Round 18 + Semi Final Recaps

Round Eighteen and some Semi 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

Hume City 106 def. Corio Bay 86

The Broncos ended their season on a high, taking care of business on their home floor against the wooden spooners. Trevon Clayton (30pts 20reb 4ast) had arguably his best game of the season in a monster night out, while Mike Rose (33pts 9reb 4ast) was too much to handle for the Stingrays. Jackson Bentley (19pts) led the visitors in defeat.

Hawthorn 78 def. by McKinnon 101

The Cougars secured their spot in the playoffs with a massive win over the Magic. A strong season to date hit a speed bump for the home side as they were blown away early. Deng Deng (31pts 8reb) went off and Ivan Platenik (21pts 6reb 3ast) was good in support as all five starters hit double digits. Nelson Kirksey (23pts 6reb 3ast) worked hard for the Magic.

Knox 88 def. Blackburn 73

The Raiders kept their finals chances alive with a strong win over the Vikes. After an even first term the home side broke the game apart as Chris Kaba (22pts 15reb) and Dylan Hare (19pts 6ast) took it up a notch. The visitors struggled to score, with Brendan Trewella (14pts) leading the way for a side that shot just 34% from the floor on the night.

Ringwood 88 def. by Eltham 96

The Wildcats came out firing and held their nerve late in the contest to regain their spot in the top two. The Hawks rarely lose at home but lacked energy early as the visitors got the jump. Playing catch-up would always be tough against a quality team and that proved too much in the end as the Wildacts grabbed an important W. Josh Sykes (17pts 9reb 3ast) and Justin Aver (16pts 3reb 6ast) led five players in double figures for the ‘Cats, while Shaun Clarke (9reb) and Stefan Osbourne (5reb) each finished with 17 points for the Hawks.

Werribee 61 def. Keilor 50

The Devils ended a disappointing season with easily their best defensive display of the year in a win. It will be a case of what might have been for the Devs given their defensive effort was the reason they lost so many games, but they will take the summer to work on that and come back next year. Konor Kulas (22pts 10reb) led the home side, while Jordan Coleman (19pts 6reb) led the Thunder.

Waverley 72 def. by Casey 101

The Cavs secured their spot in August and bumped the Falcons from the top two with a monster road win. A barnstorming 34-13 second quarter put the contest to bed by halftime before the visitors continued to run away with it down the stretch. Matt Donlan (23pts), Raheem Lemons (18pts 17reb 5ast) and Brandon Polk (18pts 8reb 6ast) were all superb in the win, with Brad Kelleher (16pts) leading a disappointing Falcons outfit.

Keilor 80 def. by Hawthorn 92

The Magic surived another scare, this time running out victors in OT against the Thunder. Despite winning just one period in regulation, the visitors took the game to an extra period and ran away with the clash to eventually win by double figures. Nelson Kirksey (26pts 5reb 4ast) and Jack Barry (25pts 10reb 5ast) both played 45 minutes in monstrous efforts, outpointing Jordan Coleman (24pts 8reb) who led the home side.

State Championship Women

Knox 101 def Bulleen 55

The Raiders had no problems scoring big and delivering a monster 46pt win on the eve of finals. The Boomers went in without Sarah Boothe and it proved an issue, especially during the middle qtrs where the Raiders went on a barnstorming 48-­‐16 run. Bec Ott (21pts), Taylor Mathers (17pts) and Lucy Dawson (15pts) all got amongst the scoring in an even team effort for the winners. For the Boomers, who failed to live up to last season’s Grand Final appearance, finishing second last on the ladder, Jasmine Hines (21pts) and Caitlin Cunningham (17pts) did the bulk of the scoring.

Ringwood 68 def Eltham 65

The Hawks stayed in the finals race with a gripping win against wooden-­‐spooner, Eltham. It was Ringwood’s first victory in seven games. The Wildcats started strongly (18-­‐10) but they couldn’t find a way to stop Cassidy Mihalko (35pts, 9rbs) who proved to be the ultimate game-­‐winner for the Hawks. The presence of Mihalko cannot be missed, she completely dominated with no other Hawk scoring more than 7pts. For the Wildcats, Alice Kunek came off the bench for 15pts. Question is, would the win be enough to push the Hawks into the top 5?

