The Under-14 Ballarat Rush got Friday’s VJBL action underway on Friday night with a hard-fought win over the Geelong Supercats at the MARS® MINERDOME.
Ballarat were the better of the two sides in a scrappy first few minutes, holding Geelong scoreless for a large portion of the first term.
However neither team could find rhythm offensively, scoring a combined 11 points at the conclusion of the first period.
The lid remained on the basket for much of the second stanza before Ballarat’s offense finally showed signs of life late in the half. Rush guard Georgia Amoore led the home squad to an eight-point advantage to finish the second quarter.
Ballarat had momentum as the second half kicked off. Both teams started to relax and execute their sets in the half court, and began knocking down shots with more consistency.
The Rush’s hustle proved to be the difference maker, as they were first to almost every loose ball, earning second and third shot opportunities.
Despite a slight late rally by Geelong, Ballarat closed the game out well on the back of a dagger three-pointer from Amoore to take the win 42-29.
The Rush are on the road for their next game, as they match up with Eltham in Eltham.