Round one in the books and it’s good to have basketball back!
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
Hawthorn 111 def Blackburn 92
Hawthorn made it two wins to start the season with a solid victory over Blackburn. The Magic led by 13 points at quarter-time, before increasing their lead to 16 at the half. The Vikings tried to claw their way back into the contest in the second half, but the Magic were too strong and marched to victory on their home court. Captain Jack Barry led from the front with 19 points, while Jake Heath did his best to keep the Vikings in the game with 29 points and 10 assists.
Keilor 110 def Corio Bay 83
38 points in the second term guided Keilor to their second win in a row. The Thunder led by two points at quarter time, before a 38-11 run in the second term gave them a 29-point lead at the half. The Stingrays outscored the Thunder 48-46 in the second half, but their poor showing in the second term made it difficult for them to edge back into the game. The Thunder’s bench combined for 56 points, with Daniaell Herbert the chief instigator with 17 points, while starter Michael Anderson was two rebounds short of a triple double, ending the game with 20 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists.
Chelsea 92 def Hume 81
Chelsea needed a second half fightback to beat Hume City at the Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium. The Gulls trailed by six points at quarter-time, before reducing the margin to a point at the half. There were five lead changes in the third term, but the Gulls headed into the final quarter with the lead, courtesy of Mitchell Riggs netting two free throws. Chelsea put their foot to the pedal in the final term, outscoring the Broncos 30-21 to come away with a 11-point win. Riggs, Colin Voss and Corey Standerfer each had over 25 points, with captain Standerfer recording 25 points, 12 rebounds and four assists.
McKinnon 115 def Casey 80
McKinnon climbed to the top of the ladder following their big win over Casey. The Cougars were lethal from three-point range, netting 21-41 from the arc, with James Malvaso bucketing 7-9 from long range. Malvaso top scored for the Cougars with 25 points, while Eric Williams had 24 points, six rebounds and three assists. The Cougars led by as much as 43 points in a commanding performance at GESAC. 41 points in the second quarter gave the home side a 31-point lead at half time. The Cavs outscored the Cougars 26-24 in the final term but by that stage the contest was over.
Casey 123 def Werribee 84
Werribee were no match for Casey who returned to the winners list after a disappointing performance on Saturday. The Cavs shot 59 per cent from the field in a dominant offensive display highlighted by 66 points in the paint. Raheem Lemons had 31 points at 71 per cent from the field and 15 rebounds, while Brandon Polk had 22 points and 10 rebounds. David Shepard did his best for the Devils and ended the game with 28 points and 3-8 from three-point range.
Hume 84 def Bulleen 50
Hume City climbed to the top of the ladder following their 34-point victory over Bulleen. The Boomers were no match for the Broncos and trailed for the entirety of the game. BreAnna Brock recorded a double-double with 27 points and 14 rebounds, while Teyla Evans had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Broncos. Hume outscored the Boomers 42-24 in the paint and 21-5 from turnovers, highlighting their efficiency at both ends of the court.
Southern Peninsula 105 def Whittlesea 61
Southern Penninsula recorded their first win of the season with an impressive performance against Whittlesea. Playing on their home court, the Sharks had a massive 60 points in the paint to come away with a commanding win. 22 points in the first term gave the Sharks a 13-point lead at quarter-time, which then became 15 points at the half. The home side outscored the Pacers 59-30 in the second half to extend their lead to over 40 points. It was a team effort that secured the win for the Sharks who combined for 27 assists and did not have a player score over 20 points. All 11 of the Sharks’ squad hit the scoreboard, with Gemma Simon top scoring with 18 points.
Sunbury 109 def Warrnambool 42
Sunbury stunned Warrnambool fans with a destructive performance at The Arc Sports Stadium. The Jets entered the game looking for their first win of the season after a narrow loss to Hume in the round one, but would not have expected to record a 67-point win. The Jets were ruthless in defence and held the Mermaids to under 15 in every quarter. The Jets had 50 rebounds, 19 steals and forced the Mermaids into 29 turnovers highlighting their dominance in the backcourt. In attack, the Jets shot 53 per cent from the field, with Courtney Duever top scoring with 28 points, 13 rebounds and six assists.
Casey 87 def McKinnon 55
Casey made it two wins in a row to start the season after they beat McKinnon at GESAC. The Cavs lead by four points at quarter-time, before extending their lead to 11 at the half. From there, the Cavs outscored the Cougars 47-26 in the second half to come away with a 33-point win and move to second on the table. One disappointment for the Cavs was that they failed to make any of their 10 three-point attempts. However, their shooting from the arc was not required as they outscored the Cougars 56-20 inside the paint. Bench points was also crucial with a 33-2 advantage to Casey, while rebounding was also one-way traffic (55-39). Casey captain Jaimie-lee Jeffs led the way with 22 points and 16 rebounds in a stellar performance.
