Shearing powers Capitals to victory
Capitals' Mikaela Dombkins scored 13 points on Saturday night. Photo: Karleen Minney
A massive game from forward Alyce Shearing helped the Canberra Capitals Academy continue its resurgence with a 66-54 win over Sandringham at Belconnen on Saturday night.
Shearing racked up 22 points, 11 rebounds and two assists to guide the host to its second win in as many matches.
Canberra won its first match in its inaugural SEABL season before losing six straight matches.
But victories over Frankston and the Sabres has lifted Canberra into fifth place on the eastern conference with a 3-6 record.
Shearing, 25, has shouldered most of the load inside for Canberra after fellow big Alex Bunton was ruled out for the season with a dislocated kneecap.
Canberra's WNBL contingent was all strong on Saturday, with Mikaela Dombkins (13 points, six rebounds, three assists), Lauren Jansen (11 points, seven rebounds, three assists) and new point guard signing Tessa Lavey (16 points, six rebounds) all making meaningful contributions.
Canberra committed just three turnovers and dominated in the paint 36-20.
With key players Michelle Cosier, Abbie Davis and Michaela Dalgleish to return to the side, Canberra remains confident it can make the finals.
Canberra believes WNBL star Cosier can provide the added polish it needs to contend with the top teams.
Meanwhile, the Canberra Gunners remain anchored to the bottom of the men's eastern conference after a 97-64 loss to Sandringham.
Nineteen points from Jamie Mesman and 12 from Stephen Rowe wasn't enough to prevent the Gunners crashing to a ninth straight loss.
AT A GLANCE
SEABL, round eight: women: Canberra 66 bt Sandringham 64; men: Sandringham 97 bt Canberra 64.