Crocs down Razorbacks
‘‘So although it was probably disappointing to play the way we did, we did win an ugly one and sometimes it is important to win those ones.’’
While the Crocs led at every change and headed into the final term up by one point (72-71), it was West Sydney who were playing with the higher intensity and looked more prepared to do the dirty work to scrap their way to a victory and it showed in the statistics.
The Pigs dished off more assists (27-16), won the rebound count 58-41 and also narrowly out-shot the Crocs from the field.
Townsville appeared to have the match in their keeping when Rillie iced a pair of free throws to put them up by three points with seven seconds remaining but a long-range bomb on the buzzer from Razorbacks’ standout Rush sent the match into extra time and the full house in Terrigal into hysterics.
Rush finished with 18 points and nine rebounds, while James Harvey hit 27 points, including two crucial triples in the final quarter.