Dandenong controlled the boards throughout the first quarter but their failure to capitalize on second chance points combined with Samuel Short using his length to disrupt passing lanes and deny inside passes lead to a 13-8 Ballarat lead at the end of the first. Ballarat’s lead could have been extended further had Sam Short converted on 3 straight free throw attempts at the buzzer going 1-3.
Closing out the first half strong Dandenong was able to almost able to double its first quarter scoring output in the second. The highlight of the half came from a beautiful back door cut set up by Ballarat’s Sam McMaster to Sam Short.
Sam short continued his dominance on both sides of the ball thought the third, diving for loose balls and providing rim protection holding Dandenong to just 5 points in the quarter.
In the fourth the lead grew to 11. And Sam Short continued his excellence by crashing the offensive glass. Dandenong was able to cut the lead down to three due to Ballarat’s ineffectiveness hitting perimeter shots but eventually fell 49-41. Sam Short led all scorers with 15 points.