Braves redeem themselves in nation's capital

Zach Atkinson.

Zach Atkinson.

BENDIGO Braves coach Ben Harvey says their away win against Canberra on Saturday night was one of their best this basketball season.

He said after two weeks off, the Braves redeemed themselves against a tough opposition. 

The final score was Bendigo 99 to Canberra 81.

"It was one of the best games of the year for us," Harvey said. 

It was one of the best games of the year for us

Ben Harvey

"For us to score 27 points and to keep them to just 13 points in the last quarter was pretty special."

Despite the scoreline the Braves didn't have it all their own way, with the Gunners holding onto an eight point lead mid-way through the second quarter. 

"It was pretty much basket for basket," Harvey said. 

"It was a really good first half and then we put in a really big effort in the second.

"We just continued to stick to our strengths."

American import Dustin Salisbery scored a game-high 36 points. 

"Dustin played really well. He was really fresh," Harvey said. 

"Despite Dustin scoring 36 points it was really a team effort. 

"Zack (Atkinson) played well in his 17 minutes, I thought Michael Vigor played a good game and Taylor Bell off the bench. 

"Everyone did their bit."

Zach Atkinson scored a double-double, grabbing 10 rebounds and shooting 17 points in just 17 minutes.

The win puts the Braves back into fourth position on the SEABL south conference ladder.

"We are back to where we want to be," Harvey said. 


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