Round Ten 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
Blackburn 71 def. by Knox 82
The Raiders continued their spurt up the ladder with another win, moving back into the top four with a fourth straight victory. It wasn’t always pretty but Durrell McDonald (17pts) led five players in double digits as they proved too strong for the Vikings. Brendan Trewella (15pts 7reb) led the home side in defeat.
Ringwood 102 def. Keilor 91
A fast start saw the Hawks get an early lead and cruise home against the Thunder. Shaun Clarke (5reb 4ast) and Matt Fennell (10reb) each finished with 23 points in the win, with Jacob Gisbon (22pts 7reb 3ast) also prominent. The Thunder were led by Jordan Coleman (25pts 8reb) and their impressive showing against the title favourites will give them confidence after a tough start to life in SCM this season.
Eltham 85 def. McKinnon 76
The Wildcats continued to heap misery on the Cougars, with Josh Sykes (23pts 8reb) leaving four other Wildcats in double figures. Jordan Canovan (15pts 8reb) was also solid for the ‘Cats, who moved along to 9-3 for the season to sit in 3rd. The Cougars were disappointing again and dropped a third straight game, with Dillon Stith (20pts 9reb 4ast) leading the way.
Hume City 104 def. Casey 93
The Broncos used a big second term to keep their season ticking, knocking off the in-form Cavs. Led by imports Mike Rose (10reb 8ast 3stl) and Trevon Clayton (7reb 5ast), who each added 23 points apiece, and Lee Jeka (21pts 4reb 6ast), the Broncos put four quarters together in a pleasing sign. Raheem Lemons (22pts 12reb 3stl) led the Cavs, while Brent Hobba (19pts 7reb) was solid in 24 minutes off the bench.
Waverley 98 def. Hawthorn 85
The Falcons proved too strong down the stretch, outscoring the Magic by 12 in the final term to run away with the win. Adrien Sturt (25pts 6reb) led the star-studded home side to victory, with six players (including all five starters) hitting double digits. Nelson Kirksey (21pts 8reb 6ast) and Jordan Latham (20pts 10-12FG) led the Magic despite the disappointing result.
Casey 92 def. Werribee 83
The Cavs recovered to salavage their weekend, edging out the Devils. A big second term got the home side rolling and gave them a shot at victory, with Raheem Lemons (22pts 11reb) and Ben Louis (20pts 8ast 4stl 2blk 10-13FG) doing the damage. Paul Elderkin (21pts 7reb) and Bryan Nagy (20pts 8reb 4stl 2blk) led the way for the Devils despite the loss.
Corio Bay 81 def. by Hume City 107
The Broncos’ season came roaring back to life with two straight wins for the weekend. The Stingrays, meanwhile, put in a poor showing to remain rooted to the bottom of the standings after 10 rounds. Mike Rose (35pts 4ast) lit up for the visitors, while Trevon Clayton (16pts 22reb 5ast) ate glass in a monstrous performance. Julius Brooks (21pts 12reb) led the home side in defeat.
Hawthorn 81 def. by Ringwood 105
The Hawks made a statement and put the Magic on the backfoot after two losses for the weekend. Sam Stone (32pts 5reb) and Matt Fennell (20pts 11reb 4stl) led the menacing visitors in a big win, with Kirk Smith (14pts 4reb 4ast) the best for the disappointing Magic who were well beaten.
State Championship Women
Keilor 58 lost to Ringwood 76
The Hawks didn’t take long to remind the Thunder what it takes to be a contender in the top flight, racing to a 22-‐8 lead in the opening 10min. The visitors led by as much as 31pts and coasted to victory with just 8 players suiting up. Cassidy Mihalko (26pts, 16rbs, 7ast) was a class above and looks to be in top form right now. Three other Hawks hit double digits (Meinking, Ravikumar, Ramos), but it was Mihalko who was the star of the show. For the home team, Erin Bollmann (14pts) came off the bench to lead the scoring ahead of Briana Babic (12pts) and Kailyn Williams (12pts).
Knox 78 def Sunbury 68
In the biggest game of the round it didn’t take long for the top-‐of-‐the-‐ladder Raiders to assert their authority via a 31-‐16 start. It was a big game for the Jets and a chance for them to grab a big scalp while gaining some much needed confidence. Sensing that importance, the Raiders played with the relentless pressure that has made them the team to beat this season. Carly Mijovic (22pts, 11rbs) delivered her best game in Knox colours, ably supported by Georgia Stirton with 18pts off the bench. For the Jets, Josie Stockill (26pts) was a clear leader and looked unstoppable at times with a solid 66% shooting clip. Orla O’Reilly added 19pts, while Elyse Penaluna went for 12pts and 9rbs in a start.
