Round 17 + Elimination Final Recaps

Round Seventeen and some Elimination Finals done and dusted, who took competitive W’s this time out?

State Championship Men
State Championship Women
Division One Men
Division One Women
Division Two Men
Division Two Women
Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men
Molten Victorian Youth Championship Women
Youth League One Men
Youth League One Women
Youth League Two Men
Youth League Two Women

State Championship Men

Corio Bay 73 def. by Knox 95

The Raiders did the job over the Stingrays to keep their finals hopes well and truly alive. Nothing but a win would do for the visiting party and they took care of business in empahtic fashion, dominating the home side in the second and final terms to cruise to victory. Taylor Dyson was unstoppable, finishing the night with 33 points and 6 boards to condemn the ‘Rays to another defeat. Chris Lynch (15pts 10reb) continued his solid late-season form despite the loss.

Eltham 98 def. by Hume City 99

The Broncos pulled off a stunning upset of the Wildcats, hurting their top two chances in the process. The home side looked to have wrestled control of the contest late in the final term, getting out to a hard-fought two-possession lead, but the visitors refused to lie down and were able to steal the W in the final seconds. Mike Rose (26pts 3reb) and Trevon Clayton (18pts 15reb 3ast 8-11FG) led the charge for the visitors, while Ben Waldren (19pts 5reb 3ast) and Jordan Canovan (18pts 5reb 6ast) led the Wildcats in a disappointing defeat.

McKinnon 106 def. Werribee 94

The Cougars were made to work but came away with another important win, this time over the shorthanded Devils. The visitors had just six players take the court and were led by Konor Kulas (33pts 9reb 4ast) and Bryan Nagy (23pts 3reb 8ast) but ran out of steam in the second half as the home side got on top. Dillon Stith (35pts 8reb) was dominant at the offensive end for the Cougars, while Adrian Tomada (7reb 9ast) and Ivan Platenik (6reb) each added 21 points.

Hawthorn 85 def. by Waverley 89

The Falcons blew the top two race wide open again with a tough win over Hawthorn. A big second term saw the visitors take a double-digit lead into the main break before the Magic flew back into the contest, setting up a tense final term. Daniel Dillon (31pts 7reb 7ast) was superb for the visitors, having a hand in everything, while Jason Reardon (23pts 13reb 3ast) was superb off the bench in the win. For the Magic, Jack Barry (29pts 4reb) and Nelson Kirksey (20pts 9reb 3ast) were big but it wasn’t enough.

Ringwood 95 def. McKinnon 81

The Hawks put on a blistering first half show to end the contest by half time, torching McKinnon 61-27 including a 41-point opening term. The benches were emptied for much of the second half but not before Scottie Stone (23pts), Matt Snow (17pts 3reb 3ast) and Matt Fennell (16pts 13reb 5ast) did the damage. Adrian Tomada (22pts 8reb 3ast) and Ivan Platenik (18pts) led the Cougars with Dillon Stith (4pts 2-13FG) being well-held by the tenacious Hawks.

Keilor 94 def. Casey 80

The Thunder’s late-season run continued with another big win, this time over finals contenders Casey. In what was a tight contest throughout, the home side came home the better and left Casey’s finals hopes hanging by a thread. Matt Spencer (25pts 8-12FG) and Jordan Coleman (22pts 6reb) led the way for the home side, with five players reaching double digits. Raheem Lemons (19pts 7reb) led the Cavs but it was a disappointing night in what was a crucial matchup.

State Championship Women

Sth Peninsula 67 lost to Hume City 70

The Broncos kept their finals aspirations alive with an exciting win down at Rosebud, a thrilling 19-­‐12 last quarter getting the visitors over the line. A must win contest, Louisa Murphy (23pts, 7rbs), Nicole Zammit (13pts, 8rbs, 8ast), Kelly Hardeman (14pts, 10rbs) and Bianca Babic (14pts) all played high minutes and delivered the goods. For the Sharks, who now also sit right on the edge as the Broncos have head-­‐to-­‐head on them, Jaz Shelley (19pts, 7rbs, 8ast, 5stl) and Jamilee Pearce (17pts, 8rbs) did all they could.

