Round 11 Recaps

Round Eleven 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

Corio Bay 80 def. by Keilor 89

Keilor used a 28-10 third term to set up a nine-point win over the hapless Stingrays. The home side was right in the contest at halftime before the game slipped away alarmingly quickly. Jordan Coleman (26pts 8reb) led all comers, outdueling Michael Rebula (22pts 8reb 3ast) and Cohen Blythe (18pts) who led the home side.

Hume City 81 def. Hawthorn 73

The Broncos used a blistering 35-18 second term to stun the Magic and hand them a third straight defeat. Lee Jeka (24pts 6reb 4ast) and Trevon Clayton (16pts 11reb 5ast 0to) led the home side to victory despite Mike Rose (5pts 1-7FG) being limited in 38 minutes. Nelson Kirksey (30pts 5reb) led the Magic but it simply wasn’t enough as they suffered a costly defeat.

Blackburn 73 def. by Werribee 86

The Devils broke the chains in the second term before putting on the stoppers in the third, with a 48-27 run across the 20 minute patch seeing them home. Konor Kulas (27pts 17reb 10-13FG) was superb in the win, while Paul Elderkin (19pts 10reb 6ast) filled the stat sheet as well. Brendan Trewella (22pts 9reb 8ast) nearly finished with a triple-double in defeat.

McKinnon 94 def. Knox 64

The Cougars bounced back in a big way with a thumping defeat of Knox. A 24-9 opening term and a 30-14 final quarter were the difference in the match, with Adrian Tomada (9ast) and Ivan Platenik finished with 19 each to lead five players in double digits. Durrell McDonald (14pts) led the Raiders.

Eltham 68 def. by Waverley 77

The Falcons saw off a dogged Eltham in an intense final term battle. The visitors jumped out of the blocks but had to withstand a big third-quarter comeback from the ‘Cats. Daniel Dillon (23pts 6reb 6ast) led all five starters in double digits, while Jordan Canovan (16pts 4reb) was the best off the bench in defeat for Eltham.

Hawthorn 69 def. Eltham 66

The Magic bounced back with a huge win over Eltham, condenming the Wildcats to an 0-2 weekend. A big final term from the home side proved the difference in the end, with Patrick McBrearty (18pts) leading the way off the bench. Jordan Canovan and Chris Cameron finished with 13 apiece for the visitors, who struggled offensively for the second straight night.

Knox 96 def. Hume City 87

The Raiders saw off a rejuvinated Broncos in overtime after needing to bridge a 12-point halftime deficit to force the extra period. Chris Kaba (28pts 14reb 4ast) led the Raiders to victory, while Lee Jeka (23pts 5reb 8ast) and Trevon Clayton (18pts 20reb) led the Broncos, playing 43 minutes each.

Werribee 112 def. by Ringwood 116

The Hawks won a shootout against the Devils, holding on for a four-point win. There was plenty of points available and Scottie Stone (28pts 7reb) led six Hawks in double figures, with Trevor Latham (19pts 7reb) enjoying a strong showing off the bench. For the Devs, Konor Kulas (40pts 11reb) was the star but lacked enough help to get his side over the line.

Casey 104 def. Blackburn 69

A dominant performance from Casey saw a 35-point win over Blackburn, with the Vikings’ losing streak continuing. Raheem Lemons (25pts 16reb) was dominant again in 29 minutes, leading five players in double digits. James Malvaso (16pts) was the scoring leader for the disappointing Vikings.

State Championship Women

Bulleen 65 def Ringwood 57

It was billed as a danger game for the Hawks and that’s exactly what unfolded as the lowly but improving Boomers grabbed another win. A decisive 35-­‐27 run during the middle quarters by the home team was pivotal and from there it was a case of holding on down the stretch. Sarah Boothe (20pts, 18rbs) dominated the contest and continues a rich run of form that has her quickly emerging as an MVP candidate despite her late start to the season. Jasmine Hines added 18pts and grabbed 13rbs as she is visibly starting to develop a powerful combination with Boothe. For the Hawks, who were clearly upstaged here, Desi Ramos (14pts) and Cassidy Mihalko (8pts) were both well held, the import duo going for a combined 9/30 shooting. The Boomers still look too far behind the pack to consider a finals berth, but if they keep winning like this, who knows?

Eltham 56 lost to McKinnon 71

The visiting Cougars started with a 26-­‐16 first qtr and won every period on their way to a strong win. Ariel Thomas was due a big game and delivered with 22pts to get the Cougars going, Claire Ioannidis added 13pts and Megan Kritscher scored 12pts to go with 10rbs. With both teams trying to stay clear of last place on the ladder and a quickly improving Bulleen on the way up, this win leaves McKinnon clear of the disappointing Wildcats. For the home team, Alice Kunek (26pts, 12rbs) did as much as she could, with Liv Bontempelli (13pts) the only other player to reach double digits.

