Round Fourteen 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 95 def. by Blackburn 112
The visitors halted Corio’s win streak at one with a convincing win on the road. It was an important match for both sides and puts the Vikes in the box seat to stay in Big V’s top flight, with the Stingrays all-but certain to go down. Stats for the game were unavailable at time of publish.
Hawthorn 96 def. Werribee 83
The Magic started strong and iced the contest after the main break to continue their charge towards August action. Nelson Kirksey (33pts 9reb) was superb while Alex Bogart-King (18pts 12reb) and Jack Barry (15pts 10ast) each finished with double-doubles. Konor Kulas (24pts 9reb) led the Devils in what has fast become a disappointing season.
Casey 115 def. Ringwood 97
The Cavs poured on the points in a stunning display to topple Ringwood. The home side’s offense was purring and didn’t slow down as they piled on 35 points to seal the deal in the final term. Matthew Donlan (21pts) led the scoring but Raheem Lemons (20pts 14reb) and Brandon Polk (20pts 11reb) were massive as six Cavs hit double-digits. Scottie Stone (28pts 4reb) led the Hawks in a rare defeat.
Ringwood 95 def. Knox 86
The Hawks bounced back hard with a tidy win over the Raiders. The home side looked set to cruise home but had to withstand a spirited final-quarter fightback from Knox, despite the fact they never really got close enough to seriously threaten. Scottie Stone (19pts 3reb) led the way to finish a strong weekend for the victorious Hawks, while Chris Kaba (17pts 5reb) led the scoring for the Raiders.
Blackburn 73 def. by Eltham 81
The Wildcats locked in second spot for another week with a tough, ground out victory over Blackburn. The Vikings started strongly but fell away after quarter-time as the ‘Cats got on top in the arm-wrestle. Dynamic duo Ben Waldren (22pts 5reb 3ast) and Justin Aver (20pts 9reb 6ast) led the visitors in the win, while for the Vikes it was Brendan Trewella (21pts 9reb 6ast) and Jake Spruhan (13pts 10reb 7ast) who led the way.
Keilor 65 def. by Waverley 75
The Falcons kept the pressure on Eltham with a hard-fought win over Keilor. A dominant third-quarter was the turning point for the visitors, who trailed by 14 at the main break but managed to hold the Thunder to just 4 points in the 10 minutes after halftime. The Falcons piled on 24 of their own in that period to take control of the match. Brad Kelleher (15pts) lit the fuse off the bench in the win, overcoming the efforts of BJ Symons (22pts 3reb) for the Thunder.
State Championship Women
Southern Peninsula 61 def Eltham 49
The Sharks looked a little off (34% FG) but a 16-‐6 third qtr ensured the home team grabbed another important win. The Wildcats went in without Alice Kunek, while 20 turnovers didn’t help their cause either. Only Brittany Renton (16pts) managed to reach double digits for the visitors. For the home team, Peyton Little (24pts) continued her recent run of hot form and led the way on the scoreboard, while Jaz Shelley added 11pts. Nice win for the Sharks as they continue their charge towards a finals berth.
McKinnon 57 lost to Hume City 64
A danger game for the Broncos as they continue to push for finals and as expected it was a close contest against the plucky Cougars. With scores tied at the half, the Broncos found a way to edge clear during the third and held on to the final buzzer. Louisa Murphy (22pts) was a standout for the winners and her team’s only player to reach double figures. For the Cougars, Meg Kritscher (13pts) and Ariel Thomas (10pts, 8rbs, 8ast) led the way.
Ringwood 51 lost to Knox 76
Ringwood’s losing streak extended to four with a loss to the fresh and firing Raiders. Knox never looked in danger, leading by as much as 25pts. Even with Carly Mijovic missing the game due to injury, the contest belonged to the Raiders. Georgia Stirton (26pts, 6 treys) delivered her best game with Knox, while Bec Ott and Taylor Mathers added 17pts each. The Hawks are struggling with Cass Mihalko sidelined and unless they can turn this run of losses around they could be in danger of missing the top five altogether.
Waverley 67 def Bulleen 58
Waverley’s 25-‐10 final qtr ensured what was a comfortable win in the end, the Boomers running out of legs and looking very lethargic down the stretch. It was a competitive contest up until the last five minutes when the Falcons took over, looking fitter and more determined to get the win. Kelly Bowen finished with 15pts, while teammates Tegan Cunningham, Renae Mokrzycki and Tenaya Phillips all added 10pts each. For the Boomers, Sarah Boothe (22pts, 16rbs) did all she could and Jasmine Hines chpped in with 18pts.
