Round 13 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

Corio Bay 81 def by Hawthorn 125

38 points in the first term guided Hawthorn to a big win over Corio Bay. The Magic stormed to a 20-point lead in the first quarter, which rose to 27 points at half-time. The Magic scored over 25 points in all four terms and their dominance on offence was due to their ability to shoot 59% from the court. Nelson Kirksey top scored for the Magic with 24 points, while teammate Luke Sist had 21 points and 13 rebounds. Joe Reid Jr tried his best for the Stingrays, and finished the game with 31 points and 10 rebounds. 

Hume City 125 def Casey 110

Hume City came out on top in a high-scoring contest against Casey. The Broncos scored 30 points in the first term to lead by seven points at the first break, which then extended to 13 points in the second term. The Broncos shot 57% from the floor and their dominance on offence allowed them to score 63 points in the second half and record a 15-point win. Mackuei Puondak top scored for the Broncos with 32 points, while teammate Shaun Prendergast came off the bench to finish the game with 20 points, four rebounds and six assists. 

Werribee 89 def by McKinnon 105

McKinnon were too strong for Werribee, recording a 26-point road win at Eagle Stadium. Werribee led by six points in the first term, but 24 points in the second quarter from the Cougars reduced the lead to four points at half time. The Cougars gained the momentum early in the third term to outscore the home side 33-21 and take an eight-point lead into the final quarter. McKinnon again scored 30 points in the final term to claim a comfortable win. Adrian Tomada (25 points) and Dillon Stith (24 points) combining for 49 points for the Cougars. 

Chelsea 105 def Blackburn 86

32 points in the final term guided Chelsea to a 19-point win over Blackburn. The Gulls led by three points at three-quarter-time, before a 32-16 run in the final term guided them Gulls to a 19-point win. Chelsea shot 54% from the floor and 54 points in the paint. Corey Standerfer top scored with 28 points for the Gulls, while Ryan Bennett had the same total for the Vikings. 

Hawthorn 68 def Keilor 65

A three-pointer from Nelson Kirksey with six seconds left on the clock gave Hawthorn a three-point win. The Magic let a 15-point half-time lead slip as the Thunder scored 40 points in the second half. Kirksey top scored for the Magic with 15 points, while Daniaell Herbert had 25 points off the bench for the Thunder. 

Championship Women

Hume City 72 def Casey 70

Hume City held off a second half Casey surge to claim a two-point win. Leading by 13-points at half time, the Broncos were challenged in the second half as Casey scored 29 points in the third quarter to cut the margin to two points. A triple by Sarah Halejian with 12 seconds remaining on the clock tied the scores, but a layup by Azia Bishop regained the lead for the Broncos – with four seconds on the clock and secured the win. Nicole Zammit was instrumental for the Broncos, finishing the game with 22 points, two rebounds and nine assists. 

Werribee 65 def by McKinnon 68 

A dominant second quarter guided McKinnon to a three-point win over Werribee at Eagle Stadium. The Cougars outscored the Devils 26-13 in the second term to overturn a four-point deficit and take a nine-point lead into half time. In a tense third term the Cougars outscored the Devils by a point to extend their lead to 10 points, before the Devils mounted a fightback in the final quarter to cut the lead to three points before the final buzzer cut an end to their fightback. Angela Lou Beadle starred for the Cougars with 16 points and 20 rebounds, while Alisia Jenkins had 23 points and 17 rebounds for the Devils. 

Whittlesea 66 def Sunbury 51

Whittlesea held Sunbury to 30% shooting from the field in their 15-point win at home. The Pacers held the Jets to under 10 points in the second and third terms as they came away with a 15-point win. Dani Reinwald was instrumental in the victory with 28 points, 23 rebounds and two assists, and worked in tandem with Rachel Bell who had 22 points and four rebounds. 

