Mas­ter­class from Boomers

Melbourne hands out a thrash­ing, but Cap­i­tals still a threat

Geelong Advertiser - - SPORT - LACHIE YOUNG WNBL

THE Melbourne Boomers kick­started their dou­ble-header week­end in per­fect fash­ion last night with a 90-63 vic­tory over Bendigo Spirit at The Arena.

Melbourne started the game su­perbly, rac­ing out to a 23-8 quar­ter-time lead and only got bet­ter in front of a vo­cif­er­ous crowd, es­tab­lish­ing a 46-26 half-time ad­van­tage through some bril­liant of­fen­sive work in the sec­ond quar­ter.

That was ex­tended (74-38) fur­ther in the third term as Aus­tralian Opals star Liz Cam­bage con­tin­ued to put on a clinic at ei­ther end of the court, and with Re­becca Cole and Mad­die Gar­rick also find­ing the net, Bendigo had no an­swers to the Boomers scor­ing power.

Gee­long Lady Su­per­cats for­ward Ebony Rolph tried hard all night for the Spirit, fin­ish­ing with 10 points and six re­bounds, and Nadeen Payne (16 points) and Bet­ni­jah Laney (eight points) pro­vided some headaches in de­fence.

But the night be­longed to the Boomers and Cam­bage, who de­spite sit­ting out the fi­nal term ended the match with 25 points, 14 re­bounds and a host of new fans who turned out to watch her in ac­tion.

The win gives the Boomers a 2-1 record head­ing into their clash with the Uni­ver­sity of Can­berra to­mor­row but head coach Guy Mol­loy said his team would have to im­prove to com­pete with the Cap­i­tals.

“We’re play­ing a team (on Sun­day) with their tails up at their home so I an­tic­i­pate some great match-ups,” Mol­loy said.

“We turned the ball over way too many times tonight, we had 19 turnovers, so we will have to look af­ter the ball bet­ter on the road but play with the same de­fence as well.

“Bendigo was down two pretty key play­ers which hurt them, so with­out Kelsey Grif­fin and Gabe Richards it took a lot of their strength off the boards and in­te­rior de­fence.

“But I was re­ally happy with the process we went through to find Liz, there was noth­ing that was forced, we just ran our plays and got her the ball at the right times,” Mol­loy said.

The Cap­i­tals fell 65-76 last night to Townsville Fire, mean­ing the win­ner of to­mor­row’s clash will take a firm stran­gle­hold in­side the top four on the WNBL lad­der.

Pic­ture: MIKE DUGDALE

DOM­I­NANT: Melbourne’s Monique Conti plots her next move and, right, Bendigo’s Ebony Rolph in the thick of it.

TOWER OF POWER: Liz Cam­bage scores at The Arena last night.

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