Round 3 Recaps

Round Three done and dusted, who took competitive W’s this time out?

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

McKinnon 98 def. Ringwood 91

The Cougars announced themselves as contenders with a huge win over the Hawks to stay undefeated. A third-quarter charge by the defending champs wasn’t enough to get them over the line as the home side held on. Adrian Tomada (29pts 6reb 5stl) and Ivan Platenik (23pts 11reb) led their side to victory, while Jacob Gibson (34pts 4reb 3stl) was red-hot in defeat.

Blackburn 84 def. Casey 71

The Vikes got themselves on the board in SCM with a strong showing against a tough Cavs side, using a 27-12 second term to recover from a slow start before closing out well after halftime. Brendan Trewella (25pts 7ast 6stl) continued his fine form and Ryan Benson (21pts) was massive off the bench. Three starters fouled out for the Cavs, which summed up the day for them. Raheem Lemons (17pts 11reb) and Brandon Polk (10pts 15reb) led the way.

Eltham 113 def. Corio Bay 56

It was a complete obliteration in Eltham as the rampant Wildcats bounced back from a disappointing effort last week. The Stingrays shot just 28% and committed 19 turnovers in a horrendous showing. Samuel Whelan (23pts) was in fine form off the bench for the ‘Cats, while Phil Renteria (16pts) led the visitors.

Knox 73 def. Waverley 64

The Raiders silenced the critics with a strong win over the Falcons. It wasn’t always pretty but the W will mean plenty for the home side, who were lead by Chris Kaba (19pts 9reb). The visitors turned the ball over 25 times in an uncharacteristic performance, with JaQuez Motley (16pts 5reb) looking good in just 17 minutes.

Werribee 95 def. by Hume City 109

A shorthanded Broncos outfit kept the Devils at bay in another high-scoring contest. A 37-point final term from the visitors saw them get home as Luke Egan (31pts 6reb 3stl) caught fire from deep, nailing 4-of-5 from beyond the arc. Trevon Clayton (24pts 12reb 11-13FG) and Josh Tang (21pts) were also on song in the win, outshining the efforts of Konor Kulas (30pts 12reb).

Ringwood 98 def. Hawthorn 84

The Hawks bounced back quickly, needing to put in a four-quarter performance to edge out an improved Magic side. Matt Fennell (30pts 7reb) was superb and Jacob Gibson (20pts 6reb) finished off a strong weekend double for the home side, while Nelson Kirksey (16pts 4reb) led the visitors in defeat.

Hume City 86 def. Blackburn 78

The Broncs went 2/2 in round three, using a massive 45-29 second half to finish over the top of the Vikes. All five starters hit double figures in an important win for the home side, with Trevon Clayton (12reb 4ast), Mike Rose (7reb 5ast) and Luke Egan (5reb 3ast) all finishing with 18 points apiece. The visiting Vikings were once again led by the in-form Brendan Trewella (18pts 5reb 4ast) but it wasn’t enough.

Keilor 73 def. by McKinnon 83

The Thunder looked set for another stunning victory before an enormous 31-11 final term from the Cougars snatched it from their grasp. Dillon Stith (33pts 7reb) bounced back from a quiet one to lead his side’s charge this time around, while Jordan Coleman (25pts) and Hanner Mosquera-Perea (15pts 14reb) led the Thunder despite the defeat.

State Championship Women

Sth Peninsula 85 def Keilor 60

A dominant display by the Sharks has landed them a thumping win over the Thunder. The home team took control early and never looked back, again showcasing plenty of young talent, only 22 turnovers a blemish in an otherwise commanding effort. Liv Pollerd drained 26pts in a +27 display, while Jaz Shelley added 15pts. For Keilor, Erin Bollmann (16pts) did what she could and Genna Anderson (17pts) played well off the bench. Maybe a bit of a reality check for the Thunder, but also a reminder the Sharks will be right up there this season.

Sunbury 81 def Bulleen 52

Last year’s GF rematch turned into a fizzer with the Jets cruising past the Boomers. Leading 50-27 at the half, the home team had way too much class for the 0‐4 visitors. Elyse Penaluna (26pts) reminded everyone why she has played at the highest level of the game here in Australia, with Orla O’Reilly (17pts) and Monique Stevens (15pts) adding plenty of scoring support. Chelsea Burns was superb with 10 dimes. For the faltering Boomers, Jasmine Hines (17pts) and Tara Blair (16pts) did what they could.

McKinnon 73 lost to Ringwood 81

The final 8pt margin flattered the Cougars as this game was wrapped up by Ringwood after a powerful 32‐16 second qtr. The home team came home with a 20-9 period, but it mattered little. Cassidy Mihalko (23pts) and Desiree Ramos (17pts) continued to shine for the Hawks, while young guard Piper Goldie looked good with 18pts. For McKinnon, Megan Kritscher played all 40 minutes for 19pts, 6blks and 13rbs, Bridget Deery added 19pts and Ariel Thomas had 12pts and 11rbs.

