Round 1 Reviews

Round one in the books and it’s good to have basketball back!

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

Championship Men

McKinnon 83 def Keilor 80

McKinnon held off a late fightback from Keilor to open the season with a win. Trailing by 14 points at the start of the final term, the Thunder outscored the Cougars 24-13 in the last term to fall agonisingly short. McKinnon captain Dillon Stith starred with 26 points, five rebounds and three assists.

Hume City 114 def Corio Bay 91

Hume City recorded an impressive away victory to Corio Bay. After a tight first quarter, the Broncos piled on 39 points in the second term to hold an eight point lead at half time. The Broncos backed up their second quarter heroics with 30 points in the third term to extnd the lead to an unassailable 20 points. Joseph Reid Jr performed admirably for the Stingrays, ending the match with 31 points and 11 rebounds in an otherwise poor performance from the home side.

Casey 98 def Blackburn 69

The season could not have started any better for Casey who recorded a 29-point away victory over Blackburn. The Cavaliers dominated inside with 44 points in the paint and held their opponents to just 24 points in the key. The Cavaliers held a six-point lead at quarter time, before a 29-8 run in the second term gave them a 27-point lead at the half. Blackburn scored 30 points in the third term to cut the lead to 23 points, but that was the only time they scored more than 20 points in a term as the Cavs ran away with the win in the final quarter. Raheem Lemons had 24 points, 11 rebounds and three assists , while Matthew Donlan had 20 points and five rebounds in the win.

Hawthorn 90 def Chelsea 82

Hawthorn became the third away team to win on the opening night of the Championship by beating Chelsea at the Patterson River Stadium. The Magic outscored the Gulls 31-23 in the second term to lead by 49-43 at half time. The margin was cut to two points with a quarter to play as seven points from Corey Standerfer in the third term kept Chelsea in the game. A Colin Voss bucket gave the Gulls the lead early in the final term, but they were unable to hold off a rampant Magic side who piled on 23 points to come away with the win. Patrick McBrearty came off the bench to top score for the Magic with 26 points, while Nelson Kirksey and Jack Barry both ended the game with 17 points.

Keilor 92 def Werribee 64

Keilor bounced back from their opening night defeat by beating Werribee in emphatic style. Michael Anderson shot 4-5 from three-point range to end the game with 25 points, 12 rebounds and five assists. Victory was never in doubt for the Thunder who outscored the Devils in the first three quarters. The Thunder held a six-point lead at quarter-time, before a 32-15 run in the second term gave them a 23-point lead at the half. Keilor’s ability to hit the scoreboard was matched by their defensive display, which was highlighted by their ability to hold the Devils to nine points in the third term. David Shepard’s double-double (18 points and 10 rebounds) was the only bright spot in an otherwise disappointing day for the Devils.

Championship Women

Werribee 62 def Southern Peninsula 48

Werribee kicked off their season with an impressive victory over Southern Peninsula. Defence was the mainstay in the opening term for the Devils as they conceded only two points in the first term, while adding 25 points to the score sheet for themselves. The remainder of the game was evenly contested, which would disappoint the Sharks who could have come away with the win had it not been for their poor start. The Sharks outscored the Devils 46-37 in the following three quarters, which highlights their abilty to fight back from a disappointing display. Sarah Elsworthy top scored for Werribee with 29 points at 55 per cent from the field.

Keilor 84 def Bulleen 47

44 points from turnovers will help any side to victory, as was the case for Keilor. The Thunder trounced Bulleen in an all-round display highlighted by their ability to hold the Boomers to under 10 points in two of the four quarters. Three of the Thunder’s starters scored over 10 points, with Erin Bollmann ending the game with 26 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. The Thunder outscored the Boomers 60-20 in the paint and 37-4 from fast break points in a dominant display.

McKinnon 84 def Whittlesea 67

The Cougars relied on the strong second quarter to claim victory over Whittlesea at the Mill Park Basketball Stadium. Trailing by six points at quarter time, McKinnon outscored the Pacers 24-8 in the second term to hold a 10-point lead at quarter time. The Cougars went on a 26-0 run in the second and third term that enabled them to attain an unassailable lead. Whittlesea were able to keep up with the Cougars scoring in the second half, largely due to the efforts of Danielle Reinwald who recorded 27 points and 21 rebounds in the game. But the damage had already been done in the second quarter to allow McKinnon to begin the season with a win.