Hume City 80 def Keilor 77
The Broncos complete the task of winning two games for the round and keeping their finals aspirations on track, but there was nothing easy about this OT win. The Thunder looked to have had this game stitched up, a 12pt lead at the half, a 9pt lead going into the last, however the Broncos stormed home to force OT and went on and won in the dying stages. Lousia Murphy completed a strong weekend with 26pts and 12rbs, Nicole Zammit (13pts, 13ast) was at her best and Viv Saad added 20pts off the bench. For the Thunder, six players finished in double digits, led by Erin Bollmann, Briana Babic and Alex McKellar with 14pts each.
Division One Men
Sunbury 78 lost to Geelong 83
An important game for two teams trying to find some confidence and string a couple of wins together. The Supercats got the chocolates in the end, edging to a win on the back of 21pts from Emerson Varley and 18pts from Lewis Beks. For the Jets, Arthur Trousdell (18pts) and Jed O’Riley (17pts) did what they could.
Shepparton 78 def Melbourne Uni 72
Two in-‐form teams didn’t let us down, the Gators just getting the edge down the stretch in front of their home town fans. Barely anything separated the teams for most of the journey with both enjoying plenty of patches leading the contest. Cam Vines (31pts) was unstoppable for the winners and Nick Dodd added a handy 19pts. For the Black Angels, Brandon Armstrong and Nick Masunda both delivered 20pts each. Western Port vs Whittlesea No results available at time of writing recap.
Bulleen 85 lost to Chelsea 96
The Boomers competed hard, but were never quiet at the level of their more fancied opponents. The Gulls led by as much as 18pts at one stage and managed to hold the Boomers at arm’s length behind Corey Standerfer’s 37pt haul. Matt Brasser once again played his supporting role with 22pts, while for the Boomers it was Thadd Varmall (21pts) and Tom Chambers (13pts, 10ast) doing what they could.
Keysborough vs Warrnambool
No results available at time of writing recap.
Collingwood 71 lost to Keysborough 96
Despite an even 18-‐18 first qtr, the Cougars didn’t have too many problems getting past the All Stars. Gerrard Newby (21pts, 11rbs) and Calvin Enge (23pts) kept up their remarkably consistent seasons to lead the Cougars to victory. Four All Stars starters ended in double digits, led by Manny Hendrix (17pts).
Warrandyte 76 def Bulleen 56
The Venom’s finals aspirations continue to thrive after a commanding 20pt win over the disappointing Boomers, who exit the weekend on the slide. An ugly first qtr (9-‐6) gave way for a more open game with Warrandyte earning the victory from a 27-‐11 third period. Ayinde Sprewell (20pts, 14rbs) and David Moore (18pts, 12rbs) did the damage for the winners, while for Bulleen it was Evan Solakidis (14pts) leading the way with Varmall (8pts on 2/14 shooting) being well held.
Chelsea 94 def Warrnambool 65
The Gulls made it another strong double for the weekend, cleaning up the Seahawks with ease. The visitors were never in the hunt, trailing by as much as 32pts as Standerfer (36pts, 12rbs) did what he pleased to close out a remarkable weekend personally. Mitch Riggs added 28pts for the Gulls. The Seahawks got 23pts out of Xavier Blount and 16pts from Tim Gainey.
Whittlesea 80 lost to Shepparton 82
Spencer Coleman (19pts, 11rbs) successfully tipped in the game winner to sink the Pacers in a red-‐hot game that saw the home team storm home with a 47-‐33 second half to force the issue against the competition’s top team. Vines added 19pts, 8rbs and 9ast for the winners, while for the Pacers it was Dom Bruno (30pts) and Sam Sykes (21pts) giving their team a big chance at a massive upset.
Latrobe City 68 def Sunbury 62
A rare win for the Energy, just their second of the season, but one they built through the middle qtrs with a 40-‐28 run against the Jets. A scrappy first qtr made way for a tight game, though the final result was a little closer than it should have been given the Energy went for a poor 12/32 from the foul line. Matt Farrell went for 21pts for the winners, while Arthur Trousdell (13pts) was the only Jets player to reach double digits.
