scoring, tallying 19 points.

Chilcott was one of five Thunder players who scored in double digits