Round 13 Recaps

Round Thirteen 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 71 def. by Eltham 99

The Wildcats were a cut above their opponents on the road here, cruising to a big three-quarter time lead. Ben Waldren (22pts 8reb 6ast) was back to his best after a few lean weeks, while Justin Aver (18pts 4reb 4ast) provided ample support. Julius Brooks (19pts 10reb) and Aaron Christopher Lynch (18pts 9reb) led the Stingrays, who remained on just a single victory.

Blackburn 71 def. by Hawthorn 84

The Magic continued their charge to the post-season with another solid win, this time over the Vikings. The visitors used a dominant first half set up the win, with Nelson Kirksey (29pts 6reb) starring. John Creighton (22pts 9reb) led the Vikings in defeat.

Casey 103 def. McKinnon 96

The Cavs continued McKinnon’s up-and-down season with a tough home win. It was a high-scoring contest and the home side managed to hold on down the stretch as the Cougars challenged behind Dillon Stith’s (36pts 5reb) big night out. That wasn’t enough to match the depth of the home side, with Matthew Donlan (27pts) leading six players in double digits.

Hume City 95 def. by Ringwood 98

They didn’t get the result but the Broncos’ charge to the post-season continued with a big effort against the title favourite Hawks. Lee Jeka (28pts 3reb 4ast) and Mike Rose (28pts 9reb 3ast) were superb despite the defeat, but it was all about Jacob Gibson (32pts). The Hawks star was lights out late, dragging his side back from 7 points down in the final two minutes with 16 points, Including four triples in that time in a ridiculous scoring display that would have done Tracy McGrady proud.

Waverley 73 def. by Knox 81

The Falcons’ demise continued with another home defeat, this time to top two rivals Knox. In a scrappy affair, five Raiders hit double digits led by Dylan Hare (15pts 6ast) and Ryan Oirbans (6pts 17reb) took care of the glass to secure victory. Daniel Dillon (24pts 6ast) starred for the Falcons but got little help as some of his big name teammates were kept quiet.

McKinnon 104 def. Keilor 74

The Cougars bounced back with a thumping of the Thunder. Ivan Platenik (11reb 5ast) and Adrian Tomada (10ast 4stl) each recorded double-doubles with 22 points apiece to lead their side to victory. The Thunder were led by Jordan Coleman (24pts 8reb) but simply couldn’t match the scoring power of their opponents.

Eltham 93 def. Casey 90

The ‘Cats held off the Cavs in a thrilling final term, with the visitors rallying from 16 points down at the final change but falling just short. It was a surprisingly high-scoring contest with Justin Aver (22pts 4ast 3stl) and Ilarion Bonhomme II (22pts 3ast) getting through the bulk of the work in the win. Ben Louis (18pts 11ast) and Raheem Lemons (16pts 16reb 5ast) led the Cavs, who again had five players in double digits.

Werribee 98 def. by Corio Bay 100

The Stingrays produced a stunning win on the road, doubling their win tally in the process. It will give them a much-needed confidence boost going into the final six weeks of a campaign that hasn’t provided much joy. Aaron Christopher Lynch (31pts 11reb) stole the show but had plenty of mates with five players hitting double figures. Konor Kulas (30pts 11reb) and Deng Chan (23pts 7reb) led the Devs, who will be bitterly disappointed with their effort at home.

State Championship Women

Eltham 67 lost to Hume City 75

With both teams needing a win for different reasons – the Wildcats to better their chances at avoiding relegation, the Broncos to stay in contention for the finals – we ended up getting a competitive clash. The Broncos led by as much as 14pts, but the Wildcats kept coming. For the winners, Nicole Zammit (22pts, 12rbs) and Louisa Murphy (22pts, 12rbs) stood tall for the winners. Four players ht double digits for the Wildcats, led by Jordyn O’Shea (14pts) and Jacqui Kitto (13pts).

Sunbury 71 def Waverley 68

A huge game for the Jets and they came through with flying colours, helped by a 27-­‐12 second qtr. Both teams had their periods of dominance, but the home team held on down the stretch with Kelly Bowen (21pts, 12rbs) missing two late 3pt attempts to tie the game up. Kerry Harrington (23pts) made her presence felt for the winners, as did Elyse Penaluna (17pts, 10rbs), with Orla O’Reilly adding 14pts. For Waverley, Bowen was helped by Tegan Cunningham (14pts) and Tenaya Phillips (11pts).

Sth Peninsula 83 def Bulleen 79

Bulleen’s recent run of wins came to an end as the Sharks found a way to get the job done in a frantic finish. It was another classy win for the home team and helps them to continue a push for finals. Peyton Little (19pts), Jaz Shelley (14pts, 7stls) and Liv Pollerd (14pts) all did their job for the winners, while for Bulleen the might of imports Sarah Boothe (33pts, 17rbs) and Jasmine Hines (26pts, 16rbs) was on full display in dominant performances.

Ringwood 78 lost to McKinnon 79

Life without injured import Cassidy Mihalko continues to be difficult for the Hawks with a third straight loss coming at the hands of lowly McKinnon. Sensing an opportunity to cause an upset, the Cougars didn’t take a backward step and relished in the chance to create more headaches for the Hawks. Ariel Thomas (14pts, 16rbs) dominated for the winners, with Mel Ioannidis adding a vital 17pts off the bench. For the Hawks, Demi Ramos (28pts) did all she could and Piper Goldie added 13pts. Keilor 61 lost to Sunbury 75 Another win for the Jets and they are definitely on the rise at the right end of the season. Keilor has proven to be competitive this season, but they’re a step below the frontrunners and once again that gap was on show. Harrington (17pts), Stockill (17pts) and Penaluna (16pts) were the key contributors for the winners. For the Thunder, Amy Smith (16pts) led the way, with Erin Bollman and Briana Babic adding 12pts each.