Division One Women
Mildura 107 def Warrnambool 79
Mildura shone over Warrnambool in a 28-point demolition. The highly-anticipated clash belonged to the Heat as double-double duo Vanessa Power (28 points, 16 rebounds) and Alexis Gassion (19 points, 16 rebounds) dominated alongside Demi Wall (18 points). Amy Wormald (25 points, nine rebounds) and Molly Mckinnon (21 points, seven rebounds) toiled for the visiting Mermaids.
Casey 78 def Geelong 49
Cantering past Geelong, Casey stayed in contention for the minor flag with the powerhouse efforts coming from Stephanie Pal (20 points, seven rebounds) and Jamie-Lee Jeffs (14 points, seven rebounds). Jessica Watson and Caitlin Shadbolt had 10 points each in the defeat.
Latrobe City 65 def Chelsea 52
Dominating under the basket charged the Energy for its 13-point win. A 54-32 rebound disparity gave the visitors first say at both ends through Makenzie Millier (16 points, 13 rebounds) and Jade Melbourne (seven points, 15 rebounds). Raynisha Washington (19 points, six rebounds) worked hard for Chelsea in league with Mikaela Dickson (11 points).
Latrobe City 55 def Camberwell 49
Making it two-for-two, the Energy surged again to make it their best weekend of the year. Makenzie Miller (22 points, eight rebounds) continued her impressive weekend in league with Jade Melbourne (15 points, eight rebounds). Jessie Khera (14 points) and Jazmin Allman (11 points, 11 rebounds) were the best of the Dragons.
Camberwell 71 def Warrandyte 49
The Dragons started the weekend strongly with a 22-point win over the Venom. Amy Nicholson (16 points, 11 rebounds) had it on a string alongside Jessie Khera (14 points) and Nicole Swan (14 points). Rachael Wansbrough (16 points, 13 rebounds) and Ellie Locke (11 points) were the leading performers for Warrandyte.
Hawthorn 66 def Werribee 48
The Magic spellbound the Devils to the tune of 18 points, with Hawthorn led by Lara Edmanson (19 points, 17 rebounds) and Sophie Owen (15 points). Alyssa Bennett (23 points, 13 rebounds) was extraordinary for Werribee in league with Georgia Tauschke (8 points, 10 rebounds).
Whittlesea 91 def Werribee 81
It didn’t get any better on Sunday for the Devils, who were downed by the Pacers. LT Poa (22 points) surged for Whittlesea alongside Darcy Saunders (17 points), Giulia Dinunzio (16 points) and Rebecca Romeo (16 points). Georgia Tauschke (26 points) was magnificent alongside Alyssa Bennett (21 points, 11 rebounds) and Sam Moodie (five points, 21 rebounds).
WESTERN PORT v GEELONG
Scores unavailable at time of publish
Division Two Men
Coburg 95 def North East 80
Keeping in contact with Craigieburn atop the league, Coburg returned to form with a 15-point win over North East. Following their likely finals preview last week – with the Eagles taking out the 58-53 point thriller – Coburg made the most of its trip across the border. The Giants towered over the Bushrangers as Patrick Green (25 points) and Jeremiah Juric (24 points) dictated terms across Saturday night. The All-Wright connection Liam Wright (25 points) and Lloyd Wright (24 points) kept the Bushrangers in it alongside Richard Townsend-Gant (15 points, 13 rebounds).
Altona 71 def North East 65
North East’s return trip on Sunday didn’t suit them either as Altona chomped down on the 71-65 win. The Gators were well serviced by Tommy Scott (25 points) and James Till (14 points, eight rebounds) while Liam Wright (26 points) backed up superbly with Richard Townsend-Gant (22 points, 12 rebounds) also starring.
Craigieburn 68 def Camberwell 59
Craigieburn took another big scalp this week with a 68-59 win over fourth placed Camberwell. The Eagles soared to success through a four-pronged offence. Gene Vocale (19 points), in league with double-double domination from Damon Smith (14 points, 15 rebounds) and Blake Dickinson (11 points, 14 rebounds), kept the ball at arm’s length from the Dragons will Aaron Carlton (13 points) caught fire from the three-point arc. It proved enough to tip the scales in Craigieburn’s favour, despite the best efforts of Camberwell duo Matthew Foster (13 points) and Andrew Kidd (11 points, 14 rebounds).
Camberwell 73 def Melton 65
Saturday night was better for Dragons as they took the points over Melton, starring across the board and led by Peter Maunder (16 points) and Matthew Zappala (10 points). The Thoroughbreds were led by Mangar Manyang (17 points, 10 rebounds) and Graham Dexter (13 points, 12 rebounds).