Eltham 48 lost to Keilor 58

The Thunder started their double weekend with a hard-­‐fought win at Eltham, the visitors grinding out a victory in a scrappy contest. Neither team shot well, especially Eltham with a low 27% clip, leading to a massive 70-­‐37 rebound count in Keilor’s favour. For the winners Erin Bollmann (17pts, 13rbs) and Kailyn Williams (14pts, 14rbs) led the way, while for the Wildcats it was Liv Bontempelli (19pts) trying to lift her team.

Bulleen 56 lost to Sunbury 83

The Jets had little trouble in getting past the Boomers by way of winning all four quarters. Sarah Boothe (23pts, 17rbs) again did all she could for the lowly Boomers, but the lack of help was as it has been for a number of weeks – too few stepping up. For the finals bound Jets, Orla O’Reilly (19pts, 11ast) led six players in double digits. With finals just around the corner, the reigning champs are looking very good.

McKinnon 80 lost to Knox 89

The Raiders are headed to finals and the Cougars are not, but that didn’t stop the home team from pushing their more fancied opponents all the way. If not for a 30-­‐17 third qtr the visiting Raiders might have been on edge late in the game, but they built a handy advantage and led by as much as 20pts. The Cougars came to play, and they too had their chances with a 9pt lead at one stage, but when the the game went up a notch the title favourites found a way. Bec Ott (30pts) and Leah Santomaggio (15pts) led the scoring for Knox, while Meg Kritscher (23pts, 8rbs, 6blk) and Ariel Thomas (20pts, 12ast) did all they could for the Cougars.

Keilor 63 lost to Waverley 75

The Falcons did what they had to do at Keilor, building a solid win on the back of a four-­‐quarter effort. Tegan Cunningham (23pts), Tenaya Phillips (18pts) and Renae Mokrzycki (14pts) all got amongst the action with Kelly Bowen missing the game, while Grace Beasley (14pts) was very good off the bench. For the home team, Erin Bollmann (15pts, 12rbs) led the scoring. On the eve of the finals, the Falcons look ready to roll and as big of a title chance as anyone.

Division One Men

Chelsea 95 def Collingwood 76

After a tight opening half, the Gulls put the foot down in the third (27-­‐16) to set up an easy win. The big three all got amongst it – Corey Standerfer (24pts, 16rbs), Mitch Riggs (23pts), Matt Brasser (19pts). For the All Stars, Manny Hendrix (29pts) led from the front in typical fashion, while the next best was Jon Lindhe (12pts).

Shepparton 72 lost to Warrandyte 73

The Venom went a long way to securing a finals berth with an amazing win on the road in Shepparton. Down by 8pts after the opening 10min of play, the visitors turned on their renowned hard-­‐nosed defence and produced a 45-­‐ 24 run through the middle periods to stun the Gators. Try as they might, the home team just couldn’t peg them back despite a 23-­‐11 last qtr. Ayinde Sprewell (18pts) led four Venom players in double digits, while for the disappointing Gators both Coleman (23pts) and Vines (20pts) did what they could. Huge win for Warrandyte!

Western Port 78 def Bulleen 73

The Steelers survived a big scare against a desperate Boomers outfit, the home team needing a 24-­‐13 last qtr to get the win. The Boomers did a lot right and did it with four players reaching double digits, the best being Thadd Varmall (19pts, 13rbs). However, when push came to shove it was Dylan Travis (36pts) pushing the Steelers to a a win, the import star dropping 15pts in the last period.

Sunbury 69 def Melbourne Uni 67

Melbourne Uni’s finals aspirations took a massive hit at Sunbury as the home team celebrated a last-­‐gasp basket by Jacob Formosa (21pts) to snatch a massive win. Jack Railton-­‐Woodcock (13pts) missed two free throws in the dying seconds, leaving the Jets to rebound and punish the Black Angels with a dagger basket. Arthur Trousdell (17pts, 15rbs) continued his great form for the winners, while Nick Masunda (19pts) led the way for the Black Angels.

