Finals August 4&5 Recap

The finals are in full swing, it’s time to see who advanced and who’s gone fishing a little early this season!

State Championship Men
State Championship Women
Division One Men
Division One Women
Division Two Men
Division Two Women
Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men
Molten Victorian Youth Championship Women
Youth League One Men
Youth League One Women
Youth League Two Men
Youth League Two Women

State Championship Men

Hawthorn 80 def. Casey 69

The Magic used a barnstorming final term to clinch a spot in the semi-finals, downing the battle-hardened Cavs in a brilliant display of maturity.

It was a tough and tense first three quarters as the teams traded blows – the visitors taking a one-point lead into the final term.

The trend continued for much of the final term with the scores locked away at 67 with just over three minutes to play.

Back-to-back baskets for the home side put some separation between them and their opponents – the second a three-pointer from Nelson Kirksey.

After Brandon Polk answered with a two for the Cavs, another trey for the Magic – this time from Jack Barry – sent the home fans into a frenzy.

Alex Bogart-King’s and-one on the next Magic possession extended the margin to nine with under a minute to play and the result was sealed.

Barry (23pts 7ast 3stl) was instrumental in the win, while Alex Bogart-King (21pts 13reb 4ast 2stl 2blk) was huge inside. Matt Donlan (16pts) led the Cavs, who had four players in double digits but lacked the firepower to go with their opponents down the stretch.

Waverley 72 def. by McKinnon 86

The Cougars’ up-and-down season seems to have come together at the right time.

McKinnon won every quarter in a telling victory on the road at Waverley, avenging last year’s first-round exit to advance to the semi-finals.

Neither side shot the ball particularly well but the Falcons really struggled as their opponents locked down, holding them to just 32% from the field for the match.

Despite the visitors being the dominant side for much of the contest, the match was always in the balance right up until the final moments.

However the Falcons couldn’t find the extra gear they needed and failed to bridge the gap.

Adrian Tomada (22pts 8reb 4ast) led the way for the visitors, while Deng Deng (18pts 12reb 4ast) and Dillon Stith (17pts 13reb 3ast) were solid on the boards all afternoon.

For the Falcons, Daniel Dillon (22pts 3reb 9ast) and Jason Reardon (21pts 13reb 3ast) were big contributers, however Adrien Sturt (7pts 7reb 3-18FG) was extrmeley well held in one of the keys to victory for the Cougars.

State Championship Women

Waverley 61 lost to Sunbury 74

The reigning champs are one step closer to going back­‐to-‐back at State Champ level after eclipsing the Falcons by 13pts. Amazingly, Sunbury’s win included a third period that delivered a miserable 2pts. It was an astonishing blemish in an otherwise clinical performance. The Jets led 57-­‐29 at the half, before the home team responded with an 18-­‐2 third qtr. The visitors settled back in and claimed the last qtr 15-­‐14 for the win. Josie Stockill paved the way for the Sunbury win with 23pts, 10rbs and 4blk. Orla O’Reilly (15pts, 11rbs) continued her good form, while Kerryn Harrington (11pts, 8ast) played all 40min in a good display. For the Falcons, Tegan Cunningham (25pts) worked tirelessly, Renae Mokrzycki added 14pts, while Kelly Bowen ended with 13pts and 16rbs, but shot a lowly 4/21. The Falcons get the double chance and will now face the Sharks in an elimination final, while the Jets progress to a showdown with the Raiders for a place in this year’s Grand Final series.

Waverley 61 (Cunningham 25pts, Mokrzycki 14pts) lost to Sunbury 74 (Stockill 23pts, O’Reilly 15pts)

Hume City 84 lost to Southern Peninsula 90

In a gripping game, the season has ended for the Broncos, while it continues for the Sharks. Packed with great play, this game kept the crowd entertained. The home team shot at a high 52% clip, while the Sharks dropped baskets at 46%. The lead fluctuated throughout, the Broncos leading by as much as 10pts, the Sharks by up to 11pts. The visiting Sharks were best served by Jaz Shelley (23pts, 6ast, 5 treys), Sydney Coleman (19pts) and Peyton Little (15pts), while young Olivia Pollerd dropped 12pts via four triples. For the exiting Broncos, Briana Babic delivered six treys in her 20pts, Lisa Murphy added 16pts, while Nicole Zammit was brilliant with 18pts and 12ast. The Sharks now move through to an elimination showdown with Waverley.

