Heat, Flames chase Cairns redemption
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.