Warrnambool 91 def Geelong 71

The Seahawks firmed up their finals place with a comfortable win over the Supercats, a 21-­‐9 last qtr by the home team pushing the margin to 20pts. Xavier Blount (30pts, 15rbs, 6stl) dominated and looked a class above, while Alex Gynes added a handy 22pts. Nathan Sobey stepped off the bench and dropped 18pts. For the Supercats, Lewis Varley (16pts) and Kyle Meyer (15pts) led the scoring.

Whittlesea 77 lost to Keysborough 95

A couple of teams have slipped up against Whittlesea this season, but the Cougars weren’t having any of that. A tight first half opened up when Keysie went 58-­‐35 after the main break to ensure the win. Gerrard Newby (26pts, 11rbs), Calvin Enge (24pts, 10rbs, 5ast) and Ben Morwood (14pts, 9rbs) did the bulk of the damage for the Cougars, while for the Pacers it was Dom Bruno (29pts) again looking a level above as his scoring rampage continued.

Warrandyte 68 lost to Chelsea 100

The Venom couldn’t replicate their heroics from the previous night in Shepparton. Continuing to set the pace, the Gulls just had too much firepower, winning all four quarters. Standerfer (32pts, 10rbs, 8ast) was again the star of the show his sidekick Riggs (21pts, 13rbs) once more providing great numbers. For the Venom, David Moore delivered 26pts. A split weekend for Warrandyte might just be enough for a finals berth.

Melbourne Uni 84 def Whittlesea 69

The Black Angels bounced back after Saturday night’s horror loss at Sunbury. After an even first qtr, the home team built a lead and didn’t look back. All five Black Angels starters ended with doube digits, led by Nick Masunda with 20pts. For the Pacers, Dom Bruno scored 19pts and Sam Sykes ended with 16pts.

Division One Women

Warrnambool Mermaids 63 def. by Geelong Supercats 74

Geelong has upset the higher ranked Warrnambool by 11 points. The Supercats were powered by Jessica Watson’s 16 points and 12 rebounds and Caitlin Shadbolt’s 14 points and 11 rebounds. It proved to be enough to earn Geelong its third straight victory. Amy Wormald was sensational for Warrnambool with 24 points and 18 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough for the victory.

Whittlesea Pacers 85 def. La Trobe Energy 60

The Pacers have used a stellar second half to thrash the Energy by 25 points. Whittlesea has albeit confirmed its positioned in the top six with the victory. Carly Simons led the way with a game-high 16 points and grabbed five rebounds. Makenzie Miller was gallant for La Trobe with 14 points and 17 rebounds in the defeat.

Mildura Heat 77 def. Western Port Steelers 51

Alexis Gassion has recorded an incredible triple-double (20 points, 17 rebounds, 10 assists) to led them to a 26-point thumping of the Steelers. Mildura are cruising into the finals, winning four of its last five games. Attirah Munir provided the best resistance for the cellar-dwelling Steelers with 15 points and 15 rebounds. But the Heat are a class above in D1W.

Casey Cavaliers 92 def. Chelsea Gulls 61

The Cavaliers have kept pace with the top of the league with their fourth straight win defeating Chelsea by 31 points. Casey captain Tanarly Hood starred with 24 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in the victory. The Cavaliers benefitted by a complete team effort in the dominating victory recording an impressive 25 assists in the win. Raynisha Washington with 17 points was the sole bright spot on an otherwise miserable day for Chelsea.

Warrandyte Venom 53 def. Hawthorn Magic 51

Rachael Wansbrough’s humongous double-double (19 rebounds, 13 rebounds) has led the Venom to a nail-biting 2-point victory over the Magic. Hawthorn saw its ever so slim playoff chance evaporate with the loss and couldn’t overcome the lowly Venom. Warrandyte loss almost every statistical category but were able to scrap and fight for the victory.

Chelsea Gulls 60 def. by Camberwell Dragons 61

The Chelsea Gulls have endured heartbreak after Chloe Breznjak’s game-winner attempt bounced out and saw them lose to the Dragons by 1-point. Tahlia Higgs and Nicole Swan have combined for 38 points and 16 rebounds for Camberwell in the victory. With both teams playing for pride after being eliminated from the playoff picture, resulted in a stunning game.

