NBL1 Women v. Ballarat Rush
Frankston Blues 61 def Ballarat Rush 50
The Frankston Blues remain undefeated after its opening five games of the NBL1 season, following a wire-to-wire victory on the road against the Ballarat Rush.
The Blues jumped out to an 8-0 lead to open the contest and simply never looked back.
Every time Ballarat looked to gain momentum and retake the lead, the Blues would simply slow the game down, lock in on defence and build its own lead back up.
Frankston struggled to get its offence humming at times, however because of the sides strong defence, it never became an issue.
The Blues forced the Rush into 25 turnovers, which crippled Ballarat’s flow.
Claire Constable tried her best to provide a spark for the Rush, scoring 14 points in 22 minutes, while Alicia Froling attacked the glass inside (19 rebounds), however nothing Ballarat did seemed to slow the Blues.
After taking a nine point lead into halftime, Frankston ultimately extended its lead to 20 in the fourth quarter, before settling in for the 11 point victory.
NBL1 Men v. Ballarat Miners
Frankston Blues 89 def Ballarat Miners 77
The Frankston Blues have handed the Ballarat Miners its third consecutive loss after blowing out the home side in the fourth quarter on Saturday evening.
While the game was close across the first three quarters, it was the Miners who held the lead for the majority of the game.
Led by the slick passing of Sam Short and a strong all-around game from the interior duo of Jock Perry and Deng Acuoth, Ballarat had every reason to believe it could come away with the victory, despite trailing by four points heading into the final term.
Unfortunately for the Miners, this would not be the case, as Lachlan Barker and Dillon Stith secured the victory for the Blues.
Barker was lethal from behind the arch, connecting on eight of his 16 attempts, while Stith lit Ballarat up from all other the court on his way to 33 points and 14 rebounds.
Frankston outscored the Miners 23-15 in the final term to run away with the win.