Hume City 74 def Sth Peninsula 72
Despite leading by as much as 17pts at one stage, the Broncos had to withstand some real heat to take care of business against the Sharks. Both teams had their chances in this one, but some missed opportunities proved costly for the visitors. Jaz Shelley (27pts) did all she could for the Sharks, while Peyton Little added 20pts, but it was slim pickings after those two. For the winners, Lousia Murphy (20pts) and Viv Saad (15pts, 11rbs) led the way, while Nicole Zammit dished out an impressive 13 dimes.
Waverley 68 def Eltham 50
The Falcons did enough to get the win, gapping the Wildcats by as much as 20pts in a contest dominated by Renae Mokrzycki (27ps, 13rbs), who did the damage coming off the bench. The visitors were minus Alice Kunek, but had no answer for Mokky and shot at a sub-‐standard 31%, all of which led to their downfall. Jordyn O’Shea (15pts) led the scoring for the Wildcats, but the scoring was very dry after that. All up, another easy win for the Falcons.
Division One Men
Western Port 66 lost to Melbourne Uni 74
The Steelers went in warm favourites at home, but with wins needed to stay in touch the Black Angels caused an upset. Brandon Armstrong (27pts) played all 40min, Nick Masunda added 16pts and Jack Railton-‐Woodcock (13pts, 14rbs) added a strong double. For the home team Dylan Travis (29pts) was left to do most of the work.
Chelsea 91 def Keysborough 77
The biggest game of the season brought out the gun that Corey Standerfer is and continues to be. Chelsea’s star import dropped 35pts, 15rbs, 6ast, 3blk to be the difference in this big clash. Riggs added 19pts and Brasser had 15pts. For the Cougars, Calvin Enge scored 21pts on a night when Gerrard Newby was held to just 3pts.
Sunbury 84 def Collingwood 78
The All Stars continue to deliver inconsistent performances and this loss will certainly prove costly in the fight for a finals berth. The Jets flew home to grab the win, bringing some much needed success to their loyal crowd. Jacob Formosa (22pts) led four started in double digits as the Jets shot at a 44% clip overall. For Collingwood, Hendrix (24pts) and Webb (17pts) did all they could.
Latrobe City 64 lost to Shepparton 99
With James Crockett out, the Energy never stood a chance against the loaded Gators. The visitors finished this game early, racing to a 29-‐14 lead in the first qtr on their way to a massive 35pt win. Vines (34pts, 12rbs), Bartlett (21pts) and Coleman (17pts, 18rbs) all got amongst it for the winners, while Stephen O’Brien hit 18pts for the Energy.
Whittlesea 75 lost to Warrnambool 78
The Pacers again proved competitive at home, pushing the Seahawks to within 3pts. Dom Bruno (20pts) did have the chanc eto tie it up, but the long shot missed and the visitors move on with the win. Alex Gynes (26pts, 13rbs) and Xavier Blount (24pts) led the visitors to victory. For the Pacers, Sam Sykes (19pts, 15rbs) continued his run of good form and added plenty of support to Bruno on a night when the skipper (Zeverona) was missing.
Melbourne Uni 81 lost to Warrnambool 84
The Black Angels ended up splitting a tough weekend while the Seahawks headed home with two good wins. Very little separated these two throughout with an additional 5min needed to find a winner. Blount (34pts) was in the thick of it and was the big difference. Masunda (22pts) and Railton-‐Woodcock (16pts, 13rbs) did all they could for the home team.
Geelong 96 def Warandyte 84
The Supercats started well (23-‐7) and at one stage led by as much as 24pts, proving too strong for the inconsistent Venom. Kyle Meyer (24pts) maintained his excellent form to lead the home team to a win, with Lewis Varley and Jacob Pupavac adding 15pts each. For Warrandyte, Ayinde Sprewell came off the pine for 24pts and 15rbs, David Moore netted 19pts and Tom McLennan had 12pts.
Collingwood 66 lost to Bulleen 67
A horror weekend for the All Stars with two losses dropping them back to the chasing pack. Neither team shot well in what was a tight contest from start to finish. Hendrix (22pts) had the chance to get the win with a late shot, but it failed to fall and the Boomers celebrated a vital win. Thadd Varmall (15pts) and Evan Solakidis (13pts) led the scoring for the winners in a defensive contest.
Keysborough 93 def Western Port 81
Full game details not available at time of this report, but it’s a split weekend for the Cougars and a double blow for the Steelers.
Division One Women
Whittlesea 57 def by Warrnambool 73
The Mermaids were lucky to come away with this one, down by 12 in the opening quarter. But with the Pacers holding such a lead early on, they’d be disappointed that they let this one get away. And how did they manage this you ask? Well, it started off with their 8 point 2nd quarter, the Mermaids 25. That 12 point lead become a 5 point deficit. From here on out, the Mermaids kept themselves ahead, continuing to add to their winning margin.