Keilor 69 lost to Sth Peninsula 77

The Thunder pushed the Sharks all the way, the visitors going through a few nervous moments before grabbing the win and celebrating another season of finals. Peyton Little (27pts, 13rbs), Liv Pollerd (15pts) and Jamilee Pearce (13pts, 13rbs) all enjoyed a good game. For the Thunder, Erin Bollmann (21pts, 16rbs) finished up with another double-­‐double.

McKinnon 58 lost to Sunbury 70

The Cougars pushed the Jets all the way and were competitive for the most part, but by the time the visitors pushed the lead to 20pts it became a mountain too big to climb for the home team. Ariel Thomas (20pts, 11rbs) and Clare Ioannidis (14pts) paced the Cougars in the team’s last outing in a season that never really got going for them. The Jets however are finals-­‐bound and look to be in good form. Elyse Penaluna (20pts), Orla O’Reilly (17pts), Chelsea Burns (13pts) and Josie Stockill (10pts, 10rbs) all got amongst it for the winners.

Waverley 70 lost to Hume City 78

The Broncos made the finals after toppling Waverley, at Waverley. Under pressure, it’s been a huge finish to the regular season for the Broncos and with that will come an air of confidence that they enter the post season in form and capable of causing a few upsets. Lisa Murphy (33pts) was huge in this game, along with Nicole Zammit (20pts, 10ast) as the Broncos led for most of the contest. For the Falcons, Renae Mokrzycki (22pts) was the best, assisted by Tegan Cunningham (13pts) and Grace Beasley (13pts). Hume City’s rise to the finals means that Ringwood will miss the August action for the first time in a number of years.

Division One Men

Collingwood 91 def Geelong 77

The All Stars got their last weekend of the season off to a great start, hammering out a 53-­‐33 second half to beat the Supercats. Manny Hendrix (22pts) celebrated game 150 in style and Dylan Webb added 20pts, while for the visitors it was Lewis Varley (22pts) leading the scoring.

Warrnambool 101 def Melbourne Uni 70

The Seahawks warmed up for the finals at the expense of a Black Angels outfit that will be disappointed with the way their season has ended. Nathan Sobey (26pts), Xavier Blount (23pts) and Alex Gynes (18pts) all got amongst the fun for the winners, who look sharp for finals. The Black Angels looked great during the mid-­‐part of the season, but they have fallen short of a finals berth.

Western Port 89 def Shepparton 87

The Steelers stormed home (30-­‐22) for the win, making up for what was a disastrous third qtr (11-­‐29) where the Gators looked to have regained some form. Dylan Travis (38pts, 8rbs) starred for the in-­‐form winners. As always, the Gators were best served by Cam Vines (28pts, 9rbs) and Spencer Coleman (21pts, 17rbs).

Keysborough 71 lost to Bulleen 74

The Boomers scored the last 4pts of the game to grab an unlikely win, upsetting the Cougars on their home deck. It wasn’t what Keysie needed with finals coming up, but all credit to the visitors, especially holding the Cougars to a lowly 35% shooting clip. Thadd Varmall hit 21pts for the winners, while Gerrard Newby had 16pts for Keysie.

Latrobe City 71 lost to Warrandyte 94

The finals-­‐bound Venom got off to a good start (28-­‐18) and backed it up with a 27-­‐13 run in the 3rd qtr to ensure a strong win in the Valley. The home team did have some good patches, but they simply couldn’t stop Ayinde Sprewell (25pts, 18rbs, 6stl), David Moore (16pts) and Mitch Hawley (16pts). For the Energy, Jack Sheedy came off the pine for 16pts and 10rbs.

Chelsea 92 def Whittlesea 79

The Gulls grabbed another win to keep their amazing run going on the eve of finals. Despite a slow start by the home team, a 27-­‐5 second qtr put the result beyond doubt. Corey Standerfer (33pts, 14rbs, 12ast) was a complete level above, Matt Brasser added 23pts and Mitch Riggs netted 17pts. For the Pacers, Sam Sykes (20pts, 13rbs) and Dom Bruno (18pts) did what they could.

