THE Perth Lynx embarked on the toughest two weeks of the season to date last weekend, with the first of four road games in eight days held last Saturday night in Townsville.
The Lynx met the reigning champions, the Townsville Fire, first up in front of one of the largest home crowd fan bases in the league, second only to the Red Army.
Despite this disadvantage, the Lynx came out blazing with sharp defence, causing multiple turnovers from the Fire.
A heavy effort on the offensive and defensive rebounds allowed the Lynx to gain more possessions than the Fire, therefore meaning they had more opportunities to score, which stretched the margin to 12 points.
This momentum continued right until the final quarter until Townsville found their rhythm and knocked down crucial shots to take the lead for the first time that night with only minutes left on the clock.
Unfortunately some poor decisions from the Lynx in this cut throat situation meant they couldn’t get the game back and ended up going down by 10 points.
The wise words of head coach Andy Stewart hit home for every player as he talked about letting that loss sting for five minutes by being brutally honest and holding ourselves accountable over the mistakes we had made.
Once this five minutes was up it was time to move on to the next challenge, which lay in a two-hour plane flight away in Brisbane the following day.
The South East Queensland Stars sat fourth on the ladder, with two Opals players and numerous imports to bolster their roster.
But the game plan was the same: continually push for maximum effort and rely on our recovery and fitness to get us through the game.
After a slightly rocky start, the Lynx were able to break free from the Stars and held a single-digit lead for the first half.
After four long quarters the Lynx came away with a convincing 20-point win in a display of hard work and pure determination.
After these results the Lynx now sit at the top of the WA National Basketball League ladder.