Knox 68 lost to Waverley 71

Waverley scored a stunning win at Knox, using a 20-12 third term to propel them to victory. Little separated the teams in a dogged battle between two sides that know how to turn up the heat at the defensive end. For the Falcons it was Kelly Bowen (15pts), Renae Mokrzycki (14pts) and Tegan Cunningham (12pts) showing experience under pressure. The Raiders were best served by Emily Fisher (23pts) and Georgia Stirton (14pts), while Taylor Mathers chipped in with 13pts off the bench.

Hume City 73 def Eltham 61

The Broncos secured an important win over the Wildcats, the latter missing their R2 star, Alice Kunek who is away with the Opals. Up 38-29 at the half, the home team let the visitors back in during the third period, the Wildcats closing to within 2pts with a qtr to play. Leading the way, Nicole Zammit (25pts) dropped 11/12 from the charity stripe to ensure the win, the Broncos going 24-‐15 down the stretch. Laloifi, Hardeman and Murphy (17pts) all contributed double‐digit scoring. Hardeman also added 14rbs and 6ast. For Eltham, young Ella Ogier came off the bench for 13pts.

Division One Men

Collingwood 90 def Whittlesea 84

The rise of the All Stars continued with another win, this time an OT thriller against the Pacers. Hendrix (30pts) and Webb (27pts) did the damage to register a third straight win at home. For the Pacers, Sam Sykes (20pts) led five players in double digits, but shooting woes continue to haunt the Pacers when it matters most.

Sunbury 69 lost to Shepparton 84

The Gators continue to fly while the Jets are firmly grounded. Leading 59‐30 at the half this contest was never in doubt. Spencer Coleman (28pts, 13rbs) and Cameron Vines (24pts, 14rbs, 7ast) did the damage. Clearly struggling, the Jets need to find a spark soon otherwise it is going to be a long, tough season.

Latrobe City 71 lost to Western Port 79

Latrobe’s winless start to the season is a concern, this time it was a home loss to the Dylan Travis (29pts, 10rbs, 9ast) led Steelers. The visitors have delivered a stud import and continue to reap the rewards. Hard to put a finger on what’s happening down in the valley, but an upturn is quickly needed.

Keysborough 95 def Chelsea 87

Keysie enjoyed one of the club’s best ever wins, taking down the mighty Gulls with a blistering 37-°©‐24 last qtr. Calvin Enge (30pts) came to play for the winners, while Ben Morwood’s 16pts off the pine was vital. Standerfer (30pts) and Brasser (28pts) never left the court. In an interesting twist, Keysie’s bench outscored Chelsea’s 33‐0.

Melbourne Uni 72 lost to Geelong 79

Geelong’s young guns produced a dagger to the Black Angels, a grinding win in a game both teams dominated at times. Social media star Brandon Armstrong scored 15pts on debut for the home team, but it wasn’t enough as Lewis Varley (29pts) had a hot hand and did what he does best for the Supercats. A timely win for the visitors, while for the Black Angels a sharp turnaround is needed – fast.

Chelsea 80 def Bulleen 76

The Gulls bounced back on Sunday with a win, but this was a game that slipped from Bulleen’s grasp. The visitors led by as much as 12pts, but when it most counted Standerfer (24pts), Frost (17pts) and Brasser (13pts) got the job done. Thadd Varmall (24pts) and Brad Hauer (16pts) paced the visitors in a contest they will no doubt look back on at some stage as one that got away from them.

Shepparton 94 def Whittlesea 70

Another busy weekend for the Gators with plenty of travel and a couple of wins to celebrate. Coleman (30pts) and Vines (27pts) once again showed their class and proved too much for the Pacers to handle. For the visitors, Zeverona and Seumanu both dropped 20pts.

Geelong 80 lost to Warrnambool 88

Despite finding themselves down 12‐32 after the opening 10 minutes, Geelong found a way to claw their way back into this game. The Seahawks led by as much as 24pts with Blount (26pts) and Bidmade (21pts) doing the bulk of the damage. Splitting the weekend, the Supercats finished strongly with Emerson Varley (24pts), Marko Vekic (17pts, 14rbs) and Kyle Meyer (19pts) leading the way.

Warrandyte 94 def Melbourne Uni 90

The Venom continued a great start to the season with a thrilling OT win at home over the luckless Black Angels. The visitors forced the extra period on the back of an amazing long bomb on the buzzer, but it was the Venom showing plenty of bite when it mattered most. Ayinde Spewell (26pts, 16rbs) starred again and Mitch Hawley added 18pts amongst 5 players in double digits. Nick Masunda dropped 23pts for the visitors.

