Boomers In Playoffs For First Time Since 2013-14
The Deakin Melbourne Boomers are through to the WNBL playoffs for the first time in four years, the achievement coming despite a tough road-trip that culminated in a loss to ladder-leaders Perth.
With Liz Cambage and Bec Cole both sidelined, the Boomers couldn’t maintain a roaring start against the Lynx that saw the eastern visitors up by as much as 8pts early in the game. The end result had the home team winning 84-66.
Suiting up just eight players, the Boomers battled bravely on the back-end of the league’s hardest trip. Jenna O’Hea (15pts), Kalani Purcell (13rbs), Ash Grant (11pts) and Maddie Garrick (10pts) led the way.
Amidst the disappointment of the loss came the news Sydney had beaten Adelaide, the result meaning the Boomers will hold their spot in the top four regardless of results in next week’s final round of the regular season.
Melbourne’s WNBL team plays Dandenong next Saturday night in a prime time game at State Basketball Centre, the 7:30pm tip-off set to draw a large crowd as the Boomers go for a clean-sweep over their local rivals.
The popular Melbourne Derby will also feature the Michele Timms Cup being handed back to the Boomers after a few years in the hands of the Rangers.
Looking ahead, ticketing details for the semi-finals will be released shortly.
Round 13 vs Dandenong
WHEN: Saturday December 30
WHERE: State Basketball Centre