Waverley 64 def Sth Peninsula 60

A huge clash to finish the weekend, with the Falcons managing to hold off a fast finishing Sharks unit. The home team led 39-­‐26 at the half, but a 23-­‐12 last qtr by the visitors led to an exciting final few minutes. Kelly Bowen (17pts, 15rbs) starred for the winners, while for the Sharks it was again Jaz Shelley (22pts) stepping up and taking control. A pass mark for both teams as they each split tough doubles.

Division One Men

Geelong 89 lost to Western Port 95

Yet another game that got away from the Supercats, the visiting Steelers going on a 29-­‐19 run in the last qtr to get the win. Dylan Travis was the star of the show, dropping 39pts , helped by Matt Pollard with 17pts. For the home team, Kyle Meyer played a ripper with his 28pts, Emerson Varley contributed 17pts and Lewis Varley had 16pts.

Shepparton 87 def Warrnambool 68

The Gators wasted little time in reminding the Seahawks who the competition’s title favourites are this seson, grabbing a solid win on the back of a 56-­‐35 first half. The home team cleared out early and led by as much as 29pts. Spencer Coleman (22pts) and Cam Vines (19pts, 8rbs, 7ast) led the charge for the winners. Best for Warrnambool was Xavier Blount (20pts) and Alex Gynes (17pts).

Warrandyte 100 def Latrobe City 83

A good start to a big weekend for Warrandyte. A 34-­‐19 second qtr blew this game open with the Venom enjoying the chance to run 11-­‐players deep. Ayinde Sprewell hit 21pts, Mitch Hawley had 18pts and Brenton Charles dished out 13 dimes for the winners. For the Energy, Matt Farrell continued his recent run of good form with a team-­‐high 23pts.

Melbourne Uni 83 def Bulleen 69

In one of the biggest clashes of the round, the Black Angels delivered the goods against the Boomers. The home team cleaned this one up early, putting on a 52-­‐23 first half to remind the Boomers what it will take to play finals this season. Brandon Armstrong (24pts) and Nick Masunda (19pts) again led the way for the Black Angels. For the Boomers, Thadd Varmall hit 25pts, but the remainder of the starting line-­‐up could only deliver 11pts between them.

Whiitlesea 91 def Collingwood 78

Collingwood’s finals aspirations was left in tatters after the Pacers grabbed a win off the back of a 48-­‐35 first half. Little separated the teams, but 20 second chance pts for the Pacers was telling with Sam Sykes (29pts, 13rbs) leading the charge. Judson Seumanu added 19pts and Dom Bruno netted 18pts. For the All Stars four starters hit double digits with Manny Hendrix (17pts) and Manny Lueth (17pts) doing what they could.

Chelsea 84 def Melbourne Uni 82

The Gulls survived a massive show from the Black Angels, the visitors managing to split a tough weekend – but coming ever so close to getting two dubs. Corey Standerfer (32pts) steered the ship down the stretch to ensure victory for the home team, while Matt Brasser did his bit with 16pts. There was a lot to like about the Black Angels, especially with Nick Masunda (30pts) continuing his recent run of form. A tough loss to take for Melbourne Uni, but the Gulls will gleefully take the win all the same.

Sunbury 82 lost to Keysborough 97

A 31-­‐17 run by the Cougars in the second qtr really put this game to bed, the visitors doing enough against the competitive Jets to secure another win. Newby (23pts), Enge (22pts) and Morwood (16pts) were amongst the thick of it, while for Sunbury all starters reached double figures, the leading scorer being Damien O’Keefe (17pts)

Western Port 85 def Warrandyte 61

The Steelers completed a great weekend and subjected the Venom to a split courtesy of a barnstorming second half. Following a 27-­‐16 start over the opening 10min, the visitors held a 5pt lead at the half, but we saw a different Steelers unit after the break. The home team went 47-­‐18 from that point and it was lights out. Travis (27pts) and Camilleri (17pts) got the chocolates, while for Warrandyte it was Sprewell (22pts) flying the flag.

Division One Women

Casey 65 def by Warrnambool 81

It all has to come to an end some time and unfortunately for the Cavs, that time was round 13. We knew their first game up against the Mermaids was going to be tough, but we were expecting a more closer finish. It started off as so, the Mermaids only leading by a point at the half way mark. But although the Cavs were only a few shots away in the 3rd, the Mermaids were able to extend their lead out slightly. In the 4th the Mermaids continued with their high scoring but the Cavs weren’t able to match them putting up 14 to the Mermaids 25. This is what added the distance in this match and what led to a much larger margin than what we were expecting.

Western Port 56 def Casey 40

Although we were a little surprised at the result above, we were even more so at this one. The Steelers headed into this match sitting at the lowest possible point and were obviously very much the underdogs. We for sure thought that this game was comfortably in the hands of the Cavs but how wrong we were. Right from the get go the Steelers held the lead even though it wasn’t by much. It wasn’t a high scoring game, the Cavs falling to just 8 points in both the 2nd and 3rd quarters. This certainly wasn’t the Cavs side we have come to know. The Steelers had their best quarter in the 4th, dropping 20 to the Cavs 14 to seal the deal. Credit must go to the Steelers for getting this win and on top of that, they are no longer in last place.

