SEABL 2018: Hobart Chargers Vs Melbourne Tigers
It's the first week back from the mid-season break and the Hobart Chargers are playing a home game against the Melbourne Tigers at the DEC! The Chargers teams faced tough opposition in their last game against the Nunawading Spectres, with the men's team edging out a close win while the women's team ended 18 points down when the final buzzer rang.
The Chargers currently sit above the Tigers on the ladder, but Friday's game is not set to be an easy one for the Hobart side. Both teams have won four of their last five matches, and both teams have massive offensive potential - Melbourne players sit 1st and 3rd for average points in the league, with Hobart point guard Tre Nichols in second.
There's been a lot of talk from the Hobart side around playing with strong defence and focusing on limiting the points their opponents score each quarter. With the strong performance we've recently seen from Hobart players like Craig Moller, Zac White and Tre Nichols, we predict a victory for Hobart this round.
On paper this is an uphill battle for the Chargers. The Melbourne side sits above them on the ladder and their players appear all over the Season Stats leaderboards. The offence, defence and teamwork of the Tigers are undeniably strong, and they are carrying the momentum of a win from their last game before the mid-season break.
Despite the apparent strength of the opposition, at the height of their game, the Hobart Chargers have shown that they have what it takes to win tough games. The team's potential stems from Kathleen Scheer's strong defensive game, Brittany Smart's ability to get the ball in the hands of Chargers players, and Hobart local Sharna Thompson's amazing ability to land three-point shots under extreme pressure.