Round Fifteen done and dusted, who took competitive W’s this time out?
State Championship Men
State Championship Women
Division One Men
Division One Women
Division Two Men
Division Two Women
Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men
Molten Victorian Youth Championship Women
Youth League One Men
Youth League One Women
Youth League Two Men
Youth League Two Women
State Championship Men
Hawthorn 91 def. Casey 86
The Magic consolidated their spot in the top four with a hard-fought win over Casey. The game was there to be won right until the dying seconds with Brent Hobba going one-for-three at the line when looking to take the lead, before consecutive turnovers by either side lead to a costly unsportsmanlike foul on Matthew Donlan that sealed the result. Nelson Kirksey (24pts 5reb) again led the Magic, while Raheem Lemons (24pts 8reb) was the go-to man for the Cavs.
Blackburn 97 def. McKinnon 77
The Cougars’ season continued to spiral downwards with a heavy defeat to the lowly Vikes. The visitors were ambushed early and never recovered as the margin blew out in the third term, putting a significant dent in their finals aspirations. John Creighton (26pts 6reb) and James Malvaso (23pts 5reb) starred for the home side as McKinnon’s offence spluttered; Ivan Platenik (16pts 8reb) leading the way.
Corio Bay 81 def. by Waverley 111
Waverley did as they should on the road against Corio, comfortably accounting for the Stingrays. All the stars got involved early as Adrien Sturt (23pts 6reb) and Daniel Dillon (18pts 7ast) were only needed for a combined 40 minutes. Michael Rebula (16pts 4reb) led the Stingrays as they slumped to another heavy defeat.
Keilor 102 def. Ringwood 94
The Thunder stunned the Hawks in the upset of the season, answering every challenge across the four quarters. The Hawks uncharacteristicaly shot just 38% but all credit goes to the Thunder’s defence for that, with Jordan Coleman (29pts 15reb) doing the work at the other end in a massive boost for the side. Matt Fennell (21pts 12reb 3ast) led the Hawks in a potentially costly defeat.
Eltham 113 def. Werribee 89
The ‘Cats kept their chances of topping the table alive with a convincing win over the Devils. An offensive explosion through three quarters proved too much for the visitors to handle as Justin Aver (26pts 4reb 6ast) led seven players in double digits. For the Devs, despite having six players of their seven reach double figures, it was a case of poor execution as they shot 37% and were led by Konor Kulas (18pts 15reb).
Knox 75 def. by Keilor 76
The Thunder claimed another monster scalp with a tough road win over another finals contender in the Raiders. The Thunder led by five in the dying stages before holding on in the frantic final stages under pressure. Matt Spencer (22pts 3reb 3ast) completed a strong weekend for the Thunder, while Chris Kaba (21pts 5reb) led the Raiders in the disappointing defeat.
Waverley 89 def. Hume City 47
The Falcons punished an insipid Hume City side, holding the visitors to just 27% shooting and allowing just one player to make it into double figures in scoring. Funnily enough it was tight early before the Falcons clicked up a gear in the second term, running riot with a 26-8 run before following that up with a 26-11 third quarter for good measure. Daniel Dillon (18pts 4reb 11ast) led the Falcons while Trevon Clayton (19pts 4reb) nearly scored half of Hume’s points in a horror night out.
Casey 93 def. Corio Bay 84
The home side consolidated their finals chances as the teams around them stumbled with a gritty win. It didn’t all go to plan but they did enough to claim the all-important W on the back of Raheem Lemons (23pts 8reb 4ast) and Brent Hobba (20pts 7reb). Michael Rebula (17pts) again led the Stingrays.
State Championship Women
Bulleen 69 lost to Hume City 80
The Broncos keep chalking up the wins and remain in the hunt for a finals berth as a result. Tipped to be a danger game, the visitors led for most of the contest, though the Boomers did show some good patches. Nicole Zammit continued her very impressive season with 18pts, 12rbs and 7ast, ably supported by Sophie Byrnes with a higher-‐than-‐normal 23pts and 9ast. Others to impress for the winners included Bianca Babic (18pts, 6 treys) and Lousia Murphy (12pts). For the home team, Sarah Boothe (19pts, 10rbs, 5ast) was again leading the charge, while Caitlin Cunningham and Jasmine Hines added 12pts each.
Ringwood 53 lost to Sth Peninsula 84
Ringwood’s horror run continued as they slumped to another loss and all things now point to them missing the finals based on current form. The visiting Sharks jumped to an early advantage and led by as much as 31pts in what was a one-‐sided affair. Peyton Little (24pts), Jaz Shelley (19pts) and Sydney Coleman (18pts) all looked good for the winners. For Ringwood, who dropped right away down the stretch (8-‐24), Desi Ramos (23pts) did all she could, but it was a long way back after that with no other Hawk scoring more than 8pts. Overall the home team shot at just 30% and have been on a dramatic slide since Cassidy Mihalko went down injured.
