Round 12 Reviews

Another round of hoops in the books, who was the player of the game in your respective contest?

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

Championship Men

Casey 89 def Keilor 78

An early lead from Casey saw them hold it for the remainder of the game and ultimately defeat the Keilor Thunder. Four points divided the two teams at the half time break but a spur of energy from Casey saw them outscore Keilor 28-19 in the third term. Matthew Donlan, Raheem Lemons and Brandon Polk all impressed for Casey, contributing 25, 23 and 20 points respectively. For Keilor, Matt Spencer was the leading scorer for his side with 21 points along with seven rebounds and four assists. Mike Anderson also contributed 15 points for Keilor and finished the game with nine rebounds. 

Hawthorn 84 def by Chelsea 88

This nail-biting game saw Hawthorn and Chelsea enter the final quarter with just four points separating the two sides, with Hawthorn in the lead. However, Chelsea fought hard and scored 27 points in the final term to Hawthorn’s 19, seeing them come out victorious. Over a third of Chelsea’s final score was thanks to Corey Standerfer who finished with a game-high 36 points alongside 16 rebounds and five assists. Colin Voss was also influentialin theGulls’ win, contributing 20 points on top of 17 rebounds and two assists. Nelson Kirksey was Hawthorn’s top scorer with 19 points and seven rebounds while teammate Alex Bogart-King had 17 points and six rebounds. 

Werribee 81 def by Blackburn 114

Blackburn were too strong for Werribee, defeating the Devils by 33 points at Eagle Stadium. Jake Heath lead the way for the Vikings, scoring 33 points whilst teammate Ryan Bennett was also influentialwith 22 points and six rebounds. The Viking scored 22 points in the first quarter, and although the Devils fought hard to gain the lead in the second it wasn’t enough to defeat the overpowering Vikings. Mark Berezdecky starred for Werribee, scoring a team high 22 points next to his five rebounds. David Shepard and Konor Kulas weren’t far behind with 19 and 17 points each, whilst Kulas also finished with an impressive 15 rebounds. 

Hume City 126 def Werribee 94

Werribee looked to redeem themselves from their loss against Blackburn but were unfortunately unable to defeat the charging Broncos. Hume City were quick out of the gates scoring 33 points in the first quarter and went on to score 30+ points in the second and third. Multiple double figure scorers saw the Broncos defeat the Devils by 32 points. Jake Martin and Jordan Coleman were the top scorers for Hume City with 24 and 20 points, whilst Mackuei Puondak was close behind with 19 points plus 10 rebounds. Konor Kulas was once again a star for Werribee, finishing with 30 points, 13 rebounds and four assists. Teammate David Shepard also applied scorebaord pressure with 33 points and five rebounds. 

Corio Bay 97 def Casey 89

Casey were unable to go two from two this round after being defeated by Corio Bay at the Geelong Basketball Netball Centre. Corio Bay lead at every break before finally defeating Casey by eight points. Trae Young was the leading scorer for the Stingrays with 31 points and seven rebounds. Raheem Lemons continued his consistent form from the previous game, adding 20 points to the scoreboard for Casey.

Keilor 84 def by McKinnon 113

McKinnon continue to hold their spot at the top of the ladder after yet another win, this defeating Keilor by 29 points. Keilor put up a strong fight, leading at quarter time and only trailing by one point at half time, however a surge of energy from McKinnon in the second half saw them overcome Keilor and walk away victorious. Mike Anderson starred for Keilor, scoring 22 points and nine rebounds, whilst teammate BJ Symons had 18 points and seven rebounds. McKinnon had multiple scorers in the double figures, with Adrian Tomada and Dillon Stith leading the side with 24 and 22 points each. Jordan Geer was also influential, scoring 19 points alongside five rebounds and three assists. 

Championship Women

Warrnambool 35 def by Werribee 92

Werribee had a big win over the Mermaids at The Arc Sports Stadium. The Devils held the Mermaids to under 10 points in three of the four quarters to record a massive win. Alisia Jenkins starred for the Devils with 26 points, 14 rebounds and five assists, while Sarah Elsworthy had 14 points. The Devils scored 38 points from turnovers and 50 points in the paint. They also had 63 rebounds and 22 steals. 

