NBL1 SOUTH 2021 ROUND 5 WRAP

NBL1 SOUTH 2021 ROUND 5 WRAP

NBL1 Women v. Dandenong Rangers

Frankston Blues 78 def Dandenong Rangers 63

The Frankston Blues remain undefeated through six games after overcoming a slow start on the road against the Dandenong Rangers.

Dandenong took the lead early in the contest, holding the Blues at bay throughout a defensive first quarter.

Taking a 13-10 lead into the first break, the Rangers looked to continue containing Frankston’s star duo of Darcee garbin and Tessa Lavey.

Spoiler Alert: It didn’t continue.

After the first term, the Blues pair lit Dandenong up for a combined 49 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists.

After trailing for the opening 11 minutes of the game, Frankston would go on to take the lead, holding onto it for the remaining three quarters to come away with the comfortable 15 point win.

NBL1 Men v. Dandenong Rangers

Frankston Blues 104 def Dandenong Rangers 94

The Dandenong Rangers have squandered a double-digit fourth-quarter lead to remain without a win this season, losing to the Frankston Blues at home.

The Rangers led for the majority of the first three quarters thanks to some great play from the likes of Oliver Hayes-Brown and Sean Macdonald.

Hayes-Brown scored 31 points and pulled down 16 rebounds, while Macdonald tallied 25 points and six assists.

Leading by 11 points with just over eight minutes remaining, Dandenong looked on track for its first win of the season, which would have been a treat for its faithful fans in attendance.

The win would ultimately never materialise, as Frankston roared back to life in the final quarter, outsourcing the Rangers 40-24.

Dillon Stith led the Blues in scoring, putting up 32 points to go along with nine rebounds and four blocks.

Stith benefitted from an often open lane thanks to Lachlan Barker and Alister MacDonald, who stretched the floor and connected on three three-pointers each.

Frankston took the lead with just under five minutes remaining and never looked back, ultimately winning by eight points.

NBL1 Women v. Bendigo Braves

Frankston Blues 74 def Bendigo Braves 64

The Frankston Blues remain undefeated after taking down the Bendigo Braves at home on Sunday afternoon.

The Braves led for the majority of the first term before Frankston got into its groove, slowly pulling away from Bendigo across the next two quarters.

Tessa Lavey tallied 20 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Blues to help steer the ladder-leaders in the right direction.

The Braves continued to fight as the game neared its close, reducing the Frankston lead to as little as three points with five minutes remaining after an Abigail Wehrung three-pointer.

Unfortunately for Bendigo, that long-range make would be the side’s final basket for the game, as Frankston went on to score the final seven points to secure the win.

NBL1 Men v. Bendigo Braves

Frankston Blues 111 def Bendigo Braves 82

The Frankston Blues have put an emphatic end to the Bendigo Braves’ four game winning streak, dominating the visitors in a wire-to-wire victory.

The Blues opened up a 10-point lead to close the first term and only got better from there.

Five Frankston players scored above 16 points, with Dillon Stith and Lachlan Barker leading the way with 22 points each.

The Blues simply seemed to find itself in one easy scoring opportunity after another. Many of these opportunities were created by Lucas Barker, who flirted with a triple double in the victory (17 points, 10 assists, nine rebounds).

Frankston led by as many as 37 points in the contest before ultimately taking its foot off the gas in the final term, cruising to the comfortable 29-point win.