NBL1 SOUTH 2021 ROUND 11 WRAP

NBL1 SOUTH 2021 ROUND 11 WRAP

NBL1 Women v. Ringwood Hawks

Frankston Blues 62 def by Ringwood Hawks 73

The Ringwood Hawks have showcased its resilience, winning its third game in four nights and handing Frankston its first loss of the season.

The two sides could barely be separated over the first half, trading the lead back and forth in a defensive first term, before the game started to open up in the second quarter.

The always dangerous Darcee Garbin (23 points, 14 rebounds) helped the Blues take a one-point lead into the main break, scoring aggressively at the rim and from the free-throw line.

Despite this, it was Ringwood that came out of half-time with a sense of purpose, taking the lead quickly and holding Frankston to just 10 points for the term.

Grasping onto a five-point lead going into the fourth quarter, the Hawks did what they needed to over the final 10 minutes, extending its lead to 11 thanks to an inspired performance from Marena Whittle (21 points, 12 rebounds).

The victory is Ringwood’s seventh of the season and will go a long way in firmly entrenching the side in the top eight.

NBL1 Men v. Ringwood Hawks

Frankston Blues 137 def Ringwood Hawks 102

A lights-out shooting performance against the Ringwood Hawks has gifted the Frankston Blues the top spot on the NBL1 South men’s ladder.

Frankston seemingly couldn’t miss in the first quarter, scoring 44 points and connecting on 18 of its 22 shots.

Forced to play catch up from that point on, Ringwood pushed the pace, scoring efficiently, however the speed of the contest suited the Blues perfectly.

Lachlan Barker (32 points, 10 made three-pointers) and Alister MacDonald (27 points, six made three-pointers) were content to bomb away from downtown for Frankston while Dillon Stith (28 points) and Daniel Trist (16 points) pounded the ball at the rim.

Despite the huge deficit, Ringwood worked its way back into the game, closing the gap to eight points in the third term after an Adrien Sturt (28 points, eight rebounds) jumpshot, however that would be as close as the visitors came for the rest of the contest, as Frankston pulled away to close the game.

The win lifts the Blues to the top of the ladder.

NBL1 Women v. Waverley Falcons

Waverley Falcons 70 def by Frankston Blues 78

The Frankston Blues have narrowly avoided its second loss of the weekend, overcoming Waverley on the road to win in overtime.

It was the Falcons in control for much of the first half, with the home side leading by as many as nine points in the second term before Frankston hit back, tying the game before the main break.

Renae Mokrzycki (22 points, 13 rebounds) and Kelly Bowen (18 points, 14 rebounds) kept the Blues under pressure throughout the contest, scoring frequently at the rim.

Despite this, Frankston appeared to have wrestled away control of the game in the final term.

Having led for the entirety of the second half, the Blues extended its lead to eight points with less than five minutes remaining.

Leading 66-58, the Falcons put the clamps on the Blues, charging back to tie the game in the final minute and send the contest into overtime.

Looking to ride its momentum to victory, Waverley ultimately fell short, unable to complete the upset.

Frankston outscored the Falcons 12-4 in the extra period, with Taylah Gilliam (18 points, five assists) connecting on perhaps the biggest shot of the game, a bank three from the top of the arc with two minutes remaining that seemed to suck all the energy out of the Waverley arena.

The win will see the Blues remain on top of the competition ladder.

NBL1 Men v. Waverley Falcons

Waverley Falcons 98 def Frankston Blues 71

The Waverley Falcons have collected an impressive scalp, ending the Frankston Blues’ seven-game winning streak at home.

The Falcons started the game hot, opening up a 16-3 advantage across the first five minutes.

Forced to play from behind, the Blues looked towards its primary weapon, the three-pointer, to close the gap, but continuously found no luck from outside the arc.

After connecting on 10 of 11 deep-range attempts last night, Lachlan Barker had a more modest outing on Sunday, scoring only 11 points and connecting on one three, while backcourt mate Lucas Barker put up a goose egg, missing all nine of his shots, including eight from beyond the arc.

Capitalising on the poor shooting game, Waverley continued to build on its early lead, pushing further ahead at each major break before finalising the 18-point win.

Missing star scoring guard Dexter Kernich-Drew, Jake Heath (20 points) and Daniel Dillon (19 points, seven rebounds) led the way for the Falcons.

The win has Waverley positioned just one win outside of the top four.