A 17-point lead to Hobart Chargers early in the second quarter was not enough to discourage a determined Ballarat Rush in its final home game of the South East Australian Basketball League season on Saturday night.
Ballarat Skoda Rush stepped up its intensity and aggression in the second half, winning the third quarter and levelling scores in the fourth, before the visitors charged to a nine-point victory at the Minerdome.
Coach Eric Hayes was pleased to see his team refuse to hang their heads.
“On the defensive end, they were pushing us around a little bit and we put up some resistance,” he said. “When our defence is good that gives us the chance to get out and run a bit of transition, some fast breaks, that’s when we’re at our strength.”
Hayes said Amy Griffin, who finished with 16 points and four rebounds, offered great defensive energy when the team needed it, while making some tough shots helped offensive confidence.