Knox 70 def Hume City 63

In a tight game featuring a number of lead changes, the Raiders stood tall at home to register yet another win. Led by Bec Ott (27pts) and Carly Mijovic (16pts, 11rbs) the Raiders continue to cause opponents headaches, their depth is arguably the best in the league and even on a bad shooting day (30% compared with Hume City’s 43%) they just find a way to grind out a win. Nicole Zammit (24pts) did all she could for the Broncos with Louisa Murphy adding 15pts, but as we’ve seen a few times this season the Broncos just lack the final touches to get important wins against the very best teams.

Sunbury 79 def Sth Peninsula 70

A much-­‐needed win for the Jets on a day of milestone celebrations for Sharon Plichta and Chelsea Burns. The Sharks looked a big chance going into the last qtr, but a 32-­‐21 run to the final buzzer got the job done for the home team. Kerryn Harrington (31pts, 7 treys) looked great in her first full game in Sunbury colours, while Josie Stockill (22pts) looked sharp. For the Sharks, Jaz Shelley (31pts) was brilliant and Peyton Little (19pts) did her bit, but it was slim pickings after that. A huge game for both teams, Sunbury gets the chocolates, Sth Peninsula now have some work to do.

Division One Men

Geelong 79 lost to Keysborough 88

The Supercats looked great early and it looked like we might get an upset when the home team led 39-­‐32 at the half. However, after the long break the Cougars found their rhythm and got the win with a 56-­‐40 run. Calvin Enge and Gerard Neby both dropped 22pts each for the winners, while Emerson Varley (25pts) and Lewis Varley (17pts) paced the Supercats.

Melbourne University 83 def Latrobe City 66

The Black Angels survived a scare, coming from 10pts down during the first half to secure the win against the import-­‐less Energy. With both imports out for the season, the young Energy started well, but with a 47-­‐26 run after the break this one ended in a strong win for the home team. Brandon Armstrong scored 23pts, with Jovan Bojanic (17pts) and Jack Railton-­‐Woodcock (17pts) adding good support. For the Energy, Matt Farrell came off the pine for 26pts, the only visitor to reach double digits. Shepparton vs Western Port No game report at the time of writing the wrap.

Bulleen 78 lost to Warrnambool 94

Despite a 40pt haul by Thadd Varmall, the Boomers couldn’t hold firm down the stretch as the Seahawks closed with a 27-­‐15 final qtr to take the road win. While Varmall was scoring big at one end, at the other it was Warrnambool’s dynamic duo of Alex Gynes (32pts, 12rbs) and Xavier Blount (32pts) showing their class once again. A tough loss for the Boomers and now a break over the long weekend to assess where they are at and what they need to do from here.

Chelsea 81 def Sunbury 73

It wasn’t the most clinical performance of the season by the Gulls, but it was enough to get the job done against a plucky Sunbury. Corey Standerfer (25pts, 17rbs, 7ast) did his thing with Matt Brasser (20pts) playing a strong sidekick role. The Jets were right in this game for the most part and will take some confidence away with them. Ben Jones looked good for his 21pts, while Arthur Trousdell added 14pts.

Warrandyte 90 def Whittlesea 86

The Pacers let a golden opportunity to grab another win slip through their fingers as the Venom stormed home with a 28-­‐14 last qtr to secure a much-­‐needed win. Dom Bruno (34pts) delivered his best game of the season for the Pacers with a game-­‐high scoring performance. To emphasise how good Warrandyte’s comeback was, the visitors led this game by as much as 27pts. Ayinde Prewell (22pts), Michael Steller (22pts, 5 treys) and Brenton Charles (11pts, 10ast) provided the spark for the home team to record a memorable victory.

Collingwood 70 def Warrnambool 65

A timely and very important win for the All Stars, taking full advantage of a Seahawks outfit minus Xavier Blount. A horrible first qtr (6-­‐8) gave way to a much better game over the next three periods. With the game in the balance late, the All Stars finished strongly to secure the victory. Dylan Webb (23pts) and Manny Hendrix (21pts) were up and about for the winners, while for Warrnambool the job was left to Gynes (17pts) in Blount’s absence.

Whittlesea 81 lost to Geelong 97

The Supercats split the weekend, while the Pacers come out with two losses. Geelong led for most of this one, the final 18pt margin the biggest gap of the game. Lewis Varley (29pts) was the star of the show with both Emerson Varley and Jacob Pupavac adding 17pts each. For the Pacers all five starters hit double digits with Judson Seumanu (18pts) leading the charge.

Division One Women

Hawthorn 59 def by Mildura 66

It was a tight contest between the Magic and the Heat on the weekend but it was the Heat that took home honours. Although the Magic were never too far behind, the Heat did what they needed to do to keep themselves ahead. For playing the most part of the game, the Magic did well to hold Vanessa Power to just 4 points but this allowed Bronte Clark to step into the spotlight. It proved to be a good start to the weekend for the Heat, the Magic looking ahead to a break in the season, preparing for what’s to come in round 12.