Southern Peninsula 101 def Bulleen 86

Megan Smith scored 28 points in Southern Peninsula’s 15-point win over Bulleen. The Sharks overturned a four-point deficit in the first quarter to lead by five points at half time. The lead increased to 15 points in the third term, a margin they held until the final buzzer. Southern Peninsula scored 54 points in the paint and 18 points from turnovers. They also had 20 assists and 10 steals in their big win. 

Keilor 109 def Warrnambool 40

Warrnambool were no match for Keilor, who came away with a 69-point win at home. The Thunder held the Mermaids to 26% shooting from the field as they scored 64 points in the paint and 47 poins from turnovers. Erin Bollmann top scored for the Thunder with 30 points, 16 rebounds and six assists, while Chloe Hildebrand scored 19 points off the bench. 

Division One Men

Bulleen 93 def Coburg 89

It was an exciting contest that went right down to the wire at East Doncaster Secondary College, with the Boomers taking the win after making several free throws down the stretch. Chauncey Orr put on a clinic, tallying 34 points, six rebounds and eight assists in the win. 

Melbourne University 104 def Warrnambool 101

Both of these teams desperately needed to win, and it was the Black Angels that dug deeper in the final few minutes. With the scores tied up, Dogukan Elyazar stepped up and made the clutch triple to seal the deal for the hosts. Stefan Pomasan led the way for the Black Angels, tallying 30 points and five assists. Xavier Johnson-Blount was huge for the Seahawks, pouring in 47 points on a 16-of-18 shooting effort. 

Western Port 92 def Shepparton 78

The Steelers were too good for the Gators at home, claiming their third-straight win to consolidate third place in the standings. Daryl Corletto (22 points) led the hosts, while Carlin Dupree (22 points) led all five Gators starters with double-digit score lines. 

Collingwood 72 def by Warrandyte 89

The Venom ran away with this one in the second half, where they outscored the All Stars 50-39. It marked Warrandyte’s third-straight win to sit second on the table, while Collingwood slipped to 7-11 and now look unlikely of featuring in the finals. Warrandyte’s Jacob Thom (23 points, seven rebounds, eight assists) flirted with a triple-double, while Collingwood’s Manny Hendrix had a team-high 22 points. 

Latrobe City 98 def Whittlesea 83

The Energy registered their third win of the season, ousting the Pacers at home behind a 54 per cent shooting performance. It was the third quarter where the hosts did most of their damage, outscoring Whittlesea 27-12. Billy Hughes led the way with 28 points, three rebounds, five assists and three steals, whilst Thomas Portbury gobbled up 19 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks. 

Bellarine 92 def Latrobe City 80

It was a close one out at the Bellarine Sports Centre, with the hosts edging ahead in the third quarter before putting the Energy away with a decisive 21-11 final term. Everett Osborne was the man with 28 points and 10 rebounds and Nathan Lemke added 17 points, 14 rebounds and three steals. 

Sunbury 93 def Keysborough 74

The Jets extended their winning streak to 10 after dismantling the Cougars at home thanks to a big second and third quarters. Keysborough slipped to 12-5 on the season but still have a strong grip on the fifth seed. Ish Sanders put on a show with 30 points, six boards and five assists.

Coburg 79 def Warrnambool 72 

The Giants got back on the winners’ list with a narrow victory over the Seahawks at home in a scrappy contest. Warrnambool actually led it 23-16 at the first break, only for the hosts to come out and respond in the second and third quarters where they seized momentum. Pat Green led the Giants with 25 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and a block.     

Division One Women

Latrobe City 63 def by Mildura 113

The Heat put the Energy away convincingly in a 50-point blowout. Mildura were firing on all levels, shooting at 46 per cent from the field and forcing 25 turnovers which led to 30 points. Alyesha Lovett (31 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, six steals), Vanessa Power (28 points, five rebounds, four assists, four steals) and Bronte Clark (21 points, nine rebounds, four assists, two steals) all put in massive performances.

Chelsea 77 def Western Port 47

Chelsea were too good for the Steelers at home, dominating from the second quarter onwards to run away with 30-point victory and continue their winning streak, while the Steelers slumped to another loss. Chelsea’s Kelly Gardiner led the way with 25 points, five rebounds and three assists.

