Knox Raiders v Frankston Blue

Saturday 18th May

Women 5:30pm | Men 7:30pm

On a high off back to back wins last week at the State Basketball Centre, the Knox Raiders make a trip to Frankston taking on the Blues. The women sit 12th on the ladder at 2-6, while the men are 10th at 4-4.

Two weeks ago Steph Reid, Blues guard, became the first player in NBL1 to drop 50 points. She’s Frankston’s biggest threat, but the Raiders are as equipped as anyone, with a number of perimeter players who can rotate through that matchup. Reid is also averaging 7 assists per game (2nd in the league), showing a complete offensive game.

Despite Frankston’s offensive power, there are weaknesses the Raiders can attack. The Blues rely heavily on the three point shot, and the Raiders have defended that well all season. A testament to how hard their guards and wings play, getting out on shooters to contest. These two teams are number one and two in NBL1 for three point attempts, despite being below league average in pace, so expect to see a high number of deep balls launched.

For the Frankston men, they’ve got a lot of size inside. Led by NBL bigs Majok Majok and Dan Trist, the Blues pounded Eltham on the boards last week, grabbing 47 to Eltham’s 32. The threat isn’t just inside, with QBL MVP Damon Bozeman and previous Melbourne United development player Igor Hadziomerovic leading the charge from the outside. Dan Trist has only played the one game, so Frankston will continue to improve.

The Raiders men are in their best form of the season, having rolled over the top of a super competitive Basketball Australia CoE last week. Frankston shoot the lowest percentage of three’s in the league, so if the Raiders can knock down their outside shots once again they could really pull away on the offensive end.

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