Canberra Capitals Academy coach Sandy Tomley says her players have shown they deserve respect and are no easy beats after winning their first South East Australian Basketball League match of the season on Friday night.
The Capitals Academy broke a 14-game winless drought with a 77-59 home win over a Launceston side led by Canberra WNBL star Abby Bishop.
Canberra won every quarter in the breakthrough victory. Four of its players scored double figures, led by star point guard Nat Hurst (19 points).
Tomley said her players had shown that rivals should take them lightly at their peril.
"Regardless of the result, we don’t want to be a walkover. I think we have proven that," she said. "We don’t have the wins on the board but I think that most teams still respect us when they play us.
"I was really pleased for the playing group. They’ve put so much effort in through the past 11 rounds ... and we’ve had some close ones. It’s nice to capitalise and actually get a win."
Meanwhile, a buzzer beater from Dan Jackson helped Canberra Gunners edge North-West Tasmania 93-91 in a thrilling men’s encounter. US imports Matt Staff (23 points, 14 rebounds) and Garlon Green (22 points, eight rebounds) led the way, helping the hosts reel in a nine-point three-quarter-time deficit.