Hawthorn 53 def by Warrnambool 55
Turned out to be a big weekend for the Mermaids but it was certainly worth it. They came away with their 2nd win, by just the 2 points over the Magic. Having led by the bare minimum in the first half, the break in momentum caught up with them. They came out in the 3rd dropping to 6 points, leaving enough room for the Magic to take over…even if it was just by one point. As the game neared the end, Breanna O’Connor tied up the game with just under a minute left. But then with only 29 seconds left, Holly Greene made a jumpshop to take the lead and cement the win for the Mermaids.
Warrandyte 58 def by Western Port 61
Let’s all take a minute to congratulate the Steelers. After patiently waiting for more than half the season, they have finally secured their first win. They knew that this weekend was a great opportunity for one and they grabbed onto it with both hands and didn’t let go. They were in a tussle with the Venom for the first three quarters but desparately wanting this win to go their way, they fought hard, finishing off with a 23 to 15 final quarter for the win.
Camberwell 62 def by Casey 73
The Cavs have regained control of top spot after their win over the Dragons on the weekend. After a fairly even start by both sides, the Cavs made their move in the 2nd, with the help from the Dragons however. While the Cavs dropped 23, the Dragons had just the 9 and the lead opened up. The Cavs added a further 12 points to this in the 3rd before falling to the worst quarter in the 4th. But luckily for them, the hard work in the 2nd and 3rd quarters was enough to secure them the win. The Dragons merely made the margin less which is a good thing in itself.
Werribee 71 def Latrobe 56
The Devils are sitting tied with 3 other sides at the moment and are hoping they can split away from the pack soon. But when coming up against the Energy, they were inconsistent quarter to quarter and were challenged in parts. If they are to work their way up the ladder, they need to work on this. Both sides were up and down during the match but the Devils saving grace was their 3rd quarter. They dropped 30 points to the Energy’s 9 giving them enough room to continue the match without the worry of a loss.
Chelsea 47 def by Hawthorn 69
It was still a winning weekend for the Magic, getting over the line on the Saturday night against the Gulls. The Magic led right from the get go and a down period from the Gulls helped them on their way. Although challenging the Magic in the 3rd, the Gulls weren’t making up any ground. To make sure they didn’t in the very last quarter, the Magic went 25 to 12 to ensure the win stayed with them. The Gulls still hold onto their 5th placing, but are on the slide with 3 straight losses.
Geelong 69 def Warrandyte 56
Now I don’t think we’ve ever seen a game like this. For the first three quarters, both sides scored the exact same points 14, 17 and 14. Thus leaving the last and final quarter to play the deciding factor. With how the game had already turned out, it really could have gone either way. But once that 4th quarter got underway, the Supercats weren’t wasting any time. Already half way through the quarter, they led by almost 10 points. Although the Venom made attempts to chip away at the margin, the Supercats would go down the other end and score. Finishing off the game and their win, 24 to 11.
Division Two Men
Coburg 75 def Pakenham 71
What a Saturday night blockbuster this proved to be, we knew it was going to be tough between these two teams as they match up so well against each other. Both sides were missing some key players, with no sign of Mweemba on the floor, the Giants missed that spark he brings every time he hits the hardwood, while the Warriors were missing a massive piece to their starting line up in Josh Bjelan who I believe would have made a big difference in this game. The Giants just got over the line thanks to some big shots made down the final stretch.
Craigieburn 88 def Mildura 79
Look out D2M the Eagles have landed!!! Big game after big game after big game is what Craigieburn have done and to get their 9th straight win with a 9 point victory over the Heat at the Hothouse is a massive achievement! It was like the clash of the titans with 2 of the biggest names going head to head in Calvin Henry and Damon Smith. After Smith putting out the call he wants the title and MVP spoils midweek he had to put in the work that’s what he did as he not only took home the win but also out scored & rebounded Henry, but only just! Craigieburn were lucky they pushed out a small lead in the first half because Mildura fought back in the second half but just couldn’t get themselves close enough to steal back the lead by the time the final siren went.
Southern Pen 81 def Wallan 66
3 weeks is over and we finally get to see the return of Colin Voss to the Sharks line up, and we can safely say he has come back with a vengeance, I’m sure his team mates are glad he is back and they are again back at the winners table. The Panthers put the pressure on the home side in the first quarter taking a sneaky 3 point lead, however that was very quickly lost as Emerton nailed a trey just second into the 2nd, the lead went back and forth for a bit but by the time the long break came around the Panthers trailed by 3, and from there they never recovered. The Sharks pushed their lead out to 21 in the 3rd before the Panther brought it back to 15 by the end of the game.
Melton 87 def Sherbrooke 67
The Thoroughbreds trot over the finish line with a hefty 20 point win against the struggling Suns, this win takes Melton to their 3rd straight victory and keeps Sherbrooke just outside the top 8. It was the Thoroughbreds who took the lead first, and they did not give it up, outscoring the Suns in every quarter with Dexter Graham almost getting himself a trip dub while team mate Emmanual Malou just misses out on a dub dub with 21pts 9rebs.
