Kestrels used a strong second half performance to power them to a 90-51 victory on the road at Brighton Bears this past Saturday evening. After a stop start first half which saw them lead by 8 at the break, the visitors moved through the gears to dispatch the Bears and continue their undefeated streak in NBL Division 2 this season.
Isa Brandon had 20 points, 6 steals and 5 rebounds to lead TSK whilst Matt Hughes and Ash Briggs added 14 and 13 respectively, in yet another balanced scoring effort.
TSK built an early 8-4 lead behind Matt Hughes’ efforts as he found himself open on a number of cuts to the basket but that was short lived as Bears capitalised on some defensive lapses from the Kestrels to take a 10-12 lead. The rest of the period saw the lead swing back and forth with Kestrels taking an 18-16 advantage.
Bears tied tings up at 20 a piece in the early goings of the second quarter but Isa Brandon responded with 4 straight points to restore a slender Kestrels lead. The hosts would claw their way back into a 26-27 lead, forcing a Kestrels timeout, but a strong finish to the half behind an Asa Aziz triple gave TSK a 38-30 half time lead.
A 9-0 start to the second half was exactly what Kestrels needed to help them find their flow as the starting group built a 47-30 advantage inside the first 4 minutes. TSK would hold the Bears just 2 points across the first 6 minutes of the 3rd quarter, whilst continuing to pour in the offensive production, leaving them firmly in control of the contest. Will Taylor came off the bench and delivered a hammer blow with the two handed dunk before Isa Brandon gave the visitors their largest lead of the game at 25 to close the period, 64-39.
Kestrels had effectively ended this one as a contest with their clinical display in the 3rd, however they showed no signs of slowing down through the final stanza. Brandon and Briggs ticked the scoreboard over early before Russ Gariepy found his way to the paint to continue to build the TSK lead. Dan Fawell-Molloy recorded his first Kestrels points since his return to the club, whilst the second unit closed the game out in style, 90-51.
TSK return to the SSC this Saturday (6pm) as they face 3rd place Richmond Knights in what is sure to be a tough test at home. You can secure your tickets here.