Round Sixteen 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
Eltham 98 def. Hawthorn 78
The ‘Cats kicked off the weekend in style with a thumping of the Magic. The visitors played as bad as they have since last season in the first half as Eltham put it to bed early. Ben Waldren (28pts 6reb 4ast) was superb, leading five other teammates in double figures, while Nelson Kirksey (31pts 6reb) continued his dominant season in defeat.
Knox 98 def. Werribee 66
The Raiders kept their finals hopes ticking with a big win over Werribee. A big third quarter put some space between the home side and their opponents as Taylor Dyson (17pts) and Michael Wearne (14pts 5reb 3ast) paced them in victory. Konor Kulas (21pts 11reb) and Mark Berezdecky (16pts 10reb) led the Devils in defeat.
Ringwood 99 def. Blackburn 79
The Hawks accoutned for the Vikings on the back of dominant second and final terms. The home side had six players in double digits with Matt Fennell (19pts 10reb) leading the way, while it was a different story for the visitors as they relied far too heavily on Brendan Trewella (30pts 6reb 5stl) to keep them in the contest.
Casey 122 def. Hume City 90
The Cavs exploded offensively to rout the Broncos. A massive four players scored 20+, led by Brent HObba (25pts 5reb) and another double-double from Raheem Lemons (24pts 11reb 5ast). Mike Rose (23pts 8reb) led the visiting side in what was another disappointing result in the back end of the season.
McKinnon 109 def. Corio Bay 80
Dillon Stith (31pts 4reb 3ast) got off the chain against the lowly Stingrays and the Cougars moved back into the top six with an emphatic victory. The game was tight in the first half but the home side was never threatened thereafter as their star import carried them to victory. Aaron Christopher Lynch (18pts 8reb 3ast) led the Stingrays in defeat.
Corio Bay 76 def. by Ringwood 93
The Stingrays backed up at home on Sunday but fell again, this time to the Hawks. It was the home side who made the early running and led by seven but a dominant middle 20 from the Hawks saw them cruise home. Aaron Christopher Lynch (20pts 15reb) led Corio, while Shaun Clarke (22pts 10reb) and Matt Fennell (18pts 14reb) led the reigning champs.
Blackburn 75 def. by Keilor 103
Keilor smothered their opponents in a comprehensive victory – their third in a row. A tight first quarter was as close as it got as the Thunder pulled clear, brilliantly led by Jordan Coleman (23pts 10reb). The Vikings put to bed a disappointing weekend with Nick George and Ryan Benson each finishing with 12 points and 4 rebounds apiece.
Hawthorn 84 def. Knox 77
The Magic fought back from a slow first quarter to see off Knox. A 27-16 first term to the visitors was a distant memory by halftime as the Magic went 22-7 in the second, taking the ascendency and never looking back. Nelson Kirksey (28pts 6reb) balled out again in the win, while Michale Wearne (17pts) led the Raiders.
Werribee 82 def. by Waverley 93
Afternoons out from Adrien Sturt (28pts 16reb) and Daniel Dillon (28pts 7ast) carried Waverley to victory. No other Falcon scored more than eight points but it didn’t matter as they grabbed an important W on the road. Tyrone Remy (20pts 4reb) and Konor Kulas (19pts 14reb) led the Devils in another defeat.
State Championship Women
Sth Peninsula 90 def McKinnon 69
The Sharks continued their march towards finals with a big win over the Cougars, but it did take a 37-‐16 third qtr to open the gap. The visitors were competitive early and trailed by just 1pt at the long break, however a blistering third period officially put the contest to bed. Sydney Coleman (23pts), Peyton Little (21pts), Jaz Shelley (14pts) and Jamilee Pearce (13pts) all got amongst the scoring action for the winners, while for the Cougars it was Ariel Thomas (14pts) and Bridget Deery (13pts) leading the way.
Hume City 62 lost to Knox 81
Hume City’s recent run of wins came to a sharp stop at the hands of top team, Knox. The visitors used a 46-‐26 run through the middle qtrs to set up victory. Bec Ott (15pts) and Taylor Mathers (15pts) led the scoring for the Raiders, with no less than three others also reaching double digits. For the home team, who aren’t quite locked into a finals berth yet, Nicole Zammit (16pts) and Bianca Babic (13pts) kept the scoreboard ticking over.
Eltham 56 lost to Waverley 86
A big win for the Falcons as they start to warm up for the August action, a commanding three qtrs (78-‐47) getting the job done before the last period gave way for an ordinary finish (8-‐9). Waverley’s big three all got amongst it with Mokrzycki (24pts, 11rbs), Cunningham (23pts, 10rbs) and Bowen (22pts) all enjoying a good night out. For the Wildcats, only Jacqui Kitto (11pts) reached double digits, and she came off the pine to do so. Disappointingly, Eltham’s starting five were held to just 29pts collectively.