Shepparton 64 lost to Collingwood 68

The Gators will head into the finals low on confidence having lost their last 3 games, and 4 of their last 5. The only win for the Gators in that run of 5 games was against lowly Sunbury. This contest wasn’t flash – the home team shooting at 30%, the victorious All Stars at just 33%. Hendrix (23pts) shot just 4/18, but he was a perfect 12/12 from the FT line to get his team up. For the sliding Gators, Vines ended with 34pts and 14rbs.

Geelong 105 def Latrobe City 80

Both teams let the shackles off in their last game of the season with a whopping 68 shots from outside the arc going up, the Supercats responsible for 42of them! Kyle Meyer dropped 31pts in just 21min for the winners, while for the Energy it was Matt Farrell (24pts) leading the way.

Bulleen 67 lost to Sunbury 72

The Boomers failed to back up their previous night heroics, dropping to the lowly Jets, who managed to finish the season with their first away win! A 25-­‐15 last qtr was the magic the Jets needed with Arthur Trousdell (21pts, 12rbs) again rising to lead the way, while Ben Jones netted 19pts. For the Boomers, Evan Solakidis scored 22pts.

Warrandyte 80 def Keysborough 67

A great lead-­‐in to finals for the Venom, but not so great for Keysie. The Venom stormed home with a 22-­‐10 last qtr to grab the win and will go into finals filled with confidence having beaten Shepparton and Keysie in running weeks. Sprewell finished with 29pts, while Calvin Enge had 19pts for the disappointing Cougars.

Division One Women

Casey 110 def Mildura 86

Casey flew into triple digits with an emphatic win to take out top spot heading into finals. In the 1st vs 2nd showdown, the 1-2 punch of Jamie-Lee Jeffs (32 points, 11 rebound) and Tanarly Hood (27 points, seven rebounds) proved too much for the Heat to handle. Mikayla Delcastegne (22 points) and Alexis Gassion (21 points, 10 rebounds) surged for Mildura in what will likely be a sneak peek of the next month’s D2W finals action.

Whittlesea 82 def Chelsea 72

Whittlesea held onto fifth spot with a strong victory over Chelsea, led by the likes of LT Poa (22 points) and Darcy Saunders (18 points). Raynisha Washington (27 points, 11 rebounds) ended her season on a high note alongside Chelsie Ting (10 points).

Hawthorn 77 def Weestern Port 41

Finishing on a high note, Hawthorn claimed a 36-point triumph over Western Port through the likes of Lara Edmanson (20 points, 10 rebounds), Broenna O’Conner (14 points) and Brigitte O’Neill (13 points, eight rebounds). Attirah Munir (15 points, 14 rebounds) continued a strong season with another double-double.

Werribee 75 def Western Port 35

Werribee claimed its place in the finals with a 40-point rout of Western Port. Chelsea Suemai (20 points) nailed six treys alongside Sam Moodie (15 points, 10 rebounds) while Lauren Mcinnes toiled for the Steelers.

Warrnambool 71 def Camberwell 56

Stitching up third spot with a 15-point win over the Dragons, the Mermaids were strongly supported by Amy Wormald (22 points, 15 rebounds) and Molly Mckinnon (22 points) while Nicole Swan (18 points) was brilliant for Camberwell alongside Amy Nicholson (10 points, eight rebounds).

Geelong 62 def Camberwell 49

Flying high into the finals on a five-game winning streak, Geelong surged past Camberwell through the hard work and toil from Caitlin Shadbolt (12 points, 14 rebounds) and a monster night on the boards from Tess Feery (seven points, 22 rebounds). Jazmin Allman (14 points) and Amy Nicholson (eight points, 11 rebounds) strongly led the Dragons in their last outing of 2018.

Geelong 76 def Warrandyte 50

The Supercats cruised into the finals with a 26-point win over the Venom as Caitlin Shadbolt (20 points, seven rebounds) and Georgia Varley (17 points) led the charge. Warrandyte was well served by Ellen Pattison (14 points) and Michaela Kuen (10 points).

