The Deakin Melbourne Boomers have snapped a nine-game losing streak with an emphatic 70-50 win over the Canberra Capitals.
Played in front of a very vocal and festive 1,202 fans at the State Basketball Centre, the Boomers delivered an inspiring defensive effort, putting the clamps on the Capitals from the outset and restricting them to just 20 first-half points.
Celebrating Bec Cole’s 100th WNBL game, the Boomers hardly put a foot out of place and encouragingly had all players score between 6-11pts, a true team performance that clearly pleased Coach Guy Molloy.
“I thought the team was very good tonight, they all got involved, the positive energy was there right from the start,” said Molloy.
“Defensively we executed really well and made it hard for them to score, while offensively to was pleasing to see everyone get on the scoreboard.
“I want to thank our supporters, once again they were here in big numbers, especially for this time of the year, and they played a key role in this,” added Molloy.
A tight 11-9 first quarter turned into a 30-20 lead for the Boomers by the half, before an 18-10 third period put Canberra on notice. Leading 48-30 going into the last period, the Boomers won the final quarter 22-20 to cap a joyous night.
Brittany Smart (10pts, 6rbs, 6ast, 2stl) was at her energetic best, Maddie Garrick added 11pts, while the undersized Boomers only narrowly lost the rebound count 44-46 against their much bigger opponents, claiming 17 boards at the offensive end along the way.
The Boomers will now enjoy a short break for Christmas before trekking north to face Townsville on New Years Eve.
Next time out at home, the Boomers will host Adelaide at The Arena in Geelong on Saturday January 7. Tickets are now on sale and available HERE.