Mildura 91 def Latrobe 47

Only rocking up to the Hothouse with 6 players, the Energy weren’t going for the imposing look. They were already on the back foot as it was let alone travelling with a small roster. Starting off the game, the Heat put a gap of 14 in between the two, adding a further 13 to this after their 19 to 6 2nd quarter. At this point the game is well and truly one sided but the Heat continued on their way. They put up a massive 37 points in the 3rd extending their margin out to 45. It was a closer finish in the 4th but the damage had already been done.

Werribee 73 def Chelsea 57

The Devils continue to show that they have a real chance this season, gradually working up the ladder to now sit in 4th with a 5 game winning streak. Adding to this was their win on the weekend over the Gulls. Starting off on the back foot, they had some work to do. This was quickly made up in the 2nd, the Devils putting up 26 to the Gulls 13. At half time the Devils had the lead, 39 to 31. The 3rd saw the Gulls cull the margin down to 4 and with one quarter remaining, it was anyone’s game. The defence was amped up by the Devils, shutting the Gulls down allowing them to only get up 7 points. The Devils had 19 in the same quarter which ensured the game was theirs.

Hawthorn 74 def Whittlesea 65

The Magic are really doing the absolute best to push for a top 6 finish and this weekend was certainly the kind of weekend they needed. Kicking off their round 13 was a clash against the Pacers, a side sitting a few spots ahead of them on the ladder. It was a close game for 3 of the 4 quarters with only a few shots here and there separating the two. But it was the 2nd that made all the difference, the Magic with 28, the Pacers with 19. With the Pacers winning the 3rd and the game all squared up in the 4th, it was this quarter that kept the Magic ahead. Lucky for them that this was the case, otherwise the Pacers may have just pipped them out.

Camberwell 64 def by Hawthorn 77

Finishing off what was a great and much needed weekend for the Magic, they got the job done over the Dragons which in turn meant an overtake on the ladder. It was a close opening turn but it was the 2nd and 3rd quarters that really elevated the Magic. In these two quarters alone the Magic put up 43 points to the Dragons 28 putting themselves in a great position with only one quarter to go. The Dragons made a last stitch effort to turn the game around in the 4th but it merely minimised the final margin.

Division Two Men

Melton 80 def Southern Pen 77

It was a tight match up for the first quarter with both teams going basket for basket finishing up with 17 all at the end of the first, it was the Sharks that gained the first lead early in the 2nd with 2 quick treys from Bond followed up with another one halfway through the quarter including a 2 pointer giving him 11 points not even 5 mins into the quarter. With another tight quarter in the 3rd Melton found themselves trailing by 7, if they wanted to put their stamp on this game they had to do it now, which is exactly what they did, as they opened the quarter with a couple big treys bringing them back to 1 point within the first minute, the Sharks shot back pushing the lead out to 6 again. Melton were not done though, with just under a minute remaining Dexter put them in front for the first time, Ngong followed him up with another 2 putting them up by 3, the Sharks had their chance to tie it up with a 3 with 10 seconds to go but were unsuccessful.

Mildura 83 def Pakenham 78

After being called out for being a little quiet lately the king has returned, Henry dominated at home against the Warriors leading the game in scoring and his team in rebounds. It didn’t look so great for the home team as they found themselves trailing by 10 at the end of the first as the Warriors set the pace early showing the Heat they meant business. The second quarter was the complete opposite from the first with Mildura taking charge and bringing them back within 3 by half time. The Warriors came out firing in the 3rd determined not to let the home team in as they stretched their lead out to 10 going into the final term, which is where it all went wrong for the Warriors, the Heat started their run with a big trey from local young gun Dallas Brown, which opened the flood gates as they stole the lead with just 30 seconds remaining then sealing their come from behind victory making all free throws to finish the quarter.

Sherbrooke 90 def North East 80

The Suns needed this game to get out of the rut they have found themselves in and the Bushies needed this game to get their first win on the board, in the end it was the Suns shooting that got them over the line, with Hot n Spicy shooting the lights out in his best offensive game of the season for the Suns while the Bushies Lloyd Wright returned the favour. It was a team effort from the Suns who have been struggling since they lost Miraflores to play overseas, they let the Bushies back into the game in the second half after losing their 20 point lead they had at half time, but they managed to hold off the Bushies and get a much needed confidence boosting win.

Craigieburn 58 def Coburg 53

It was a tight match with defence being the key for both teams, as Craigieburn were playing undermanned after a horrific round  for injuries last week, the Giants also were missing players in Green, Maluma, Harding, Rigoni & Weston all of who are usually the Giants point scorers it left them a little short on players to get the hard baskets for them down the stretch. Craigieburn have a tough few weeks ahead of them so this win was crucial to keep them on that top spot leading into finals.

Craigieburn 78 def Altona 71

Backing it up after a close call on Saturday night the Eagles headed home to the Nest to defend their court with coach Wilson suiting up leaving the main job open for none other than coach Mofo, Altona came in fresh to the game and really gave the Eagles a run for their money taking the lead in the first quarter before losing it again at the beginning of the second as the Eagles went on to take the quarter 27-18. Damon Smith had a strong weekend for the Eagles contributing 20 & 7 for the game helping them get their lead out to 15 in the final quarter only to let the Gators back in the game as they made their last minute run to try steal the win out from under the Eagles. 

Maccabi 72 def Camberwell 53
With O’Hara missing from the line up for the Dragons it leaves a big scoring hole for the Dragons to fill, which unfortunately wasn’t as Maccabi made the most of their loss taking a big lead in the first quarter and leaving the Dragons scratching their heads as to what had gone wrong. They did manage to keep one of Maccabi’s key players (Klas) to only single digits but it wasn’t enough to stop them as Mintz still had a field day with 18pts and 17rebs helping his team get over the line by 19 points, with this loss it also drops Camberwell down to 4th position as Mildura take up 3rd.