Latrobe City 76 def Warrandyte 71

Battling for pride and a win to end 2018, the Energy took out the cellar-dweller clash as Makenzie Millier (18 points, 19 rebounds) finished with another massive double-double in league with Emirson Devenie (18 points) and Carly Mullen-Bianconi (16 points). Hannah Bensch (14 points), Ellie Locke (14 points) and Margaret Kershaw (eight points, 14 rebounds) were stoic for the Venom.

Division Two Men

Pakenham 77 def Wallan 76

Pakenham pushed the boundaries in the season’s final round, edging out Wallan 77-76. Ash “The Headband” Szalek (13 points, 14 rebounds) lit up the stadium with a double-double in league with Ben Gaze (13 points) and Hayden Davey (12 points, eight rebounds). Hayden Annett (19 points, 11 rebounds) and Lincoln Stewart (19 points) led for the Panthers.

Altona 73 def Pakenham 63

Home court did the Warriors no favours on Sunday with Altona taking the 10-point win through Nathanael Coory (20 points, seven rebounds) and James Till (17 points, eight rebounds). Lewis Newman (15 points, 12 rebounds) and Josh Bjelan (12 points, six rebounds) led the stats for Pakenham.

Camberwell 83 def Coburg 81

Taking a big scalp heading into finals, the Dragons soared through Nathaniel O’Hara (24 points) and Michael Osekowski (14 points) while the ladder leaders were led by Mweemba Maluma (16 points)  and Jeremiah Juric (14 points).

Melton 93 def Mildura 75

A three-game winning streak has pushed Melton into fifth following its 18-point win over Mildura on Saturday. Graham Dexter (47 points, 11 rebounds) took the game away from the Heat in league from the field (15/25) and the free throw line (17/20) alongside Maluk Adut (15 points) and Wol Wol Ngong (13 points, seven rebounds). Calvin Henry (20 points, 14 rebounds) capped off an extraordinary regular season with Mildura needing him to continue into the finals.

Southern Peninsula 75 def Maccabi 64

Southern Peninsula will head into the finals brimming with confidence following its 11-point win, inspired by an outstanding performance on the glass. Reeling 58 rebounds, the likes of Collin Voss (32 points, 15 rebounds), Dave Smith (10 points, 15 rebounds) and Jordan Gaylor (15 points) impressed while the Warriors were led by Adam Klas (18 points, eight rebounds) and Andrew Sharp (12 points, nine rebounds). 

Wallan 86 def Craigieburn 82

Finishing strongly, the Panthers knocked over the Eagles through Hayden Annett (32 points) and Kojo Afari (14 points, 11 rebounds) while Brant Rhodes (16 points) and Blake Dickinson (15 points) were best for Craigieburn.  

Maccabi 64 def North East 56

Maccabi took out a close one against North East with Adam Klas (17 points) and Andrew Sharp (14 points) leading the way. Liam Wright (28 points, eight rebounds) was everywhere for North East in another gallant effort.

Camberwell 67 def Sherbrooke 57

Daniel Mcgurth (12 points, eight rebounds) and Nathaniel O’Hara (11 points, nine rebounds) flexed their might in the Dragons’ win while Harold Minifie (18 points) and Nick Tarrant (13 points) led the Suns.

Division Two Women

Coburg 56 def by Blackburn 80

An impressive hit-out from Blackburn en route to the playoffs, and in many ways a positive way for the Giants to finish their season bringing a number of development players into the mix. The second quarter in particular was where the Vikings took a level of control in the match.  An outstanding effort again for Saule Kontautaite who has had a stellar season since arriving at the giants and amassed 31p. Plenty of scoring options for Blackburn as Shannon Bone and Victoria Sumskas (15p each; Victoria with a  15p/12rb double), Andrea Belmonte (13p), Samantha Zennaro (12p) and a double for Amanda Zennaro (10p/10rb).