Camberwell 59 def by Mildura 71

The Dragons were behind the eight ball right from the get go in this match, the Heat taking the comfortable early lead. A few points were taken off the margin by the Dragons in the 2nd quarter but this was the last time they got a look in. The Heat went ahead to win the next two quarters and get their winning margin up to double figures.

Chelsea 42 def by Casey 64

This weekend marked the 6th straight victory for the Cavs, making easy work of the Gulls on Saturday night. It was a fairly even start from both sides, the Gulls finding themselves going just the one point better. But this was where the lead ended for the Gulls giving the game over to the Cavs by falling to just a 3 point 2nd quarter. That one point lead was well and truly made up by the Cavs, up by 10 at half time. The Cavs had a stronger second half and were able to push further ahead. The Gulls were able to improve on their 3 points but it was nothing to match what the Cavs were putting down.

Warrnambool 63 def by Werribee 75

With how the Devils have been travelling lately, we are not surprised to see them get over the line against the Mermaids. They knew they were going to be up against it, taking on a side that was heading in on a 5 game winning streak. But this may have been the one thing that got them over the line. They got off the mark and made sure they were ahead from the beginning. Doing so would ensure that they had control of the game and give them the best shot at winning. Only 9 points separated the two at the half, the Mermaids bringing this down to 8 in the 3rd. The Devils finished off strong in the 4th to take a very good win.

Warrandyte 52 def by Whittlesea 75

The Venom didn’t give themselves a helping hand in the opening quarter of this match, allowing the Pacers to take an early 10 point lead. The Pacers only continued to add to this in the 2nd and 3rd quarters, getting out to 22 points at three quarter time. The Venom pushed hard in the 4th and really showed some promise but it was a case of too little too late. Had this sort of effort been consistent throughout, the game may have turned out differently.

Geelong 84 def Latrobe 54

The Supercats have been taking it week by week, winning 4 of their last 5. This has meant that they have slowly made their move up the ladder to now sit in 7th. A strong start from the Supercats forced the Energy to play catch up. The Energy did manage to but only so much to take just one point off in the 2nd. It was a close 3rd quarter before the Supercats took off again dropping 30 points to the Energy’s 12 in the 4th.

Whittlesea 70 def Western Port 49

The weekend only continued to get better for the Pacers making it 2 from 2 in round 11. In the first half of this match, the Pacers were given a tight contest. Although leading, the Steelers weren’t too far away. There was only 6 points separating the two at the half, close enough for the Steelers to still be in with a chance. That would have been the case if the Steelers kept the momentum going, instead they allowed the Pacers to jump a further 9 points ahead. All the Pacers needed to do now was put the cherry on top in the 4th, which is exactly what they did. 

Division Two Men

Southern Pen 77 def North East 61

It looked like a completely different Bushies side Saturday night, the fire was in their eyes pushing them to get down the floor and convert the points needed to stay with the ever dominating Sharks. Having 4 players in double digits offensively, including Richard Townsend-Gant’s dub dub the Bushies managed to play a very consistent game of ball, even though they did not get over the line you have to be happy with their performance. The Sharks are back, and they look like they are ready to get back into the top 4 and show everyone they mean business.

Maccabi 69 def Mildura 64

This loss is going to hurt Mildura come finals time, especially with Southern Pen finding their form and the dark horse Melton sneaking up on the front runners. Hats off to Maccabi, I didn’t pick this out come but you have proved me wrong. Maccabi came out to take a small lead in the first then continued their run adding a single point each quarter until the Heat made their run for it late in the 4th where they simply ran out of time as the Warriors held them off in front of their home crowd to steal a huge upset win.

Pakenham 81 def Melton 78

In a battle for the ages the Warriors have come out on top with a crucial win from under the Thoroughbreds noses. At 34 a piece at halftime everyone knew the second half was going to be just as exciting as the first half and it did not disappoint as yet again it was all tied up at the 3 quarter break at 55 all. The 4th opened up with both teams going shot for shot until Ben Gaze’s trey which gave the Warriors the lead which Melton just couldn’t manage to steal back from them, they got close but the Warriors held them off with Gaze nailing another trey with just under 20 seconds to play putting the nail in the coffin for the Thoroughbreds chances of a win.

Coburg 74 def Sherbrooke 57

A late start to the game did not faze the Giants as they piled on the points leaving Sherbrooke scratching their heads wondering how they let them get away, it was the Giants up tempo bursts of scoring 6 or 8 consecutive points within a minute or two that did all the damage to the Suns in that first quarter. With a quiet 2nd from both teams it ramped back up with the Suns outscoring the Giants 24-20 but the Giants dominated the final term gaining their biggest lead of the match and getting a handy 17 point win.

Craigieburn 108 def Wallan 69

Congratulations Craigieburn 10 wins in a row is quite an achievement. With an opening quarter of 28-9 the Eagles showed early they would show no mercy on the Panthers, they clearly were not ready to give up that streak, the Panthers found the bottom of the net in the 2nd but the Eagles again added to their lead. In a fiery 3rd quarter the Panthers and Eagles both lost  a player, which would prove to hurt the Panthers more than the Eagles especially in the final quarter as they stormed home silencing the Panthers once and for all with a 30-17 quarter.

