Round Four 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 83 def. by Werribee 91
The Devils closed out the game stronger in the second half in what was otherwise a hard-fought contest. Werribee star Konor Kulas (29pts 10reb 4ast) was hard to contain, getting to the foul line for 19 attempts, while Paul Elderkin (22pts 5reb 5ast) also shone. For the Stingrays, Chris Eichler (22pts 7reb) and Michael Rebula (20pts 8reb 4ast) led the way.
Casey 71 def. Keilor 63
The Cavs started strong and never looked back, holding off a bullish Thunder in the second half to record a tough win. Raheem Lemons (22pts 7reb) starred for the victors, while Hanner Mosquera-Perea (13pts 13reb) was as solid as ever for the visiting side, who simply couldn’t match their opponents out of the gates.
Hume City 77 def. by Knox 87
After a tight first half, the Raiders broke away win by double-digits and square their season away at 2-2. Chris Kaba (25pts 15reb 3ast 3stl) was massive in the win, while Dylan Hare (21pts 4ast 5stl) was also impressive offensively. Trevon Clayton (19pts 12reb) and Mike Rose (17pts 10reb 8ast) led the Broncos despite the defeat.
McKinnon 73 def. by Waverley 100
The Cougars had their undefeated run halted by a rampant Falcons side. The visitors overturned a three-point quarter-time deficit in a hurry, leading by 7 at the half and continuing to run wild in the second 20. JaQuez Motley (24pts), Chris Arkell (21pts 10reb 3ast) and Tim Liesting (21pts). Dillon Stith (22pts 13reb) led the disappointing Cougars as they tasted defeat.
Waverley 82 def. Eltham 74
The Falcons backed it up on Sunday, grinding out a tough 82-74 win over Eltham. The home side jumped out of the gates and lead comfortably at half time, but the Wildcats used an 18-9 third term to claw their way back into the contest. It wasn’t to be, however, as Waverley finished strong to claim the win. Adrien Sturt (18pts 11reb) led the Falcons, while Sam Whelan (19pts) was the best for the ‘Cats off the bench.
Knox 95 def. McKinnon 89
The Raiders completed a big weekend and handed the Cougars a second-straight defeat in the process. Taylor Dyson (29pts 4reb) was superb in the win, while Durrell McDonald (16pts) chimed in with plenty of help before fouling out. Adrian Tomada (26pts 5reb 3ast 3stl) and Dillon Stith (23pts 11reb 3blk) shone brightest for the outplayed Cougars.
Ringwood 102 def. Corio Bay 79
The Hawks comfortably accounted for Corio Bay in the end, but it wasn’t easy all afternoon. A 25-11 third term broke the game apart in what was otherwise a relatively tight contest. Jacob Gibson (22pts 7reb) led the Hawks while Sam Stone (18pts) and Shaun Clarke (17pts 9reb) was also strong contributors. Phill Renteria (16pts 4-7 3PT) led the Stingrays.
Hawthorn 83 def. Blackburn 60
The Magic used a crushing second-half to overturn a four-point deficit and ran out massive victors. Nelson Kirskey (17pts 12reb 6stl) starred in the win, while Kirk Smith (16pts 7reb) was also solid of the bench. James Malvaso (17pts) led the disappointing Vikings.
Werribee 101 def. by Casey 105
The Devils were unable to peg back a fast start from the Cavs, going down in a thriller with four starters fouling out. Matthew Donlan (30pts) and Raheem Lemons (24pts 8reb) led the Cavs to victory, while Konor Kulas (35pts 10reb 4stl) and Deng Chan (28pts 6reb 4ast) were the best for the Devils.
State Championship Women
Ringwood 78 def Bulleen 69
The Hawks didn’t have it all their own way, but they simply had too much class for the faltering Boomers. A 26-14 start set up the win with imports Cassidy Mihalko (24pts, 12rbs) and Desiree Ramos (24pts) the standout performers. For the Boomers, Jasmine Hines (15pts) and Maxine Allan (14pts) did their bit. It may be early, but it’s been a tough start to the season for the Boomers and at 0-5 last year’s grand finalists are in danger of being stuck in the relegation battle right now.
McKinnon 59 lost to Waverley 87
Another big loss for the Cougars, this time against a Waverley outfit missing both Kelly Bowen and Jackie Vanderzaag. After an even start, a 51‐23 run during the middle quarters put this game to bed. The visitors dominated with Renae Mokrzycki (28pts, 8rbs) enjoying a night out. Saraid Taylor (15pts) worked hard for the Cougars, but it was slim pickings for the home team in what turned into another blow‐out loss.
Eltham 58 lost to Sth Peninsula 76
A commanding win for the Sharks with a 42‐21 first half too much for the Wildcats to handle. Peyton Little (24pts) and Jaz Shelley (21pts) got on top early and ensured this game was in the bag. Liv Pollerd (14pts) again showed her rising stocks with another solid performance. For the Wildcats, Sam Creed (17pts) tried hard, but the home team looked a step behind from start to finish.