Melton 81 def Wallan 75

Last time these two teams met the Panthers were left for dead as the Thoroughbreds got up by 31 points, the Panthers were not going to let that happen again as they flew out of the blocks taking an 8 point lead in the first, only to lose it in the second as they were caught napping. Both teams failed to find the bottom of the net in the 3rd but the Panthers clawed their way back from 15 points down at the beginning of the 4th to bring it back within 6 by the end of the game, the Panthers did well to hold Malou to only 9 points and Graham to 14 for the game. Melton continue their run for finals now sitting 2 wins above the 7th place Pakenham side.

Division Two Women

Sherbrooke 50 def by North East 93

The Suns hosted North East and sadly the Home side the Bushrangers stamped their authority on the match quite early. With too many scoring options to select from, the Suns simply couldn’t cover them all. Renai Fejo led her team with an inspiring 17p, but North East had plenty of points spread between Rachel Jeffrey (20), Chloe Storer (18), Olivia Storer 13p and a double from Alanna Sutton (10p/12rb). A result not perhaps unexpected for most followers of the division but an important road win nonetheless for North East.

Melb Uni 36 def by Mornington 48

Are the Breakers still a mathematical chance? Time will tell, but they got the better against a team expected to play post-season in Melb Uni at Tin Alley. Mornington had in the context of the match a sizeable 6 point lead at the half and whilst the Black Angels pegged it back to a trey at the final break, but the visitors stormed home to take the win. A blistering performance by Ashleigh Wright (21p) was the catalyst as Elise Swan for the Black Angels topped the Home side scoresheet (14p).

Collingwood 93 def Coburg 60

It was the Buggs (36p/19rbs) and Rodan (23p/10rbs) show, with support from Kate Fayle (11p) which had plenty of highlights to overcome the Giants at Darebin. On the back of a 31pt second term, it was a bridge too far for Coburg. Despite solid scoring from Kontautaite and West-Linnett (17p each), the All Stars’ dominance on the boards was decisive.

Wallan 68 def Melton 57

In another game where rebounds were the key measure of success, the Panthers monstered the stat 71-44 to come away with an 11 point home victory. For Wallan, Tessa Ramsay led the way with a double (22p/12rbs) as  Belinda Mascitti also recorded a double ( 12p/15rbs) and Jayda Hunter and Alex Darby both scored 11. For the Thoroughbreds, the charge was led by Lauren Conroy (14p) as  Rebecca Marshall and Emily Attard both scored 13 and Molly Young 11.

Coburg 52 def by Craigieburn 71

Solid bookend quarters by Craigieburn got the job done to maintain their top spot on the ladder. The Eagles combination of Kristen McNamara who scored a double (18p/11rbs) with support from Nicole Cameron and Kellie Bailey-Lynn who each had 14p.  A good opportunity for Coburg to test their squad with Isil Yontar leading the Giants (21p) and Saule Kontautaite (13p) who played all 40 on court once more.

Blackburn 40 def by Melb Uni 43

Bit of a strange one at Knox, with the Vikings dictating tempo in the first half and the Black Angels fighting back in the second half. Blackburn came back to within a bucket in the last 90 seconds but Uni managed to hang on. Possibly not a game either team will have on their end of season showreel but a win is a win. For the Home side, Victoria Sumskas collected a double courtesy of 11p/17rbs and Andrea Belmonte was a Board from a 10p double. For Melb Uni, Lauren Bellegante led all scorers with 13p.

Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men

Blackburn Vikings 86 def. Hawthorn Magic 66

Blackburn sharpshooter Jake Heath was on fire leading his Vikings to a 20-point drubbing of the Hawthorn Magic. Heath was incredible nailing seven treys, en route to a game-high 29 points, while adding seven rebounds. Joe Furphy was stellar for the Magic putting up 23 points and hauling in 15 rebounds. But Hawthorn had no answer for the Vikings crisp teamwork. Blackburn had an impressive 21 assists in the victory, its fourth straight win.

Keilor Thunder 58 def. by Dandenong Rangers 77

Powered by Oliver Hayes-Brown the Rangers have dominated the Thunder by 19 points in a rock fight. Both teams struggled from the field, shooting a combined 33% from the field.. gulp. But it resulted in a battle on the boards, and Hayes-Brown led the way with 17, while adding 15 points in the win. BJ Symons was the Thunder’s best with 16 points as they cling to fourth spot in the Watson conference.

Diamond Valley Eagles 71 def. Knox Raiders 68

Dylan Dunstan has starred in the Eagles nail-biting upset victory over the Knox Raiders on Saturday night. Dunstan was dominant recording 27 points on only 20 shots, nailing five three-pointers, in the victory. Knox came into the match battling to secure a top four position in the Terrill conference, but struggled to put away the pesky Diamond Valley outfit. Ethan Woodward tried his heart out with 21 points and nine rebounds but it wasn’t enough to end the Raiders losing streak.

Bulleen Boomers 77 def. Nunawading Spectres 75

In the game of the round, the Bulleen Boomers have narrowly defeated a spirited Nunawading Spectres outfit to win by a sole basket. The Boomers were led by Shayan Mahboobi’s 22 points and Matthew Foster Jr. with 19 points. But it was the Spectres poor shooting which they will haunt them, missing 31 three-pointer attempts in the contest. If anyone of the shots dropped they could have enjoyed some breathing room, but now they continue to sweat their spot in the Terrill conference top four.