Casey 94 def Warrnambool 55

Casey was the only home team to win in the opening round of the Championship Women’s division, claiming a comfortable victory over the Mermaids. Warnambool shot 28 per cent from the field and made 20 turnovers in a display they will hope to bounce back from in round two. Four of the Cavaliers’ five starters ended the game with over 10 points, with Jaimie-lee Jeffs leading the way with 19 points, nine rebounds and three assists. The Cavs shot seven three-pointers and scored 50 points inside the paint. Their ability to pick-pocket their opponents was also key as they recorded 13 steals in the game.

Hume City 84 def Sunbury 80

Boardman Stadium was the venue for the most entertaining game of the weekend as the Broncos held off a late Sunbury fightback to open their campaign with a win. Hume held a two-point lead at quarter time, courtesy of 10 points from BreAnna Brock. A low scoring second term (16-11) allowed the Broncos to hold a seven-point lead at the half. Successive three’s from Bianca Babic gave the Broncos a 10-point lead at three-quarter-time. Despite trailing at each break, the Jets remained in touching distance of the Broncos and set about overturning the score in the final term. The Jets trailed by two points when

Geralynn Leaupepe hit one of two free-throws with two and a half minutes left in the game. Teyla Evans shot two free throws and Babic hit another three to extend the lead to an unassailable seven points, which the Jets were unable to overturn.  

Division One Men

Bulleen 103 def Collingwood 84
The Boomers started off their season in impressive fashion with a strong win over the All Stars behind 55 per cent shooting from beyond the arc. Chauncey Orr fell just shy of a triple-double with 30 points, eight rebounds and 11 assists, while James Cappellari also shone with 26 points and nine rebounds. Deng Dut (24 points) and Manuel Hendrix (25 points) played well for Collingwood.

Keysborough 68 def Warrnambool 67
The Cougars recorded a narrow one-point victory over the Seahawks in a contest then went right down to the wire. Ivan Platenik led the home team in scoring with 23, adding eight rebounds. Naaman Hightower double-doubled with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Alexander Gynes led Warrnambool in scoring with 14, however, on an inefficient 6-of-18 shooting effort.

Warrandyte 82 def Latrobe City 51
The Venoms kicked off their 2019 campaign with a blowout win over the the Energy at Warrandyte Sports Complex. Andrew Kelly (18 points, 11 rebounds) led four Warrandyte players in double-digit scoring. David Moore also double-doubled for the home team with 10 points and 11 rebounds. For Latrobe City, Stephen O’Brien was the lone bright light with 14 points and six boards.

Bellarine 71 def by Western Port 82
The Steelers led for the majority of their clash with the Storm on Saturday night, as the visitors picked up a well-deserved 11-point win on the road. The difference between the two sides was largely on the free throw line, as the Storm went just 13-27, while the Storm were 18-20 from the charity stripe. Had Bellarine connected at the same percentage as their opponents, it certainly could have been a different ball game. The visitors were led by Daryl Corletto, who finished with 26 points, six assists and five rebounds, while Tanner Samson recorded a 14-point, 11-rebound double-double. Nathan Lemke was Bellarine’s best with 20 points and 15 boards in the defeat.

Coburg 94 def Melbourne University 66
The Giants were firing from deep to dispatch the Blank Angels on a 62 per cent shooting effort from downtown. Pat Green was lights out in this one, dialling in 23 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including five triples, five rebounds and four assists. James Watson (18 points, four treys) was also prolific for the home team. Thomas Bottrell was the only Blank Angel to hit double-figures in scoring, pouring in 28 points with five 3-pointers in a disappointing opening showing.

Whittlesea 79 def by Shepparton 93
The Gators left Mill Park Basketball Stadium with a handy road win after ousting the Pacers by 14 points. Jerron Jamerson (23 points, seven boards, four steals), Javaan Mumtaz (22 points, five triples, eight rebounds and, Atem Atem (15 points, nine boards, two steals, three blocks) all impressed for Whittlesea. Meanwhile, Judson Seumanu (18 points, three triples, six rebounds), Dominic Bruno (11 points, eight steals) and Hakeem Simon (11 points, five rebounds, five blocks) lit it up on either end of the floor for the home team in an otherwise poor showing.

Sunbury 69 def Bulleen 65
The Jets and Boomers fought out a tough contest that came down to a tight final term. It was Ivanne Loncaric with the hot hand for Sunbury, finishing with 21 points on 64 per cent shooting to go with 11 rebounds. Arthur Trousdell (16 points, 10 rebounds, six assists) and Nathan Baker (nine points, 13 boards) were also busy. Orr backed up his strong showing on Saturday againat Collingwood with 26 points, two threes and eight rebounds and Mitchell White tallied nine points and 10 rebounds.

