Round 2 Recaps

Round Two 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

Ringwood 108 def. Werribee 82

The Hawks blew away the Devils after quarter-time for an impressive victory at the Rings to kick off round two. The visitors made the early running and led by 5 at the first break, but that’s where the fun ended as the reigning champions put the foot down with a 27- 13 second term. Nothing changed in the second half as the Hawks piled on 60 more points to pull right away for an easy victory. Scottie Stone (27pts 4reb 5ast) led Ringwood, while Konor Kulas (20pts 8reb) was the Devils’ best.

Hume City 89 def. by McKinnon 98

A barnstorming last quarter by the Cougars saw them grab their second win in as many weeks. After the Broncos had gotten back into the contest with a 31-23 third term, it was all McKinnon down the stretch as their offensive firepower proved too much to handle. Dillon Stith (34pts 10reb 3ast) was phenominal, outduelling Mike Rose (30pts 8reb 5ast) to lead his side to another early season victory.

Eltham 75 def. by Keilor 77

Keilor stunned Eltham on the road, with the Thunder moving to 2-0 in their debut SCM season. With a minute to play the ‘Cats lead by four points, but a putback from Hanner Mosquera-Perea (20pts 12reb), before a block at one end and a massive three-pointer at the other from Charlestone Long (17pts 12reb) turned the game on its head. The home side was unable to find the bottom of the net in the dying stages as the Thunder held on. Jordan Coleman (21pts) led his side to victory, while Ben Waldren (27pts 6reb) was the home side’s best in defeat.

Blackburn 75 def. by Waverley 85

Waverley fought off a spirited Blackburn side to record a 10-point victory. The newly-promoted Vikings were blown away early, falling behind 25-11 at the first break, but fought back well to go into the main break just eight points in arrears. Another push by the Falcons in the third all-but put the game to bed, but the Vikings battled gamely in the final stages despite being out classed. Brendan Trewella (19pts 7- 9FG) and Nick George (17pts) led the way for the home side, while Chris Arkell (22pts 8reb 5ast) led the Falcons to victory.

Corio Bay 85 def. Hawthorn 84

The Stingrays won a thriller against the Magic in a win that is sure to significantly boost morale in Corio. A tip-in by Nelson Kirksey (15pts 6reb) with 18 seconds left looked to have handed the visitors the road win, but Jackson Bentley (22pts) drilled a massive threepoint bomb to give his side the lead and the win in the dying stages. Kirk Smith (21pts) led the Magic’s scoring in the loss. Casey 86 def. Knox 76 The Cavs heaped more misery on Knox with a comfortable win. The Raiders are now 0-2 and have been beaten by double digits in both clashes, leaving them most in need of the Easter break already. The home side started strong before holding their opponents at bay for the rest of the contest as Matthew Donlan and Raheem Lemons (4reb) each finished with 20 points. Ryan Oirbans (25pts 9reb) led the way for the Raiders in defeat.

State Championship Women

Hume City 63 def Ringwood 60

The Broncos reminded everyone they will be a competitive unit this season after scoring a stunning 3pt win against the Hawks. The visitors started well and held an early 27-­‐21 advantage, but by the start of the last qtr the home team had fought back to lead by 3pts. Amazingly, both teams struggled to score down the stretch, the last period turning into a drought as the Broncos went 1/16 from the field and 2/6 from the line, while Ringwood went 1/16 from the field and 2/2 from the line. It was a 4-­‐4 qtr that featured 14 turnovers between the teams. Kelly Hardeman hit 15pts for the winners, while Desiree Ramos led the Hawks with 17pts.

Bulleen 52 lost to Sth Peninsula 90

The Sharks bounced back from an opening round loss with an emphatic victory against the Boomers, set up via a dominant run through the first three qtrs that saw them enter the last period leading 69-­‐35. The Boomers simply didn’t have any answers, but with some import talent due after the Easter break expect some better performances soon. For the Sharks, Jaz Shelley dominated with 23pts, 7ast and 9stls, while Peyton Little added 22pts. For the Boomers, Tara Blair led the scoring with 12pts.

Waverley 72 def Sunbury 61

Just when you though Sunbury might have things their own way again this season, along comes Waverley to make sure we are all brought back to reality. Both teams had star payers missing, but the absent talent cancelled each other out. The Falcons led most of the way, at one stage even pushing to an 18pt advantage. Kelly Bowen (18pts, 15rbs) led four starters in double-­‐digits, while for Orla O’Reilly (22pts, 10rbs) did all she could for the Jets.