Hawthorn 71 def Craigieburn 56

The Magic came out with more energy in this one and looked like putting the Eagles away early. The visitors fought back in the second quarter to draw within a point at the main break, but Hawthorn would flex their muscles in the second half to continue their winning streak. Hawthorn’s Lara Edmanson finished with a game-high 21 points and 19 rebounds to lead her side to victory. 

Warrandyte 53 def by Camberwell 76

Camberwell came out and had a really good win on the road. The Dragons never really looked in doubt, edging ahead by 10 at the first change before really blowing out the scoreboard in the second half to consolidate third place on the ladder. It was a team effort from Camberwell as four Dragons scored 12 points or more, led by Georgia Smart’s 14 points and eight boards off the bench. 

Bellarine 78 def by Latrobe City 84

Latrobe City pulled out an unlikely victory here in a result that could prove costly for the Storm. The visitors survived a late rally in this one. Up 16 with 4:44 left in fourth, Bellarine cut that lead down to just four a minute later, including a trio of three-pointers. That lead went down to two with 45 seconds on the clock, but the Energy were able to grit their teeth and make their free throws to seal the win. Caitlin Demczuk finished with a game-high 23 points while Amanda Fioravanti added 16 points, 22 rebounds, two steals and two blocks.

Craigieburn 79 def Warrandyte 64

The Eagles were able to bounce back from their loss on Saturday to hand the Venom their second defeat of the round. This one was never really close as Craigieburn raced out to a 26-12 lead at the end of the first quarter and never really looked back. Jada Buggs (26 points, 15 rebounds, three steals, one block) and Darcy Saunders (21 points, 22 rebounds, five steals, four blocks) did all the damage for the hosts.  

Camberwell 54 def by Hawthorn 70

The Magic flexed their muscles to pick up their second win of the round in a blockbuster top-three clash. It wasn’t as close as expected, as the visitors ran away with it throughout the second and third periods. Nyilah Jamison-Myers led the Magic with 18 points and 10 rebounds. 

Division Two Men

North East 99 def Maccabi 93

After going into three-quarter time tied, North East ran over the top of Maccabi to win by six points. Dylan Shorne was the dominant figure for the Bushrangers scoring 28 points and grabbing an incredible 30 rebounds. Darcy Locke also added 25 points for the hosts. For Maccabi, Benji Tamir top scored with 32 points on 36 shots, going at 38% from the field.

Camberwell 97 def Sherbrooke 56

Camberwell were never troubled against Sherbrooke, running out winners by 41 points. The Dragons were a class above offensively, shooting 49% from the field to Sherbrooke’s 32%. Mark Fernandez top scored with 24 points for the Dragons, while Kraig Shields had 13 points for the Suns.

Melton 76 def by Southern Peninsula 86

Southern Peninsula saw off Melton for a hard fought 10-point win. Sharks superstar Troyce Manassa was the standout player with 29 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in a wonderful all-round showing. For Melton, Deakin Pereira led the way with 22 points including four threes.

Pakenham 83 def Mildura 69

Pakenham utilised an excellent start to defeat Mildura by 14 points. Joshua Dow top scored for the Warriors with 27 points including seven threes. The Heat struggled to score all game, going at only 34% from the field. Only one player managed double figures for Mildura; Calvin Henry with 25 points.

Craigieburn 80 def Wallan 70

After losing the second and third quarters Cragieburn surged home to come out on top against Wallan by 10 points. Damon Smith had an excellent game for the Eagles with 27 points and 16 rebounds, while Trace Cureton top scored for Wallan with 23 points, as well as pulling down 12 rebounds.

RMIT 109 def Mornington 84

RMIT controlled from start to finish against Mornington, winning by 25 points. The Redbacks led by as many as 40 points before the Breakers fought back marginally. Steve Coffey was again the best for RMIT, with 23 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. For Mornington, Craig Kennedy top scored with 14 points.