Keilor 87 def Werribee 48
47 points from Aneta Bandilovski and Erin Bollmann guided Keilor to a commanding win over Werribee. The Thunder were hardly troubled throughout the contest and claimed their second win of the season, while Werribee suffered their first defeat of the campaign. Bandilovski ended the game with 25 points, while Bollmann had 22 points and 14 rebounds, including five offensive rebounds. Georgia Tauschke was ever present for the Devils, with 15 points and eight rebounds.
Division One Men
Warrandyte 80 def Coburg 58
Warrandyte made it two wins on the trot with a solid victory over Coburg. A 17-9 run in the third quarter gave the Venom breathing space to come away with a 22-point win. Andrew Kelly was superb off the bench and ended the game with 20 points, four rebounds and an assist. While Brenton Charles had 15 points, five rebounds and nine assists.
Keysborough 86 def Western Port 81
Keysborough held off a fast-finishing Western Port to continue their undefeated start to the season. The Cougars held a 20-point lead at three-quarter-time, but had to dig deep to hold onto their advantage in the final term. With a slender chance of winning the game, the Steelers went on the attack and outscored the Cougars 34-19. However, it proved little too late for the Steelers as the Cougars held on to come away with a five-point win. Calvin Enge top scored with 24 points, while Naaman Hightower had 18 points, 13 rebounds and five assists.
Sunbury 71 def Warrnambool 59
Sunbury needed to dig deep to beat Warrnambool in front of a big crowd at The Arc Sports Stadium. The Jets’ nine-point quarter-time lead was cut to only a point at the half. With the game evenly contested, the Jets produced a stellar third term to lead by nine points with a quarter to play. The Jets outscored the Seahawks 18-15 in the final term to see off the the home sides surge and continue their undefeated start to the season.
Bellarine 81 def Latrobe City 73
Bellarine recorded their first win of the season, while Latrobe suffered their second defeat in the new campaign. With scores level at half time, the Energy went on a 27-17 run in the third term to lead by 10 points with a quarter to play. The Storm came out firing in the final term, outscoring the home side 28-10 to record an eight-point win.
Shepparton 91 def Collingwood 86
31 points from Atem Atem gave Shepparton a five-point win over Collingwood. The Gators led 56-39 at half time, but their lead was reduced in the third term as the All Stars outscored the Gators by 14 points to reduce the margin to three points with a quarter to play. A Manuel Hendrix jump shot reduced the margin to a point, but that would be as close as the All Stars would get as the Gators held on to win their second game of the season.
Melbourne University 91 def Bulleen 74
42 points from Stefan Pomasan and Nicholas Masunda guided Melbourne Uni to a 17-point win over Bulleen. The Black Angels withheld the Boomers in the first half to lead by 10 points at half time. The Boomers reduced the margin to seven points, courtesy of a strong offensive display from Chauncey Orr (30 points). The Boomers’ fightback was curtailed in the final term as the Black Angles outscored their opponents 20-10 to come away with a 17-point win.
Bellarine 103 def Whittlesea 96
Bellarine won their second game of the weekend against the Pacers. Strong first and fourth quarters in which they scored 66 points enabled the Storm to win the game and move to the top of the ladder. Nathan Lemke led the way for the Storm with 25 points and 13 rebounds, while Jason Reardon and Benjamin Barrett had 19 points each.
Bulleen 90 def Warrandyte 86
was needed to determine a winner at East Doncaster Secondary College on Sunday
as the Boomers edged past the Venom. Scores were level at 77 apiece at the end
of regular time, after Chauncey Orr hit a jump shot with 14 seconds remaining
to tie the scores. Both sides traded blows in the early stages of OT but the
Venom could not continue to match the Boomers who recorded a four-point win.
Orr backed up his 30 points against Melbourne Uni on Saturday with 30 points,
15 rebounds and six assists.
Division One Women
Western Port 68 def Hawthorn 66
Western Port held off a second half Hawthorn fightback to win their first game of the season. Travelling to the Boroondara Sports Complex, the Steelers held a three-point lead at half time. The lead was increased to six points at three-quarter-time, before the Hawks outscored the Steelers 24-20 in the final term to narrowly go down to the Steelers. Malika Jackson was superb with 22 points, nine rebounds and two assists, while Nyilah Jamison-Myers had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Magic.
