Round Twelve 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
Hawthorn 113 def. Corio Bay 57
Things got ugly for Stingrays in Hawthorn with a 56-point thrashing. Five players reached double-digits for the Magic, led by Nelson Kirksey (23pts 6ast 11-14FG) and Jordan Latham (18pts 5reb 8-8FG), despite the pair only playing 23 and 18 minutes in the blowout. A 62-21 halftime scoreline had the visitors reeling and it got worse after the main break with the Magic shooting at 59% from the floor (to 33% for Corio) and the ‘Rays committing 23 turnovers (to just 6 for the Magic). Aaron Christopher Lynch (16pts 11reb) led the visitors.
Hume City 73 def. Keilor 68
The Mike Rose-less Broncos nabbed an important win despite being challenged by the Thunder. A rocky third term nearly saw the Thunder get back in the contest but the home side steadied to claim victory. Lee Jeka (22pts 6reb 9ast) amd Trevon Clayton (20pts 16reb) led the shorthanded Broncs in the win, while Hanner Mosquera-Perea (20pts 11reb 5stl) was big for the visitors despite going down in defeat.
Ringwood 90 def. Waverley 72
The match of the round failed to live up to the hype with the Hawks proving way too strong at home. All five starters hit double digits but none over 20 with Jacob Gibson (18pts 6reb) continuing to lead the charge for his side. Matt Fennell (16pts 12reb) added a double-double in the win, while Daniel Dillon (19pts 5reb 3ast) led the Falcons in the loss.
McKinnon 84 def. Hume City 59
The Cougars thumped the Broncos, who again missed star import Mike Rose. The game was over by three-quarter time as the home side built a 28-point lead before cruising in the final stanza. Deng Deng (17pts 9reb) led the Cougars in the win, with all nine players sharing the load. The Broncs were led by Lee Jeka (17pts 4reb 5ast) and Aaron Munday-Rashid (16pts 6reb) off the bench but they were well and truly outclassed this time out.
Waverley 70 def. by Blackburn 88
The Vikings pulled off the upset of the season, condemning the Falcons to two losses in what quickly became a horror weekend. The home side shot just 40% and committed 23 turnovers, but the Vikings were absolutely superb from start to finish, winning every quarter in a complete performance to stun the title contenders. James Malvaso (20pts 4reb) and Brendan Trewella (14pts 8reb 5stl) led Blackburn in the mammoth win, while Adrien Sturt (19pts 9reb 4stl) was the best for the disappointing Falcons.
Keilor 53 def. by Eltham 61
The Wildcats scrapped their way to victory in a dour contest with the Thunder. A 12-7 opening term set the scene for the rest of the match with the ‘Cats able to come out on top in the war of attrition. Ben Waldren (11pts 5reb) was the high-point man for the Wildcats, which is remarkable given they won the match, while Jordan Coleman (16pts 6reb) and Matt Spencer (14pts 5reb 6ast) led the Thunder.
Knox 80 def. by Casey 90
The Cavs found some road form with a stunning upset of the previously in-form Knox. A sharp-shooting opening half held the Cavaliers in good stead before they locked down and turned the contest into a scrap, eventually steadying in the final stages to win. Matt Donlan (26pts 8reb), Raheem Lemons (21pts 14reb 3ast) and Brent Hobba (20pts) combined to carry the Cavs, while Taylor Dyson (16pts) led the Raiders.
State Championship Women
Hume City 54 lost to Sunbury 73
A vital win for the Jets as they start to ramp their season up ahead of the business end. The visitors got on top early and led by as much as 24pts as they coasted to the final buzzer. The reigning champs are starting to show some ominous signs and could be about to crank their title defence right up. Elyse Penaluna (17pts) was in good touch off the bench, Josie Stockill added 16pts and Orla O’Reilly dropped 15pts. For the Broncos, Kelly Hardeman and Viv Saad both hit 12pts each, but there wasn’t too much after that. The Jets are starting to take flight.
Ringwood 56 lost to Waverley 88
Waverley continued their march forward with a thumping win against Ringwood, made all the more significant given it was at The Rings. The biggest margin was the winning margin, 32pts, as the Falcons cruised to the line to crush their fancied opponents. Renae Mokrzycki (21pts) and Tegan Cunningham (19pts) proved too good for the Hawks, the former getting to the foul line 13 times for 11 makes. For the disappointing Hawks, Desi Ramos (17pts) did all she could on a sombre night.
Bulleen 69 def Eltham 48
The Boomers won their third straight game, easily accounting for the Wildcats after an even opening 10 minutes. Five players reached double digits for the winners, led by Jasmine Hines (17pts, 19rbs) and Sarah Boothe (14pts). For the Wildcats, Alice Kunek (14pts) was well held, and there wasn’t too many others impacting the scoreboard.
McKinnon 65 lost to Keilor 74
The visiting Thunder jumped out of the blocks and secured an early 18-‐8 lead to take control. The Cougars were never really in the game, with the Thunder leading by as much as 20pts at one stage. The visitors also dropped 10 triples which proved pivotal in the win. Erin Bollmann (26pts) was a class above for the winners and Aneta Bandilovski chipped in with a handy 20pts. For the disappointing Cougars, Bridget Deery scored 16pts and Meg Kritscher delivered 11pts and 10rbs. An important victory for the Thunder as they now move clear of the lower rungs and look to be increasingly safe in the top flight for next season.
