Sydney Flames scorch Canberra Capitals in WNBL

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4 Dec 2018

Canberra captain Abby Bishop top-scored, but a red-hot performance from Sydney guard Katie-Rae Ebzery led the Flames to a second consecutive WNBL win over the Capitals in three weeks.

While Bishop kept the Capitals in the contest with a game-high 29 points and 14 rebounds, Ebzery dominated with 26 points in Sydney’s comfortable 76-60 win.

The Flames led for all but the first two minutes of the match and held a 55-48 lead at the half. While Bishop hit a hot streak in the third term to drag the Capitals within two points midway through the period, Sydney put on the after-burners with a 21-12 closing quarter.

Bishop is in desperate need of some back-up, with superstar forward Lauren Jackson still sidelined after hip surgery.Capitals coach Carrie Graf has said Jackson will return to the court “well before Christmas”, but there are only eight games remaining before the new year, which is well past the midpoint of the season.

It was almost a lone hand from the Capitals skipper, Bishop, with Alice Coddington the only other Canberra player to hit double-figures in scoring as the Caps shot a meagre 33 per cent for the match.

In contrast, Ebzery had some fine support from her Sydney teammates, Rohanee Cox grabbing 9 points and 13 rebounds, while import Paris Johnson (11 points, 7 rebounds) and  3 assists) and Tahlia Tupaea (12 points) chipped in from the bench.

The Capitals are yet to string back-to-back wins together from their five games this season, having also lost to Sydney by three-points in Canberra last month.

The loss drops the Capitals out of the WNBL’s top four with a 2-3 record, although they get a chance for redemption against the West Coast Waves at the AIS Arena on Sunday.

SYDNEY FLAMES 76 (K Ebzery 26pts, T Tuaea 12) bt Canberra Capitals 60 (A Bishop 29, A Coddington 10, S Talbot 9) in Sydney.

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