Another round of hoops in the books, who was the player of the game in your respective contest?
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
Corio Bay 76 def by Casey 107
Raheem Lemons scored 29 points in Casey’s 31-point win over Corio Bay. The Cavs shot 50% from the field and 50 points in the paint, and they were just too strong for the Stingrays. The Cavs trailed by two points at half time, but outscored the Stingrays 55-22 in the second half to finish with a comfortable win. Casey’s bench was the difference between the teams, adding 51 points to the Cavs total.
Hume City 90 def Keilor 85
The Broncos edged past Keilor in a tight contest at Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium. Keilor scored 32 points in the first term to lead by three points at quarter time. They were unable to keep the lead in the second term as Hume City scored 24 points to lead by four points at half time. The lead continued to change in the third term as Keilor cut the margin to one point, before the Broncos were able to steer clear in the last quarter and claim the win. Jordan Coleman led the way for the Broncos with 28 points, eight rebounds and two assists.
Blackburn 90 def by McKinnon 104
McKinnon came out on top in a high-scoring contest at Mullum Mullum Stadium. The Cougars produced a stunning display which saw them score 30 points in the paint and 17 points from turnovers. Dillon Stith was the star for the Cougars, ending the game with 35 points and 15 rebounds, while Jake Heath had 28 points for the Vikings.
Werribee 117 def Chelsea 116
The Devils came out on top during a thrilling encounter with the Gulls on Saturday night. In a high-scoring contest, both sides shot above 50% from the field, while connecting on a combined 25 triples. David Shepard poured in 49 points for the hosts, while Corey Standerfer was impressive for the visitors with 40 points, six rebounds and eight assists.
Chelsea 96 def Hume City 95
Chelsea claimed a one-point win over Hume City at home. The Gulls secured the win by outscoring the Broncos 34-23 in the second quarter, which gave them a buffer for the remainder of the game. Mitchell Riggs starred for the Gulls with 27 points, four rebounds and an assist.
McKinnon 125 def Corio Bay 93
McKinnon and Corio Bay returned to the court on Sunday to face off at GESAC. The Cougars scored 37 points in the first term to lead by 12 points at quarter time. McKinnon were on fire on offence throughout the clash and scored over 30 points in the first three quarters. Their ability on attack allowed them to score 72 points in the paint and cruise home to the win.
Keilor 97 def Blackburn 85
Keilor scored 60 points in the paint in their 12-point win over Blackburn. The Thunder shot 54% from the field, but it was not only their offence which led them to the win. The Thunder collected 42 rebounds and seven steals as they showed their ability at the other end of the court as well.
Casey 70 def by Hawthorn 83
Hawthorn concluded the round with a 13-point win over Casey. The Magic had won four of their previous five matches leading into the game, and their impressive form carried into the match as they comfortably secured the win. The Magic scored 17 points from turnovers and 22 points from their bench.
Southern Peninsula 135 def Warrnambool 48
Southern Peninsula were far too strong for Warrnambool, recording an 87-point win over the Mermaids. The Sharks scored 36 points in the first term to lead by 20 points at quarter time. A further 23 points in the second quarter extended their lead to 32 points at half time, but it was the second half when they showed their best form. The Sharks outscored the Mermaids 76-21 in the second half to secure a massive win. Emirson Devenie top scored for the Sharks with 40 points, while Gemma Simon had 35 points, seven rebounds and two assists.
Hume City 75 def by Keilor 82
Keilor had a solid win over the highly fancied Hume City. The Broncos had won their five games leading up to the contest, but it was Keilor that showed the better form in the game. The Thunder led by two points at half time, before extending their lead by seven points in the third term. The Broncos reduced the deficit in the fourth quarter, but it was too late for them to produce a comeback. Erin Bollmann starred for the Thunder with 27 points, 15 rebounds and six assists, while BreAnna Brock had 27 points, 15 rebounds and three assists for the Broncos.
Werribee 65 def by Sunbury 90
Sunbury stunned top of the ladder Werribee with a 25-point win at Eagle Stadium. The Jets shot 52% from the court and outscored the Devils 44-16 in the paint to secure the win. The Jets trailed by a point at half time, but broke the game open in the third term by outscoring the Devils 32-15 to lead by 16 points at three-quarter time. Geralynn Leaupepe led the way for the Jets with 27 points and four rebounds, while Jacinta Beckley had 21 points.