Keilor 87 def Bulleen 71
Bulleen’s woes continued with a sharp loss at Keilor, the home team leading by as much as 18pts in a start-‐ to-‐finish victory. The Boomers shot at a strong 50% clip, but awful use of the ball proved telling with a massive 39 turnovers leading to Keilor scoring 44pts from the errors. Briana Babic (23pts), Aneta Bandilovski (23pts) and Amy Smith (16pts, 9ast) combined to lead the way for the Thunder. As we have come to expect, Sara Boothe (20pts, 20rbs, 5ast, 3blk) did all she could for the Boomers, while Nicola Cross scored 13pts from 100% shooting and Jasmine Hines added 15pts.
Sunbury 71 def Ringwood 65
With Cassidy Mihalko (21pts, 14rbs) making a return from injury for the clipped Hawks, the visitors put up a spirited contest against the in-‐form Jets. Trying to snap a dramatic slump, the Hawks actually led by as much as 12pts, but a 40-‐22 second half by the home team delivered another win. Orla O’Reilly (22pts), Josie Stockill (18pts) and Kerryn Harrington (13pts) led the way for the winners, while Kate Spillane (14pts) was the only other Hawk in double digits with Desi Ramos (8pts) being well held.
Division One Men
Geelong 91 lost to Chelsea 109
A workmanlike performance by the Gulls, nothing flashy, just a good four quarter effort and another win. The Supercats got off to a slow start, but remained competitive with Lewis Beks (21pts) and Billy Feben (17pts) the pick of the group. For the victorious Gulls, Matt Brasser (26pts) and Corey Standerfer (24pts, 9rbs, 12ast) led the way.
Melbourne Uni 81 lost to Western Port 89
The Steelers got the jump on the Black Angels (23-‐14) and never looked back, pushing the margin out by as much as 18pts on their way to victory. Dylan Travis (32pts, 8 treys) did his thing, while Bevan Camilleri added a handy 18pts. For the Black Angels, Nick Masunda (34pts) was flying high and continued his amazing run of form.
Sunbury 62 lost to Warrnambool 88
Warrnambool came to town and did what they had to do, and they did it well. A strong start and a solid finish ensured victory with Xavier Blount (36pts) up and firing on all cylinders. For the Jets, Arthur Trousdell was the top scorer with just 12pts. It was slim pickings after that.
Bulleen 72 def Latrobe City 57
An important win for the Boomers which was set up by a 41-‐24 run during the bookend quarters. Evan Solakidis (24pts) got the home team going with Tommy Chambers adding 14pts and 13rbs, while Thadd Varmall dropped 17pts. For the visiting Energy, Stephen O’Brien netted 17pts and Jack Sheedy delivered 15pts.
Keysborough 72 def Shepparton 70
A great game between two of the competition’s best teams. The Gators didn’t have a great shooting night, but they maintained pressure on the home team all the way. Ben Morwood (21pts) stepped up and surprised the Gators, ably supported by Gerrard Newby (17pts, 17rbs) and Calvin Enge (16pts). For the Gators, Cam Vines went for 28pts, 9rbs and 9ast, while Spencer Coleman added 18pts and 16rbs. Matt Bartlett was held to just 3pts on 1/13 shooting.
Shepparton 74 def Sunbury 64
The Gators weren’t flashy, but they did enough to win against the lowly Jets in a scrappy contest. Both teams shot poorly. Vines, Coleman and Cowling all finished with 17pts each for the winners, while for the Jets Trousdell again led the way with 21pts.
Latrobe City 62 lost to Keysborough 91
No troubles for the Cougars down in the Valley, though a slow start (17-‐25) by the visitors did give the home team a little bit of hope. A second qtr surge (26-‐8) by Keysie opened the game right up and from there they cruised to the final buzzer. Gerrard Newby (23pts) and Chris Hoole (20pts) both came off the bench to lead the charge for the winners. Andrew Savige finished with 12pts for Latrobe.
Warrandyte 78 def Geelong 65
Unlike the Supercats, the finals aspirations for the Venom are still alive and well after another win on their home deck. It wasn’t a great start by Warrandyte, but once Ayinde Sprewell (33pts, 12rbs) got going the Venom grabbed the edge. David Moore added 16pts for the winners, while for Geelong it was Lewis Varley (16pts) leading the scorers.
