Mangakahia believes comeback win can reinvigorate Flames’ season

January 13, 2023 | Sydney Flames news

Thursday’s comeback win against Adelaide was arguably the Sydney Flames’ best of WNBL23 – fighting back from as many as 23 down to chalk up win number four for the campaign.

As such, Sydney guard Tiana Mangakahia believes it can act as the turning point for her sixth-placed outfit.

“It was amazing to be a part of that comeback,” said Mangakahia, who put the fightback down to ‘believing in each other and having confidence in everyone’s ability’.


“We shouldn’t let ourselves get in a hole that deep, but the positivity and toughness to get the win showed our character.

“It’s a great sign for us, especially right now in the season – it’s crunch time.

“So that win definitely lifts us up going into the next game.”

That next game is in just two days’ time when the Hoops Capital side hosts Townsville – marking the first meeting between the two in WNBL23.

“[The keys on Sunday are] being disciplined on defence, believing in each other and everyone being confident when they are out there,” the Syracuse alum said.

The round 10 fixture, from 1.30pm AEDT, will also tip-off the third Hoops Capital double-header at Qudos Bank Arena of the season – with the Kings taking on the Hawks after at 4pm.

“It’s always great playing at Qudos Bank Arena in front of our loyal fans,” said Mangakahia, who is averaging 10.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 1.9 assists this season.

“We love them and appreciate all the support we receive.”

Tickets for the hoops extravaganza are still available here