In the second quarter MVP for the game Jess HAES came out fighting drawing fouls and continuously getting easy open looks inside whilst Gracia ROVELLI was a threat at both ends of the court constantly pouncing on the Tigers guards and picking off some clever steals whilst Sabrina DA VEIGA made some good defensive stops. By the end of the second, Braves were up 30 – 13 with plenty left in the tank. At half time Coach Raquel INIESTA called for more tenacity…
…And that is what they got! The third quarter was all about new energy Joselynn KARUNGI provided exceptional defensive hustle causing two consecutive turnovers and converting back to back free throws. Following an early time out in the third the Tigers switched their defence to man on man however this left sharp shooter PALMER and Most Improved Player from last season Becky SELLICK with open looks. Meanwhile Jess HAES continued to be a threat at both ends of the court. Braves up 46 – 17 end of the third.
Moving into the fourth Joselynn KARUNGI again came out with phenomenal defensive steals forcing the Tigers to turn the ball over three times in a row, eventually leaving the court with a standing ovation from her team mates and fans alike. Becky WEATHERLEY back from hols started to come alive in the fourth and used some impressive footwork and positioning to dominate the Paint whereas new comer Reyes ROMERO made important contributions off the bench.
This was a great game to watch and would highly recommend you catch Braves at their next home game against local rivals UWE on the 16th October!
WE ARE BRAVES!
Braves win it 61 – 26.
Thanks again to John Palmer for the words. Photo credit to Diyana Abdul Shukur.