Warrnambool 91 def Whittlesea 78
No hiccups for the Seahawks, two good wins for the weekend as they firm for the finals. The visiting Pacers gave it their all, though a 31-‐18 last qtr by Whittlesea probably flattered them a little in the end. Blount finished with 29pts and Alex Gynes (13pts, 14rbs) was productive, while for the Pacers it was Dom Bruno (29pts) continuing his recent scoring splurge.
Western Port 84 def Collingwood 71
The Steelers completed a good weekend, edging past the All Stars courtesy of a 44-‐28 second half. Collingwood were very competitive in the first half but couldn’t keep pace after the break. Travis (36pts, 15rbs) dominated for the winners. The All Stars were best served by Manny Hendrix (31pts) and Jon Lindhe (20pts, 12rbs).
Division One Women
The race is on for sixth with Whittlsea, Werribee and Hawthorn split only by a win.
Werribee 77 def Camberwell 60
Keeping its finals chances alive with a crucial win over Camberwell, Werribee thrived on the boards and finished the job in their own paint to take the triumph.
Alyssa Bennett (29 points, 12 rebounds) shone in the Devils’ victory alongside Jessy Price (18 points, five rebounds) and Georgia Tauschke (13 points, seven rebounds). Starring for Camberwell were Emily Fielding (23 points, seven rebounds – who notched her best return for the season – in league with Nicole Swan (10 points).
Camberwell 81 def Western Port 57
Sunday proved much better for the Dragons as they slayed the Steelers at home. The three-ball sailed truly for Camberwell as they slotted 13 in a monster shooting performance.
Sarah Stone (22 points) had a field day alongside Nicole Swan (12 points) and Jazmin Allman (10 points). Rachel Winters (22 points) and Attirah Munir (six points, 10 rebounds) led the charge for the Steelers.
Latrobe City 62 def Western Port 56
Latrobe City travelled admirably to knock over Western Port through the likes of Makenzie Millier (21 points, 21 rebounds) and Carly Mullen-Bianconi (nine points). The Steelers were led by Rachel Winters (21 points) and Attirah Munir (14 points, 12 rebounds).
Warrnambool 85 def Whittlesea 67
Whittlesea left the door open for the likes of Hawthorn and Camberwell with its loss to Warrnambool on Sunday. Warrnambool was well led by Katie O’Keefe (26 points), Amy Wormald (19 points, 13 rebounds) and huge rebounding by Alana Strom (13 points, 20 rebounds). LT Poa (17 points) and May Saaga (13 points) were the Pacers’ best.
Casey 90 def Hawthorn 66
Casey strengthened its hold on second while Hawthorn missed a big chance to sneak into the six. Turnovers proved most costly for the Magic, ceding 29 PTOS to the Cavs. Tanarly Hood (18 points) and Jamie-Lee Jeffs (17 points) led the Cavaliers’ charge while Breonna O’Conner (16 points) and Brigitte O’Neill (14 points, 11 rebounds) were Magic’s best.
Mildura 92 def Warrandyte 75
Mildura solidified its spot atop D2W with an emphatic win over Warrandyte, led by a monstrous outing from Vanessa Power (36 points, six rebounds) and Alexis Gassion (26 points, 18 rebounds). Gallant with only seven players available for the trip, the Venom were led by Rachael Wansborough (18 points, 16 rebounds) and Georgina Werninghaus (14 points, 10 rebounds).
Geelong 82 def Chelsea 50
Geelong monstered the boards, reeling in 58 rebounds to give first chance to the likes of Bree Matthews (14 points) and Olivia Virt (14 points), who shone for the Supercats. Raynisha Washington (12 points, seven rebounds) and Kelly Gardiner (nine points) were the Gulls’ best.
Division Two Men
Coburg 92 def Southern Peninsula 65
Coburg has leapfrogged Craigieburn to take top billing in Division Two Men. In the midst of a four-game winning streak, Coburg’s potent three-pronged attack of Patrick Green (23 points), Jeremiah Juric (18 points) and Mweemba Muluma (14 points) shone in the victory while Jordan Gaylor (17 points) and Colin Voss (12 points, 12 rebounds) led the Sharks.
Southern Peninsula 94 def Coburg 89
The Giants took top spot following Craigieburn’s loss to Southern Peninsula on Saturday night. The Sharks sliced up the Eagles defence with an elite three-point display, led by Corey Bond (29 points) and Ben James (22 points). Craigieburn was well served by Damon Smith (27 points, nine rebounds), Blake Dickinson (17 points, 10 rebounds) and Liam Watt (16 points).
Craigieburn 108 def North East 55
Craigieburn bounced back in style with a 108-55 point thumping of North East Bushrangers on Sunday as the Eagles dominated all aspects of the blowout triumph. Damon Smith (23 points, 11 rebounds), Gene Vocale (16 points) and Blake Dickinson (10 points, 16 rebounds) savoured Sunday’s action for the Eagles while the Bushrangers’ best were Liam Wright (10 points) and Lewis Locke (nine points).