Western Port vs Keysborough

No results posted

Division One Women

Geelong 60 def Warrnambool 54

The Supercats are on the board but their road to get there wasn’t as great as they would have hoped. But in saying this, they did get the W over a very competitve side in the Mermaids. The 23 to 10 opening start from the Supercats certainly made the Mermaids look second rate early on but the two quarter coming up were all over the shop. After this start, the Supercats then fell to just 7 in the 2nd allowing the Mermaids to level the score at half time. Into the 3rd and it was the Mermaids who now struggled with getting points on the board only hitting 9 points worth. This was what kept the Supercats in good stead as the Mermaids went on to win the 4th.

Werribee 54 def by Warrnambool 63

A split weekend is the least you ask for when you come into a wekened with two games ahead of you, and the Mermaids can be happy that they did just that. On the Saturday night they dug deep to escape the clutches of the Devils. This Devils side never gave the Mermaids are chance to run, always right behind them every step of the way. It was the 2nd quarter that put the distance between the two and it was the difference between a win and a loss.

Mildura 73 def by Whittlesea 83

After a great start to the season, we were surprised to see that the Heat succumbed to their first loss and at the hands of the Pacers too. But credit to the Pacers for getting the job done. It was a tough one for them to get through and by the looks of it, it was one entertaining game. The Pacers were off with the lead early, leading by just 6 at the half. The Heat pulled this down to 2 with one quarter to go. Unfortunately for the Heat, the Pacers ran away with a 28 to 20 quarter to secure the win.

Casey 71 def Werribee 64

It wasn’t a great weekend for the Devils, falling victim to their second loss for the round. On the other hand,

the Cavs remain undefeated. The Cavs were made to work for their win, starting on the back foot in the opening half. It was the Devils who had control of the game and lead at this point. However the break in momentum changed the course of the game and the Cavs started making their way back into the match. At three quarter time there was just 1 point separating the two. But the Cavs only added fuel to the fire in the 4th going 22 to 14 for the win.

Hawthorn 68 def by Chelsea 73

It was a disappointing game for the Magic, letting this win slip right through their fingers. The opened the game off strongly and had the Gulls trailing by 4 at the half. But as the second half got underway, the Gulls made their move. Scores were level at three quarter time leaving the game open for the taking in the 4th. The Gulls continued their momentum and took the win 24 to 19 in the final quarter.

Latrobe 76 def Western Port 54

The Steelers had import Attirah Munir on the court for them this weekend and even though her individual performance was impressive, it wasn’t enough to lead her team to a win. The Energy had a number of contributors to the scoreboard and lead the Steelers right from the opening turn. There was 17 points the difference in the 1st quarter alone only to be pushed out to 27 at half time. The Steelers were in a tough position at this stage but they did come out to win the second half.

Warrandyte 46 def by Camberwell 71

The Dragons undefeated record remains intact after a comfortable win over the Venom. The game was in the hands of the Dragons right from the get go, the scoreboard reading 26 to 43 at the half. Both teams had a down period in the 3rd but regained control in the 4th.

Division Two Men

Pakenham 96 def North East 57
After the devastating news of the loss of their import not even the Easter break helped North East. Pakenham showed the Bushies the meaning behind teamwork with 6 of their players scoring double digits and 3 of them having double doubles. Unfortunately as good as Liam Wright is, he just cant do it alone, the Warriors trampled over the Bushies with a 39 point win leading the match from almost the first basket.

Southern Peninsula 89 def Melton 81

With it all tied up with a minute and a half left in the 3rd it was still anyones game the Thoroughbreds nailed a triple to go up by 3 into 3 quarter time. After a missed basket from the Sharks to open the 4th Wol Wol Hgong went coast to coast to push the lead to 5, that is where it started to go wrong for Melton, some missed shots and a few turnovers Southern Pen swam past snatching the lead back. As much as Melton succeeded in offensive they still couldn’t stop the Sharks from getting buckets, The Sharks showed some sharp shooting from the line late in the game the prove free throws can win games!

Mildura 81 def Maccabi 71

The Heat are on a mission in 2018, the Easter break did not alter the course they have set for themselves, as they silenced Maccabi Saturday night. The Warriors have had a tough start to the season and the trip up to the Hothouse is never easy especially with only 7 players making the trip. Mildura are going from strength to strength and round 3 was no different, up by 6 at the half time break the Warriors stole the 3rd to make it a 2 point ball game going into the final term.

Camberwell 78 def Sherbrooke 70

The Suns suited up without there 6”8 import who, from all reports, has returned home to the states and will not return to the Suns line up. The first quarter was taken by the Suns with the Dragons down by 2, but they came out and blew the Suns away with a 27-15 second quarter effort which Sherbrooke just couldn’t come back from. Losing their key 5 man, the Suns are going to have to step up even more to stay with the front runners now.