Casey 76 def by Southern Peninsula 102

Thirty-six points in the first term guided Southern Peninsula to a big win over Casey at Casey Stadium on Saturday evening. The Sharks scored 64 points in the first half to head into half time with a 29-point lead. Casey reduced the margin to 20 points in the third term but that was as close as they would get as Southern Peninsula steadied in the final term. Megan Smith top scored with 19 points for the Sharks, while Toccara Ross had 31 points for the Cavs. 

McKinnon 72 def by Sunbury 89

Sunbury continued their stellar form with a 17-point win over McKinnon. The Jets shot 53% from the court and 19 second chance points in a dominant display. The win was set up in the first half, where the Jets scored 55 points to lead by 18 points. Orla O’Reilly top scored for the Jets with 22 points, while Courtney Duever had 24 points and four rebounds. 

Hume City 89 def Bulleen 54

Thirty points in the first term guided Hume City to a 35-point win over Bulleen. The Broncos outscored the Boomers in all four quarters and were dominant at both ends of the court. The Broncos allowed them to score 19 points from turnovers, while also dominating inside the paint with 44 points in the key and 19 second chance points. BreAnna Brock top scored for the Broncos with 22 points, while Bianca Babic scored 16 points off the bench. 

Keilor 95 def Whittlesea 58

Keilor was too strong for Whittlesea at Keilor Basketball Stadium. The Thunder scored 50 points in the second half to break the game open and come away with a massive win. Keilor scored 38 points from turnovers and 48 points in the paint. Genna Anderson top scored with 22 points and 10 rebounds, while Erim Bollmann had a triple-double (19 points, 15 rebounds and 12 assists).

Division One Men

Collingwood 85 def Bulleen 83

Collingwood has snuck past Bulleen by just two points to secure their sixth win of the season. Manny Hendrix was the star with 34 points for the All-Stars, while Deng Dut added 20. Collingwood took the lead in the second quarter and never looked back. Chauncey Orr top scored for the Boomers with 29 points and seven rebounds.

Keysborough 92 def Latrobe City 71

A dominant second half saw Keysborough defeat Latrobe City by 21 points. The Cougars went into half time trailing by 15 points before winning the third quarter by 14 and the fourth by 22 in a remarkable turnaround. Ivan Platenik top scored with 24 points for the Cougars, while the Energy were led by Stephen O’Brien who scored 16.

Shepparton 84 def Coburg 67

Shepparton were in control all game as they defeated Coburg by 17 points. The Gators won every quarter with Atem Atem leading the way with 18 points and 11 rebounds. The Giants’ scoring mainly came from the bench with Damien O’Keefe scoring 17 points and Pat Green adding 14.

Western Port 84 def Melbourne Uni 54

Western Port were dominant in their 30-point win over the Black Angels. The Steelers were in front by 28 at half-time, showcasing their dominance with a 26-7 second quarter. Chris Taylor and Tanner Samson led the Steelers in scoring with 17 points each. Nicholas Masunda top scored for the Black Angels with 18 points.

Warrnambool 85 def by Warrandyte 91

Warrandyte came out on top against Warrnambool in a tight contest, winning by six points. Xavier Johnson-Blount was exceptional with 48 points but ended up on the losing side of the ledger. The Venom had five players score in double figures with David Moore scoring 16 to lead the way.

Sunbury 85 def Bellarine 78

Sunbury managed to see off Bellarine by seven points in a close game. Ish Sanders was a difference for the Jets, scoring 29 points and grabbing seven rebounds. For the Storm, Everett Osborne and Jason Reardon combined for 45 points and 20 rebounds but couldn’t get the support needed from the rest of their team.

Bulleen 82 def Shepparton 94

Shepparton sealed a 12-point win over Bulleen with a strong last quarter. The Gators had three players score over 20 points with Javaan Mumtaz leading the way with 24 points and Atem Atem adding 20 points and 15 rebounds. For the Boomers it was a one man show with Chauncey Orr scoring 40 points including three triples.

Bellarine 76 def by Keysborough 94 

Keysborough cruised to their second win of the weekend, defeating Bellarine by 18 points. The Cougars had six players score in double figures, including all five starters. Ben Morwood top scored off the bench with 18 points. Rohan Jarvie was the best for Bellarine with 17 points and 12 rebounds off the bench.