Knox 73 lost to Sth Peninsula 93
The Sharks secured their most important win of the season, upsetting the top-‐of-‐the-‐ladder Raiders with an emphatic 20pt victory. The win pushed the Sharks clear inside the top five and really kick-‐starts their run to the finals. From the outset the visitors looked to be in an aggressive mood, taking on Knox’s renowned defence with an air of confidence. Jaz Shelley (23pts, 8rbs, 10ast, 6stl) was unstoppable and had a great partner in Peyton Little (27pts), while young Liv Pollerd contributed 20pts in one of her best games of the season. For the Raiders, who no doubt will take the hiccup in their stride, Carly Mijovic had 18pts to go with 9 turnovers, Bec Ott scored 16pts and Leah Santamaggio chipped in with 11pts.
Division One Men
Sunbury 61 lost to Western Port 107
The Steelers started their double weekend with a comprehensive win at Sunbury, cleaning up the Jets with ease. A 69-‐35 first half put this contest to bed, the home team simply no match for the red-‐hot Steelers. The visitors shot at 53%, the Jets at just 28%. Dylan Travis led the winners with 28pts, while for the Jets Jon Alexander had 24pts and 13rbs in another good performance individually.
Geelong 81 lost to Melbourne Uni 109
Getting a win at Geelong is never easy, but the Black Angels didn’t put a foot wrong as they delivered the goods to grab a vital victory. A 56-‐34 run during the middle qtrs was the key to the win. Nick Masunda (30pts, 12rbs) dominated for the winners, while Lewis Varley (17pts) was best for the Supercats.
Shepparton 83 lost to Chelsea 91
Two of the competition’s best teams squared off and despite being down by as much as 16pts, the Gulls came through for the win after storming home to upset the Gators on their home deck. Matt Brasser (30pts) and Corey Standerfer (31pts) did the damage and proved too much for Shepparton to handle when it most mattered. For the Gators, Spencer Coleman dropped 30pts and Cam Vines netted 27pts, while Matt Bartlett (5pts) was well held.
Latrobe City 92 lost to Whittlesea 95
In desperate need of some confidence, the Energy stormed home (26-‐16) during the last qtr but came up short of the Pacers. Despite trailing by 12pts at the half and by as much as 18pts during the game, the Energy didn’t fall away and had a chance to tie the game in the dying seconds. Brad Hassall (23pts) and Sam Sykes (19pts) led the way for the Pacers, while for the home team it was Matt Farrell (15pts) leading six players in double digit scoring.
Warrnambool 67 lost to Warrandyte 73
Warrandyte’s finals aspirations took a turn for the best with a brilliant win down at The Arc. When they are switched on, especially at the defensive end, the Venom can cause an upset. Down the stretch the visitors stood tall and held their nerve to grab the victory. Ayinde Sprewell (23pts, 18rbs) was the star for the winners with the next best Venom scorer on 10pts. For the Seahawks, Xavier Blount (21pts/fouled out) and Tim Gainey (17pts) did what they could.
Bulleen 73 def Collingwood 66
A huge game in the context of the race for the finals and as we’ve seen a number of times this season from both teams, some patches of inconsistency prove costly. The game was tight in the first and last quarters, but a 25-‐11 second qtr for the Boomers and a 21-‐11 third qtr for the All Stars kept both coaches working, and scratching their head. Mitch White delivered a very important 17pts off the bench for the Boomers, to go with Thadd Varmall’s 16pts. For the All Stars, Manny Hendrix did all he could with 29pts, while Manny Lueth added 14pts.
Western Port vs Latrobe City
No results at time of writing.
Division One Women
Geelong 63 def by Werribee 68 (OT)
The Devils were lucky to come away with this win, not having the best of starts. So much so that the Supercats will be annoyed at themselves for not getting the job done. For the first two quarters, the Devils couldn’t seem to move away from the 8 point mark. At half time they were at just 16, the Supercats 25. But the break seemed to work wonders for the Devils, coming out strong in the 3rd. They were still trailing but just by 7 points at this stage. The Supercats looked to still be in control of this game for the first half of the 4th, but then the Devils started to close in. With under a minute left, the lead swapped and changed constantly. Both sides made last stitch efforts to just get over the line but they fell short forcing this game into an extra period. And with all the momentum with the Devils, it was them that took the win.
Whittlesea 56 def by Geelong 69
Following on from their tough game the night before, the Supercats were faced with another on the Sunday. And this time, the Supercats were successful. This was a great win for this side, not only for the fact that they split their weekend but also due to the Pacers position in this competition. With thanks to the Pacers 8 point opening quarter, the Supercats were out by 12 early on. The Pacers were only then able to add a further 9 points in the 2nd, the Supercats 18. The Pacers dug themselves a hole and they had one half to fix it in. They certainly did their best efforts, winning both the 3rd and 4th quarters. But the deficit they were in was too much and the most they could do was make the margin as small as possible.
Latrobe 53 def by Whittlesea 77
One positive to come out of the weekend for the Pacers was Saturday night. They took a comfortable win over the Energy. They led from the get go, the Energy not helping themselves in the opening turn, only putting up 8 points. The Energy improved from the 2nd quarter onwards but they couldn’t manage an overtake. The Pacers continued on their way and took the win.