Wallan 59 def Craigieburn 34

A key result here for the Panthers as they took care of the Eagles at R B Robson Stadium.  Are Wallan Craigieburn’s bogey side? They’ve had solid victories both times this season or are the tricks being kept up the Eagles sleeves for the post-season action.  Wallan would certainly lay claim to having the psychological advantage.  Opening up a significant first term lead the Panthers never really looked back, as Alex Darby (15p) led the way on the scoresheet with Tessa Ramsay (12p/10rb) collecting a double and Gemma Jackson (14p) also in solid support.  Emmie O’Nial also a bucket away from a double.  For the Eagles, perhaps it was about giving some younger players some experience off the bench, knowing that the result either way would not jeopardise their ladder position in preparation for the August action.

Collingwood 72 def by Melton 79

With neither team unfortunately heading beyond July, both teams threw everything at this and was a very exicting contest at Darebin in what is hopefully a sign for 2019 for both clubs.  A close contest throughout, the Thoroughbreds extracted a 9 point lead going into the final term and it was enough to keep Collingwood at bay.  Some great nubmers featuring on the scoresheet led by Maddison Borg (27p) for the All Stars as Jada Buggs collected another season double (18p/11rb). For the Thoroughbreds Molly Young (22p/12) and Jenna Conroy (17p/14rb) both registered solid doubles and Emily Attard also contributed (14p).

Sherbrooke 63 def Melbourne Uni 39

The final game of the season was a great story to end on with the Sherbooke Suns notching up win number 2. The home side have been threatening for a while with some competitive performances and to get the reward for effort against a highly fancied team is a significant positive to take into the off-season.  A powerful opening and third team set up a great win led by a huge double from Rebecca Ross (19p/21rb) with Caitlin Tayleur (12p) also having another good outing. For the visitors, Lauren Bellegante (14p) led the way.

And so ends another season! Congrats to minor premiers Craigieburn along with Wallan, Melb Uni, Blackburn and North East on reaching the post season – let the business end of the season begin!!

Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men

Nunawading Spectres 90 defeated Hawthorn Magic 64

The Spectres have used a stellar second half to defeat the Magic by 26 points and advance to the Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men’s grand final.

Powered by five players scoring in double figures, Remo Simankevicius led the way scoring a game-high 19 points.

Furthermore, it was a complete team effort for Nunawading with the Spectres recording an impressive 22 assists in the victory, which included Dan Baxter dropping eight assists to go with nine rebounds.

The Spectres received great bench production, which has been an asset all season, a testament to their coach Andrew Cutler and his depth. Trent Warren managed 12 points in 14 minutes, while Joe Mutimer finished with 11 points.

Naoum Lazis was gallant for the Magic recording a tough double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds) in the loss.

The Spectres will enter the grand final series full of confidence after winning five straight games.

Eltham Wildcats 86defeatedSherbrooke Suns 78

Christian Yammouni’s 34 points has led the Wildcats to a stunning come from behind victory over the red-hot Suns to advance to the 2018 Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men’s grand final.

Trailing by eight points at the main break, the ‘Cats turned to Yammouni and Tom Clifford to lead the comeback.

Clifford was sensational stuffing the stat sheet with 10 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and even three steals, alongside Ovie Magbegor who was huge at both ends grabbing 15 rebounds, six of those offensive.

Sherbrooke came into the contest scorching after winning five straight games, but struggled in front of a jam packed Eltham crowd at the high school which only multiplied facing the relentless Wildcats pressure.

Josh Dow was the best for the Suns with 20 points, while double doubles to Alistair Parker (17 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists) and Cam Bradley (15 points, 13 rebounds) certainly kept them in the game.

Molten Victorian Youth Championship Women

Sandringham Sabres 74 defeated Melbourne Tigers 62

Sandringham has advanced to the 2018 Big V Molten Victorian Youth Championship Women’s Grand Final with a 12-point win over the Tigers.

The Sabres used an incredible third quarter performance to put the result beyond doubt with some incredible play by some talented individuals.

Captain Cassandra Hill was sensational with 23 points and 11 rebounds in the victory, while Ella Batish continued her strong finals form with 16 points and seven rebounds.

Sandringham have been the dominant force in season 2018 and won every statistical category in the impressive performance.