Altona 84 def Melton 79
With a double weekend for Melton the pressure was on to get 2 wins to boost them up the ladder, but this loss has definitely put a dent in that. The Gators put their foot down early gaining a small lead before half time, but let it slip in the 3rd as Melton tied it up at 63 all. Dexter Graham tried to do it all for the Thoroughbreds with his impressive trip dub, but Melton still fell short in the final term.
Maccabi 79 def North East 53
Yet again the Bushies let one slip through their fingers as the Warriors showed them who was boss. The Warriors made quick work of gaining the lead leaving the Bushies scratching their heads at the end of the 1st. With a more competitive run in the 2nd and 3rd the Bushies still couldn’t stop the Warriors from getting to the basket finding themselves a trailing by a massive 32 points at 3 quarter time. Something must have kicked in during that break because they came out pumped like a brand new team, where was this intensity for the 1st 3 quarters? Even though they took the 4th quarter they had dug themselves a too big of a hole to get out of unfortunately.
Camberwell 82 def Southern Pen 78
With the return of the Sharks key player Voss back in action this round, the Dragons had the tough job of stopping him from repeating Saturday nights efforts. Nat O’Hara did what he does best getting to the hoop while team mates Anstey and Osekowski also helped out on both ends of the floor, and helped to keep Voss under control which left the Sharks other gun Corey Bond open to have a field day as he racked up 25 points for his team but unfortunately they just fell short as the Dragons snuck out with the win.
Division Two Women
Melton 90 def Sherbrooke 81
The division’s newest entrants battled it out on Satruday night as part of the triple header at Thoroughbred HQ, and the opening term went to script for the Home side. Enter quarter two and the visitors from Sherbrooke put together their best quarter of the year scoring 33-22 and took a 3 point lead into the main break. Whatever was said at half time resonated with the home team as they opened a 7 point lead bouncing back with a 26-16 quarter. The Suns didn’t back away in the last term but the gap was just a bit to much to make up and Melton extended to a 9 point win at the final buzzer – but not without its share of scares! The win by the Thoroughbreds puts them in the Top 4 on Head to Head. A solid performance from the Suns sure to have their next opponents Coburg thinking extra hard about their encounter next week. Some good numbers from this game – for the victorious Melton side Jenna Conroy collected 24pts and had 6 assists, Molly Young had a 15pt/11rb double and Emilly Attard scored 18 points in under 25 minutes on court while Rebecca Marshall scored 14pts. For the Suns, Renai Fejo led scoring with 18pts as Rebecca Ross supported with 11pts.
Mornington 50 def by Wallan 68
Despite outscoring their opponents 20-14 in the last term, a second quarter scoring freeze by the Breakers was enough to give Wallan the breathing space to collect an important road win after going in to the half time break with a 17pt lead. Going into the final change it was the Panthers by 24, but to their credit the home team kept the pressure on in the final term even though the result was largely a formality. Sarah Scott led the Panthers’ score sheet with 11pts and was supported by Tessa Ramsay and Megan Marasco who both had 10. Erin Ludwick for the home side collected 15pts to lead all on the night, as Fiona Darnell amassed 13 points and 14 board for a solid double on court for all 40. Bridget Gamble was a charity stripe from a double securing 11 boards. Mornington will be taking some confidence from this performance into their road match up against the Giants next week, who will be on their way back from Belgrave the night before. Wallan keep doing all the right things to earn their Top 2 spot and will take some catching, but will be taking on their Hume Fwy ‘cross-town’ rivals from Craigieburn in a top of the table clash next round.
Melbourne Uni 66 def Blackburn 61 (OT)
Uni had to fight go get this one in OT, and another agonisingly small losing margin for Blackburn to absorb. Despite the early start, both team were dialled in early and on the back of a 18-12 second term, the Vikings took a 4 point half time lead. A tussle ensued in the second half, with Uni doing enough to claw back the 4 point deficit in the 3rd and 4th quarters to force OT. Fatigue might have been a factor in the OT period as the Black Angels at one stage opened up an 8 point lead and it was too much for the visitors to wrestle back. Blackburn’s 3pt shooting was a positive throughout but turnovers might have proved costly in the end. Some good numbers in this game as well, with Amanda Anderson collecting 15pts to go with 7 steals and Elise Swan recording 11pts for the Black Angels. Laura Bellegante also had 6 steals with 8 boards and 9 points. For the Vikings, Shannon Bone led all on court with 18pts, Victoria Sumskas a bucket off an impressive double with 16 boards and Andrea Belmonte scored 15pts and had 8 boards with 5 steals for another solid game along with Nikolina Sukurica collecting 10 points as well. Blackburn take a seat next week while Uni take on Melton away.
Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men
Eltham 75 def McKinnon 59
McKinnon did a good job slowing down four of the five Eltham starters this weekend, but couldn’t keep a handle on Christian Yammouni. He had 27pts on 9-14 FG and finished the game +20. Peynenborg and Geer continues their good form for the Cougars, but Eltham lit it up behind the arc.