Mildura 87 def Chelsea 57
The Heat continue to go from strength to strength, adding win number 5 to their streak. They made the trip home an even longer one for the Gulls, making easy work of them. In the opening half, the game was close, the Heat only having a 10 point lead. But with 10 points being to close for comfort for the Heat, they decided to drop 34 to the Gulls 12 in the 3rd to make it a real task for the Gulls. Fair to say it was too much for the Gulls, only taking 2 points off the final margin in the 4th.
Casey 61 def Camberwell 50
Following on from the Heat, the Cavs are another side forging their way in this competition. They are now up to 6 straight W’s, thanks to this win over the Dragons. Looking at the quarter by quarter scores, the Dragons only fell a few points short at each turn. But this just shows that the Cavs don’t need to go above and beyond for a win. As long as they win each quarter, even by the smallest of margins, it all adds ups.
Warrnambool 71 def Warrandyte 58
It was a comfortable win for the Seahawks, helped early on by their high scoring along with the lack of scoring from the Venom. It was a 21 to 8 start, the Mermaids in a great position early. The Venom improved in the 2nd only to fall back into old habits, down to 8 in the 3rd. At this point the Mermaids had a 20 point lead. The Venom seem to be making a habit of leaving their best quarter to last, finishing off strong in this match, 24 to 17. It at least brought the final margin down to 13 but the win sat with the Mermaids.
Western Port 54 def by Hawthorn 86
The Magic are back on the winners list. They made an impact early on in this match starting off with a 22 to 14 opening quarter followed by 31 to 15 in the 2nd. This made it hard for the Steelers to get any look in. With the damage having been done already, there wasn’t anything the Steelers could do or were allowed to do for that matter.
Werribee 76 def Western Port 57
It turned out to be a good weekend for the Devils making it two from two. As for the Steelers, it was 2 losses. Once again, it was a game that saw the Steelers on the back foot. The Devils got out early, leaving the Steelers to trail behind. It wasn’t until the 4th quarter that saw the Steelers win something, that was the quarter 22 to 18.
Division Two Men
Pakenham 95 def Sherbrooke 63
The Warriors turned the lights out on the Suns chances of a come back early in this game as they took a 25 point lead going in to the half time break. The Suns were missing star player Miraflores from their line up as they struggled to get past the tall Warriors line up and make their shots like they are known for, while the Warriors had no trouble making their shots drop. With this loss for the Suns it solidifies their 11th position on the ladder, leaving their finals hopes behind them, the Warriors are steaming ahead looking to bump themselves up the ladder to help their finals run, showing all those teams ahead of them they are not a push over and they do have what it takes to steal that title out from under the current favourites.
Altona 61 def Camberwell 51
This is one of the biggest upsets of the season, The Dragons will be kicking themselves for this in the weeks to come, as it now puts them 2 wins behind the top 2 teams and makes it that much harder for them to finish top 2 and gain that home court advantage. The Gators started strong in the first gaining a 7 point lead, while both teams struggled to find the bottom of the net in the second the deficit remained the same at half time. The Dragons fought back in the third bringing the gap back to just 4 going into the 4th and final quarter, they even managed to bring it back within 1 during the 4th but the Gators kept their cool and ran away with it.
Coburg 78 def Mildura 70
This was always going to be a tough game for both teams, doesn’t help when two of your players miss their flight… and the fact the Heat never give up especially not when they play at home! It was a close first quarter with neither team able to pull away, but it was the Giants who drew first blood in the second steaming away closing out the half with a handy 12 point lead. Back on the floor in the 3rd Mildura heated up as they put the pressure on the Giants early in the 3rd but only managed to gain 3 points to trail by 9. The last quarter was a cracker as the Heat clawed their way back to trail by 1 with just over 4 mins to go, but the Giants were not finished yet, as they made another run for it late in the quarter which finally got the crowd involved for the Heat, but it was too late for the Heat as the Giants wrapped it up in the final minute getting up by 8 in the end.
Wallan 92 def North East 59
With a great start from the Bushies the Panthers found themselves trailing by 4 going into the quarter time, but unfortunately for the Bushies the Panthers found their form in the second quarter as they finished the quarter with a 12-0 run to close out the half up by 7. The 3rd quarter was the Bushies worst quarter for the match as the Panthers put the foot down and ran away with it again going on a 10-0 run then 11-0 shortly after that, the Bushies couldn’t stop the onslaught that the Panthers brought in the 3rd and it continued into the 4th with Wallan finishing them off by 33 in the end.
Melton 68 def Craigieburn 65
THE STREAK IS OVER!!!
The Eagles game plan would have been to stop Dexter from getting into the game and Emmanuel from getting to the basket, clearly the game plan didn’t work! Both players got it done in one way or anther and got their team over the line in a nail biter. Craigieburn were playing catch up from the beginning after a horror first quarter (21-8). The Eagles suffered from some major injuries which didn’t help especially with Kewal Shiels going down with 2 fractured wrists and Watts out with a hamstring injury. But with 25 seconds left in the game the Eagles really put the pressure on nailing a huge trey bringing them within 1pt. It all came down to who could finish it off with their foul shots which Melton managed to hold off the Eagles until that final siren rang.