Eltham 58 lost to Knox 65 (OT)

A 9-­‐2 run during overtime was enough for Knox to score another strong win against good opposition on the road. Earlier, Leah Santamaggio has drained a triple with seconds remaining in regular time, forcing the tight battle into an extra period. Alice Kunek made her presence felt in her first game of the season for Eltham, the WNBL wing scoring 26pts and grabbing 15rbs to lead Eltham’s charge. Knox’s ability to gring out the win was impressive and they look a tough unit to crack. Georgia Stirton (15pts) played well in her new colours, while everyone else contributed in a meaningful way.

Keilor 71 def McKinnon 41

Keilor completed a stunning take-­‐down of McKinnon, completely dominating the Cougars across what was a four qtr rout. With a 22-­‐11 start and a 42-­‐18 half-­‐time lead, the spritely Thunder never looked like being threatened. It was in stark contrast to what we say from McKinnon in round 1, this performance came with a 23% shooting clip that simply dragged the Cougars backwards. Erin Bollman continued her great start to the season for Keilor with 22pts, 16rbs and 7stls, while only two players for the visitors managed to trickle into double digits. Chalk this one down to a historic SCW win for the Keilor and a loss that McKinnon will want to very quickly put behind them.

Division One Men

Collingwood 94 def Sunbury 73

The All Stars continue to fly while the Jets continue to dive. It’s only early, but Sunbury looks off the pace after another big loss. The All Stars were never headed, winning all four qtrs with Manny Hendrix (24pts) and Dylan Webb (20pts) leading the charge. Jacob Formosa was Sunbury’s best with 23pts from 27 shots. Ben Jones added 15pts.

Western Port vs Geelong – missing result

Shepparton vs Latrobe City – missing result

Warrnambool 89 lost Bulleen 99

A stirring win by the Boomers at one of the toughest venues for away teams. The visitors held tight during three tight qtrs before making their move down the stretch with a 29-­‐21 final term. Thad Varmall (32pts) was brilliant, with Luke Hughes moving into the starting unit and dropping a handy 17pts. For the Seahawks, Xavier Blount scored 27pts with both Alex Gynes and James Mitchell adding 18pts each.

Whittlesea 58 lost to Warrandyte 71

Warrandyte continued their good start to the season, taking down the Pacers at Whittlesea on the back of a dashing third qtr that saw the visitors go on a 24-­‐5 run. Joining the Venom for the season, Ayinde Sprewell (21pts, 19rbs) wasted little time fitting in and was easily the difference in this one. Sam Sykes ended with 18pts for the low-­‐scoring Pacers.

Latrobe City 79 lost to Chelsea 106

Chelsea’s big-­scoring ways know no bounds, this time entertaining traveling Gulls fans to a big win against the Energy. The home team simply couldn’t keep up in the first half, with Chelsea racing to a 52-­‐33 lead to position themselves for what became another good win. Once again it was Chelsea’s three-­‐headed scoring machine of Corey Standerfer (34pts), Matt Brasser (31pts) and Nathan Frost (20pts) that ensured another win. For Latrobe City, Jordon Granger (29pts) and James Crockett (22pts) carried the load, but only got an additional 8pts from their fellow starters.

Keysborough 87 def Collingwood 80

A 24-­‐17 ast qtr proved to be the difference in a clash that was a competitive match-­‐up across the opening three qtrs. Neither side gave an inch and when scores were tied going into the last period it called for either team to lift to the next level. Keysie responded with Calvin Enge (23pts) and Gerrard Newby (11pts, 15rbs) leading the way. For the impressive All Stars, Manny Hendrix was a standout with 34pts.

Melbourne Uni 47 lost to Shepparton 67

Not a great start to the season for the Black Angels, this time succumbing to the Gators by 20pts. The visitors controlled the contest for the most part and had too many winners on the day with Cameron Vines (22pts, 16rbs) and Spencer Coleman (15pts) leading the way. Melbourne Uni have some new additions on the way, and truth is they can’t get here quick enough. A paltry 47pts @ 26% just isn’t going to cut it in a very competitive competition. Nicholas Masunda did all he could with 18pts and 14rbs.