Dandenong 63 def Eltham 60
Two of the best teams in the competition went head to here, Eltham coming off a game the night before. It was tight from the onset, before Dandenong made a nice run in the fourth to push it to double digits. Eltham fought back, and a Clarke three made it a two point game with under a minute to go, but Dandenong were able to sink some clutch free throws and hold on.
Knox 65 def by Sherbrook 76
This was big game for both teams, with Knox looking to keep touch with the top two in Terrill, and Sherbrooke needing a win to keep a top four finish alive. Sherbrooke’s Cameron Bradley rolled in for his first game of the season and put on a show off the pine, putting up 24pts and 10reb. A strong second and third quarter from the Suns was too much for Knox to catch.
Diamond Valley 114 def Altona 67
Last vs second last, but you wouldn’t have guessed it if you turned up to Diamond Valley on the weekend. Jack Roberts suited up on the weekend, and did not disappoint. FIFTY-FOUR POINTS (yes 54) on 22-33 FG, and only 30 minutes of action. Altona only suited up seven players, with their star Dogukan Elyazar not playing.
Sandringham 75 def by Blackburn 83
We’ve mentioned previously that the return of Jake Heath (28pts, 8-13 FG) and Josh Bannan (24pts, 8-15 FG) playing some consistent minutes could make Blackburn a dangerous team down the stretch, and the duo didn’t disappoint this week. Cameron Taylor had 30 for the Sabres, but they struggled to find another consistent offensive weapon.
Nunawading 68 def by Kilsyth 100
Nunawading looked like they were going on a huge winning streak a couple of weeks ago, but have now lost two on the trot. The Cobras looked like the Kilsyth of old, with offensive weapons all over the place and a great team effort. 92 of their 100 points were scored from inside the paint, from the line, or from three point land, in what was an incredible display of efficiency.
Bulleen 71 def Ringwood 64
This was a game where both teams were ice cold from behind the arc, combing to shoot 5-35 from deep. Bulleen put their head down and were able to get more baskets towards the rim, while Ringwood settled for jumpers a little too often.
Keilor 75 def by Hawthorn 80
Round 10 was capped off with a high quality all-Watson clash between Keilor and Hawthorn. Camp had a great game off the bench for the Thunder, while Symons put up his standard 18 and 10. For the Magic, Delzoppo was brilliant, with Lazis and Furphy bringing a great one two punch off the pine. In the end, Keilor’s three point shooting let them down while Hawthorn’s was a strength.
Molten Victorian Youth Championship Women
Hawthorn 61 defeated Hume City 58
Grace Burke’s clutch free throws ensured the Magic were not about to let this one slip away. Brianna Hans (13pts, 12reb) recorded a dub dub, while Claudia Armato found some form with 12 points and six assists. Sophie Byrnes the best for the Broncos with 13 points and eight rebounds.
Ringwood 65 defeated Nunawading 56
A strong performance by the Hawks made sure that their home record was not to be blemished in what is a solid victory over rivals Nunawading. Keli Romas finished with a game high 15 points, while Hana Bektas continues to provide a valuable scoring option for the Spectres with 13 points and seven boards.
Knox 61 defeated by Sandringham 73
Eliana Bravington may have led the Raiders once again, however she was upstaged by the surging Sabres and combination of Sophie Van Vliet and Meg Ragauskas. Bravington finished with 16 points and 18 rebounds, however Van Vliet had 16 points and 19 rebounds, while Ragauskas had 14 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists. Another big win for the Sabres!
Warrandyte 54 defeated by Bendigo 78
A six-point third quarter let the Venom down in this one as the Braves chalked up an important victory on the road. Michaela Kuen recorded 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Venom, however Danielle O’Toole (18 pts, 8 reb), combined with Jess Mangan (15pts, 10reb) over powered the Venom defence.
Ballarat 67 defeated by Waverley 82
Waverley were impressive this weekend, kicking off with a win over Ballarat by double digits. A solid second half put the Falcons ahead, led by Grace Beasley (22pts, 6ast) and Nyadouth Lok (16pts, 11reb). Amelia Jarvis finished with 14 points and six rebounds for the Rush.
Diamond Valley 71 defeated Altona 59
The Eagles have swooped and taken down the red hot Gators at home by double digits. Mikayla Peterson continues her fine form in season 2018 with another 20 points and nine rebounds. The Gators had 29 turnovers which was the damning stat of the game; however found contributors out of Zoe Day (17 points) and Jess Rarity (14 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals).
Bendigo 48 defeated by Knox 90
The Raiders bounced back from their defeat on Saturday night with a commanding victory at Bendigo. Leah Santomaggio travelled with the team and scored a game high 19 points to go with four steals, while Eliana Bravington chipped in with 16 points and 12 boards. The Braves shot at 28%FG with no one reaching double figures (O’Toole 9pts).
