Fi­nal road trip tests Lynx ahead of fi­nals

Southern Telegraph - - SPORT - with Mad­die Allen

As any ath­lete can tell you, the tail end of a sea­son is tough.

The play­ers and coaches are far too com­fort­able with one an­other to bother with niceties and even the best of aero­plane food gets old pretty quickly.

Af­ter a try­ing cou­ple of weeks, our last month has been a grind to get our groove back.

We landed in Mel­bourne for our last road trip of the reg­u­lar sea­son de­ter­mined to prove our­selves against the higher- ranked Mel­bourne Boomers last Fri­day night.

Our last clash with the Boomers had re­sulted in what some would favourably call a hu­mil­i­at­ing loss on our home court.

Af­ter a try­ing cou­ple of weeks, our last month has been a grind.

With the Boomers per­form­ing well, we knew our only chance would be to out- hus­tle the home team.

Af­ter a slow start, we led at the half but even­tu­ally the Boomers pre­vailed in a nail­bit­ing last three min­utes, 64- 59.

Proud of our ef­forts but dis­ap­pointed in the re­sult, we hit the road the next day with the hopes of a dif­fer­ent out­come against the Bendigo Spirit.

Hav­ing al­ready won the se­ries against Bendigo, most teams would have walked in overly con­fi­dent. How­ever, the Spirit’s rep­u­ta­tion for out­stand­ing per­for­mances on their home court com­bined with their never say­die style of play had us ner­vous, and right­fully so.

Af­ter an­other nail­biter, we man­aged to close the game with a fi­nal score of 68- 66.

We re­turned to Perth with a place in the fi­nals se­ries se­cured and two games left in the reg­u­lar sea­son.

We take on the Boomers again to­mor­row from 6.30pm at Ben­dat Bas­ket­ball Cen­tre in Perth — a game that is likely go­ing to be a dog fight as both teams pre­pare for the fi­nals.

To read Mad­die Allen’s past In the Cen­tre col­umns, visit soundtele­

Pic­ture: Perth Lynx/ Face­book

Mad­die Allen in ac­tion for the Perth Lynx.

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