Chargers 77 - - - 93 Tigers
Despite sitting above the Tigers on the ladder, everyone on the Chargers side knew this would be a tough game. Both teams had won four of their last five games before Friday's game, and neither side wanted to tarnish that record.
"This year's team are probably the most prolific scorers we've ever had"
- Anthony Stewart, Men's Coach
The Chargers boys made a strong push in the first half, showcasing the team's trademark offence which led them to a 10 point lead at half time. The Tigers did not take kindly to it, and bit back hard with a massive 33 and 27 points in the third and final quarters respectively.
Despite the loss, the game saw strong performances:
Tre Nichols - 19 points, 4 steals, 100 FT% (2/2)
Zac White - 10 points, 3 steals, 2 defensive rebounds
Jack Stanwix - 5 points, 1 steal, 2 offensive rebounds
Craig Moller - 24 points, 2 steals, 3 assists, 8 total rebounds
Tiri Masunda - 15 points, 3 steals, 4 assists, 3 defensive rebounds
Chargers 68 - - - 89 Tigers
The girls were always set for a difficult battle, with the Tigers sitting in 6th place on the ladder. There was no doubt that the Chargers could achieve a victory, as the team is undeniably one of the strongest in the league when they have a full, injury-free roster.
"It's a serious challenge every week in this league"
- Dwain Davie, Women's Coach
The Hobart side held their ground in the first half, scoring 20 to Melbourne's 23 in the first quarter, and 16 to their 16 in the second. Then the Tigers showed their late-game ferocity with 21 and 29 in the third and final quarters - offence that the Chargers could just not keep up with.
There were lessons to be learned from the loss, and a great showing from the girls, despite the absence of Brittany Smart:
Sharna Thompson - 25 points, 62.5 3P% (5/8)
Klara Wischer - 12 points, 2 steals, 1 block, 9 total rebounds
Kathleen Scheer - 19 points, 1 steal, 3 blocks, 5 assists, 6 defensive rebounds