La Trobe City Energy 48 def. by Werribee Devils 75

Georgia Tauschke’s 22 points has powered the Devils to a massive 27-point victory over the Energy to end round 17. Werribee needed to secure the victory to remain in the top six with only a round remaining in the season. Alyssa Bennett added 17 points and 11 rebounds for Werribee in the win. Carly Mullen-Bianconi tried valiantly with 16 points and eight rebounds for the Energy.

Division Two Men

Wallan Panthers 69 def. by Maccabi Warriors 72

The Maccabi Warriors have held on down the stretch to defeat the Panthers by three points. Maccabi fans held their collective breath as watching Luke Liesegang’s game-winning three-point attempt rim out in the final moments. Jack Pinkus scored 21 points for the Warriors which proved to be enough to out gun Hayden Annett’s 33 points for the Panthers.

Craigieburn Eagles 73 def. Mildura Heat 69

Damon Smith’s 29 points has powered the Eagles to a narrow 4-point victory over the Mildura Heat. With the victory, Craigieburn have albeit secured the top seed with only a round to play. Calvin Henry was the star for the Heat scoring 16 points. The Heat are assured of top six position, but the lost hasn’t helped Mildura’s confidence with only the one round left.

Southern Peninsula Sharks 69 def. Camberwell Dragons 52

The Sharks have utilised a complete team effort to thump the Dragons by 17 points. Four Sharks players scored in double-figures to push Southern Peninsula into third position on the ladder above Camberwell. Mark Fernandez was the lone shining light for Camberwell with 16 points as the Dragons failed to fire in round 17.

Coburg Giants 55 def. by Altona Gators 70

Altona have used a stellar first half effort to upset the second placed Coburg Giants. Led by James Till’s incredible 25 points the Gators caused the most shocking result of round 17. Coburg have run into poor form at the worst possible time of the season. With the top two spot and the finals opening week bye still in play, the Giants will need to rediscover their form quickly.

North East Bushrangers 57 def. by Mildura Heat 86

The Heat have rebounded on Sunday to thrash the Bushrangers by 29 points. Calvin Henry and Dallas Brown led the Heat’s charge combining for 38 points and 20 rebounds in the victory. The woes continue for the North East Bushrangers as they remain winless on season 2018. Thomas Crowe was the Bushrangers best with 13 points in the defeat.

Altona Gators 76 def. Wallan Pathers 72

James Till has completed an impressive round of basketball scoring 20 points and pulling down 16 rebounds to lead the Gators to a 4-point win over the Panthers. While both teams have been eliminated from the post-season competition, the teams still were fighting for the victory. Hayden Annett did his best scoring 15 points, but Wallan couldn’t secure the victory.

Sherbrooke Suns 76 def. by Melton Thoroughbreds 88

The Thoroughbreds have albeit secured sixth stop on the ladder with a 12-point win over the lowly Sherbrooke Suns. Driven by Emmanuel Malou’s 21 points and 13 rebounds and Dexter Graham’s 17 points. Melton hustled all over the court forcing 11 steals in the contest. Harold Minifie’s 28 points and 10 rebounds was gallant for the Suns in the defeat.

Pakenham Warriors 78 def. Coburg Giants 73

Joshua Bjelan has led the Warriors to upset the Coburg Giants by five points. Pakenham used a powerful second half effort the overcome the feisty Giants squad. Coburg had five players score in double-figures but fell to its second straight loss and starting the alarm bells ringing. The Giants have dropped their second straight game. Patrick Green was the best for Coburg with 18 points.

Division Two Women

Craigieburn 54 def by Sherbrooke 49

With the minor premiership locked, the scoreline here still came as a surprise. Sherbrooke kept pace against their more fancied opponents, despite a slow opening. Craigieburn established a 9p half time lead but then the Suns came out in the third term inspired and shell shocked the Eagles to stir up the home crowd leading by 1 into the last change. Craigieburn had to work hard in the last term to wrestle advantage and eventually secured a 6p win. Star of the night for the Eagles was Nicole Cameron with a monster double (24p/15rb) as Stacey Procak (10p) supported in double figures. For Sherbrooke, a double from Tegan Kite (12p/10rb) and led by Rebecca Ross (16p).