McKinnon 100 def Whittlesea 62
The Cougars ran riot over the Pacers at GESAC. McKinnon scored over 20 points in all four quarters and held the Pacers to under 15 points in the first three terms. The Cougars capitalised on the Pacers’ errors and scored 26 points from turnovers. They also scored 40 points in the paint and they asserted their dominance on offence. Angela Lou Beadle led the way for the Cougars with 28 points, 13 rebounds and four assists.
Casey 82 def Bulleen 69
Casey held Bulleen to 24 points in the first half on their way to securing a 13-point win at home. The Cavs led by 21 points in the first half, before the Boomers outscored the home side by eight points in the second half to reduce the total to 13 points at the final buzzer. Sarah Halejian had a triple double (22 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists) for the Cavs in the win.
Division One Men
Collingwood 107 def Bellarine 105
Overtime was needed to separate Collingwood and Bellarine. With the Storm trailing by three points late in the fourth term, Jason Reardon shot a triple with two seconds on the clock to send the game into overtime. The Storm led by two points midway through OT, before Collingwood scored the last four points of the game to claim the win. Manny Hendrix starred for Collingwood with 32 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, while Nathan Lemke had 27 points and 17 rebounds for the Storm.
Warrnambool 81 def Whittlesea 75
Twenty-eight points from Xavier Johnson-Blount guided the Seahawks to a six-point win over the Pacers. Johnson-Blount was prolific on offence and caused concerns for the Pacers throughout the contest. Timothy Gainey also worked tirelessly for the Seahawks and finished the game with 20 points and seven rebounds. Emmerson Potts-Broughton led the way for the Pacers with 22 points and nine rebounds.
Shepparton vs Sunbury
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Western Port 99 def Bulleen 81
Western Port collected 19 points from turnovers in their 18-point win over Bulleen. The Steelers led by four points at half time, before a 27-10 run in the third term extended their lead to 21 points. The Steelers dominated both ends of the court and were led by Tanner Samson, who had 24 points, seven rebounds and three assists.
Coburg 67 def by Warrandyte 94
A 30-10 run in the third quarter secured a comfortable win for Warrandyte at Coburg Basketball Stadium. The Venom were ruthless in attack and scored 32 points from turnovers. They also collected seven offensive rebounds and scored 32 points in the paint. Brenton Charles top scored with 18 points for the Venom.
Melbourne Uni 68 def by Keysborough 105
The Cougars shot 66% from the field in their 37-point win over the Black Angels. Keysborough scored over 25 points in three of the four quarters, while collecting 51 rebounds and 22 assists. The Cougars scored 27 points from turnovers and 70 points in the paint, highlighting their dominance on offence. Benjamin Morwood top scored for the Cougars with 22 points.
Latrobe City 88 def by Western Port 97
Western Port came out on top against Latrobe City. In a tightly contested affair, the Steelers secured the win by narrowly outscoring the Energy in the first and third quarters. Daryl Corletto top scored for the Steelers with 22 points, while Aaron Harrison had 23 points for the Energy.
Division One Women
Craigieburn 93 def Latrobe City 78
The Eagles dominated the first half which set the tone for their 15-point win over the Energy on Saturday. Craigieburn led by 10 points at quarter time before a 27-11 second term saw them extend their lead to 26 points at the main break. The Energy chipped back at the margin in the final quarter, but the result was already beyond them at that stage. Darcy Saunders top scored with 31 points and seven rebounds for the hosts, while Samantha Labros had 25 for the Energy.
Mildura 89 def Warrandyte 57
The Heat put their foot on the throat of the Venom after half time, with a 31-11 third quarter blowing Warrandyte out of the water. Mildura only led by four points at half time, but the result was well and truly decided by three quarter time. Alyesha Lovett put in a monster performance for the hosts recording 34 points and 19 rebounds in a match-winning effort. Vanessa Power’s 21-point, 12-rebound double-double also helped Mildura to the win.
