SEABL | JT Terrell explosion keeps Albury-Wodonga Bandits season alive

AFTER five straight losses, the Albury-Wodonga Bandits needed something special.

Luckily for them, JT Terrell was happy to oblige.

The import star went off for 35 points on Friday night, propelling the Bandits to a much-needed 104-93 win over the Ballarat Miners.

The Bandits have been in need of a change in fortune since Mitch Newton suffered a season-ending knee injury, but it didn't look like it was going to happen with the recently recruited Obi Kyei ruled out of the game with a broken foot after impressing on debut last week.

Darcy Harding returned though, and with their 2017 campaign on the line, the Bandits delivered.

They started with a bang, going on a 12-0 run to start the game before the Miners’ class shone through, making it more of an arm wrestle.

Trailing by six at half-time and three-quarter time, the Bandits exploded in the final quarter, hanging 36 points on the Miners and giving up just 19 in return.

The Bandits defence, shaky for much of this season, held up when it had to.

That was thanks, in no small part, to the efforts of Jack Duck and Darcy Harding.

Duck was thrown into the starting lineup alongside Harding and both delivered, with the former banking a season-high 14 points in just over 24 minutes, while also tasked with guarding the dangerous Peter Hooley.

Hooley carried the Miners, scoring 39 points, but a good chunk of those came from fast breaks.

It was Harding who was able to come in after missing nearly a month of basketball and have a real impact.

His low-post defence was crucial alongside TJ Robinson, and he found a way to have an impact offensively, scoring 15 points, with three triples, to go with 10 rebounds .

Robinson continued his season-long streak of double-doubles with 21 points and 12 boards,while Deba George racked up 16 points and nine assists, but gave up nine turnovers in the process.

“Even men down, I still think we're a really dangerous group, you’ve just got to come with a bit of belief and back yourselves in a bit too,” head coach Brad Chalmers said after the game.

“Jack (Duck) was really good all night, 14 points was what we’ve been looking for from that point guard spot.

“We didn't want to give Hooley 39 points, but I thought it was inflated by a lot of easy buckets.

“It was a critical game from Jack, we probably needed a bit more of that from him during the season.

“The last four or five weeks we've probably been reliant on the one-two of Deba and TJ, haven’t had high level support.

“But you look at tonight, we had scores of 21, 15, 35, 14 and 16.

“It's a good win.”

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