Knox 82 def Keilor 57
The Raiders continue to look ahead to finals where they loom as one of the top teams to beat. The visiting Thunder stuck with the Raiders early, but a 40-‐18 run through the middle quarters by the home team ensured another strong win. Bec Ott (23pts) and Georgia Stirton (20pts) both got on top early and shot well for the Raiders. For Keilor, Erin Bollmann (14pts, 13rbs) was again their leading player, while Alex McKellar added a handy 10pts off the bench. After that it was slim pickings for the visitors.
Sunbury 77 def Eltham 56
The Jets continue to fly up the ladder, chalking up another comfortable win with a good all-‐round team display. Shooting at 50%, the home team led by as much as 23pts, but they didn’t have it all their own way with the Wildcats at one stage up by 11pts. A 42-‐ 21 run through the middle quarters was telling and set up another strong victory. Orla O’Reilly (25pts @ 76%) was a class above, Chelsea Burns added 13pts and Bec Van Kuyk came off the bench with 15pts for Sunbury. For the lowly Wildcats, Liv Bontempelli hit 25pts, but the next best was Ella Ogier with just 9pts.
Division One Men
Collingwood 97 def Latrobe City 79
The Manny Hendrix show was in full swing for this game, the dynamic import starring with 52pts in 33min. It was a timely win for the All Stars and no doubt gave them a much needed dose of confidence, even if it was against the lowly Energy. A tight first three qtrs gave way in the last as the home team piled on 31-‐18 to secure victory. Aaron Reinbott led the scoring for Latrobe City with 16pts.
Melbourne Uni 80 def Warrandyte 77
In a hotly contested game, the Black Angels came out on top to secure a vital win against a tough Venom unit. Very little separated the teams for most of the game, though despite their best efforts the visitors never managed to hit the lead. Masunda (19pts) and Armstrong (17pts) led the way for the Black Angels, while for the Venom it was Sprewell (26pts, 12rbs) wracking up the numbers.
Bulleen 74 def Geelong 64
A scrappy game with both teams shooting sub-‐40% ended in a much-‐needed win for the Boomers. The home team led the whole way with Evan Solakidis (18pts) and Thadd Varmall (17pts) keeping the scoreboard ticking over. For the Supercats, Jacob Pupavac dropped 18pts, but after that it was slim pickings on a poor shooting night for the vistors (32%).
Whittlesea 104 def Sunbury 90
A 30-‐17 start by the Pacers, backed up with a 33-‐12 second qtr put this game to bed early. Though the Jets fought back after the main break, they were never going to claw their way back from a 34pt deficit. Dom Bruno (32pts) was at his best, Aidan Zeverona added 19pts and both Brad Nassall and Sam Sykes scored 16pts each. For the Jets, Jon Alexander came off the pine for 26pts and Arthur Trousdell added 22pts.
Geelong 71 def Shepparton 66
The Supercats bounced back with one of their best wins of the season, taking care of business against the top-‐of-‐the-‐ ladder Gators. A 26-‐14 start by the home team set the tone and from there they withstood every challenge Shepparton threw at them. Marko Vekic (13pts, 14rbs) led five players in double digits for the winners, while for the Gators both Cameron Vines (17pts) and Spencer Coleman (9pts) were well held. A super win by the Supercats.
Warrandyte 75 def Collingwood 69
A badly needed win for the Venom as both teams split a big weekend. Playing in front of the club’s Life Members, the Venom opened an early lead, but they had to withstand a spirited fightback by the All Stars down the stretch. Ayinde Sprewell (17pts, 12rbs) was strong, Josh Smith (14pts) very important off the bench and Mitch Hawley (14pts) landed some telling triples. For the All Stars, Hendrix and Lindhe scored 19pts each.
Keysborough 68 lost to Melbourne Uni 82
A huge weekend for the Black Angels as they start to firm up a finals berth. This win in particular was a ripper, a good return off the bench (26pts), Masunda (21pts) at it again, Eamon Larman-‐Ripon (12ast) looking sharp and Marc Goodwin (15pts) hot off the bench. For the disappointing Cougars, Jamie LeClerc (18pts) top scored with Enge (14pts) and Newby (11pts) both well held.
Western Port vs Warrnambool
No results available at the time of writing.
Chelsea 105 def Latrobe City 59
The Gulls had little trouble in cleaning up the Energy, taking a 61-‐36 lead at the half before blowing it out to as much as a 50pt lead in the second half. Mitch Riggs (30pts) and Matt Brasser (25pts) led all scorers as Corey Standerfer had a very rare day off.
Division One Women
Geelong Supercats 93 def. Mildura Heat 90
The Geelong Supercats have held on down the stretch to upset the league leading Mildura Heat by three points. Demi Wall had a chance to tie the game for the Heat but her three-pointer bounced out giving the victory to the Supercats. Led by captain Caitlin Shadbolt’s 23 points and 10 rebounds, Geelong had four players score in double-figures. It proved to be enough to overcome the monster game from Alexis Gassion (39 points, 18 rebounds, six assists).