Melton 100 def North East 51
North East didn’t fare any better the night before with Melton’s Emmanuel Malou (20 points, seven rebounds) and Wol Wol Ngong (14 points, 12 rebounds) dominating. Liam Wright (11 points) and Lewis Locke (10 points) led the Bushrangers.
Maccabi 62 def Altona 54
Maccabi kept its slim finals chances alive with a win over Altona on Sunday. Altona sent Maccabi to the line all game – gifting the Warriors 31 free throw attempts – and it proved critical in a closely-fought clash. Jack Pinkus (18 points), Adam Klas (13 points, eight rebounds) and Hudson De Bortoli (12 points) led the way for Maccabi while James Till (20 points, 10 rebounds) and James Webster (13 points) were the Gators’ best.
Camberwell 82 def Pakenham 74
Pakenham remains a mathematical chance of playing finals despite its 82-74 loss to Camberwell. A win would’ve given them plenty of confidence heading into their last three games of the season, but in the end the Dragons soared to the win through Nathaniel O’Hara (15 points) and Peter Maunder (12 points). Ben Gaze (18 points) and Josh Bjelan (12 points) were best for the Warriors.
Camberwell 70 def Wallan 64
Camberwell’s winning ways started on Saturday with a 70-64 win over Wallan. Hayden Annett (24 points, nine rebounds) led the Panthers while Nathaniel O’Hara (14 points) was strong for the Dragons.
Mildura 92 def Sherbrooke 67
Mildura sent Sherbrooke packing with a 92-67 win through Dallas Brown (29 points, nine rebounds) and Calvin Henry (20 points, 15 rebounds). The Suns were led by Nicholas Spicer (14 points, seven rebounds) and Harold Minifie (12 points).
Division Two Women
North East 57 def Blackburn 49
North East came away with an victory against Blackburn after an impressive start in the first half. A lapse in the third quarter as the Vikings responded was all but forgiven in the last as the Bushrangers got their mojo back and kept the last quarter even and record an 8 point win. With close match ups all-round, Rachel Jeffrey led the home side (19p, 7 assists) as Alaana Northey supported in double figures (10p). Solid performances from Blackburn with Andrea Belmonte (18p/12rb) and Victoria Sumskas (14p/13rb) both recording doubles. For the Vikings the result sets up an interesting encounter next week against Collingwood which could go a long way to determining post-season ladder position.
Collingwood 107 def Sherbrooke 56
A monster effort from Jada Buggs (39p/15rb) and Maddison Borg (33p/9rb) was more than enough for the All Stars to see off the Suns at Darebin. Despite an even second term by Sherbrooke and trailing by just 7 at the main break, the second half was all Collingwood in a dominant scoring display to chalk up 70 points in the half. Rebecca Ross a positive for the Suns as she recorded a double (15p/15rb) and supported by Danielle Brotto (10) and Renai Fejo and Caitlin Tayleur almost into double digits as well. Although in 6th spot, it would be hard to write the All Stars off for post-season action.
Mornington 85 def Coburg 47
Mornington were licking their wounds after last week seeing their post season flicker out it was probably the wrong time for Coburg to visit. The Giants did have a 9pt lead early, but the Breakers turned that aroud and assumed control for the remainder of the game. With a number of combinations being tried and development squad players getting a run in the big time, Saule Kontautaite (19p) played all 40 on court and Kody West-Linnett collecetd a double (12p/10rb) led the way for Coburg. For Mornington another huge double for Fiona Darnell (28p/17rb), supported by Ash Wright (17p) and Tessa Matthews (14p)
Melbourne Uni 57 def Craigieburn 51
Melbourne Uni took advantage of a slow start from Craigieburn and picked up an 11p lead at the main break in front of their home fans. The Eagles fought back in the 3rd to leave them with a 5p deficit going into the last, but the Black Angels held their nerve to inflict a rare season loss to the Eagles. For the Black Angerls, Lauren Bellegante (13p) and Melanie Fidler (12p) led the charge while for Craigieburn Nicole cameron (18p) and Allanna Procak (15p) leading the team scoresheet. A worrying sign for the ladder leaders that they have been defeated by the teams in 2nd and 3rd won’t be unnoticed. For Melborne Uni, a guaranteed 3rd spot in the finals and a chance to pick up 2nd if the result goes their way next week against Wallan.
