Lights-out Rymer leads Bears to victory
HOW good is it to see some of the best shooters in action on the court? Round 2 of the National Basketball League (NBL)1 East took place over the weekend, with plenty of action over the span of two days. There were some big wins and strong individual outings across the courts, with heaps of basketball for fans to enjoy. One side that was able to claim a nice triumph was the Norths Bears, who emerged 17-point victors in their clash against the Bankstown Bruins at Bankstown Basketball Stadium on Saturday afternoon. It was a commanding offensive performance from the visiting side, who were led by the astounding shooting efforts of Brennan Rymer, who poured in a game-high 33 points to lead his side to victory.
Bankstown Bruins (61) def. by Norths Bears (78)
Rymer got involved in the action about five minutes into the game, shaking the defender with his smooth dribble move and nailing the pull up two-pointer. After heading to the free throw line and missing both shots, he made amends shortly after, registering his first three-pointer of the afternoon with a smooth pull-up jumpshot, one that defenders could not do much about. With the quarter winding down, Rymer headed to the bench having put his side in a favourable position on the scoreboard.
Rymer came back into the game with eight minutes left on the clock for the term, and from here, scoring dried up a bit for both sides. Neither team could consistently find the bottom of the net in the minutes that followed, but the Bears began slowly fall behind on the scoreboard. That was until Rymer took over, scoring 12 points in a row for his side and single-handedly dragging them back into the contest. Nine of these came from behind the arc, while the remaining three came from the charity stripe after he was fouled on another long range attempt.
After a big first half on the offensive end, Rymer kicked off the second half with some nice defensive work, swatting Thomas Daus‘ transition shot attempt. Reward for effort came a few minutes later, when he went on another scoring burst for the Bears with six consecutive points, giving his side the lead, which seemed unlikely halfway through the second term. Another three-pointer finding the bottom of the net extended his tally even further, with the Bruins defence unable to contain his deadly shooting.
Rymer started the last quarter on the bench for a well-deserved rest, with his side up by double-digits. He returned halfway through the term, with the lead essentially unaffected after his time on the pine. It took him a couple of minutes to warm back up, but a nice floater got his name back in the scorers column, which was backed up by a converted and-one jump shot. A last second three-point attempt to try and boost his total was wayward, but there was no denying the offensive impact Rymer had on the game. He was far and away the most important Bears player in the win and finished with 33 points and six threes from nine attempts in some seriously impressive accuracy.