Flyers no match for the Fire
A disappointing blowout for the Flyers.
The festive atmosphere at the State Basketball Centre was soon forgotten by Flyers fans as all the presents were addressed to the Fire as the Flyers suffered their worst loss of the season, 77 to 105.
After three successive victories at home and having defeated the Fire in a close game in Townsville last month, this was expected to be a tight game between the top of the ladder Fire and the third placed Flyers. It was anything but as the Fire were quick out of the blocks, leading 10-1 early in the first quarter, while the Flyers never really got going. The quick start and early lead for Townsville set the tone for the game with the Flyers looking slow against a quick and aggressive Fire outfit.
At quarter time the Fire led 31-15 and this was extended to a 60-36 lead a the main break. Nothing was going right for the Flyers, not even the Metaltex half-court shot which had seen one lucky supporter win $500, three games in a row. Like the game, it was an unsuccessful attempt this week.
At the final break the lead was 34-points which the Flyers reduced to 28 by the final buzzer. Jasmine Dickey continued her tough defensive role and added a real offensive piece to her game, equal top scoring for the Flyers with 20-points. Mercedes Russell added 10-points in the final period for a 20–point game and the only other Flyer in double figures was the Captain Bec Cole with 16.
The good news is the Flyers have a quick turnaround to make amends for such a disapointing game. The team will head to Bendigo to take on the Spirit on Sunday afternoon. Disappointed but this team sticks together and will be determined to turn this around on Sunday.