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Perth Lynx see the light and the shot clock

Perth Lynx co-captain Katie Ebzery believes the team is reaping the benefits of a more patient offensive style as it prepares for another finals campaign in a fortnight.

The Lynx suffocated Melbourne 74-60 at the Bendat Basketball Centre on Thursday night, their most significant result since the mid-season change.

Perth’s aggressive shooting lifted them to the top of the ladder early in the season before they lost their radar and the losses piled up.

The Lynx are now taking their time when in possession and Ebzery said the overhaul had made a huge difference.

“If you’re one pass down the floor and you haven’t made the defence do anything and then we’re jacking a shot, it’s probably not the best option with 20 seconds left on the shot clock,” she said.

“Now we’re starting to trust each other a little bit more and move that ball a lot more and get people more space on the floor to then go to work.

“The ball has moved four or five times and they don’t know what we’re doing.

“I think it’s been a lot better, a lot more patient.”

The changes have also had an impact on their defence.

While the Lynx are averaging the same number of shots per game, the opposition’s shooting tallies have fallen and Perth have conceded only 64, 66 and 60 points in their past three matches.

Coach Andy Stewart said attacking errors were creating positives.

“We had three shot-clock violations,” he said.

“That wasn’t the case before because we were jacking it within the first 10 seconds.

“I don’t mind taking that very late shot that we don’t get off because of the nine others that we made them play defence for 22 seconds and got a good shot.”

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