Craigieburn 59 def North East 46
After two hard fought encounters the previous day, this one was always going to be relatively even. The Eagles started well and opened up a 5p lead at quarter time then North East hit back in the second to take a single bucket lead at half time on the back of a 9-0 run. The Eagles came out refreshed in the second half and took control of the game – at one stage holding a 22p lead – to run out 13p winners. Jordina Katu (14p) leading the Eagles scoring, as Shona Brooks (11p/10rb) collected a double. For North East, a double to Olivia Storer (12p/12rb) and Alana Sutton (10p) putting up the resistance.
Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men
Eltham Wildcats 95 def. Hawthorn Magic 76
The Eltham Wildcats have used a stellar second half effort to thrash the Hawthorn Magic by 19 points. Mark Scherf led the way with 24 points and eight rebounds for Eltham securing the second seed with the victory. Naoum Lazis was gallant for the Magic with 25 points and five assists.
Diamond Valley Eagles 72 def. Sandringham Sabres 68
Diamond Valley have held off a fast finishing Sandringham to win by four points. With both squads playing for pride, the Sabres came clawing back in the last quarter but fell just short at the final hurdle. Bailey van Hout top scored for the Eagles with 16 points.
Dandenong Rangers 92 def. Melbourne Tigers 77
A ferocious Dandenong Rangers have eliminated the Melbourne Tigers from post-season with a 15-point thumping Saturday night. Tyler Robertson was sensational for the Rangers with 37 points, nailing five bombs from deep in the win. The Tigers led at half-time but couldn’t hold on down the stretch. Reece Bray was the best for Melbourne with 17 points.
McKinnon Cougars 68 def. by Sherbrooke Suns 88
The Sherbrooke Suns have used a complete team effort to defeat the Cougars by 20 points, and vault over them into the final play-off seed. Joshua Dow and Cameron Bradley combined for 47 points and 17 rebounds in the dominant victory. The devastating loss sees McKinnon eliminated from the finals.
Ringwood Hawks 88 def. Blackburn Vikings 65
Captain Ryan Miller has led his Ringwood Hawks to an impressive 23-point win in round 16. Miller scored a game-high 20 points, as the Hawks took advantage of the reeling Vikings inflicting their fourth straight defeat.
Bulleen Boomers 90 def. Kilsyth Cobras 78
Harry Fayle scored a game-high 34 points to help the Boomers to end their horror losing streak. The Cobras now have to rely on results to go their way to advance to the playoffs. Jorden Adnam was Kilsyth’s best with 27 points.
Altona Gators 55 def. by Knox Raiders 97
The Raiders have thrashed the Gators by a staggering 42 points in round 16. Joshua Woodford was the star with 30 points for Knox as Altona had no answers for his hot outside shooting nailing six treys in the rout.
Hawthorn Magic 83 def. Diamond Valley Eagles 74
Hawthorn have secured the number three seed in the Watson conference with a 9-point victory over the Eagles. Ethan Delzoppo scored a game-high 19 points in the win.
Blackburn Vikings 93 def. by Keilor Thunder 98
The Thunder have held off a spirited Blackburn Vikings to secure the top seed in the Watson conference. A lacklustre third quarter saw the Thunder’s lead dwindle. But Keilor captain Cameron Hutton refused to let his team lose, scoring 29 points and dishing six assists in the victory.
Kilsyth Cobras 108 def. Altona Gators 69
Kilsyth have destroyed the Gatos by 39 points to end the regular season in fourth place in the Watson conference. Mitchell Dielemans and Jorden Adnam were special combining for 53 points in the win. Altona’s Dogukan Elyazar monster game (25 points, 14 rebounds) wasn’t enough for the victory.
Knox Raiders 50 def. by Nunawading Spectres 95
The Spectres dominated a dismal Raiders side by an incredible 45 points in the Sunday fixtures. The Spectres had six players score in double-figures in the rout. Nunawading are one of the hottest teams in VYCM winning four of its last five games. Perfect timing.
Sandringham Sabres 65 def. by Dandenong Rangers 80
Dandenong has announced themselves as the team to beat heading into the playoffs after defeating the Sabres by 15 points Sunday. Five Rangers scored in double figures in the dominant win and now riding a 5-game winning streak.
Melbourne Tigers 75 def. Bulleen Boomers 69
Melbourne has finished the season on a high defeating the higher ranked Boomers by six points. A good finish to the year but Bulleen must be concerned about its form with playoffs starting next week.
Molten Victorian Youth Championship Women
Diamond Valley Eagles 43 def. by Sandringham Sabres 69
The league leading Sabres have dominated the Eagles by 26 points to open the final round. Chloe Hicks was the star for Sandringham with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Meanwhile the Eagles are now fighting for their post-season dream in their match-up against the Magic.
