RANGER WOMEN VS. PIONEERS WOMEN – TIP OFF 12PM
After a thrilling victory in Nunawading last Saturday our Ranger Women will be riding high, with Gemma Potter hitting an incredible game-winner in the dying seconds to lift us over the Spectres on their home court.
The team will also be buoyed by the 2022 home debut of Emilee Harmon who made a brilliant return last week, picking up 28 points and 18 rebounds and leading the Rangers to victory. Having Emilee back down low and in the paint puts the rest of our Women back in their natural positions, giving them team an outlet on the block and giving Tenaya Sooalo and Gemma Potter room to operate outside the paint. If the team can continue building on this chemistry we have all the makings of a devastating team on offense.
However before we get carried away our Rangers will take on Mount Gambier who come into this Round 3 clash undefeated, with wins over Frankston and Diamond Valley to start their season. This is their first roadtrip of the season and will be an interesting test for the Pioneers players as they begin what’s always a roadtrip heavy schedule. To take this one our Rangers will need to contain Pioneers guards Cassandra Brown and Sherrie Calleia who have both been electric in each Mount Gambier win. Slow them down and play smart offensively and our Rangers should be able to lock up their second W of 2022.
RANGER MEN VS. PIONEERS MEN – TIP OFF 2PM
While chemistry does appear to be building nicely for our Rangers Men as the season goes along that didn’t get them over the line last Saturday, falling to the Nunawading Spectres in what was a tight, physical contest. Both teams traded leads throughout right up until the final minutes with the Spectres just able to keep their noses in front in the dying minutes of the fourth quarter.
Despite not getting the win there was a lot to like for Rangers fans watching on as Jacob Davison had his best game as a Ranger and our defense looking sharp even on the road. Jacob managed to pick up 23 points and 7 rebounds on the night, shooting an efficient 50% and looking comfortable in the Rangers offense. We also saw another strong game from Dyson King-Hawea who looks to be the glue for Coach Sam Woosnam, able to do whatever she needs him to on the night as he picked up 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in a busy night. Both will need continue their strong form as we take on a similarly undefeated Pioneers Men’s squad to their female counterparts.
The Pioneers have cracked 100-points in each of their games this season en route to strong victories. They have played lightning-quick on offense in 2022 without turning over the ball much, for the Rangers to have a chance they’ll have to find a way to slow them down and contest every shot from the perimeter where the Pioneers have done a lot of their damage in this still young campaign.
TOMORROW’S NBL1 SOUTH ACTION
Dandenong Rangers vs. Mount Gambier Pioneers
Sunday May 8th | Women 12:00PM | Men 2:00PM