By Tom Lamming (Student Press Officer)
Bradford Dragons fell to a 92-58 road defeat at the hands of the unbeaten Solent Kestrels in NBL Division One action.
A disastrous opening quarter gave the Dragons everything to do heading into the second period, and, despite holding their own in the next two quarters, an equally poor fourth quarter ensured a heavy defeat for Coach Mellor’s team.
A second-straight league defeat for Dragons, who drop to 5-5 in NBL Division One.
Dragons were held to a season-low for points in a quarter after shooting just 2-20 in the opening period.
The Dragons had to dig in and show some resolve in the face of adversity, and to their credit, they did just that.
The second quarter was a much tighter affair, with Dragons working hard to cut into the deficit.
Great Osobor scored seven points in the quarter as Dragons were edged 25-22 in the period.
The visitors managed to cut the deficit to 14, but sloppy turnovers killed any momentum Dragons had generated, and the hosts quickly re-established a 20-point lead.
Heading into the break, Dragons trailed 47-27 on the South Coast.
Out of the interval, like the second quarter, the Dragons stood toe-to-toe with the Kestrels and fought to reduce the deficit but were unable to cut it to single-digits.
The visitors outscored their unbeaten hosts, 20-18, in the penultimate quarter, but the first quarter hole still proved to be the difference moving into the fourth quarter (65-47).
After withstanding the Dragons runs in the second and third quarters, the Kestrels repeated their dominant first period as the visitors went ice cold on the offensive end.
12 straight points to open the quarter (80-48) quickly sealed the Dragons fate as Coach Mellor’s team went scoreless for almost four-and-a-half minutes.
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