Division One Women

Warrnambool 57 def by Casey 58

Well we were all looking forward to this match on the weekend and we were certainly given a show. Depending on where you sit, some will see this as an upset, others will not. But either way, what a game. The Cavs were slow to get off the blocks but hit double figures in the 2nd. As the 3rd got underway, it was the Mermaids who had the lead by 2. The 3rd was an even split, 21 a piece, leaving the game in the hands of the 4th. The Cavs got points on the board early, levelling the scores with 5 minutes to go. There was some back and forth from this point on, but the Cavs held on for the win.

Hawthorn 53 def Geelong 52

We had another 1 point ball game on our hands, this time between the Magic and the Supercats. We must say, the Supercats haven’t had the greatest of starts to 2018 which is surprising to most of us. The Magic had to dig themselves out of their hole for this win, starting the game with 9 points to the Supercats 20. Luckily for them the Supercats had their own down time in the 2nd allowing them to come within 3 at the half. Geelong kept their lead in the 3rd but the Magic came back hard in the 4th. While scores were level at the 2 minute mark, a late tech foul put the Magic to the line to seal the deal.

Chelsea 64 def by Mildura 84

We were expecting this to be a much closer game than it was, instead the Heat took a comfortable 20 point victory over the Gulls. The Heats start put them in good stead for the match and from here they continued to win quarter after quarter. The Gulls were never too far behind however, they just couldn’t stop the Heats offence.

Latrobe City 58 def by Chelsea 64

The Gulls were at least able to finish their weekend off with a W, taking care of the Energy by 6. There was only 3 points separating the two at the half way mark, the Energy making their move in the 3rd to take the lead by 2 as we headed into the 4th. This was unfortunately shortlived for the Energy, the Gulls quickly taking over in the first few seconds of the game. They finished with a 20 to 12 4th for the win.

Whittlesea 74 def Warrandyte 57

The Pacers may have come up with the win on this occasion but we were happy to see the Venom put up a fight and get a decent score on the board. They were the team that got off to the better start but unfortunately they let themselves down in the 2nd. This gave the Pacers the in they needed and they took this into the 3rd quarter. The Venom won the 4th 18 to 16, but it was the Pacers who won the match.

Camberwell 57 def Werribee 48

The Devils will be disappointed that they let this game slip through, leading for the majority of the game right up until the final quarter. They were never leading by much, 3 points at the half and 2 at three quarter time, the Dragons still well within reach. However, the Devils helped the Dragons to their win, only putting 7 points on the board to the Dragons 18 in the final quarter.

Western Port 40 def by Mildura 83

The Heat went 2 from 2 this weekend, making easy work of the Steelers by 43 points. The Steelers really struggled to find the bottom of the net for the majority of the game, none more so than the opening quarter where only 4 points was put on the board. The Heat kept their foot heavily applied for the remainder of the game, the Steelers putting together a decent 4th quarter effort to finish off. Had they been able to do this for the previous 3 quarters, this game could have had a different outcome.

Division Two Men

Pakenham 72 def Mildura 68

After a heated round 1 Mildura hit the road in their first double away of the season, first stop was The Coliseum to take on the Warriors without their very own warrior. This was never going to be a walk in the park for either team, the Heat put the pressure on in offence but had some trouble converting, shooting at only 36% & only 41% from the line, these numbers are always going to make it hard to get the win. In a tight match like this one every point counts and even though the Warriors had more turnovers they proved free throws win games finishing off Mildura right before the final siren.

Southern Peninsula 84 def North East 57

It might be another long season for North East after the news that key import Kannon Burrage will not be returning for the 2018 Big V season. Liam Wright & Tom Crowe have stepped up for the Bushies this season showing the team some much needed leadership. Colin Voss from the Sharks had a nice little double double of 14 points and 14 rebounds in under 17 minutes.

Wallan 84 def Altona 78

The Panthers were set to defend their hardwood in their first home game of the season but they would have to do it without their import Kojo Afari who went down in round 1 with an ankle injury. The game will go on and it was the Panthers who drew first blood through Radoslovic with a deep 2 just seconds after the tip off, but it was Altona who claimed the 1st quarter 23-10. Unfortunately this would end up being the only quarter that went the Gators way, as little by little Wallan took control of the match.

