Rangers Unable To Slow Down Sharpshooting Pioneers – NBL1 Round 3 Recap

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Mother’s Day wasn’t all hugs & chocolates for our NBL1 Rangers Men & Women on Sunday as both sides were defeated by two fired up Mount Gambier outfits.

While our offense seems to be building nicely eack week it was our defense that let the Dandenong Women down with the Pioneers shooting a blistering hot 14-24 from 3PT range. No matter how fast the closeout or how short the look the Pioneers were simply on fire from deep as they defeated our Women 92-77.

All five of their starters ended up in double-digit scoring with Cassandra Brown and Sherrie Calleia leading the way with 24 and 20 respectively. As mentioned above our Rangers played solidly on offense, finding open shooters and hitting enough shots to keep the game from getting away, but their firepower simply wasn’t enough to match Brown and Calleia’s superb performances.


The biggest takeaway for Rangers fans was probably the play of Luisa Fakalata off the bench who really rallied the Rangers in the second half after that sluggish early start. She piled on 26 points with 6/11 shooting from downtown and likely put her hand up for more minutes in next week’s action. If Luisa can complement the play of Tenaya Sooalo, Gemma Potter and Emilee Harmon look out for a lot more action from this young star and a stronger performance from our Ranger Women in Round 4.

Our Ranger Men gave up a similar early lead on Sunday afternoon but they came a lot closer to victory yesterday, eventually trading leads with the Pioneers right up until the game’s fourth quarter. From there it was all Pioneers however as they utilized 35-19 final period to take a 10-point victory over our Ranger Men.

Finding themselves down 13-2 early in the contest our Ranger Men fought back eagerly, putting in strong efforts at both ends after a slow start. While their shots weren’t going down early our Dandenong Men kept their heads up and battled on, using strong defense and physicality on the boards to wrestle back the deficit. Dyson King-Hawea, Lawson Eales and Calvin Enge all worked hard to crash the glass and give the Rangers extra possessions, grabbing 23 offensive rebounds to help our score tally continually tick over.

We also saw another strong outing from Jacob Davison who poured in 24 points on 12/20 FG shooting. The only sore spot for Jacob will be his shooting from deep, shooting 1/4 today and continuing his spotty shooting from deep. If Jacob can find his range the NBL1 South will be on watch and paying even greater attention to the scouting report for this volume-scoring shooting guard.

But if Jacob to help us win we’ll have to avoid giving up scoring runs ourselves, with that early run and the late run in the fourth quarter eventually handing the Pioneers the victory. Without those two streaks we would’ve locked up the W today, our Ranger Men no doubt will be kicking themselves today and ready to fire up for next week’s action.

Our Ranger Men & Women will next take on the two Tasmanian NBL1 South squads, with our Women battling the Launceston Tornadoes and our Men taking on NW Tasmania Thunder! Be sure to grab your ticket today and get ready another thrilling NBL1 double-header at Dandenong Stadium this Saturday night.


Dandenong Rangers vs. Launceston/NW Tasmania
Saturday May 14th | Women 6:00PM | Men 8:00PM
Dandenong Stadium

TICKETS: www.tinyurl.com/dbaround4


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