Tough run for Braves tips off

Lasondra Barrett

Lasondra Barrett

DESPERATE to rebound from consecutive defeats, the Bendigo Braves men's team starts a tough stretch of four matches in Saturday night's match in Canberra.

The Braves have had to wait just a fortnight to try and exact revenge after Canberra won in Bendigo, 94-88.

On-court fortunes have altered dramatically in recent rounds.

After back-to-back defeats Bendigo is now fifth on the south conference ladder.

The Ben Harvey-coached Bendigo has a 6-7 record and faces Sandringham at home, and then the Tassie double against Hobart and North West Tasmania to end the month.

A Gunners attack fired up in the round 10 clash at Bendigo Stadium.

Five Canberra players scored in double figures as Garlon Green, 25; Daniel Jackson, 17; and Matt Staff, 16; led the way.

Harvey will be imploring his charges to play defence with more resolve.

The Braves' best against Canberra were Dustin Salisbery, 27 points, and Michael Vigor, 26, but they need more support.

The Canberra-Bendigo clash starts at 7pm at Belconnen.

Meanwhile, the ladder-leading Bendigo Lady Braves take on the winless Canberra at Belconnen Stadium from 5.30pm.

A fortnight ago the Lady Braves chalked up their ninth victory of the season in a 78-62 result against Canberra.

Lauren King hit a team-high 17 points for Bendigo and had great support from Chantella Perera, 13; Lasondra Barrett, 13; and Alex Bunton, 12.

Leading scorers for Canberra were Ellie Junod, 18, and Sarah McAppion, 10.

Lady Braves' coach Jonathan Goodman will be wary of any complacency in this contest in the national capital.

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