Craigieburn 89 def Coburg 77

And just like that the 3-0 run is gone, the Giants were chasing the Eagles from the get go, Craigieburn came out blazing going on a 7-0 run before Coburg finally got some points on the board. The Eagles made some big plays down the stretch while the Giants struggled to capitalise on the 45 foul shots they had which contributed to the 39% field goal percentage. Craigieburn led all stats over the Giants except turnovers but let’s be real who wants to lead in turnovers…

Altona 83 def Melton 75

The Gators clock up their first win of the season, the Thoroughbreds came out racing but the Gators just kept nipping away at them before they finally stole the lead just before the end of the first. They held that lead firmly for the remainder of the match, even though Melton made a hard last minute push they just ran short before the final siren going down by 8.

Wallan 79 def Coburg 75

What a train wreck of a weekend the Giants are having, losing their first game of 2018 Saturday night and then going down again today finishing the weekend 0-2. It was all even stevens at the half time break at 39 all with both teams battling out to prove who has what it takes in 2018. It was a fiery match, which seems to be becoming a rivalry between the two teams, it was Wallan who kept their cool in the end and got over the line in a 4 point win.

Pakenham 97 def Sherbrooke 95

What a cracking game these two teams put on, fast paced high scoring exciting basketball, that’s what we like to see. The Suns have had multiple games where they have lost the match in the dying seconds and this one was just like that, they did have the chance to steal the win through high scoring Miraflores on the buzzer but were unsuccessful. They proved the loss of import Travis Julien hasn’t effected their ability to put points on the board. Props go out to the Warriors who have been silently knocking off the front runners, careful D2M the Warriors are coming for you.

Division Two Women

Craigieburn 61 def Mornington 51
With all the emotion attached to this game it looked as a danger game for the Eagles on their Home pine, but captain Kellie Bailey-Lynn in her milestone 350th Game led the team once again racking up 13pts. She was well supported by Nicole Cameron who is building some solid numbers and collected 12 rebounds to compliment her own 13pts. With a short roster, Mornington kept pace for most of the match with Fiona Darnell putting in a stellar game high performance with 17 boards to go with her 16pts. Ashleigh Wright put on 15pts as well for the visitors.

Melb Uni 76 def Coburg 63

The Black Angels got the jump early and maintained their advantage throughout the remainder of the match, despite the Giants shading their hosts in two of the remaining three terms.  For Melb Uni, Melanie Fidler  recorded a double consisting of 16pts and 15rbs, with Laren Bellegante also scoring 16.  For Coburg, Breonna O’Conner locked up a game high 25 pts and was one board off a double, whilst Courtney Newman contributed 15. 

Coburg 44 def by Wallan 103

A different day presented a very different story for the Giants who had an early injury concern from one their key bigs  and never really recovered after the Panthers took control very early inside the paint as a result and capitalised on Coburg’s turnovers scoring 30 from them.  An afternoon to forget for the Giants, with Breonna O’Conner the only player with double digits (17pts), but take nothing away from Wallan’s dominence which saw Tessa Ramsay ramp up 33pts, Emmie O’Neil locked away 17pts with 25 boards. Jayda Hunter also scored 16 with 10 assists.

Mornington 59 def by Melton 71

A stirring come from behind victory for the Thoroughbreds was just what the dotor ordered after an uncharactaristic display last round.  A slow operning half for the visitors quickly got turned around as the Breakers held a four point lead at the final change.  Melton dug deep in the last and nearly doubled their score in the final term to record a memorabe 12 point victory on the road, led by captain Jenna Conroy and Emily Attard who both scored 19pts, the latter in just under 23 mins.  Molly Young a free throw from a double with 9pts and 13 boards. For their part, with a reduced line up, Ashleigh Wright had a 16pt/10rb double, Erin Ludwick had 14pts and 7 boards, whilst Fiona Darnell as captain collected 15 rebounds along with 10 pts.  The one that might have got away for the Breakers, but facing intense pressure in the final term to hold off the fast finishing visitors.

Collingwood 90 def North East 55

A great win at home for the All Stars defeating a danger team in the Bushrangers. Leading for all but one bucket all night, a 31-13 second term set the foundation for the victory and finishing off in style with a 25-15 last erm.  Jada Buggs lighting up the stage an assista away from a triple double, collecting 29 points to go with 19 boards and 9 assists. Helen Rodan contributing with a double of her own of20pts and 15 rebounds. Jayde Popvski scoring 17pts as well. For North East, Chloe Storer hada  14pt/12rb double, as Rachel Jeffery led team scoring with 16 and Ella Hayes also collecting 14pts.

Blackburn 68 def Sherbrooke 60

As expected a tough encounter with the home side doubling their final change lead. A game high 21pts from Andrea Belmonte proving the difference for Blackburn, with Samantha Zennaro in support with 13pts.  Renai Fejo led scoring for Sherbrooke with 15pts, supported by Caitlin Taleur on 13pts and a double from Tegan Kite with 12pts and 10 boards.

Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men

Sandringham 91 def by. Kilsyth 94
The big three turned up for Kilsyth in a big way, steering them home in a tight one against a hungry Sabres outfit. Sandy got a big jump in the first quarter, but by the end of the third, Kilsyth had tied it up. Mitch Dielemans hit a triple with a minute to play and that was the final basketball.

Blackburn 85 def Bulleen 78
Bul Niop continued his great play for the Vikings as they were able to overcome a slow start against the Boomers. Shayan Mahboobi had a great game for the Boomers, but most of his teammates just couldn’t shoot the ball well enough.

Ringwood 66 def by Hawthorn 76
Ringwood’s starting lineup wasn’t up to par in this clash. They combined for just 10 points, and were lucky the bench, led by Matthew Roberts, could make this score respectable. Hawthorn, meanwhile, had a great spread from all their starters.

Sherbrooke 79 def by Knox 85
A fast finishing Sherbrooke Suns couldn’t quite get over the line against a Knox unit that dominated inside. The Raiders were able to put up 50 points in the paint, and knocked in 20 second chance points on the way to victory.

Eltham 79 def by Dandenong 88
A huge second quarter proved the difference in this one, as Eltham outscored the Raiders by eight in the second half but couldn’t reel them in. Dandenong were able to pick up a couple of starters that hadn’t played over the past couple of games.

Altona 83 def Diamond Valley 72
Big games from Dogukan Elyazar and Jeremey Edwards, and a double double from Samson Rocker got the Gators over the line against DV. Three point shooting let the Eagles down, as they combined to shoot just 3-19 from behind the arc.

Melbourne 80 def by Keilor 95
The bench plus BJ appeared to be the forumla for Keilor in this one. 62 bench points, plus a neat 18 and 15 (9-12fg) from BJ Symons guiding the Thunder to a strong victory over the Tigers. Melbourne were able to shoot well from deep, but couldn’t match Keilor inside.

Dandenong 74 def Ringwood 68
A well spread effort from the Rangers saw them clean sweep the weekend. Ringwood were able to get another big performance from Matthew Roberts, but against many starters couldn’t deliver.

Hawthorn 96 def Altona 73
After a strong wins on the Saturday, Hawthorn and Altona would have both felt in form. However, it didn’t take long for the Magic to establish themselves as the dominant team. Leading by 10 after one, and then 18 at the half. 

Keilor 63 def by McKinnon 80
The strong weekend for BJ Symons continued onto Sunday, but it wasn’t enough to slow down a red hot Cougars outfit. Jordan Greer was exceptional, knocking down 9-13fg on the way to 21 points.

Knox 78 def Blackburn 51
Corey Fiddes was on fire for Knox this weekend, to the tune of 23 points and 11 boards (in 23 minutes) on Sunday. Blackburn had no answers for the Knox offense, and had a rare bad showing from Bul Niop.

Kilsyth 75 def by Eltham 91
Eltham were coming off a tough game against Kilsyth, and knew how important this one against the defending champs would be. They came out of the blocks hard, executing well on both ends of the floor. Mitch Dielemans once again performed for the Cobras, but everyone else was well held.

Diamond Valley 68 def by Sherbrooke 72
A top heavy Sherbrooke team were just able to get the chocolates against Diamond Valley. Alistair Parker had an efficient 29 and 11, while Malek Bar was big off the bench with 17 and 10. Diamond Valley lead by as much as 15, but were outscored 29-18 in the last as the Suns rolled home.


Molten Victorian Youth Championship Women

Sandringham 82-55 Kilsyth

Sandringham were presented with their 2017 championship rings and successfully capped off an historic night for the club with a victory over Kilsyth. Morgan Riley’s 18 points to go with six assists led the way, which included the home side restricting the Cobras to just eight third quarter points. No Kilsyth player reached double figures.

Nunawading 78-51 Ballarat

Nunawading made it two wins on the trot with a victory over the Rush at home. Tessa Boyd packed a punch off the bench with 14 points and it probably won’t be long before we see her alongside the starters this season. For Ballarat, Claire Blower once again put in a good weekend, the first of which was an 11 point, 10 rebound double double.

Altona 65-63 Diamond Valley

Diamond Valley travelled to Altona without some of their stars and were made to pay the price to an outstanding Altona side who put the foot down early with a 22-7 first term. While the Eagles followed that up by winning the final three quarters, it wasn’t enough as Jess Rarity’s (8pts, 5reb) jump shot with 10seconds left gave the Gators a two point win. Kira Bennett had 13 points off the bench.

Melbourne 74-48 Waverley

Melbourne accounted for Waverley with ease leading from pillar to post en-route to a comfortable evening out on court. Zoe Cransberg once again put on a show with 20 points, 15 rebounds (11 of them offensive) and four steals. No Falcon made it to double figures.

