Capitals on the board with upset win

THE UC Capitals put together four quarters of team basketball, securing their first win of the season, defeating the Melbourne Boomers by 12 points at Tuggeranong Stadium on Friday night. It was a match that was played on scoring runs, as the Caps controlled the tempo and pace defensively to claim a 84-72 victory.

Whilst the early stages of the match was even, the Caps made their chances count around the perimeter, lifting defensively and forcing the Boomers into uncharacteristic turnovers.

The Caps were dangerous from the three-point line, taking the right shots from the field, whilst the Boomers were looking to drive to the basket.

Jade Melbourne was instrumental on both ends of the floor, being a playmaker and setting the tone offensively, finishing the half with 15 points, four rebounds and five assists. Alex Sharp was also instrumental giving the Caps plenty of second chance shots, hustling for the rebounds.

For the Boomers, Jordin Canada and Monique Conti shared the load in the guard spot, both playing their role, Canada finishing the half with nine points, whilst Conti brought the energy off the bench with seven points.

The Capitals made the chances count on the perimeter, shooting 15/23 at 65 per cent from the field, compared to the Boomers 16/42 at 38 per cent in the first half.

While the rebound count was relatively even, 19-16 in favour of the Capitals, the Boomers looked after the ball well, while bringing some solid defence by forcing the Caps into 11 turnovers.

Although the Boomers won the third quarter, 21-19, making mini runs, the Capitals continued to play the game with pace to secure the victory.

Jade Melbourne finished the game having an impact on most categories, with 30 points, 10 assists and five rebounds. Alexandra Fowler poured in 18 points, whilst Alex Sharp finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds.

For the Boomers, Naz Hillmon finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds, Keely Froling delivered 12 points, Aimie Rocci with 11 points and Conti with 10 points.

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