Gliders & LeGassick Goannas Humbled

The Gold Coast Gliders and the LeGassick Goannas have both been humbled tonight at the Sport Center in Boondal at the hands of the Northside Wizards by a combined total of 54 points.

The Gliders kept it tight in the first quarter trailing by just 3 points at the first break, however that turned into 13 points at the main break and it was all down hill from there.

The Gliders only managed to add a further 32 points in the second half while allowing the undefeated Wizards to pour in a massive 48 points, with five players hitting double figures led by Megan Michael with 16 points.

Frontcourt pairing Jade Abele (11 points & 11 rebounds) and Sarah Petrie (10 points & 12 rebounds) led the way for the Gliders.

“It was extremely disappointing to come out the way we did,” Gliders head coach Chris Riches said.

“We made strides in the past couple of weeks but we need to win on the road if we are going to have any chance of advancing,” he concluded.

In the later game, the LeGassick Goannas were simply outclassed 92 – 68.

The Goannas left their defense at The Southport School allowing the Wizards to enjoy some wide open three-point looks which allowed them to connect on six long range first quarter bombs and the Goannas were in for a long night.

Gold Coast Blaze guard Chris Goulding led all scores with 32 points with local Gold Coaster Josh Darragh narrowly missing out on a triple double with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists.

The Goannas relied on Shaun Gleeson (16 points) and Dave Gurney (14 points) but really required much more from their frontcourt with big men Adam Kopitke, Jaydan Tom, Jason Aucoin and Robert Manson combining for just 28 points and 26 rebounds.

“I’m not happy with the way we approached this game at all,” a disgruntled Goannas head coach Mick Conlon said.

“Everything we worked on during the week, both offensively and defensively were left down the Gold Coast. We worked well on what we were going to do all week at training, then went right away from that tonight,” he said.

The LeGassick Goannas are still sitting in 5th place on the QBL ladder and will enjoy four straight games at home throughout the month of June where they are a different team.

“Of course it’s great to be at home for the next month. If we can handle business there and get on a roll, I think we’ll be in good stead as we hit the road in July,” Conlon concluded.

Both Gold Coast Gliders and the LeGassick Goannas will return to The Southport School this Sunday at 6 June at 12pm and 2pm, hosting the Brisbane Capitals.

Adult $7 and children 17 and under $2 however will need to show school id.


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