Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - with Natalie Bur­ton

THE Perth Lynx em­barked on the tough­est two weeks of the sea­son to date last week­end, with the first of four road games in eight days held last Satur­day night in Townsville.

The Lynx met the reign­ing cham­pi­ons, the Townsville Fire, first up in front of one of the largest home crowd fan bases in the league, sec­ond only to the Red Army.

De­spite this dis­ad­van­tage, the Lynx came out blaz­ing, with sharp de­fence caus­ing mul­ti­ple turnovers from the Fire.

A heavy ef­fort on the of­fen­sive and de­fen­sive re­bounds al­lowed the Lynx to gain more pos­ses­sions than the Fire, there­fore mean­ing they had more op­por­tu­ni­ties to score, which stretched the mar­gin to 12 points.

This mo­men­tum con­tin­ued right un­til the fi­nal quar­ter when Townsville found their rhythm and hit cru­cial shots to take the lead for the first time that night with only min­utes left on the clock.

Un­for­tu­nately some poor de­ci­sions from the Lynx in this cut­throat sit­u­a­tion meant they could- n't get the game back and ended up go­ing down by 10 points.

The wise words of head coach Andy Ste­wart hit home for ev­ery player as he talked about let­ting that loss sting for five min­utes by be­ing bru­tally hon­est and hold­ing our­selves ac­count­able over the mis­takes we had made.

Once this five min­utes was up, it was time to move on to the next chal­lenge, which lay a two-hour plane flight away in Brisbane the fol­low­ing day.

The South East Queens­land Stars sat fourth on the lad­der, with two Opals play­ers and nu­mer­ous im­ports to bol­ster their ros­ter.

But the game plan was the same: con­tin­u­ally push for max­i­mum ef­fort and rely on our re­cov­ery and fit­ness to get us through the game.

Af­ter a slightly rocky start, the Lynx were able to break free from the Stars and held a sin­gle-digit lead for the first half.

That was stretched to dou­ble fig­ures when the pres­sure was amped up an­other notch and the Stars strug­gled to match the work rate in the sec­ond half.

Af­ter four long quar­ters, the Lynx came away with a con­vinc­ing 20-point win in a dis­play of hard work and pure de­ter­mi­na­tion.

Af­ter th­ese re­sults the Lynx now sit at the top of the Na­tional Bas­ket­ball League lad­der.

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