Adelaide Lightning keep WNBL grand final series alive with controversial win over Canberra Capitals
The Adelaide Lightning has kept the WNBL grand final series alive with a buzzer-beating basket that the Canberra Capitals’ coach says should not have been allowed.
- The Lightning beat the Capitals by one point in game two of WNBL grand final series
- There’s controversy over whether Seekamp’s basket was before or after buzzer
- The teams will play again in decider in Canberra on Saturday
Behind 1-0 in the series, the Lightning trailed the Caps at every change in game two and were down by a point with 5.5 seconds remaining before co-captain Nicole Seekamp — from Lauren Nicholson’s assist — scored a sensational match winner on the full-time buzzer for a 74-73 victory to force a series decider at the AIS Arena on Saturday.
Furious Canberra Capitals coach Paul Goriss said his team was denied a WNBL grand final series sweep due to some “flabbergasting” refereeing in the game two defeat.
Goriss is convinced Seekamp’s shot was too late and should have been disallowed, while also hinting Nicholson picked up her dribble in her haste to motor the ball up the court.
“Everybody just go back and watch the film. Everybody go back and watch the light [on the scoreboard] light up [with the ball still in Seekamp’s hands],” he said.
“If everybody has a look at the last five seconds and the last under one second, I think everyone will see the truth.
“I’m at a loss to know some of the calls and some of the situations that people were put under.
“I just don’t know, I’m flabbergasted how the game was, especially in that second half.”
Speaking to ABC Grandstand, Seekamp said “I didn’t even know how much time I had” before scoring the match-winning two-pointer.
“At the end of games, I like to have the ball in my hands, but I have faith because I know we’ve got great shooters in our team so everyone’s going to step up at the end of the game and that’s what makes us such a deadly team,” she said.
Lightning looking to deciding game
She was hopeful of a win in game three.
“We definitely need to bring it all on that day and I think we can definitely have a better game than we’ve had the last two, so it’s going to be exciting,” she said.
Adelaide Lightning coach Chris Lucas hailed his side’s character and ability to step up when faced with adversity.
Whenever challenged this season, whether it be Nicholson’s broken nose in the semi-final against Melbourne, Kayla Alexander’s knee injury early or the news in November that the club faced extinction, the Lightning have responded resoundingly.
“This group all year has shown tremendous character,” Lucas said.
“We’ve had a bit of adversity with some illness and injuries, as have all teams.
“Every time we’ve gone through that, we’ve just stepped up to the plate. I couldn’t be more proud of the group.”