Sherbrooke 73 def by Mildura 91

Sherbrooke succumbed to their second loss of the weekend, going down to Mildura by 18 points. The Heat pulled away in the last quarter outscoring the Suns by 14 points. Calvin Henry was the best for Mildura with 22 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, while for Sherbrooke Tyrone Tonkin had an excellent showing, totalling 24 points.

Altona 74 def by Pakenham 84

Pakenham saw off a fast-finishing Altona side to win by 10 points. The Warriors were led by Joshua Dow who scored 22 points off the bench, including three triples. Altona struggled offensively with only two players scoring in double figures. Jovan Bojanic was the Gators’ best with 23 points and 12 rebounds.

Southern Peninsula 96 def North East 77

Southern Peninsula controlled the game against North East, winning by 19 points. Kyle Llewellyn top scored for the Sharks with 22 points while Troyce Manassa added 21. Dylan Shorne was the best for North East with 24 points and 14 rebounds.

Division Two Women

Melton 46 def by Melbourne Uni 85

Melbourne Uni set up their win with an impressive first term, in which they held Melton to just four points to set up a 15-point lead at the first break. The Black Angels scored over 20 points in each of the next three terms as they marched to the win. Melbourne Uni collected 57 rebounds and 11 assists in the win. Emmie O’Nial starred for the Black Angels with 25 points, 13 rebounds and two assists.

Collingwood 78 def North East 58

Nyesha Sims scored 31 points in Collingwood’s 20-point win over North East. Sims was instrumental in the win, collecting a double-double (31 points and 16 rebounds) in an impressive performance at both ends of the court. The All Stars scored 26 points from turnovers, highlighting their ability to force their opponents into errors. 

Blackburn 48 def by Pakenham 57

Pakenham came out on top on a low-scoring contest against Blackburn. The Warriors were held to four-points in the first term, but scored 23 points in the second to lead by four points at half time. The Warriors extended their lead to eight points in the third term, before securing a nine-point win. Keeley Patterson top scored for the Warriors with 23 points, while Andrea Belmonte had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Vikings. 

Coburg 59 def by Wallan 72

Wallan had a strong showing against Coburg, beating the Giants by 13 points. The Panthers led by eight points in the first term, before extending their lead to 15 points at half time. Coburg reduced the margin by two points in the second half, but their struggles on offence prevented them from reducing the margin by more. Alex Darby had 28 points, seven rebounds and two assists to lead the Panthers to the win. 

Sherbrooke 53 def by Mornington 56

A second half fightback secured a three-point win for Mornington over Sherbrooke. The Breakers trailed by eight points at half time, before an 18-12 run in the third term reduced the margin to two points. The Breakers again outscored the Suns, this time 15-10 to secure a come-from-behind win. Sammie Simmons led the way for the Breakers with 24 points, 10 rebounds and two assists, while Meagan Wylie had 14 points, seven rebounds and two assists for the Suns. 

Victorian Youth Championship Men

Nunawading 97 def Bulleen 70

The Spectres put the Boomers to the sword in this one, in large due to a decisive 30-16 second quarter to seize control of the matchup. The hosts gobbled up an impressive 69 rebounds to maximise their possessions and march onto their seventh-straight win. Remo Simankevicius’ 22 points led five Spectres in double figures.

Knox 80 def Hawthorn 76

The Raiders got the narrow victory after Darcy Parkinson hit the go-ahead layup before nailing the clutch triple in the final minute. The win consolidated third place for Knox while Hawthorn slipped to 7-11 and appear unlikely of making Finals now. 

Sherbrooke 53 def by McKinnon 99

McKinnon made quick work of the Suns here, blowing them out of the water with a 55-22 first half to all but seal the result. The visitors shot 50 per cent from the field, racked up 57 rebounds and dished out 23 assists. Yanni Staedel-Arnould led the charge for the Cougars, with 21 points, 15 boards and a block.