Dandenong Rangers 64 def. by Melbourne Tigers 72
Melbourne have cruised to its seventh straight victory defeating the Rangers by eight points. Nikki Metcalfe was huge for the Tigers with 30 points. Amy Baum was gallant for Dandenong with 19 points and six rebounds.
Altona Gators 49 def. by Knox Raiders 80
Knox have kept its play-off hopes alive with a resounding 31 point drubbing of the Altona Gators. Eliana Bravington was sensational with 23 points and 19 rebounds in the victory. The Gators will now need a victory on Sunday to stay in the top four.
Hawthorn Magic 54 def. by Diamond Valley Eagles 70
The Eagles have clawed their way into the top four with a resounding 16-point victory over the Magic. Diamond Valley was led by Mikayla Peterson’s huge game (21 points, 13 rebounds) in the win. Seraphina Newton was valiant in defeat with 15 points for the Magic.
Bendigo Braves 59 def. by Kilsyth Cobras 72
Sarah Haberfield has powered the Cobras to an incredible 13-point win to secure Kilsyth a spot in the post-season. Needing a win to survive, the Cobras ramped up the defence with 15 steals in the victory. While the Braves, already with safe passage to the play-offs, still didn’t need a loss at this crucial time of the season.
Waverley Falcons 48 def. by Nunawading Spectres 69
The Spectres have thumped the Falcons by 21 points to make Waverley’s pathway to the play-offs even more difficult. Rebecca Eddy scored 17 points for Nunawading in the victory. But the story from this game is Waverley’s need to win in the Sunday fixture to progress to the finals.
Kilsyth Cobras 72 def. by Altona Gators 83
Destiny Liu has continued her stellar form scoring 22 points and grabbing six rebounds to lead the Gators to a dominant 11-point victory. Altona captured the third seed in the Terrill conference with the crucial win.
Warrandyte Venom 47 def. by Ringwood Hawks 62
The Ringwood Hawks have cruised to a dominant 15-point victory over the cellar-dwelling Warrandyte Venom. Safely atop the Watson conference, the game was a chance for the Hawks to play their entire squad in the win. Annabel Deerbon with a game-high 16 points led the way.
Knox Raiders 108 def. Waverley Falcons 69
Waverley have suffered a heart-breaking 38-point defeat at the hands of the Knox Raiders, seeing the Falcons season come to an end in the process. Leah Santomaggio was a star for Knox recording 23 points and 11 rebounds. But the story are the Falcons tumbling from a finals position with two losses on the weekend.
Sandringham Sabres 55 def. by Dandenong Rangers 70
The Rangers have used a final quarter barrage to overcome a feisty Sandringham squad by 15 points on Sunday. Amy Baum scored a game-high 20 points for the Rangers in their final tune-up before the play-offs get underway.
Hume City Broncos 90 def. Hawthorn Magic 72
Hume City have used a complete team effort to upset the higher ranked Hawthorn Magic by 18 points to end the Broncos season on a high. Hannah Mrakov was best for Hume City with 21 points and six rebounds in the win.
Melbourne Tigers 69 def. Bulleen Boomers 52
Nikki Metcalfe completed a sensational round of basketball posting 17 points and nine rebounds as the Tigers won their eighth straight victory. Announcing themselves as a team to watch in the play-offs. Alysha Casey was gallant with 15 points for the Boomers in the loss.
Youth League One Men
Casey Cavaliers 91 def. Hume City Broncos 72
The Cavaliers have defeated the Broncos by 19 points behind a complete team effort. Six Casey players scored in double-figures in the resounding victory. Bailey Kirkman caught fire for the Broncos scoring a game-high 31 points in the loss. With both teams eliminated from the play-offs it was a chance for both coaches to play their entire benches.
Ballarat Miners 115 def. Casey Cavaliers 77
Ballarat has continued its winning streak with a thrashing of a road weary Casey Cavaliers by 38 points. The Miners were dominant from the tip-off, racing out to a 19-point lead at half-time and never looked back. An incredible seven players scored in double-figures for the Miners. Luke Beard scored a game-high 24 points for Casey in the loss.
Hume City Broncos 60 def. by Corio Bay Stingrays 63
The Stingrays have fought their way into the post-season behind a stellar final quarter effort. Trailing the lowly Hume City Broncos by 10 points at three-quarter time. Corio Bay locked down on the defensive end, holding the Broncos to only nine points to escape with the stunning victory by three points. Cohen Blythe was the star with 24 points for the Stingrays.
Bendigo Braves 85 def. by Geelong Supercats 103
Geelong have secured its post-season ticket with an 18-point defeat of the Braves. The Supercats were in control throughout the contest, allowing some second unit players to star. Joshua Hindle was the star of the game leading the way with 23 points for Geelong in the win. Bendigo showed glimpses of the ball it will take to be competitive next season.