Division One Women

Bellarine 67 def Western Port 61

The Storm trailed by as many as 11 points before overturning the double-digit deficit to run out six-point winners against the Steelers on Saturday. Bellarine shot poorly and only connected on 31% of their shots compared to 37% from the Steelers, although the hosts took 16 more attempts, which was largely due to Western Port’s 17 turnovers. They failed to take care of the ball when it mattered, and the margin could have been a lot worse had Malika Jackson not starred off the bench with 25 points and 11 rebounds.

Chelsea 101 def Latrobe City 59

Chelsea opened their campaign with a comfortable 42-point victory over Latrobe City. Georgia Stirton had 23 points, 11 rebounds and three assists, while Shaniqua Nilles had 20 points, six rebounds and five assists. Chelsea scored 30 points in the first quarter to open up a 15-point lead, that quickly increased as they added a further 20 points in the second term to extend their lead to 19 points at half time. The Gulls defensive pressure forced the Energy to commit 24 turnovers, which the Gulls scored 31 points from. One area they Gulls will want to work on is their shooting accuracy, which was at 37 per cent from the field.

Mildura 53 def by Hawthorn 74

A double-double from Nyliah Jamison-Myers guided Hawthorn to victory away to Mildura. Jamison-Myers had 19 points at 43 per cent from the field and 16 rebounds in a solid display by the Magic. Hawthorn led by two points at the end of the opening term, but their lead grew to 22 points over the next two quarters as they held the Heat to single-digit scores in the middle quarters. The Magic were unstoppable in the paint and ended the match with 36 points in the key. The Magic were also aided by their bench who contributed 24 points to the end score, while the Heat’s bench managed only one-point. Tia Ucich had 11 points and seven rebounds for the Magic, while Mikayla Delcastegne was one rebound short of double-double, as she finished the game with 22 points and nine rebounds for Mildura.

Craigieburn 47 deb by Camberwell 55

The Dragons came away with victory in a tightly contested game away to Craigieburn. Camberwell trailed by three points at quarter-time, before a 14-5 second term gave them a five-point lead at the half. The Dragons were held to only eight points in the third term as the Eagles cut the margin to a point with a quarter to play. But just as it appeared the home side would run away with the game, Tahlia Higgs scored six of the Dragons’ 14 fourth quarter points to guide them to the win. It was the Dragons’ bench that proved to be the difference between the two teams as they outscored the Eagles reserves 22-10. Nicole Swan led the way for Camberwell with 14 points, three rebounds and two assists in 26 minutes on court.

Camberwell 66 def Warrandyte 56

Camberwell made it two wins in two days as they beat Warrandyte at home. The Dragons showed no signs of fatigue as they opened up a six-point lead in the first term. The Venom held the Dragons to nine points in the second term to overturn the margin and lead by two points at the half. Both sides shot 20 points in the third term to set a thrilling finale at the Balwyn High School. Any suggestions the Dragons would run out of steam in the fourth quarter were shut down when Chloe Savory made a layup to give the Dragons the lead early in the term. That Dragons would retain that lead for the rest of the game as climbed to the top of the ladder.

Division Two Men

Camberwell 81 def RMIT 58
The Dragons whacked the Redbacks by 23 points in the opening hitout of Division Two Men. Maxwell Barkeley led the way with 16 points, four triples and five rebounds, while Mark Fernandez added 13 points and seven boards. Rene Jurkschat had 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting for RMIT to go with five rebounds.

Southern Peninsula 97 def Altona 84
The Sharks were that little bit too good for the Gators at Hillview Stadium. Troyce Manassa stuffed the stat sheet with 31 points, two threes, 12 rebounds and four steals. Corey Bond was also key with 23 points, seven treys, seven boards and four steals. Jovan Bojanic and Tobi Swinley chimed in with 13 points apiece for Altona.

Pakenham 97 def Maccabi 70
Pakenham got it done in a well-rounded performance as six players hit double figures in scoring, led by Benjamin Gaze (13 points, 13 rebounds, five assists) and John Creighton (14 points, 10 rebounds). It was a disappointing performance from the Maccabi outside of Adam Klaz, who poured in 24 points with four 3-pointers in the blowout loss.