Dandenong 51-65 Ringwood

A second half defensive masterclass from the Ringwood Hawks propelled them to an important road victory against the Rangers. The Hawks gave up just 13 points in the entire second half, while pouring in 33 themselves to take a 14-point victory home. Amy Leslie led the way with 15 points.

Hume City 77-52 Warrandyte

Warrandyte’s entrance to the top flight hasn’t been an easy one by any means and the trip to Hume City wasn’t any different. Ebony Sans’ 16 points and 10 rebounds as well as Paige Tawaf’s 14 points was too much for the Venom, who are still searching for their first win of the season. Siobhan Mac Aodha finished with 14 points for the visitors.

Kilsyth 74-56 Bulleen (OT)

In incredible scenes, Kilsyth and Bulleen were taken to overtime at the Kilsyth Sports Centre. What was the incredible part though, was seeing the end scoreline after a game so tight! A 19-1 overtime period had the Snakepit rocking as the Boomers just had no answer for the onslaught. Maddy Taranto finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Liv Frost (11pts, 10reb) recorded a double double, despite not a great shooting night.

Ringwood 66-61 Hawthorn

Neehara Ravikumar had her shooting eye in as a 25-point display lifted the Hawks over the ever improving Magic on home floor. Rachael Watson certainly didn’t disappoint either, recording 15 points and her usual 15 rebounds in the victory. For the Magic, newcomer Claudia Armato and Grace Burke both had 12 points apiece, with Burke also recording 10 rebounds, four assists and a whopping nine steals!

Knox 51-53 Nunawading

In a battle between two heavyweights, this contest didn’t disappoint. A Sarah Slater (12pts, 18reb) hookshot with time ticking down propelled the Spectres to their third successive win. Rachael Poke finished with a team high 13 points, as the Spectres stormed home over the top of the Raiders with a 16-9 final quarter. Leah Santomaggio returned to the youth side with 20 points and five rebounds, but wasn’t enough to muster a victory. 

Diamond Valley 70-61 Bendigo

DV bounced back with a bang to defeat Bendigo, a full squad back on the floor from a disappointing Saturday night outing. Michael Peterson doing the damage with 15 points, four rebounds and three steals, it was more so the Eagles shut out nearly everyone except for Danielle O’Toole, who once again excelled with 22 points and five assists off the bench.

Ballarat 61-48 Dandenong

Finally, Ballarat put immense pressure on the Rangers who have now slumped to 0-5 in season 2018. 18 points and seven rebounds to Claire Blower plus 13 points and eight boards to Maggie Tranter had Dandenong looking for answers and it seems they’ll continue to look for them throughout the week. Felicity Hilford led the way for the Rangers with 15 points, playing all 40 minutes.

Youth League One Men

Sunbury 106-77 Ballarat

The Jets put on a masterclass in the opening quarter which really set the tone in this one; a 29-11 first term put the writing on the wall and continued to fire shooting 47%FG as a team for the game. Kyle Collins dropped 25 points to go along with five rebounds and five assist, while Nathan Marshall (15pts, 9reb, 8ast) fell just shy of a triple double. Iggy Spiller had 16 points for the Miners.

Coburg 65-92 Casey

Casey continued their dominance in YL1M chalking up their third straight W in a comfortable road win over Coburg. A 23-8 third term had the Cavs in full control, led by  Luke Beard’s 29 points and six rebounds, plus Hunter Marks’ (19pts, 11reb) double double. Vito Carbone played a lone hand for the Giants with 14 points, six boards and four dimes.

Corio Bay 58-83 Werribee

It was talked up to be a close encounter between the competition’s hot favourites and one of the teams from the chasing pack, however the Werribee Devils clearly had other ideas than to make this one close for the neutral. Daniaell Herbert is starting to really make a name for himself in Big V with another 18 points, four rebounds and five assists once again starring for the red hot Devils. Dylan Donnelly gave his best off the pine with 18 points for the Stingrays who just couldn’t get close to their rivals.

Warrandyte 86-56 Corio Bay

Backing up from Saturday night, the Stingrays felt like they were caught napping back on the bus, as a 28-14 opening quarter kicked off proceedings. It didn’t get much better for the visitors, as the scoreline opened up late when a 20-5 last term buried them. Cody Perry-Allamby notched a whopping 19 points, 16 rebounds and five assists, while Jarrod Molnar (17pts, 7reb) continued his good form. Aaron Ruiz had 21 points and 16 rebounds in the loss.

Hume City 87-68 Coburg

Hume City got the best of Coburg who really haven’t had the greatest starts to the season, chalking up their fourth straight L. It’s been slim pickings for the Giants thus far, and another game with 20+ turnovers and shooting only 50% from the free throw line certainly isn’t helping proceedings. Aleksander Milivojevic mustered 22 points, eight rebounds and five assists, while for the Giants it was Daniel Butera leading the way with 15 points, 12 rebounds and three steals.

