Reversing their fortunes from their shock first round defeat to the Sex Panthers, the Pirates switched colognes and turned their game on to record yet another impressive 54 points to 28 victory at the Tuggeranong Treasure Dome.
Setting the tone of the game early, the Pirates converted their first five successive trips on the offensive end, getting two and three opportunities to put the ball in the bucket thanks to some hungry rebounding by Dan Bray (6 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block, 1 assist) Matt Dallwitz (2 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block, 2 assists) and Francois Tricoire (11 points, 9 rebounds, 1 block, 1 steal, 2 assists, 4 steals).
For the first quarter, the Sex Panthers showed that they were in the hunt by putting on 8 points of their own but made some costly misses close to the basket that could have brought their score closer to the leading Pirates.
The second quarter looked a little more promising for the Panthers who through David Melaren (6 points), made good on the first two scoring opportunities they had in their front court. Backing him up was Brad O’Brien (7 points) who nailed an early three-pointer but that was where the scoring stopped for the cats in black. Another fourteen minutes of play would elapse before making their next basket while the Pirates would go on to score twenty-three unanswered points.
Over the next six minutes, the Pirates would put on another eight points through the likes of Daz Jamieson (9 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal), Kel Dulihanty (6 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds, 2 steals) and Brett Butler (7 points, 4 rebounds). Jamieson and Dulihanty helped the Pirates bottom line with their perimeter shooting, keeping it at a respectable 36% for the evening.
A seemingly over-confident Pirates side took to the court for the final quarter believing their twenty-six point lead to be an insurmountable obstacle to their rivals, pushed their turnover rate through the roof, but not before adding a further six points to their tally through Frank Fernandez (4 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound) and Matt Dallwitz.
From there, the Pirates did not score for the remaining six minutes of the match and while this presented an opportunity for the Panthers to close the gap, to their credit, the Pirates defence responded and kept the Panthers to just six points themselves.
The Pirates now look to extend their victory another week when they next meet Ruff ‘N Ready at home.
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