Spirit defeat Logan

THE Bendigo Bank Spirit fought back from a half-time deficit to beat Logan Thunder in Friday night's basketball clash.

Bendigo shakes down Thunder in superb second-half blitz

Back on the Bendigo Stadium showcourt after last Saturday's loss to Townsville, the Spirit trailled 31-35 at the long break.

Whatever was said at half-time worked a treat as Spirit outscored Thunder, 25-10 in the crucial third quarter.

Bendigo's defence was back to its best and the attack started to fire in a match where Gabe Richards did not play.

Rising star Sara Blicavs, nine points, and Elyse Penaluna, seven, led the third-term blitz.

Spirit import Kelsey Griffin dominated on the boards on the way to a match-high 19 rebounds.

Bendigo went on to win 71-57 as Penaluna hit a game-high 22 points.

Spirit also had Griffin 14, Blicavs 13, and Kelly Wilson 10, join the scoring spree.

Best for Thunder were Natalie Taylor 12, Tegan Cunningham and captain Kristen Veal on eight apiece.

Logan put Spirit under enormous pressure throughout the opening half of the match.

The contest was tied at 17-all by quarter-time.

A Taylor three-pointer at 20 seconds to go put Logan in front for the first time since the 30-second mark of the match.

Maddie Garrick's two-pointer levelled scores just before the buzzer.

Spirit surged to a 29-23 lead at just over four minutes to play in the first half.

A 12-2 run by the visitors was led by Veal 6, Sarah Graham 3, and Taylor 3.

But the second half was the ladder-leading Spirit back to the form which had achieved 16 wins in a row.

Spirit won the rebounding duels, 47-25.

Bendigo Spirit heads north for Sunday's big clash with Townsville.

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