Bellarine 68 def Camberwell 48
Camberwell struggled from the field for the entire game on Saturday night and were never in the contest at the Bellarine Sports Centre. The Dragons shot just 21% from the field and were a disappointing 3/20 from deep, as the Storm were a much more respectable 35% from the floor. Jessica Scannell had 11 points and 15 rebounds for the hosts, while Tahlia Higgs led all scorers with 15 points for the Dragons.
Chelsea 70 def Craigieburn 50
The Gulls and Eagles could barely be split in most categories, although it was the three-point shooting numbers that helped the hosts record the 20-point win. Chelsea were 11/33 from deep, while Craigieburn didn’t even attempt as many shots as the Gulls made, going 1/9 from the floor. Chelsea won every quarter en route to the win, with Kelly Gardiner (16 points, five assists) and Shaniqua Nilles (11 points, 15 rebounds) leading from the front.
Warrandyte 87 def Mildura 81
In a repeat of Saturday’s game, the Venom got their revenge against the Heat, turning around a 32-point defeat a day prior and pulling out a six-point win on Sunday. There were two big performances during the match, with the stars from each side going head-to-head in a battle for the ages. Ellie Locke came off the bench and poured in 41 points and four rebounds in just 26 minutes on court for the hosts, while Alyesha Lovett turned it on once again, this time finishing with 46 points and 14 rebounds.
Latrobe City 55 def by Western Port 86
Western Port set the tone early in their 31-point win over the Energy, jumping out to a 25-point lead at half time. The Steelers held Latrobe City to just 25% from the field while connecting on 44% of their own attempts, as four of their starters finished with double figure scoring numbers. Brittney Suarjaya top scored with 20 points for the Steelers, while Rachael Wansbrough’s huge 19-point, 22-rebound outing helped her side to a big win.
Hawthorn 75 def Bellarine 60
The Magic had to wait until the final game of the weekend to get their round underway, although it was worth the wait as they knocked off Bellarine by 15 points at the Boroondara Sports Complex. The Magic spread their scoring around evenly as Sophie Owen, Tia Ucich and Nyilah Jamison-Myers all top scored with 13 points each, while Lara Edmanson added eight points and 17 boards. Olivia Virt had a game-high 19 points for the visitors, although it wasn’t enough to get her side over the line.
Division Two Men
North East 75 def by Sherbrooke 88
The Suns recorded their eighth win of the season with a straightforward 13-point win over the Bushrangers. Sherbrooke dominated the opening term, then withstood a Bushranger rally in the second quarter, before once again asserting its superiority in the second half. Four Suns scored in double figures, led by Nicholas Spicer, who had 23 points and eight rebounds, while Dylan Shorne starred for the Bushrangers with a 21-point, 21-rebound double-double.
Mildura 86 def by Southern Peninsula 87
The Sharks preserved their winning streak with a nail-biting one-point win over the Heat. The top-of-the-table clash certainly lived up to the hype as Southern Peninsula snatched victory in the final seconds of the contest. Trailing by three points late, the Sharks stole the game thanks to a Corey Bond four-point play with just 13 seconds remaining. Troyce Manassa led five Sharks to score in double figures with 17 points, while Calvin Henry performed strongly in defeat with 29 points, 14 rebounds and six assists.
Pakenham 93 def Melton 66
The Warriors continued their winning ways with a dominant 27-point win over the Thoroughbreds. Trailing by one point at half-time, Pakenham upped the ante in the second half, outscoring Melton 52-24 to keep themselves in the finals mix. Joshua Dow led the way for the victors with 28 points, five rebounds and seven assists off the bench, while Daniel Jackson scored 16 points for Melton.
Mornington 92 def Maccabi 89
The Breakers recorded just their third win of 2019 in a thriller against the Warriors. In what was a tightly contested game between two teams in the lower portion of the ladder, Mornington emerged victorious thanks to an 8-0 scoring run in the game’s final minute, ending its losing streak and consigning the Warriors to their fourth straight defeat. Craig Kennedy led a balanced Mornington scoring attack with 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Benji Tamir had a remarkable 39-point, 12-rebound game for the Warriors.
