The ANZAC round tipped off with the Sabres in action against the visiting Hobart Huskies.
Hobart Huskies 86 – Southern Sabres 74
Rachel Jarry 28 points &10 rebounds
Sherry Glennie 13 points & 6 rebounds
Tenaya Phillips 13 points & 4 rebounds
The Sabres jumped out of the blocks early on the back of some outstanding full court pressure defense. Rookie Gabby Newton was creating havoc, forcing turnovers and being disruptive which allowed the Sabres to take a 24-16 lead at qtr time. Rachel Jarry was outstanding as the Sabres rolled in the second quarter, taking a commanding 45-34 lead into the half time break. After that, it was all Hobart. The Huskies outscored the Sabres 52-29 in the second half on the back of some hot shooting from Ellie Collins (21 points 5/9 3 pointers) while Tayla Roberts (22 points, 12 rebounds) started to dominate inside. The Sabres couldn’t re-capture their first half dominance, despite finishing the game with more full court defensive pressure.
Southern Sabres 107 – Hobart Huskies 97
David Barlow 23 points & 6 rebounds & 7 assists
Sam McDaniel 27 points & 6 rebounds
Kingsley Box 17 points
The Sabres won their first game of the NBL1 season with an impressive 107-97 win over the Hobart Huskies. On the back of some solid performances from David Barlow and Rhys Carter, the Sabres established dominance early and were never threatened. Contributions from Jamie Cigognini and rookies Kingley Box, Kobe Davies and Jaden Weldon meant the Sabres shared the scoring load. The Sabres shot 53% from 3 point territory and posted 20 assists for the game a good indicator of the type of ball movement coach Nathan Cooper Brown wants to see.