The Fire’s great escape


The JCU Townsville Fire have produced the great escape to post an 85-83 overtime victory against the Sydney Uni Flames.

Despite threatening to blow the game open in the first half, the Fire again unhinged themselves in the third quarter before rallying in the most sensational of circumstances.

Down by three points with just seven seconds to play, Mia Murray, who starred with 20 points, five assists and four rebounds, connected from beyond the arc while stumbling out of control to level the scores.

A back cut to Asia Taylor looked certain to hand the Flames victory as she converted the lay-up before the will of a champion took over.

With 2.2 seconds on the clock, the Fire inbounded to Suzy Batkovic who went crashing to the floor.

On both knees, the four-time WNBL MVP somehow made a reverse lay-up as she sent the game into overtime, and in the process, Townsville Stadium into overdrive.

With the home crowd firmly behind them, the Fire appeared to have the momentum but the final chapter of this rivalry was yet to be written.

Trailing by five points, Kayla Standish (22 points and five reounds) splashed back-to-back three-point bombs to hand the Fire the lead as the game continued to ebb and flow.

Taylor again put the Flames within striking distance of a win before Murray converted one of two attempts from the line to provide the Fire with a two-point lead with one possession to play.

Trying desperately to deny, the Fire’s defence stood up before one of their former championship winners, Alex Wilson, found herself unguarded in the corner to snatch the match.

Wilson’s three-point attempt rimmed out, however, as the fire faithful celebrated a euphoric victory.

“We hate to lose,” Murray said post-game.

“There’s nothing we wanted to deliver more for our fans than a victory.

“We just ground it out and somehow we came out on top and that’s what good sides do.”

Click here to see full box scores from tonight’s victory against the Flames.

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