Blackburn 53 def by Nunawading 110

The Spectres were firing on all cylinders in Round 13, tearing the Vikings apart to claim a massive 57-point win on the road and their eighth straight. Nunawading shot 50 per cent from the field and nearly doubled the hosts in rebounds and assists. 

Hawthorn 95 def by Waverley 100 

The Magic went down to the Falcons in overtime to suffer their second loss of the round and their third overall to suddenly face an uphill battle of featuring in the post-season. Waverley had all the answers in the extra period, fuelled by Malek Bar’s offence. Bol Jok was the MVP in this one, tallying 35 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and three steals. 

Keilor 72 def by Eltham 95

The Wildcats pushed away from Keilor in a decisive third term which they won 29-10. Eltham shot a scorching-hot 53 per cent from the field to fill up the scoring column on their way to their 11th-straight victory. Mark Scherf was the man with a game-high 26 points to go with four rebounds and three assists. 

Melbourne 82 def Diamond Valley 75

The Tigers got back on the winners’ list with a seven-point win over the Eagles. It was a hard fought contest that came down to the last quarter where Melbourne found some of their best form of the game, closing out on a 24-10 run. Jakob Cornelissen dropped 25 points off the bench on a 9-of-14 shooting effort, including six triples. 

Dandenong 67 def by Kilsyth 72

The Cobras got their second-straight win to consolidate fourth place on the table and hand the Rangers their second-straight loss; just their third for the season. Kilsyth came out with more intent and kept their noses ahead the whole game, despite the fact that neither team shot the ball well. Mitchell Dielemans was firing from the free throw line if nothing else, where he went 22-of-24 for his 36 points, adding eight rebounds.

Southern 70 def Knox 64

The Sabres ran over the top of the Raiders in the fourth quarter to pick up their second-straight win and just their fourth for the season. It was a disappointing loss for Knox who simply couldn’t get their game going in a 30 per cent shooting performance, while commiting 17 turnovers. Samuel Taulapiu and Kobe Davies scored an equal hame-high 14 points. 

Bulleen 64 def by Ringwood 102

The Hawks flattened the Boomers on their own floor to hand them their fifth-straight loss. After a reasonably even first three quarters, Ringwood caught fire in the final term which they won 37-7. Sebastien Lees had 24 points on 8-of-14 shooting including four triples, while adding four rebounds and seven assists. 

Victorian Youth Championship Women

Hawthorn 60 def Altona 55

Hawthorn saw off Altona with a strong last quarter, winning by five points. Emily Monaghan top scored for the Magic with 15 points, grabbing 10 rebounds as well. Kayla Salmons had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Gators.

Nunawading 85 def Southern 49

Nunawading thoroughly outplayed the Sabres to win by 36 points. Lili Long was the best for the Spectres with 14 points and 12 rebounds, while for the Sabres, captain Chloe Hicks led the way with 12 points.

Ringwood 85 def Diamond Valley 77

Ringwood emerged victorious in a close contest against Diamond Valley, with the final margin being eight points. Courtney Lyons top scored for the Hawks with 23 points including two threes, while the Eagles were led by 16 points off the bench from Brianna Gregory-Johnson.

Knox 57 def by Waverley 74

Twenty-three points and 12 rebounds from Mia Parsons helped Waverley over the line against Knox. The Falcons won every quarter on their way to a 17-point win. The Raiders were led in scoring by Zoe Jenkins who had 12 points.

Ballarat 79 def by Hawthorn 81

A lay-up from Seraphina Newton with 11 seconds to go gave Hawthorn a two-point win over Ballarat. The Magic had five players score in double figures, led by Grace Gordon who had 16 points. For the Rush, Mackenzie Nicholson had a big game off the bench with 22 points and 12 rebounds.

Sunbury 73 def Waverley 69

Sunbury held off Waverley’s strong final quarter to win by four points. Nyomi Stowers top scored with 20 points for the Jets, while for the Falcons Grace Beasley had 21 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.

