Knox Raiders vs Ballarat Miners/Rush
Saturday 27th April
Women 6pm | Men 8pm
After a brief brake over the Easter weekend NBL1 is back. Our Raiders women have started the season in great form and currently sit 4th on the ladder. The Rush come into SBC on the hunt for their first win, having battled to 0-3 so far this season.
Quite an inexperienced lineup, the rush feature just two players on the roster older than 25. They’ve struggled to control the ball on the offensive end so far in 2019, and the Raiders perimeter players will be keen to apply pressure and pick up some easy fast break points (Ballarat allow over 20 points from turnovers per game). Marena Whittle in particular, who is
currently averaging three steals per game, could create havoc for the young Rush.
The Raiders men have had a couple of tough losses early in season, and currently sit on just the one win. Ballarat have gone 3-0, lead by three players on their roster with NBL experience – Sam Short (Melbourne United), Kuany Kuany (Cairns Taipans) and Jerry Evans Jr. (Cairns Taipans). Adding to that talent, Marqueze Coleman is prepared to make his season debut for the Miners, having recovered from a hamstring injury.
If Knox are to get over the top of this talented lineup they’ll need to be able to knock down a lot of perimeter shots. Adam Thoseby has been shooting it well to start the season, and with the Miners’ athletes swarming around it will be tough to score inside. The Raiders have been
susceptible to allowing fast break points early in the season, but they’ll have to control the ball and pace in this one or it could play into Ballarat’s hands.
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