Maccabi 81 def Altona 69
In their second game of the round Altona returned home after an unexpected win Saturday night over Camberwell. The Warriors star duo (Klas and Mintz) went to work on both ends of the floor giving Altona’s big man Till a run for his money, but the Warriors had a tough time stopping him on the boards as he racked up a handle little double double. It was the 3rd quarter that really let the gators down as they only managed 4 points off 2 plays, a free throw and then an and 1 off a jump shot. The Warriors made the most of the Gators poor performance as they steam rolled in 22 points leaving the Gators for dead.
Southern Pen 95 def Pakenham 84
It was a high scoring match up with the Sharks taking the first strong lead as the Warriors found themselves trailing by 15 a the first break, they fought back in the 2nd bringing it back within 6. With Pakenham sitting just outside the top 6 they needed to push back hard in the second half if they wanted any chance at stealing a win here and helping them get inside that top 6 to make finals. It was raining buckets in the 3rd with a 31-26 quarter with the Sharks once again pushing out their lead which would prove to be too much for the Warriors to get back.
Division Two Women
Home Grown Heartbreak was this week’s theme.
Melton 64 def by Collingwood 71
The opening term started evenly enough with the Thoroughbreds hold a narrow lead. The All Stars bounced back in the second to hold a seven point half time lead. Melton erased the deficit back to just a bucket at the final changes but Collingwood stayed defiant and finished the game out scoring their hosts to take the final margin back to 7. For the All Stars, doubles to Helen Rodan (20p/14rbs) and Jada Buggs (17p/13rbs) again too strong. For the Thoroughbreds, kudos to Jenna Conroy who played all 40 to record 17p, with Emily Attard Young (15pts) and Molly Young collecting a double in support (11pts/12rbs). Some big games coming up for Melton as they aim for a return to division finals in their comeback season.
Mornington 49 def by Craigieburn 55
The Home side ran to script in the first term to open up a 5pt lead but a turnaround in the second saw the Eagles get a single bucket at the break. The Home side stuck with their opponents but weren’t able to clear the deficit and with the Eagles winning the half by a bucket each term, it was enough to see the visitors from Craigieburn prevail. Another great game from Fiona Darnell recording a 13p/11rbs double as Erin Ludwick amassed 13pts and Bridget Gamble 11 for the Breakers. For the Eagles, it was Kellie Bailey-Lynn leading all scorers with 14p, Nicole Cameron snaring a 12p/13rbs double and Stacey Procak netting 11p. A very positive performance from Mornington, but Craigieburn getting the result to keep them at the top of the tree
Wallan 71 def North East 47
One team which bucked the trend was the teal army from Wallan. The home side led from the opening whistle to the final buzzer, proving too strong for North East. Everyone on the home roster scored, led by an amazing 23p/25rbs double from Emmie O’Nial. For the visitors, a double from Chloe Storer led the way. A top 2 finish now almost assured for the Panthers, whilst for the Bushrangers it’s not full panic stations just yet but they won’t want to drop too many more in the weeks ahead to battle for post season action. But their cause was helped by the result from the first game of the round.
Collingwood 59 def by Mornington 61
Coming off games the previous night, this was always going to be an intriguing match up at the All Stars’ new venue at Reservoir High. The visitors got the jump early, but in the second the momentum swung back to the All Stars although they trailed by a point at the break. It was tense at the final change as Collingwood held a 3 point lead. It came down to the last play as Fiona Darnell had ice veins getting the game winning bucket with 4 seconds to go for Mornington for a stirring road win! For Collingwood, Maddison Borg led the way with 19p and a double from Ayuen Akot 16p/15rbs. For Mornington, Ash Wright and Bridget Gamble both scored 14 and Fiona Darnell with 13p/20rbs.
Sherbrooke 47 def by Blackburn 57
An even start at Belgrave, but Blackburn held sway in the middle two terms to hold a 12 point lead at the final turn to see off a Suns side which did shade their opponents in the last to finish out the game. The Vikings duo of Andrea Belmonte and Samantha Zennaro, both scoring 14 proved too much to contain for the developing Suns side. For Sherbrooke, Rebecca Ross top scored with 9.
Coburg 71 def by Melbourne Uni 72
Another amazing game where neither side gave much and it was end to end for most of the game. A trey from Lauren Bellegante with just under a minute to go gave the Black Angels the lead. Both teams had fouls to give so the game wasn’t likely to be decided at the stripe. A last gasp trey attempt by Kontautaite was blocked by Bellegante and Melb Uni escape Outlook Dr with a vital road win but not before Special K collected 31 over the full 40, supported by Kody West-Linnett with 19pts. For Melb Uni, Melanie Fidler collected 25 and Lauren Bellgante 19p. Coburg showing some great signs of late and to fall agonisingly short will bite and only serve to motivate.
Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men
Sandringham Sabres 94 defeated Bulleen Boomers 92
In the game of round 12, the Sandringham Sabres have upset the Bulleen Boomers by two points. The Sabres used ball movement and crashed the glass to secure the win. Bulleen have been stellar this season holding opponents to 76.4 points per game. But Sandringham’s passing carved up the Boomers defence for 94 points with 25 assists. James Cigognini led the way with 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Sabres.
Hawthorn Magic 80 defeated by Sherbrooke Suns 86
The Suns have crept over the line to knock off one of the top teams in the competition in Hawthorn. What’s more important is that they did so on the road! Cam Bradley has inspired the back half of the season for the side and once again led the line with 23 points and seven rebounds. Xavier Evans matched it for the Magic with 23 points and five rebounds.
