Re­venge sweet as Flames blitz Dol­phins

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - ROHAN O’NEIL

THE Townsville Flames kept their play­offs dreams alive last night with a com­pre­hen­sive 89- 68 vic­tory over the vis­it­ing Cairns Dol­phins.

Less than a week af­ter be­ing thumped by the Dol­phins by 30 points in Cairns, the Flames re­sponded, storm­ing home to a 21- point win on the back of a mas­sive sec­ond half.

Townsville Fire star Mia Mur­ray starred for the Flames with 28 points and 11 re­bounds and Ains­ley Walsh added 21 points while Cairns for­ward Rachel Pryor was out­stand­ing in a beaten team with 23 points, 18 boards and six as­sists.

The Flames en­joyed the bet­ter start and led by as many as 10 points in the first pe­riod be­fore a late charge from the Dol­phins saw them cut the lead to just two at the first break. The game re­mained tight in the sec­ond term but the home side were able to stretch their ad­van­tage to eight head­ing into the half, thanks to 13 first- half points from Mur­ray and 10 from Ains­ley Walsh – a per­fect five for five from the field. Townsville held off one fi­nal Cairns run be­fore a fi­nal-term blitz.

The Townsville men’s teams were also win­ners on the night, keep­ing faint play­off hopes alive with a gritty 78- 60 vic­tory over the Dol­phins.

Mitch Nor­ton led the Heat with 24 points and eight as­sists as they claimed a home win.

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