Melbourne 59 def by Nunawading 77

Nunawading eased past Melbourne, winning by 18 points. Rebecca Eddy top scored for the Spectres with 18 points, while Rachel Poke and Lili Long both added 10 each. Zoe Hurley was the only Tigers player in double figures with 16 points.

Hume City 57 def by Kilsyth 71

Kilsyth dominated the last quarter against Hume City, winning the quarter and the game by 14 points. Miranda Gartner top scored with 14 points for the Cobras, while Madalene Taranto had eight points and 19 rebounds. Charlotte Vincent-Lord had 17 points for the Broncos.

Dandenong 92 def Ringwood 85

Dandenong came out on top against Ringwood by a margin of just seven points. Amy Baum was excellent for the Rangers with 23 points and eight rebounds. For the Hawks, Courtney Lyons had 24 points off the bench including five three-pointers.

Southern 61 def by Knox 63

Southern went down to Knox by just two points after Ella Batish hit only one of three free throws for her chance to tie the game. Georgia Baldwin had 15 points and 18 rebounds for the Raiders, while Zoe Jenkins had 17 and 10. For the Sabres, Morgan Riley top scored with 14 points.

Bulleen 55 def by Bendigo 101

Bendigo smashed Bulleen in a dominant performance, winning by 46 points. Hayley Harrington top scored for the Braves with 19 points off the bench, while for Bulleen Rebecca Horvat had 10 points, as did Sofia Ruscitti off the bench.

Youth League One Men

Camberwell 68 def by Hume City 81

The Broncos put an end to their losing streak with an upset 13-point win over the Dragons. In what was a tight tussle over the first three quarters, Hume City was able to pull away in the last quarter to register their fifth win of the season. Marshall Kearing starred for the victors with 27 points and nine rebounds, while Ben Nethercote scored 18 points to lead Camberwell.

Corio Bay 119 def Warrandyte 70

The Stingrays extended their winning streak to six games with a comprehensive victory over the bottom-of-the-ladder Venom. Corio Bay outscored Warrandyte in every quarter on its way to win game number 11 for the season, consigning the Venom to their sixth straight loss in the process. Ethan Blythe led a balanced scoring attack for the Stingrays with 26 points off the bench, while Harrison Ayton recorded a 14-point, 10-rebound double-double for the Venom.

Ballarat 101 def Altona 92

The Miners halted the Gators’ three-game winning run with a hard-fought nine-point win. Leading by only two points at half-time, Ballarat responded in what turned out to be a decisive third term, creating a 10-point buffer from which Altona was unable to recover. Joshua Fiegert, Jeremiah McKenzie and Bol Bok each scored 19 points for the top-of-the-table Miners, while Nicholas Formosa scored 22 points for the Gators, who fall to 11-7 for the season.

Frankston 73 def by Bendigo 91

The Braves chalked up their 11thwin of 2019 with a straightforward 91-73 win over the Blues. After a close first half, Bendigo’s class overwhelmed Frankston, allowing the Braves to run out 18-point winners. Samuel Beks was the dominant player on the court, scoring 35 points for the Braves, while Vincent Monaghan scored 12 points off the bench for the 9-10 Blues.

Casey 97 def Sunbury 85

The result was never in doubt as the Cavaliers took care of business with a 12-point win over the struggling Jets. Casey stormed its way to a 30-11 lead after one quarter and never looked back, cruising to their 11thwin of the season. Blake Taylor led his team to victory with a remarkable 26-point, 17-rebound performance, while Matt Attard scored 19 points for Sunbury.

Sunbury 75 def by Werribee 124

Things only got worse for the Jets, falling to their 10thconsecutive defeat with a 49-point loss to the Devils the following day. Despite trailing after one quarter of play, Werribee thoroughly outplayed Sunbury over the ensuing three quarters to keep their faint finals hopes alive. Fisto Bizima scored an incredible 44 points to go along with 12 rebounds for the Devils, while Marol Kuany chipped in with 26 points and 13 rebounds of his own. For the Jets, Matt Attard enjoyed another strong performance with 23 points.