McKinnon Cougars 81 defeated Kilsyth Cobras 76
The McKinnon Cougars defeated the Kilsyth Cobras, 81-76, to extend its winning streak to three games. The Cougars were powered by the duo of Luke Peynenborg and Jordan Geer combining for 51 points in the narrow victory. The game was close throughout with both squads matching each other for rebounds and assists. But it was Peynenborg’s season high 29 points which sealed the win. Jorden Adnam was the Cobras best with a valiant 17-point 12-rebound double-double in the defeat.
Blackburn Vikings 106 defeated Altona Gators 80
A hot shooting Jake Heath has ignited the Vikings to a 26-point thrashing of the Gators. Heath was sensational with 33 points on 11-21 shooting, nailing six three-pointers in the win. Dogukan Elyazar did everything he could for the Gators, scoring 32 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. But his stellar game wasn’t enough to see Altona end its now 10-game losing steak.
Melbourne Tigers 56 defeated by Knox Raiders 85
The Knox Raiders have used a complete team effort to thump the Melbourne Tigers by 29 points in round 12. With six players scoring in double-figures and forcing 17 steals, the Raiders were a class above in the dominant win. Malik Meunier led the way with 16 points and four steals, as the Raiders ended a 5-game Terrill conference losing streak.
Eltham Wildcats 61 defeated by Nunawading Spectres 91
Nunawading Spectres have used a passing masterclass to thrash the Eltham Wildcats by 30 points. The Spectres squad was on song, racking up 21 assists in the resounding victory. The passing often finished in Jack Gandolfo’s hands drilling an incredible seven three-pointers, finishing with 23 points. Not one Wildcat hit double-figures summing up their tough night.
Sherbrooke Suns 78 defeated Eltham Wildcats 68
The Sherbrooke Suns dominated the glass pulling down 67 rebounds to conquer the Eltham Wildcats. Cameron Bradley scored 23 points, grabbed 16 rebounds, and nailed five three-pointers in an impressive performance for the Suns. Christain Yammouni provided some resistance with 16 points, but it was a tough round for the Wildcats losing both games.
Ringwood Hawks 74 defeated McKinnon Cougars 67
The Hawks are flying after ending a 5-game losing streak with a 7-point defeat of the Cougars in round 12. 17 offensive rebounds leading to 21 second chance points proved to be the difference in the victory. McKinnon struggled with the Ringwood’s bigs allowing 48 points in the paint in the Sunday fixture. Yuot Gai had a game-high 15 points for the Hawks.
Knox Raiders 59 defeated by Dandenong Rangers 79
Ryan Rapp has powered the Dandenong Rangers to a 20-point win against the Knox Raiders. Rapp led the way with 19 points, with Oliver Hayes-Brown addeding 13 points and 13 rebounds in the win. It what posed to be a danger game for the Rangers against the pesky Raiders, Dandenong took care of business and remained top of the ladder.
Bulleen Boomers 82 defeated Diamond Valley Eagles 80
Bulleen has held on in its second nail-biter of round 12. This time for a 2-point victory against Diamond Valley. Bulleen’s Shayan Mahboobi and Diamond Valley’s Ben Barlow battled with 22 points each. But it was the Boomers 23 points off turnovers which proved to be the key in the hard fought win.
Altona Gators 60 defeated by Keilor Thunder 122
The Thunder have destroyed the Gators by 62 points. Keilor were on a mission scoring its season-high in the demolition job. Nick Grantham top scored with 30 points, while Carlo Camp added 25 points. It was a gloomy weekend for the Gators.
Nunawading Spectres 68 defeated Melbourne Tigers 55
Round 12 proved to be twice as nice for the Nunawading Spectres defeating the Melbourne Tigers to complete the weekend sweep. Thomas Graham top scored with 14 points. But it was on the offensive glass where the Spectres won the match. The Tigers allowed 22 second chance points for the Spectres costing them the match. Daniel Kinkela was the Tigers best (20 points, 11 rebounds) but it wasn’t enough to get the win.
Molten Victorian Youth Championship Women
Melbourne Tigers 78 defeated Hume City Broncos 41
Melbourne’s Nikki Metcalfe was instrumental in the 37-point destruction of the Hume City Broncos. Metcalfe scored 17 points in the demolition job. From the opening tip-off the Tigers were in complete control ripping 15 steals and forcing the Broncos into 23 turnovers. Rachele Carrozza was the Broncos best with 16 points. But it was little socale from the Tigers onslaught.
Bulleen Boomers 71 defeated by Diamond Valley Eagles 73
The Diamond Valley Eagles have survived a scare from the lowly Bulleen Boomers to hang on for the 2-point victory. The Eagles high octane offence was matched by the tenacious Boomers looking to cause the upset. But the Eagles managed to hold on down the stretch. Thankful for the huge game from Mikayla Peterson scoring 25 points, and pulling down 9 rebounds. This was wake-up call for the Eagles to keep them focused towards the finals.
Ballarat Rush 53 defeated by Altona Gators 54
Altona has returned from MARS Minedome with a hard fought 1-point thrilling victory. In what looked to be a one-sided contest on paper, the Rush came out rolling against the Gators. Destiny Liu provided the spark the Gators needed for the victory recording 14 points, and grabbing nine rebounds in the win. The Rush fought and scrapped and dug, but couldn’t get the victory. Laura Taylor played her heart out with 15 points and 17 rebounds, but her efforts couldn’t get the Rush over the line.