Latrobe City Energy 52 def. by Hawthorn Magic 66
Breonna O’Conner’s huge 29-point 8-rebound effort has powered the Hawthorn Magic to its fifth straight victory with a 14-point win over the Energy. Brigitte O’Neill dominated the glass for the Magic pulling in 13 rebounds, while also dishing six assists. With the win Hawthorn moves into the top six of D1W, while the Energy fall to their third loss in the past five games. Makenzie Miller added 17 points for Latrobe in the loss.
Casey Cavaliers 89 def. Warrandyte Venom 64
The Cavaliers have defeated the Venom by 25 points behind the stellar game from Tarryn Wilkin (20 points, 15 rebounds). Casey used a 23-12 fast break point advantage to fuel the victory. The Cavaliers has now moved within a game of the top spot with the decisive victory. Rachael Wansbrough was gallant for the Venom scoring 14 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. But it wasn’t enough to end the now 8-game losing streak.
Chelsea Gulls 63 def. by Warrnambool Mermaids 81
Amy Wormald’s massive double-double (28 points, 13 rebounds) has powered the Mermaids to an 18-point victory over the Gulls. Warrnambool controlled the glass, outrebounding Chelsea 61-42, including grabbing 25 offensive rebounds to keep possessions alive. Raynisha Washington provided some resistance for the Gulls scoring 25 points but Chelsea are now enduring an 8-game losing streak.
Warrandyte Venom 53 def. by Chelsea Gulls 60
Raynisha Washington has led the Gulls to ending their horror 8-game losing streak defeating the Venom by seven points. Washington was sensational for the Gulls scoring a game-high 27 points while adding nine rebounds. Rachael Wansbrough was the best for the Venom with 11 points and a massive 20 rebounds. Warrandyte now haven’t won a game since round 8.
Werribee Devils 90 def. by Mildura Heat 94
The Mildura Heat have caught fire in the final quarter to escape the Devils with a 4-point victory. Vanessa Power and Alexis Gassion combined for 63 points and 11 rebounds in the hard-fought win for the league leaders. Georgia Tauschke led the way for the Devils with 20 points as Werribee falls out of the top six with it’s third straight loss.
Western Port Steelers 36 def. by Warrnambool Mermaids 76
The Warrnambool Mermaids have thumped the Steelers by 40 points behind a complete team effort. Four Mermaids scored in double-figures, led by Katie O’Keefe’s 16 points in the dominant victory. Attirah Munir was the Steelers best finishing with a solid 12 points and 11 rebounds, but she was the only Western Port player in double-figures. A miserable game for cellar-dwelling Steelers.
Whittlesea Pacers 91 def. Camberwell Dragons 76
Last-Tear Poa’s 20 points have propelled the Pacers to a dominant 15-point victory over the Camberwell Dragons. Darcy Saunders added a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double in the win and sees Whittlesea move into fourth spot in D1W. Jessie Khera was the Dragons best with 18 points and eight rebounds.
Division Two Men
North East Bushrangers 58 def. by Camberwell Dragons 96
The Dragons have thumped the cellar-dwelling Bushrangers by 38 points. Michael Osekowski was the best for Camberwell scoring 22 points, while pulling down 11 rebounds in the victory. Bushrangers captain Lewis Locke was gallant in the defeat scoring 13 points, but the North East Bushrangers remain winless on the season.
Southern Peninsula Sharks 92 def. Mildura Heat 48
Southern Pen have thrashed the Mildura Heat by 44 points behind a complete team effort. The Sharks recorded 20 assists in the dominant victory. With Colin Voss leading the way with a game-high 21 points. The Heat struggled to find the basket shooting an atrocious 28% from the field in the loss. Calvin Henry’s double-double (15 points, 12 rebounds) was the lone highlight from the game.
Craigieburn Eagles 76 def. by Pakenham Warriors 90
The Pakenham Warriors have caused the upset of round 15 knocking off the league leading Eagles by 14 points. Pakenham were powered by Benjamin Gaze’s game-high 26 points but benefitted from four players scoring in double-figures in the sensational win. The Eagles couldn’t find the range from deep, shooting a miserable 8-32 from behind the arc. Damon Smith was solid with 19 points in the loss.
Sherbrooke Suns 82 def. Wallan Panthers 67
Nicholas Spicer caught fire from the perimeter to lead the Suns to the massive 15-point victory over the Panthers. Spicer nailed six three-pointers finishing with 27 points in the win for Sherbrooke. Already undermanned suiting up only eight players, the Suns needed someone to get hot from the field and Spicer obliged. While the Suns were heating up, the Panthers were ice cold shooting only 32% from the field. Jaak Ponsford was the best for Wallan with 12 points.
