Our Dandenong Rangers managed to sweep through our only NBL1 event of Round 6, defeating both Chargers squads on Saturday night at home.
It was a thrilling night for Ranger fans inside Dandenong Stadium as our Women came back strong from a double-digit halftime deficit and our Men prevailing against a tough Chargers team.
That comeback by our Rangers Women was certainly unexpected after getting torched by Hobart in the first half, particularly by former Perth Lynx guard Ellie Collins. Outscored and in foul trouble, things looked a bit grim for the Rangers squad that had been battling injury all week.
But the adrenline kicked in during the second half with the team making some great defensive adjustments that brought the Chargers offense to a screaming halt. They only managed to score in single digits in the third & fourth quarters as our Ranger offense kept humming along, led by another brilliant 25-point, 5-assist performance by 17-year old star Dallas Loughridge.
We also saw the best game for Sherry Glennie in Rangers colours with the veteran making a key contribution off the bench. Picking up 15 points in just 17 minutes, Sherry was able to find gaps in the Chargers offense that got her some easy shots and she also managed to swipe the ball four times to give us some extra possessions. Sherry, Emilee Harmon and Alison Downie all provide our young backcourt and wings with some great veteran leaders to rely on and with them playing well we should be in good stead for the rest of the season.
While the final 105-86 scoreline says otherwise, the NBL1 Men’s clash on Saturday night was a close one throughout with our Ranger Men only up by four points at the final break. But a 31-16 last quarter allowed the Rangers to end up with a big blowout victory over a solid Hobart Chargers team.
The fourth quarter and game overall was decided by the Rangers three-point and free-throw shooting on the night, continually getting to the line or finding open shooters outside the paint after drives. Both teams shot around the same amount of each shooting metric but our Dandenong Men shot that little bit better, in particular Ollie Hayes-Brown who the Chargers were just unable to slow down.
The Rangers star big man kept his hot start to the season going with yet another big double-double performance. With a stat line of 19 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists Ollie proved simply too much for Hobart to handle, also evident from his 11-15 free throw count. That outing gave the rest of our Men room to operate as well with five other scorers getting to double-digits on the night.
With Michael Wearne returing to the lineup on Saturday the Ranger Men now have their full squad on board and look ready to build going forward, now with two wins on the board and a matchup with the 1-6 Sandringham Sabres ahead. If we can pick up a victory against them on Sunday afternoon our Men will have fully rebounded from their slow start, catching up with our Women and still a chance for the NBL1 South finals hunt.
We’re back this Sunday afternoon for that big double-header against the Sandringham Sabres, a crosstown rivalry matchup that should make for an entertaining day’s action! Grab your tickets for this big double-header and get ready to cheer LOUD DBA Family, we need your help to climb up the NBL1 South ladder!
NEXT NBL1 HOME GAME – DANDENONG VS SANDRINGHAM
Event Date: Sunday May 30th
Doors Open: 11:00AM
Women Tip Off: 12:00PM
Men Tip Off: 2:00PM
Tickets: Available now via Intix