Mildura 68 def by Camberwell 83
A big third term from Camberwell was enough to see the Dragons prevail over the Heat by 15-point on Saturday night. With the visitors leading by just three points at half-time, they won the third term 27-15 to set themselves up with a double-digit lead they would not relinquish. Sarah Stone top scored for the Dragons with 20 points, while Tahlia Higgs and Danielle Fidge added 16 each. Alyesha Lovett (28 points, six rebounds) and Vanessa Power (27 points, eight rebounds) starred for the hosts, but couldn’t will their side over the line.
Chelsea 77 def Craigieburn 66
The Gulls stormed home in the final term to record an 11-point victory over the Eagles on Saturday. With the lead changing hands several times throughout the contest, Chelsea pulled away late, scoring 14 of the game’s last 18 points to seal a home victory. Shaniqua Nilles top scored for the hosts with 18 points, while Georgia Stirton added 17 points and five boards. Darcy Saunders had 15 points and nine rebounds for the visitors.
Bellarine 103 def Latrobe 79
Bellarine climbed to the top of the ladder with a 24-point victory over Latrobe. The Storm trailed by two points at quarter time but gained the lead in the second term courtesy of a 26-14 run. Points off the bench would prove crucial for the Storm as they outscored the Energy 29-19 with Teagan Tatlock and Olivia Virt both scoring over 10 points off the bench. The Storm’s lead was cut to seven points in the third term, but the game was all but over when the Storm shot 31 points in the final term to claim a 24-point win. Captain Jessica Scannell recorded a double-double with 29 points and 13 rebounds, while Mikaela Dickson had 23 points for the Energy.
Bellarine 85 def Chelsea 68
Bellarine made it three wins in a row following a 17-point win over Chelsea on Sunday afternoon. The Storm were able to start offensive chains through defence and had 12 fast break points. The Storm came out of the blocks firing with 32 points in the first quarter. They added another 20 points in the second term to lead by 12 points at half time. The Storm extended their lead to 20 points in the third term, before the Gulls cut the lead to 17 points in the last quarter. Olivia Fuller led the way for the Storm with 23 points, eight rebounds and three assists, while Olivia Virt had 17 points and five rebounds.
Latrobe City 79 def Warrandyte 67
Latrobe returned to the winners list with an away victory to Warrandyte. The Energy powered to an 18-point lead at half time courtesy of a 29-11 scoring run in the second term. The Venom scored 24 points in the third quarter to reduce margin to nine points with a quarter to play, however they were unable to overturn the deficit in the final term as the Energy recorded their first win of the season and send the Venom to the bottom of the ladder.
Division Two Men
Camberwell 72 def Craigieburn 71
Camberwell came out on top in a thrilling encounter against Craigieburn. Down by 13 points with a quarter to play, the Dragons shot 24 points in the final term to come away with a one-point win. Captain Nathaniel O’Hara was instrumental in the victory with 11 of his 14 points coming in the final term, while Maxwell Barkeley had 10 of his 21 points in the final quarter.
North East 76 def RMIT 69
A double-double from Dylan Shorne guided North East to victory over RMIT. Shorne had 27 points and 21 rebounds in a man of the match display, which also saw him have two blocks and two steals. Shorne worked in tandem with Liam Wright who finished with 26 points, five rebounds and six assists. The win was the Bushrangers first for the season, while RMIT now have a 0-3 start.
Southern Peninsula 87 def Maccabi 66
A 49-30 run in the second half helped Southern to their first win of the season. The Sharks led by only two points in the first half, but put their foot on the pedal in the third term to lead by 13 points. The Sharks piled on another 23 points in the final term to end the game with a comfortable 21-point win. Troyce Manassa had 42 points, eight rebounds and three assists in the win.
Mildura 94 def Mornington 72
Mornington were no match for Mildura at the Toyota Hothouse. The Heat put on a show for their home fans with Calvin Henry recording a double-double (15 points, 13 assists) in the win. The Heat had +16 points in the paint and +25 points off the bench in a game where both sides shot at under 50 per cent from the field.
Sherbrooke 77 def Altona 72
29 points in the final term guided Sherbrooke to a come from behind victory over Altona. The Suns trailed by four points at three-quarter-time but came home strong to begin their season with a win. Kraig Shields had 22 points and nine rebounds for the Suns.
Melton 79 def Wallan 78
Two free throws from Paul Nikoloff-King gave Melton a one-point win over Wallan. In the close knit contest, the Thoroughbreds required 21 points in the final term to secure the win. Christopher Johnson starred for Melton with 27 points and 14 rebounds, while Nikoloff-King had 13 points, four rebounds and three assists.
Pakenham 74 def Craigieburn 71
Pakenham held off a late Craigieburn fightback to secure their first win of the season. The Warriors shot 35 points in the third term to hold a 13-point lead at three-quarter-time. However the game was not over as an Eagles onslaught cut the deficit to three points. That was as close as they got as the Warriors held onto the win. Benjamin Gaze had 23 points, five rebounds and two assists off the bench, while Joshua Dow had 22 points.