Knox Raiders 76 defeated Warrandyte Venom 71
The Raiders have relied on Eliana Bravington being the antidote to the Warrandyte Venom to run out five point winners. Bravington’s 18-point 11-rebound double-double powered the Raiders victory. Maighan Hedge added 18 points, while Althea Angeles chipped in with 17 points. Warrandyte was charged by Michaela Kuen’s 22 points hoping to end their losing streak but will have to wait another week.
Altona Gators 55 defeated by Ringwood Hawks 63
Rachael Watson was a defensive hawk as Ringwood defeated the Gators by eight points. Watson was everywhere on the defensive end recording seven blocks and pulling down 16 rebounds. The Hawks remain clear at the top of the Watson conference with only four rounds before the finals get underway. Destiny Liu and Trinity Steele added 11 each for the Gators in the loss.
Warrandyte Venom 50 defeated by Kilsyth Cobras 53
Kilsyth’s bully ball in the paint has been the catalyst for its nail-biting 3-point victory over Warrandyte. The Cobras outscored the Venom 34-16 in the lane, led by the duo of Miranda Garnter and Taylah Black. The Cobras pair combined for 31 points and 11 rebounds helping Kilsyth remain in the top four of the Watson conference. Michaela Kuen was best for the Venom scoring 13 points.
Bendigo Braves 58 defeated Dandenong Rangers 49
Charged by Danielle O’Toole’s game of the round, the Braves have run out 9-point winners against the visiting Rangers. O’Toole was incredible finishing with 23 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, and nabbing 4 steals, in the win. Jacinta Maxwell and Hannah Rapp had 10 points for the Rangers but they were no match for O’Toole.
Sandringham Sabres 61 defeated Bulleen Boomers 55
The Sabres have extended their winning streak knocking off the visiting Boomers by six points. Meg Ragauskas continued her incredible run of form recording her second double-double of the season, scoring 13 points and grabbing 13 boards. The looming top of the table clash with the Eagles is now less than a month away, and the Sabres look in good stead with another solid win. Sascha Korakis put 17 points on the scoreboard for the Boomers, but it was a tough weekend of close losses.
Nunawading Spectres 75 defeated Hawthorn Magic 48
The Spectres have thrashed the Hawthorn Magic by 27 points to remain in the top four of the Terrill conference. Nunawading was in complete control of the match, winning the rebounding margin by 21 and holding the Magic to 28% shooting from the field. Daisy Bateman had a game-high 19 points, while dishing eight assists, with three other Spectres finishing with double-figure scoring. With the loss the Magic effectively see their finals chances vanish.
Hume City Broncos 68 defeated Waverley Falcons 60
The Broncos have used a 21-point performance from Paige Tawaf to upset the Falcons by eight points. Hume City used a barrage towards the rim to draw 28 fouls on the Waverley defenders. The nine extra free throws proved the right formula for the Broncos winning their third game of the season. This loss could prove costly for the Falcons, as they fall out of the top four heading into the final stretch of the regular season.
Youth League One Men
Camberwell Dragons 61 defeated by Bendigo Braves 73
The Bendigo Braves have upset the Camberwell Dragons by 12 points to tip-off round 12. Samuel Beks dominated the game recording his fifth double-double of the season with 22 points and a stunning 20 rebounds. Matthew Zappala was the Dragons lone hope scoring 17 points, but no other Dragon was able to muster double-figures in the loss.
Corio Bay Stingrays 73 defeated by Hume City Broncos 87
A complete team effort has driven the Broncos to a commanding 14-point victory over the Stingrays. Five Broncos finished with double-figure scoring, led by Christopher Alai’s 18 points. Alai had an incredible game adding 23 rebounds, including 12 offensive boards, in the win. Corio Bay squandered Jordan O’Leary’s outstanding 30-point effort with the loss.
Werribee Devils 85 defeated Coburg Giants 73
Daniaell Herbert’s 21 points in 24 minutes has ignited the Devils victory over the Giants. Herbert’s hot shooting included nailing five three-pointers. But it was Werribee’s defensive pressure which fueled it’s victory, forcing the lowly Giants into an abysmal 29 turnovers. Jarryd Reid was Coburg’s best with 19 points.
Casey Cavaliers 70 defeated by Sunbury Jets 73
The Sunbury Jets remain undefeated in season 2018 despite being challenged to the final siren by the Cavaliers. When the pressure was on Sunbury stepped up on the defensive end. The Jets scored 23 points on turnovers which proved to be key to staying undefeated. Oyiti Amum was outstanding for Casey with 17 points and 10 rebounds against the best team in the competition. But the Jets showed why they remain the favourite come finals.
Ballarat Miners 98 defeated by Geelong Supercats 103
In the game of the round, the Supercats have defeated the Miners in an epic shootout. It was a dual between Ballarat’s Zachery Dunmore and Geelong’s Max Kos. Dunmore exploded for 33 points, but it was Kos’ 31 points which helped Geelong creep over the line and record the much needed victory. Amos Brooks had a stellar stat line with 23 points, 18 rebounds and two steals, but it wasn’t enough. What a game.