Coburg Giants 70 def. Maccabi Warriors 65
Four Coburg Giants starters have scored in double-figures to see them defeat the Maccabi Warriors by five points. Patrick Green led the way with 16 points, but the complete team effort was the most impressive part of the Giants victory. The win sees Coburg tied Craigieburn atop of the ladder. Jared Mintz was huge with 22 points and 16 rebounds for the Warriors but it wasn’t enough to steal the win.
Altona Gators 65 def. by Southern Peninsula Sharks 73
The Sharks have wrapped up a perfect weekend with a stellar 8-point victory over a feisty Altona Gators squad. The Gators fought to the very last siren. But another solid game from Colin Voss (18 points, eight rebounds) proved to be enough to secure the Sharks a third straight victory and a play-off position with only three rounds remaining. Gators captain Tommy Smith was valiant with 18 points in the defeat.
Pakenham Warriors 106 def. North East Bushrangers 76
Brad Bridgewater and Bradley Szalek have combined for 44 points to lead the Warriors to a demolition of the lowly Bushrangers by 30 points. Pakenham were dominant in every major statistical category and recorded an impressive 28 assists in the victory. Another tough game for the Bushrangers, but captain Liam Wright can keep his head held high finishing with 22 points.
Wallan Panthers 74 def. by Coburg Giants 95
The Coburg Giants continue to win, this time it was the Panthers falling by 21 points to the Northerners. Jeremiah Juric was the standout finishing with a game-high 22 points for the Giants. But it was the defensive effort from Coburg that was the most impressive forcing 15 steals and 22 turnovers in the victory. Kojo Afari scored 14 points for the Panthers to provide some resistance.
Maccabi Warriors 68 def. Melton Thoroughbreds 58
Maccabi have kept its play-off aspirations alive with a hard fought 10-point victory over the Thoroughbreds. Adam Klas led the Warriors with 20 points, Hudson De Bortoli recorded a solid double-double (15 points, 13 rebounds) in the victory. Dexter Graham finished with a game-high 23 points, but it wasn’t enough for Melton. The Thoroughbreds have now slipped to their second straight defeat and sit on the cusp of the play-off picture with only a few games remaining.
Division Two Women
North East 48 def by Melbourne Uni 58
A very even first half saw the Black Angels claim a slender half time lead against their hosts, and the momentum swing early in the third helped secure a vital road win for Melbourne Uni. The stats across the match looked fairly even, but unfortunately for the Bushrangers the visitors made better use of the turnover opportunities they had. The result now puts North East in a precarious spot clinging to 5th and makes next weekend’s game against Blackburn an early contender for match of the round. For North East, Alana Sutton led the team with 14p as Rachel Jeffrey played 40 minutes once more for a 13p return along with 8 boards and 7 assists. For Melb Uni, like their last encounter Melanie Fidler (17p) and Lauren Bellegante (14p) inspired the visitors to the win.
Craigieburn 65 def Collingwood 63
The Eagles did just enough here to avoid a scare and potentially their strong grip on top spot with a narrow win at home against the All Stars. Craigieburn started positively opening up a 10p lead at the first change, but Collingwood rallied in the middle two terms to almost erase their opening quarter deficit and trail by just a bucket heading into Q4. A tense final term saw the Eagles hold their nerve and level the last two to secure their 2p win. For Craigieburn, Stacey Procak led the scoresheet with 16p with Shona Brooks in support scoring 13 with 8 boards. Ayuen Akot led all scorers on court for Collingwood and a board off a double (21p/9rb), as Jada Buggs scores a 10p/11rb double and Lauren Ibbott also scored 10. Maddison Borg also played all 40 for the All Stars.
Sherbrooke 51 def by Wallan 98
Sherbrooke hosted Wallan in the first of two Panther games this weekend and the outcome became clear early with the visitors securing a 23p half time lead. Consistent scoring throughout the game by Wallan though to their credit the Suns fought out the last term to equal their second term output. Positives for Sherbrooke saw Rebecca Ross (17p/12rb) and Emily Holt (16p/10rb) both have doubles. Wallan simply too strong with plenty of scoring options led by Gemma Jackson (18p), Tessa Ramsay and Jayda Hunter (16p each), Megan Marasco (12p) and Alex Darby (10p).
Mornington 45 def by Blackburn 62
A commanding third term helped secure a road victory for Blackburn, who after an even first term etched out a 6 point half time lead. The inside game for the Vikings working well as they led in the paint 26-12. Nikolina Sukurica (13p/7rb/3 assists) helped the visitors lead bench scoring as well. Andrea Belmonte led the way with a double (16p/10rb/3 assists) with support from Samantha Zennaro (10p). For Mornington, a Fiona Darnell double (18p/11rb) and Erin Ludwick (13p) standing out. The result unfortunately for the Breakers means despite their competitive spirit across the season, a red line is officially put through their finals aspirations.
