A tough game against Bendigo Spirit meant MAC Adelaide Lightning couldn’t get the win at home on Sunday.
After the Lightning secured an eight-point win against Bendigo earlier in the season, it was clear the Spirit were out to make a statement getting off to an aggressive start with Kelsey Griffin and Belinda Snell leading the way.
The Lightning matched the fast-pace and physicality of the match, managing to draw Bendigo’s big players out of the paint then finding the cutter for easy buckets and trailed marginally (47-42) at the half. Unfortunately a strong second half from Bendigo’s Snell who totalled 19 points, Kerryn Harrington (18), Gabe Richards (17) and Griffin (16) made it difficult for the Lightning to get the job done though.
Head Coach Tracy York said she was happy with the role the bench played on the day but attributed the second half to the team not executing enough offensively and defensively overall.
Bendigo’s Head Coach, Simon Pritchard said he was happy with the 9-0 start to the game but felt it took the team a little while to warm up into the game.
After a game that the Lightning would be disappointed in they’ll look to make amends with some good four quarter basketball this weekend when they take on Sydney Uni Flames this Friday in Sydney then travel back home to take on Dandenong Rangers at Wayville Sports Centre on Sunday, 6 December.
Tipoff is 3pm and tickets can be purchased on the door. MAC Adelaide Lightning are extremely grateful for their loyal fan base and hope to see even bigger crowds this Sunday for their game against the Rangers who are fifth on the ladder.