13 December 2015 – In front of a packed crowd for Deakin University Day, the Deakin Melbourne Boomers provided fans with the perfect start to School’s Out For The Summer as the home side rallied from a three quarter time deficit to defeat the Uni of Canberra Capitals 78-75.
The 1,200 plus crowd was potentially in for even more basketball if Abby Bishop’s quarter court prayer at the buzzer had have been answered, however the Boomers saluted in their second win of the weekend, after accounting for Bendigo the night prior.
An injury plagued home side were without Captain Tess Madgen and fellow guard Kristen Veal, which immediately saw Britt Smart enter the fray.
Smart was locked in from the get-go and finished just one assist shy of an elusive triple double as 21 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists led the team in all categories.
Maddie Garrick (16 points, 10 rebounds) continued her stellar form, while Alice Kunek also had the scoreboard ticking along with 16 points of her own.
Olivia Thompson made a sudden impact in the opening half, chalking up all of her 12 points in the first 20 minutes – a spark which opened up a five point lead at the main break.
Guy Molloy was proud of his troops who managed to score two wins with others stepping up due to injury and fatigue.
“We went into this weekend with nine players (on Saturday), but then lost Kristen Veal for the game (vs. Canberra) so we went into the game with two guards only and it was always going to make it an enormous challenge,” Molloy said.
“In the second quarter things started taking its toll, and it became a tough game to sort of grind out, but it was just a magnificent effort by the team.”
Abby Bishop was back to her MVP best, as the star centre notched a game high 31 points.
She was joined by a late flurry from Carly Wilson (18 points) in a Capitals surge throughout the third and fourth quarters, however the pair couldn’t carry the team across the finish line.
Bishop told media post game that her potential game-tying triple at the game’s conclusion probably shouldn’t have been her shot to take.
“I was more frustrated that it shouldn’t have been me taking the shot but Renee had no other option but to pass it to me,” Bishop said.
“She got trapped and I was on the only one there but realistically I should have been further back and our guards in that spot. We got a shot off but I don’t want to be shooting that.”
The Boomers victory moves them to an even 7-7, just one win back from Townsville (8-4) in second position in what is a very competitive competition.
The Deakin Melbourne Boomers once again back up with two games next week, the first at Dandenong before returning home to square off with the Sydney Uni Flames. Tickets can be purchased at www.trybooking.com/HLXE
# Great Promotion – the Boomers this Saturday will have ‘Entry 4 Gift’ as their theme – providing every child who places a gift under the Bertocchi Christmas Tree with free entry to the game. All gifts will be donated to local families and children in need.
Saturday’s game (Dec 19) tips-off at 7:30pm at the State Basketball Centre (Wantirna South).