THEY may be final on the ladder but on the court docket the Sydney Uni Flames have pulled off the greatest upset of the time with a shock defeat of a favorite for the 2018/19 WNBL crown.
On the comeback from injuries and concussion it was Tahlia Tupaea who stared for a Flames aspect she has been compelled to look at from the sidelines for the the greater part of the time in the Flames’ 65-62 victory in excess of Melbourne Boomers.
With Opals mentor Sandy Brondello observing from the stands, Tupaea leading scored with 21 and racked in 4 steals, two helps and two rebounds.
“It was great to make a little bit of a mark,’’ mentioned Tupaea, whose instant objective is to make the Opals squad forward of the Tokyo Olympics.
“That was a great acquire for us, particularly on their floor.’’
With just one player in double figures in their 82-72 loss to Adelaide final Wednesday, 4 attained the feat from the Boomers in a substantially-enhanced offensive screen.
Independent from Tupaea, Shanae Greaves and captain Belinda Snell each scored 14 details and produced 4 rebounds with an wounded Britt Intelligent pulling in 10 rebounds.
Down by 4 with 3 minutes in the clock, the Flames held solid with Tupaea supporting mastermind the acquire in her 100th WNBL match.
“Tahlia was amazing, she was so tenacious,’’ mentor Cheryl Chambers mentioned.
“The entire 8 minutes (at the conclude) offensively almost everything went from her.
“We just stayed amount headed and retained enjoying and enjoying. They seriously deserved to acquire this a single.’’
Even with the final result, the Boomers stay in 2nd location on the league ladder even though the Flames are final with a two-11 acquire/decline report.