Tonight, we round out our 2022 Coles Express NBL1 North regular season as we matchup with the Brisbane Capitals.
For our SmartSkill women tonight is a must-win game if they wish to see any post season action. Both Brisbane and our Seahawks women sit amongst a logjam of teams vying for the final places in the top 8.
Brisbane (10-7, 7th place) come into this week’s game having gone down to Cairns last week in Brisbane. Cairns were without Opals star Cayla George, however the Capitals weren't able to capitalise on the opportunity.
Anna Cameron would lead the Caps with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Three other starters in Hilary Fuller, Bronte Corke and Steph Collins would reach double digit scoring, but outside of these four, only 2 other field goals would be converted, thanks to one each from Lili Schmidt and Tyla Stolberg.
Brisbane had no answer for Dolphin Penina Davidson who led the game with 24 points, 16 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals in a "stat-sheet stuffing” performance.
Our team would earn a week’s break to rest up and recover in extraordinary circumstances as their matchup with crosstown rivals Gold Coast was forfeited, with the Rollers unable to field a healthy team.
On the men's side of the competition the Capitals would succumb to the Marlins 99-94 after finishing hot with a 44-point final quarter.
Unfortunate for the Capitals however was their 8-point second quarter, showing their ability to run hot and cold as unpredictably as Melbourne weather.
Lachlan Dent again led the Caps with 26 points including going 7/17 from deep, highlighting his absolute green light to launch from anywhere on the floor.
Atem Bior would support well with 18 points and 11 rebounds, along with Max Mackinnon who would end the game with 12 points and 9 rebounds.
Our men would take it to the Gold Coast Rollers for 40 minutes. A team laden with NBL talent, it was going to be a monumental task to take the Rollers down on their floor. However, Seahawks teams always find another level when battling the old foe.
We would lead the contest early and go in to the first break with the slenderest of deficits.
Our Seahawks men would continue to then make runs at the Rollers throughout the contest, bringing the margin back to single digits multiple times. However, the experience of Jason Cadee and Lamar Patterson would help steady the ship for the Rollers.
Jordan Hunter was exceptional with a game high 29 points along with 14 rebounds. The big man would also show off his extended range connecting on 4 of 7 from deep.
Aiden Krause would continue to relish in his increased offensive responsibilities since losing Jack McVeigh and Tamuri Wigness, ending with 25 points and 11 rebounds.
Alex Mudronja, also showing his class with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists.
Our boys will be looking to spoil Brisbane's finals aspirations as they teeter on the edge of the top 8.