Melbourne Uni 63 def Wallan 50

The result here keeps second spot up for grabs into the final round. After an even first quarter, the Panthers fought back to take a 6p lead into half time. The third term was the breaker as the Black Angels opened up a 9p lead, which they increased in the last term. Lauren Bellegante (15p) again had a solid night supported by Kylie Turnley (12p) for Melbourne Uni, whilst for Wallan Alex Darby (11p) led the scoresheet with Gemma Jackson (10p) in double figures an$ Emmie O’Nial a free throw from a double.

Melton 65 def by North East 68

Both teams held sway during the game but North East created a big enough advantage in the first term to hold out Melton at home. With that result, the Top 5 is set for August. Jenna Conroy (24p/12rb) had a blistering game recording a double and Molly Young (11p/12rb) also reaching a double with Emily Attard (10p) in support. For North East, the win helped their Round 18 Bye be a bit more relaxing than it might have been. Chloe Storer (15p/14rb) had an awesome double with sister Olivia, Rachel Jeffrey (12p each) and Jacqueline Gehrig (11p) all in double figures.

Blackburn 58 def Collingwood 57

A close game throughout as expected with high stakes a a jumper with seconds to spare unfortunately didn’t register for the All Stars to give the Vikings a vital win at Mullum Mullum by the bearest of margins. A close game throughout, Collingwood were on a roll before the final buzzer and few extra seconds might have seen the result reversed but the Vikings held on. For the home side Andrea Belmonte (17p) led all scorers with Shannon Bone (12p) and Rebecca Cunningham (11p) great support. For the visitors, Jada Buggs (14p/15rb) with another impressive double, along with good games from Grace Kilmek (14p) and Maddison Borg (11p).  The result means that Blackburn will collect 4th with head to head over North East even if they happen to drop against Coburg next week.

Sherbrooke 65 def by Melton 93

Sadly for the Suns a third quarter blowout proved costly against the Thoroughbreds who recorded a 28p win, but the remaining terms were quite close. Sherbrooke are sure to be an improved outfit in 2019 on the back of their last few outings. Melton will be pleased with the win, despite their post season chance ruined by the previous night and will also be better for the run, to use horse parlay, in their return season. A great performance from Rebecca Ross (21p/17rb) and Caitlin Tayleur (21p) for the Suns, whilst Rebecca Marshall (21p), Molly Young (15p/11rb) Jenna Conroy (12p), Lauren Conroy (11p) and Emily Attard (10p) all contributed to the win for Melton.

Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men

Dandenong Rangers 63 def. by Hawthorn Magic 64

In a stunning upset the Hawthorn Magic have defeated the top seed Rangers by 1-point to blow the VYCM championship wide open. A confident Rangers squad was smashed in the opening quarter by a feisty and relentless Hawthorn team. The Magic held the lead by 15 points after the incredible period. A visibly stunned Dandenong team fought back but Tyler Robertson’s jumper in the final seconds rimmed out giving Hawthorn the spectacular win. Hawthorn captain Xavier Evans was fantastic with 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead his team to victory.

Keilor Thunder 82 def. by Sherbrooke Suns 102

The Suns have caused the second upset of the opening finals weekend defeating the number one seed Thunder by 20 points. Sherbrooke are the hottest team in VYCM and showed their dominant best in a game-winning second quarter outscoring the Thunder 27-9 and taking control of the match. Joshua Dow scored a game-high 26 points for Sherbrooke. But he was one of five Suns players who scored in double-figures. Keilor limped its way into the finals so the upset was on the cards. The result brings to an end a stellar season for the Thunder. BJ Symons capped off his sensational season scoring 25 points and grabbing eight rebounds. But it wasn’t enough to power his team to the next round.

Eltham Wildcats 67 def. Kilsyth Cobras 66

The Wildcats have held on a nail-biter to defeat the fast-finishing Cobras by 1-point. Kilsyth star Jorden Adnam saw his potential game-winner bounce out in the final moments to give victory to the Wildcats. Kilsyth were dominant in the first quarter holding a 12-point lead at the siren. But Eltham never relented. Slowly chipping away at the deficit before taking the lead by five points heading into the incredible final quarter. The teams traded baskets thrilling the crowd in attendance. Mark Scherf scored 18 points for Eltham. While William MacRae was gallant in defeat scoring 25 points for the Cobras as their season comes to a close.