Mildura 99 def Wallan 77
Mildura kept a hold on third with a 99-77 victory over Wallan at home on Saturday. The Heat delivered on their nickname as they ignited through the key. Calvin Henry (28 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists) was red hot under both baskets while Jay Madigan (23 points) and Dallas Brown (20 points) also shone in the win. Hayden Annett (18 points) led Wallan alongside Kane Molloy (16 points) and Kojo Afari (14 points).
Southern Peninsula 98 def Sherbrooke 69
Southern Peninsula surged past Sherbrooke 98-69. The Sharks took control early over the Suns as Ben James (25 points) had a field-day from the three-point line. Brenton Fitzgerald (15 points, seven rebounds), Corey Bond (14 points) and Dave Smith (12 points, 13 rebounds) also proved powerful. Nicholas Spicer (16 points), Savin Lopez (12 points) and Nick Tarrant (10 points) toiled for Sherbrooke in the 29-point defeat.
Maccabi 81 def Pakenham 70
In the All-Warrior showdown on Sunday, Maccabi took the points 81-70 over Pakenham. With only eight men suiting up for the clash, Maccabi was led by Jared Mintz (26 points), Andrew Sharp (15 points, 10 rebounds) and Adam Klas (15 points). Pakenham’s Hayden Davey (17 points, 10 rebounds) and Liam Jones (10 points) toiled in the 11-point loss.
Division Two Women
North East 70 def Coburg 51
A tardy start from the visitors paved the way for North East to maintain control for the remainder of the match. To their credit, Coburg stuck to task for the second term and fought the game out in the last, but the Bushrangers had too much influence with their the inside game and dominated the rebounds as a result. An important win for the home side who maintain their spot in the Top 5. Chloe Storer (23p/10rbs, 5 assists) and Rachel Jeffrey (13p/13rbs, 8 assists) scored doubles with support from Alaana Northey (15p). For Coburg, Courtney Newman (14p) and Saule Kontautaite (11p) led the charge.
Blackburn 73 def Wallan 63
After a narrow defeat last round at the hands of Melb Uni, Blackburn would have taken positives into this game but with Wallan on a 6 game streak, it was going to take something special from the Vikings – and they delivered! Seizing momentum in the second term the home side opened up a 7pt lead at the main break. Wallan got a point back in the third but Blackburn steadied and recorded a 10 point win at Fort Knox, with points off the bench a key stat in favour of the Vikings. For the home side, Andrea Belmonte led all on court (23p) and Shannon Bone (19p) had a standout game with support from Victoria Sumskas (12p). The Panthers had some good numbers too, with Tessa Ramsay continuing her good form with a double (22p/10rbs, 4 assists) along Alex Darby (17p) and Gemma Jackson (11p) contributing.
Craigieburn 66 def Melton 63
Craigieburn maintain their grip on top spot – but only just after a gallant effort from Melton. The visitors started brilliantly taking a 7pt lead but the second term undid all their good work and trailed at the break by 4. To their credit the Thoroughbreds bounced back in the third and it was all square heading into the last. At one point the Eagles led by 8 by Melton fought back and led with about 90 seconds left. A trey from Rebecca Hassall gave the home side the lead and managed to hold on from there. Star of the show for the Eagles was Shona Brooks with a massive double (29p/18rbs) with Rebecca Hassall (11p) and Jordina Katu (10p) solid support with Kristen McNamara getting 15 boards to go with 7 pts and assists. For Melton, Jenna Conroy and Rebecca Marshall (18p each) led the way.
Sherbrooke 67 def by Mornington 77
The Suns put on a great display against the Breakers and it was really only their second term that shifted the game in favour of the visitors. Despite going into long break 15 down, Sherbrooke got the match back into single digits. An intense final term saw Mornington hold sway and shaded Sherbrooke to collect a hard fought 10 point victory. Doubles from Tegan Kite (21p/10) and Rebecca Ross (14p/12rbs) and Renae Fejo (15p) kept the Suns in touch, but they were kept in check largely with doubles from Ashleigh Wright (22p/15rbs) and Fional Darenell (14p/10rbs) with Erin Ludwick (21p) also a key figure in the Breakers’ win
Melton 61 def by Blackburn 81
In her 250th milestone game at home, it didn’t go quite to script for Lauren Olcorn’s Throughbreds as fatigue looked to have been a factor in the second half from the hard game the previous night. The Vikings taking a slender 1pt margin into the half, they changed the course of the game on the back of a 21-11 3rd term and powered home in the last by 9 to record a valuable weekend of W’s which puts them right back in the finals mix. Rebecca Marshall (14p) led the way with the Conroy Convoy (Lauren 13p, Jenna 11p) holding the fort. For the Vikings, another great game from Shannon Bone (21p), Samantha Zennaro (17p), a double for Victoria Sumskas (12p/11rb) and Andrea Belmonte (10p) in support.
Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men
McKinnon 72 def by Nunawading 78
A huge Terrill conference showdown tipped off round 14, with McKinnon especially desperate for a win. Peynenborg was great for the Cougars, active on the boards early. However, the Spectres just had too much punch on the offensive end, led by Remo Simankevicius.
Bulleen 75 def by Blackburn 96
An in form Blackburn outfit turned up to play in Bulleen, jumping out to a 17-26 lead after the first 10 minutes. Bulleen were shorthanded this weekend, and the Vikings took advantage with six players in double digits.
Eltham 105 def Sandringham 85
40 points is an incredible accomplishment, and we saw two players reach that feat in this one! Mark Scherf and James Cigognini both put on a show for the crowd, but it was the Wildcats who had support from a number of engaged players, compared to Sandringham, who were reliant on their one big scorer.
Kilsyth 95 def Ringwood 80
Kilsyth’s stars came out to play in their first game of the weekend, with four players over 20 points and all the starters in double digit +/-. Ringwood fought hard in the second half but they couldn’t overcome an early deficit.
Sherbrooke 90 def Melbourne 72
Sherbrooke continue to finish off the season in fine form, with some nice additions to the team over the second half of the season. With the game tight at the half, they came out and put their foot down. Kinkela was the only resistance on the Tigers.
Ringwood 76 def Knox 60
After falling on the Saturday to Kilsyth, Ringwood bounced back in a big way on the Saturday. Matt Roberts led the way, and off the bench Port and Lees provided a great punch. The Raiders mananged to hit just three of their 25 3PT attempts.
Blackburn 76 def Eltham 87
Mark Scherf picked up Sunday where he left off Saturday, only missing three shots en route to 23pts. He was joined by Yammouni on that mark, while Bul Niop put up 26 for the Vikings. Blackburn couldn’t hit the side of a barn in the third quarter, and that proved too much to overcome.
Altona 75 def by Hawthorn 96
Not many people suited up in this one, with only two off the bench for Altona and three for the Magic. Elyazar and Edwards once again put up big scoring numbers for the Gators, but they need to find more cogs to spread the load. Hawthorn, in contrast, had five players in double digits, with Furphy leading the way.
Keilor 79 def Bulleen 72
A great spread across the board from Keilor in this one resulted in an efficient performance. Bulleen were without a couple of starters, including Mahboobi, and and dropped two winnable games over the weekend.
Diamond Valley 95 def Kilsyth 86
The Cobras must have thoughts they could pick up a double over the weekend, but the additions of Killey (27pts) and Roberts (22pts) to Diamond Valley meant this was going to be a challenge. Adnam was held quiet for most of this contest, and that proved to be the difference.
Nunawading 73 def by Dandenong 80
This was always going to be a tough Terrill conference battle to finish the round. Both teams had a lot on the line, with the Rangers needing to hold on to the 1 seed, while Nunawading had to cement themselves in the finals picture. The Rangers were slow out of the blocks but tied it up again in the 3rd, before finishing over the top late. Ryan Rapp was good with a double double for Dandenong.
Molten Victorian Youth Championship Women
Warrandyte 47 defeated by Hawthorn 56
The Magic erased a horror 5-25 start in order to run over the top of the Warrandyte Venom to strike an early Round 14 blow on Saturday night. The visitors were let up far too many points in the first term, but were able to rally with a 19-2 second term. Grace Burke led the way with 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Ellie Caruana played all forty minutes for the Venom to finish with 10 points and 19 rebounds.
Dandenong 64 defeated Hume City 57
In what seemed like two teams going blow for blow, the Rangers edged away at key stages of the game to win by seven points. Flic Hilford registered 16 points, while Amy Baum’s injury is certainly behind her, suiting up for all forty minutes for 13 points and five assists. Leilani Siamoa had 14 points for the Broncos.
Bendigo 65 defeated by Sandringham 78
Sandy won every quarter en-route to a 13-point victory over Bendigo. Meg Ragauskas has been pacing the side all season and did so once again with 20 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Tess Barnes had 13 points and six rebounds for the home side.
