Our Dandenong Women fell in both outings but our Men finally got off the mark on Sunday, rebounding nicely from a tough home loss to Frankston in a big win over the Melbourne Tigers.
Starting well at home on Saturday night, our Ranger Men were in position to secure a W over the Blues as they went into the final break up by eight points.
But a 40-24 fourth quarter buried us with our Men unable to find an answer for the suddenly white-hot Frankston squad. There was plenty of positives to take out of that game however, as we pounded the Blues on the glass and shot the ball an efficient 39% from deep. Only turnovers would let us down on Saturday night, a problem that the Rangers were able to keep in check on Sunday.
Our Men once again smashed their opposition on the glass, outrebounding Melbourne 57-28 including 24 offensive rebounds. This was led by Rangers big man Ollie Hayes-Brown, who continues to establish himself as a star of the league. He followed up his 31pt, 16reb performance from Saturday with a similarly stacked double-double, pounding the Tigers inside for 23pts and 16rebs.
We also saw a strong outing from fellow big man Riley Simmons who packed in 17pts and 8rebs in just 23 minutes of play. If these two young stars can keep providing a strong presence in the paint expect the Rangers Men to be making more noise in 2021!
The signs were not so positive for our Rangers Women however who fell to Frankston and Melbourne during NBL1 Round 5. Both outings were fast-paced games that left our Women a little scrambled, losing the turnover count on Saturday with Frankston and outrebounded by Melbourne on Sunday without Emilee Harmon.
Harmon appeared to injure her ankle late in Saturday night’s clash and her absence hurt the Rangers on Sunday, struggling to match the Tigers inside the paint. If the Rangers are to rebound in NBL1 Round 6 they’ll likely need a fit & firing Emilee next week, so fingers crossed we see her back at home next Saturday.
We are seeing some strong growth from our youngest Rangers however. Kodie Myszka, Makaela Zeldenryk and Elly Morgan are all performing well in increasingly bigger roles this season, in combination with Dallas Loughridge’s brilliant play in NBL1 2021. The more growth we see out of these young stars this season the more likely we’ll see our fortunes turn around.
Five rounds of NBL1 action in the books already! This season is flying along and while the all the results haven’t gone our way we’re loving every minute of it. We now look ahead to another exciting home event this Saturday night with our Rangers Men & Women set to take on the Hobart Chargers.
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 HOBART
Event Date: Saturday May 22nd
Doors Open: 5:00PM
Women Tip Off: 6:00PM
Men Tip Off: 8:00PM
Tickets: Available now via Intix