NBL1 SOUTH 2021 ROUND 15 WRAP

NBL1 SOUTH 2021 ROUND 15 WRAP

NBL1 Women v. Sandringham Sabres

Frankston Blues 75 def Sandringham Sabres 62

The Frankston Blues have returned to the top of the NBL1 South ladder following its win over the Sandringham Sabres.

It was a hard fought, back and forth affair across the first three quarters, as both sides traded the lead.

Controlling much of the first 30 minutes of action, Sandringham played a well-rounded game, with five players scoring in double-digits during the contest.

With the scores locked at 47-47 in the closing minutes of the third quarter, Frankston proved why it has been locked at the top of the ladder for much of the season.

The Blues rattled off a 13-0 run to break the game open, led by star forward Darcee Garbin (25 points, 11 rebounds).

Following the run, the Sabres simply didn’t have enough firepower left to match Frankston, falling to its fifth loss in its past six games.

NBL1 Men v. Sandringham Sabres

Frankston Blues 91 def Sandringham Sabres 73

Sandringham’s league-worst 11-game losing streak rose to 12 on Sunday afternoon following the side’s loss to Frankston.

While the game remained close for much of the contest, the Sabres never really looked threatening, lacking a third scoring option without Kuany Kuany.

Sam McDaniel (25 points, 11 rebounds) and Preston Bungei (19 points, nine rebounds) did their best to keep Sandringham within reach of taking the lead, however the Blues composure was good enough to hold the home side at bay.

Dillon Stith (22 points, 11 rebounds) led Franskton in scoring, while Igor Hadziomerovic (18 points), David Andersen (15 points) and Alister MacDonald (13 points) all helped keep the Sabres guessing on offense.

After trailing by double-digits for most of the second half, Sandringham drew within seven points of the Blues in the final term, causing some thoughts that there could be an upset on the cards, however it was not to be.

The Blues closed the game on a 21-10 run to secure the win and move into a top-two spot on the ladder.