Long returns to old stomping ground
Frankston fan favourite Chuck Long returned on Saturday, for the first time since leaving the team. Long left the Blues after the 2014 season to join the Dandenong Rangers.
After spending four years in Frankston colours, Long became somewhat of a hero for the Frankston die-hard fans. Long had his best season for the Blues in 2013 where he averaged 16.4 points and 7.6 rebounds.
Since joining the Rangers, Long has not had as much of an impact averaging 6.7 points and 4.3 rebounds in a star-studded Dandenong lineup.
In what would have been a surreal moment for Long, he ran out in front of his old home crowd in a different uniform for the first time. The crowd was lively and vocal throughout the match with the game on the line and their old idol on an opposing team.
Long played 29 minutes in the game for a return of seven points and three rebounds. His team, Dandenong did come away with the victory with the score finishing at 71-66.
Leading 38-27 at half time, Frankston looked in the box seat to come away with an unexpected win. Dandenong took over in the third quarter, reeling in the lead Frankston had worked so hard to get, tying the game at three-quarter time.
The leagues leading scorer, Daequon Montreal, once again had a great game with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Along with big man Chris Patton who had 21 points and 10 rebounds, the two led the team to a comeback victory.
Dandenong will double up with a game the next day against Nunawading at home while Frankston will travel to Ballarat to battle the Miners in round four.