The Tigers had no answer for the Sabres ball movement allowing 22 assists, while stumbling into 24 turnovers as a team.

Melbourne captain Zoe Cransberg was superb with 12 points and 14 rebounds, while Nikki Metcafle and Laura Hamilton each posted 14 points, but it wasn’t enough to earn her team the win.

Knox Raiders 78 defeated Nunawading Spectres 71

In a game that well and truly went down to the wire, the Raiders ended up leading at every change to defeat the Spectres by seven points en-route to the 2018 Molten Victorian Youth Championship Women’s Grand Final.

Eliana Bravington continues to be the star of VYCW scoring 28 points and pulling down 16 rebounds in the win. Leah Santomaggio (7 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists) was well held by a stringent Spectres defence, however did a number of important things down the stretch to ensure her team was to be victorious. Emily Fisher recorded 18 points and five rebounds, while Maighan Hedge also finished with 14 points.

Rebecca Eddy was gallant for the Spectres scoring 21 points, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the high scoring Raiders.

Knox played outstanding team basketball recording 19 assists, but it was on the defensive end where the Raiders controlled the contest forcing 11 steals and five blocks in the match.

Youth League One Men

Sunbury Jets 91 Defeated Geelong Supercats 81

The Sunbury Jets have flown into the 2018 Youth League One Men’s grand final after defeating the Geelong Supercats by 10 points.

Sunbury started with a bang jumping out to a seven-point first quarter lead, but the Supercats came charging back into the contest.

Jets captain Nathan Baker powered his team into the contest with 19 points and 15 rebounds, while Kyle Collins added a game-high 22 points in the victory.

What was extremely key in the win for the Jets was containing Geelong star Josiah King; Sunbury able to keep King to single-figures which proved to be one of the key differences.

Wang Nyieth was the Supercats top scorer with 19 points, however the ‘Cats finished with 18 turnovers, and ultimately couldn’t sustain a run to get back into the contest.

Waverley Falcons 77 defeated Werribee Devils 61

Dylan Larkin and Bol Jok combined for 35 points and 22 rebounds to lead the Falcons to a huge 16-point defeat of the Devils en-route to the 2018 Youth League One Men’s grand final.

Larkin and Jok were two of four Falcons to score in double-figures in the dominant victory, alongside Cody Fredrickson (15) and Andy Noller (12).

The Falcons were relentless in their efforts swiping 12 steals and forcing the Devils into 24 turnovers.

Daniaell Herbert was again the Devils star posting an impressive 16 points, five rebounds and five assists, however the team was lacking its killer instinct which they had possessed throughout key parts of the regular season.

The Devils let fly from beyond the arc, but to no avail, shooting it at 18% from the three point line. The errant shooting let them down in crunch time while the Devils couldn’t stop the high scoring Falcons at the other end.

Youth League One Women 

Geelong 62 defeated Camberwell 39

The first contest of the weekend concluded without many answers; Geelong secured their third place by smacking the Dragons and Camberwell still had their finals chances up in the air. A 13-4 opening quarter set the tempo, the Supercats stifling the visitors in which they ended up shooting just 19%FG for the game. Carly Sanders led from the front posting 19 points and 12 rebounds. Allison Marsh recorded 14 points and six rebounds off the bench. Zoe Scott finished with 13 points and eight rebounds for the Dragons, who then needed to win on Sunday to confirm their spot in the post-season.

Craigieburn 74 defeated Eltham 69

Craigieburn saluted in their opening game of the weekend and half the job had been completed if they were to be any chance of sneaking in to fourth position. A 26-11 opening stanza set the tempo, however the Eagles didn’t make much noise from there as they proceeded to cruise through to a five point win. Zoe Albon finished with 25 points, eight rebounds and three assists, while Shona Brooks had 18 points and nine boards. Young gun Casey Valenti-Paea recorded 16 points, while for the ‘Cats it was Jess Daoud’s team high 23 points combined with Ellen Horsley’s 14 points, 20 rebounds and four assists.