Ballarat 70 defeated Warrandyte 65
The Rush bounced out of the blocks with a 32-9 opening term and held on to that lead for as long as they possibly could, holding on by five points. The Rush actually led by 30 at the main break, but a disappointing second half probably had the locker room a little sombre for a victory post-match. Indya Hayes recorded a game high 17 points to go with eight boards, while for the Venom Michaela Kuen had 16 points.
Sandringham 70 defeated Hawthorn 53
Sandringham continue to get it done, this time a double digit win over the Magic on Sunday afternoon. Contributors were aplenty as Isabelle Shea (13pts, 7reb, 6ast), Meg Ragauskas (14pts, 6reb), Cass Hill (11pts, 8reb, 5ast) and Chloe Hicks (12pts, 9reb, 7stl) all played a part. Hawthorn shot at 26%FG and 55%FT which won’t win you many games.
Nunawading 69 defeated Kilsyth 66
A 13-6 second stanza was nearly all that separated these two sides as the Spectres held on to win by three points. In typical defensive circumstances, no player was let off the leash, with Caillin Ibbotson leading the way for the home side with 12 points and 11 boards; Erin Burgoyne finished with 18 points for the visitors.
Waverley 89 defeated Melbourne 65
The Falcons thoroughly enjoyed their weekend which finished at home with a win over the Tigers. Alyssa Weston balled out with 26 points, while Nyadouth Lok flirted with a triple double finishing with 16 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Grace Beasley also excelled with 19 points, six boards and eight dimes. Nikki Metcalfe had 14 points and nine boards for the Tigers who fall to 7-7.
Bulleen 53 defeated by Ringwood 72
The Hawks completed their perfect weekend with a comfortable win at East Doncaster Secondary College over the Boomers. Rachael Watson was back to her best with 16 points and 15 rebounds, while Maxine Allan was an inclusion for the Boomers down from senior duties, leading the team with 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
Youth League One Men
Hume City 78 defeated Casey 70
The Broncos used their loud and proud home crowd to propel themselves to an over-the-top victory off the back of a brilliant fourth quarter performance. Down five at the final break, the Broncos went 25-13 in the final term backed by Kyle Gillard (20 points) and Chris Alai (11 points, 13 rebounds). Casey found contributors in Oyiti Amum (17 points, 9 rebounds) and Brad Head (12 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists) but it wasn’t enough.
Sunbury 90 defeated Geelong 76
The Sunbury plane keeps on elevating and we don’t quite know when it will reach its highest point! The Jets were deserved winners once again, winning every quarter in their 14-point win over the in-form Supercats. Ivan Loncaric led the scorers with 19 points, however Brodie Townsend, Kyle Collins and Jeremy Wragg all played a big part in the victory. Wang Nyieth was brilliant off the bench with 25 points and 11 rebounds for the ‘Cats, but just couldn’t find their other stars to fire.
Waverley 85 defeated Camberwell 70
Waverley continue to fire, this time a whole team effort to dispatch the Dragons on home turf. The Falcons shot at 48%FG for the game with Bol Jok, Daniel Piech and Dylan Larkin all firing for the home side. For the Dragons, well they didn’t put too many steps out of line, however you have to be well and truly on your game to defeat a team such as the Falcons. Matt Zappala had 13, while Tom Moncrieff and Ben Nethercote had 10 apiece.
Warrandyte 81 defeated Bendigo 68
A 26-8 final stanza well and truly put this one into the hands of the Venom and did they need it! While the game was in the balance for the first three quarters, Jarrod Molnar (26 points, 13 rebounds) and Cody Perry-Allamby (19 points, 17 rebounds) both stepped up when they needed it most. The return of Justin Ronan-Black (11 points) was well received as the Venom made the most of their opportunities (40%FG). For the Braves, Sam Beks finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Camberwell 67 defeated by Werribee 75
The Dragons’ weekend didn’t get much better on Sunday morning as the Devils entered Balwyn High and stamped their authority with a vicious second half to erase the early deficit. Josh Toniato’s 15 points, combined with Adetomi Ayilara’s (11 points, 14 rebounds) double double lifted the Devils to a strong road victory. Tom Moncrieff was big in the loss with 25.
Corio Bay 93 defeated Warrandyte 79
Kirk Harris’ 29 points and nine rebounds, combined with Jordan O’Leary’s 21 points, six rebounds and four dimes had Corio Bay in front when the final horn sounded. Aaron Ruiz continues his wonderful form for the Stingrays, especially on the glass collecting 25 for his troubles. Cody Perry-Allamby battled hard all day with 23 points and 14 rebounds but the Venom fell short in all areas only slightly which opened the margin.
Geelong 87 defeated by Waverley 101
The Falcons are a team to be reckoned with after chalking up back-to-back wins in Round Ten. The Supercats had their backs up against the walls when it came to their weekend fixtures but battled hard to the end despite going home empty handed. It was once again a balanced effort from the Falcons with Cody Fredrickson, Bol Jok and Dylan Larkin all boasting 14 points each, with Andy Noller and Daniel Piech not far behind with 13 and 12 respectively. Wang Nyieth was boosted into the starting line-up and scored 25 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for his troubles, however even when the help around him got going (Georgiadis/King/Kos) the Falcons had far too much power.