Hume City 84 (Babic 20pts, Zammit 18pts) lost to Sth Peninsula 90 (Shelley 23pts, Coleman 19pts)

Division One Men

Western Port 97 def Warrnambool 71

The Steelers are headed to the next stage of the finals after toppling the Seahawks with a magical 52-­‐27 second half. The final 26pt margin was emphatic. It looked like we were all in for a ding-­‐dong battle during a first half where little separated the two teams, the Steelers heading into the changerooms at the long break with a narrow 1pt lead. Both Dylan Travis (34pts, 14rbs, 8stl) and Xavier Blount (44pts) turned on a great show, the two division heavyweights delivering a swag of highlights and once again they reminded everyone the race for the MVP award this season will definitely feature the pair of them. The difference between the teams included Blake Camilleri’s ability to drop 26pts in support of Travis for the winners, while Western Port’s superior 45% shooting clip compared with Warrnambool’s 31% was telling. Such was the pace of the game an amazingly high 119 rebounds were counted, while Warrnambool’s poor return from the arc (5/34) also looked to be a factor in the final result.

Western Port 97 (Travis 34pts, Camilleri 26pts) defeated Warrnambool 71 (Blount 44pts, Gynes 13pts)

Shepperaton 92 def Warrandyte 66

Despite a slippery finish to the regular season, the Gators got back to their winning ways at the perfect time, accounting for the Venom in a clinical display. The home team opened with a masterful 33-­‐14 first quarter, setting the tone for what was to unfold. Though the visitors fought back with a 27-­‐17 second quarter, it was the 20-­‐6 last period by the Gators that added salt to Warrandyte’s wound. Captain Matt Bartlett returned from an ankle injury to lead his team, which included a star performance from Spencer Coleman. The import delivered arguably his biggest game of the season to date, dropping 32pts and dragging down a remarkable 27rbs. It was an incredible show. Cameron Vines added 19pts, Jake Cowling netted 16pts and Nick Dodd scored 14pts. The spread of scoring by the Gators was timely and will need to continue as they progress through the finals. For the Venom, who put together a competitive season, the last hurdle just proved too big. Michael Steller came off the bench for 14pts, adding to Ayinde Sprewell’s 13pts, 10rbs and David Moore’s 13pts.

Shepparton 92 (Coleman 32pts, Vines 19pts) defeated Warrandyte 66 (Steller 14pts, Sprewell 13pts)

Division One Women

Warrnambool 59 def Werribee 48

A tense final at The Arc was taken by the Mermaids, but not without a battle from the Devils.

Every basket was a battle as neither side could flex their muscles and break apart the opposing defence.

Werribee took its early chances, eking out a small quarter-time lead through the work of Georgia Tauschke (nine points, eight rebounds) and Alyssa Bennett (17 points, 12 rebounds). Werribee was reeling in rebounds all night – as Sam Moodie and Jessica Slade grabbed nine apiece alongide Tauschke and Bennett – but the gears didn’t mesh as well on offence.

Warranmbool was led by Holly Greene (17 points, nine rebounds) alongside Amy Wormald (15 points, nine rebounds) and Katie O’Keefe (12 points, nine rebounds)

With both sides shooting in the low 30s, it was a hard-slog to see the scoreboard tick over and generate any form of advantage. A third term flurry from Abbey Sutherland and Katie O’Keefe opened the game up dramatically – stretching the gap to 18. Werribee fought back with Bennett and Tauschke toiling for every basket, but in the end the home town crowd witnessed their Mermaids surge home as O’Keefe dropped a pair of last-term threes to seal the deal.

Warrnambool will face Mildura in a three-game series starting this weekend.

Geelong 90 def Whittlesea 62 

Raining fire across the night at AWA Alliance Bank Stadium, the Supercats were far too mighty for the Pacers to extend their winning streak. There was

Attacking the ring or stepping back and launching threes, there was little Whittlesea could do to stop the Supercats’ barrage.

Sharing the success and keeping their legs fresh for the finals battles ahead, Geelong ticked every box in the clinical dissection of the visiting Whittlesea.

Caitlin Shadbolt (21 points, six rebounds) continued her sensational season as she threatened the Pacers’ defence in all aspects. It wasn’t a one-woman show for the Supercats by any stretch as Georgia Varley (15 points), Brooke Mckay (13 points), Olivia Virt (11 points), Raini Matthews (11 points) and Tess Feery (five points, 11 rebounds, five assists) all notched some impressive stats in a roster-wide powerhouse performance.