Camberwell 77 def Maccabi 69
Camberwell made it two wins in two days following their victory over Maccabi. The Dragons trailed by two points at quarter-time, before an 18-14 second term gave them a two-point lead. The lead extended to five points in the third term, which only increased in the final quarter. Mark Fernandez came off the bench to top score for the Dragons with 15 points, while Nathaniel O’Hara had 14 points and four rebounds.
Wallan 80 def Altona 74
Wallan overturned their heartbreaking loss on Saturday to claw their way to a four-point win over Altona. The Panthers led by 18 points at half-time, but their lead was cut as the Gators found their scoring touch in the second half. Altona outscored Wallan by two points in the third term, but it was the last quarter when they put a dent in the margin. The Gators outscored the Panthers 26-16 in the final quarter but their comeback proved too late as the Panthers held onto the win. Leigh Saffin starred with 38 points, including 9-18 from three-point range, while Jovan Bojanic had 24 points off the bench for the Gators.
Division Two Women
Coburg 68 def Nort East 41
Coburg won their first game of the season when they travelled to face North East. The Giants led from the opening whistle in a solid display highlighted by +18 points in the paint. Siobhan Mac Aodha came off the bench to have 18 points, five rebounds and five assists, while Elo Magbegor had 15 points and 16 rebounds. Rachel Jeffery was the only Bushrangers player to score over 10 points and ended the game with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Wallan 83 def Melton 64
29 points from Carly Simons guided Wallan to a 19 point win over Melton. Simons was inspirational in her 32 minutes on court, shooting 50 per cent from the field, accumulating eight offensive rebounds and five assists. The Panthers had double the amount of assists and outscored the Thoroughbreds 44-34 in the paint.
Melbourne Uni 54 def Sherbrooke 47
Melbourne Uni held out Sherbrooke in a tight contest to win their second game of the year and climb to the top of the ladder. The Black Angels led by a point at quarter-time before extending their lead to four points at the half. The Suns reduced the deficit to two points in the third term but could not continue to reduce the deficit in the final quarter as the Black Angels held on to win by seven points. Emmie O’Nial was one rebound short of a double-double, ending the game with 10 points and nine rebounds.
Mornington 58 def Pakenham 50
Mornington climbed to second on the ladder after a victory away to Pakenham. The Breakers held a one-point lead at quarter-time, before the Warriors took a two-point lead into half time. The Breakers restored their quarter-time lead in the third term, before a 13-8 run in the last quarter secured an eight-point win. Melainie Cotta had 19 points and seven rebounds off the bench, while Sammie Simmons had 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Blackburn 73 def Collingwood 53
Blackburn won their first game of the season against a winless Collingwood All Stars. The Vikings began the game with a 10-point lead, before a tight second term saw their lead increase to 11 points. A 15-7 run in the third quarter increased their lead to 17 points, which then became a 20-point win. Shannon Bone and Samantha Zennaro combined for 20 points for the Vikings, while Nyesha Sims had 22 points and 14 rebounds for the All Stars.
Victorian Youth Championship Men
Sherbrooke 89 def Keilor 82
Sherbrooke held home court, downing Keilor by seven points in a Saturday night clash. Both teams were poor from three-point range and the free throw line, but it was the Suns’ conversion from mid-range and the paint (57% from 2P range) that saw them edge the Thunder.
Bulleen 94 def Blackburn 61
Bulleen took care of business at home as they defeated Blackburn by 33 points at East Doncaster Secondary College. The Boomers forced the Vikings into committing 26 turnovers and cashed in on them for 25 turnover points. Bulleen’s Cody Perry-Allamby put up a monster double-double (34 points, 17 rebounds) to follow his 16 points in Round 1.
Diamond Valley 82 def Hawthorn Magic 69
It was the Diamond Valley starters who got the job done, as Dyson (14pts), Bowkett (11pts), Barlow (19pts), Zeverona (13pts) and Giddens (15pts) combined for 72 of their side’s 82 points.
Dandenong 93 def Nunawading 74
Dandenong’s starting unit dominated Nunawading, accounting for 73 points led by Tyler Robertson’s 21. Jack Gandolfo was prolific for the Spectres with 30 points (6/13 3PT) and six assists, but didn’t receive enough support from his teammates.
Knox Raiders 64 def by Melbourne Tigers 98
The Tigers were ultra-efficient in a 34-point win, shooting 58.5% from the field on the night, including 60% (15/25) from three-point range. Higgins-Titsha had an absolute night with with a 30-point, 11-rebound double-double and was supported by Mason Gaze’s 27pts.