Ringwood 80 defeated Knox 72
The Hawks bounced back with a bang, scoring back-to-back victories in R14 (G2 later) as Annabel Deerbon produced 21 points and six boards to lead the Hawks in the right direction. Mikaela Miller chipped in with 18 points, while Neehara Ravikumar endured a good weekend starting off with 15 points and six assists. Eliana Bravington continues to lead the MVP race with another 24 points and 19 rebounds.
Kilsyth 73 defeated Ballarat 44
26-11 and 25-12 second and third quarters put this game well and truly in Kilsyth’s favour as Brittany Miller led the way with 15 points. Holding the Rush to under 30% was the key here as the Cobras continue to pursue they chances at post-season basketball.
Waverley 90 defeated Bulleen 78
The Falcons continue to produce the goods with a 12-point victory off the back of Nyadouth Lok’s 24 points, three rebounds and three assists. Alysha Casey fought hard once again and has been a very good asset for the Boomers this season with 22 points and four assists.
Diamond Valley 85 defeated Warrandyte 47
DV made the most of Amelia Smith’s return as she led the side with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Despite the Eagles not shooting the ball well, they hampered the Venom offence and stifled them to just 24%FG, including 2-18 from beyond the arc. Michaela Kuen led the Venom with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Ballarat 52 defeated by Melbourne 82
Melbourne were on song on the road when tackling the Rush and made light work of their opponents as they dispatched them by 30. Zoe Hurley finished with 17 points, nine rebounds and four assists, while Zoe Cransberg (16) and Olivia Klaman (14) chipped in also. Millie Cracknell had 14 points for the Rush.
Nunawading 71 defeated Dandenong 52
The Spectres continued to stake their claims as one of the threats to the championship after their victory over the Rangers. Caillin Ibbotson led the charge with 12 points and five rebounds, while Flic Hilford once again was best for the Rangers with 16 points.
Hawthorn 86 defeated Altona 70
Hawthorn secured a big win over Altona off the back of a big opening half led by Brianna Hans’ 25 points and nine rebounds. Jess Rarity went close to a triple double for the Gators with 13 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, while Destiny Liu recorded 21 points and 13 rebounds.
Hume City 66 defeated by Ringwood 75
The Hawks made it two for two this past weekend when Neehara Ravikumar’s big game propelled Ringwood to a road win over Hume City. 18 points, eight rebounds and eight assists led the way, while Bec Noller also chimed in with 18 points. Georgia Keighran scored 16 points off the bench for the Broncos.
Youth League One Men
Camberwell 73 defeated Corio Bay 58
A 16-6 third quarter spelled trouble for the Stingrays as Camberwell’s Charlie Fitsioris’ 13 points led the way for the Dragons. Matt Zappala recorded a double double with 12 points and 16 rebounds, while Kirk Harris matched that feat with 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Stingrays. Both Cohen Blythe and Jordan O’Leary were well held, although Blythe only played the six minutes.
Geelong 103 defeated Hume City 73
The Supercats were exceptional in their demolition of the Broncos on Saturday night, shooting the ball at 45% from the field as well as grabbing 65 rebounds as a unit. They also forced the Broncos into 24 turnovers and made the most of it with 23 points from them. Josiah King was back to his best with 21 points, while Waays Hassan made his way into the starting unit with 14 points and five boards for the Broncos.
Coburg 59 defeated by Waverley 103
Waverley made light work of the Giants on Saturday night shooting 53% from the floor, including 61%FG inside the arc. Nathan Malloy dropped 21 points and five assists, while Cody Fredrickson has 16 points. Rory Killen has been consistent for the Giants this season and produced another 21 points and seven rebounds.
Warrandyte 43 defeated by Sunbury 61
The Venom have been vulnerable sitting in that final playoff position for a little while and entering the concluding stages of the season each and every game becomes so important. Unfortunately for their case, the league leaders were far too strong as their offence just couldn’t fire a shot. Nathan Baker led all scorers with 20 points, while for the Venom, no one managed to enter double figures – Aaron Klos and Jarrod Molnar the best with eight points apiece.
Bendigo 80 defeated Werribee 79
The Braves produced a big upset win on home soil to knock off the Devils by a solitary point! Jake Lloyd led the team with 19 points, 11 rebounds and four assists, while Sam Beks notched 16 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Makur Jongkuch registered 23 points for the Devils.