Altona 64 def Sherbrooke 53

It has turned into a horrific weekend for the Suns as they drop their second game for the round, after a 0-10 start Sherbrooke finally made their first points with just under 4 minutes left in the quarter. The Suns came back in the 2nd as they only trailed by 5 going into half time but the Gators ran away again in the 3rd pushing their lead to 15 before the beginning of the 4th, even though the Suns outscored the Gators they couldn’t get back the gap that had been created.

Melton 92 def Maccabi 61
The Thoroughbreds have come out with vengeance after dropping their Saturday night, if they wanted to stay in reach of top 8 they needed a win on Sunday otherwise they would have an even harder road ahead of them. With an even spread in the first quarter of only 2 points difference it came down to the 2nd and 3rd quarter alone where Melton added 27 points to their lead and left Maccabi well behind as they galloped over the line for the win bringing them to a 7-7 record.

Mildura 66 def Camberwell 63

It was a chilly Sunday afternoon down in the freezer, the Dragons tried their best to make sure Mildura didn’t heat up too much. With Nat O’Hara missing from the Dragons line up they had a tough job ahead of them to contain the like of Calvin Henry and Dallas Brown. The Dragons had a convincing 14 point lead at half time, but they allowed Mildura to heat up as they  went on a 9-0 run halfway through the 3rd then another 7 point run to close out the quarter trailing by 1. The Heat opened the quarter with a quick 2 points by Calvin which then opened up the scoring for both teams going back and forth until Mildura took a small lead which they managed to hold off the Dragons when the final siren went.

Division Two Women

North East 70 def Collingwood  45 

The Bushrangers played host in Wangaratta to the All Stars and it was a positive start for the travellers from Collingwood, getting out to a 7pt lead at one stage and going in the long break only trailing by 1. But in the second half, North East pushed into second gear and powered away to outscore their opponents 45-21 to record a comfortable 25pt win. The Bushrangers monstered the All Stars on the boards, winning that stat 80-40. Helen Rodman back on the floor led her team with 17 points and Jada Buggs a point off a double collecting 15 rebounds. For North East, doubles a Plenty with Rachel Jeffrey amassing 22pts/12rbs and 4 assists. Olivia Storer 20pts and 18 boards, and Chloe Storer had 14pts/20rbs and 7 assists.

Sherbrooke 60 def by Coburg 66 (OT)

This game was set to be a close encounter and the end result didn’t disappoint, needing extra minutes to decide a winner and the Giants just managed to get for an important road win. A tight encounter throughout, there was a 4 point lead to the Home side at the half. The Giants didn’t panic and clawed back the deficit but survived a scare as Emily Holt just missed a trey to give the Suns what would have been a huge victory. Enter OT and the Giants managed to just get the job done in the last minute on the back of Special K’s two swishes from the stripe. For the Home side, Rebecca Ross led with an enormous 13p/21rb double supported by Renaissance Fejo with 10pts. The Giants batted around Saule Kontautaite who was solid again with 29pts to lead all on court.

Craigieburn 44 def by Wallan 82

They say every win is a game closer to a loss and the dreaded injury curse seems to have finally got the better of the Eagles, but take nothing away from the methodical way the Panthers have been playing the last few games and this was their chance to make a statement. The team in teal showed no mercy and opened up a 17pt quarter time lead that the Eagles just weren’t able to recover from. Nicole Cameron and Shona Brooks did what they could to reach double figures for Craigieburn, but Wallan simply had too many options to cover. Gemma Jackson scored 18, Alex Darby with 14 as Sarah Scott and Jayda Hunter both collected 10. The enforced break seemingly coming at just the right time for the home side, but Wallan will certainly take a lot from the game against potential fellow finalists down the track.

Melton 65 def Melbourne Uni 59

A tightly contested game out at Melton, but a crucial win for the Home side against a team they could well be fighting for a Finals spot for in Melbourne Uni. After a close opening term, the Thoroughbreds get an important jump in the second to open up a 5 point lead at the main break. In the second half it remained close throughout, but the home side held their nerve to record a 6 point win. Rebecca Marshall scored the magic number of the being 19, and was helped by Jenna Conroy (14p/10rb) and Molly Young (10pt/10rb) doubles long with Emily Attard who scored 12. For the visitors, Melanie Fidler scored a 19pt/10rb double and captain Lauren Bellegante also scored 19.