Coburg 82 def by Collingwood 92

Thirty-eight points from Manny Hendrix led Collingwood to a 10-point win over Coburg. Hendrix hit three threes and dished out five assists in a standout game. The Giants had five players score double figures with James Weston hitting seven threes off the bench on his way to 23 points.

Whittlesea 51 def by Sunbury 72

Sunbury controlled the game against Whittlesea, winning by 21 points. Ish Sanders again led the way for the Jets with 23 points and eight rebounds. In a low scoring game for the Pacers, Jayce Beasley top scored with 21 points.

Division One Women

Camberwell 87 def Latrobe City 72

Camberwell overturned a first quarter deficit to beat Latrobe City by 15 points. The Dragons were slow out of the blocks and trailed by seven points at quarter-time. They improved in the second term to cut the margin to two points, before a 19-14 run in the third term gave them the lead. The Energy scored 20 points in the fourth term but could not stop the Dragons from scoring 32 points as they came away with the win. Nicole Swan led the way for Camberwell with 24 points, six rebounds and four assists. 

Mildura 95 def by Chelsea 97

Chelsea held off a late Mildura charge to secure a two-point road win. Georgia Stirton led the way for the Gulls with 29 points, four rebounds and six assists, while teammate Shaniqua Nilles had 21 points. Alyesha Lovett was gallant for the Heat with 37 points and 19 rebounds. Both sides combined for 60 points in the first term as Chelsea held a slender six-point lead. Mildura overturned the deficit in lead by one-point in the second term, before 31 points by Chelsea in the third quarter gave them a seven-point lead to take into the final term. Mildura shot 26 points in the final quarter but it was not enough as the Gulls held on to win by two points. 

Hawthorn 72 def Western Port 43

Hawthorn had a big win over Western Port on Saturday night. The Magic held the Steelers to 23% shooting from the floor and 12 points in the paint in a dominant defensive display. The Magic scored 30 points from turnovers and 40 points in the paint. Lara Edmanson starred with 18 points and eight rebounds. 

Bellarine 65 def by Craigieburn 79

Craigieburn were victorious on their trip to face Bellarine. The Eagles held the Storm to 16 points in the second half to secure a 14-point win. Jada Buggs led the way with 24 points and 11 rebounds, while Darcy Saunders had 20 points and 11 rebounds. The Eagles scored 23 points from turnovers and 38 points in the paint. They also had 16 steals and 48 rebounds in a game in which they trailed by as much as 21 points before overturning the deficit. 

Western Port 50 def by Camberwell 63

Camberwell came out on top in a tight encounter at the Somerville Recreation Centre. Scores were level in the first term before the Dragons outscored the Steelers 15-8 in the second quarter to lead by seven points at half time. The lead stretched to 12 points in the third term and settled at 13 points at the final buzzer. Sarah Stone came off the bench to top score with 15 points, while Rachael Wansbrough had 15 points, eight rebounds and three assists for the Steelers. 

Warrandyte 54 def by Hawthorn 72

Hawthorn concluded the round with an 18-point win over Warrandyte. The Magic shot 39% from the field and held the Venom to just 22% as they worked both ends of the court. Nyilah Jamison-Myers top scored for the Magic with 32 points, while Meg Dargan had 20 points for the Venom. 

Division Two Men

Southern Peninsula 94 def Pakenham 77

It was a high-scoring shootout for the most part between these teams and an even scoreboard all the way up until the fourth quarter. The hosts ran away with it from that point, outscoring Pakenham 28-13 in the final 10 minutes in what was ultimately a blowout. Southern Peninsula’s Troyce Manassa compiled 31 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and three steals. Meanwhile an impressive six Warriors scored in double figures, led by Brad Bridgewater’s 15. 

North East 59 def by Craigieburn 85

The Eagles got hold of the Bushrangers in the second quarter, which they dominated 31-15. From that point the visitors ran away with the contest. Craigieburn’s Damon Smith was the man in this one, putting up 24 points, 14 rebounds, five assists, two steals and seven blocks.    

Mildura 87 def Melton 85

It came right down to the wire but the Heat were able to claw out a victory after a couple of clutch buckets from Jacob Pettway and Calvin Henry. Henry was the MVP for the Heat, tallying 20 points, five rebounds, eight assists, two steals and two blocks. Melton’s Chris Johnson poured in 33 points to go with 14 rebounds, a steal and a block.