Wallan 66 def Coburg 60
Back home to host the Giants, the home side were made to work in their second game of the weekend by a Coburg side with nothing to lose. The Panthers wrestled the lead in the first and second terms to hold a 7 point advantage. The Giants got it back to 5 at the last change and a 21-20 last term in favour of Wallan secured then a 6 point victory. Special K living up to the nickname with 33p for Coburg, while for Wallan, Tessa Ramsay (20p), Alex Darby (18p) and Jayda Hunter (13p) capping off a successful Panthers weekend.
Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men
McKinnon Cougars 79 def. Bulleen Boomers 73
Jordan Geer’s monster game (28 points, eight rebounds, seven assists) has led the Cougars to a stunning 6-point upset over the Boomers. Geer was sensational outgunning Jack Fleming’s 22 points for Bulleen. McKinnon elevates into the top four with the crucial victory.
Sherbrooke Suns 96 def. Bulleen Boomers 56
In a tough second fixture, the Sherbrooke Suns have obliterated the Boomers by 40 points. Alistair Parker was incredible with 34 points, 16 rebounds and six assists in a dominant performance. The Boomers slump to their fourth straight defeat, playing their worst ball of the season at the worst time of the year.
Hawthorn Magic 64 def. by Dandenong Rangers 74
James Spencer and Lawson Eales have combined for 34 points to power the Rangers to a 10-point victory over the Magic. Hawthorn challenged the league leaders led by Joe Furphy’s big double-double (17 points, 11 rebounds). But Dandenong was too strong on the defensive swiping 11 steals in the victory.
Blackburn Vikings 71 def. by McKinnon Cougars 78
McKinnon makes it two from two, with a narrow 7-point victory over the Vikings on Saturday. Captain Luke Peynenborg led the way with 15 points in the win. While Bul Niop’s 23 points and eight rebounds wasn’t enough for Blackburn to get the victory.
Keilor Thunder 88 def. by Sandringham Sabres 91
Sabres captain Matthew Burke has caused the upset of round 15 by nailing a game-winning three-pointer with only 10 seconds remaining against the Thunder. Burke was only 1-6 from behind the arc but didn’t hesitate to take the big shot in the unbelievable finish to upset the league leading Keilor.
Altona Gators 49 def. by Nunawading Spectres 113
The Spectres have walloped the Gators by 64 points. Thomas Graham was the star for Nunawading with 24 points in the blow-out victory. Thomas Gandolfo was valiant for Altona with 22 points but it was a miserable game for the Gators.
Melbourne Tigers 91 def. Diamond Valley Eagles 71
Melbourne have kept its slim play-off hopes alive with a 20-point victory over Diamond Valley. With four players scoring in double-figures, the Tigers received an entire team effort in the much-needed win. Nicholas Sorani with 19 points and six rebounds was the Eagles best in the loss.
Eltham Wildcats 70 def. Ringwood Hawks 67
The Wildcats have held off a spirited Ringwood Hawks outfit to win their match-up by three points. Eltham was caught unaware of the ferocity of the bottom-placed Ringwood, being challenged throughout the game. The Wildcats were able to wrestle supremacy in the final quarter, Mark Scherf with 17 points led the way for Eltham.
Kilsyth Cobras 94 def. by Keilor Thunder 95
In the game of the round, the Keilor Thunder have survived a brave Kilsyth Cobras winning by 1-point. The Cobras saw heartbreak when Dyson Sumsion’s potential game-winning three-pointer rimmed out in the final seconds. After Saturday night’s disappointment, Thunder captain Mitchell Alush led his team to victory with 22 points. An incredible game.
Sherbrooke Suns 108 def. Altona Gators 63
The Suns have continued their play-off push with a resounding 45-point demolition of an undermanned Altona Gators squad. With six players scoring in double-figures the Suns capped a sensational round of team first basketball, now winners of four of their last five games. Dogukan Elyazar was the Gators best with 22 points off of the bench.
Nunawading Spectres vs. Blackburn Vikings
Results not available at time of publishing.
Sandringham Sabres 79 def. by Hawthorn Magic 96
The Hawthorn Magic have returned to the winners list to cap off round 15 with a 17-point win over Sandringham. Magic captain Xavier Evans’ huge game (23 points, six rebounds, five assists) has seen his team remain among the league leaders in the Watson Conference. Sabres captain Matthew Burke backed up his game-winner on the Saturday night, with 27 points and eight rebounds on the Sunday. But it wasn’t enough for Sandringham to sweep its games on the round.
Molten Victorian Youth Championship Women
Altona Gators 81 def. Nunawading Spectres 73
The Altona Gators have used a stellar last quarter to upset the higher ranked Nunawading Spectres by eight points. Destiny Liu was the star for the Gators with 19 points and 11 rebounds off of the bench. Caillin Ibbotson had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Spectres in the loss.
Melbourne Tigers 72 def. Diamond Valley Eagles 58
Melbourne has extended its winning streak to four games with a 14-point victory over the Eagles. Playing their best basketball of the year, the Tigers are doing it on the defensive end forcing 12 steals and blocking seven shots in the win. Captain Zoe Cransberg with 22 points and 14 rebounds was the Tigers best.