Ballarat 80-71 Camberwell

The Miners put their season back on track to get to .500 while inflicting more pain on the cellar dwelling Dragons (0-4). Shaun Atkins did his best to keep the visitors in the contest with 27 points and eight rebounds off the pine, however the combination of Tristan Fisher (29pts, 6reb) and Ross Weightman (13pts, 10reb, 5ast, 4stl) was far too much to handle. 

Werribee 94-91 Geelong

In the battle of the West it was the Werribee Devils who once again continued their merry dance and saluted with a tense three-point victory over the Supercats on Sunday afternoon. Daniaell Herbert once again proved most of the difference with 23 points, seven rebounds and five assists, while Josh Karcoushkas chipped in with 16 points and eight rebounds. Josiah King was brilliant for the visitors with 23 points and 15 rebounds, however just wasn’t enough.

Waverley 106-67 Bendigo

The Falcons were all systems go in their third straight win of the season, keeping them undefeated thus far in #BIGV18. Putting up triple figures in no easy feat and the home side was certainly clicking on all cylinders. Boay Jok registered 23 points and 13 rebounds off the bench, all in just 19 minutes. Liam Ly notched 11 points off the bench for the Braves.

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Sunbury 59 def Geelong 46

The Jets flew straight past Geelong with a 9 point head start before the Supercats managed to get their first points on the board 5 minutes into the quarter through non other than local favourite Carly Sanders. If you keep missing from behind the 3 point line usually you would look for another way to score, apparently this was not the case for Geelong they threw up 30 treys for the match, they converted 4!!!

Sunbury are one of two teams that are yet to lose a match in 2018 and next week only one will remain undefeated. Sunbury have shown their intentions and are well on their way to achieving them, can they go all the way?

Camberwell 48 def McKinnon 46

The Dragons put the smack down on McKinnon as the Cougars only points from the quarter came 6 minutes in by way of free throws, all while Camberwell drained a healthy 18 points. The Cougs did not give up though, they clawed their way back, staying with the Dragons in the second. No one would have guessed it would end in a 2 point game as Camberwell had a 19 point lead going into the locker rooms at half time. Only 1 team returned in the thrid quarter and it wasn’t Camberwell, all their hard work in the first half was quickly demolished as McKinnon went on an 18-0 run midway through the 3rd. Then it was all tied up with 13 seconds to go McKinnon had the ball, which was stolen by Tiarnie Ellingworth who had a stand out  performance for her Dragons, sunk the jumper to win the game!

Corio Bay 84 def Eltham 69

Player of the Month Teagan Tatlock showed exactly why she was voted as the award recipient, with another dominant display on home floor. 38 points, 11 rebounds and eight steals stole the show for the Stingrays.  The Wildcats are still trying to find their jam after being relegated from VYCW, they seem to just be missing a piece of the puzzle, let’s hope they can find it soon so they don’t fall too far behind the pack. The trip out to Corio Bay is exhausting enough from Eltham but the Wildcats girls took too long to get going which resulted in them having to play catch up for the match, other than a shaky start they played well staying with the Stingrays for the rest of the match.

Keilor 89 def Chelsea 58
What a way to begin the 2018 season, im talking about non other than Keilor who finished 8th in 2017 with a total of 5 wins. Chelsea didn’t know what hit them after a competative first quarter, the Thunder put the pedal down and raced away finishing them off by 31 points. It wasn’t all bad for Chelsea though, Chloe Breznjak was a machine, she had a huge 19 rebounds to go with her 14 points.

Camberwell 99 def Craigieburn 53

The Dragons were the only team with a double for the weekend and the only team to take home a second win for the weekend. The Eagles made them work for it in the first quarter but Camberwell powered past them in the last few minutes in the first to take the lead by 9. From there the lead only got bigger and bigger, and the Dragons capitalised on the Eagles mistakes, showing no mercy. Camberwell went on a 15 point run in the 1st quarter then a 14 point run in the 3rd they pushed their final lead out to 46 points and send the Eagles home empty handed.

Youth League Two Men

Melton 91 def Frankston 84

The weekend only got better for the Thoroughbreds handing the Blues their 2nd straight loss. The Thoroughbreds were made to work hard for their win, only leading by 2 at the half. They were able to add some space between the two in the 3rd quarter however, the margin now out to 11. The Blues took out the 4th quarter finishing 26 to 22, but it wasn’t enough to make a difference.

Pakenham 81 def by Maccabi 83

We don’t know which Warriors side has surprised us more. Pakenham for their surprising slow start to the season or Maccabi for being the complete opposite. It was a great fought out match between the two, the Maccabi Warriors victors on this occasion. It was a tight opening half, Maccabi only just ahead by 2. But come the 3rd quarter, the gap was pushed out to 14 thanks to Maccabi’s 25 to 13 efforts. Pakenham weren’t going away however, going 26 to 14 in the 4th in an attempt to turn the game around. Unfortunately there wasn’t enough time on the clock.