Wallan 94 def Sherbrooke 80

After a tight first half, the Panthers brought their A-game to the contest. The hosts put up 56 points in the second half and managed 24 points from turnovers in the game which was the difference in the game. Four Panthers scored 15 points or more as Trace Cureton posted an all-round gem with 18 points, 15 boards, six dimes and two steals. 

Pakenham 71 def by Camberwell 105

The Dragons came out breathing fire in the first quarter, where they put 36 points on the board to gain ascendancy in the matchup. The Warriors never caught up and got put to the sword in the end, going down by over 30 points and dropping their second game of the round. Maxwell Barkeley led Camberwell with 27 points and eight rebounds, whilst Sam Cass (six points, seven rebounds, six assists) flirted with a triple-double.

Altona 75 def Mornington 68

The Gators survived a late scare from the Breakers to run away with the victory in this one. Altona shot an impressive 47% from the field and did a better job of moving the ball. Jovan Bojanic was the man when the whips were cracking, finishing with 28 points, 17 rebounds and two blocks.

Maccabi 69 def by RMIT 88

The Redbacks continued their rich vein of form, racing out of the blocks early and taking a 45-36 lead in the first half. The visitors continued their good workin the second half to walk away with a 19-point win. Rene Jurkschat (25 points) and Stephen Coffey (23 points, eight rebounds, six assists) both put in strong performances.

Division Two Women

North East 50 def by Melbourne Uni 68

A stellar first quarter guided Melbourne Uni to an 18-point win over North East. The Black Angels came out of the blocks firing to open up a 13-point lead at quarter time. The remainder of the game was evenly contested, however the visitors’ first term dominance allowed them to run away with the win. Emmie O’Nial and Amelia Smith top scored for the Black Angels with 17 points each, while MaKenzie Miller had 24 points for the Bushrangers.

Wallan 74 def Sherbrooke 67

Wallan produced a stunning second half to beat Sherbrooke at RB Robson Stadium. The Panthers trailed by six points at half time, but outscored the Suns 47-34 in the second half to come away with a seven-point win. Rebecca Romeo starred for the Panthers with 25 points and 17 rebounds, and was aided by Carly Simons who had 19 points and 11 rebounds. 

Blackburn 81 def Coburg 61

Blackburn were too strong for Coburg, defeating the Giants by 20 points at Mullum Mullum Stadium. The Vikings scored 20 points in the first quarter to lead by eight points at quarter time, which then extended to 17 points at half time. A 22-8 run in the third term continued their dominance, before the Giants reduced the margin by 11 points in the last quarter. Andrea Belmonte top scored for the Vikings with 20 points, while Siobhan Mac Aodha had 24 points for the Giants. 

Collingwood 54 def by Pakenham 124

Pakenham shot 54% from the field in their 70-point win over Collingwood. The Warriors scored 50 points in the first half to all but seal the win by half time. They continued on with their unrelenting dominance in the second half, outscoring the All Stars 74-32 to come away with a massive win. Pakenham dominated on defence by holding Collingwood to 27% shooting from the floor, collecting 56 rebounds and 16 steals. Keely Patterson top scored with 23 points and was supported by the Warriors’ bench who combined for 64 points. 

Mornington 48 def by Melton 50

Melton came out on top in a low scoring contest against Mornington. Both sides struggled on offence and shot 27% from the field in a contest dictated by points from turnovers. The Thoroughbreds outscored the Breakers 11-7 from turnovers, which aided them in their win. Sammie Simmons starred in defeat, collecting 23 points and 16 rebounds. 

Victorian Youth Championship Men

Hawthorn 65 def Dandenong 64

Naoum Lazis’ jumper with eight seconds on the clock was enough to give the Magic a one-point win over the Rangers on Saturday. Lazis top scored with 14 points for the hosts, while Joe Furphy added 12 points and 14 rebounds.

Southern 110 def Waverley 87

The Sabres dominated inside the key en route to their 23-point triumph over the Falcons. The Sabres finished with 72 points in the paint, and shot an impressive 61% from inside the three-point line. Callan Mcdonald led the way with 20 points and six rebounds, while Callum Macnamara added 14 points and nine boards off the bench.