Bulleen Boomers 60 def. by Nunawading Spectres 95
Nunawading have earned their revenge against Bulleen thrashing them by 35 points. The Spectres were magical playing as a team recording an impressive 22 assists in the victory. Thomas Graham led the way with a game-high 22 points for Nundawading. With Zachary Coleman-Bock recording a monster double-double (21 points, 16 rebounds) as the Spectres advance to the next round. Bulleen trailed by seven points at half-time and were still in the contest. But a last quarter malaise saw the Boomers season come to an end. Jack Fleming was best for Bulleen with 21 points in the defeat.

Molten Victorian Youth Championship Women

Sandringham Sabres 81 def. Bendigo Braves 65

The Sabres have stamped their authority on VYCW with a resounding 16-point victory over the Braves. Powered by Ella Batish’s massive 29 points and 14 rebounds, the Sabres were never challenged and took care of business. Danielle O’Toole was again the star for the Braves, scoring 21 points and grabbing eight rebounds but it wasn’t enough for the victory. Sandringham again controlled the boards, pulling down 22 offensive rebounds leading to 25 second chance points. This might be the key to defeating the Sabres. But at the moment Sandringham have to be the favourites.

Ringwood Hawks 55 def. by Nunawading Spectres 61
The Spectres have caused the upset of the opening weekend defeating the Hawks by six points. Ringwood hoped this was the year they could end its post-season hoodoo. But alas another year and another heart-breaking defeat. Nunawading was led by Caillin Ibbotson scoring 14 points, but it was a complete team effort to bring about the stunning upset. The Hawks had been tenacious on the defensive end all season long but couldn’t lock down the Spectres on the weekend. Rachael Watson tried valiantly to will her team to victory with 15 points and 20 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to earn Ringwood the win.

Knox Raiders 81 def. Kilsyth Cobras 41

Knox pair Leah Santomaggio and Eliana Bravington have powered the Raiders to a 40-point thrashing of Kilsyth. The star duo combined for 45 points and 14 rebounds, announcing Knox as a title contender with the win. Swiping 18 steals and dominating the rebounding battle, Knox was always in control of the contest. Kilsyth came into the contest playing some of the best basketball for its season. But had no answer for the dynamic duo in a disappointing end to the Cobras campaign.

Melbourne Tigers 53 def. Diamond Valley Eagles 49

The Tigers have used a ferocious second half to escape with a narrow 4-point victory over the Eagles. A focussed Diamond Valley team dominated from the tip-off shocking Melbourne to lead by nine points at the main break. But a third-quarter defensive masterclass by the Tigers holding the Eagles to a lone point saw Melbourne claw its way back into the contest. Melbourne captain Zoe Cransberg was sensational with 20 points and 12 rebounds in the victory. Diamond Valley will rue the lost opportunity to cause the upset. Amelia Smith was the Eagles star with 15 points and 12 rebounds in the defeat.

Youth League One Men

Werribee Devils 86 def. Warrandyte Venom 71

Adetomi Ayilara and Marol Kuany have starred for Werribee in its 15-point win over the Venom. The duo combine for 33 points and 23 rebounds to lead the Devils to the next round of the post-season. Warrandyte were effective in shutting down Werribee star Daniall Herbert, holding him to five points, but didn’t account for the big games from the other Devils stars. The Venom struggled to get their superstar tandem of Jarrod Molnar and Cody Perry-Allamby to fire throughout the game. Determined to make the Venom duo take tough shots, the Devils were relentless in their defensive pressure. It worked. Molnar and Perry-Allamby were forced into 23.5% (8-34FG) in the match. Werribee was effective in controlling the glass and having outstanding ball movement. The Devils finished with an impressive 17 assists in the victory.