Rebecca Romeo (11 points, 14 rebounds) toiled under the basket for the visitors alongside Holly Bowman (eight points, seven rebounds) and Darcy Saunders (eight points, seven rebounds). LT Poa (10 points) continued to put up strong numbers but in the end there wasn’t much to be done except to watch the rampage happen on the other side of the ball.

It puts Geelong into a series against Casey, starting this weekend.

Division Two Men

Melton 78 def Southern Peninsula 75

An epic at Hillview Stadium was taken out by Melton in dramatic fashion.

A back and forth befitting two high-calibre sides was the end result as the Thoroughbreds took the photo finish. Their win came  through stellar performances from Dexter Graham (18 points), Mangar Manyang (16 points, 11 rebounds) and Emmanuel Malou (16 points, eight rebounds).

Southern Peninsula was led by Collin Voss (23 points, 16 rebounds) – who relished the toughest tasks under the defensive ring – alongside Corey Bond (21 points), who dropped five from downtown to keep Melton’s defenders on their toes. Surging and fading throughout the clash, neither side could string together a long enough run to knock the other down for the count. Southern Peninsula’s nine-point second term was bookended by 17 in the first and an emphatic 25 in the third to set the stage at 56-51 heading into the last.

Just as Melton stretched the gap through Wol Wol Ngong (15 points) and Malou, Southern Peninsula fired straight back as Bond, Voss and David Smith (12 points, 13 rebounds) slashed the gap to three. So it would go throughout the term as Melton’s efforts couldn’t break Southern Peninsula’s resolve as they went shot-for-shot.

In the end the Sharks just fell short in a match that perfectly started this finals campaign in the division. Melton faces Coburg in a semi-final series starting this weekend.

Mildura 72 def Camberwell 59

The hike down the highway paid off handsomely for Mildura with an emphatic win over Camberwell.

Home court didn’t help the Dragons’ tame the Heat, as the visitors savoured the challenge and rocketed out of the blocks via Calvin Henry (25 points, 11 rebounds, six assists) and Dallas Brown (15 points, eight rebounds).

Nathaniel O’Hara (10 points, seven rebounds) and Michael Osekowski (eight points, seven rebounds) surged early for the Dragons to excite the crowd at Balwyn High School and leave the clash poised at the break.

Peter Maunder (18 points) kept hopes alive for Camberwell with an inspired outside shooting performance off the bench. He knocked in four-of-five to keep the gap in check through the second half and stop Mildura from running away with it entirely.

But when the match was there to be won, Calvin Henry and Dallas Brown dominated the fourth term.  Their efforts turned a seven-point break at the final change into a comfortable gap down the stretch.

It sets the stage for a monster semi-final series as Mildura will face Craigieburn starting this weekend.

Division Two Women

Wallan 55 def Melbourne Uni 41

After a very even and entertaining first half, the Panthers’ defence and dominance on the boards helped the home side record a comfortable win in the end over Melbourne Uni in front of the raptous home crowd at R B Robson.  Whatever was said at half time worked as the Black Angels struggled to maintain the intensity that gave them the slim half time lead.  Foul trouble towards the end may have also contributed to Melbourne Uni having less flexibility with bench rotations.  Both teams had the same three point attempts but unfortunately the Black Angels perimeter triggers weren’t getting the results.  For Wallan an outstanding double from Emmie O’Nial (12p/19rb) and Alex Darby (12p) also reaching double figure scoring.  For Melbourne Uni, an unusually quiet game from Lauren Bellegante with Melanie Fidler (12p) leading the Black Angels and Elise Swan (10p) supporting in the scoring.

Blackburn 56 def North East 47 

The Bushrangers came to play and early on opened up a handy advantage, increasing their 4pt lead at the first change to increase it to 7 at the main break.  The Vikings needed to wrestle momentum in front of their fans and came out all guns blazing to erase their half time deficit and turn the corner with a single bucket lead.  The Bushrangers challenged early in the last, but the Vikings prevailed to outgun with a  15-8 last quarter to collect a 9pt win and advance to next week.  A stellar effort from Chloe Storer who played all 40 for North East and recorded a great double (11p/12rb) along with 6 assists as captain Rachel Jeffrey produced another consistent effort (13p).  Victoria Sumskas recording more great numbers on the boards on her way to a home double (12p/17rb) and Andrea Belmonte leading the team scoresheet (13pt) with 4 assists to match Sumkas’ effort and only a couple of boards from a double of her own.