Craigieburn 79 def Altona 46
The Eagles made it five wins in a row with an imposing 33-point win over the Gators. Needing a win to maintain its push for a top four position, Craigieburn outscored Altona in each quarter en route to victory. Damon Smith was the dominant player on the floor with 18 points, 18 rebounds and nine assists, while Jovan Bojanic led the Gators with 13 points.
Wallan 95 def RMIT 88
The Panthers kept themselves in the top four conversation after taking care of business against the Redbacks. Leading by 14 points after three quarters, Wallan was firmly in control, before the Redbacks clawed back some respectability on the scoreboard in the final term. Trace Cureton had a strong all-around game with 29 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for Wallan, while Steve Coffey was excellent in defeat with 24 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists.
Melton 71 def by Camberwell 85
The Dragons responded to last week’s shock loss with a comfortable 14-point victory over the Thoroughbreds. The game was decided after three quarters, with Camberwell holding a 60-37 lead before Melton made the scoreboard appear less lopsided in junk time. Mark Fernandez scored 16 points off the bench to lead the Dragons, while Chris Johnson and Yovaan Zoric each scored 15 points for Melton.
Maccabi 85 def by Wallan 92
The Panthers completed their successful round with a seven-point win over the struggling Warriors. Leading by 20 points at half-time, Wallan cruised to victory, extending their unbeaten run to three games. Brock Carter led the Panthers with a double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds, while Benji Tamir was again outstanding in defeat with 29 points and 18 rebounds.
Sherbrooke 80 def by Pakenham 86
The Warriors recorded their fifth straight win with a hard-fought six-point triumph over the Suns. In what appeared to be a mismatch on paper, Sherbrooke led at half-time to give Pakenham a fright, but the Warriors’ class eventually won the day. John Creighton had a 16-point, 11-rebound double-double for Pakenham, while Marcus Cope scored 15 points for Sherbrooke.
Division Two Women
North East 52 def by Sherbrooke 85
Sherbrooke scored 30 points in the first term to set up a 33-point win over the Bushrangers in Wangaratta. The Suns outscored the Bushrangers 48-27 in the first half, including 35 points from turnovers and 40 points in the paint. Deslyn Applewhaite led the way for the Suns with 22 points, eight rebounds and two assists, while MaKenzie Miller had 26 points and 14 rebounds for the Bushrangers.
Wallan 44 def by Blackburn 64
Blackburn held Wallan to 20% shooting from the field in their 20-point win over the Panthers. The Vikings restricted the Panthers to under 15 points in all four quarters while they marched home to the win. Andrea Belmonte led the way for the Vikings with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Pakenham 71 def Melton 54
Twenty points in the second quarter guided Pakenham to a 17-point win over Melton. The Warriors trailed by five points at quarter-time, but overturned the deficit in the second term to lead by five points at the half. From there the Warriors retained the lead and secured a comfortable win. The Warriors scored 23 fast-break points and 32 points in the paint. Keeley Patterson led the way for the Warriors with 15 points, seven rebounds and two assists.
Melbourne Uni 51 def by Mornington 53
Mornington held off a late fightback by Melbourne Uni to secure a two-point win. The Breakers held Melbourne Uni to 14 points in the first half as they led by 10 points at half time. The Black Angels came out of the blocks firing in the second half to outscore the Breakers 37-29 in the second, to cut the margin to two points before the final buzzer signalled an end to the game. Sammie Simmons starred for the Breakers with 25 points, 10 rebounds and an assist.
Coburg 95 def Collingwood 60
Coburg concluded the round with a 35-point win over the All Stars. The Giants made 13 steals as their pressure forced the All Stars into errors, which resulted in 27 points for the Giants. Saule Kontautaite top scored for the Giants with 19 points, while Nyesha Sims had 24 points and 12 rebounds for the All Stars.
Victorian Youth Championship Men
Melbourne 73 def Keilor 59
The Tigers were too strong for the Thunder at MSAC in what was a real back and forth contest. After trailing by 11 at the main break, the Thunder wrestled the margin back to 49-51 at the end of three. The Tigers put Keilor to the sword in the end through, winning the final period 24-8. Tajver Chehal was the standout with 19 points and six boards.