Diamond Valley 88 def McKinnon 76

The Eagles overcame a slow start to cruise to a 12-point win at the Diamond Valley Sports and Fitness Centre on Saturday night. Casey Dewacht had 19 points and five rebounds off the bench in just 19 minutes, while Matthew Baggio finished with 16 points, six rebounds and four assists.

Nunawading 109 def Sherbrooke 60

The Spectres were big on the glass during their 49-point home demolition of the Suns, outrebounding their counterparts 65-27, which gave them an advantage in points in the paint (58-18) and second chance points (29-6). Remo Simankevicius top scored with 19 points.

Knox 84 def Blackburn 77

The Raiders just edged out the Vikings in their Saturday night matchup, with Liam Hanafin and Colin Shaw leading the way. Hanafin finished with 25 points on 11-18 shooting as well as four rebounds and four steals, while Shaw added 23 points, three rebounds and three assists.

Bulleen 72 def by Keilor 94

In the first road win of the weekend, the Thunder won every quarter to defeat the Boomers by 22 points. The visitors shot 50% from the field, and were led by a big performance from Paul Tsapatolis (23 points, 14 rebounds).

Ringwood 99 def Kilsyth 65

The Hawks were too strong for the Cobras from the opening tip on Saturday night, winning the first three quarters by 10+ points as they cruised to a big victory. Matthew Roberts impressed for the hosts with 30 points and six assists, while Angok Angok recorded a double-double with 11 points and 14 boards.

Melbourne 67 def by Nunawading 90

The Spectres capped off a strong weekend with another big win, this time defeating the Tigers by 23-points. Their bench picked up the slack on this occasion, scoring almost half of their points (43) and dominating the Tigers’ second unit. Trent Warren led the reserves with 20 points and six boards.

Dandenong 100 def Southern 75

After a heartbreaking loss on Saturday, the Rangers bounced back with a big win over the Sabres, with both sides splitting a big weekend 1-1. Lachlan Viney was massive for the hosts, draining six triples to finish with 32 points on 12-16 from the floor. Lawson Eales (22 points, nine rebounds) and Kobe Williamson (23 points, seven rebounds, three steals, three blocks) impressed too.

Kilsyth 104 def Hawthorn 93

The Cobras were led by skipped Mitchell Dielemans, who put in a mammoth performance to help the hosts record an 11-point win. Dielemans finished with 45 points, eight assists and four rebounds, in what was easily the performance of the weekend.

Eltham 85 def Bulleen 61

The Boomers only managed to connect on 28% of their field goal attempts, as the Wildcats cruised to a 24-point win. Zak Cunningham came off the bench and top scored for the hosts, finishing with 24 points and nine rebounds.

Victorian Youth Championship Women

Southern 55 def Altona 53

The Sabres pulled out a narrow two-point win in a tense affair after Chelsea Brandsen sealed the deal with a pair of clutch free throws. Chloe Hicks tallied 21 points, six rebounds, six assists and a whopping eight steals to lead her side to victory.

Diamond Valley 86 def Ballarat 69

The Eagles used a dominant 29-16 second term to gain the upper hand in this one and take a nine-point cushion into the main break. After an even third term, the hosts put away Ballarat in a decisive fourth term as the scoreboard suddenly reflected a blowout. Eliza Bannan led the way for the home team with 19 points, seven boards and six steals. 

Nunawading 88 def Dandenong 86

The Spectres got hold of the Rangers by just two points in an exciting top four Watson conference clash. Lili Long was the hero, hitting the go-ahead layup with 30 seconds on the clock to give her side its third-straight win. Long had a team-high 16 points, while Alysha Marucci led the Rangers with 17 points. 

Bendigo 73 def Melbourne 58

The Braves consolidated top spot on the ladder with a 15-point win over the Tigers. Tess Barnes (22 points, five rebounds, six assists), Meg McCarthy (10 points, nine boards, 10 dimes) and Sharna Appleby (23 points off the bench) all came up big for the hosts in the win.

Bulleen 72 def by Waverley 103

The Falcons picked up a thumping 31-point win over the Boomers, winning every quarter in a blowout at East Doncaster Secondary College behind a 48% shooting effort. Grace Beasley (17 points, six rebounds, nine assists, five steals) and Nyakoang Lok (21 points off the bench) were busy for the visitors. 

