Ajax’s unbeaten run finally comes to end

It took just one game for the streak to fall.

Ajax went unbeaten last season but was edged by the South Pac Magic in the opening round of Dunedin women’s club basketball.

The Magic won the rematch of last year’s final 57-49 at the Edgar Centre on Tuesday night.

A big first half was key to that result.

South Pac took an 18-14 lead at the end of the first quarter, before pulling away to 39-26 at halftime.

While Ajax clawed back the deficit in the second half, the Magic remained comfortable.

Millie Simpson and Lawrin Tipene top-scored for the Magic with 12 points each, although several others chipped in with handy contributions.

Meanwhile, Olivia O’Neill had 13 points for Ajax, which was missing Bronwyn Kjestrup and Nicole Ruske.

On court two, the Falcons Dandelions held off a late comeback to beat Varsity 72-69.

The game had remained close throughout. But a run by the Dandelions helped them open a 10-point lead.

Varsity mounted a late comeback but was unable to haul in the deficit.

Annabelle Ring was influential for the Dandelions — formerly Andy Bay Kavanagh — threatening both at the hoop and from the outside and posting.

She had 36 points, while Sereana Rokotakala was strong on the offensive glass and added 12 points.

Tara Clement top-scored for Varsity with 18 points.

In the early game, South Pac OGHS beat the Andy Bay Falcons 69-52.

Libby Briggs and Abby Harris, with 17 and 15 points respectively, helped OGHS hold a handy buffer most of the way.

Brittney Young led the Falcons with 16 points.


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