Blackburn 97 def Sherbrooke 85
The Vikings got the home win behind an impressive triple-double performance from Alexander Kanellis, who tallied 18 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and five steals. Blackburn did their best work between the second and third quarters where they gained separation on the scoreboard. Ryan Barker added 25 points and seven boards off the bench.
Diamond Valley 55 def by Knox 75
The Raiders made quick work of the Eagles on the road after running away with it in the second half. Knox outscored Diamond Valley 41-25 in the second and third terms to walk away with the 20-point win. Marek Toman led the way with 21 points, six rebounds and three assists.
Eltham 50 def by Nunawading 67
The Spectres got the job done on the road as the final scores ultimately flattered the Wildcats. The visitors led 43-25 at half time in what looked to have the makings of a blowout, before Eltham were able to basically break even for the rest of the way. Zachary Coleman-Bock top scored for Nunawading with 17 points.
Waverley 81 def by Kilsyth 89
Kilsyth edged past Waverley in an exciting clash at the Waverley Basketball Centre. The Cobras found themselves down 76-75 with 4:35 left in the ball game but stood up when it mattered most, largely thanks to a clutch performance from as Lachlan Vander Vorm. Tony Marchese tallied 32 points, seven rebounds and five steal for the Cobras, whilst Bol Jok recorded 27 points, 11 boards and three steals for Waverley.
Ringwood 67 def by Hawthorn 70
The Magic ousted the Hawks in a thriller at The Rings that came down to the final minute of action. It was Naoum Lazis that stood up, hitting the go-ahead layup before icing the win with a pair of free throws. Lazis finished the day with 18 points and eight boards, whilst Ethan Delzoppo had 16 points and four rebounds.
McKinnon 83 def Melbourne 56
The Cougars blew the Tigers out of the water at GESAC, in a game that was never really close. McKinnon put 26 points on the board in the first to Melbourne’s 12, but sealed the result after going on with it in the second quarter to lead 44-19 at the main break. Kobe Baird was instrumental in the win with 22 points, three rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Keilor 87 def Blackburn 65
The Thunder bounced back from Saturday’s loss to Melbourne with a 22-point thumping of the Vikings. Keilor ran away with this one in the second and third terms where they outscored Blackburn 57-29. Jeremy Edwards was the man with 28 points off the bench in just 17 minutes of game time.
Southern 82 def by Eltham 85
The Wildcats got past the Sabres in a tight affair at Southern Basketball Stadium. The scored were all tied up with 4:37 left in the fourth, but Eltham had all the answers down the stretch, led by Bryson Norris. Thomas Clifford (23 points, six rebounds, two steals) and Zak Cunningham (20 points, 17 rebounds, two blocks) were Eltham’s best.
Bulleen 82 def by Dandenong 100
The Rangers came to play in this one, putting 30 points on the board in the first to gain ascendancy in the matchup. The Boomers wrestled back momentum in the second term but it was all Dandenong for the rest of the way as the visitors coasted to an 18-point win. Lawson Eales put up 21 points, 13 rebounds and three steals, whilst Daniel Owies had 22 points and seven assists off the bench.
Victorian Youth Championship Women
Bendigo 93 def Hawthorn 55
The Braves dominated the opening term, outscoring Hawthorn 26-13. They continued to control the game before eventually defeating Magic by 38 points. Every player from both sides contributed to the score board with Hayley Harrington leading the way for Bendigo with 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Hawthorn’s Emily Monaghan top-scored with 19 points.
Melbourne 72 def Ballarat 61
Ballarat took control of the game in the first quarter but were unable to hold on to their momentum, allowing the Tigers back in to the game to win by 11 points. Melbourne’s Nikki Metcalfe top scored with 26 points as well as nine rebounds. For Ballarat, Trinity Skenderis scored 15 points with teammates Amelia Jarvis (11 points, 14 rebounds) and Mackenzie Nicholson (11 points, 16 rebounds) also very influential.