Coburg 51 def by Mornington 82 

The burning question on the Sunday was whether fatigue might be a factor for the home side after making the windy trek to Monbulk the previous night. It seemed early on that the Giants might have spent their petrol tickets securing the win against the Suns as the fresher Breakers took advantage and opened up a commanding 42-19 advantage into the change of ends. The Giants did claw back a bit of the deficit in the third, but an inspired final term, possibly one of their best scoring quarters of the season from Mornington put any thoughts of a comeback on ice from Coburg. A massive road victory from Mornington who went into the game with quite a small squad to choose from. For the Breakers Ashleigh Wright claimed 29 points and had support from Erin Ludwick who scored 24. Another week, another double for Fiona Darnell who chalked up 10 points to go with her 11 boards. For the Giants, Saule Kontautite bravely survived every minute on court after significant minutes the night before as Kody West-Linnett with 11 Points was a Board away from a double and Sophie Morey was a point from a double of her own.

Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men

Hawthorn 77 defeated by Bulleen 83
The Boomers have rode a massive last quarter effort to defeat the Magic by six points. Bulleen trailed heading into the final quarter but torched Hawthorn scoring 29 points in the fourth to run out victors. Harry Fayle dominated with 34 points for the Boomers, while Ethan Delzoppo added 18 points for the Magic.

Blackburn 77 defeated Diamond Valley 60

The Vikings have extended their winning ways thrashing the Eagles by 17 points. Jake Heath continues to impress scoring a game-high 22 points, with Arok Manding adding 16 points on 57% shooting. Ben Barlow (18) and Matthew Baggio (12) lead the way for Diamond Valley but they fell short in the end.

McKinnon 85 defeated Knox 72 

Nick Laycock has exploded off the bench for 30 points for the Cougars as they thumped the Raiders by 13 points. Corey Fiddes scored 18 points, and Malik Meunier chipped in with 16 points and five rebounds for the Raiders. But it wasn’t enough to be able to slow Laycock and the Cougars 14 three-pointers.

Nunawading 92 defeated Sandringham 77

The Spectres return to the winner’s list defeating the Sabres behind an incredible second half effort. Both teams were tied at 43-43 at the main break but Nunawading overrun the eight-man Sandringham outfit. Remo Simankevicius starred with 24 points on a scorching 10-14 from the field.

Ringwood 78 defeated by Dandenong 94

Tyler Robertson and Oliver Haynes-Brown have powered the Rangers to another victory in round 11. The pair combined for 37 points and 20 rebounds in Dandenong’s 16-point win. Ryan Miller gave a courageous captain’s effort with 19 points, and Matthew Roberts added 17 for the Hawks but it wasn’t enough to secure the victory.

Kilsyth 116 defeated Hawthorn 62

Thrashed is an understatement for the Cobras handling of the Magic. In a dominant performance from the tip-off, Kilsyth was never challenged storming to a 54-point annihilation. One for the stat nerds, every Cobras player recorded a positive plus/minus on the night.

Diamond Valley 79 defeated by Keilor 94

Keilor star BJ Symons was incredible with 34 points on 15-18 shooting in the Thunder’s 15-point victory over the Eagles. Captain Cameron Hubbard added an all-around game with 25 points, and 4 assists for Keilor. Diamond Valley captain Dylan Dunstan was valiant in defeat with 26 points, but it wasn’t enough.

Dandenong 77 defeated by McKinnon 79

Jordan Geer has scored a clutch lay-up with only moments to go in overtime to steal a victory for the Cougars and heartbreak for Dandenong. The Rangers had the lead at half-time but a second half comeback led by Geer (25 points) and Kobe Baird (28) saw McKinnon escape with the crucial win.

Sherbrooke 61 defeated by Nunawading 65

The Spectres have outlasted the Suns in a slog fest to run out 4-point victors. Both teams struggled from the field all game, failing to capitalise on another’s defensive lapses. The Suns will rue the six missed free throws costing them the loss. Alistair Parker had a game-high 14 for Sherbrooke.

Sandringham 93 defeated Altona 70

Using a complete team effort the Sabres have run out big winners by 23 points over the Gators. Four players scored in double figures for Sandringham, led by James Cigognini’s double-double (18 points, 10 rebounds). Samson Rocker was the Gators best with 17 points and 7 rebounds of his own.

Melbourne 65 defeated Eltham 60

Daniel Kinkela’s huge game (16 points, 16 rebounds) has powered the Tigers to a narrow victory over Eltham. Kinkela partnered with Mason Gaze (20 points) to hold off the fast finishing Wildcats. Christian Yammouni lead the way for Eltham with 24 points and 6 rebounds, but no one else scored in double-figures for the Wildcats.

Molten Victorian Youth Championship Women

Nunawading 52 defeated by Sandringham 53
Sandringham have escaped with a narrow victory as Annie Garrick’s three-pointer with 17 seconds left in regulation proved to be the game-winner for the Sabres. The Spectres overcame a lacklustre first half to make the game into a contest dominating the second half but a Daisy Bateman lay-up with 10 second lefts failed to fall breaking Nunawading hearts.

Hume City 44 defeated by Diamond Valley 85

The Eagles have continued their winning ways beating the Broncos by 41 points in a dominant defensive effort. Diamond Valley kept any of the Hume City players recording double-figures and only 24% from the field. Sharna Ayres starred for the Eagles with 21 points, Ivana Vasiljevic added 16 in the impressive team performance.

