The Hobart Chargers have utilised their intra-state clash with N/W Tasmania Thunder in Round 2 to get their season on track after recording a 92-68 victory for their first win of the season.
Hobart jumped out of the blocks to lead by nine at quarter-time but the Thunder reeled in the deficit to get as close as three points late in the second term.
It would prove to be the closest they would get though as the Chargers ran away with the game on the back of a 43-26 second half, leading wire-to-wire.
An outstanding performance from Hobart point guard Tre Nichols paced the visitors as he scored 32 points on 11-13 shooting including 3-3 three-point shooting with one steal and one block.
He out-shone N/W Tasmania’s Mason Bragg (11 points, five assists, three steals) who was back with the team for his first game of the season but while he lost the point guard battle this weekend, Bragg will be a key member for the team in 2018.
Hobart also won the front court battle as Mathiang Muo collected 26 points with four three-pointers while Craig Moller pulled down 12 boards despite shooting just 2-13 from the field.
Jeremiah Ingram paced the Thunder with 21 points and Paul Campbell showed positive signs coming off the bench with six points and 15 boards including nine offensive.
It will be interesting to see if that earns him a starting role in the coming weeks as N/W Tasmania need some size under the rim but they also need to find some more offence after averaging just 70 points through the first two weeks.
ROUND 2 RESULTS:
Nunawading have moved to the top of the ladder with an unbeaten 2-0 record after defeating Diamond Valley in Round 2 while the reigning Champions, Mt. Gambier, are on the winners list after an incredibly efficient offensive performance, shooting 60%. The Blues and Tigers sit as the only winless teams while Canberra still have not played a game following a bye in Round 1 and a blackout in Round 2 that meant their clash with Frankston had to be abandoned.
Mt. Gambier def. Albury/Wodonga 127-94
BA CoE def. Ballarat 90-83
Sandringham def. Frankston 82-80
Canberra vs. Ballarat (abandoned due to stadium blackout)
Dandenong def. Sandringham 107-97
Melbourne def. by Albury/Wodonga 79-93
Nunawading def. Diamond Valley 91-71
N/W Tasmania def. by Hobart 68-92
Kilsyth def. Frankston 90-71
Adam Smith of the Hobart Mercury recapped the Charger’s victory over the Thunder: http://www.themercury.com.au/sport/chargers-bounce-back-to-crush-arch-rivals-an-open-seabl-account/news-story/d16f81417c39d6bda586684067945a17
Smith also wrote about Kathleen Scheer’s return to the Hobart women’s team: http://www.themercury.com.au/sport/basketball/european-stint-has-star-seabl-forward-confident-she-can-take-her-game-to-greater-heights/news-story/f987e4a50930ffd452bd7d9a9eb42f15
Caden Helmers covered the blackout which saw both Canberra games abandoned for the Sydney Morning Herald: https://www.smh.com.au/sport/basketball/the-lights-go-out-on-canberra-s-seabl-home-openers-20180415-p4z9pv.html
Deba George’s perimeter game leads the Bandits to victory wrote Chris Young for the Border Mail: https://www.bordermail.com.au/story/5343423/deba-george-on-fire-as-albury-wodonga-bandits-split-road-double/
Young also covered the Lady Bandits’ success over Sydney Uni: https://www.bordermail.com.au/story/5343396/lady-bandits-improve-to-2-1-with-road-double-split/?cs=10
Andrew Mathieson analysed the Tornadoes’ last minute efforts in a narrow loss to the Chargers: https://www.examiner.com.au/story/5342579/tornadoes-left-in-spin-over-dramatic-finishes/?cs=96
More bad news for Launceston with a Mikaela Ruef knee injury in the last game of her European season meaning she will miss #SEABL18 for the Tornadoes: https://www.facebook.com/launceston.tornadoes/posts/896343180548053