Altona 73 def Sunbury 58
Evenly matched in the opening term there was just one point separating the sides at the first break, but the Gators found a surge of energy and went on to defeat the Jets 73-58. Three players from the Jets scored in double figures, with Chloe Angove leading the way with 15 points and seven rebounds. Alicia Sciberras was the top scorer for the Gators with 14 points.
Diamond Valley 65 def Kilsyth 61
The Cobras led by three points going into the final term but a 16-point quarter from the Eagles saw them defeat Kilsyth by four points. The Eagles’ Keeley Evans recorded a 23-point, 17-rebound double-double in her team’s victory, whilst Chloe Anderson was the top scorer for the Cobras with 13 points.
Waverley 72 def Hume City 58
The Falcons led at every break, going on to defeat Hume City by 14 points at home. Tashia Overby performed well for the Broncos, putting up 22 points alongside eight rebounds. Nyakoang Lok (15 points, four rebounds) and Alyssa Weston (14 points, five assists) were influential for the Falcons.
Ballarat 54 def by Diamond Valley 74
Diamond Valley are two from two this round after defeating Ballarat by 20 points. One point separated the sides before going into the final quarter, but the Eagles outscored the Rush 26-7 in the last with the help of Jade Dunne, who finished the game with 15 points and five rebounds. Laura Taylor performed well for Ballarat, top scoring with 22 points and eight rebounds.
Hume City 54 def by Ringwood 57
Scores were tied with less than two minutes of play remaining, but Hume City were unable to hold on, suffering another loss as Ringwood defeated them by three points. Jessica Azzopardi from the Broncos was the leading scorer for her side with 20 points alongside four rebounds. Ringwood’s Annabel Deerbon was strong with 24 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Southern 69 def by Bendigo 77
A big third quarter from Bendigo put them ahead of the Sabres and allowed them to walk away with an eight-point victory. Southern’s Emma Crees was the top scorer for the game with 19 points. Four players from Bendigo scored in the double figures with Hayley Harrington leading the way with 17 points alongside 10 rebounds.
Bulleen 64 def by Altona 81
Altona walked away with a win for the second time this round, defeating Bulleen by 17 points. Kate Sturzaker, Kaylah Pangbourne and Nicola Cross scored 13 points each for Bulleen but it was Altona’s Monique Marcetic-Voatangi who was the top scorer for the match, with 19 points and seven rebounds.
Knox 59 def by Dandenong 91
Dandenong took control of the game early and continued to dominate for the whole game, in the end defeating the Raiders by 32 points. Alysha Marcucci was the top scorer, as the Rangers’ star finished with 23 points and six rebounds, whilst Georgia Baldwin from the Raiders scored 20 points of her own alongside nine rebounds.
Youth League One Men
Bendigo 56 def by Casey 72
The Cavaliers were too strong for the Braves on the road in a 16-point win. Casey blew this one open in the first quarter to gain ascendancy in the matchup, dominating the battle on the glass and restricting Bendigo to just 26 per cent shooting from the field. Blake Taylor led the Cavs with 15 points and nine rebounds.
Corio Bay 94 def Ballarat 80
The Stingrays got the job done in a high-scoring affair at the Geelong Basketball Netball Centre. Up by four points at the main break, Corio Bay begun – then created – a big enough buffer in the third term that was ultimately the difference in the contest. Jordan O’Leary put on a show with 31 points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals.
Altona 91 def Frankston 77
The Gators got the better of the Blues in a contest that had a bit of fight in it until the hosts ran away late. Up by three early in the fourth, Altona ended the game on a 28-17 run to claim the win. Tyson Burton put up 25 points and 15 rebounds to lead his side.
Sunbury 106 def by Hume City 127
The Broncos were scorching hot in this one, shooting 62 per cent in a high-scoring game at Boardman Stadium. The visitors showed no signs of slowing down all game, with their lowest-scoring quarter being a 28-point third term. Nicholas Korakas tallied 28 points, four threes, eight rebounds and five assists, while Spencer Taylor-Jones added 27 points and 12 boards off the bench.
Casey 93 def Altona 82
The Cavs picked up their second win of the round after ousting the Gators at home. It was a strange old game, which looked to be over early as the hosts won the first term 31-12. But Altona came storming back into the contest with a 27-10 second term to make it a two-point game at the half. Casey regained control in the third term and survived a late rally from the Gators to get the win. Corey Roos was the MVP for Casey with 25 points, five rebounds and five assists off the bench.