McKinnon 53 defeated Sunbury 51

The Cougars successfully did their part if they were any chance of qualifying for the finals, with the miraculous upset over the Jets. McKinnon then relied on the Dragons to drop game number two on Sunday to Corio Bay, as well as Craigieburn going down to the league leading Thunder. Chelsea Brandsen once again led the way, recording 21 points, 11 rebounds and an incredible 12 steals; just Bransden and Ellen Parry (11 points) finishing in double digits. The Cougs put on a clinic in the opening half, going into the main break 31-17. Chloe Angove finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds for the visiting Jets.

Camberwell 54 defeated by Corio Bay 57

Camberwell have let slip at the final hurdle, going down to Corio Bay at home ultimately letting go of their finals hopes. The Dragons had the game for the taking, leading by seven at the main break, and then four at three-quarter time. However, the combination of Teagan Tatlock and Carly Vuillermin had the ‘Rays finishing their season on a high. Tatlock posted 20 points and five rebounds, while Vuillermin had a monster game of 19 points and 29 rebounds. Tiarnie Ellingworth had 12 points, six rebounds and four assists for the home side, who would be utterly disappointed as a team, letting a real chance of finals basketball slip away when fate was in their hands.

Sunbury 83 defeated Chelsea 36

With the Jets letting way in Saturday night’s encounter, this game really didn’t have much to play for or live up to. However, the home side Jets put the game to bed early with a decisive 26-7 opening term. The Jets held a commanding difference on the offensive end, shooting at a 42%FG clip compared to just 18%FG. Emily Conn finished with 17 points to go with three rebounds and three assists, while Brodie Theodore and Chloe Angove both posted 12 points. Abbey McNamara was the best for the Gulls, scoring a team high seven points and grabbing six rebounds.

Keilor 68 defeated Craigieburn 61

Craigieburn had one final hurdle in their way in order to qualify for the fourth and final playoff spot, however the league leaders ultimately proved too much as a late surge from the Thunder saw a seven point defeat seal the Eagles’ fate. It was a true team spread for Keilor with Emily Ellis pacing the side with 13 points, four rebounds and four assists, as four others recorded double figures. Amelia Velardo the feature with 10 points, nine rebounds, six assists and four steals. Casey Valenti-Paea recorded 22 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals coming off the bench, in their last ditch effort.

Youth League Two Men

Chelsea 83 defeated Whittlesea 71

The Gulls have finished on a high, ultimately winning six of their last seven which finished with a double digit victory over Whittlesea. Aaron Frost once again led the way with 27 points, 17 rebounds and five assists. Daniel Brown too played well with 26 points, five rebounds and six assists. James Henderson posted 20 points for the visitors, with Gabe Evans finishing with 17 points and 14 rebounds.

Western Port 83 defeated by Melton 91

A late Melton flurry ensured the Thoroughbreds were victorious despite being without the services of MVP candidate Bol Bak. The ‘Breds finished with a 29-17 fourth quarter to erase a three quarter time deficit, as Broden Collins recorded 26 points and 11 rebounds. Koby Skenderis had 19 points, as Milan Savic’s 14 points and 11 rebounds chimed in as well. Luke Helbig was big for the home side with 30 points and nine rebounds.

Keysborough 78 defeated by Frankston 80

The Cougars have finished their season with a very good performance and despite not picking up the points, they would have many positive takeaways from the contest. Louse Agon had 24 points and seven rebounds, while Tim O’Donovan posted 18 points, eight boards and four dimes. A host of Blues finished with 10 points, while two others finished with nine.

Pakenham 102 defeated Wallan 54

The Warriors completely dominated Wallan from the get-go and that never let up. Keeping this one short, Ned Weideman led the team with 22 points, while Tommy Greer had 14 points and six rebounds. Matt D’Arcy was perfect from the field for nine points and seven assists. Cam Creasey finished with 12 points and nine rebounds for the Panthers.

Collingwood 76 defeated Maccabi 58

Collingwood put one foot forward into second place and a first round bye with an 18-point victory over Maccabi. While the Warriors have been competitive and consistent over the last number of weeks, Athiaan Manyiel (20 points) and Deng Dut (16 points) proved too much this time out. Idan Shamis finished with 18 points and six rebounds.