Ballarat 56 defeated by Knox 93

The Raiders came to MARS Minerdome on a mission, and they exacted that mission destroying the Rush by 37 points. Leah Santomaggio was a jet with 18 points, while adding six rebounds and six assists in a commanding performance. The Rush fall to their second straight heavy defeat, but can take Sophie Molan’s 11 points and seven rebounds as some solace.

Ringwood 63 defeated Dandenong 53

The Hawks have stormed to a fourth straight victory behind a solid team performance controlling the boards and shutting the Rangers offence. Charlotte Wilson with 14 points and 10 rebounds was the star. Felicity Hilford with 18 points, gave some resistance for the Rangers but her efforts were in vain.

Waverley 63 defeated Kilsyth 57

In a stirring second half performance the Falcons have defeated the Cobras by six points. Nyaduoth Lok was incredible with 24 points and seven rebounds for the Falcons, while Grace Beasley almost had a triple-double in the win (15 pts, 12 rebs, nine asts). The Cobras received a big game from Grace Moxey with 18 points, 11 rebounds and four assists but they couldn’t come away with the much needed victory.

Kilsyth 61 defeated by Hawthorn 74

The weekend got worse for the Cobras, falling to the Magic by 13 points. Kilsyth jumped out of the gates with a 9-point lead after the first quarter. Hawthorn leaned on their starting five to peg back the difference. Bella Niven-Brown with 21 points and nine rebounds was the best player on the court in the Cobras victory.

Diamond Valley 68 defeated Nunawading 65

A last second three-pointer gasp from Caillin Ibbotson has fallen heartbreakingly short from forcing overtime as the Eagles hang on to defeat the Spectres. Both teams were tied heading into a thrilling last quarter keeping fans on the edge of their seats, before another impressive performance from Sharna Ayres (18 points, 10 rebounds) secured the victory. What a game!

Dandenong 67 defeated Ballarat 52

Felicity Hilford has capped off an impressive weekend recording 17 points and five rebounds to lead the Rangers to a 15-point victory against a disappointing Rush outfit. The Rangers were in control throughout holding a 24-point lead over the Rush heading into the final quarter. Laura Taylor gave all she had (19 points, nine rebounds) for Ballarat but suffered a tough weekend of games.

Bendigo 71 defeated by Waverley 86

Nyaduoth Lok completed a weekend to remember chalking up another 24 points, while adding four steals, powering the Falcons to another solid victory. Grace Beasley was great support with 17 points, nine rebounds, and 11 assists, as Waverley were never troubled.

Sandringham 63 defeated Altona 61

The Gators have fallen agonisingly short of upsetting the Sabres as Dana Lindemann missed a shot with only seconds remaining. Altona was hoping to force overtime after storming back from 14 points down to begin the last quarter. The Sabres are thankful for her miss and not ruining Meg Ragauskas’ 20-point effort with a loss.

Melbourne 73 defeated Warrandyte 58

The Tigers have enjoyed a 15-point victory against the Venom in a defensive masterclass holding Warrandyte to 30% shooting. Olivia Klaman was the star with 19 points, while pulling down six rebounds in the Tigers solid win.

Bulleen 60 defeated by Hume City 64

The Broncos have used a sensational fourth quarter effort to overcome a 14-point deficit to defeat the Boomers by eight points. Paige Tawaf and captain Leilani Siamoa were instrumental in the win combining for 23 points, 19 rebounds, and four assists.

Youth League One Men

Geelong 72 defeated by Werribee 86

Daniaell Herbert’s outstanding 24-point 9-assist performance has spearheaded a convincing Devils victory over the Supercats. Werribee was bolstered by Adetomi Ayilara’s big double-double off of the bench finishing with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Geelong’s Josiah King recorded another solid performance but in defeat with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Camberwell 71 defeated by Sunbury 88

Sunbury has continued its roll in the YL1 trouncing Camberwell by the tune of 17 points. Nathan Baker was a star finishing with 16 points and 11 boards, while Nathan Marshall dished out an impressive 11 assists in the victory. For the Dragons, Mitchell Pollard was their best with 13 points and nine boards. But they were severely beaten across the board in this one.

Coburg 72 defeated by Warrandyte 79

Cody Perry-Allamby is becoming a star of YL1, already averaging a double-double on the season, went above and beyond as the Venom beat the Giants by 17 points. Perry-Allamby poured in 33 points on a scorching 66% shooting, while pulling down 11 boards in the dominant performance. Damien Watson scored 21 points for the Giants but it wasn’t enough as their horror season continues.

Ballarat 93 defeated Corio Bay 64

Five Miners scored in double-figures as they routed the Stingrays by 29 points. Ballarat were effective in drawing fouls, getting to the free-throw line and being able to set their defence holding Corio Bay to under 20 points in every quarter in the blow-out victory.