Melbourne Tigers 61 def by Dandenong 80
The Rangers completed a perfect weekend at the Tigers’ expense. Dandenong’s starters were again efficient, accounting for 66 of the team’s total points.
Keilor 105 def Diamond Valley 87
Keilor’s starters caught fire on Sunday afternoon in a high-scoring affair. Cooper Keough led all comers with 31pts, 9rebs
and had lots of support from Symons (17pts), Camp (15pts), Triplett (15pts) and Hutton (11pts, 5ast).
Kilsyth 94 def McKinnon 69
Kilsyth easily accounted for McKinnon, running out 25-point winners at home on Saturday night. The Cobras found success from range, shooting 43% from three-point territory. Mitchell Dielemans shot 4/5 from deep en route to a game-high 25 points. Meanwhile, Kilsyth’s perimeter defence was elite, holding the Cougars to just 17% (5/29) from beyond the arc.
Ringwood 68 def by Waverley 69
Waverley came up big with a clutch one-point victory away from home. Matthew Roberts led the way for Ringwood with 21 points to go with 6 steals and 4 assists, and was supported by Lees (12pts) and Gai (10pts, 9reb). But it wasn’t enough, as Falcons starters Fredrickson (15pts, 5ast), Larkin (12pts, 8reb) and Jok (13pts) combined to lift their club to a tight win.
Nunawading 98 def Kilsyth 82
Nunawading recovered from a disappointing loss on Saturday to split their weekend 1-1 with a victory over Kilsyth. Abraham Gatwech Chol had a monstrous day out with a 40-point double-double (42pts, 11reb).
Southern Sabres 97 def Bulleen 83
Southern Sabres held firm at the Southern Basketball Stadium, led by starters Box (25pts), McDonald (24pts) and Simos-Primerano (20pts). The Sabres were efficient throughout, shooting 43.5% on the night.
Hawthorn Magic 68 def by Ringwood 76
The Magic fell to 0-2 on the weekend after an eight-point home loss to Ringwood. Fittolani (17pts) and Roberts (16pts) handled the bulk of the scoring for the Hawks, with even contributions from the other starters.
McKinnon 59 def by Eltham 84
McKinnon struggled to get anything going on offence in a 25-point loss to Eltham, shooting a paltry 27% from the field. Eltham compounded McKinnon’s shooting woes by out-rebounding the Cougars 49-35.
Victorian Youth Championship Women
Kilsyth 112 def Bulleen 42
Kilsyth put on a show at the Kilsyth Sports Centre, dissecting Bulleen to the tune of 70 points. The Cobras shot 60% from two-point territory, with assists on sixteen of their made baskets. In the meantime, they forced 29 turnovers from the Boomers and converted them into a whopping 42 points off turnovers. Kilsyth had six players in double-digits scoring, including a double-double from Madelene Taranto (15 points, 11 rebounds).
Dandenong 54 def by Southern Sabres 60
The Southern Sabres will be delighted to leave the Dandenong Basketball Stadium with a W after a defensive win over the Rangers. Southern had a 54-44 advantage on the backboard, resulting in 16 second-chance points. Chelsea Bransden (11 points, 15 rebounds) and Mia Cigognini (10 points, 13 rebounds) both recorded double-double’s in the Sabres’ win.
Knox 47 def by Melbourne Tigers 78
Melbourne came away with an easy away victory thanks to their defence holding Knox to 24.5% shooting on the night. Bugden, Giddey, Kavanagh, Kurkowski and Kratochvil all scored in double figures for the Tigers.
Ringwood 65 def Sunbury 61
Ringwood held on for a tight four-point home win over the Jets on Saturday night. The Hawks’ starting five were the difference, led by Annabel Deerbon with 22 points. Calvisi (10pts), Liddy (10pts) and Phillips (11pts) all made solid contributions to the win.
Nunawading 67 def Kilsyth 55
The Spectres took care of Kilsyth at home to come away from the weekend with two wins. Feller (14pts), Eddy (10pts), Long (13pts) and Poke (11pts) shouldered the bulk of the scoring load for Nunawading.
Bulleen 35 def by Hume City 121
Hume handed Bulleen a whopping 86-point defeat to round a horror weekend for the Boomers, after they lost by 70 on Saturday. Every Hume player played 14+ minutes, with ten players recording seven points or more.
Diamond Valley 71 def Hawthorn Magic 49
Diamond Valley held Hawthorn to 23.5% shooting from the field in a 22-point home victory. Additionally, the Eagles forced the Magic into 27 turnovers, resulting in 22 points off TO’s. Diamond Valley’s Jade Dunne (6/10 shooting) and Anna Burrows (6/13 shooting) both contributed 17 points, while Brianna Gregory-Johnson recorded a double-double with 12 points, 14 rebounds.