Coburg Giants 93 defeated by Camberwell Dragons 102
Behind 27 assists and five players scoring in double-figures, the Dragons have slayed the Giants. Coming into the game, Camberwell was favoured on paper. But they were not expecting the humungous game from Rory Killen. The hot shooting Giant exploded for a season-high 36 points, hitting 12-19 from the field. But for Coburg it wasn’t enough to overcome the Dragons teamwork.
Sunbury Jets 85 defeated Werribee Devils 72
Another game, another victory for the Sunbury flying away to its 18th straight win on season 2018. The Jets ramped up the intensity and showed why they are the best team in the competition. Holding the Devils to 38% shooting and only two assists for the game. Brodie Townsend led the way with 27 points for the undefeated squad. Sunbury know heads into the top of the table clash with Waverley in round 13 brimming with confidence.
Bendigo Braves 88 defeated Casey Cavaliers 63
The Braves have done the clean sweep on the weekend knocking off the visiting Cavaliers by 25 points. Aidan Brohm was the standout recording a triple-double posting a stat line of 12 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists in the victory. Corey Roos provided some fight for Casey with 14 points. But it was all Braves on Sunday.
Warrandyte Venom 59 defeated by Waverley Falcons 69
In a slogfest of a match, the Waverley Falcons have rode the stellar play of Cody Fredrickson to a 10-point victory. Fredrickson stuffed the stat sheet finishing with 21 points, eight rebounds, and six assists for the Falcons. With an eye peering towards the salivating match-up against the Jets. Waverley almost allowed themselves to fall victim to the Venom. But Bol Jok wouldn’t let that happen dominating the glass, finishing with 16 rebounds, helping Waverley win the rebounding margin by 14.
Hume City Broncos 89 defeated Ballarat Miners 79
Waays Hassan dominated the Miners to tune of 26 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists leading the Broncos to a sweep of the weekend. The road weary Ballarat couldn’t replicate the effort of Saturday night and fell to its second loss of round 12.
Youth League One Women
Corio Bay 75 def Chelsea 73
The Gulls have come to play!
With Teagan Tatlock starting on the bench for the Stingrays they had a slow start to the game while the Gulls took charge early showing Corio they meant business. With a 5 point defecite going into the half time break the Gulls needed to keep their composure and continue their form into the second half if they wanted to make sure the Stingrays didn’t blow them out of the water in the second half. Corio knew they had to fight back and fight back early in the second half if they wanted to take this game, as they had clearly underestimated the Gulls so far. The third belonged to the Stingrays who dominated the Gulls offensively and taking back the lead leaving the Gulls trailing by 1 point at the end of the 3rd and opening the game up to either team for the final term. Vuillermin went to work helping get her Stingrays team over the line but it all came down to the final seconds of the match where Loats nailed a crucial trey to put the Stingrays up by 2, the Gulls had a chance to steal the win with a last minute shot for 3 but unfortunately fell short.
Geelong 74 def Eltham 55
The cat fight between the Supercats and Wildcats was very one sided from the beginning with the Wildcats falling 14 points behind in the first half which unfortunately wouldn’t get any better as the game continued. The second quarter was an extremely slow starting quarter with neither team making a basket until 4 minutes in. It makes it hard to get a win when none of your players hit double figures and 2 don’t put any points on the board, while the opposition had 3 in double figures, 2 of them finishing with double doubles. Geelong continue their run for finals sitting comfortably 3rd on the ladder.
Keilor 54 def Camberwell 48
Keilor wasn’t the only Thunder in town on Sunday as Melbourne’s weather smashed stadiums all over the state. With a slight delay to the start time the Thunder opened the match with a big trey through Ellis which was followed up with another trey but this time from the Dragons Ellingworth, but it was the Thunder who capitalised and gained a 5 point lead at quarter time. Keilor took the 2nd quarter but the Dragons fought back in the 3rd to bring it back within 3 going into the final quarter, where Velardo shone scoring 8 of Keilor’s 12 points for the quarter including 2 treys.
Sunbury 83 def McKinnon 51
The Jets are back flying high with another comfortable win at home, with all 5 starters getting points on the board early they opened the flood gates as the points started to roll in, with a 23-16 quarter the Jets took a comfortable lead which got bigger and bigger as the game went on. The Cougars struggled defensively to stop the Jets flow but then also hit a wall when it came to getting the scoring the buckets at their own end, leaving the Jets to increase their lead out to 20 before the long break. The 3rd proved to be just as tough for the Cougars again struggling to score and to stop the Jets, as they flew further in front finishing them off by 32 points.
Craigieburn def Chelsea
Results unavailable at time of publish
Youth League Two Men
Collingwood 123 def Craigieburn 92
Craigieburn 100 def by Melton 104
WOW was the first word that came to mind when we saw these results. The Eagles, the team that had been leading the way for weeks came crashing down this weekend taking two losses from the All Stars and the Thoroughbreds. Taking nothing away from these two sides as they have their own place in this competition but we were sure the Eagles were going to be the better team. In their Saturday night clash with the All Stars, it was a tight contest in the opening half. Only 5 point separated the two, the All Stars taking this lead into the break. But wanting to put this game away comfortably, the All Stars stepped it up a notch in the second half. They really left the Eagles behind adding 10 points to their lead in the 3rd followed by an impressive 40 point 4th quarter which well and truly sealed the deal. Strong display from the All Stars and possibly a shock to the system for the Eagles.