Geelong Supercats 84 def. Corio Bay Stingrays 76

The Supercats have defeated the Stingrays by eight points in the second elimination final and ended their Corio Bay hoodoo. After losing to the Stingrays in both meetings of the regular season, the Supercats were out for revenge. It was evident from the opening tip, Geelong was a team on a mission. Jumping out to a quick fire 9-point lead after the opening period. The Supercats didn’t look back to secure the outstanding win. Nathan Gronbeck was one of five Geelong players to score in double-figures. Making the win all the more impressive was the fact Supercats star Josiah King was held to six points in the contest. Corio Bay star Cohen Blythe had been the Supercats destroyer during the regular season, but was held to 17 points. Jordan O’Leary scored a game-high 25 points for the Stingrays but it wasn’t enough for his team to advance.

Youth League One Women 

Corio Bay 80 defeated Eltham 73

Teagan Tatlock led the Corio Bay Stingrays back to the winner’s circle off the back of 36 points, 10 rebounds and four assists as the ‘Rays took care of business at home. Jenna Loats played her hand in the victory as well posting 16 points, nine rebounds and six assists. In what was a tight tussle throughout the majority of the contest, it was the home side who made the free throw line their friend, going there 24 times to just 10. Ellen Horsley continued her great season with 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Wildcats.

McKinnon 90 defeated Chelsea 38

A stellar opening half put this game on ice by half time as the Cougars rallied off a 29-8 second stanza en-route to a commanding victory. Kelli Champion led the side with 17 points as the Cougars shot it at 43% from the field, compared to just 18%FG for the Gulls. Chelsea Bransden once again stamped her assertiveness on the game with 15 points, seven boards, five dimes and eight steals!! Jaimee Storen posted 13 points and six rebounds for the visitors.

Sunbury 72 defeated Craigieburn 66

In a hotly anticipated contest, the Eagles would have certainly walked away with positives in what was their biggest test of the back half of the season with a full squad, going down by just six points to the league leaders. Emily Conn led the way for the Jets with 21 points, five rebounds and four assists who continue to look the goods in season 2018. Casey Valenti-Paea registered a team high 21 points to go alongside seven rebounds and looks to have a brilliant future ahead of her in this competition.

Keilor 71 defeated Geelong 53

A 15-9 opening quarter set the tone for this one as the Thunder made scoring opportunities very limited for the Supercats side that came to visit. The ‘Cats managed just 28%FG including 4/16 3P in addition to their 28 turnovers, which ultimately put them out of the contest. Amelia Velardo finished with a team high 18 points and four assists for the Thunder. Emily Ellis registered 15 points, six rebounds and four assists, while Carly Sanders led the visitors with 21 points and nine rebounds.

Camberwell 52 defeated McKinnon 47

In what was the most anticipated match-up of the round it was the Dragons who emerged victorious on their own home floor, putting themselves in a commanding position to qualify for the post-season. The Dragons held McKinnon to just 24%FG, while at the other end Kaitlyn Wallace was doing the damage with 20 points and four rebounds. Chelsea Bransden finished with 14 points and three rebounds.

Eltham 50 defeated by Keilor 93

Keilor made the march back to the top of the table with a convincing 43-point overhaul of the Wildcats. The 27-2 opening quarter painted the picture and it allowed head coach Ryan Morris to spread minutes from there on out, with every rostered player chalking 10+ minutes. Zoe Garth led the charge with 19 points, while Adele Rogers posted a double double with 13 points and 12 boards. Ellen Horsley once again led the way for the home side with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Youth League Two Men

Craigieburn 81 defeated by Chelsea 100

The Aaron Frost show looks set to continue for a while down at Chelsea as another 27-point, 17-rebound performance set the tone for another Gulls victory to kick start Round 17. The eldest Frost has YL2M on a string at the moment as the Eagles found no way to slow him or his team down. Abraham Solano posted 22 points and five assists for the Eagles in the loss, Tyler Wing also serviceable with 16 points and nine boards.

Western Port 67 defeated Latrobe City 64

Latrobe City have put in arguably the best performance of the season this past Saturday night when a three-point defeat was the end result at David Collings Indoor Leisure Centre. Murray Myers produced an excellent weekend which started with 30 points and six rebounds here, however the Energy just couldn’t get over the line as the Steelers will be counting their lucky stars they didn’t. Taylore Gittos sparked the home side with 16 points and 17 rebounds, as some of their major stars were kept quiet for the evening.