Kilsyth Cobras 106 def. Sandringham Sabres 83

The Cobras have taken care of business trouncing the Sabres by 23 points to solidify their top four position. Jorden Adnam was a star with 28 points, 17 rebounds, and six assists in the victory. But he wasn’t alone, as five Cobras scored in double figures. This loomed as a danger game but Kilsyth struck early to get the win.

McKinnon Cougars 83 def. by Melbourne Tigers 101

The Melbourne Tigers have used a three-point barrage to defeat the McKinnon Cougars by 18 points and end its two-game losing streak. It wasn’t just one hot Tigers shooter but nine players who each hit at least one long range effort in the victory. Led by Mason Gaze’s 20 points the Tigers remain in post-season contention. Jordan Geer was the Cougars best with 21 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists, but it was to no avail.

Eltham Wildcats vs. Altona Gators

Results not available at the time of publishing.

Sherbrooke Suns 61 def. by Ringwood Hawks 90

Matthew Roberts and Yuot Gui have combined for 47 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Ringwood Hawks in a 29-point demolition of the Suns. It was at the free-throw line where the Hawks did their damage forcing the Sherbrooke starters into foul trouble. The Suns were never able to recover. Cameron Bradley with 17 points was the best for Sherbrooke.

Dandenong Rangers 72 def. by Bulleen Boomers 80

Bulleen has sent a message to the rest of the league on Sunday, defeating the Dandenong Rangers on its home court. The Boomers came into the contest full of confidence, and while their three-point shots weren’t falling they were relentless on the defensive end. Bulleen forced 18 turnovers leading to 22 points off of turnovers which proved to be the difference in the match. Shayan Mahboobi starred again with 22 points in the victory to finish off a stellar weekend of basketball. Rangers star Oliver Hayes-Brown was held to single figures in the defeat, which sees Dandenong continue this run of inconsistent form. Something they will need to address with only three rounds remaining before the post-season tips off.

Knox Raiders 86 def. by Keilor Thunder 98

Despite committing an atrocious 26 turnovers, the Keilor Thunder have been able to withstand the Know Raiders to win by 12 points. Led in large part by the triple-double from BJ Symons, the Thunder relied on drawing fouls on the Raiders defenders to get back on the winners’ list. After learning their lesson in Saturday night’s game, the Thunder didn’t settle for contested long range shots but rather drove to the rim which was the difference in the contest. Keilor made 17 more free throws to secure the victory.

McKinnon Cougars 83 def. by Melbourne Tigers 101

The Melbourne Tigers have used a three-point barrage to defeat the McKinnon Cougars by 18 points and end its two-game losing streak. It wasn’t just one hot Tigers shooter but nine players who each hit at least one long range effort in the victory. Led by Mason Gaze’s 20 points the Tigers remain in post-season contention. Jordan Geer was the Cougars best with 21 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists, but it was to no avail.

Eltham Wildcats vs. Altona Gators

Eltham got the best of Altona off the back of James Guley’s 22 points. Despite falling behind early, the ‘Cats turned it around quickly and won the last three quarters comprehensively. Ovie Magbegor recorded a 13-point, 11-rebound double double. Jeremy Edwards had 27 for the visitors. 

Sherbrooke Suns 61 def. by Ringwood Hawks 90

Matthew Roberts and Yuot Gui have combined for 47 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Ringwood Hawks in a 29-point demolition of the Suns. It was at the free-throw line where the Hawks did their damage forcing the Sherbrooke starters into foul trouble. The Suns were never able to recover. Cameron Bradley with 17 points was the best for Sherbrooke.

Dandenong Rangers 72 def. by Bulleen Boomers 80

Bulleen has sent a message to the rest of the league on Sunday, defeating the Dandenong Rangers on its home court. The Boomers came into the contest full of confidence, and while their three-point shots weren’t falling they were relentless on the defensive end. Bulleen forced 18 turnovers leading to 22 points off of turnovers which proved to be the difference in the match. Shayan Mahboobi starred again with 22 points in the victory to finish off a stellar weekend of basketball. Rangers star Oliver Hayes-Brown was held to single figures in the defeat, which sees Dandenong continue this run of inconsistent form. Something they will need to address with only three rounds remaining before the post-season tips off.

Knox Raiders 86 def. by Keilor Thunder 98

Despite committing an atrocious 26 turnovers, the Keilor Thunder have been able to withstand the Know Raiders to win by 12 points. Led in large part by the triple-double from BJ Symons, the Thunder relied on drawing fouls on the Raiders defenders to get back on the winners’ list. After learning their lesson in Saturday night’s game, the Thunder didn’t settle for contested long range shots but rather drove to the rim which was the difference in the contest. Keilor made 17 more free throws to secure the victory.

Molten Victorian Youth Championship Women

Sandringham Sabres 94 def. Ballarat Rush 49

The Sabres have thrashed an undermanned Ballarat Rush by a whopping 45 points. With only six players suiting up it was always going to be tough going for the Rush against the top team in VYCW. Sandy took full advantage finishing with seven players scoring in double-figures in the rout.

Bendigo Braves 58 def. by Melbourne Tigers 74

An incredible defensive display by the Melbourne Tigers has seen them defeat the Bendigo Braves by 16 points. The Tigers were ferocious on defence swiping 16 steals, led by Zoe Cransberg’s seven, leading to 27 points off of turnovers. It proved to be the difference in the match-up between two of the top teams in the Watson conference. Olivia Noter was the only Brave to score in double-figures.