Ballarat 66 defeated by Sunbury 90
The Jets roll along as we’ve mentioned many times before this season with another blistering performance to wipe Ballarat off their own home floor. Kyle Collins finished with 17 points, while Nathan Marshall had 15 points and seven assists as the Jets just make the most of their opportunities – something that is so important in this competition (without stating the obvious). Zac Dunmore had 15 points and five dimes for the Miners.
Bendigo 74 defeated Coburg 70
Coburg seem to come so close, yet so far in attempts to register their second win of the season; this time falling short to Bendigo by four points. Tanner Rayner’s return was welcomed by the Bendigo faithful as he duly saluted with 23 points and six rebounds. Jake Willcocks (16 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists) recorded a double double as well in the win. For the Giants, Rory Killen registered 15 points and 16 rebounds; Jarryd Reid 14 points and 12 rebounds and Damien Simic had 15 points.
Youth League One Women
McKinnon 69 def Geelong 43
It was a hard loss this match for the Supercats, they went into the match without their leader and highest point scorer, Carly Sanders, which opened the door for the Cougars star Chelsea Bransden to have free run. The first half was tough both teams proving they have what it takes, both fighting for every loose ball scrapping for every rebound, then the third quarter hit, but unfortunately Geelong did not. The Supercats tied the game up quickly in the opening seconds of the 3rd but something went very wrong for them from there as the Cougars pounced with a 25-5 quarter, with their biggest run of the game of 19-0 coming directly after those first Geelong points from Amy Troy. Even though the Supercats stayed with the Cougars in the final term they just couldn’t come back from their devastating 3rd quarter, with the Cougars taking home victory.
Corio Bay 72 def Camberwell 69
It was a close one down in the freezer we call Balwyn High, the Stingrays who only suited up 7 players including Teagan Tatlock coming off the bench provided 3 very consistent quarters but fell a little short in the 3rd, while Camberwell dropped the ball in the 2nd quarter. It all came down to the 4th and final term with Corio Bay leading by 2 points, they came out firing though pushing their lead out to 8 before the Dragons could respond and from there it seemed to go shot for shot. Camberwell clawed their way back bring it all squared up with just under 2 minutes remaining, but the Stingrays defence was too much for the Dragons who were force to put them to the line where they could have pushed it out to a 6 point margin but with misses from the free throw line would only see the Stingrays get up by 3. Hats off to Ashleigh Rozenfeld who pumped out a massive triple double for the Stingrays!
Geelong 75 def Craigieburn 68 (OT)
After a tough battle Saturday night without captain Carly Sanders the Supercats had to lick their wounds and get on with it, especially if they wanted any chance at getting a victory on Sunday. The Eagles came out firing early, taking the 1st quarter for their own, Geelong pushed back and stole the lead in the second. The 2nd half looked much like the first Eagles taking the 3rd and the Supercats outscoring the Eagles in the 4th but it came down to the wire with Shona Brooks hitting a nice little jumper to tie it all up and send it into overtime, the Supercats dominated the overtime holding the Eagles to only 1 point.
Eltham 56 def Chelsea 53
The battle to stay off the bottom of the ladder can bring out the best basketball sometimes, the desperation to do anything it takes to get that win. The Wildcats lead the Gulls by 12 points going into the final quarter, but the Gulls were not done, they wanted that win. They went on an 11-0 run to bring the game back within 1 point, but Eltham managed to hold them off making those crucial free throws at the time it mattered most.
Keilor 76 def Sunbury 44
When it rains it pours, which seems to be the case for the Jets as they get grounded for their second straight loss. The Thunder rolled in from the beginning of the match taking the first 5 points before Sunbury’s top gun Chloe Angove got the Jets first points on the board. With the home crowd behind the Thunder they had the win in their sights and they were not going to let anyone take it from them, as they outscored the Jets in every quarter. Will we see the Jets continue to fall from grace or can they bring it back around and show everyone they still have what it takes?
Youth League Two Men
Melton 87 def by Whittlesea 95
What better way to kick off this weeks recaps than the upset of the round? Melton, the previous ladder leaders, went down to Whittlesea, our current 10th placed side. How? It was a game that started off pretty squared up but then the Pacers decided to take it up a notch. They put up 34 points to the Thoroughbreds 23 to gain control of the match giving them the chance they needed to take the win. Obviously, the Thoroughbreds not being ones to give up, culled the margin back in the 3rd. But the Pacers made up for this in the 4th and took an almighty win.
Wallan 56 def by Frankston 93
Well the Blues continue to push ahead in this competition, racking up their 6th straight win on the weekend. They were the frontrunners of this game from the get go, but the Panthers were close to matching the Blues in three of the four quarters. It was the 3rd that let them down, falling to 5 compared the the Blues 26. This allowed the Blues to really stretch out the margin, onwards to a comfortable win.
