Lindsay Allen was incredible in the overtime victory against the Bendigo Spirit.
The Melbourne Boomers played the Bendigo Spirit and were the better team for the first three quarters. A lot of this was due to the class and excellence of their import Lindsay Allen who had a quiet 27 point performance. Yes, I said it, a quiet 27 points.
Such was Allen’s brilliance, she accumulated those points without too much fuss. She shot the ball well, going 12-of-22 from the field. Allen also had four rebounds, three assists and a block. Her three turnovers were as a result of her passing the ball to where teammates used to be or should have been.
However, it was not just the points she scored, it was when she scored them and how she set up others. The first made basket of the game, Allen drove into the paint, collapsing the defense. She then kicked the ball out to the corner to an open Cayla George for a three.
This is a staple of basketball but when you have the explosive first step and quickness of Allen, the defense is always going to be on the back foot. Likewise, when the Boomers needed a score to shore up their lead it was Allen who provided the bucket.
Undoubtedly the biggest play of the game was with five seconds left Allen dribbled the ball up the court, cut to the middle near the half court line and banked the three in to tie the game. She was under constant pressure all the way up the court but was able to get free for the crucial bucket.
Allen has been huge for the Boomers all season, coming up with multiple twenty point games and steering a star filled roster to the top of the ladder. This is not an easy thing to do. If the Boomers do in fact go on to win the WNBL championship this season, a massive parts of this will be thanks to the star import who is quietly working towards an MVP season.