Hume City Broncos 51 def. by Sandringham Sabres 83
League leaders Sandringham Sabres have extended its winning steak to an incredible 14 games with a resounding 32-point thumping of the Broncos. Six Sabres scored in double-figures in the blow-out victory. Rachele Carrozza tried her hear out with 23 points and eight rebounds for Hume City. But Sandringham is in a different class than the rest of VYCW.
Ringwood Hawks 64 def. by Kilsyth Cobras 66
In the game of the round, the Kilsyth Cobras have held on down the stretch to defeat the league leading Ringwood Hawks by two points. The Hawks saw their game-winning shot attempts bounce out, as the Cobras are striking at the right time of the year. Cobras captain Grace Moxey was inspirational posting 13 points and 13 rebounds to secure the win.
Warrandyte Venom 50 def. by Dandenong Rangers 58
A defensive focus by the Dandenong Rangers on Vemon star Michaela Kuen has proved to be the difference in the Rangers 8-point victory. Stopping Kuen from scoring in double-figures has meant the Rangers escaped with the win. Amy Baum was the Rangers best with 11 points, six rebounds and five assists in an all-around performance.
Waverley Falcons 84 def. Ballarat Rush 68
Mia Parsons and Grace Beasley have combined for 45 points, 18 rebounds and five assists to power the Falcons past the Rush by 16 points. Waverley needed the victory to remain with the top four teams keeping their play-off dream alive. Laura Taylor with 17 points, 14 rebounds, and eight assists, was sensational but it wasn’t enough to see Ballarat end its now 9-game losing streak.
Kilsyth Cobras 61 def. Dandenong Rangers 42
Chloe Goring’s 16-point, 16-rebound double-double has led the Cobras to 19-point victory over the Rangers and a clean sweep of the weekend. Kilsyth needed the victory to remain in the final play-off spot in the Watson conference, and the team responded. The Cobras used a stellar last quarter to win the game. Renee Dabas was gallant with 13 points for Dandenong.
Nunawading Spectres vs. Melbourne Tigers
Results not available at time of publishing.
Hawthorn Magic 60 def. by Knox Raiders 95
With their play-off life on the line, the Raiders responded by destroying the Magic by 35 points on Sunday. Five Knox players scored in double-figures in the blow-out win, Leah Santomaggio’s 12 points, 15 rebounds, and six assists was the pick of the bunch. Bella Niven-Brown scored a game-high 20 points for Hawthorn.
Ballarat Rush 48 def. by Ringwood Hawks 72
Another game, another win for the Ringwood Hawks defeating the Rush by 24 points as the league leaders are soaring into the play-offs. Rachael Watson was the star with 12 points and 17 rebounds for the Hawks in the win.
Bulleen Boomers 47 def. by Bendigo Braves 81
Jessica Mangan and Danielle O’Toole have combined for 40 points and 19 rebounds for the Braves in a 34-point thrashing of the Boomers. With the win, Bendigo albeit secure post-season play with only a round remaining. Boomers captain Olivia Frost was solid with 17 points,
Youth League One Men
Werribee Devils 85 def. by Casey Cavaliers 90 (OT)
The Casey Cavaliers have held on in overtime to upset the Werribee Devils by five points. After blowing an 11-point lead in the final quarter, the Cavaliers were lucky to escape with the win on the road. Luke Beard’s 26 points for Casey led the way. Only playing eight, Darrien Herbert was Werribee’s best with 23 points. The Devils fall to their fourth loss in their last five games. A worrying stat.
Corio Bay Stingrays 58 def. by Waverley Falcons 65
The Falcons have mustered a last quarter effort to put away a feisty Corio Bay squad fighting for its post-season life. Led by Cohen Blythe’s 25 points, the Stingrays almost caused the upset of the Falcons. But Waverley locked in defensively in the final quarter holding Corio Bay to only seven points in the period to win the game.
Coburg Giants 72 def. by Ballarat Miners 78
The Miners have used a stellar second half effort to overcome a spirited Coburg Giants by six points. Liam Allison led the way for Ballarat finishing with a solid 18 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in the victory. It was has been a difficult campaign for Coburg, the team is still fighting for every result.
Hume City Broncos 83 def. Bendigo Braves 71
Mitchell Goodwin’s 25 points, including an astonishing four three-pointers, and nine rebounds have driven the Broncos to a solid victory over the Braves. With both teams eliminated from post-season play, this match-up with pride and both teams played an energetic contest. Samuel Beks was the Braves best with 20 points and 13 rebounds.
Warrandyte Venom 85 def. Werribee Devils 52
The Venom have piled the pain on the Devils thrashing them by 33 points behind a third-quarter thumping. Warrandyte led by 1-point at the main break, but a 32-7 demolition in the third period saw the game blown wide open. Jarrod Molnar scored a game-high 26 points for the Venom. Werribee falls to its third straight loss with the defeat.