Sherbrooke 76 def Craigieburn 73

When your import only plays 5 minutes due to being fouled out you would think you’re in for a rough night, but not Sherbrooke. Yet again Eric “Bizzy” Miraflores picked up his team and lead them to an exciting come back in the second half to snatch victory out from the Eagles claws. Craigieburn haven’t had the start they were hoping for in 2018 and will need to get another win on the board soon!

Mildura 96 def Melton 94

Second stop for the Heat on their round 2 journey took them to Melton to rein in the Thoroughbreds, and go home with 1 victory. Yet again Mildura were made to fight for the win as Melton had them on the ropes throughout the 2nd and 3rd quarters. The Thoroughbreds had a good lead going into the final stretch (78-67) but the Heat had other plans, they fired up and nailed some much needed shots to out-score Melton 29-16 to steal the win out from under the Thoroughbreds noses, leaving them at 0-2 and still searching for their first win in 2018.

Coburg 63 def Altona 45

After a tough loss in the jungle battling the Panthers on Saturday night, the Gators had to back it up and try to bring down the Giants on Sunday afternoon. The Giants came out firing in the first half in an offensive onslaught putting them in front by 25 at the long break, but Coburg not only played offence but they managed to hold Altona to only 13 points for the half! You have to give it to the Gators though, they did not give up, they came out and took the second half for their own & out-scored the Giants.

Camberwell 71 def Craigieburn 65

After an outstanding first game Craigieburn’s Damon Smith showed Camberwell what all the hype was about with another stand out performance of 19 points 5 rebounds 2 assists, but him and his teams effort couldn’t get them over the line, as they pulled up a few short. Camberwell have set themselves up nicely so far in 2018 going 2-0 leading into the Easter break, but they better not get stuck into too many of those Easter eggs as they have one of the toughest teams in the comp ready to cut that winning streak into pieces.

Happy Easter everyone, stay safe and see you back soon for Round 3.

Division Two Women

Round Two done and dusted, and almost everyone enters the Easter break with a positive number in the W column.

Wallan 77 def Collingwood 46

RB Robson Stadium would have been rocking at quarter time as the Panthers opened up a 15 point lead, keeping the All Stars to single digits. From there, the visitors were playing catch up and while they kept pace in the second term, the deficit fast became too huge a gap to overcome. Another single digit term in the 3rd left the result academic despite again putting together a competitive in the last term. Wallan’s dominance on the glass was telling, and thanks largely to Emmie O’Nial who collected 19 to go with her 28 points. Helen Roden led the way for the All Stars with 14 points and 6 boards.

Blackburn 79 def Coburg 56

A home win was just what the doctor ordered for the Vikings, with a much improved effort from Blackburn to hold out Coburg, after getting the jump early. Disappointly for the team in teal, they failed to lead ay any stage after trailing by 12 in the opening stanza, and the Vikings gradually extended their lead throught the match. The Giants will need to find some additional scoring options as Courtney Newman and Breonna O’Conner again lead the way for Coburg. Blackburn found their ‘zen’ with Samantha and Amanda scoring 21 (game high) and 12 respectively.

Mornington 80 def Sherbrooke 47

Bouncing back from a Round 1 defeat, the Breakers looked a powerful unit against the Suns. Restricting Sherbrooke to just 16 points in the opening half, the result was academic despite a more comptetitive second half from the visitors. A key difference in the match was perimeter shooting, with Ashleigh Wright draining 6 treys (from 14 attempts) towars her 22 points for the game. She was assited by Erin Ludwick who contributed 18 points. Rebecca Ross leading the Suns with 12 points.

Melton 46 def by Craigieburn 64

A disasterous first quarter from Melton saw Craigieburn secure what ultimately became a match winning lead at quarter time. The Eagles also closed the match out overpowering the home side after the match produced even second and third terms. Allanna Procak led Craigieburn with 13 points, with Tahlia Prestia contributing 12 points and a double from Nicole Cameron who had 10 boards and 5 assists to go with her 11 points. For the Thoroughbreds Molly Young and Emily Attard secured double digits each, while Jenna Conroy had 8 points and 9 boards.