Hume City 90 def by Frankston 93

The Blues responded to Saturday’s disappointing loss with a nail-biting three-point win over the Broncos. Trailing by four points with under a minute to go, Frankston went on an improbable 7-0 scoring run to steal victory. William Peirce converted a pivotal four-point play to tie the game at 90 with 50 seconds remaining, setting the scene for Bryce Philippe’s game-winning three-pointer with 18 seconds to go. Peirce was Frankston’s top scorer with 22 points, while Marshall Kearing scored 26 points and corralled 16 rebounds for Hume City.

Geelong 88 def Ballarat 77

The Supercats proved they are a true contender in 2019 with a strong win over the top-of-the-table Miners. Leading by 16 points at half-time, Geelong withstood Ballarat’s third-term rally to claim an 11-point victory, its 13thof the season. Max Kos scored 18 points for the second-placed Supercats, while Jeremiah McKenzie had 17 points, nine rebounds and five assists for the Miners, who slip to 15-2 with the loss. 

Youth League One Women

Corio Bay 56 def by McKinnon 85

McKinnon held Corio Bay to 33% shooting from the court in their 29-point win at the Geelong Basketball Centre. The Cougars out-rebounded the Stingrays 59-47 to go along with 20 steals and 29 assists. The Cougars scored 64 points in the paint and 43 points from turnovers as they were too strong for the Stingrays. Sarsha Follacchio top scored for the Cougars with 17 points, while Madeleine Sloane had 14 points. 

Warrandyte 74 def Geelong 65

An impressive second half gave Warrandyte a nine-point win over Geelong. The Venom trailed by eight points at half time, before a 26-11 run in the third term gave them a seven-point lead. Geelong tried to regain the momentum in the fourth quarter, but they could not prevent the Venom from scoring 18 points and securing the win. Brooke Taylor top scored for the Venom with 17 points and 16 rebounds, while Jaimee Crombie had 25 points for the Supercats. 

Casey 80 def Craigieburn 67

Casey outscored Craigieburn 46-36 in the first half in their 13-point win at Casey Stadium. The Cavs outscored the Eagles 42-28 for points in the paint and 21-8 in second chance points. Rebecca Peacock top scored for the Cavs with 13 points, while Megan Butler (23 points) and Carley Cranston (20 points) worked tirelessly for the Eagles. 

Geelong 53 def by Eltham 63

Both teams were equal for a majority of the game, yet it was Eltham’s opening term that secured them the win. The Wildcats shot out of the blocks to lead by seven points at quarter time. The next three quarters were evenly contested as no team broke out to more than a two-point advantage over their opponents. The Wildcats dominated the paint and finished the game with 38 points in the key. Despite defeat Jasmine Whatley was the best player on the court, ending the game with a 19-point, 19-rebound, 14-block triple-double.

Camberwell 46 def by Keilor 61

Keilor were too strong for Camberwell, defeating the Dragons by 15 points. The Thunder overturned a three-point deficit in the second term to lead by five points at half time. The lead stretched to 14 points in the third term and concluded at 15 points in the fourth. Amelia Velardo top scored for the Thunder with 20 points, along with three rebounds, one assist and seven steals. 

Youth League Two Men

Western Port 73 def by Mornington 78

Mornington came from behind in the final term to beat Western Port. The Breakers trailed by 10 points at three-quarter-time, but overturned the deficit by outscoring the Steelers 25-10 in the final term. Daniel Nash top scored for the Breakers with 22 points, while Kane Myers came off the bench to score 30 points for the Steelers. 

Pakenham 82 def Melton 76

It was only one quarter that separated Pakenham and Melton. Scores were level at half time, before the Warriors went on a 19-12 run in the third term to lead by seven points. Both sides went on a shooting spree in the final quarter and combined for 57 points, however the Thoroughbreds could not overturn the margin as the Warriors claimed a six-point win. Ned Weideman starred for the Warriors with 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Fernando Rios-Rodriguez had 21 points for the Thoroughbreds. 