Knox 77 def Hume City 69

The Raiders got past Hume City in what was an interesting final term where both sides struggled to score after an exhilarating opening three quarters. Zoe Jenkins (19 points, nine rebounds, eight assists) flirted with a triple-double and Arielle Williams added 19 points for the victors. 

Ringwood 56 def by Kilsyth 64

The Cobras took this one out in a narrow contest, largely due to a 14-9 third term where they took the lead. Miranda Gartner finished with 18 points and seven rebounds, and was Kilsyth’s best player on the court. 

Altona 49 def by Nunawading 56

The Spectres got the better of the Gators in a low-scoring game in Altona. It marked Nunawading’s fourth-straight win to lead the Watson conference. Meanwhile, Altona slipped to 8-8. Isabel Feller led the visitors with 11 points and five rebounds. 

Melbourne 109 def Bulleen 69

The Tigers made quick work of the Boomers to snap a three-game losing streak and consolidate third place behind a 56% shooting performance. Bulleen suffered their third-straight defeat to fall to 1-16 for the season. Hannah Giddey came up big for Melbourne, filling up the box score with 21 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and eight blocks.  

Kilsyth 74 def Hawthorn 54

The Cobras picked up their second win of the round, winning every quarter to dispatch the Magic at home. Miranda Gartner again led the hosts with 21 points, while Ryleh Killian keyed in 19 points and seven rebounds off Hawthorn’s bench. 

Dandenong 62 def Sunbury 57

The Rangers bounced back from their heartbreaking loss to Nunawading with a close victory over Sunbury the following day. Dandenong took a double-digit lead into the last term and survived a late rally from the Jets, who cut it to a two points at one stage. Last-Tear Poa led the Rangers with 15 points. 

Ballarat 84 def Bendigo 77

The Rush closed out the round with a seven-point win over the Braves in a clash between two of the heavyweights from each conference. Laura Taylor’s 30 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists were huge for the hosts, while Piper Dunlop recorded 26 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks off Bendigo’s bench.

Youth League One Men

Camberwell 77 def Casey 76

A narrow one-point game left spectators on the edge of their seats with Camberwell coming out on top, defeating Casey at Balwyn High School. Tom Moncrieff had 17 points making him the leading scorer for Camberwell, whilst teammates Matthew Zappala, Charlie Fitsioris and Mitchell Pollard all scored 12 points each. Brendon Head starred for Casey, but unfortunately his 29 points were not enough to defeat the Dragons. 

Sunbury 98 def by Corio Bay 107

Corio Bay proved too strong for Sunbury, defeating the Jets by nine points at Boardman Stadium. Leading at every break the Stingrays put pressure on the scoreboard early on. Jordan O’Leary starred for Corio Bay, finishing with 40 points and seven rebounds, with teammate Darcey Stiles also adding 28 points to the scoreboard. For Sunbury, leading scorers Joshua O’Connell and Aidan Darmanin had 23 and 21 points respectively. Fellow Jet Lukanda Teziggwa scored 17 points on top of six rebounds and five assists. 

Werribee 93 def Ballarat 88

The Miners lead by three points going in to the final quarter, however they were unable to hold on to their lead as the Devils outscored them 29-21 ultimately leading to the Miners’ five-point defeat. Amos Brooks starred for Ballarat with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Teammate Liam Allison was also influentialwith 17 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. For Werribee, Kevin Brandariz had 12 points and Asi Faaui finished with 15. 

Bendigo 88 def Hume City 75

With one-point separating the two sides at half time, Bendigo were able to perform consistently in the final half and secure a 13-point win over the Broncos. Jack White and Kai Daniel were strong for Bendigo putting 22 and 21 points on the scoreboard each. Marshall Kearing was the leading scorer for Hume City with 19 points as well as nine rebounds. 

Warrandyte 91 def by Geelong 104

The Supercats got the win over Warrandyte by 13 points at Warrandyte Sports Complex. Whilst the hosts outscored the Supercats 32-27 in the final quarter it wasn’t enough to see them over the line. Alec Leeson tallied 18 points for Warrandyte, emerging as the side’s leading scorer. Wang Nyieth was influentialin his side’s win over the Venom, adding 26 points to the scoreboard alongside 12 rebounds and three assists. 