Moving onto their Sunday meeting with the Thoroughbreds and it was the one that got away. The Thoroughbreds took the early lead in the opening turn and consolidated this in the 2nd. They took a 9 point lead heading into the half. The Eagles came out in the 3rd to win the quarter bringing the margin to within 5. After a high scoring, tight final quarter, the Thoroughbreds were able to hold onto their lead and take a 4 point win.
Collingwood 79 def by Frankston 82
The All Stars would be disappointed that they let this game slip through their fingers especially after such a solid start. The Blues were slow to get going, putting up just 9 points in the opening quarter. This left the game open for the All Stars. Although the Blues came to win the 2nd quarter, the All Stars still had the lead, 10 at the half way mark. The Blues continued to cull the margin back, down to just 2 points at three quarter time. There was a lot of back and forth in the final quarter, but the All Stars were looking good. That was until the 45 second mark when the Blues took a 1 point lead. This was followed by late free throws, both of which were sunk giving the Blues the definite W.
Melton 75 def Maccabi 74
After what had been an up and down period for the Thoroughbreds, round 12 was certainly their round.
They came away with 2 wins for the weekend including this close 1 point belter over the Warriors. It was a disappointing finish for the Warriors who led from the beginning. In the opening half they held a 4 point lead, but were soon to be trailing after the Thoroughbreds 3rd quarter. With the 4th quarter underway, the Warriors had some work to do. It was a quarter of turns, both leading at different points. But when it came down to the wire, the Thoroughbreds had the slight lead and luckily for them, the siren sounded before the Warriors could turn it around.
Pakenham 92 def Chelsea 75
It was a matter of two quarters against another two quarters and the Warriors were the better team at it. The Gulls took the early lead in the 1st quarter but that lead was quickly taken away in the 2nd. The Warriors had a 5 point lead at the half way mark. It was then the Gulls turn to bob back up again, managing to bring the margin down to 2 points as the 4th quarter got underway. Then out of nowhere, the Warriors put up 27 to the Gulls 12 to make sure this win was theirs.
Latrobe 80 def by Keysborough 110
The Cougars put together an impressive 4 quarter performance, getting themselves over the 100 points mark. As for the Energy, it may have been a 30 point loss, but credit to them for putting 80 points on the board. Quarter by quarter, the Energy were never too far behind the Cougars, they just fell short enough for the Cougars to continue on adding to their margin. The Cougars are keeping themselves in touch with the top 6 but have a lot of work to do to crack it.
Wallan 63 def by Western Port 79
After having a few weeks of up and down results, the Steelers have finally added another win to their name. This time it was a 16 point win over the Panthers. The Steelers led from the get go, making sure to add enough distance as the game continued. As for the Panthers, they’ve been hit with some hard losses lately and they will probably see 16 points as a win.
Western Port v Mornington
No results at time of publish.
Youth League Two Women
Southern Peninsula Sharks 40 defeated by Blackburn Vikings 58
In a battle between the third and fourth placed teams, the Blackburn Vikings have emerged victorious over the Sharks. Powered by Andrea Belmonte’s 18 points and eight rebounds. The Vikings have used stifling defence to force 20 turnovers leading to 26 points off of turnovers. The Sharks duo of Keely Toohey and Abbey Toohey combined for 25 points, but struggled to find the range shooting an atrocious 29% from the field.
Mornington Breakers 30 defeated by Western Port Steelers 76
The Western Port Steelers have thrashed Mornington by 46 points to keep the Breakers winless in season 2018. The Steelers flexed their muscles and dominated every facet of the contest winning every statistical category. Georgia Howes was the standout with 21 points and 13 rebounds. While she was helped by Ebony Baxter’s 13 points, and 12 points from Tiah Irons in the blowout.
Werribee Devils 75 defeated Pakenham Warriors 59
The most stunning result of round 12 was the Werribee Devils upsetting the highly favoured Pakenham Warriors. And it wasn’t close. While the stat sheet saw the Warriors win most categories, on the court the heart of the Devils players secured them the notable win. Alana Anthony and Lauren Jones combined for 44 points, 15 rebounds, and 9 assists for Werribee. With a battle with the undefeated Casey looming, the Warriors can’t afford any more slip-ups against these lower placed teams. Their confidence needs be at 100 when they face the Cavaliers.
Whittlesea Pacers 110 defeated Sherbrooke Suns 48
A sensational team performance has seen the Whittlesea Pacers throttle the hapless Sherbrooke Suns by 62 points. The Pacers put on a near perfect basketball clinic in round 12, sharing the basketball around finishing with 37 assists. But also getting it done on the defensive end, disrupting the Suns offence with 17 steals. Five Pacers finished in double-figures, with Hailey Wynd putting in a player of the round performance. Wynd had 29 points, 10 rebounds and six steals, in an incredible individual performance.
Casey Cavaliers 70 defeated Frankston Blues 59
Another game, another win for the rampaging Casey Cavaliers. This time it was the Frankston Blues caught in the crosshairs. Statistically and shooting wise, the Cavaliers have had better games in their undefeated run. But to still win by 11 points, despite 37% shooting from the field, and having more turnovers than assists, is an impressive result. The Cavaliers chances at capturing the YL2W title grow stronger and stronger every game. Rebecca Peacock was best for Casey with 19 points and 8 rebounds.