Craigieburn 80 def Wallan 49

Craigieburn secured their win with a dominant first half. The Eagles outscored Wallan 53-25 in the first half to set up their big win. The Eagles scored 25 points from turnovers and 19 second chance points. They also had 64 rebounds, 13 assists and 16 steals in a one-sided affair. 

Coburg 70 def by Keysborough 83

Keysborough scored 30 points from turnovers in their 13-point win over Coburg. The Cougars forced the Giants to make uncharacteristic turnovers and squander their chance to win the game. Keysborough trailed by one-point at quarter-time, before breaking the game open in the second term by outscoring the Giants 26-9. The remainder of the game was tightly contested, which would disappoint the Giants who will not be happy with their second term. Josh Thoonen starred for the Cougars with 28 points, seven rebounds and five assists. 

Chelsea 66 def by Maccabi 80

Maccabi collected 22 points from turnovers in their 14-point win over Chelsea. The Warriors led by 10 points in the first quarter, before the Gulls cut the margin to four points in the second term. Twenty-four points in the third term extended the Warriors lead to 10 points, which then became a 14-point win. Max Vadas top scored for the Warriors with 17 points, while teammate Elliot Bolaffi had 16 points. 

Collingwood 99 def Craigieburn 87

Collingwood shot 52% from the field in their 22-point win over Craigieburn. The All Stars capitalised on the Eagles’ errors and collected 30 points from turnovers. Athiaan Manyiel top scored for the All Stars with 26 points, whilst Dut Dut had 22 points for the Eagles. 

Youth League Two Women

Chelsea 75 def Western Port 52

Chelsea were too strong for Western Port at Patterson River Stadium. The Gulls held the Steelers to 26% shooting from the field as they collected 53 rebounds and five blocks. Holly Davies top scored for the Gulls with 18 points, while Ella Dempster had 15 points. Shanna Thornell top scored for the Steelers with 17 points. 

Frankston 92 def Whittlesea 60

Frankston recorded a big win over Whittlesea in front of their home fans. The Blues scored 45 points in the first half to lead by 12 points at half time. Their lead extended to 16 points in the third term before 31 points in the final term sealed the big win. The Blues made the Pacers pay for their errors and scored 40 points from turnovers. 

Blackburn 68 def Pakenham 66

Blackburn held on to record a win over a fast-finishing Pakenham. The Vikings scored 40 points in the first half to lead by four points at half time. They outscored the Warriors 21-12 in the third term to set up a 13-point lead. Pakenham mounted a comeback in the fourth quarter and scored 18 points, but fell just short as the Vikings held on to win. Bethanie Gray led the way for the Vikings with 17 points and seven rebounds, while Chloe Maas had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Warriors. 

Sherbrooke 68 def Mornington 47

Sherbrooke held Mornington to 23% shooting from the field in their 21-point win. The Suns collected 64 rebounds, 12 steals and six blocks in an outstanding defensive display. At the other end of the court Naomi Smith was superb with 19 points and 12 rebounds. The Suns broke the game open in the second and third quarters when they held the Breakers to 13 points. They had 48 points in the paint and 13 points from turnovers in the solid win. 

Coburg 39 def by Frankston 110

Emily Mogyorossy scored 29 points in Frankston’s big win over Coburg. The Blues shot 66 points in the paint and 54 points from turnovers in a strong offensive display. The Blues scored over 20 points in all four quarters and prevented the Giants from scoring more than 15 points in any of them. Jessica Connor (10 points) was the only Giants player to score in double-digits. 

Collingwood 77 def by Werribee 97

A strong second half guided Werribee to a 20-point win over Collingwood. The Devils outscored the All Stars 54-30 in the second half to overturn a four-point deficit at half time. Olivia Klaman led the way with 25 points, five rebounds and three assists, while Alana Anthony had 21 points, five rebounds and two assists. 

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