Kilsyth Cobras 58 def. by Waverley Falcons 64

Mia Parsons’ monster double-double has driven the Waverley Falcons to a crucial away win against Kilsyth. Parsons finished with 22 points and 15 rebounds in the victory. With the win, the Falcons claw their way back into the top four conversation, now sitting equal with this same Cobras squad. Kilsyth has run into bad form at the worst time of the year, losing four of its last five contests. With only three rounds left, they need to fix this fast.

Hume City Broncos 48 def. by Altona Gators 86

Kira Bennett’s six three-pointers have led Altona to a 38-point thumping of the Broncos. Bennett was a star with 22 points, as the Gators teed off on the lowly Broncos. Altona possess one of the best defences in VYCW and showcased it Saturday night, forcing 18 turnovers and blocking 11 shots in the rout. Hume City had no answers, Ellen Wright tried all night but it was a tough game for the Broncos.

Diamond Valley Eagles 60 def. by Knox Raiders 71

Knox have stunned the higher ranked Diamond Valley to run out 11-point winners on Saturday night. Eliana Bravington was incredible with 22 points and 17 rebounds, as the Raiders continue their winning ways. The Know winning streak is now at three games, and now sit just one game away from breaking into the top four.

Bulleen Boomers 54 def. by Nunawading Spectres 67

Nunawading needed not to mess around with a feisty Bulleen squad. The Spectres were expected to win, and despite an ugly game they got the job done. A win is a win, and they move on.

Dandenong Rangers 64 def. Bulleen Boomers 49

The Rangers have had a strong showing knocking off the Boomers by 15 points to open Sunday’s games. Led by Jacinta Maxwell’s 13 points and 12 rebounds, Dandenong dominated the battle in the paint. The Rangers finished with 38 points in the paint in the victory.

Ballarat Rush 63 def. by Hawthorn Magic 75

The Magic were ruthless with their unrelenting defensive pressure as they defeated the Rush by 14 points. Hawthorn forced 21 steals to run out 14-point winners. Brianna Hans was Hawthorn’s best with 23 points, 10 rebounds and four steals in a sensational all-around effort. Laura Taylor was the best for Ballarat with 12 points and 14 rebounds.

Ringwood Hawks 63 def. by Bendigo Braves 77

Danielle O’Toole was incredible powering her Bendigo Braves to an upset victory over the Watson conference leading Ringwood Hawks. O’Toole finished with 28 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists and even four treys, in one of the performances of the season. The usually stifling defensive Ringwood couldn’t stop O’Toole and suffered its first home defeat of the season. Still sitting four games clear at the top of the table, this will be a wake up call for the Hawks with only three regular season rounds remaining.

Knox Raiders 83 def. Hume City Broncos 53

Knox kept its dream of post-season basketball alive with a 30-point thumping of the Hume City Broncos. Eliana Bravington completed a fantastic round of play finishing with 19 points and 12 rebounds. As her Raiders stretch their winning streak to four games and finished a perfect round of basketball.

Waverley Falcons 64 def. by Sandringham Sabres 78

Sandringham has extended its winning streak to an amazing 11 games after defeating the Falcons by 14 points. Riding the stellar play of Meg Ragauskas, the Sabres showed once again why they are the championship favourites. Ragauskas finished with 24 points and five steals, but giving up 34 points in the paint is a bit of concern for the Sabres before the finals get underway.

Warrandyte Venom 48 def by Altona Gators 64

Altona has wrapped up a clean sweep of its round 13 games by defeating the Venom by 16 points. Destiny Liu had 17 points and eight rebounds to lead the way for the Gators.

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Corio Bay Stingrays 90 def. Geelong Supercats 76

Cohen Blythe has starred for the Corio Bay Stingrays dropping 32 points in the 14-point win over Geelong. Blythe drilled five treys, while Jordan O’Leary added 20 points in the much need win for the Stingrays. Corio Bay remain within striking distance of the top four, while Geelong struggled with Corio Bay’s pressure turning over the ball 17 times in the loss.

Camberwell Dragons 71 def. by Ballarat Miners 85

The Ballarat Miners have dug its way to a hard fought 14-point victory over the Dragons. Ballarat’s Amos Brooks battled Camberwell’s Tom Moncrieff as both finished with 21 points apiece. But it was the Miners supporting cast which secured them the victory, keeping the flicker of finals alive.

Warrandyte Venom 90 def. Casey Cavaliers 82

On paper this should have been an easy Venom victory. But Casey came to play in round 13, pushing Warrandyte to the very end. If it wasn’t for Cody Perry-Allamby’s monster 27-point 10-rebound performance then it could have been a devastating loss for the Venom. Clinging to the sixth spot, Warrandyte needs to win all of its remaining games to make it to post-season play. Brendon Head was inspired (28 points, 10 rebounds) but it wasn’t enough for the Cavs.

Coburg Giants 94 def. Hume City Broncos 66

The Giants have played one of the best games of their season to defeat the Broncos by 28 points. Jarryd Reid led four Giants in scoring double-figures, finishing with a game-high 22 points, while adding seven rebounds. Bailey Kirkman was valiant in defeat for the Broncos finishing with 15 points and nine rebounds.

Waverley Falcons 77 def. Sunbury Jets 55

The Waverley Falcons have used a defensive masterclass to end the Sunbury Jets immense winning streak. Sunbury put in one of its worst shooting performances of the season finishing with an abysmal 29% from the field. The Falcons were all over the court forcing 17 turnovers and 11 steals in what was always going to be a danger game for the Jets, Waverley came out and wanted it more. Can’t wait for the rematch.