Geelong Supercats 69 def. by Camberwell Dragons 71
The Dragons have escaped the AWA Alliance Bank Stadium with a thrilling 2-point victory over the Geelong Supercats. After trailing for much of the match, Camberwell stole the match in the final period and improved its final prospects in the process. Tom Moncrieff led the way for the Dragons with 16 points.
Sunbury Jets 87 def. Coburg Giants 41
League leaders Sunbury have thumped the lowly Giants by 46 points. In a match-up between the top and bottom teams, the Jets put on a passing masterclass finishing with 28 points in the demolition. Kyle Collins scored a game-high 26 points for Sunbury. Rory Killen was solid with 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Giants.
Waverley Falcons 77 def. by Hume City Broncos 81
The Hume City Broncos have caused the upset of round 15 defeating the Waverley Falcons by four points. After a tougher than expected match-up against the Stingrays on Saturday, a worn-out Falcons team was overawed by a pesky Broncos team Sunday. Hume City did the damage early, leading by 14 points heading into half-time, it proved to be enough to hold on for the stunning victory. Cody Fredrickson’s game-high 26 points for the Falcons wasn’t enough for the victory. A massive moral boosting win for the Broncos, if they can play like this next season they will do much better.
Casey Cavaliers 73 def. by Corio Bay Stingrays 80
Jordan O’Leary’s 31 points have propelled the Stingrays to an incredible 7-point victory over the Cavaliers to end the round 15 slate of games. After pushing the Falcons to the brink on Saturday, Corio Bay was still firing the following day taking advantage of a road weary Cavaliers. Jordan Gooiker was sensational with 27 points. But it wasn’t enough to see Casey record the victory.
Youth League One Women
Chelsea 53 def by Keilor 88
The Keilor Thudner used a punishing 23-12 second term as well as a commanding 26-14 third quarter to quickly edge away from the Gulls on Saturday evening. Chelsea were a determined outfit in the early going, however couldn’t find enough offensive firepower to match motors with one of the competition’s premiere sides. Amelia Verlado scored a game high 15 points to go with six rebounds, while Katie Byrne was once again impressive off the bench with 14 points and eight boards. Jaime Storen paced the Gulls with 14 points, while Natasha Warden (10 points, 13 rebounds) registered a double double.
Corio Bay 53 def by Geelong 63
Amy Marsh’s massive game has propelled Geelong to a ten-point victory over a replenished Corio Bay outfit. Marsh registered the elusive double-double-double on her way to 21 points and 20 rebounds on 10-16FG shooting. With the team without Carly Sanders, Jaimee Crombie was there to step up as well, putting together a handy 17 points and nine rebounds. Teagan Tatlock returned to the Stingrays line-up to pour in 28 points and six rebounds, while Carly Vuillermin grabbed 16 rebounds.
Eltham 50 def by Sunbury 91
A blistering 26-8 third term all but sealed the deal in Sunbury’s pillar-to-post victory at Eltham High School on Saturday evening, with Chloe Angove featuring heavily in proceedings. 20 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and five steals meant Angove completely controlled the contest; all the while Brodie Theodore (14 points) and Nyomi Stowers (14 points) were producing offensively as well. Taylor Vine was the only Wildcat in double figures with 11 points, while Michaela Leris impressed with eight points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
McKinnon 55 def by Craigieburn 64
In what was built up to be one of the games to watch this past weekend, the Craigieburn Eagles upset in-form McKinnon to put a halt to their finals aspirations. The Cougars started the better, but collapsed in the third stanza when they managed just seven points for the term. Zoe Albon was excellent for the Eagles with 17 points, seven rebounds and three assists, while Shona Brooks (16 points, 10 rebounds) added a double double. Casey Valenti-Paea chipped in as well, continuing her good form with 14 points, 14 rebounds and six dimes. Tailah Ross the best for the home side with 16 points, six boards and four assists.
Youth League Two Men
Chelsea 78 def Maccabi 66
Another Aaron Frost masterclass has provided Chelsea with a solid victory over Maccabi. 26 points and 23 rebounds to Frost set the tone, as Daniel Brown’s 19 points and Riek Woul’s 13 points helped the cause. Ben Chai Grosman led the Warriors with 19 points and nine rebounds.
Whittlesea 97 def Wallan 64
A whopping 32-11 fourth quarter blew this one out of the water as Gabe Evans continued his great form with another 26 points, four rebounds and three assists. The Pacers shot 46%FG for the game, some of which thanks to Josh La Batlus (17 points) and Shakir Larchin (18 points) off the bench. Cam Creasey finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Panthers.
Collingwood 81 def Keysborough 67
The All Stars kicked off their weekend in style running out victors over Keysborough thanks to a 24-15 final term with Athiaan Manyiel and Jake Afoa leading the way. Manyiel finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Afoa was much more prominent on the glass with 16 points and 17 rebounds. Louse Agon’s back half of the year has been impressive, this time leading the team with 24 points and six rebounds.
