Bears claw Clippers in one-sided contest
WITHOUT a stat sheet to study it would be hard for the Bundaberg Bears coach, Darryn Roche, to pick a standout player after the 98-41 win over Suncoast in the Queensland Basketball League at the weekend.
After being challenged for five minutes by the visitors at the start of the match, Bundaberg took charge in what Roche described as a good team win.
The pieces of individual brilliance Bundaberg is used to seeing and taking advantage of, gave way to selfless acts of team-orientated play which set up the outstanding 57-point victory.
Roche had to stop and think when asked who is stand out player was and came up with a list of players who dominated their opponents.
"It has been a tough season for Suncoast - they are in a rebuilding phase and I feel for them," Roche said.
"Ashley Frampton was our best today, she hit some big shots for us."
There was good reason Roche had to think hard to single out his standout because there were plenty of contributors to the win.
Brookilyn Pope secured another double-double (21 points, 10 rebounds), backing up from 27 points and 10 rebounds the game before, Kellie Page scored 13 points including three vital three pointers, while Frampton and Emma Mahady both had 12 points each in the one-sided contest.
Another clearly happy Roche also said the blow-out win was exactly what his team needed after suffering an 85-59 loss to Mackay on Friday night.
As Bundaberg extended its lead Roche had the freedom to give the less-experienced players some valuable time on court and in the last quarter all five Bears were former Under-18 representatives, something Roche was pleased with.
Kylie Giles, Caitlin Clancy, Frampton, Stephanie Rehbein, Caitlin Edgar and Keiarra Wyatt all came through the junior program and did what they had to in front of a supportive home crowd.
The Bulls put up a fantastic performance Friday night against the ladder-leading Mackay team but lost 99-78 and went down 96-75 to Suncoast.
With every game Bundaberg plays the young Bulls learn the game they love and will grow from these tough experiences.
In round 12 Bundaberg play Toowoomba on Saturday at home.