Werribee Devils 84 def. Corio Bay Stingrays 66

As predicted Daniael Herbert has feasted on Corio Bay defenders en route to 27 points and 10 rebounds. The Stingrays had no answer for Herbert, as they fell to the 18-point defeat. Werribee were on a mission from the opening tip-off and proceeded to control the glass to solidify its third-place on the ladder. Jordan O’Leary’s 22 points provided some resistance for the Stingrays but it wasn’t enough to stop Herbert.

Sunbury Jets 83 def. Bendigo Braves 64

The Sunbury Jets have taken out the frustrations of losing Saturday night’s fixture by thrashing the Bendigo Braves by 19 points. Seeing their quest for a perfect season tarnished, the Jets were on a mission Sunday and didn’t disappoint. Kyle Collins and Nathan Marshall combined for 42 points in the drubbing as the Jets look to keep the lone blemish on their season record.

Casey Cavaliers 88 def. Coburg Giants 82

Jordan Gooiker’s 21 points have propelled the Cavaliers to a narrow 6-point victory of a pesky Giants squad. Coming off of its second win of the season Saturday night, Coburg was full of fight. The Giants forced the Cavs into 16 turnovers and looked on song for their first round sweep of the season. But Casey caught fire from the outside, finishing with 11 treys in the victory.

Geelong Supercats 76 def. by Warrandyte Venom 81

Geelong has endured a horror weekend falling to the Venom by five points on its home court. Despite a huge game from Supercats star Josiah King (25 points, seven rebounds). Geelong could not contain player of the round Cody Perry-Allamby. After Saturday night’s impressive performance, Perry-Allamby backed it up with a 23-point 17-rebound man of the match game. Keeping Warrandyte’s top four dreams alive.

Ballarat Miners 91 def. Waverley Falcons 81

Soaring after knocking off the previously undefeated Sunbury on Saturday night. The Falcons crashed back to Earth on Sunday losing to the Miners by 10 points. Ballarat was led by Ross Weightman’s 21 points in a good win. But Waverley should have been better.

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Keilor 70 def McKinnon 63

With the Thunder sitting top of the table and Sunbury biting at their heels every win matters if they want to keep that top spot. The Cougars put in a huge effort to push the Thunder all the way with the first quarter all tied up at 16 all and then the second quarter tied up again at 35 all, the Thunder probably underestimated the Cougars a little and had to look at changing their game plan after the half time break, but the Cougars kept on coming taking the lead by 1 point by the end of the 3rd, leaving the 4th open for either team to take home the win. With the quarter starting off shot for shot, it was Keilor who finally broke the pattern and nailed a couple baskets without a response from the Cougars, again for the last couple minutes it went back to shot for shot which worked for the Thunder who had the lead but unfortunately for the Cougars they just couldn’t get that margin back any closer leaving them 7 points short by the time the final siren went.

Sunbury 80 def Craigieburn 74

The Eagles have put the pressure on the Jets as they take the first half by 2 points. With the Jets sitting 2nd on the ladder and the Eagles down in 7th position, anyone looking in from the outside would have expected this to be a blow out, especially with the Jets record of 12-2 and having the least points scored against them for the season but the Eagles stunned the Jets as they brought their all. The 3rd quarter finished even tighter as the Jets tied it up at 52 a piece, the Eagles lost some pace in the 4th while the Jets soared home with a 6 point victory thanks to a whole team effort in the final quarter. This win gives the Jets 3 straight wins on their push to get back on top before the end of the season which is now only 4 rounds away!

Camberwell 67 def Eltham 55

Unfortunately for the Wildcats one player can not do it all for them and get the win, if Horsley had some more help on the boards from her team mates who knows they could have taken home the win. The Dragons banded together and got the win even though they couldn’t stop Ellen Horsley from scoring they managed to do enough to out score the team and boost them into the top 4, now they have to hold onto that spot if they want to make finals.

Geelong 75 def Chelsea 59

With another road trip across to the bay comes another loss unfortunately for the Gulls, with it starting off promising for the Gulls as they had a 1 point lead at quarter time, the second quarter was what let them down as they found themselves trailing by 11 at half time after a 21-9 quarter. They stayed with the Supercats in the 3rd but Geelong found their groove in the 4th as they began to run away with it early then finishing off the job 16 points ahead. With only 5 matches remaining Chelsea need all the wins they can get if they want to elude the possibility of being relegated.

Craigieburn 100 def Corio Bay 82

This loss for the Stingrays is definitely going to hurt them going forward, with only 5 matches left for  the season for Corio Bay they find themselves 6th with McKinnon taking 5th place if it comes to head to head. With the Eagles unlikely to make finals being that they are sitting 7th and 3 wins behind the 4th spot Dragons. The Stingrays were missing key players and head coach to state commitments leaving a big hole in their offence and defence which showed as the Eagles made it rain especially in the final term where they managed to hit 39 points to Corio’s 20.

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Keysborough 60 def by Pakenham 64

It was a lucky escape for the Warriors on the weekend, just getting over the line against the Cougars. It was a real close battle between the two, the margin not extending past single digits. At the half way mark it was a 2 point gap to the Warriors with the Cougars making it just a point at three quarter time. The Cougars worked hard to try and get ahead but the Warriors did enough to keep their lead and win the match.

Craigieburn 86 def Keysborough 63

The weekend didn’t get any better for the Cougars suffering another loss on the Sunday this time to the Eagles. After their surprise losses last weekend, the Eagles were desperate to get a win on the board. They started off well and continued on in the same fashion for the remainder of the game. In doing so, their lead only grew. The Cougars managed a decent four quarter performance themselves, they were just purely and simply outdone by a better side.