Melton 87 def North East 75
Melton were that little bit better than the Bushrangers at Melton Indoor Recreation Centre. Christopher Johnson (22 points on 6-of-9 shooting, 13 rebounds, five dimes) and Wol Wol Ngong (18 points, six rebounds) were the two most dominant players on the floor for Melton in the victory. On the other side, Liam wright led the Bushrangers with 23 points.

Mildura 88 def Sherbrooke 73
The Heat were too good for the Suns in a 16-point triumph at Toyota Hothouse. Calvin Henry double-doubled for Mildura with 16 points and 12 rebounds, with help from Jacob Pettway (16 points, eight boards). James Denton (19 points) and Kraig Shields (12 points, 14 rebounds) were the notable performers for Sherbooke.

Mornington 61 def by Craigieburn 87
No stats were avaliable at the time of publish.

RMIT 81 def by Wallan 90
The Redbacks stumbled at home to the Panthers in a tight affair after failing to comeback from a double-digit halftime deficit for their second loss of the reound. Rene Jurkschat put up a team-high 21 points for the Redbacks, while Kioyom Athum added 12 points, eight boards and four assists. Trace Cureton (19 points, eight rebounds, nine assists) nearly triple-doubled for Wallan, who also got big showings from Leigh Saffin (18 points, four threes) and Jaak Ponsford (18 points, seven boards).

North East 62 def by Camberwell 66
The Bushrangers slipped to 0-2 after narrowly going down to the Dragons at home to close out the round. Dylan Shorne (14 points, nine rebounds) led five Bushrangers in double-digit scoring. Meanwhile, the Dragons got a massive 22 points and 12 rebounds from Barkeley to sit undefeated on the top of the standings.

Division Two Women

Melton 78 def North East 44

Melton have romped to an easy win over North East in a game where Melton restricted their opponents to just two points in the second quarter. Both sides shot poorly from three-point range, but Melton’s dominance came from their efficiency in the paint. They scored 58 points around the hoop compared to North East’s 18. Stacey Procak and Allana Procak were dominant for Melton scoring 20 and 18 points respectively. Tenille Collins was excellent for North East, scoring 16 points and going 7/8 at the free-throw line.

Melbourne Uni 82 def Coburg 70

Melbourne Uni have come away with a 12-point win over Coburg on the back of an Amelia Smith double-double. Smith was the focal point for the Black Angels going 8-17 from the field and an impressive 14-16 from the free-throw line. Not to be overlooked, Emmie O’Nial had a big game for Melbourne Uni as well. She scored 16 points and grabbed a massive 18 rebounds, including 10 at the offensive end. Saule Kontautaite was the standout for Coburg, scoring 24 points and having them all come from behind the three-point line.

Mornington v Blackburn

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Sherbrooke 89 def Wallan 62

Sherbrooke have won easily against Wallan by 27 points. The Suns controlled the second half, after trailing at half-time, outscoring Wallan 56-27. Wallan’s 31 turnovers were a major factor in Sherbrooke’s win as the Suns were able to score 30 points off turnovers to the Panthers’ 18. Suns captain Rebecca Jones led all scorers with 25 points, including two threes and 9-11 free throws, along with six steals and three assists. Carly Simons was best for Wallan as she posted a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds.

Pakenham 70 def Collingwood 55

Pakenham have emerged victorious against Collingwood by 15 points. A large reason for their win was the incredible all around performance of Ellie Coutts. She posted a triple-double in just 21 minutes to lead her side to the win. Nyesha Sims was key for Collingwood, scoring 15 points and puling in 16 rebounds. Despite her strong showing though, Collingwood were no match for Coutts and the Warriors. Stephanie Pal and Keeley Patterson led the side in scoring with 11 points apiece.

Victorian Youth Championship Men

Dandenong 114 def Blackburn 43

The Rangers made light work of the Vikings in the opening game of the Victorian Youth Championship Men division. The Rangers outscored the Vikings 64-26 in the second half to record a massive win. All 12 players shot a basket for Dandenong, while Cooper Applegate had a double-double (13 points and 11 rebounds) for the Vikings.

McKinnon 79 def Nunawading 74

The Cougars came away with a five-point win in a thrilling encounter at GESAC stadium. The Spectres held a 56-43 lead at three-quarter-time, before McKinnon outscored the visitors 36-18 in the final term to claim the win. Tim Harmer top scored for the Cougars with 26 points, while Luke Peynenborg had a double-double (18 points and 16 rebounds). 