Hume City 52 defeated by Camberwell 64

Captain Mitchell Pollard’s 18 points have propelled the Dragons to massive victory for the squad over the Broncos. After a poor showing against Sunbury, Camberwell’s defence was stifling to open this contest holding Hume City to 19 first half points. The Broncos were lost for answers, bench player Aleksandar Milivojevic gave some fight back with 12 points. But the Broncos were handily beaten. 

Casey 90 defeated by Geelong 92

Josiah King’s game saving block denying Oyiti Amum’s last second three attempt was the highlight of round 11. Thomas Georgiadis’ clutch free-throws with only 13 seconds remaining capped the Supercats incredible fourth quarter to overcome a half-time deficit and wrestle back the lead. Amum had a chance for the win and had been on fire all game finishing with 25 points, and nailing three from behind the arc. Geelong were facing its third straight defeat making King’s block all the more important.

Bendigo 62 defeated by Waverley 89

The Falcons continue to be a team not be to reckoned with as they have eviscerated the Braves by 27 points to end round 11. A second half onslaught with four Waverley players scoring in double-figures, led by captain Andrew Noller’s 17 points and five rebounds. A poor opening quarter put Bendigo immediately on the back foot and the Braves couldn’t recover. Jake Lloyd was Bendigo’s best finishing with 22 points.

Youth League One Women 

Camberwell 75 def Chelsea 52

The first quarter did not start how I would have imagined, it was a completely different Gulls side, they looked confident and they found the bottom of the net, the Dragons didn’t know what hit them as they found themselves trailing by 6 at the end of the 1st. Sadly for the Gulls the Dragons got themselves into gear and went to work in the second going on a 14-0 run throughout the middle of the quarter, Bennett clawed back for the Gulls making the next 7 points bringing them back within 1 before again the Giants went on another scoring spree of 11-0 points to close out the half and lead by 10. The 3rd didn’t get any better for the Gulls and before they knew it they were 27 points behind going into the 4th, where they worked out how to stop the Giants from scoring and they clawed back a few points to only go down by 23 in the end.

Keilor 83 def Corio Bay 73

This was always going to be a tough match especially for Corio who have been up and down lately, dropping some key games that had pushed them down to 6th position. The Thunder have been rolling through every team they face lately including the Jets who could not stand up to the Thunder storm last week. It was a close first half with only 4 points in it at the half time break, the Stingrays had every chance to put a dent in the Thunders winning streak but unfortunately fell short in the 3rd as they trailed by 11 going into the final quarter. The 4th was a tight battle with both teams making their shots, the Thunder are lucky they got that small lead in the 3rd because the Stingrays were coming for them and if they had a little more time might have even had them.

Craigieburn 83 def Camberwell 48

After a slow start from both teams it was the Eagles who found their rhythm first and took a handy 11 point lead before the half time. The 3rd quarter didn’t get any better for the Dragons as they fell further behind trailing by 23 by the end of the quarter. It was a team effort for the Eagles as they had 4 players in double figures one (Casey Valenti-Paea) was only 2 steals off a trip dub.

Sunbury 68 def Geelong 45

After two weeks away from the winners table the Jets have returned, it was only a matter of time before they got back in sync and unfortunately for the Supercats it had to be against them. The Supercats didn’t know what hit them as the Jets flew away with a huge 21 point lead after just the 1st quarter (29-8) with the 2nd belonging to the Supercats they clawed back 5 points but they couldn’t manage to hit double figures in either the 3rd or the 4th meaning the sky was the limit for the Jets are they soared home with an easy victory and out of that rut they have found themselves in for the past 2 weeks.

McKinnon 67 def Eltham 48

One week at the winners table is all Eltham were allowed thanks to the Cougars, although they did not give up with out a fight. The Wildcats were firing in the 1st and took the first substantiao lead of the match leading by 6 at the quarter break. But the Cougars had other plans as they faught back to tie it up just in time for the half time break, both teams showed promise in the 3rd and McKinnon stole a 4 point lead before they left the Wildcats for dead with a 25-10 quarter. Thanks to this win the Cougars now find themselves equal 4th with Camberwell on the ladder, both teams have big games ahead of them next week, so we will see who can come out on top.

Youth League Two Men

Mornington 76 def by Frankston 82

Sometimes it is only one quarter that can be the difference between a win and a loss and this is unfortunately what happened to the Breakers on the weekend. They started with a 10 point deficit against the Blues, a margin they could not overtake. This lead put the Blues in a great position considering the Breakers came out to win the 2nd and 3rd quarters. At three quarter time, they trailed by just the 4 points. In the final quarter, the Blues kept the ball in their court, taking the win by 6 in the end.

Frankston 91 def Keysborough 54

The Sunday game for the Blues became their 8th straight win in a row and also resulted in a 2nd placing. They took care of the Cougars by 37 points. Once again it was one quarter that played a part in a loss, the Cougars 2nd quarter of 6 points to the Blues 22 added the distance needed to have a win locked down at the half way mark. The Cougars were able to pick up their game in the second half but the damage had already been done.