Melb Uni 68 def Nth East 52

The Black Angels go on the winners list after a hard fought victory over the Bushrangers. Just a bucket separated the teams at the half, with the home side kept to 9 points. Regrouping during the break, Melb Uni came out focused and outscored the visitors 37-23 to record a 16 point victory. Melanie Fidler and captain Lauren Bellegante led the home side with 17 and 14 points. For the Bushrangers, Rachel Jefferey led her team as captain with 14 points and Jacqueline Gehrig scoring 11, as the starting 5 all play significant minutes.

Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men

Eltham 65 def Keilor 53

Eltham contune through 2018 undefeated at this stage, as they handed YL1 champs Keilor their second loss of the season. A strong third quarter kept the Thunder in the hunt, but Eltham were too good down the stretch, outscoring their opponents 65-53 in the final quarter.

Hawthorn 74 def by Kilsyth 82

A slow start from the Magic proved too much to overcome against Kilsyth. Mitch Dielemans continued his hot start to the season, scoring 23 points on only 13 attempts from the field. Lachlan Viney and Naoum Lazis gave their all for the Magic in defeat.

Melbourne 81 def Ringwood 75 (OT)

What a thrilling game between tow heavyweights of the competition. Ringwood had started the season tremendously, while Melbourne were looking to bounce back after a big loss to Dandenong. Both teams came to play, and Melbourne were able to use a huge last quarter to send it into OT. A deep shot from Hearn-Amy in OT, followed up by a Kinkela tip in, gave Melbourne the lead they needed to bring the game home.

Diamond Valley 86 def Blackburn 74

Star performances on each team made this battle entertaining throughout. Dylan Dunstan was on fire for the Eagles, scoring 23 points on 11/18FG, while Bul Niop went to work for the Vikings to the tune of 27 points on 10-20FG. Diamond Valley were able to get contributions from a few other players across the board, and that proved the difference.

Knox 66 def by McKinnon 67

Knox looked to have the upper hand in this one for much of the last term, led by a strong backcourt performance by Malik Meunier and Colin Shaw. However, McKinnon were able to make a late charge, and forced a crucial turnover with just seconds remaining. Daniel Borbajo was then fouled at the rim, knocking down one of two from the line and winning the game.

Sherbrooke 89 def Sandringham 86

Sandringham’s starting five were brilliant in this one, but a lack of contributors off the pine proved too much to overcome. In contrast, the Suns picked up 45 bench points, led by Malek Bar’s 23pts and 11reb.

Bulleen def Altona Stats not available at time of writing.

Dandenong 59 def by Knox 78

After fighting hard the night before, Knox picked up a well deserved W over the Rangers. The Rangers were without many of the starters that featured in week one, and this may well be the team we see for the remainder of the season.

Kilsyth 78 def Melbourne 68

This one was a tale of two halves, as the Tigers raced out of the blocks. In the end, Kilsyth’s ability to get to the line, and knock them down (21-27 FT), proved the difference. They turned a 17 point deficit into a comfortable 10 point win.

Nunawading 73 def Sherbrooke 69

Efficient performances from a couple of stars proved too much in the end for Sherbrooke to contend with. Cassin and Gandolfo both scored 19 points, on a combined 12-16 from the field. However, on the second half of a back to back, Sherbrooke can be proud of this performance.

Nunawading 73 def Sherbrooke 69

Efficient performances from a couple of stars proved too much in the end for Sherbrooke to contend with. Cassin and Gandolfo both scored 19 points, on a combined 12-16 from the field. However, on the second half of a back to back, Sherbrooke can be proud of this performance.

Molten Victorian Youth Championship Women

Melbourne 51 def Ringwood 50

A Laura Hamilton trey with nine seconds remaining, followed by a clutch defensive stop lifted the Tigers to a huge home victory. 15 points and eight boards to new recruit Heaven-Lee Valenti led the home side, while Mikaela Miller had 14 points and six rebounds for the Hawks.

Knox 75 def Hawthorn 67

A huge opening three-quarters for the Raiders propelled them to a big win over an ever improving Magic squad. Eliana Bravington double doubled with 15 and 12(reb), while Maighan Hedge dropped 16pts as well. Despite the Magic’s shooting woes, Bella Niven-Brown had 17pts & 8 reb.

DV 79 def Hume City 40

Quickly becoming one of the hottest teams in Big V, the Eagles soared on Saturday night with a huge opening (23- 5) and final (20-0) quarters. Unbelievably, they kept the Broncos scoreless(!) in the final quarter. Sharna Ayres with 18 points in the win.