Eltham 96 def Ringwood 56

13 points in nine minutes from James Stockwell inspired Eltham to a 30-point victory. Stockwell shot 5-8 in his short time on the field, while Christian Yammouni came close to a triple-double (16 points, nine rebounds, eight assists). The Wildcats’ offence was too powerful for the Hawks and ended the game with 42 points in the paint.

Diamond Valley 95 def Sherbrooke 69

The Eagles’ rebounding was too powerful for the Suns on Saturday night. The Eagles out-rebounded the Suns 75-37 and scored 25 second chance points in the comfortable win. Luke Liesegang had 18 points, 14 rebounds and four assists in the win.

Kilsyth 97 def Southern Sabres 73

36 points in the second term aided the Cobras in their win over the Sabres. The Cobras shot 45 per cent from the field, with Mitchell Dielemans and Luke Rosendale top scoring with 17 points each. Despite the defeat, Nicholas Gabsch excelled for the Sabres with 32 points at 61 per cent from the floor.

Knox 73 def Bulleen 59

Knox produced a strong second half display to beat Bulleen. Leading by three points at half time, the Raiders outscored the Boomers 34-23 in the second half to secure the win. Colin Shaw took 13 three-point attempts for his 19 points, while Raiders captain Kallum Top had 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Melbourne 82 def Keilor 75

Melbourne opened their season with an away victory to Keilor. The Tigers trailed by one-point at quarter time before they outscored the Thunder in the next three quarters. Tajver Chehal and Alexander Higgins-Titsha top scored for the Tigers with 18 points, while captain Mason Gaze had 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

Waverley 68 def Blackburn 58

21 points in the final term was enough for the Falcons to defeat the Vikings. The Falcons led by one-point at three-quarter-time, but showed their best form in the final term to begin their season with a win. Bol Jok had 16 points and six rebounds, while captain Cody Fredrickson had 13 points.

Nunawading 83 def Diamond Valley 55

An 18-point lead at quarter-time gave the Spectres their first win of the season. The Spectres held the Eagles to nine points in the opening term and 25 points in the first half. The Eagles reduced the margin in the third term but that did little to the overall result. Lachlan DeMattia had 18 points and seven rebounds off the bench.

Southern Sabres 137 def Hawthorn 125

The Sabres came out on top in a high-scoring affair against the Hawthorn Magic. Captain Nicholas Gabsch had 38 points, while Kinglsey Box had 30 points in a game which saw both sides combine for 81 points in the last quarter.

Victorian Youth Championship Women

Melbourne 75 def Ballarat 60

The Melbourne Tigers easily swept Ballarat aside, winning by 15 points. Both sides were inefficient, shooting less than 30% from the field. Turnovers were ultimately the key, with the Tigers able to look after the ball only losing it 11 times to Ballarat’s 25. Katie Budgen had a big game scoring 20 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing out six assists. None of the 11 players used by Ballarat scored in double figures, with Claire Blower top scoring with nine to go along with 18 rebounds.

Southern Sabres 63 def Hawthorn 53

The Southern Sabres have come away with a ten point win over Hawthorn on the back of a strong start. The Sabres won the the first quarter 16-7 to open up a lead that Hawthorn couldn’t come back from. Morgan Riley led all scorers for the Sabres with 16. Ryleh Killian scored 18 for Hawthorn along with grabbing six rebounds.

Ringwood 95 def Bulleen 30

Ringwood have blown out Bulleen in dominant fashion winning by 65 points. Bulleen only made nine field goals for the game and turned the ball over 32 times. Ringwood had four players score 16 points or more with Annabel Deerbon leading the way with 17 along with 12 assists and five rebounds.

Kilsyth 74 def Southern Sabres 58

Kilsyth have emerged victorious following a dominant final quarter performance against Southern Sabres. The Cobras  entered the fourth trailing by one, but outscored the Sabres 29-12 to win by 16 points. Lauren Bird had 15 points and seven rebounds to star for Kilsyth. For the Sabres, both Morgan Riley and Emma Crees scored 13, the latter hitting three three-pointers along the way.

Diamond Valley vs Bendigo

Result unavailable at time of publish

Hume City 70 def Sunbury 55

Hume City have put in a solid all round performance to win by 15 points against Sunbury. Hume had 22 offensive rebounds which resulted in 16 second chance points and a +14 count in total rebounds. Hannah Mrakov scored 14 points for Sunbury to lead her team. Rachele Carrozza scored 13 points for the victors and contributed all over the court, adding four rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Nunawading 76 def Knox 53

Nunawading have cruised to an easy win against Knox by 23 points. Rachel Poke was dominant for the Spectres scoring 24 points and shooting 73% from the field. Poke and Isabel Feller combined to hit the Spectres’ eight three-pointers. For Know, Georgia Baldwin and Sophie Agorakis both scored 13 points, but struggled from the field going at 33% each.