Waverley 88 defeated Casey 73
A 27-9 second stanza opened the doors for a double digit Falcon win on Sunday afternoon as Cody Fredrickson (17 points) and co. made it two from two in Round 14. Oyiti Amum did everything possible to keep the Cavs in the game with 26 points and eight rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as the hot shooting Falcons stake their claims as one of the teams to beat in 2018.
Ballarat 101 defeated Warrandyte 91
In what was probably the crunch time game of the weekend, Ballarat have edged closer to securing a playoff berth with a ten point win over fellow finals contenders Warrandyte. Amos Brooks finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds, while Ross Weightman recorded 20 points, 14 rebounds and four assists. Cody Perry-Allamby found his offensive groove after an average Saturday night with 33 points and eight boards.
Youth League One Women
Chelsea 51 defeated by Camberwell 55
The Dragons have just snuck past the ever improving Gulls on the road by four to keep pace with the pack to stay in the finals hunt. Emily Wilson registered 13 points and five rebounds, as the Dragons grabbed a massive 61 rebounds for the match. The negatives for the visitors however, was that they didn’t strike a blow from beyond the arc (albeit only attempting four shots) and shot a measly 35% from the charity stripe. Abbey McNamara was best for the Gulls with 13 points.
Craigieburn 82 defeated Eltham 51
The Eagles have stayed in the hunt with a home victory over Eltham. A bustling start for the ‘Cats were shut down quickly after a 20-12 start was erased with just a four-point (28-4) second quarter. Casey Valenti-Paea was on song with 21 points, eight boards, five dimes and six steals , while Ellen Horsley led Eltham’s scorers with 14 points and 13 rebounds off the bench.
Keilor 104 defeated Corio Bay 52
Keilor made light work of their Saturday night opponents in a game that hosted a bucketload of missed shots and Corio Bay lacking in personnel. A combined 155 rebounds were taken in the contest (82-73), while the Stingrays were hampered by just six active players. Katie Byrne led all scorers with 20 points off the pine, while Zoe Garth (14), Sophie Collins (12) and Carly Cranston (12) finished in double figures. Nikita Aston finished with 18 points and four steals for the visitors.
Geelong 57 defeated by McKinnon 81
The inclusion of Chelsea Bransden to McKinnon’s youth side certainly has worked wonders this season and they’re hunting a playoff berth as we close in on the end of the regular season. The visitors made Geelong look second rate at times off the back of Bransden’s 19 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists. Tamara Booth recorded another double double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, as the Cougs forced Geelong into 27 turnovers. Jessie Crombie led the way for 16 points and five assists.
Sunbury 63 defeated Keilor 49
The Jets used quarters two and three to push past their key rival in Youth League One Women in season 2018 at home. Holding the Thunder to just seven and nine points respectively in quarters two and three, the Jets have once again leapfrogged their opponents to take top spot. Nyomi Stowers was excellent with 22 points, while for the visitors only Emily Ellis registered double figures with 11 points.
Youth League Two Men
Western Port vs. Whittlesea
The Steelers just snuck past a gritty Whittlesea outfit by six points off the back of Luke Helbig’s 19 points and 13 rebounds. Damien Pace chipped in with 12 points, 10 rebounds and four assists as the Steelers made the most of their 29-16 third term as well as their +13 rebound count. Gabe Evans finished with 17 points and eight rebounds for the Pacers.
Chelsea 94 defeated Frankston 85
The Gulls earned themselves a hard fought home victory this weekend, off the back of an impressive opening term which put the Blues on the back foot from the get go. Jaelon King’s 26 points and seven rebounds, backed up by Aaron Frost’s 24 points and nine rebounds as well as Riek Woul’s 23 points had the Gulls up and about as the hot shooting home side scorched the visitors. 50% from the floor, including the same feat from beyond the arc, Frankston had no answer. Despite keeping turnovers to a minimum, the visitors couldn’t lean on Tristan Lloyd (16 points) and Ryan Wells (15 points) to keep them in the game.
Pakenham 99 defeated Latrobe City 58
The Warriors unleashed huge first and third quarters to easily dispatch of their opponents on Saturday night. Ned Weideman was excellent for the home side, notching up 18 points, nine boards and seven assists in a classic all-around performance. Tom Greer (16 points, 14 rebounds) chipped in with a double double, while for the visitors Murray Myers led the way with 22 points and eight rebounds. The Energy coughed the ball up 20 times, which proved pivotal.