Camberwell Dragons 80 def. by Warrandyte Venom 86 (OT)
Jarrod Molnar has propelled the Venom into the sixth and final post-season spot defeating the Dragons in overtime by six points. Molnar was sensational scoring 36 points, with Cody Perry-Allamby adding 25 points and 11 rebounds. As the duo refused to let Warrandyte lose. Camberwell were spirited in the last quarter to force OT but ran out of gas in the extra period. Tom Moncrieff was their best with 21 points.
Geelong Supercats 92 def. Sunbury Jets 75
Geelong will be full of confidence heading into the finals series after knocking off league-leaders Sunbury by 17 points on Sunday. With the Jets assured the top spot, they were a visibly different team from what they have been all season long falling to their second loss of the season. Joshua Hindle with 20 points top scored for a Geelong side fighting until the last moment of the game.
Corio Bay Stingrays 96 def. Bendigo Braves 83
Jordan O’Leary has scored a game-high 20 points for a Corio Bay team which is finding form at the right time of the season. The Stingrays defeated the Braves by 13 points, to extend their winning streak to three games and secure the fifth spot on the ladder. The loss ends a tough campaign for the Braves, but captain Aidan Brohm was gallant with 29 points in the loss.
Werribee Devils 87 def. Waverley Falcons 84
In the game of the round, the Devils have enjoyed a confidence building 3-point victory over the Falcons. Waverley had already secured the two seed, so its possible the Falcons thoughts have turned to post-season play. But Werribee showed the Devils are not a team to take lightly. Simon Maker scored 22 points for the Devils in the victory.
Youth League One Women
Eltham 44 defeated by McKinnon 67
The McKinnon Cougars have continued in their attempts to charge towards the finals with a 23-point victory over the struggling Wildcats. The ‘Cats took a two-point lead into the main break, before a surging Cougars 24-6 third stanza took the life out of the home side as McKinnon raced away with a commanding victory. Chelsea Bransden was once again at the forefront of things, leading the way with 18 points, seven rebounds, five assists and 10 steals. Ellen Horsley was best for the Wildcats, finishing with a double double of 13 points and 14 rebounds.
Craigieburn 84 defeated Geelong 43
Craigieburn have kept their season alive time and time again over the past three weeks and have put a real stamp on the competition after a 25-5 first term put the ice on their contest against much fancied and third placed Geelong. Casey Valenti-Paea has been a revelation since joining the Eagles mid-season and backed it up once again with 28 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Zoe Albon continued her stellar form with 15 points and six assists, while Jess Van Der Velden (14 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists) also recorded a double double. For the ‘Cats, they mustered up just 18%FG from the field, which was magnified by just 1-19 from beyond the arc. Allison Marsh led the way with 13 points and nine rebounds.
Keilor 50 defeated Camberwell 45
The Thunder had to grind out a result against a gritty Dragons outfit after just a four-point opening quarter. The home side bucked the trend in the second and third quarters, off the back of Zoe Garth’s 16 points, five rebounds and three assists. Tashia Overby (10 points, 12 rebounds) recorded a double double for the Thunder, while Tiarnie Ellingworth (11 points, 10 rebounds) led the way for the visitors with her own double double.
Sunbury 69 defeated Corio Bay 43
Sunbury cemented their place at the pointy end of the ladder with a 26-point win over Corio Bay. A pillar-to-post victory was ensured after holding the Stingrays to just five points in the second stanza, as the combination of Nyomi Stowers (15 points, 7 assists) and Chloe Angove (19 points, 11 rebounds) proved too much.
Chelsea 63 defeated by Craigieburn 103
A 11-19 quarter time deficit was quickly erased by the visiting Eagles as a triple double from Casey Valenti-Paea and double doubles to Jess Van Den Velden (18 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists, 7 steals), Paige Campbell (15 points, 10 rebounds) and Zoe Albon (21 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists, 6 steals) had Craigieburn firing on all cylinders at Patterson River. Valenti-Paea finished with a whopping 17 points, 15 rebounds and 10 steals to lead the side to a comprehensive win over a Gulls side that just haven’t been able to run out games so far this season. For the home side, Jaimee Storer finished with 13 points.
Youth League Two Men
Mornington 64 defeated by Chelsea 78
Another Aaron Frost masterclass has seen Chelsea record a significant road victory over Mornington. A 28-point, 24-rebound and four-assist performance had the Gulls up and about as they won the opening three quarters before slowing down at the final horn. Matt Beckett led the way for the Breakers with 13 points, nine rebounds and four assists.