Wallan 67 defeated by Maccabi 70

Maccabi kept their slim chances of a playoff berth alive with a three-point win over Wallan. Idan Shamis once again carried the brunt of the offence posting 27 points and grabbing 14 rebounds in the win. Cam Creasey registered 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Panthers, however it was the Warriors who finished the better which ultimately secured the victory.

Melton 86 defeated Keysborough 77

The Melton Thoroughbreds used a positive first half experience to hold their own on home court, defeating the Cougars. Fernando Rios-Rodriguez led the way with 25 points, while fellow stars Broden Collins (14) and Bol Bak (13) were well held. Cal Morgan finished with 18 points for the visitors, who just allowed too many open threes to drop.

Mornington 69 defeated by Pakenham 79

Mornington put themselves in a difficult position by the end of three quarters and were looking at a grim home display before saving some face in the final term to go down by 10 points at the hands of the Warriors. Down 19 at 3QT, the damage had already been done as Tom Greer (18 points, 10 rebounds) and Matt Berkec (9 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists) led the way. Matt Beckett had 18 points and 12 boards for the Breakers.

Latrobe City 83 defeated by Craigieburn 92

Murray Myers once again led the cavalry for a fighting Energy side, however, a 24-10 fourth term was the ultimate result which saw the home side fall just short. 29 points and five boards to Murray was combined with Jordi Williams’ 12 points, 15 rebounds and five assists put them in a position to win; however, Ab Solano’s 24 points and six assists, plus Tyler Wing’s 20 points and 16 rebounds were just too much.

Frankston 116 defeated Whittlesea 75

Frankston shot 52%FG from the floor and surprisingly just 12 free throws en-route to posting 116 to completely wipe Whittlesea off their home deck. Josh Cleary finished with 18 points, while Luke D’Alcorn had 15, Ryan Wells 14. Gabe Evans finished with 17 points and eight rebounds to continue his good form with the Pacers.

Pakenham 80 defeated Collingwood 79

It was a big game in respect to a number of different things and it sure as hell didn’t disappoint. The Warriors saluting by a solitary point at home despite trailing at 3QT. Tom Greer once again led the charge with 21 points and 12 rebounds, while Lee Belton chipped in with 16 points. Deng Dut was on song with 24 points, five boards and four dimes, while Alex Cocco had 19 points.

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Western Port Steelers 59 def. Pakenham Warriors 51

The Steelers have kept their post-season hopes alive with a stunning 8-point victory over the Warriors. Myra Wood was the star with 17 points and seven rebounds to lead Western Point to the crucial victory. It was a miserable first-half for Pakenham as they failed to fire. Bethany Quadara top scored for the Warriors with 11 points.

Southern Peninsula Sharks 72 def. Mornington Breakers 44

Southern Pen have thrashed the lowly Breakers by 28 points in round 17. The Sharks were dominant on the defensive end forcing 20 turnovers and 13 steals in the victory. Ashleigh Little led the way with a game-high 23 points. Michelle Hole was valiant for the Breakers scoring 15 points and pulling down seven rebounds in the loss.

Casey Cavaliers 120 def. Sherbrooke Suns 43

The Cavaliers have demolished the Suns by 77 points. Casey dominated every facet of the contest, grabbing 72 rebounds, recording 24 assists, forcing 27 steals in the Cavaliers most impressive performance of the year. Six Cavaliers scored in double-figures, Lauren Tuplin was the star with 24 points. It was a miserable game for Sherbrooke. But Rachael Hurd tried all contest, finishing with 13 points.

Blackburn Vikings 46 def. by Whittlesea Pacers 59

Olivia Dalmau has kept the Pacers playoff hopes alive leading Whittlesea to a 13-point victory over Blackburn. Dalmau was sensational scoring 17 points and grabbing nine rebounds in the victory. The loss couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Vikings as they sit precariously in fourth position on the ladder. Shannon Bone did her part scoring a game-high 18 points, but Blackburn couldn’t get the win.

Werribee Devils 53 def. by Frankston Blues 82

The Blues have thumped the Devils by 29 points to close out round 17. Kassie Boorer was the star scoring 25 points and pulling down nine rebounds in the dominant victory. Frankston are finding form at the right time of the season, now winners of four straight victories. Announcing themselves as a contender in the process.

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