Frankston 111 def Maccabi 54
The Blues have done it again. Kicking off this match with a 32 to 13 opening quarter, the game was done and dusted. The Warriors were left to try and make up this ground, an attempt that saw no results. The Blues continued to add to the margin, finishing off with 29 points, the Warriors just the 8.
Pakenham 90 def by Craigieburn 105
We knew this was going to be a hard fought, high scoring game and we were pleasantly unsurprised when we got just that. Only leading by 2 points at the end of the opening quarter, the Eagles knew they had to do something to push away. So why not put 37 points on the board in the 2nd quarter and lead by 12 at the half? There was only more margin adding in the 3rd, the 4th being the only time the Warriors got a look in. While the Eagles take over the number one spot, the Warriors drop down a peg to 5th.
Latrobe 63 def by Mornington 111
When you notice a result and scoreline like this, you instantly head to the box score to see who did the most damage. And when we did just this, we had a jaw dropping moment. Lochie Baczyk 52 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals and 2 blocks all in 28 minutes!. Thanks for coming! He almost scored half of his teams points!
Collingwood 98 def Pakenham 72
This was another game that in the lead up to the weekend we were sure was going to bring us a close, tight finish. Well weren’t we wrong? The All Stars took the 26 point win with thanks to some high scoring quarters. And why not have one of these quarters be the 1st? 30 to 11 was how this game got underway, the Warriors forced to play catch up. This is a tough gig against a quality side, but the Warriors managed to bring the margin down in the 2nd. But in the second half the All Stars flushed any hope the Warriors had at making a comeback, winning both the 3rd and 4th quarters. Not the weekend the Warriors wanted but certainly a point made by the All Stars.
Chelsea 72 def by Keysborough 79
The Cougars kept a hold of their winning streak, this win rounding it up to 4. They were lucky to come away with it in the end but thanks to one quarter in particular, they remained safe. 12 to 30 was the opening scoreline, the Cougars giving themselves a good head start. The Gulls then went on to win the next three quarters, slowly and marginally cutting down the margin. With one quarter remaining, the Gulls went 28 to 22 to bring the margin down to 7. The Cougars happy knowing that that one quarter saved them and secured them the win.
Keysborough v Western Port
No scores or stats available at time of publish.
Youth League Two Women
Southern Peninsula 68 defeated by Pakenham 71
The Warriors have produced a barnstorming final term to launch themselves over the top of Southern Peninsula! Down 12 with just under four minutes remaining, the visitors pounced with an 11-0 run, before taking the lead with just over a minute remaining. Pakky’s points came off the bench, with Sarah Thompson leading all comers with 17 points and seven rebounds, while Beth Quadara finished with 16 points and eight boards. Jess Finch led the way for the Sharks with 16 points, while Juliette Roysmith grabbed 18 rebounds.
Western Port 43 defeated by Casey 61
Casey weren’t quite on song on Saturday night, but did enough to get past their pesky opponents in Western Port. The Cavs opened up a margin on the Steelers in the final period, which may flatter the Cavs on the scoreboard, despite solid play from the likes of Steph Leclerc (13 points, 7 rebounds, 4 steals) and Lauren Tuplin (10 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocks). The Cavs struggled to get to the charity stripe (just 0-2FT for the night) which heavily impacted their game style. For the Steelers, Grace Watson was very good coming off the bench with 15 points, seven rebounds and five steals.
Sherbrooke 41 defeated by Blackburn 69
Despite technical difficulties inside the Belgrave Heights Christian School, the Vikings battled on to record a convincing victory. The visitors used the middle quarters to make their move, stifling the Suns offence keeping them to just 12 points (in the two quarters). Shannon Bone led the way with 12 points off the bench, while for the Suns Skye Johnston (13 points) was the only one in double figures.
Frankston 85 defeated Werribee 40
The Devils continue to sky fall down the table after a disappointing result at the hands of the Blues. It didn’t start well for the visitors, mustering up just six points in the opening term and unfortunately it didn’t improve (just the 5 points in the final term). Frankston won every quarter in their pillar to post victory, led by Kassie Boorer’s 29 points and eight rebounds. Tori Jackson (10 points, 13 rebounds) chipped in with a double double, while Alice Yates registered 12 points. Ariyel Edwards the only Devil in double figures with the ten points.
Whittlesea 78 defeated Mornington 36
Whittlesea used their defensive prowess to suffocate the Breakers en-route to a powerful home victory. Giving up just ten points to half time, and 15 at the end of the three quarters – the victory showed Whittlesey’s intentions moving forward. Hailey Wynd continued her MVP like form with 31 points, seven rebounds and five steals; while she was assisted by LT Poa (12 points, 10 rebounds) who showed another sighting in the youth competition. Alissa Pritchard led the way for the Breakers with 12 points and seven boards off the bench.