Maccabi 45 def by Frankston 71

Can anyone stop the Blues? This win makes it their 10th in a row and they don’t look like slowing down. The Warriors certainly didn’t help themselves though, only making double figures in one quarter. This compared to a side that puts together four double figure quarters, well this is how a margin gets out to 26.

Melton 83 def Chelsea 75

The Gulls gave this game a red hot go but the Thoroughbreds proved just how tough they are. At the half way mark of this match the Gulls actually held the lead, by 8 points to be exact. But a Bak and Collins team up in the 3rd put the Thoroughbreds within 1 point with just the one quarter remaining. With the momentum well on their side, the Thoroughbreds finished off with a 26 to 17 4th quarter to take the game off the Gulls and take the win for themselves.

Wallan 72 def by Melton 88

They may have gone down in this match up but we have to give some credit to the Panthers for putting up one hell of a fight. They were heading into a game where everyone expected a blow out but a final margin of 16, which mainly came from the 4th quarter, is not a bad effort. There was only 8 points in it at the half way mark, the Panthers brought this down to just 2 points in the 3rd. Like we said, it was the 4th that supplied the damage, the Thoroughbreds going 27 to the Panthers 13 to seal the deal.

Mornington 82 def Wallan 57

If only the Panthers could have brought some of their Sunday efforts to their Saturday match up. They were up against it from the get go, only putting up 9 points to the Breakers 17 in the opening turn. Follow this with a 27 point 2nd quarter from the Breakers, and well you’ve got some serious catching up to do. It was the Breakers once again adding further pain, adding a further 10 to their margin. The Panthers had a great finish though with 28 but it was too little too late.

Chelsea 102 def Latrobe 69

There was at least a win on the cards for the Gulls this weekend, making easy work of the Energy by 33. The Gulls were scoring in the high 20’s each and every quarter and although the Energy were losing the battle, they were at least making double figures themselves. Come the 4th quarter though, the Energy can at least say that they won something. They won this quarter 33 to 29 and for the Energy, this is something to be proud of. Not even the best sides in this competition can manage a 33 point quarter and a team this is winless can now say that they can and did.

Latrobe 61 def by Whittlesea 97

The Pacers started their weekend off in style, sinking a win over the Energy. They certainly wasted no time in putting points on board with a 29 to 13 opening quarter. It was a much more even affair in the 2nd but the Energy weren’t making any head way. The 3rd and 4th quarters once again sat with the Pacers, the Energy still rolling on at their own pace. The Pacers added yet another win to their streak, but that wasn’t lasting much longer.

Whittlesea 66 def by Collingwood 98

It was another high scoring performance from the All Stars which added yet another win to their record. Unfortunately for their opponent, their run came to an abrupt halt. There was only 1 point separating the two in the opening turn leading us all to expect a close match. But in the 2nd, the All Stars continued to score but the Pacers struggled to match them. They put just 9 points on the board handing the All Stars a quality lead. The All Stars went on to win to second half too, dropping 50 points to the Pacers 36.

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Southern Peninsula Sharks 69 def. Casey Cavaliers 52

The Southern Peninsula Sharks have upset the Casey Cavaliers handing the previously undefeated side its first loss of season 2018. Powered by Abbey Toohey’s incredible 26-point 5-rebound effort, the Sharks used three-point shooting to overawe the Cavs normally stifling defence. Toohey nailed seven treys, as the Sharks finished with 12 long range efforts on the game. It proved to be the best way to overcome the immense Casey pressure which still forced 23 turnovers despite losing the match. The Cavaliers couldn’t buy a basket, putting in one of, if not, their worst shooting performance of the season, finishing a miserable 29% from the field. Sitting two games clear on the ladder and with only five rounds remaining, it was almost certain the Cavs would suffer a malaise and put in a below par effort. Look for them to bounce back and make amends in round 14.

Pakenham Warriors 92 def. Mornington Breakers 56

While their rivals slipped up, the Warriors put their foot down on the accelerator at the Breakers expense, running out massive 36-point winners. Led by Sarah Thomson’s 23 points and nine rebounds, the Warriors dominated every statistical category in the blowout win. Pakenham forced 26 turnovers, blocked seven shots, had 12 steals, and recorded 15 assists in a complete team performance. An impressive performance, and will give the girls a massive confidence boost as we head towards the post-season.

Whittlesea Pacers 64 def. Western Port Steelers 47

Olivia Dalmau has scored 18 points to lead the Whittlesea Pacers to a much needed win over the Western Port Steelers. With both teams battling for the sixth position on the ladder and post-season play. This match-up could be remember as a crucial turning point in both squads seasons. Controlling the rebounding battle, behind Hailey Wynd’s 19 rebounds meant Whittlesea controlled the match.

Sherbrooke Suns 54 def. by Werribee Devils 74

Werribee came out to ball on Sunday afternoon defeating Sherbrooke by 20 points. With both teams out of post-season contention it was an opportunity to play some free flowing basketball. Taylah Lee was ballin’ posting a triple-double finishing with 10 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists. While Alana Anthony was the player of the game with a monster 21-point 13-rebound double-double. Rachael Hurd was the Suns best with 14 points.

Frankston Blues 73 def. Blackburn Vikings 43

The Frankston Blues have run out commanding 30-point victors against higher ranked Blackburn Vikings to end round 13. Coming into the match, the Blues were suffering a two-game slid, but still possessed the best defence in YL2W. On Sunday, they showcased it again. Holding the Vikings to 43 points, forcing 28 turnovers, swiping 17 steals, and hauling in 62 rebounds. Three Blues players finished with double-figure rebounds in the rout. If they can play like this for the rest of the season, Frankston has a realistic shot at the top three teams.

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