The SEABL men suffered a 71 – 86 defeat to Frankston on Saturday night. The Sabres struggled shooting the ball resulting in a 36% field goal percentage and an 18% three-point percentage. Jerry Evans encountered early foul trouble and only played 25 minutes of the game.
Ethan O’Day was best on for the Sabres with 19 points, 14 rebounds, six blocks and four assists. Alister MacDonald and Iggy Hadziomerovic both scored in double digits.
“It was not one of better performances of our team this season but we will have to regroup for the coming games cause we are still well and truly in the race for playoffs,” head coach, Sinisa Markovic said.
The SEABL women also fell to the Frankston Blues on Saturday night in a 71 – 78 battle. The Sabres were outrebounded 36 – 47 and had issues containing the Blues from three-point territory.
Jasmine Gill was superb with 32 points and six rebounds. Nicole Romeo recorded 16 points, six assists and four steals whilst Danielle Jolliffe provided six points and 10 rebounds from the bench.
“We didn’t start well at all,” head coach, Simon Giovannoni said. “We didn’t bring the appropriate level of intensity or effort which was really disappointing. Our second half was much better. The girls knuckled down and defended with some grit and endeavor, which was a big positive. After being down 23 we managed to get the Frankston lead back to a point where we could have a crack at it in the last quarter.”
“Obviously we couldn’t overcome the deficit and ended up losing by seven, but to get ourselves close was a credit to the girls. We need to give a more even and consistent performance over four quarters. That will be a focus for the rest of the season.”
“Jasmine Gill did a great offensive job scoring 32 points and Nicole Romeo contributed 16 but we need greater contributions from everyone. We’ve shown that when we share the ball and we have a number of contributors we give ourselves a chance to win.”