Mornington 96 defeated Craigieburn 88

29 points and six assists to Max Brzezek put Mornington one step away from a finals berth. Brzezek, combined with Kye Taylor’s 18 points and 11 rebounds had the Breakers firing against a fellow finalists contender. Abraham Solano (23 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists) and Tyler Wing (19 points, 10 rebounds) were the leaders for the visitors.

Maccabi 61 defeated by Keysborough 70

Maccabi fell short for the second consecutive day over the course of Round 18, suffering a nine-point defeat to Keysborough. The Cougars used that positivity from their solid performance the night prior with Tim O’Donovan leading the way with 24 points and 13 rebounds. Louse Agon also recorded a double double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, as the Cougars shot it at 44%FG for the game. Max Vedas, Eden Tenenberg and Eric Bolaffi paced the Warriors with 13 points apiece.

Latrobe City 64 defeated by Collingwood 107

A whopping 34-8 final term has put the scoreline way out of whack in this contest, as the Energy were certainly in the contest somewhat for the first three quarters. Luis D’Angelo posted 30 points on 50%FG shooting to post nearly half the teams total. Kan Tap registered a team high 23 points to go with 10 rebounds, while Deng Dut put in his second good performance for the weekend with 22 points and nine rebounds.

Whittlesea 88 defeated Mornington 78 (OT)

Despite the Breakers suffering defeat in this encounter, they have successfully qualified for the post-season thanks to other results playing in their favour. The Pacers have finished off their season strong with a solid overtime victory led by an incredible individual performance from James Henderson. 43 points, four rebounds and three assist led the charge for the Pacers, while double doubles to Adam Guala (16 points, 17 rebounds, 6 assists) and Gabe Evans (13 points, 12 rebounds) also helped immensely. Blake Newman-O’Brien paced the Breakers with 16 points coming off the bench.

Frankston 103 defeated Western Port 75

Frankston finished their season strong with a big outing at home to Western Port, ultimately knocking the Steelers out of post-season contention. Tristan Lloyd recorded 17 points and eight rebounds, as the Blues shot it at 47%FG. Damien Pace had 19 points and six rebounds for the Steelers in their final game for the season, who will rue their first half here finding themselves too far back early on in the contest.

Youth League Two Women

Werribee Devils 81 def. Blackburn Vikings 56

Jasmine Silcock has powered the Devils to a resound 25-point win over the Vikings. Silcock scored a game-high 26 points in the victory and inflict more pain on the struggling Vikings. Bethanie Gray top scored for Blackburn with 16 points, as the Vikings enter the finals on a 3-game losing streak.

Mornington Breakers 58 def. by Whittlesea Pacers 71

The Pacers have continued their winning ways defeating the Breakers by 13 points. Olivia Dalmau and Hailey Wynd combined for 43 points, 14 rebounds and five assists in the dominant victory. This wraps up a difficult season for the Breakers as they endure a season from hell. Meanwhile Whittlesea are playing the best basketball of the Pacers year at the perfect time of the season.

Sherbrooke Suns 44 def. by Western Port Steelers 67

The Steelers have ended their year on a high with a solid 23-point win over the Suns. Western Port were ferocious on the defensive end forcing 15 steals and blocking five shots in the victory after holding the Suns to only 44 points. Myra Wood scored a game-high 18 points for the Steelers in the victory.

Frankston Blues 73 def. by Casey Cavaliers 88

It what could be a preview of the Grand Final the Casey Cavaliers have delivered a message by defeating the Blues by 14 points. Casey was fueled by six Cavaliers players scoring in double-figures in the dominant victory. Kimberley Shankland was the star with 24 points in the win. Kassie Boorer was gallant in the defeat with 19 points.

Pakenham Warriors 57 def. Southern Peninsula Sharks 50

The Warriors have ended the Sharks season with a narrow 7-point victory. Pakenham bounced back after two lacklustre games and returned to the winners list. Captain Ellie Coutts was the star with 17 points and five rebounds. Abbey Toohey did everything she could scoring a game-high 19 points for the Sharks. But it wasn’t enough to earn Southern Pen the victory.

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