Ballarat Rush competitive before falling away to Bendigo

Despite challenging the undefeated Bendigo Braves mid-game, Ballarat Rush could not hold on to go down in Wednesday night’s South East Australian Basketball League clash by 23 points.

CHALLENGED: Ballarat Rush regroups on court at Bendigo Stadium for Wednesday night's clash against the Braves. Kelly Wilson starred for the Braves falling just short of a triple-double and top scoring with 23 points. Picture: Luke West

CHALLENGED: Ballarat Rush regroups on court at Bendigo Stadium for Wednesday night's clash against the Braves. Kelly Wilson starred for the Braves falling just short of a triple-double and top scoring with 23 points. Picture: Luke West

After a disappointing opening, Ballarat Skoda Rush rallied in the second term to cut an 11-point lead to five points by half-time at Bendigo Stadium.

Rush made it a one-point ball game in the third term before the Braves dominated the latter stages.

BALLARAT 11 31 46 55

BENDIGO 20 36 57 78

POINTS – Rush: Bao 15, Walker 12, Rinaldi 9 (2 three-pointers), Brooks 7, Griffin 7, Wynne 3 (1), Spencer 2. Bendigo: Wilson 23 (2), Payne 18, Karaitiana 9 (1), Tessari 9 (1), Dufelmeier 9 (3), Richards 6, Wild 4.

REBOUNDS – Rush 43, Bendigo 56

ASSISTS – Rush 13, Bendigo 17

STEALS – Rush 2, Bendigo 7

BLOCKS – Rush 3, Bendigo 1

TURNOVERS – Rush 14, Bendigo 7

FOULS – Rush 17, Bendigo 12

SHOOTING – field goals, Rush 20/61 (32%), Bendigo 28/77 (36%); three-pointers, Rush 3/17 (17%), Bendigo 7/25 (28%); free throws, Rush 12/16 (75%), Bendigo 15/17 (88%).