Bendigo 50 def by Nunawading 56
Nunawading ground out a gutsy away win at Bendigo Stadium on Saturday evening. The difference in the end was turnovers, with Bendigo committing 14 more (25 to 11) than the Spectres. Nunawading’s Lily Long was handy, chipping in nine points and ten rebounds, while Tess Barnes had 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Braves in the loss.
Altona 75 def Dandenong 66
Altona were led to a strong home victory by starters Reyhan Aziz (24pts, 10reb) and Jessica Rarity (14pts, 16reb). Aziz compiled her 24 points on just 12 field goal attempts, finding her way to the line and converting with 8/11 FTs. Nihaal Saunders provided resistance for the Rangers with 20 points (7/11 FG’s) from the bench, but Dandenong’s starting unit could only combine for 24 points.
Melbourne Tigers 67 def Bendigo 55
Melbourne held home court with Bendigo in town on the back of Katie Bugden’s 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Bugden was well supported by Hurley (8pts, 14 reb), Giddey (7pts, 10 reb) and Hooper (13pts). Meanwhile, The Tigers’ D was locked in, and as a result Bendigo couldn’t get anything going on offence, shooting just 25.5% from the field.
Southern Sabres 64 def Waverley 44
The Sabres came away form the weekend with two wins, accounting for Waverley after a Saturday win over Dandenong. Cignoni (10pts, 6reb) and Bransden (9pts, 8reb) again were solid contributors.
Hawthorn Magic 81 def Ballarat 61
The Magic recovered from their heavy Saturday defeat to defeat Ballarat by 20 points and head into round three with some momentum. Five players scored in double-digits for the Magic; Newton (13pts), Monaghan (13pts), Burke (11pts), Hans (10pts) and Killian (10pts).
Youth League One Men
Camberwell 79 def Sunbury 58
The Dragons led from start to finish during their 21-point win over the Jets on Saturday. A double-double from Cameron Anderson (16 points, 12 rebounds) led the way for the home side, while Tom Moncrieff top scored with 18. Camberwell had 15 steals to Sunbury’s three and forced the Jets into 22 turnovers which proved to be the difference.
Hume City 74 def by Ballarat 82
The Miners outshot their opponents 42% to 34%, with both sides attempting 70 field goals in Ballarat’s eight-point win. Amos Brooks’ 17-point, 11-rebound double-double led the way for the visitors, while Jeremiah Mckenzie added 10 points, five assists and five steals.
Warrandyte 63 def by Frankston 73
Frankston made the trip to the Warrandyte Sports Complex where they came away ten-point victors on Saturday night. Despite shooting a dreadful 2/26 from three point range, the Blues managed to hold the Venom to 29% from the field in the victory. Frankston started Josh Cleary contributed 19 points on 7/15 shooting, to go with six rebounds.
Werribee 87 def by Altona 90
Altona edged out Werribee in a cliffhanger to secure an impressive three-point away win. In an almost identical night statistically for both sides, it was Ely Tom who led the Gators to victory with 22 points and seven assists. Tom duelled with Werribee’s Kevin Brandariz, who himself posted a 21-point, six-rebound statline. Altona’s bench played a big role in the win, accounting for 36 points as opposed to the Devils’ 21 points from their secondary unit.
Corio Bay 77 def by Casey 83
Casey travelled to Geelong to take on Corio Bay in what turned out to be a tight contest. The Cavaliers were efficient from beyond the arc at 38%, while holding the Stringrays to 16%. Five players scored in double-digits for the Cavs, led by Blake Taylor with 14 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists. Stingrays starter Ethan Blythe had 21 points and seven rebounds in his side’s loss.
Bendigo 90 def Geelong 76
Bendigo acounted for Geelong at home on the back of a solid shooting performance. The Braves shot 44.5% from the field, with assists on 23 of the teams 37 made baskets. Daniels (11pts), Brohm (12pts), White (12pts) and Brown (14pts) shared the scoring load for Bendigo.
Altona 60 def by Corio Bay 86
Corio Bay came into Altona on Sunday afternoon and bounced back from a Saturday night loss by making light work of the Gators. It was the Stingrays three-point shooting that did the damage, nailing nine from deep to Altona’s three. Corio Bay were led by O’Leary (18 points) and Blythe (16 points), while Hamish Goodier had nine points and ten rebounds.
Casey 97 def Werribee 78
Casey recorded their second victory of the weekend, defeating Werribee by 19 points at home on Sunday afternoon. The Cavaliers set the tone inside, as they outscored the Devils 64-24 in points in the paint. Blake Taylor scored another 15 points, after 14 on Saturday, while Luke Beard led all comers with 20 points on 8/14 shooting.