Unfortunately, a solid season for North East comes to an end. The Black Angels live to fight another day, and manage to secure home court advantage as they take on Blackburn next week.Meanwhile the Panthers get to take on the freshened up Eagles once more as the neighbourly rivalry ramps up a notch for a place in the Grand Final.

Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men

Nunawading Spectres 99 def. Eltham Wildcats 75

The Nunawading Spectres have used a stellar first half to thrash the Wildcats by 24 points in Game One of the 2018 Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men’s grand final.

Zac Coleman-Bock was sensational for Nunawading recording a monster double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds in just a short amount of playing time.

Nunawading were relentless from the opening tip-off jumping out to a nine-point lead at the first break, then going on to build a commanding lead and defend their home court.

It was a different result from the last time the teams squared off at The Graveyard in round 9, where Nunawading’s 17 turnovers were costly as the Spectres fell by seven points. But in this opening match-up, the Spectres won the turnover battle forcing the Wildcats into 15 turnovers and running away with the win.

Mark Scherf was gallant with 21 points for Eltham, but it wasn’t enough. The Wildcats have been a different squad on their home court this season, winning nine games and only losing two. Eltham will be hoping this stellar home form returns for the final two games this weekend.

Molten Victorian Youth Championship Women

Knox Raiders 90 def. Sandringham Sabres 80

Eliana Bravington has scored six of her 24 points in overtime to lead the Knox Raiders to a stunning 10-point win over the Sandringham Sabres.

In an intense final quarter, the Sabres found themselves trailing by as much as six points, before battling back into a tie at 70 on captain Cassie Hill’s layup.

The Raiders had an opportunity to win the game in regulation but both Bravington and Emily Fisher missed their game-winning shot attempts forcing overtime.

But as the overtime period began the Raiders came out on a mission. Charged by their bombastic home crowd, the Raiders powered away to a commanding lead in the final minutes and came away with the stirring victory.

Bravington was the star, but she wasn’t alone with Maighan Hedge scoring a game-high 26 points, and Emily Fisher chipping in with a valuable 18 points.

Meanwhile the Sabres will be licking their wounds as they head home to prepare for the return match-ups. While it wasn’t their day in game one, captain Cassie Hill was gallant for Sandringham with 21 points and eight rebounds.

The Sabres have been near unbeatable on their home court this season with a 10-1 record, and with a raucous home crowd awaiting to support them, Sandringham are still alive in the series.

Youth League One Men

Waverley Falcons 67 def. Sunbury Jets 66

A Cody Fredrickson three-pointer has propelled the Falcons to a nail-biting 1-point victory in game one of the Youth League One Men’s grand final series.

In a stunning back-and-forth contest, the Jets had three separate field goal attempts rim out in the final minute as the Waverley crowd held its collective breath, while another attempt dropped right at the horn, only to be waved away as it was short after the buzzer.

Despite winning every statistical category and forcing the Falcons into 22 turnovers, the Jets couldn’t secure the victory.

Andrew Noller led the way with 16 points for the Falcons. While Ivanne Loncaric scored a game-high 19 points in the loss for Sunbury.

Even though the opening game heartbreak, the signs are positive for the Jets winning the battle of the boards and heading back to their home court. Meanwhile the Falcons are flying high after their second straight victory over the top side in YL1M. Can’t wait for the return match-ups.

Youth League One Women 

McKinnon 53 defeated by Keilor 71

Keilor leads series 1-0

A tight battle throughout the first three quarters, turned into a one-sided affair fairly quickly thanks to the Emily Ellis show at GESAC this past Saturday night.

A 27-13 fourth quarter put the game beyond reach for the fourth placed Cougars as their hard-fought efforts went astray. Keilor’s Ellis caught fire, posting 33 points on 13-18FG shooting, including six triples. She was aided by Tashia Overby who registered a double double of 14 points and 14 rebounds, to go with three steals and a pair of blocks.

Tamara Booth played her part to keep the Cougars within touching distance for the majority of the game, with 18 points and 20 rebounds. The Thunder had a game plan against Chelsea Bransden, who was well held to just 11 points, seven rebounds and five steals, however she did register eight turnovers.

The series now shifts to Keilor as the Thunder host Game 2 this Saturday night, and Game 3 Sunday if required.

Geelong 56 defeated by Sunbury 70

Sunbury leads series 1-0

A true team-based performance has seen the visiting Jets escape Geelong with a 1-0 lead in their Semi-Final match-up against Geelong. A crucial 17-7 second stanza presented the advantage to the visitors, who capitalised and didn’t look back.

Nyomi Stowers led the side with a team high 17 points on 8-13FG shooting, while Chloe Angove posted 15 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks. Chloe Jackson was also in the thick of things with 14 points, four rebounds and five assists.

The Supercats managed to grab a whopping 68 rebounds, however many of those offensive without the results as the Jets held Geelong to just 26%FG from the field, included 5-27 from distance.

Jaimee Crombie scored a team high 19 points to go with four rebounds and three steals. Allison Marsh registered 14 points and nine rebounds off the bench. Carly Sanders was well held with seven points and five rebounds.

The attention now turns to Boardman Stadium when the Jets look to close out the series on their home floor on Saturday night, or on Sunday if required.

Youth League Two Men

Elimination Final 1

Pakenham 82 defeated Mornington 69

The Warriors advance and will now meet the Collingwood All Stars for a spot in the grand final after getting past the Mornington Breakers this past Saturday night.

After jumping out to an early double-digit lead, the Warriors found a way to extend that margin before half time and managed to keep a steady ship from then on out.

The combination of Tom Greer and Ned Weideman led the way for the home side. Greer led the match with a game-high 21 points to go with 14 rebounds, while Weideman played second fiddle for this contest with 16 points and 10 boards.

Mornington had fought gallantly throughout the back half of the season after the loss of Lachie Baczyk and on this occasion were led by Kye Taylor’s 19 points and eight rebounds. Matt Beckett was impressive with 13 points and 14 rebounds; however the Breakers just couldn’t find much else out of their role players.

The Warriors now must take to the road in their efforts to qualify for the big dance, with Darebin their next venture to face the All Stars.

Elimination Final 2

Melton 104 defeated by Craigieburn 115

In what was easily the highest scoring game of the round across the entire course of the competition, it was the visiting Craigieburn Eagles who advance with the upset victory over Melton.

Abraham Solano led the Eagles to a massive victory posting 33 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, as the 37-23 second stanza was ultimately the difference. Dut Dut was just as impressive off the bench, providing big energy in his 28 minutes, going for 20 points and six rebounds.  The same could be said for Adim Autiak (14 points, 12 rebounds) who registered a double double in his 20 minutes as part of the second unit.

The home side weren’t without their star power either; Bol Bak producing another top game of 25 points, four rebounds and seven assists. Koby Skenderis was impressive with 22 points, four rebounds and four assists, while Milan Savic was ultra-efficient posting 21 points on 8-11FG off the bench.

Both teams started slowly, before heating up in the second quarter; the Eagles travelling the better by the main break. The home side did their best to get back into the contest in the third, however ultimately falling short thanks to Solano and Dut’s big games.

Craigieburn now head to Frankston when the two teams do battle for a spot in the grand final.

Youth League Two Women

Pakenham Warriors 57 def. by Frankston Blues 69 

Frankston has upset Pakenham defeating the Warriors by 12 points on their home court.

Powered by the outstanding games of Annabel Fitter and captain Tori Jackson, the Blues were too much for the higher seeded Warriors.

Forcing 20 steals in the victory, Frankston were ferocious on the defensive end pressuring Pakenham into 32 turnovers in the match.

Ellie Coutts was the Warriors best with a game-high 19 points, but the team will need to address the turnover concern before next weekend.

Meanwhile Frankston has earned a double chance to make it to the grand final after finding form at the right time of the season.

Whittlesea Pacers 70 def. Blackburn Vikings 42 

Whittlesea has ran away with a massive 28-point drubbing of the Vikings and to keep the Pacers season alive.

Last-Tear Poa was the star scoring a game-high 21 points in the impressive victory.

The Pacers made their intentions known from the opening tip-off jumping out an 11-point lead at the end of the first quarter.

It was a margin the Vikings could not overcome.

Maggie McCarthy was gallant in defeat for Blackburn scoring 12 points.

The Vikings now bow out of the competition, while Whittlesea face a date at Cardinia Life against the Pakenham Warriors.

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