NBL1 WOMEN @ Southern Sabres
NBL1 MEN @ Southern Sabres
The Sabres had a shocking start to the game, the Raiders opened up a 25-10 run on the back of their 7-11 shooting from the field in the first quarter.
The Sabres fought back through the evergreen David Barlow who went and scored 14 points in 10 minutes to bring the margin to within five points. Josh West answered back with six points of his own to balloon the margin back out to 15 points at the half time break. Knox torched the Sabres in the first half shooting 58% from the field, and 44% from three.
Dave Barlow and Rhys Carter really needed some help out there tonight. When the Sabres had 47 points, those two players, alongside Sam McDaniel, combined for 41 of the 47 points. The others Sabres players struggled to get it going tonight and they suffered massively because of it. They lacked the poise on offence they needed to keep up with Knox, especially as they couldn’t slow them down defensively either.
Knox piled on 100 points in an impressive offensive display. Mike Rose was the star knocking down six threes to finish with 26 points in the end. He was the real difference maker as the Sabres could not stop him getting open and finishing from deep.
Knox was 0-2 before tonight, but looked very impressive tonight smashing the Sabres by 22 points who are now 0-4 after this loss.
The Sabres are dead last and it looks like it could be a very long season for them. Knox will look to launch into a big season after two poor losses to start the season.
NBL1 WOMEN vs. Melbourne Tigers
Knox were too strong for Melbourne and claimed a 104-72 win at the State Basketball Centre.
The Raiders shot 52% from the court, with Rebecca Ott (28 points) and Briahna Whatman (22 points) combining for 50 points.
Both teams entered the game with a 2-1 record, but it was Knox who came out on top in the first quarter, shooting 57% from the field to lead by 10 points. Abigail Wehrung led the way for the Raiders with 12 points in the term, while Louella Tomlinson had eight points for the Tigers.
Knox put their foot to the pedal in the second quarter to extend their lead to 21 points. Whatman, Ott and Wehrung all had 14 points in the first half as the Raiders shot 57% from the field and 44% from three-point range.
The Raiders extended their lead to 29 points in the third term, before a dominant last quarter extended their lead to 32 points.
Melbourne were their own worst enemy and conceded 28 points from turnovers. Monique Conti had a stellar game, despite the defeat, with 29 points, four rebounds and two assists.
NBL1 MEN vs. Melbourne Tigers
Melbourne had a solid 83-72 away win over Knox. The Tigers scored over 25 points in each of the first two quarters to set up the impressive win.
Nic Pozoglou continued his dominant start to the season with 31 points, nine rebounds and three assists, while Dane Pineau had 18 points and 19 rebounds. Adam Thoseby starred for the Raiders with 21 points, while guard Damon Heuir had 17 points in the defeat.
Seeking to avenge their narrow three-point loss to Waverley on Saturday night, the Tigers began the game with a four-point lead at quarter time. Pozoglou scored 10 points in the second quarter to extend the Tigers lead to 10 points at the half.
Knox came out after half time in better form and reduced the margin to seven points in the third term, before the Tigers regained the momentum to run away with an 11-point win.
Melbourne were dominant inside the arc and scored 52 points inside the paint. They doubled Knox in offensive rebounds (18-9) and scored 18 second chance points.