Geelong 118 def Camberwell 105
Geelong outscored Camberwell by 13 points in a Sunday afternoon shootout. The SuperCats caught fire at home at the AWA Alliance Bank Stadium, shooting 56.5% from the field. This included 13/27 (48%) from three point territory, as Geelong locked in from range. SuperCats starters King (31pts), Nyieth (21pts), Kos (16pts) and Georgiadis (15pts) combined for 83 points on a super-efficient 33/47 shooting. Charlie Fitsioris went toe-to-toe with the Geelong offence, generating 25 points of his own on 10/18 shooting, but didn’t get enough support from his teammates.
Youth League One Women
Corio Bay 68 def by Casey 107
Casey travelled to Geelong for a Saturday afternoon matchup with Corio Bay and came away comprehensive victors. The Cavaliers forced their opponents into committing 34 turnovers, cashing in to the tune of 45 points off turnovers. The Cavs also dominated the glass, out rebounding the Stingrays 54-36. Perhaps most damning stat for Corio Bay was the overwhelming difference in points in the paint, as Casey scored 76 to their 26. Lauren Tuplin continued her red hot form for the Cavaliers with 29 points and six rebounds, after her 22 points against the Thunder in round one. Meanwhile, Young (14 points, 10 rebounds) and Peacock (16 points, 10 rebounds) both recorded double-double’s in the Cavs dominant win.
Craigieburn 40 def by Keilor 46
Keilor edged Craigieburn by six points in a defensive battle at the Craigieburn Sports Stadium. Both sides shot just 22% from the field, but the Thunder had the advantage on the backboard, out-rebounding the Eagles 58-42. Keilor also won the points in the paint stat 24-14. Keilor was led by Tess Heal with a 19-point, 10-rebound double-double. The Thunder will have to recover and prepare for the second leg of a back-to-back when they face Eltham at home on Sunday.
Geelong 43 def by Camberwell 69
Camberwell set the tone on defence, holding the SuperCats to 22% shooting on the night. The Dragons applied a tonne of pressure and conjured up 23 turnovers, cashing in for 18 points off TO’s. Camberwell were led by Zoe Scott’s 18 points from the bench in as many minutes, to go with six rebounds. Bates (13 points, six rebounds), Wallace (12 points) and Warren-Smith (five points, 10 rebounds) were all solid contributors.
McKinnon 59 def by Warrandyte 66
The Venom struggled from the field shooting just 27%, although they attempted 38 more shots than their opponents which helped them run out seven point winners. Ella Whiting-Le Cras top scored for the visitors off the bench with 14 points and four rebounds, while Claudia Kuen added 12. Alaana Northey was huge for the Cougars with 18 points and 13 rebounds, although the hosts couldn’t do enough to grab the victory.
Keilor 77 def Eltham 47
Keilor rounded out a perfect weekend with a comfortable victory over Eltham for their second victory, after they took care of Craigieburn on Saturday. The Thunder forced the Wildcats into 36 turnovers, creating 41 turnover points. Keilor had an even spread of scorers with eleven players scoring four points or more. Tess Heal recorded 13 points, four rebounds and three steals in just eight minutes of court time after her double-double on Saturday.
Youth League Two Men
Keysborough 74 def Western Port 71
Keysbrough have earned a three-point win in a hard fought game against Western Port. Jacob Evans led the way with 17 points on 43% shooting. For Western Port, Kristopher Scholtz scored 15 points off then bench including 11 from the foul line. Both teams were fairly matched, but ultimately, a better field goal percentage got Keysborough over the line.
Coburg 84 def Melton 80
Coburg have come out on top in a close match, beating Melton by four points. The Giants overcame a one point three-quarter time deficit to win, outscoring Melton in the fourth 23-18. Damien Watson finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds for the victors, while James Harris contributed 16 points of his own off the bench. Fernando Rios-Rodriguez was the standout for Melton, scoring 23 points and having four assists to go with it.
Whittlesea 63 def by Chelsea 95
Chelsea have soundly beaten Whittlesea, coming away winners by 32 points. Chelsea captain Daniel Brown had an excellent all-round game with 22 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Chelsea were dominant on the boards, out rebounding Whittlesea by 29. Whittlesea struggled for consistent scoring throughout the night, with only three players reaching double digit scoring. Shakir Larchin led those scorers with 11.
Cragieburn 70 def by Pakenham 75
Pakenham have seen off a fast finishing Cragieburn side to win by five points. Ned Weideman had a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead the way for Pakenham. Another evenly matched game, better shooting is what helped Pakenham to the win. They shot 52% from two-point range to 34% from Cragieburn. Cragieburn’s inaccuracy was best displayed by leading scorer Brodie Naggs. He scored 16 points on 6-17 shooting.