Werribee 111 def by Geelong 112
The Supercats got the win over the Devils in an overtime thriller. Geelong had all the answers in the extra period as Josiah King nailed four consecutive free throws followed by the game-sealing jumper from Joshua Hindle. King (26 points, 11 boards), Max Kos (25 points, six rebounds) and Wang Nyieth (19 points, 13 rebounds) dominated this one.
Hume City 68 def Corio Bay 63
The Broncos got their second win of the round in what was a scrappy affair at Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium, with both sides shooting the ball at under 36 per cent. The Stingrays rallied home late in this one to get within two points in the final minute of action. However Korakas’ triple on the following play sealed the result. Marshall Kearing finished with 24 points, 21 rebounds and three blocks for the Broncos.
Ballarat 121 def Warrandyte 71
The Miners put the Venom to the sword in a 50-point drubbing at MARS Minerdome. The hosts scored 30 or more in three of the quarters, shooting at 50 per cent over the entirety of the contest. Blake Allison (14 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists, six steals) fell just short of a triple-double as all five of the Miners’ starters scored 14 points or more.
Youth League One Women
McKinnon 52 def by Geelong 65
Twenty points in the first quarter guided Geelong to a 13-point win over McKinnon. The Supercats held the Cougars to nine points in the first term to lead by 11 at quarter time. The second term was evenly contested and then the Cougars were able to cut the margin to five points in the third term. With the game in the balance, the Supercats steadied in the final term to secure the win. Grace Brown starred for the Supercats with 17 points, 12 rebounds and two assists.
Eltham 51 def by Warrandyte 86
Warrandyte were too strong for Eltham, beating the Wildcats by 35 points on the road. The Venom forced the Wildcats into errors and scored 38 points from turnovers. They also scored 46 points in the paint and 23 second-chance points. Claudia Kuen top scored with 17 points for the victors, while Lily Brancatisano scored 14 points for the Wildcats.
Casey 120 def Corio Bay 59
Casey shot 54% from the field in their big win over Casey. The Cavs set up the win with a dominant second term in which they outscored the Stingrays 41-4. Casey scored 49 points from turnovers and 70 points in the paint. Lauren Tuplin starred with 30 points, while teammate Peta Rhodes had 25 points, five rebounds and seven assists.
Keilor 101 def Craigieburn 84
Keilor shot 50% from the field in their 17-point win over Craigieburn. The Thunder were led by Amy Scott who had 23 points, eight rebounds and two assists. Keilor dominated the paint and scored 56 points in the key. They also scored 18 second-chance points, and collected 59 rebounds and 34 assists.
Warrandyte 58 def Camberwell 48
The Venom came from behind to beat Camberwell at the Warrandyte Sports Complex. The Venom led by two points at half-time, but Camberwell overturned the deficit to lead by four points at the end of the third term. Warrandyte worked hard on defence in the final term and held the Dragons to four points as they came away with a 10-point win. Madeline Stainkamph top scored for the Venom with 13 points.
Youth League Two Men
Western Port 90 def by Melton 120
Melton took charge in the opening quarter, outscoring the Steelers 42-15, and despite a strong second quarter from Western Port, the damage was done. In the end the Thoroughbreds defeated the Steelers by 30 points, simultaneously handing them their 16thconsecutive loss. Kane Myers was the leading scorer for the Steelers with 24 points and two rebounds, whilst teammate Taylore Gittos recorded an 18-point, 15-rebound double-double. Max Beaumont scored a game-high 44 points for Melton, with teammate Fernando Rios-Rodriguez adding 26 points of his own.
Mornington 78 def Coburg 46
Mornington broke their two-game losing streak with a comfortable 32-point victory over Coburg. Leading at every break, the Breakers were too strong for the Giants, with Blake Newman-O’brien putting up 27 points for the victors. Teammate Daniel Nash was close behind with 21 points and six rebounds. Emmanuel Kappos was the top scorer for the Giants with nine points and eight rebounds.
