Bendigo fall short of spirited comeback against Flames

10 November 2023 | Bendigo Spirit news

A brave Bendigo Spirit outfit have fallen short of a come-from-behind win against Sydney Flames in Mildura on Friday night.

The Spirit trailed for most of the contest, by as much as 17, before storming back into it in the final term to get within a solitary point on multiple occasions.

But the Flames held on to prevail in a thriller – 68-62.

There were several shining lights for Bendigo, led by import Mehryn Kraker whose impressive debut season continued with a team-high 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

Kraker was one of four players to reach double digits alongside Ally Wilson (13 points and four assists), Ruth Davis (10 and seven assists) and Alicia Froling (11 and six rebounds) who provided a spark coming off the bench.

After giving up 32 points from turnovers in their opening-round loss to reigning WNBL champs Townsville on round one, Bendigo cleaned up that department to leak just 10.

The Spirit’s next assignment is a trip to Perth to face the Lynx next Friday night at Bendat Basketball Centre.

Captain Kelsey Griffin is a chance to feature next round after missing the pre-season due to a hamstring injury.