Bulleen 56 def by Altona 66

A solid start by the Boomers was quickly erased as the Gators had the game in their hands by 3QT. Jess Rarity’s 13pts, 13reb and 6ast stood out, while Dana Lindemann (0- 8FG) struggled to put the ball in the basket, yet contributed in other ways (10reb, 8ast, 3stl, 3blk).

Bendigo 75 def Warrandyte 61

The Venom’s rise to Molten VYCW hasn’t quite gone to plan as yet, with a number of changes certainly taking some time to come to fruition. Danielle O’Toole (19pts, 6reb, 4ast, 3stl, 4blk) continued her good form for the Braves, while ex-Coburg dup Elo Magbegor (16pts, 7reb) and Siobhan Mac Aodha (18pts, 6reb) led the way for the Venom.

Ballarat 82 def by Kilsyth 88 (OT)

Taylah Black has the scoring bug in the opening rounds of the season. Another 28pts (& 7reb) here, she led the way in the come-from-behind win in OT. Tori Chandler was huge for the Rush with 26pts, 7reb and 6ast.

Kilsyth 52 def by DV 58

We warned you about these Eagles! It wasn’t a pretty win, but a win’s a win right? Just three points in the 4th but it was enough to hold on to a victory, led by Amelia Smith’s 14pts & 9reb, plus Meg Crupi’s 10pts, 5reb & 3ast. Taylah Black once again leading the way for the Snakes with 14 points. Two teams to continue to keep your eyes on!

Dandenong def by Knox Statistics unavailable at time of publish.

Nunawading 69 def Bulleen 67

Two teams who currently feel like they’re not competing for a ‘chip this year, nonetheless, an entertaining contest that went right to the wire – Keeley Frawley’s (11pts, 13reb) go-ahead three-pointer with 18sec left the winner, despite Lucy Mann’s best efforts to erase it. Sarah Slater (14pts, 17reb) great in the win.

Hawthorn 72 def by Sandringham 90

A rough weekend for the home side, which always looked to be two tough fixtures. Claudia Armato’s 22 points wasn’t enough to see Hawthorn get close to the defending champs, with Jasmine Simmons (24pts, 4reb) season debut enough to race out of the blocks and not look back.

Altona 72 def Waverley 53

A 21-7 second stanza blew this one away as another dub dub to Jess Rarity (10/10/6stl). Destiny Liu’s 12pts and 9reb off the bench was handy, especially when she was a +29 in 14min.

Youth League One Men

Geelong 85 def Coburg 83

A late rally from Josiah King (16pts, 8reb) plus some clutch free throws handed the ‘Cats a tight win. Josh Hindle had 16 points and six boards off the bench, while Dan Butera paced the Giants with 23 points.

Sunbury 82 def Camberwell 71

A pillar to post victory for the Jets, led by Kyle Collins (21pts) and Nathan Baker (11pts, 10reb, 6ast). Holding the Dragons to just 34%FG from the floor, they were suffocating on the defensive end, with Tom Moncrieff (17pts, 6reb) the only player to reach double figures.

Bendigo 78 def Warrandyte 68

29 points and nine boards to Cody Perry-Allamby wasn’t enough for the Venom on the road, with the Braves able to shoot nearly 50% from the floor in the win. Sam Beks dropped 25 points to go with 12 boards and five dimes, while it was the Braves bench who did the damage (Ly +17, Brohm +13, White +15).

Werribee 86 def Ballarat 61

It’s going to be a tough task to travel to Eagle Stadium this season it seems, with the Devils making light work of the Miners in the 2nd half. Daniaell Herbert continued his good start with 23 points.

Camberwell 67 def by Waverley 88

It certainly wasn’t Camberwell’s weekend, going down at home to the Falcons on a back-to-back. A slow start had the Dragons on the back foot for the remainder of the game, with a host of Falcons getting on the scoresheet. Cody Fredrickson led the way with Nathan Molloy 17 points and eight boards, plus Andy Noller off the bench with 13. Shaun Atkins the best for the Dragons with 19pts.

Corio Bay 86 def by Sunbury 96

A huge performance from the Jets had them up and about on Sunday afternoon – Nathan Baker’s 21 points, 10 rebounds and six assists paced the team, however five others finished in double figures. Nathan Marshall the other to finish with a dub dub, 15 points, six boards and 10 assists a very good line. Dylan Donnelly finished with 20 points off the bench for the ‘Rays.