Chelsea 85 def Pakenham 84
The back and forth thriller saw Chelsea and Pakenham battle it out until the final siren, with Chelsea walking away with a one-point victory. Scores were locked at 84-all with two seconds to play, but a foul saw Cooper Pratt take to the free throw line and put Chelsea ahead and win the game. Aaron Frost recorded a 26-point, 10-rebound double-double for the Gulls, whilst Trent Andre scored 16 points for the Warriors.
Whittlesea 103 def Wallan 88
The Pacers dominated the first quarter and went on to control the remainder of the game, handing the Panthers their 17thloss for the season in a 15-point victory. James Smith recorded a spectacular 20-point, 18-rebound double-double for the Pacers, whilst David Barron top scored with 22 points for the Panthers.
Collingwood 98 def Keysborough 76
Keysborough suffered their second consecutive loss after falling to the hand of Collingwood, being defeated by 22 points. Alexander Cocco was influential for Collingwood, contributing 28 points to their final score alongside three rebounds and eight steals. Lachlan Soukup finished the game with 18 points for the Cougars, whilst teammate Samuel Koch added 10 points of his own.
Melton 69 def by Craigieburn 92
The Eagles dominated this one from the second quarter onward, outscoring the hosts 76-49 after the opening break. Craigieburn forced Melton into 26 turnovers and capitalized with 31 points from those opportunities. Jesse Ross stepped up with 21 points off the bench, while Tyler Wing racked up 18 points, 13 rebounds and four assists.
Coburg 96 def Whittlesea 69
The Giants whacked the Pacers in a dominant four-quarter performance, winning the rebounds battle by a convincing 73-35 to get a multitude of extra possessions. The hosts never looked in doubt in this one, taking a 20-point lead at half time and never looking back from that point. Emmanuel Kappos (21 points, 12 rebounds, two steals, two blocks) and reserve Brett Bell (21 points, eight rebounds) led the charge.
Pakenham 78 def by Collingwood 85
The All Stars closed out the round with a narrow road win over the Warriors after rallying home in the final term. Collingwood trailed 67-59 at the end of three but outscored the hosts 26-11 in the final term to run over the top. Deng Dut was instrumental with 26 points, five rebounds and two steals off the bench, while Alexander Cocco (17 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, three steals) also stuffed the stat sheet.
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Mornington 59 def by Werribee 79
Werribee had a solid away win over Mornington. The Devils led by three points at half time, but it was the second half when they stamped their authority on the contest. Werribee outscored Mornington 22-12 in the third term and 23-16 in the fourth to clinch a 20-point win. Olivia Klaman was instrumental in the win, finishing the game with 18 points, eight rebounds and two assists.
Western Port 56 def by Blackburn 61
Overtime was needed to separate the two teams as scores were level at the end of regulation. Both teams struggled on offence and shot under 25% in the game, but it was Blackburn that had the better of the affair in overtime, outscoring the Vikings 12-7 to clinch the win. Bethanie Gray notched a double-double (18 points and 17 rebounds) for the Vikings.
Coburg 51 def by Whittlesea 73
Twenty-three points from Olivia Dalmau gave Whittlesea a 22-point win at the Coburg Basketball Centre. The Pacers shot out of the blocks by scoring 27 points in the first quarter to take a 10-point lead into quarter-time. The Pacers were strong on offence and held the Giants to 22% shooting from the field, and also had 60 rebounds and nine blocks to boot.
Pakenham 65 def Collingwood 48
Pakenham worked relentlessly on defence in their 17-point win over Collingwood. The Warriors collected 76 rebounds and held the All Stars to 21% shooting from the court in their win. Chole Maas showed her ability to dominate both ends of the court and finished the game with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Natasha Xerri had 10 points and 16 rebounds of her own.
Sherbrooke 65 def Chelsea 54
Sherbrooke concluded the round with an 11-point win over Chelsea. The Suns set up the win by outscoring the Gulls 23-6 in the second term to take an 18-point lead into half time. Chelsea improved in the second half, but they were unable to overturn the deficit. Stacey Riding-Hill led the way for the Suns with 17 points, eight rebounds and two assists.