Sunbury 65 def Waverley 61

Sunbury have come out on top in the closest game of the round, winning by four points against Waverley. Sunbury held on in the last quarter as Waverley attempted a late comeback. Mikaela Miller was the standout for Waverley, posting a statline of 11 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Emily Conn scored 14 points for Sunbury going 4-8 from the field and 6-10 at the free throw line.

Knox 66 def Altona 58

Knox have won against a strong Altona side following a big last quarter. The Raiders won the final term, and the game, by eight points. Arielle Williams and Rhiannon Ockwell were the stars, scoring 21 and 18 points respectively. Reyhan Aziz performed admirably for Altona, posting a double-double of 17 points and 15 rebounds.

Hume City vs Dandenong

Result unavailable at time of publish

Youth League One Men

Ballarat 84 def Camberwell 67

The Miners opened their 2019 campaign in the Youth League One Men’s division with a 17-point victory over the Dragons.

After a tight first half, Ballarat dominated the second half to run out victors. Amos Brooks led the way for the Miners, posting a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds, while Charlie Fitsioris scored 16 points for the Dragons.

Hume City 104 def Corio Bay 98

The Hume City Broncos emerged victorious in a thrilling contest against the Corio Bay Stingrays, hanging on at the end to claim a six-point win. Five Broncos scored in double figures, with Mitchell Goodwin posting 23 points, four rebounds and six assists to lead his team, while Christopher Alai chipped in with 20 points and 12 rebounds of his own. Jordan O’Leary handled the bulk of the scoring for the Stingrays, pouring in 32 points.

Bendigo 79 def Warrandyte 57

The Braves used a suffocating defensive display to cruise to a 79-57 victory over the Venom. Warrandyte had no answers for the Bendigo defense, managing only 20 points in the first half and shooting a dismal 34 per cent from the field for the game. Kai Daniels scored 17 points to go along with eight rebounds for Bendigo, while Aidan Brohm played a solid all-around game with 16 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and three steals. Sebastian Goldby led the vanquished Venom with 12 points.

Werribee 98 def Sunbury 60

The Devils were never troubled in their 38-point victory over the Jets. Werribee got off to a fast start, leading by 20 points after one quarter, and 34 points at half-time, before continuing on its merry way. Marol Kuany led five Devils to score in double digits with 19 points and 12 rebounds, while James Reeves was the best of the Jets, registering 14 points and nine rebounds.

Geelong vs Altona

Scores and stats unavailable at time of publishing.

Casey 103 def Sunbury 84

The Cavaliers have pulled away from the Jets in the last quarter to kick-off their 2019 season with a win. Just under half of Casey’s points came in the paint, as the Cavaliers shot a healthy 54 per cent from the field en route to victory. Blake Taylor knocked down five threes on his way to 28 points for Casey, while Brendon Head scored 20 points to go along with five rebounds and four assists. Christopher John led Sunbury with 20 points, five assists and four steals.

Hume City 104 def Warrandyte 75

The Broncos capped off the opening weekend of the season with a second victory, defeating the Venom by 29 points.

The game was virtually over after one quarter, with the Broncos allowing the Venom to score only five points on the way to a 22-point lead. Hume City owned the glass, corralling almost twice as many rebounds as Warrandyte, while also restricting the Venom to 35 per cent field goal shooting. Matthew Foster was Hume City’s top performer, notching an impressive stat line of 24 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and three steals; while Nathan Stewart scored 14 points to lead Warrandyte.

Ballarat 102 def Corio Bay 72

The Miners have demolished the Stingrays in their first home game of the new season, ensuring they would remain undefeated after two games. The game was competitive early, with Ballarat holding a six-point lead after one quarter, but from then on, the Miners dominated, thanks to 16 points and eight rebounds from Bol Bok. Ethan Blythe scored 15 points for Corio Bay.

Frankston 81 def Werribee 66

After a slow start, the Blues have used a second-half turnaround to defeat the Devils in their first game of 2019.

Frankston trailed by seven points at half-time, before outscoring Werribee 53-31 to run out 15-point winners.

Tom Garrett scored 22 points to lead the Blues, while Fisto Bizima scored 14 points for Werribee.