Mornington vs. Collingwood
Despite an ugly fourth quarter between the two sides (7 points apiece), it was Collingwood who used a big second term (26-8) to propel themselves to win. Athiaan Manyiel finished with 22 points, while Alex Cocco had 17 in the win. Liam Boyd had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Breakers.
Latrobe City vs. Wallan
Latrobe City may have had the upper hand in the second and third quarters, however it was the start and end that mattered in which Wallan prevailed. Cam Creasey led with 26 points and 11 rebounds, while the big stats came from the Energy: Brad Watson 20 points, 25 rebounds/ Jordi Williams 26pts, 10reb.
Whittlesea 75 defeated Keysborough 45
The Pacers made every post a winner in this one and, despite not shooting exceptionally well, found contributors out of multiple players. Gabe Evans was good with 16 points, six boards and five assists, as was James Henderson (16 points) and James Smith (14 points, 11 rebounds). Louse Agon paced an undermanned Cougars outfit with 15 points and six rebounds.
Maccabi 68 defeated by Pakenham 76
Pakenham erased a rusty first half to really put the pedal down and reverse the trend to defeat a pesky Maccabi side by eight points. Down 16 at the half, the Warriors used a 34-16 third stanza to put their footprint on the contest and ran out winners in the fourth. Nathan Dodgson paced the side with 25 points and 12 rebounds to go with a trio of steals and blocks! Idan Shamis was once again good for the Maccabi Warriors finishing with 18 points, six rebounds and five dimes.
Frankston 97 defeated Craigieburn 92
Frankston made amends on Sunday making sure they were not reflecting on Round 14 without a victory. The Blues, who are undefeated at home knocked over a gallant Craigieburn side thanks to a fast finish. Down four at the final break, the Blues rallied behind a 26-17 final quarter as Josh Cleary (22 points, 6 rebounds) and Ryan Wells (21 points, 6 assists) led the way. Abraham Solano (28 points) and Dut Dut (21 points, 8 rebounds) were best for the visitors.
Collingwood 84 defeated Melton 73
The All Stars were strong in victory in what was a crunch time top four battle in the division. Dang Dut’s 21 points were needed, as was Athiaan Manyiel’s (18 points, 10 rebounds) double double. However, it was the contribution they received out of Alexander Cocco was where the match was won. 19 points, four rebounds and seven assists in just over 26 minutes is exactly what the All Stars need heading into the post-season. Bol Bak (24 points, 11 rebounds) and Broden Collins (21 points) both impressed for the Thoroughbreds.
Youth League Two Women
Pakenham 78 defeated Casey 76 (OT)
Tiarnie Fallon’s jumper with seconds remaining has given Pakenham a memorable overtime victory over league leaders Casey on Saturday night. Rhiannon Gallagher led the charge all night with 26 points and eight rebounds, while she was aided by Samantha Neil’s 16 points and nine rebounds. Lauren Tuplin was back to her very best with 23 points, five rebounds and four assists, as was Tess Young who finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds.
Sherbrooke 42 defeated by Frankston 71
Frankston used a blistering 25-2 opening term to frighten Sherbrooke to a point where they were never a chance of pegging back the deficit. The Blues then cruised through most of the match to end up commanding winners. Sarah Young may have led the way in scoring with 14, but it was Zoe Schonfelder (12 points, 12 rebounds) and Annabel Fitter (7 points, 10 rebounds) who did the damage. Olivia Woods record nine points for the Suns.
Mornington 57 defeated by Blackburn 65
The Vikings made sure they were to stay somewhere near the pointy end of the ladder by dispatching Mornington on the road. Jesse Jordan had an impact on the game scoring 22 points to go with seven rebounds. Courtney Day finished the game with a team high 16 points for the Breakers.
Werribee 63 defeated by Whittlesea 70
Whittlesea once again leaned on their MVP candidate in Hailey Wynd, as the Pacers used a 21-8 first quarter blitz to keep the Devils at bay. Wind finished the afternoon with 19 points and 25 rebounds to go with five blocks and a pair of steals which ultimately led her team to victory. Alana Anthony recorded 21 points and eight rebounds for the Devils.
Western Port 65 defeated Southern Peninsula 45
In the final game of the round, Western Port stunned Southern Peninsula on home soil with a fast finishing 24-10 final term. Myra Wood ended with 20 points and six rebounds, while Georgia Howes had 13 points and eight rebounds. The Sharks had just the seven active players as Jess Finch (10 points) was the only Shark to manage double digits.