Knox Raiders vs Ballarat Rush
The Knox Raiders just got over the line in a tight game against Ballarat Rush, which saw the Raiders come out victorious by three points (93-90).
A slow start saw both teams fail to hit the scoreboard in the opening two minutes. This quickly changed with Maddison Wild opening up with a 3-pointer for the Raiders, Olivia Hackmann quickly responded at the other end drilling another 3-pointer for the Rush. The game was shot for shot throughout the first with Briahna Whatman hitting a pull up jump shot in the final seconds to put the Raiders up by one at the break.
The second quarter remained tight with both teams recording massive numbers for the term. Knox managed to hold a four-point lead heading into the half, outscoring Ballarat 32-28.
It was anyone’s game heading into the second half, but the Raiders stood up in the third going on a 7-0 run to push their lead out to 14-points in the final minutes of the quarter. Ballarat came charging back to quickly narrow the margin down seven points at the final break.
A series of fouls against Ballarat in the fourth quarter saw Georgia Amoore be sent to the free-throw line four times. She helped keep the Rush in the game nailing 7/7 free throws including a three-point play. With one minute left Ballarat were down by only one point, but a critical foul in the final 22 seconds sent Whatman to the line, where she nailed both shots and secured Knox’s win.
Knox Raiders vs Ballarat Miners
The Ballarat Miners are on a four-game winning streak after dominating the Knox Raiders by 22-points (90-68.)
The Miners showed no mercy, leading the Raiders for the entirety of the game. Reducing them to only seven points in the first quarter, Ballarat were on a mission to win.
At half time, the Miners had a comfortable 23-point lead despite shooting at a poor 45 per cent from the field. Their fast ball movement opened up the court helping them score half their points from inside the paint.
The Raiders picked up their game in the second half, scoring 24 points in the third and even outscored the Miners 21-20 in the final term. However, the Knox failed to reverse the damage from the first two quarters, failing to reduce to margin to less than 15 points.
Ballarat showed tremendous team work with five players scoring over 15 points. Joshua Fox stood out with 16 points and 11 rebounds.