THE Bendigo Braves slumped to their worst defeat of the South East Australia Basketball League season on Saturday night.
The Braves were handed a 99-69 thumping by the Dandenong Rangers at Dandenong Stadium.
The final score probably flattered the Braves.
They were kept to just 44 points in the first three quarters before pouring in 25 points in the final term when Dandenong used its bench players.
The statistics made for horror reading.
The Braves only had six assists as a team for the game and were thumped on the boards 40-25.
Dandenong had just nine turnovers for the match, the Braves had nine turnovers in the first quarter alone and 17 for the match.
Braves import Zac Atkinson didn’t have one field goal attempt in the first half. He was still the Braves’ leading scorer with 18 points, but he only had two rebounds for the match.
Michael Vigor and Josh Wilcher had 12 and 10 points respectively.
The only positive for the Braves was that all the teams below them on the south conference ladder also lost.
The Braves (6-6) remain in fourth place on percentage from Hobart (6-6).
Meanwhile, the Bendigo Lady Braves suffered their third loss of the season when they went down to Dandenong 64-57 on Saturday night.
In the clash of the top teams in the south and east conferences, Dandenong’s stifling defence was too good for the Lady Braves.
Bendigo couldn’t find any flow in its offence, shooting the ball at just 29.6 per cent.
Import LaSondra Barrett had 17 points and 13 rebounds, while Kerryn Harrington added 14 points.
The Braves and Lady Braves are both at home against Canberra next Saturday night.