The Melbourne Tigers went down to the Albury-Wodonga Bandits in Dexter Kernich-Drew’s first appearance for the Tigers.
The Bandit’s wasted little time at putting the Tigers to the task as they led 2 – 11 inside the opening 3 minutes of the game. Melbourne clawed their way back to within 3 points with under 2 minutes in the 1st quarter remaining but the Bandits were able to edge the gap back out to lead 19 – 28 at quarter time.
The Tigers would again challenge the Bandits in the 2nd quarter as they got back to within 5 points late in the quarter only to watch the lead blow out to 12 points by halftime. Melbourne’s fight was evident as they continued to try and catch Albury-Wodonga. By the last break the lead was just 9 points and it was looking as though it was going to be a big last quarter. Unfortunately, the Bandits had the hot hand and went on to take the victory 79 – 93.
The Tigers could hold their head up high in this game despite the loss. Albury-Wodonga had a case of the hot hand, hitting 15 from 24 from beyond the 3 point line with Cairns Taipans player Deba George scoring 38 points (8/11 3 pointers) for the Bandits.
For Melbourne, Tom Wilson again led the way with a team high 28 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Dexter Kernich-Drew on debut had 15 points and 3 blocks, while Deng Acouth made his presence felt with 14 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks.