Finals Reviews: Aug 3-4

Another round of hoops in the books, who was the player of the game in your respective contest?

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


Championship Men

Casey 104 def by McKinnon 112

McKinnon beat Casey by eight points in Game 1 of their Semi Final series at Casey Stadium. The Cougars entered the game as warm favourites as they finished top of the ladder at the end of the regular season, yet they did not have it all their own way on Saturday night. Casey scored 27 points in the first term to lead by four points at quarter time. The Cavs were efficient on offence and shot at over 50% from the floor in the first half. They then scored 35 points in the second quarter to take a 14-point lead into half time. McKinnon hit their straps in the third term by shooting 37 points and holding the Cavs to their lowest quarter total of the game as they overturned the deficit to lead by four points at three-quarter-time. Momentum continued to favour the Cougars in the fourth quarter as they added another 27 points to their total to claim an eight-point win. Dillon Stith starred for McKinnon with 37 points and 10 rebounds, while teammate Eric Williams had 28 points and 16 rebounds. Mitch Chapman and Brandon Polk equal top-scored for the Cavs with 22 points apiece.

Hume City 98 def by Hawthorn 112

Hawthorn gained the upper hand in their Semi Final series against Hume City, by recording a 14-point win in Game 1 at Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium. The Magic shot 53% from the floor and 66 points in the paint as they continued the red-hot form that saw them finish second on the ladder. It was a team effort on offence that got the Magic over the line, with Nelson Kirksey, Michael Phillips and Alex Bogart-King scoring 19 points each, while Jake Martin top scored for the Broncos with 23 points. The Magic got the game underway with 27 points in the first term to lead by three points at quarter time. Their work on the back court held the Broncos to 19 points in the second term and extended the Magic’s lead to nine points at half time. Hume City needed to find a way to stop leaking points on defence, but were unable to prevent the Magic from scoring another 34 points in the third term to lead by 22 points at three-quarter-time. Hume worked hard on offence in the final quarter and scored 34 points, but they failed to put a dent in the Magic’s lead, coming away 14 points short of the win.


Championship Women

Hume City 88 def McKinnon 72

Hume City claimed a 16-point win over McKinnon at Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium on Saturday night. BreAnna Brock led the way for the Broncos with 18 points, nine rebounds and three assists, while teammates Nicole Zammit and Teyla Evans had 17 points each. Angela Lou Beadle worked hard for the Cougars and finished the game with 24 points and nine rebounds. Hume City opened the game with 25 points in the first term to lead by six points at quarter-time. The Broncos worked hard on defence in the second term and held McKinnon to 11 points, while adding 16 points to their total to take an 11-point lead into half time. The Broncos finished the home and away season four games above the Cougars and the gap between the two sides was evident in this Elimination Final, as Hume City outscored McKinnon 47-42 in the second half to secure the 16-point win.

Keilor 88 def Werribee 62

Keilor breezed past Werribee with a dominant second half that saw them outscore the Devils 49-24. The Thunder trailed by a point at quarter-time, before a 17-15 run in the second term gave them a one-point lead at half time. Keilor doubled the Devils’ score in the third term to extend their lead to 11 points, before a 29-14 run in the last quarter sealed a 26-point win. Keilor held the Devils to 26% shooting from the floor, while they shot at 46%. The Thunder scored 32 points from turnovers as they forced Werribee into 20 mistakes. Erin Bollmann starred with 17 points, nine rebounds and six assists, while Genna Anderson and Aneta Bandilovski scored 16 points each. Georgia Tauschke top scored for Werribee with 15 points. 


Division One Men

Western Port 58 def by Keysborough 69

A final quarter blitz secured an 11-point win for Keysborough at Somerville Recreation Centre. Both teams were unable to be separated in the first three quarters, before the Cougars scored 27 points in the final term to claim an 11-point win. Ivan Platenik starred for the Cougars with 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Calvin Enge had 17 points and 13 rebounds. Matthew Turner was gallant for the Steelers in defeat with 13 points and 13 rebounds to his name, while Daryl Corletto and Tanner Samson combined for 20 points. The difference between the two teams was Keysborough’s ability to score in the paint and from turnovers. The Cougars outscored Western Port 42-24 in the key and also collected 21 offensive rebounds. Keysborough forced the Steelers to make 15 turnovers, which resulted in 17 points for the victors. 

Sunbury 90 def Bulleen 82

Fifty-eight points in the first half guided Sunbury to an eight-point win over Bulleen. The Jets opened the game with 30 points in the first quarter to lead by 10 points at quarter-time, while a 28-16 run in the second term extended their lead to 22 points at half time. Bulleen needed a big third term to work their way back into the contest and set their sights on a fightback by outscoring the Jets 24-6 to cut the margin to four points at three-quarter-time. Sunbury scored the first six points of the fourth quarter to extend their lead to 10 points and give themselves breathing space to claim the win. Ish Sanders top scored for the Jets with 26 points, eight rebounds and four assists, while Nathan Baker had 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Chauncey Orr – who averaged 30 points for Bulleen in the regular season – again played a leading role for the Boomers by finishing the game with 31 points and nine rebounds. 


Division One Women

Bellarine 51 def by Hawthorn 64

Hawthorn gained the advantage in their Semi Final series against Bellarine with a 13-point win at Bellarine Sports Centre. The Magic shot out of the blocks in the first term to lead by 14 points at quarter-time. Bellarine improved in the second term and held the Magic to 13 points, while adding 16 points to their score, reducing the margin to 11 points at the half. Both teams struggled for efficiency on offence, which resulted in a low scoring second half. The Storm narrowly reduced the margin to eight points in the third term, before Hawthorn held their opponents to nine points in the final quarter to secure a 13-point win. Lara Edmanson collected a double-double (20 points and 14 rebounds) for the Magic, while teammate Nyilah Jamison-Myers had 13 points and 15 rebounds. Olivia Fuller top scored for Bellarine with 17 points and 15 rebounds, while Olivia Virt had 12 points. 

Chelsea 53 def by Mildura 62

Mildura beat Chelsea by nine points at Patterson River Stadium on Saturday night. The Heat got out to a strong start by scoring 20 points in the first term to lead by seven points at quarter-time. The Heat were then held to seven points in the second term as Chelsea worked their way back into the contest to take a two-point lead into half time. Both teams struggled for efficiency on offence, but Mildura were able to retake the lead in the third term by outscoring Chelsea 24-16 to lead by six points at three-quarter time. The fourth quarter was low scoring but the Heat were able to stretch their lead to nine points at the final buzzer. Bronte Clark led the way for the Heat with 21 points, eight rebounds and two assists, while Alyesha Lovett had 18 points and 22 rebounds. 


Division Two Men

Mildura 100 def Pakenham 89

Mildura shot 53% from the court in their 11-point win over Pakenham at the Toyota Hothouse. The Heat scored 30 points in the first quarter to lead by 12 points at quarter time. Their dominance in the first term was important to their half time lead as Pakenham reduced the margin to five points at the main change. Both teams struggled to gain the upper hand in the third term but it was Mildura who were able to extend their lead to eight points, before 29 points in the final term sealed an 11-point win. Calvin Henry – who averaged 22.6 points per game during the regular season – again produced an outstanding display to finish the game with 23 points, 12 rebounds and four assists. Trent Lee top scored for Pakenham with 24 points, along with three rebounds and seven assists. 

Craigieburn 87 def Wallan 58

Craigieburn came from behind to smash Wallan at Craigieburn Sports Stadium on Saturday night. The Eagles trailed by 11 points in the first term but slowly worked their way back into the contest through the brilliance of Damon Smith who had 24 points and 20 rebounds. The Eagles outscored Wallan 21-13 in the second term to reduce the margin to three points at half time. Thirty points in the third term gave the Eagles a 10-point lead before a 24-5 run in the fourth quarter secured a 19-point win. Jackson Wynne had 16 points off the bench for the Eagles, while Hayden Annett and Leo Viitala top scored for Wallan with 15 points apiece.


Division Two Women

Sherbrooke 64 def by Blackburn 66

Blackburn snuck over the line in their Elimination Final against Sherbrooke, winning by just two points. Samantha Zennaro hit two go-ahead free throws with under a minute on the clock and from there Sherbrooke failed to respond. The Suns looked in control of the game at three-quarter time, holding a nine-point lead after losing the opening two terms, but Blackburn fought back hard in the final quarter. The Vikings outscored Sherbrooke 22 points to 11 in the fourth, allowing only two Suns players to score with Zennaro’s free throws completing the comeback. Marnie Houghton was the standout for Blackburn as she amassed 23 points, on 8-18 from the field, along with seven rebounds. Shannon Bone was the next highest scorer with 14 points. For Sherbrooke, the offense of Deslyn Applewhaite was crucial in their attempts to get the win. She had a massive 33 points along with 14 rebounds and three steals. Captain Meagan Wylie was the only other Sun in double figures, with 16 points and nine rebounds. Blackburn will now face Mornington with the winner of that game facing the loser of the Preliminary Final between Melbourne Uni and Pakenham.

Pakenham 75 def Mornington 63

Pakenham secured a crucial win, defeating Mornington in the Qualifying Final by 12 points. The Warriors were solid right from the start, restricting the Breakers to just six first quarter points before Mornington fought back to trail by only four points at half-time. From then on though, Pakenham controlled the game by winning each of the final two quarters by four points and moving on to face Melbourne University next week. Stephanie Pal was the standout player for the Warriors with 18 points, 16 rebounds, four assists and four steals. She was aptly helped by Ellie Coutts who added 13 points of her own, along with 12 rebounds, four assists and three steals. For Mornington, Sammie Simmons was excellent with 25 points, 11 rebounds and five steals, but lacked the necessary support from her teammates to get the Breakers over the line. They now face a match-up with Blackburn who are hot off a close win over Sherbrooke in the Elimination Final.


Victorian Youth Championship Men

Nunawading 79 def Eltham 53

The Spectres claimed game one of the Grand Final series with a resounding 26-point win at Nunawading Basketball Stadium. Leading 10-8 after the opening five minutes, Nunawading went on a 12-0 scoring run to take a 14-point lead into the first break. The margin continued to grow in the second term, after which the Spectres held a commanding 42-21 lead. The Wildcats rallied briefly in the second half, but the Spectres had all the answers, and were never seriously threatened in what will be their only home game of the series. Nunawading’s defence was the deciding factor in this contest, holding Eltham to just 31 per cent field goal shooting, and a 25 per cent shooting mark from three. The Spectres also held a significant advantage in the rebounding battle. Remo Simankevicius led five Spectres in double figures with 22 points, and also collected 10 rebounds. Jack Gandolfo and Trent Warren also chipped in with 13 points apiece for Nunawading. Zak Cunningham was Eltham’s leading scorer with 15 points, while Ovie Magbegor registered an 11-point, 13-rebound double-double. Games two and three (if necessary) will be played next weekend on Eltham’s home court.


Victorian Youth Championship Women

Dandenong 111 def Melbourne 67

The Rangers had no problems easing past the Tigers at home to win game one of the three-game Grand Final series; 111-67. The hosts took control from the opening tip and cruised to a 25-15 lead at the first change. Dandenong continued their good work in the second term, with Amy Baum’s triple with 3:01 left in the period putting her side up 47-27. Last-Tear Poa’s layup right on the halftime buzzer consolidated the Rangers’ 20-point lead. Dandenong stepped their game up another gear in the third quarter, extending their lead to 30 at the 6:27 mark off Leia Hanafin’s layup. The hosts continued to pile on the pain from that point as their lead continued to balloon out for the rest of the game, in what turned into a 40+ point blowout. The Rangers shot an impressive 48 per cent from the field in this one, including 50 per cent from beyond the arc. Bench production was also a major factor, with Dandenong outscoring Melbourne’s second unit 54-10. Poa (18 points, three triples, eight rebounds and two blocks) and Hanafin (11 points, six rebounds, six assists, five steals) led the way for Dandenong, while reserves Elly Morgan (17 points) and Makaela Zeldenryk (18 points) also impressed. Nikki Metcalfe (26 points, seven rebounds) and Althea Angeles (17 points, four rebounds, three assists, three steals) fought hard all game for the Tigers. 


Youth League One Men

Geelong 80 def by Ballarat 92

Ballarat has begun their Grand Final series with a huge road win, defeating the Supercats at Geelong Arena by 12 points in Game 1 of 3 on Saturday afternoon. The Miners dominated the floor by scoring 40 points in the paint and collecting 67 rebounds. Ballarat fired out of the blocks, scoring 32 points in the first term to lead by nine points at quarter-time. The Miners added 18 points to their total in the second quarter to lead by 13 points the half. Geelong worked their way back into the contest in the third term by holding the Miners to 14 points to reducing the margin to one point. With the game up for grabs, Zachery Dunmore echoed last week’s heroics and shot a three-pointer at the start of the fourth term to extend the Miners’ lead to four points. Geelong ran out of gas as Ballarat was able to extend their lead to 12 points at the final buzzer. Dunmore top scored for the Miners with 19 points, while teammates Amos Brooks and Liam Allison had 14 points each. Josiah King was impressive for the Supercats with 18 points, while Joshua Hindle had 14 points, five rebounds and four assists for the hosts.


Youth League One Women

Camberwell 42 def by Keilor 71

Keilor eased to victory in the first game of their Semi Final best-of-three series against Camberwell, winning by a dominant 29 points. The Thunder won every quarter, restricting their opposition to single figures in both the third and fourth quarters, illustrating a dominance on the defensive end. Alexandra McKellar was the best for the victorious Thunder side. She scored 15 points and grabbed five rebounds off the bench, giving Keilor the spark their starters failed to provide. Tess Heal was the best of the starters with 12 points and 13 rebounds. For Camberwell, scoring was a struggle as displayed by their overall lack of scorers. Jessica Bates was the best on the day with 10 points, the Dragons’ only double-digit scorer of the game. Game two of the series will take place in Keilor this weekend, with game three to follow a day later if necessary.

Warrandyte 62 def by Casey 69

Casey came out on top in the crucial game one of their three game series against Warrandyte, winning by seven points. With the game tied up at half-time, Casey took control in the second half, winning both quarters and slowing the Warrandyte offence. Casey’s scoring was evenly spread with four players scoring in double figures. Lauren Tuplin was the best of them with 15 points along with four rebounds. Captain Stephanie Leclerc had a bizarre game, scoring three points on 1/11 shooting from the field, but contributing strongly with eight assists and nine steals. For Warrandyte, Brooke Taylor had a massive game with 17 points and 16 rebounds, while Michaela Kuen had 13 points and 12 rebounds off the bench. Game two of this series takes place at Casey Stadium this weekend, where the Cavaliers will look to sweep the series.


Youth League Two Men

Chelsea 87 def Melton 86

Chelsea came from behind to beat Melton by in a one-point thriller at Patterson River Stadium on Saturday evening. The Gulls trailed by one point at the end of the third term but outscored Melton 23-21 in the fourth quarter to secure the win and advance through to the Semi Final. Nathan Frost was the man of the match with 35 points and 15 rebounds in his 35 minutes on court, while Brayden Laurie scored 23 points at 50% shooting from the field. The game got underway with the Gulls scoring 23 points in the first term to take a three-point lead into quarter time. The second term followed the same path as the first but this time it was Melton who scored 23 points to level the scores at the half. Melton led by one point in the third term, before Chelsea overturned the deficit with seven of the last eight points in the final term to claim a one-point win. Max Beaumont (21 points and nine rebounds) and Fernando Rios-Rodriguez (20 points, nine rebounds and eight assists) led the way for the Thoroughbreds despite their defeat. 

Collingwood 101 def Maccabi 69

Collingwood shot 56% from the field in their 32-point win over Maccabi. The All Stars connected on 13-31 attempts from three-point range, while scoring 46 points in the paint. The All Stars scored 27 points in the first term to lead by 13 points at quarter-time. They were tested in the second quarter as Maccabi shot 23 points, yet the lead still extended to 16 points at half time. Collingwood’s efficiency on offence continued in the second half as they outscored Maccabi 48-32 to secure the big win. Athiaan Manyiel top scored for the All Stars with 24 points, along with seven rebounds and five assists, while Alexander Cocco had 18 points and four assists. Noah Rosham was gallant for Maccabi with 17 points, eight rebounds and three assists. 


Youth League Two Women

Chelsea 58 def Collingwood 54

Chelsea recorded a four-point win over Collingwood in a tight encounter at Patterson River Stadium. Both teams shot at under 30% from the field, but it was the Gulls’ defence that was the difference between the two sides. Chelsea collected 62 rebounds, 12 steals and six blocks as they held Collingwood to 21-72 shooting from the field. Both teams were unable to be separated in the first term, with scores sitting at 10 apiece at quarter-time. Chelsea gained the ascendency in the second quarter by doubling the All Stars’ score to lead by nine points at the half. Collingwood won the second half 35-30, but were unable to overturn the deficit as Chelsea claimed the win. Myra Wood top scored for the Gulls with 20 points, while teammate Ella Dempster had 19 points and 20 rebounds. Ayuen Akot led the way for Collingwood with 24 points and 11 rebounds. 

Werribee 67 def by Whittlesea 77

A final quarter blitz ensured Whittlesea claimed a 10-point win over Werribee at Eagle Stadium. Werribee shot 24% from the field but still managed to lead by a single point at quarter-time. The Pacers scored 24 points in the second term to overturn the margin and lead by a point at half time. The game remained close in the third term as Werribee levelled the scores with a quarter to play. The Pacers increased their defensive pressure in the final quarter to hold the Devils to six points, while adding 16 points to their total to come away with a 10-point win. Indiana Bodley top scored for the Pacers with 30 points, while Hailey Wynd had 19 points and 22 rebounds. Meanwhile Olivia Klaman top scored for the Devils, with 19 points to go along with eight rebounds and three assists. 


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