Corio Bay 88 def Camberwell 81

With both sides coming off one win already this round, this game promised to be sn exciting one. Only two points separated Camberwell and Corio Bay going into the final quarter, but the Stingrays proved too strong for the Dragons, securing a six-point victory. Marach Marach played well for the Stingrays, finishing with 18 points and six rebounds, however it was Tom Moncrieff from Camberwell who was again the leading scorer for his team with 23 points.  He also had seven rebounds and one assist.

Altona 102 def Bendigo 96

Bendigo were looking for a second win this round but Altona would not allow it as the Gators proved too strong for the Braves. The likes of Deng Agoth and Solomon Deer – who finished with 21 and 15 points respectively, as well as 18 rebounds between them – helped the Gators secure their side a six-point victory. Kai Daniels once again rose to the occasion for Bendigo, with 25 points and four rebounds, whilst teammate Samuel Beks finished the game with 22 points and six rebounds. 

Frankston 104 def Sunbury 86

Frankston handed Sunbury their second loss for the round after defeating them at home by 18 points. Thomas Garrett put on a strong performance for the Blues with 21 points, seven rebounds and two assists. For Sunbury, James Reeves emerged as a star player with 23 points, 12 rebounds and two assists. 

Youth League One Women

Geelong 54 def by Keilor 58

Keilor came out on top in a tight contest against Geelong at Geelong Arena. The Thunder were the better side in the first term and led by six points at quarter time. Both sides struggled on offence in the second term, but the Thunder were able to outscore the Supercats 12-7 to take a 11-point lead into half time. Geelong overturned their first half blues in the third quarter by outscoring Keilor 18-10 to reduce the margin to three points. But that was as close as they would get as the Thunder held on in the last quarter to claim a four-point win. Tess Heal starred for the Thunder with 19 points and four rebounds. 

Corio Bay 54 def by Warrandyte 105

Corio Bay were no match for Warrandyte who defeated the Stingrays by 51 points. The Venom scored over 20 points in all four quarters, including 35 points in the third term to come away with a massive win. Warrandyte shared the spoils on offence with seven on their players scoring in double digits, with Ella Whiting-Le Cras leading the way with 17 points. The Venom scored 55 points from turnovers and 30 fast break points, along with 24 assists and 37 steals. 

Craigieburn 63 def McKinnon 61

A dominant first quarter guided Craigieburn to a tight win over McKinnon at the Craigieburn Sports Centre. The Eagles outscored the Cougars 17-9 in the first quarter to open up an eight-point lead. Their dominance came to an end in the second quarter as the Cougars reduced the margin to seven points, before 26 points in the third term gave the visitors a four-point lead. Just as it appeared the Eagles were going to lose in front of their home fans, they outscored McKinnon 16-10 in the last quarter to come away with a two-point win. Carley Cranston starred for the Eagles with 23 points, eight rebounds and two assists. 

Camberwell 41 def by Casey 56

Casey came out on top in a low scoring contest against Camberwell. Both sides shot under 35% from the field but it was Casey that were the more accurate and it showed on the scoreboard. Lauren Tuplin was the only player on the field to finish in double-digits for points, with 22 points and two rebounds. 

Eltham 70 def by Craigieburn 73

Craigieburn concluded the round with a three-point win over Eltham. The Eagles trailed by two points at three-quarter-time but outscored the Wildcats 26-21 in the fourth term to claim a three-point win. Carley Cranston (22 points and 13 rebounds) had a double-double, while Ellen Horsley had 15 points and 20 rebounds for the Wildcats. 

Youth League Two Men

Chelsea 86 def Whittlesea 79

Chelsea defeated Whittlesea by seven points on the back of a strong final quarter. With the game tied at the last change, Chelsea won the final term by seven to come out on top. Aaron Frost was the star for the Gulls with 34 points, while for the Pacers, Zac Donoghue scored 18 points to lead their scoring.

Western Port 78 def by Keysborough 86

Keysborough got over the line in a close fought game against Western Port, winning by eight points. Neither side ever led by more than 10 points, consistently trading baskets. Kane Myers top scored for the Steelers with 20 points, while for the victors the scoring was shared, with Josh Thoonen leading the way with 13 points.

Mornington 80 def by Melton 88

Melton survived a fierce final quarter surge from Mornington to win by eight points. The Breakers trailed by 22 points at three-quarter time before winning the final term 26-12 to make the margin more respectable. Henry Peirce top scored for the Breakers with 18 points to go along with 15 rebounds. For Melton, Max Beaumont top scored with 26 points, including five threes.

