The Opals led the entire game (from memory – China might have scored the first basket, I was chatting at the time) so it was a pretty comfortable win. China came close a couple of times within a basket but then the lead would quickly spin back out again.
The Opals squad noticably lacking the really big names although it was good to see the younger players like Nat Hurst, Jess Foley, Hollie Grima etc get a run and still achieve a win. Rohanee Cox (WNBL MVP for last season) had a great game, scoring 14.
The crowd numbers could have been better – not sure what the exact attendance was but I would say the AIS was only about 1/4 full?
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Come along for the next AIS game against NZ on September 2 if you can – it’s worth the $16 ticket price.
In fact someone was telling me (so hearsay) that Basketball Canberra even ran some deal where groups of 6+ (something like that) got $10 tickets – but that they ran the promotion too late for anyone keen to attend to get the benefit (typical).
Suggestion to Basketball Canberra: how about promoting the deal a bit better for the next game to get not only reward loyal supporters but also get more people along for a great crowd?