Craigieburn 99 def Mornington 76

It was an interesting first half between the Eagles and the Breakers, both teams taking it in turns to dominate a quarter. The Eagles started it off in the 1st with a 26 to 13 start, the Breakers had their shot in the 2nd with a 27 to 17 effort. By half time the Eagles had the 3 point lead. In the 2nd half however, the Eagles sunk the heels in and ran away with the win.

Keysborough 74 def Chelsea 54

Another team surprising us this season is the Cougars. They are right up there at the moment and have only cemented themselves at the top with a 20 point win over the Gulls.The Cougars were helped to a decent lead after the Gulls struggled to hit double figures in the 2nd quarter but further to this, the Cougars were just the better team on the day.

Western Port v Keysborough

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Wallan 81 def Latrobe City 66

Lets start off by congraulating the Panthers on securing their first win for the season and a comfortable one at that. They got themselves off to a good start, jumping to a 22 to 17 lead in the openng turn, adding a further 11 points to the gap in the 2nd. The Panthers continued their run into the 3rd with the Energy making a last stitch effort in the 4th to minimise the damage.

Collingwood 67 def by Wallan 75

Now this is an upset. We were confident that the Panthers would get their first win on the Saturday night, but we were even more confident that their streak would end on the Sunday. But credit must go to where it’s due and to the Panthers side, congratulations. The Panthers ensured they were on the board and in the lead early, giving themselves every chance at keeping the All Stars at arms length. They were lucky enough to do so early on, as the All Stars tightened the game in the second half. =

Collingwood 111 def Whittlesea 90

At least the All Stars kicked off their weekend well, getting over the line in their Friday night clash against the Pacers. They put a decent score on the board, already 52 to 34 at the half. The All Stars wasted no time in adding more points to the board , going 34 to 15 in the 3rd. But the Pacers came to light in the 4th and did everything in their power at changing the game, putting a massive 40 points up to bring the margin down to 21.

Whittlesea 80 def by Melton 93

The weekend didn’t get much better for the Pacers, going down to the in form Thoroughbreds on the Saturday. It was a disappointing end for the Pacers as they led from the 1st quarter and were up by a point at the half. Unfortunately the Thoroughbreds transferred that 1 point lead into their name in the 3rd and went on to finish the game off with a 23 to 11 final quarter.

Youth League Two Women

Whittlesea 60-58 Frankston

Whittlesea scored their first win of the new season with an outstanding two-point win over Frankston on Saturday night. The Pacers only managed to win just one quarter throughout the evening, yet was enough to see them over the line in front of their home crowd. A 23-14 third term led by the likes of Chloe Villiva (13points, 13 rebounds) and Hailey Wynd (8 points, 18 rebounds) gave the Pacers the push they needed to see victory! For the Blues, Annabel Fitter seemed to be everywhere with 18 points and five boards. 

Mornington 47-68 Southern Peninsula

Southern Peninsula used a 23-6 second term to propel their way to a big win over Mornington on the road. Bella Breen shot a quick fire 15 points off the bench to lead the way for the Sharks, while Keely Toohey had it going at both ends with 12 points and 17 rebounds. The Sharks bounced over their opponents thanks to an 18-2 discrepancy in second chance points.

Pakenham 50-48 Western Port

Pakenham made it three from three to start #BIGV18 but it certainly hasn’t come easy, with the Warriors defeating Western Port by two. Jasmine Ralls scored 14 points, backed up by Ellie Coutts who once again stuffed the stat sheet with eight points, 11 rebounds, four assists, three steals and a pair of blocks. Myra Wood led the Steelers with 11 points and six boards, however for the visitors it fell apart when they needed it most, turning the ball over on the final possession. 

Blackburn 77-39 Sherbrooke

Blackburn made light work of their opponents in Round Three with a convincing win over the Suns. Despite not making a single three-point field goal (0-13 3P) for the game, the Vikes dominated the rebound count 57-34 which ultimately led to more (and better) opportunities! Isabella Nolan dominated the contest with 26 points and 16 rebounds, while Zoe Haritos managed 10 points for the visitors. 

Casey 66-51 Werribee

Casey recorded a victory over Werribee despite some inconsistencies throughout the contest. In what looked to be a regulation win when the margin was 15 at half time; the Cavs went cold in the third term and the Devils had a brave comeback win in their sights. Thankfully for the home supporters, an 18-8 fourth stanza proved the difference and the Cavs were winners for the first time on their home floor this season, moving to 3-0. Lauren Tuplin was again the star with 23 points and five rebounds, while Tess Young recorded 14 points, eight rebounds and four assists. For Werribee, Alana Anthony finished with 17 points, seven rebounds and five steals.

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