Western Port 82 def by Craigieburn 95
Craigieburn achieved the points in this one thanks to a great first half and looked the better side for much of the contest from there on out. Despite conceding 20 turnovers (to 13), the Eagles were led by Ab Solano’s 23 points and seven dimes, as well as Tyler Wing’s big 21 points and 21 boards. Ben Perry was excellent off the bench for the Steelers with 20 points six rebounds and five assists.
Mornington 109 def Latrobe City 74
31 points to Max Brzezek kickstarted his impressive weekend as the Breakers made a statement against Latrobe City. Murray Myers managed 24 points and eight rebounds as he continued his solid second half of the year. However, a hot shooting Breakers team were firing on all cylinders as the likes of Liam Boyd (19 points, 10 rebounds) and Matt Beckett (19 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists) were in line each time.
Craigieburn 78 def by Pakenham 118
Pakenham erased a six-point quarter time deficit to run out impressive victors off the back of a huge second half in which they outscored Craigieburn 67-24. Ned Weideman had a lot to do with that too thanks to his 44 points and 10 rebound effort. The Warriors shot the ball at 54%FG from the floor and it paid dividends as Tyrone Tonkin registered 24 points off the bench as well as Lee Belton who fired with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
Maccabi 72 def by Western Port 77
Western Port ran over the top of Maccabi with a strong finish to proceedings ensuring an important win on the road. Luke Helbig was hellbent on securing victory and his big performance paid off with 26 points and 18 rebounds. Idan Shamis attempted to match that with 27 points and 10 rebounds of his own, however wasn’t enough as the Steelers made the most of their free throws towards the end of the contest to edge away.
Keysborough 64 def by Mornington 74
Mornington made it two from two in Round 15 as the combination of Max Brzezek and Liam Boyd had the Breakers riding high. Brzezek finished with 18 points, while Liam Boyd mustered 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists. For the Cougs Cal Morgan led the way with 22 points and six rebounds, while Louse Agon had 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Collingwood 88 def Chelsea 81
The All Stars continued their good form, knocking over Chelsea at home to make their weekend a 1-1 split. A tight contest the whole way through, it was the home side who finished the better, squeezing through in the fourth. The usual suspects appeared for the All Stars with Athiaan Manyiel’s 27 points leading the charge, while Kan Tap had 24 points and nine rebounds plus Alex Cocco’s 19 points and six assists. Aaron Frost was ‘held’ to 19 points and 15 rebounds in one of his more quieter games, as Angus Macpherson led the side with 23 points.
Frankston 77 def Melton 71
Finally Frankston won a tight one against Melton in what could potentially have been a finals preview in a few weeks time as Ryan Wells and Broden Collins went blow for blow on Sunday arvo. Wells finished with a game high 26 points, Collins a team high 23 for the Thoroughbreds. Bol Bak was quiet for the first time in a long time with just the 10 points, while the Blues managed to sneak past their opponents despite getting to the free throw line just six times for the contest!
Youth League Two Women
Southern Peninsula Sharks 43 def. by Werribee Devils 61
The Werribee Devils have used a humongous last effort to defeat the Sharks by 18 points. After a competitive game throughout, the Devils put the jets on in the last led by Alana Anthony’s 16 points. The loss dents the play-off hopes of South Peninsula. Sharks captain Keely Toohey was gallant with 15 points in the defeat.
Sherbrooke Suns 70 def. by Pakenham Warriors 112
The Warriors continue to win, this time defeating the Suns by a stellar 42 points in round 15. Sarah Thomson recorded a monster double-double with 27 points and 18 rebounds as the Warriors win their fourth game in the last five. The pain continues for the Suns falling to their sixth straight loss.
Casey Cavaliers 125 def. Mornington Breakers 49
After losing its first two games of the season, the Casey Cavaliers have thrashed the Breakers by 76 points. Casey returned to its dominant best with eight of the 11 players scoring in double-figures in the incredible blow-out victory. The Cavaliers ramped up their defensive pressure forcing 27 steals in the victory. Bethany Dodgson led the way with a game-high 22 points and grabbing nine rebounds. Tough game for Mornington.
Frankston Blues 79 def. Whittlesea Pacers 48
Kirra Gadsby has led the way for the Frankston Blues scoring a game-high 20 points powering the Blues to a 31-point victory. Gadsby was one of five Blues who scored in double-figures in the dominant victory. The Blues now winners of three straight games are starting to make some noise in YL2W with only a few rounds remaining. Look for them to be a tough match-up come finals time.
Blackburn Vikings 52 def. Western Port Steelers 43
The Vikings have used a solid defensive effort to hold off the pesky Steelers and win by 9 points. Nikolina Sukurica was the star scoring 14 points while grabbing six rebounds in the victory. Blackburn are sitting comfortably in third place in YL2W enjoying a three-game winning streak.