Frankston 94 defeated Latrobe City 62
Frankston won every quarter on their way to a convincing win over Latrobe City. The Blues shot 43%FG from the floor for the game led by the likes of Tom Garrett’s 13 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals. Galaa Gelata scored a team high 15 points to go with nine rebounds in just 18 minutes off the bench. Jeremy Sheers had 20 points for the visitors who suited up just seven.
Melton 104 defeated Mornington 72
Melton used a mammoth 32-9 fourth quarter to further enhance their credentials as a championship contender in Youth League Two Men this season as they wiped the Breakers off the hardwood. Bol Bak continued his stellar season with 25 points and nine assists as the ‘Breds shot it at 51%FG from the field. Milan Savic had 19 points, six boards and six dimes in under 18 minutes off the bench, while for the Breakers Aaron Van Den Akker finished with 17 points.
Wallan 77 defeated by Craigieburn 106
Craigieburn made light work of Wallan on the road, opening up a handy margin after just ten minutes (23-8). The Eagles finished strongly as well, off the back of Abraham Solano’s 28 points and six rebounds. Jake Gardiner finished with a double double of 17 points and 11 rebounds off the bench, while Brodie Naggs was also impressive with 11 points, eight rebounds, nine assists and eight steals. For the Panthers Cameron Creasey led the way once again with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Latrobe City 70 defeated by Maccabi 80
Despite being down at the main break, Maccabi stormed ahead in the third term to take a double digit road win against Latrobe City. Idan Shamis was huge in this one posting 28 points, eight rebounds and six assists, as was BenChai Grosman (17 points, 10 rebounds) and Max Vadas (19 points, 5 assists). Brad Watson was very good for the Energy grabbing 19 boards to go with 13 points, while Luis D’Angelo scored a team high 17 points to go with his five assists.
Maccabi 75 defeated Whittlesea 67
The Warriors once again erased an early deficit to turn their fortunes around, using a big third term to put the clamps on the Pacers at home. Despite a big 28 points, 12 rebounds and four assists from Gabe Evans, it was the Warriors who came out on top thanks to controlled performances from the likes of BenChai Grosman (20 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists), Eric Bolaffi (19 points) and Idan Shamis (10 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists).
Western Port 73 defeated by Pakenham 83
In what was built to be an enthralling contest, the Warriors have finished on top as Ned Weideman’s (18 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists) double double and Lee Belton’s 17 points led the charge. Luke Helbig finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds, however, it was the 21 turnovers that proved costly as Pakenham were able to hold onto the ball a lot better. The Warriors also did the damage inside, outscoring Western Port 48-28 for points in the paint.
Youth League Two Women
Frankston Blues 58 def. Pakenham Warriors 56
The Frankston Blues have recorded a sensational hard-fought 2-point victory over the Pakenham Warriors. Frankston were propelled by Abby Chernishoff scoring a game-high 19 points and pulling down 11 rebounds in the win. The Warriors suffered through one their worst shooting performances of the season in the loss. With the win, the Blues now extend their winning streak to three straight games and playing their best ball and the right time of the year.
Casey Cavaliers 77 def. Blackburn Vikings 50
Casey Cavaliers have returned to its devastating best with a 27-point thumping of the Blackburn Vikings. Rebecca Peacock led the way with 19 points, as the league-leaders were ferocious on the defensive end forcing 22 steals in the rout. Maggie McCarthy was valiant in defeat for the Vikings scoring 13 points in the loss.
Werribee Devils 48 def. by Western Port Steelers 50
The Steelers have come back in the final quarter to steal a victory against the Werribee Devils by two points. After trailing all game, the Devils ramped up their stifling defence in the final quarter to record the hard-fought victory. Taylah Lea scored a game-high 13 points for the Devils, but it wasn’t enough for them to secure the victory on their home court.
Mornington Breakers 50 def. by Sherbrooke Suns 62
Rachael Hurd’s game-high 16 points has fuelled the Sherbrooke Suns to a 12-point victory over the cellar-dwelling Mornington Breakers. With both sides desperate for a victory, it was the Suns who used a sensational second half to overcome a half-time deficit and gain the victory. For the Breakers the horror run has now reached 16 straight games, as they remain winless on the season.
Whittlesea Pacers 77 def. Southern Peninsula Sharks 47
The Pacers have bolstered their post-season chances with a massive 30-point defeat of the higher-ranked Southern Pen Sharks. With both teams fighting for the fourth and final post-season spot, Whittlesea put on a defensive masterclass from the opening tip. The Sharks were held to a miserable 18 points in the first half as the Pacers ran away with the lead and the win. Last-Tear Poa was the star for Whittlesea with 24 points and 12 rebounds in the victory.