Liz upstaged by on-fire George
THE Melbourne Boomers will try to turn their luck around in Geelong this week after a tough loss in their home opener yesterday.
Despite getting off to a strong start, the Boomers were unable to maintain momentum against a ferocious Townsville Fire and went down 54-63 at the State Basketball Centre.
Boomers star Liz Cambage scored 15 points and grabbed four rebounds, but was upstaged by her Opals teammate Cayla George. Returning after a stint in Hungary, Rio Olympian George had a game-high 17 points, plus 21 rebounds, three steals and two assists.
“That’s why we brought her back,” Fire coach Claudia Brassard said.
“She did a great job in the first half keeping the scoreboard ticking over when we were struggling with our offensive execution and she was exceptional on the glass.”
Positives for Melbourne included some quality minutes from new Boomer Courtney Deuver, captain Jenna O’Hea and recently re-signed Monique Conti.
Cambage and O’Hea were key in keeping the Boomers within striking range of the Fire throughout.
O’Hea said that, despite the loss, it was amazing to have such a vocal crowd behind the Boomers.
“Definitely disappointing to get the loss — especially at home, those wins are really important,” she said.
“But, wow, this crowd was amazing today. We heard them right through the four quarters, and you see everyone lining up still, and it’s a long time after the game, so we’re very grateful and thankful to have such good fans here.”
The Boomers will face Bendigo Spirit at Geelong Arena on Friday.
Liz Cambage in action for the Melbourne Boomers against Townsville yesterday.