Brisbane Boomerangs use foul shots to top Chase, 60-54
It was nip and tuck affair for 31 of 32 minutes played in Wednesday’s game between Chase and their Australian counter parts the Brisbane Boomerangs.
But, the visitors used perfect foul shooting in the game’s final minute to pull away for the 60-54 win.
Even though her team came away with
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the win, Brisbane coach Amy Coor was not pleased.
“My boys played a horrible game ,” she said. “We lost focus. We are a much better team than that. That final minute though we started playing with heart and that is why we won.”
Chase Joe Jessen was not happy either.
“We should have beaten that team,” he said. “We did not pass the ball well and we threw up too many quick shots. It was a great learning experience though and we can use it to get ready for our next game.”
The opening minutes of the game were indicative of the even nature of the game. Shad Blanton scored to early buckets for Chase but Jack Smith did the same for Brisbane.
Austin Mills got hot from the outside connecting on two shots from distance. Chase answered with penetrating guards and by the time Tyrell Boykins hit a floater in the lane Chase had recaptured the lead.
The teams continued to trade baskets with the only difference a deep Blanton three as Chase led 16-15 at the end of the first quarter.
The Trojans got out in the passing lanes to start the second quarter and that sparked capped by a Trey Watkins three point play.
Brisbane answered back quickly behind seven straight points from Marcus Holmquest-Pollock as the visitors led 24-22. Caleb Lancaster scored two hard-fought baskets for Chase as the contest continued to swing back and until Pollock gave his team a slim 27-26 lead at the break.
Pollock also scored the first basket of the third quarter, but Steven Holland answered with a foul line jumper.
Jimmy Gotts canned a three on the next possession to give Brisbane their biggest lead of the game. Boykins brought the Trojans back with a short jumper and a back door assist to Holland that retied the game. The teams traded baskets for the rest of the quarter and entered the final frame tied at 39-39.
That fourth quarter was filled with big plays by both teams.
Gotts converted a three point play and Mills banked in a jumper from the far corner. Tarrio Yong answered with a three in transition, but Pollock scored for straight including a one handed slam to give Brisbane a six point lead. Chase would not go away quietly as Blanton hit a pull up three but Brisbane went 6-for-6 from the foul line in the final minute to seal the 54-48 win.
Blanton scored a game high 16 points for Chase while Pollock and Mills each had 15 points apiece for the Boomerangs.
On Wednesday, the Trojans defeated Patton, 60-55 in their South Mountain Athletic Conference opener.
Blanton and Holland each had 17 points for Chase in the win.
Chase held a 17-point lead at the end of the third quarter and had to hold off a late run by the Panthers to hold on to the win.