Chelsea 86 def Coburg 76
With both teams playing in their second game of the round, Chelsea outclassed Coburg in the final quarter, winning by ten points. Daniel Brown was again the standout, going off for 33 points and 10 rebounds. The last quarter turned the game for Chelsea, as they trailed by four at the final break. A 33-19 quarter saw them turn the deficit around and emerge victorious. For Coburg, Brett Bell and Damien Watson were the leading scorers with 14.
Maccabi 78 def by Collingwood 82
Collingwood have beaten out a tough Maccabi side by four points on the back of a strong shooting display. The All Stars shot 48% from both the field and the three-point line to earn the win. Athiaan Manyiel led Collingwood to the win with 22 points and 13 rebounds, while for Maccabi Idan Shamis had 20 points on 9/16 field goals.
Mornington 81 def Wallan 65
Mornington have won convincingly over
Wallan, coming out winners by 16 points. Henry Peirce, Daniel Nash and Max
Cairns all posted double-doubles, combining for 57 points and 38 rebounds. All
three Mornington stars were accurate from the field, with only Nash shooting
less than 50%. The same couldn’t be said for Wallan’s leading scorer Lachlan
Rae, who went 6/21 for 16 points including four three-pointers.
Youth League Two Women
Pakenham 61 def Mornington 56
The Warriors posted their first win of the new season, outlasting the Breakers for a tight five-point win. Mornington got off to a fast start, leading by 11 points at the first change, before Pakenham hit back in the second term to take a one-point edge into half-time. The Warriors dominated the third quarter, before holding off the Breakers to take the win. Pakenham’s advantage on the boards proved the deciding factor, led by Alahna Arnason, who snared 21 rebounds to go along with her team-high 16 points. Madison Lesiuk led the way for Mornington with 23 points and eight rebounds.
Blackburn 41 def by Collingwood 47
Despite shooting only 25 per cent from the field, the All Stars defeated the Vikings in a low-scoring contest at Mullum Mullum Stadium. Leading by nine points after three quarters, the All Stars were able to hold on to record their first victory of 2019. The win came on the back of an outstanding Collingwood defensive effort, restricting Blackburn to 22 per cent shooting. Continuing her excellent start to the season, Ayuen Akot registered 26 of Collingwood’s 47 points, to go along with 10 rebounds. Bethanie Gray was the best of the Vikings, recording 10 points, six rebounds and three steals.
Whittlesea 55 def by Frankston 75
Leading at every change, the Blues were never troubled on their way to their second victory from as many games. Thanks to Frankston’s suffocating defence, the Pacers could only muster 29 per cent shooting from the floor, while coughing up a whopping 30 turnovers, from which the Blues scored 21 points. Kassie Boorer top-scored for Frankston, pouring in 17 points and six rebounds in only 18 minutes, while Alice Yates scored 16 points of her own. Hailey Wynd led the Pacers with 20 points, 18 rebounds, six blocks and three steals.
Coburg 57 def Western Port 53
An extra period was required to determine a winner between the Giants and the Steelers, with Coburg prevailing in a thriller at home. It was the Giants’ first win of the 2019 campaign, consigning the Steelers to an 0-2 start. In a tight finish to regulation, Coburg’s Jacqueline Torrini missed a three-pointer with two seconds remaining to force overtime, in which the Giants edged ahead to claim victory. Western Port had no answers for Skye Johnston, who posted an incredible double-double of 23 points and 17 rebounds. Whynter Waterhouse Brennan notched a double-double of her own, with 11 points and 15 rebounds for the Steelers.
Chelsea 72 def Coburg 59
The Gulls used a dominant opening stanza to defeat the Giants, remaining unbeaten in the early stages of the season. Leading by 10 points after one quarter, Chelsea withstood a mini-fightback by Coburg in the second term, before cruising to a 13-point victory. The Gulls’ reserves played a major role in the win, with Chelsea recording 32 bench points compared to nine for Coburg. Jaimee Storen led the way off the bench for the Gulls, top-scoring with 16 points, while also collecting seven rebounds in her 23 minutes of action. Jessica Connor led the Giants with 16 points and six rebounds.
Werribee 61 def by Sherbrooke 73
The Suns never looked back after leading by 11 points at the first change on their way to a second straight win to start the season. Despite losing the battle on the boards, Sherbrooke forced Werribee to commit 22 turnovers, from which the Suns scored 23 points. Naomi Smith had 22 points and six rebounds to lead the victors, while Olivia Klaman put up 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists in a losing effort.