Basketball: Five straight losses for Rush

Ballarat Rush had another strong start only to fall away against Nunawading Spectres, eventually going down 62 points to 48, in its South East Australian Basketball League clash in Nunawading on Saturday. 

NOT ENOUGH: Jaterra Bonds looks to make a pass in the match between Ballarat Rush and Sydney Uni Sparks at the Minerdome. Picture: Dylan Burns

NOT ENOUGH: Jaterra Bonds looks to make a pass in the match between Ballarat Rush and Sydney Uni Sparks at the Minerdome. Picture: Dylan Burns

Much like the previous week against Sydney Uni Sparks, Ballarat Skoda Rush was dominant in the first quarter and outscored Nunawading by 10 points.

Rush remained within distance in the second term, and only two points down at the main break, despite scoring a dismal four points.

But a nine-point third term did little to threaten the opposition and while the fourth was more competitive, Nunawading was never in doubt of securing the 14-point win. 

Among the best for Rush was import Jaterra Bonds with 17 points, while Ashleigh Spencer came close to making a double double with eight points and nine rebounds. 

DETAILS

RUSH 24 28 37 48

NUNAWADING 14 30 47 62

POINTS - Rush: Bonds 17 (1 three-pointers), Spencer 8, Rinaldi 7, Wynne 4, Burke 4, Mccowan 3 (1), Constable 3 (1), Mathews 2. Nunawading: Brown 24 (1), Whittle 14, Glennie 8, George 6 (2), Kritscher 5 (1), Trotto 3, Boyd 2.

REBOUNDS - Rush 41 (Spencer 9, Burke 8), Nunawading 52 (Whittle 11, Brown 10)

ASSISTS - Rush 3 (Spencer 2), Nunawading 10 (George 4)

STEALS - Rush 4, Nunawading 12

BLOCKS - Rush 3, Nunawading 4

TURNOVERS - Rush 17, Nunawading 12

FOULS - Rush 16, Nunawading 14

SHOOTING - field goals, Rush 17/61 (27.9%), Nunawading 23/73 (31.5%); three-pointers, Rush 3/19 (15.8%), Nunawading 4/22 (18.2%); free throws, Rush 11/13 (84.6), Nunawading 12/21 (57.1%).