Hume City 57 def by Werribee 76

A 27-8 opening quarter put Hume City on the ropes early on and the Devils didn’t let up from there. 24 points, eight rebounds and five dimes to Daniaell Herbert put him in contention for what would be player of the week in YL1M after backing up Saturday’s performance.

Casey 83 def Bendigo 68

A 19-9 third stanza was the difference in this one, the Cavs led by Hunter Marks’ 24 points, five rebounds and three assists who continues to flourish in youth league competitions. Jake Wilcocks finished with 29 points and eight boards but will need some assistance going forward if the Braves are to find some success in games like this

Youth League One Women

Corio Bay 80 def Chelsea 53

Chelsea had a big task ahead of themselves when the Stingrays came to town, the Gulls knew coming into this match they would need to somehow stop Corio’s shooting gun Teagan Tatlock. Not sure if this is an impossible task but Chelsea couldn’t get it done, with Teagan having her best scoring game yet with 32 points. Abbey McNamara stood out for the Gulls with a nice 21 points, Chelsea might need to re think their game plan over the break if they want to stay with the front runners who are quickly breaking away.

Keilor 76 def Geelong 58

Keilor brought the pain in the first quarter when they went on a 15-0 run, they then finished the quarter off 30-7. It was almost like the Supercats didn’t know what hit them, they finally found their feet in the second and then went on to claim the 3rd, calming the thunder storm with a 16-5 quarter. Three quarter time couldn’t come quick enough for Keilor, they regrouped and came out in the final term to defend their lead and go home with the win.

Sunbury 70 def Camberwell 48

After making the jump from YL2W last year to YL1W this year Sunbury have looked right at home, and game 2 looked no different. The Jets led all game building on their lead each quarter, Camberwell put in all the effort but just couldn’t stop them from scoring. After this loss for Camberwell it leaves them as 1 of 3 teams still winless after round 2, the break will hopefully help them to figure out what they are missing in order for them to come back in round 3 and get that W they chase week in week out.

Craigieburn 82 def Chelsea 76 (OT)

In what looked like a very evenly matched game both teams pushed hard chasing their first win of the season. Craigieburn had a 6 point lead with 3 minutes remaining and from there they couldn’t seem to find the bottom of the net which opened the door for Chelsea to get back in it which they did pushing the game into OT. When your opposition gets 29 points from turnovers you can see where it went wrong for the Gulls who were left still searching for their first win after going down to the Eagles in an exciting overtime, leaving them 0-2 for the weekend.

Geelong 68 def Eltham 42

Sunday was all set for a cat fight with the Wildcats defending their home against the Supercats. Geelong managed to get the better of the Wildcats on a chilly Sunday afternoon in Eltham, leaving them 1-1 for the weeknd. Being that we are 2 rounds in, 3 games down for most, Eltham will need to go back to the drawing board over the Easter break as they are left with a 0-2 record.

Keilor 70 def McKinnon 50

In 2017 all of Keilor’s teams got promoted except their YL1W team, they have quickly shown us what their intentions are for 2018. As fresh McKinnon side headed across town, Keilor were preparing for another tough game after a stand out performance the night before against Geelong. Just like the night before Keilor came out firing closing out the first quarter 19-9. McKinnon werent going to give up that easily, they pushed hard but were only able to bring it back within 8 when half time hit. The second half belonged to Keilor who ended up running away with it as they claimed a 20 point win leaving them 3-0.

Youth League Two Men

Mornington 72 def Whittlesea 68

The Breakers certainly made up for their close loss last week, taking not one, but two wins in round 2. The Pacers were their first opponents for the weekend and it took a hard fought effort to get over the line. After a fairly even start, the Pacers took it to the Breakers jumping to a 15 point lead at half time. The Breakers closed the gap to just 1 point in the 3rd and kept this momentum up in the 4th for the win.

Whittlesea 69 def Chelsea 60

Sunday afternoon turned out to be a good day for the Pacers, able to finish their weekend off with a win. They took a 9 point victory over the Gulls, which they were helped to by their opponents themselves. The Gulls took the early lead but their 6 point 2nd quarter to the Pacers 17 was enough to turn the game around and keep the momentun well within the hands of the Pacers. The second half was a fairly even affair, but the Pacers had already done what they needed to.