Pakenham 92 def Melton 87

After being the team to beat for some time, the Thoroughbreds have slowly unravelled. Teams have begun to figure them out, the Warriors the latest team to do so. It was a close battle though, the final margin sitting at just 5. The Warriors took the slight lead in the opening quarter but the Thoroughbreds begun their take over in the 2nd. They led by 5 at the half, followed by just a point at three quarter time. The Warriors then came out with a 32 to 26 finish to take back the game.

Whittlesea 78 def Pakenham 69

This was an upset to come out of the weekend, the Pacers defeating the Warriors. After a great game the night before, the Warriors would have seen this match as the easier of the two. But the Pacers certainly took advantage of this. 7 points down at quarter time, the Pacers came out to win the 2nd to take a one point lead at the half. The Warriors tied up the game in the 3rd leaving the 4th to be the deciding quarter. The Pacers wanted the win more, coming out and doing just that, winning.

Chelsea 75 def by Collingwood 85

After an even start, the All Stars made their move in the 2nd. Going 26 to the Gulls 11, the margin quickly jumped out to 15. The Gulls worked at the margin and culled it down bit by bit. But unfortunately they were only able to manage a smaller losing margin and not a takeover.

Collingwood 82 def Western Port 58

The All Stars went on to add to their winning weekend, getting an easy win over the Steelers. Right from the get go the All Stars had control of this match. They led from the beginning and continued to add to the scoreboard making it harder for the Steelers to keep up with. The only thing the Steelers won this weekend was the 4th quarter.

Craigieburn 120 def Wallan 81

The Eagles impressive line up put 120 points on the board in their 39 point win over the Panthers. 6 players in this side had double figures. This side really is the real deal and they are going to be tough to stop when they can manage a scoreline like this. They put points on the board early and continue to go above and beyond. Starting with 24 in the opening quarter, it became 38 in the 2nd followed by 37 in the 3rd. Their down quarter was the 4th, but they still had 21. Credit must go to the Panthers for putting together a strong four quarter performance, not once dropping to single digits. They purely and simply came up against a quality side.

Maccabi 92 def Latrobe 61

The Warriors would be thankful that they have ended their draught, finally getting another win on the board. They were challenged in a couple of quarters by the Energy but one quarter in particular made the difference. In the 3rd the Warriors put up 25 points to the Energy’s 5, putting a big dint in the Warriors already set margin. The Energy continue to roll through the season winless but improvements can be seen.

Youth League Two Women

Pakenham 83 defeated Whittlesea 51

The Warriors have thumped the Pacers in a wire-to-wire victory by 32 points. From the opening tip-off, Pakenham were dominant patrolling the court with ravenous defence resulting in an amazing 21 steals. Samantha Neil had a stellar all-around game finishing with 12 points, nine rebounds, six assists and seven steals as she stuffed the stat sheet. Hailey Wynd gave what she could for Whittlesea with 18 points, but with seven turnovers it will be a game she will want to forget.

Mornington 38 defeated by Werribee 43

The Breakers will be ruing their performance in the final quarter letting the Devils escape with the win. In a close contest in which neither team could gain an ascendancy, Mornington clunged to a 5-point advantage to start the last. But the Devils turned up the defensive heat and forced the Breakers into eight final quarter turnovers. Mornington’s advantage quickly evaporated and Werribee rode Lauren Jones and her 15 points to the eventual victory.

Sherbrooke 51 defeated by Southern Peninsula 64

Abbey Toohey’s game high four three-pointer en route to 17 points has led the Sharks to a determined win over the Suns. After a brief Sherbrooke led in the opening quarter, Southern Peninsula were rarely troubled in the victory. While the Suns dominated the rebounding count, 63-40, it was the Sharks defensive pressure generating 19 steals and 29 points off turnovers which proved to be the difference. Rachael Hurd was the Suns lone bright light with 15 points in the defeat.

Blackburn 75 defeated by Casey 90

Casey has used a rampant fourth quarter effort to run out 15-point victors in its matchup with Blackburn. After dominating in the paint all game long scoring 56 points, the Cavaliers put their foot on the accelerator in the final quarter outscoring the Vikings by nine points. Lauren Tuplin was Casey’s MVP with 21 points, 12 rebounds, and five steals. While Peta Rhodes and Tess Young were great support combining for 36 points for the Cavaliers.

Frankston 47 defeated by Western Port 54

Despite a poor shooting night, the Western Port Steelers have controlled the glass to run out 7-point winners against Frankston. It what proved to be a slog fest between the two squads, it was Georgia Howes’ double-double finishing with 15 points and 10 rebounds, which was instrumental in securing the vital victory for the Steelers. Alice Yates (15 points) received great support from Annabel Fitter (13 points and 10 rebounds) off of the bench. But it wasn’t enough as the Blues winning streak came to a close in the final game of round 11.

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