Youth League One Women

Corio Bay vs Eltham

Result unavailable at time of publish.

Keilor 71 def Casey 67

After trailing by one point heading into the final quarter, Keilor prevailed in a nail-biting finish to edge Casey by four points. In a see-sawing contest, neither side led by more than two points at any break, and scores were level at half-time.

Despite shooting only 36 per cent from the field and losing the turnover battle, the Thunder were able to come out on top in an epic defensive struggle, holding the Cavaliers to only 1-14 shooting from three-point territory. A 20-8 advantage in fast-break points proved the deciding factor for Keilor. Tess Heal made 11 of her 12 free throw attempts to finish the game with 17 points for the victors, gathering nine rebounds as well. Emily Ellis also had a strong game, posting 12 points and eight rebounds. Lauren Tuplin was the top scorer in the game, scoring 22 points, to go along with six rebounds and four steals in a losing effort.

Craigieburn 70 def Camberwell 61

Carley Cranston scored 26 points to lead the Eagles to a nine-point win over the Dragons. In another close contest, Craigieburn led by two points after three quarters before pulling away in the final term. Despite shooting only 52 per cent from the free throw line and being comprehensively outrebounded, the Eagles won the turnover battle and scored more second-chance points en route to victory. Megan Butler played an excellent supporting role for Craigieburn, scoring 14 points to go along with nine rebounds and six assists.

Tiarnie Ellingworth led the way for Camberwell, scoring 19 points and collecting seven rebounds, while Zoe Scott finished with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Geelong vs McKinnon

Result unavailable at time of publish.

Warrandyte 49 def Camberwell 48

The Venom came from behind in the last quarter to win an exciting defensive tussle against the Dragons by the slightest of margins. Capping off a heartbreaking weekend for Camberwell, the Dragons led by five points heading into the final stanza before the Venom edged ahead courtesy of a Claudia Kuen jump shot with only four seconds remaining.

Despite making only one out of 27 three point attempts, the Venom played an outstanding defensive game, holding the Dragons to 28 per cent field goal shooting, and forcing 23 Camberwell turnovers. Taylah Heath played a strong game for the victors, posting 15 points, five rebounds and three steals, while the hero Kuen was her side’s second-leading scorer with nine points. Mia D’Apolito led Camberwell with 13 points and seven rebounds, while Jessica Bates joined her in double figures, scoring 11 points of her own.

Youth League Two Men

Chelsea 75 def by Melton 82 
The Gulls went down to the Thoroughbreds after being unable to recover from a 17-point deficit at the end of the first quarter. Neither side had a good day shooting the ball, both going at less than a 40 per cent clip. For Chelsea, it was Daniel Brown who led the way with a team-high 19 points, to go with four rebounds and three assists. Aaron Frost posted 15 points and 17 rebounds and Jessie Denholm contributed 11 points and seven boards off the bench. Max Beaumont was sizzling for the Thoroughbreds with a game-high 30 points on 12-of-23 shooting with four 3-pointers, adding six rebounds. Koby Skenderis chipped in with 17 points, six boards and six dimes to help guide his team to victory.

Keysborough 78 def by Craigieburn 92
Despite a strong start, the Cougars went down by double digits to the Eagles at Rowville Secondary College. Craigieburn did their damage throughout an impressive second and third quarters where they outscored Keysborough 53-38. Lachlan Soukup had a solid outing for the Cougars with 26 points on 10-of-20 shooting, as well four rebounds, four assists and four steals. However, he did commit six turnovers. Luke Logan was the only other Cougar to hit double figures in scoring with 12 points off the bench. On the other side, Brendan Wadwell led four Eagles in double digits with 16 points, as Jesse Ross and Liam Starzer provided a spark off the bench with 14 points apiece.

Pakenham 81 def Maccabi 72
Pakenham ousted Maccabi at Cardinia Life in a game that was hotly contested for the most part. The Warriors used a 26-point third quarter to seize control of the game Thomas Greer fired for Pakenham with 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting, adding six rebounds. Nathan Dodgson had an all-round gem with 13 points, five boards, seven dimes, a steal and three blocks.  For Maccabi, Noah Rosham double-doubled with 17 points and 13 rebounds, while Idan Shamis was solid with 15 points, four rebounds and seven assists.