Maccabi 75 def by Mornington 76

In this match it was very much a tug of war, both teams fighting hard. At the half way mark, the scores were level at 45 points a piece. And even though the Breakers started to add some space in the 3rd, the Warriors attempted to close it in the 4th. With only 11 seconds left on the clock, an Eddie Swan jump shot put the Breakers in the lead and ultimately gave them the win.

Keysborough 68 def by Collingwood 74

Even though we are only 2 rounds in, the All Stars are the last remaining undefeated team. They were pushed right to the very end in their clash with the Cougars, not ever given the chance to really push away. Credit to the Cougars on sticking with the All Stars in this match, they have started this season off well.

Chelsea 65 def Wallan 61

The Panthers came oh so close to getting their first win of the season, similar to what happened on numerous occasions in 2017. The Panthers were the the ones that got to an early lead but it was short lived as the Gulls took both the 2nd and the 3rd quarters. Although the margin was now out to 10, the Panthers made sure they were still in with a chance. They took every opportunity in the 4th to get themselves back into the game, but a 4 point loss was as close as they could get.

Melton 108 def Western Port 99

What a game to finish round 2 off with? The clash between the Thoroughbreds and the Steelers was decided by an OT period but before we got to that point, there was some high scoring quarters going on. In the opening quarter alone, the Steelers got ahead to the lead, 30 to 21. The Steelers held onto their lead up until half time, but the Thoroughbreds begun their claw back in the 3rd. They headed into the 4th with a 4 point lead, easily managed by the Steelers who forced the game into OT. They were however unfortunate to lose the game in the end.

Craigieburn 108 def Frankston 77

The Eagles wasted no time in their clash against the Blues, putting 27 points on the board to the Blues 17 in the opening quarter. The Eagles maintained their lead in the 2nd but after the half time break, dropped 33 points to blow the game out. It was a competitive final turn but the damage had already been done.

Latrobe City 74 def by Pakenham 115

We knew the Warriors were going to put the foot down in this match but I suppose we weren’t expecting the 41 point thrashing. You may look at that final margin and think that the Energy were not even competitive, but they were. It just came down to who put the most points on the board and the Warriors did the better job at that.

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Pakenham 72 def Blackburn 53

A pillar to post victory for the Warriors, with their biggest lead at one point spanning out to 25. That was most in part to Chloe Maas who finished with 24 points and six rebounds. Ellie Coutts may have only had the nine points, but also put together a nice line of six boards, six dimes and five steals. Pakky’s starters doing a bulk of the work (all +18 or better); for the Vikes it was Isabella Nolen who led the way with 10 points, despite shooting just 1-1FG (8-8FT).

Southern Peninsula 67 def Whittlesea 64

A 17-point lead was nearly erased as the Sharks held on despite losing the rebound count by 17! Gemma Simon finished the contest with 17 points, while Paige Price had 16 points and nine rebounds. For the Pacers, 16 points apiece to Indiana Bodley and Hayley Wynd (19 rebounds, 3 blocks). The Sharks locked in defensively in the final two minutes, not allowing a Pacers score before clutch free throws from Simon clinched the win.

Sherbrooke 48 def by Casey 120

It wasn’t pretty when Casey got the job done on Saturday night. 61-16 at half time had the game all but in the Cavs’ hands and it was a matter of getting solid minutes into some role players throughout the second half. A massive 50 turnovers coughed up by the Suns resulted in 56 points from turnovers. Lauren Tuplin finished with 28 points and eight rebounds, with seven other players registering eight points or more. For the Suns, Zoe Haritos led the way with 16 points off the bench in what would have felt like a long night for the home side.

Werribee 76 def Mornington 55

A huge performance from Charlotte Vincent-Lord gave Werribee a big boost in their win over Mornington. 38 points, 13 rebounds and five steals on 17-28FG shooting was a clear standout from the weekend, as the Devils made their move throughout the second stanza. The 22-4 quarter put a real dint in the Breakers confidence and they couldn’t finish off in the fourth, being blown out in what was a tight game as a result. Alissa Pritchard scored 17 points off the bench, while Tessa Matthews chipped in with 15 points herself.

Western Port vs. Frankston Result unavailable at time of publish.

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