NBL1 SOUTH 2021 ROUND 6 WRAP

NBL1 SOUTH 2021 ROUND 6 WRAP

NBL1 Women v. Geelong Supercats

Frankston Blues 80 def Geelong Supercats 75

The Frankston Blues remain perfect after eight games following its win over Geelong on the road on Saturday evening.

The Supercats jumped out to a comfortable 11-point lead early, which the side held for around 10 minutes over the first and second quarters.

Sarah Elsworthy was impressive for Geelong, scoring from all over the court on her way to 19 points, while Antoniette Emma-Nnopu made her presence felt inside, scoring 18 points and bringing down 10 rebounds.

Despite this control over the game, the Supercats couldn’t stop the surge coming from Frankston to close the quarter.

The Blues ended the first half on a 14-5 run which was capped off by a Darcee Garbin turnaround jumper in the final minute.

Garbin was in fine form once again for Frankston, leading all scorers in the game with 24 points, as well as 14 rebounds.

As for the second half, it was an absolute battle between the two sides.

The lead changed 11 times over the two terms, with Frankston finding itself in a strong position to secure the win in the final minute.

The decisive moment came with less than 30 seconds to go, when Blues star Tessa Lavey drew a three-point foul on Emma-Nnopu, before calmly sinking all of her attempts from the line to push Frankston’s lead to five-points.

The Blues would ultimately hold onto the lead and remain undefeated on the season.

NBL1 Men v. Geelong Supercats

Frankston Blues 91 def Geelong Supercats 72

In a battle of top four teams, the Frankston Blues have gone on the road to defeat the Geelong Supercats.

It was Geelong which started the game hot, racing out to an early 14-4 lead after some hot shooting.

Supercats duo Isaac Turner and Gabriel Hadley each hit a pair of three-pointers in the opening minutes to set the tone for the game, however that did not rattle the Blues, which quickly pushed its way back into the game.

Frankston closed the quarter on a 13-1 run to take a six point lead into the first break.

The Blues would lead for the remainder of the game, answering every question put to it by Geelong.

Lachlan Barker led the way for Frankston, scoring 26 points, while Dillon Stit made his presence felt on the inside, tallying 21 points and 13 rebounds.

Geelong would not come within 10 points of the lead for the entire second half as Frankston snapped the Supercats’ four game winning streak.

NBL1 Women v. Albury Wodonga Bandits

Frankston Blues 90 def Albury Wodonga Bandits 67

In a battle of one undefeated team and one winless team, the Frankston Blues have beaten the Albury Wodonga Bandits at home.

Both teams set a manic pace early, with Frankston getting the better of the majority of exchanges in the first term.

However, led by Emma Mahady, the Bandits looked to push its way back into the game in the second quarter.

Mahady’s 22 points and five assists helped Albury Wodonga come within four points of tying the game in the second, however the experience and class of Frankston’s side ultimately proved to be the difference.

After weathering the Bandit’s attack in the second term, the Blues locked down its opponents after the halftime break, holding the visitors to just seven points in the quarter and pulling ahead by as many as 25 points.

Thanks to some lights-out three-point shooting from Darcee Garbin and Taylah Giliam (five three-pointers each), Frankston was able to hold onto its lead and remain without a loss this season.

NBL1 Men v. Albury Wodonga Bandits

Frankston Blues 115 def Albury Wodonga Bandits 80

The Frankston Blues have run away with a commanding home win, thrashing the Albury Wodonga Bandits.

The game was nearly put beyond reach in the first quarter, as the Blues pulled out to a 45-13 lead.

From that point on, Frankston simply put the game in cruise control, holding the Bandits at bay for the remaining three quarters.

Five Frankston players scored in double figures, with Dillon Stith leading the way with 21 points in just 19 minutes.

The huge win looks to be an important one, as the Blues battle with the NW Tasmania Thunder for the league’s top spot and percentage comes into play.