Heat, Flames chase Cairns re­demp­tion

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - ROHAN O'NEIL rohan. o'neil@ news. com. au

THE Townsville Flames and Heat will get a shot at re­demp­tion against Queens­land Bas­ket­ball League ( QBL) ri­vals Cairns just six days af­ter fall­ing to their north­ern neigh­bours.

Cairns’ male and fe­male teams, the Mar­lins and the Dol­phins, both scored home wins over Townsville last Satur­day and will now be keen to win a sec­ond straight North Queens­land derby in tonight’s fix­tures at Townsville Bas­ket­ball Sta­dium.

Af­ter bat­tling ill­ness in last week’s 78- 70 de­feat Heat and Townsville Crocodiles point guard Mitch Nor­ton is feel­ing much bet­ter af­ter a stom­ach virus ham­pered his per­for­mance last Satur­day.

I think we can take a lot of things out of the game on the week­end and turn them into pos­i­tives.

MITCH NOR­TON, HEAT GUARD

Nor­ton is hop­ing his team can turn it around and keep their own fi­nals hopes alive.

“I think we can take a lot of things out of the game on the week­end and turn them into pos­i­tives,” he said.

“We just want to get bet­ter, we went on a lit­tle run with four wins in a row which showed just how good we can play.”

The Flames will also have a ma­jor point to prove af­ter their un­der­manned line- up fell to a 90- 61 loss to the Dol­phins.

Flames star Mia Mur­ray ( nee Newley) was a shin­ing light with 19 points in her team’s last start loss to Cairns and the Townsville Fire vet­eran said the en­tire team were fired up to try and get one back on their North­ern pool coun­ter­parts.

“We re­ally need to rec­tify what hap­pened in Cairns. A 30- point loss in Cairns is not ac­cept­able by our stan­dards,” she said.

“I’m sure all the girls are hun­gry to get out there and play them again and we are still a chance of fi­nals so that re­ally has to be­gin now.”

The women’s game tips off at Townsville Bas­ket­ball Sta­dium at 6.30pm tonight, ahead of the men’s game at 8.30pm.

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