Bendigo hand out some Capital punishment at home

14 January 2024 | Bendigo Spirit news

Bendigo have made it back-to-back victories at home, defeating Canberra 88-66 at Red Energy Arena on Sunday.

The Spirit capped off a big week, which started with a win over Adelaide on Wednesday, by knocking over the Capitals on the back of a dominant 30-11 third quarter.

After scores were tied at 45-45 at half-time, Bendigo made their move with a 12-2 run to start the season half to extend their lead to double digits.

Canberra scored just 21 points in the second half as the Spirit kept their finals hopes alive.

Captain Kelsey Griffin was outstanding, amassing a game-high 25 points to go with seven rebounds before being put on ice in the last term as several youngsters got some valuable minutes.

Ally Wilson (12 points, six assists and four rebounds) and import Mehryn Kraker (13 points, six assists and three rebounds) were another couple of important contributors, while sixth-woman-of-the-year contender Alicia Froling (12 points, five rebounds and two blocks) provided her usual spark off the bench.

It was a hard-fought, see-sawing opening term with both teams having their moments.

Trailing 24-22 at quarter-time and by as much as seven in the first term, the Spirit took the lead on a few occasions throughout the second.

Griffin was into double figures by midway through the second, while Ally Wilson also made some important baskets.

Bendigo went on a run late in the first half before Canberra hit back before half-time with scores fittingly 45-apiece at the break.

The visitors were kept to just 11 points in the third quarter in what proved to be the defining period of the match as the Spirit gained a 75-56 advantage by the final change.

Griffin capped off a dominant quarter with a triple at one end before a defensive stop at the other.

There was no looking back in the last as Bendigo stormed to their sixth win of the season.

The Spirit’s next assignment is an away trip to face Southside Flyers on Wednesday before taking on the Lynx in Perth on Saturday.