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JackJumpers: It’s Time to Bring the Game 5 Mentality


  • Tasmania JackJumpers must approach each game as a decisive Game 5 in their Championship Series against Melbourne United, according to sports analyst Liam Santamaria.
  • The JackJumpers’ defensive strategy is their key to clawing back into the series.
  • The battle of the bigs, specifically Will Magnay’s performance, will be a defining factor in the upcoming games.

A Rough Start, A Call to Action

After a 23-point defeat in Game 1, the Tasmania JackJumpers are facing a challenging path ahead. Despite a promising start with 24 points in the first quarter, Melbourne United systematically dismantled the JackJumpers in the subsequent quarters, leaving them trailing behind.

Liam Santamaria, a seasoned sports analyst, believes the JackJumpers need to bring a Game 5 mentality to each clash. “They have to clamp down, that’s what they’ve got to do. The JackJumpers are built around their defence and we saw earlier in the season when their defence was kind of not where it needed to be they actually started to slide away from where they needed to be,” Santamaria commented.

The Key to Victory: Defence and Intensity

The JackJumpers’ defence is their greatest strength, and Santamaria urges them to refocus their strategy on this point. “You’ve got to provide more resistance and that will be the focus coming in tonight,” he said. Santamaria also noted that the JackJumpers’ intensity level needs to match the stakes of each game.

The Battle of the Bigs: Will Magnay’s Moment

Marcus Lee, despite a shoulder injury, is ready to face off against Melbourne’s Jo Lual-Acuil Jr and Ariel Hukporti. However, Santamaria believes that the key to victory lies in the hands of Will Magnay.

“Both of these teams have rock solid two-headed monsters at the five spot and for Tassie it does start with Will Magnay,” he asserted. “Magnay is the one who needs to really assert his authority, protect the rim without fouling, set good picks, and roll to the rim and roll as a target up top.”

The Next Clash: Game 2

The JackJumpers have a chance to turn the tide in Game 2 of the Championship Series. The game will tip off at 7:30pm AEDT, live on ESPN via Kayo Freebies, 10 Peach and 10 Play.

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