Wallan 70 def by Western Port 81

The Steelers outlasted the Panthers at RB Robson Stadium in a matchup that came down to the final five minutes. Reserve Matthew Theobald helped Western Port push their lead out down the stretch after hitting back-to-back floaters. Theobald finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and three steals in 27 minutes off the bench. Liam McDonald was also productive off the Steelers bench with 12 points and five rebounds, while Kane Myers (16 points, 10 rebounds) and Aaron Booth (13 points, nine boards) led the starters. For Wallan, Jonas Busanop had 12 points and six rebounds, however, on an inefficient 4-of-14 shooting effort. Sebastian Villegas (nine points, 11 rebounds, four assists) and reserve Lachlan Rae (11 points, 11 boards) also fought hard, but the team went at just a 29 per cent clip from the field overall.

Collingwood 102 def Coburg 87
The All Stars were too good for the Giants to close out the weekend, as they were the only team to hit triple-figures on the scoreboard for the round. Collingwood burst out of the gate with 27 points in the first quarter, never looking back from that stage to run away with a comfortable victory. Alexander Cocco stepped up with 34 points on 12-of-16 shooting with four triples, also providing four rebounds and three assists. Malan Athian (23 points, four rebounds) and Athiaan Manyiel (18 points, four boards) also had busy nights on offence to help guide Collingwood to the win. Brett Bell was hot with 38 points on 13-of-14 shooting from the field and 9-of-10 from the free-throw line, adding three triples and nine rebounds. Unfortunately, he got little help from his teammates, with Alex Mihreteab (13 points) the only other Coburg player to produce.

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Sherbrooke 86 def Whittlesea 62
The Suns defeated the Pacers to the tune of 16 points. Sherbrooke used a 22-point first quarter to open their advantage, outscoring Whittlesea in every quarter. Vanessa Fantin was stroking, scoring 33 points on 9-of-16 shooting, also converting 10-of-17 from the charity swipe with five 3-pointers, nine rebounds, four assists and four steals. Naomi Smith chipped in with 20 points and four rebounds. On the other side, Hailey Wynd (11 points, 10 rebounds) and Indiana Bodley (11 points, four boards) were the only Pacers to have a crack in an otherwise disappointing performance.

Mornington 65 def Western Port 49
The Breakers outlasted the Steelers in a low-scoring affair as Mornginton broke away after dominating the fourth quarter 28-6. Tessa Matthews (14 points, four threes, five boards) and Madison Lesiuk (10 points, seven rebounds) helped guide the Breakers home in this one. It was a night to forget for the Steelers, as only Natalie Van Der Peet hit double figures on the scorers table with a 12-point outing in 20 minutes off the bench.

Werribeee 63 def Collingwood 56

The Devils survived a late rally from the All Stars to claim a narrow seven-point victory at Eagle Stadium. Werribee won the third term 22-7 to gain ascendancy in the contest after trailing at half time. Alana Antony stepped up with 16 points and eight rebounds, however, did only make 6-of-21 shots. Olivia Klaman filled up the stat sheet with 13 points, eight rebounds and five assists. For Collingwood, Ayuen Akot (24 points, four threes, 14 rebounds, two steals, two blocks) and Mikaela Watson (14 points, 10 boards, three blocks) put in notable performances, but got little offensive production elsewhere.

Pakenham 58 def by Chelsea 78
The Warriors were beaten by the Gulls after getting blown out in the third term 10-31. Jaime Armstrong (12 points, 10 rebounds) and Chloe Maas (10 points, five rebounds) fought hard for Pakenham, but did commit a combined 10 turnovers. Ella Dempster (18 points, eight rebounds) led a well-oiled Gulls outfit, who also got nice games out of Natasha Warden (11 points, five steals), Holly Davies (10 points, two steals) and Eryn Rosowski (12 points, three boards).

Coburg 42 def by Blackburn 55
The Giants dropped the ball at home after Blackburn came charging into the game in the second quarter and put Coburg to the sword in the fourth quarter. Only Jessica Connor hit double figures for the home team, finishing with 14 points and nine boards. On the other side, Maggie McCarthy (12 points, seven rebounds), Bethanie Gray (12 points, nine boards, two steals) and Hannah Williams (10 points, five rebounds) were all productive to guide the Vikings to the win.

Frankston 85 def Werribee 45
The Blues had a field day at Frankston Basketball Stadium, whacking the Devils by 40 points. Frankston won every quarter to lead this one wire-to-wire and will take great confidence into round two. Kassie Booker led the charge with 26 points on 10-of-15 shooting with nine rebounds. Tori Jackson was also busy with 12 points and five boards. It was a day the Devils would rather put behind them, as only Maya Ganzon (11 points) hit double figures.

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