Both teams got off to hot starts in tonight’s U/16 Boys VJBL matchup between Frankston and Ballarat until mid-way through the first where the cold Ballarat weather seemed to make the teams go ice cold from field with both teams failing to convert any points for a 4 minute span.
Ballarat’s inability to crash the defensive glass lead to Frankston converting second chance points and if it wasn’t for Braeden Ilsey converting an and-1 play at the end of the quarter, the 14-10 deficit might have been larger.
In the second quarter Ballarat’s repeated inability to crash the glass on the defensive end despite having the tallest player (Josh Kunan) coupled with lack of boxing out continued to hurt Ballarat.
Ballarat also failed to convert on several easy opportunities around the rim that could have secured them the lead going into the half.
Frankston’s ability to hit from the outside (converting on two 3 pointers) and ability to get to the free throw line gave the Melbourne team a 33-27 lead going into the fourth
Frankston continued to convert on and-1 plays in the fourth but back to tunrovers and effective drives to the hoop by Josh Kunan cut the lead to 4 with 3:30 remaining, but that’s as close as Ballarat got falling 42-50.