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by | May 25, 2022 | Community, Social, Sport

Mixed results for Logan Thunder mens and womens teams

At the intimate setting of Cornubia Park, the Logan Thunder hosted their first mens and womens matches of the season, with split results.


The contest was played out in front of an engaged, but patchy crowd, with the more enthralling contest of the federal election perhaps attracting the attention of some basketball fans.


Those who made it were treated to a high quality double header, as the University of Sunshine Coast’s Rip City team took the fight up to our Logan Thunder.


In the women’s game, the Thunder prevailed 89-78 after witnessing the unveiling of a banner to commemorate their 2021 championship.


Mikaela Ruef was a dominant presence across the court, shining in defence, claiming several rebounds and leading scoring.

She was ably assisted by new import Sigi Koizar, who despite being about a foot shorter than Ruef was able to leave her own mark on the game through her speed, evasive ability and physical presence. 

Following a fiery encounter in which he exchanged words with the opposition coach Jamie Glover, Thunder coach Brayden Heslehurst say he’s not happy with the way the team was able to respond, particularly in defence.

“We didn’t play our best basketball, but we were able to pull through at the end.


“It was a bit of a collective effort, but I was really happy with our youngster Dani Bayes, providing some great energy off the bench. Scoring 17 points in 16 minutes is a pretty good effort, so I think she really sparked our victory.


“We’ve been the best defensive team across the last three years and we didn’t really execute that on the floor, especially in those second and third quarters. 


“We were able to sort of click in the last couple of minutes.


Brayden also says that the team has been focusing on executing scouting plans in training this week, after USC Rip City duo Maddy Rocci and Ashley Arlen were able to score 51 points combined.

“That’s what we were most disappointed about. Our scout was to focus on those two, and let anyone else beat us.


“That’s normally what we’re good at, but it is the third game of the season and we have some changes within the group so chemistry has something to do with it.


“When you’re playing against the top team, you can’t afford to concede, and if we want to defend our title, we need to execute those plans.


“They’ve got some really talented youngsters who can score on the offensive end. We’ll need to really key in on our defensive scouts.”

In the other match, the Logan Thunder men’s team went down to USC Rip City men 118-109 in a high-scoring encounter.

Cairns Taipans big man Kouat Noi was huge for Rip City with 33 points, and was ably assisted by Eric McAlister and Isaih Tueta, who combined for 54 points.

For the Thunder, star import Jeremy Kendle was the shining light with 36 points, along with savvy Danish-born Australian Texan Rasmus Bach.

The Thunder will next play the Mackay Meteors at 3pm on Sunday at Cornubia Park in Round 5.



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