Pakenham 100 def Coburg 71

Pakenham controlled the game against Coburg to win by 29 points. Ned Weideman top scored for the Warriors with 20 points with three of his teammates scoring in double figures. For the Giants, Brett Bell led the way with 20 points and three triples.

Coburg 64 def by Collingwood 82 

Collingwood cruised to an 18-point win over Coburg thanks to strong performances from Alexander Cocco and Athiaan Manyiel. Cocco scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds while Manyiel added 21 points and pulled down nine rebounds of his own off the bench. For Coburg, Vito Carbone led the way with 16 points, four rebounds and four assists.

Maccabi 100 def Western Port 51

Maccabi dominated Western Port, winning by a staggering margin of 49 points. The Warriors were led by Bailey De Bartoli who hit seven threes off the bench on his way to 23 points. Western Port only had one player reach double digits, with Kane Myers scoring 13 points.

Whittlesea 82 def by Craigieburn 90

Craigieburn saw off Whittlesea in a close game, winning by eight points. The Eagles were led by 21 points from Brendan Wadwell. Whittlesea had two players score over 20 points with Kallum Marks scoring 22 and Shakir Larchin adding 20 off the bench.

Wallan 60 def by Mornington 98

Mornington were dominant against Wallan, winning by 38 points. Three Breakers’ players scored in the 20s with Daniel Nash leading all scorers with 26 points. Mathew Beckett scored 25 and Henry Peirce had 20 to help Mornington to the win. For Wallan, it was a tough game but James Riego was a highlight, scoring 21 points.

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Western Port 52 def by Werribee 77

A 30-8 run in the third quarter guided Werribee to victory over Western Port. The Devils trailed by two points at quarter time and six points at the half. They were a different team in the second half however, applying pressure on the Steelers to lead by 16 points in the third term and then securing a 25-point win in the final quarter. Jenna Thomas came off the bench to top score with 21 points, while Olivia Klaman had 16 points and nine rebounds. 

Blackburn 51 def by Chelsea 56

Chelsea came out on top in a see-sawing contest against Blackburn. The Vikings led by five points at quarter-time, before the Gulls overturned the margin to lead by three points at the half. Chelsea extended their lead to eight points in the third term, before the Vikings made a late push to fall short by just five points. Chelsea’s ability to capitalise on the Vikings’ errors allowed them to come away with the win. The Gulls outscored the Vikings 20-12 from turnovers to secure the win. Myra Wood top scored for the Gulls with 18 points, while Bethanie Gray had 15 points for the Vikings. 

Coburg 51 def by Collingwood 93

Coburg were held to 21% shooting from the field in their big loss to Collingwood. The All Stars outscored the Giants 36-19 in the first half to lead by 17 points at half time. The lead continued to trend upwards in the third term as they All Stars scored 31 points to stretch their lead to 36 points, before settling at 42 points at the final buzzer. Lucy Coulter starred with 30 points for the All Stars, shooting at 83% from the field.

Whittlesea 86 def Mornington 48

Whittlesea put on a show for their fans by recording a 38-point win over Mornington. The Pacers scored 27 points from turnovers and 30 points in the paint in a contest that was decided in the first quarter. The Pacers scored 31 points in the first term to open up an 18-point lead at quarter time, which extended throughout the contest. Indiana Bodley top scored with 20 points for the Pacers, while teammate Olivia Dalmau had 14 points and 10 rebounds. 

Pakenham 58 def by Whittlesea 86

Whittlesea scored over 20 points in three of the four quarters in their big win over Pakenham. The Pacers led by eight points at half time, before a 22-5 run in the third term extended their lead to 25 points at three-quarter time. The Pacers scored 39 points from turnovers and 32 second chance points. They also dominated the paint to finish with 30 points in the key. 

Frankston 69 def Sherbrooke 64

Frankston recorded a five-point win over Sherbrooke at the Frankston Basketball Stadium. The Blues trailed in the first term, before clawing their way back into the contest to lead by four points at half time. Sherbrooke held the Blues to nine points in the third term as they gained ascendency, but Frankston found form in the final term to claim the win. Tori Jackson (13 points and 10 rebounds) had a double-double, while Naomi Smith had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Suns. 

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