Sunbury 70 lost to Knox 78
In the biggest game of the round, Knox shot well (50%) and once again showed their thirst for defence with a 20‐14 last qtr in Sunbury’s favour flattering the home team at the final buzzer. The Raiders looked sharp and clearly enjoyed having Bec Ott (29ts) back in uniform, the WNBL‐experienced guard easily the difference between the two teams. Young Leah Santamaggio (14pts) continued to show her rising status in the top flight for the winners. Orla O’Reilly (20pts) did what she could for the Jets, while Elyse Penaluna came off the bench for 16pts. Expect the Jets to bounce back, but for now this is a sign the Raiders are a genuine contender this season.
Keilor 83 def Hume City 66
A thundering win for Keilor and more proof that the new kids on the block will surprise more than a few teams this season. Consistency will be the key as to how far the Thunder can go, but more performances like this will help their finals chances. Genna Anderson (18pts) led a starting unit for Keilor that all delivered double-°©‐digit scoring. For the Broncos, Louisa Murphy (22pts) led the way with Viv Saad chipping in for 14pts and 10rbs. Some soul‐searching coming up for the Broncos this week, but no doubt they will bounce back quickly.
Knox 87 def McKinnon 52
McKinnon’s run of big losses continued, this time at the hands of Knox and their miserly defence. The Raiders won all four quarters and rarely looked troubled. Bec Ott (19pts) and Georgia Stirton (19pts) both proved difficult to stop. For the Cougars, Bridget Deery scored 17pts and Carly Chatfield had 12pts, but there wasn’t too much fanfare after that.
Division One Men
Western Port vs Sunbury
No result provided.
Shepparton 75 lost to Keysborough 79
A huge battle between two of the most in‐form teams and with this win comes a genuine belief the Cougars are right in the championship race this season. In an arm‐wrestle, the visitors got the job done with Gerrard Newby (35pts, 10rbs) delivering his best game. Cam Vines hit 25pts for the Gators, but Spencer Coleman (12pts) was well held.
Bulleen 74 lost to Melbourne Uni 77
The Black Angels are on the board with a stirring win at Bulleen, set up by a 27‐18 start. A strong team effort delivered a much‐needed win and hopefully it will propel MU forward. Thadd Varmall dropped 32pts for the Boomers, but it was four players in double‐digits for the Black Angels that got the job done in this one.
Warrnambool 75 lost to Chelsea 77
In one of the biggest games of the season thus far, Nathan Frost dropped a late basket to lift the Gulls to a thrilling win at The Arc. Down 31‐42 at the half, the visitors stepped it up after the main break with Standerfer (19pts), Frost (19pts) and Brasser (17pts) again teaming to deliver the goods. Xavier Blount (34pts) put in a might effort for the Seahawks and Alex Gynes had 20pts, but it was slim pickings after that.
Latrobe City 78 lost to Geelong 93
The Energy’s miserable start to the season continued on Saturday night with the Supercats racing to a 28-13 lead to set up the win. The Energy showed some fight in the second qtr (28‐11), but the visitors stepped it up in the second half to ensure the win. The Supercats had six players in double digits, while James Crockett (25pts) led the charge for the Energy. Once again, an injured Jordon Granger was missing.
Sunbury 100 def Latrobe City 76
Latrobe City’s woes continued on Sunday when they suited up just six players and fell by 24pts to another winless team in Sunbury. The Jets used a 28‐11 start to take control with Jacob Formosa (20pts) the best in a team effort. James Crockett (27pts, 15rbs) did what he could on another tough afternoon for the Energy.
Warrnambool 94 def Collingwood 85
The Seahawks bounced back with a win on Sunday, stepping out at home again, this time against the visiting All Stars. Warrnambool’s go‐to players got going early and never looked back with Blount (31pts, 13rbs) and Gynes (31pts) proving too strong. Manny Hendrix gave Collingwood plenty of hope via his 31pts and 4 treys, while Jon Lindhe added 26pts, but the points were hard to come by across the rest of the team. An even contest and perhaps a sign of what we may see later in the season.
Warrandyte 70 lost to Western Port 73
The Venom’s blistering star to the season came to a close on the back of a huge 23‐10 last qtr from Western Port. The star of the show was again Dylan Travis (27pts, 11rbs), he continually came up big when it most counted to lead his team to another win. For the home team, Ayinde Sprewell (20pts, 13rbs) and David Moore (11pts, 20rbs) did all they could.
Division One Women
Warrandyte 50 def by Casey 74
This Casey side continue to go from strength to strength further cementing themselves as the team to beat while sitting in the number 1 spot and 5-0. They had no trouble adding their latest win to their name, the Venom hampering themselves on more than one occasion. The Cavs had the early lead after their 20 to 6 start. The Venom worked hard in the middle two quarters but fell once again in the 4th. We are yet to see a W from this Venom side, but hopefully it’s not too far away.
Camberwell 85 def Latrobe 56
Breathing down the necks of the Cavs are none other than the Dragons. This side have played one less game but are still undefeated nonetheless. The Dragons had a good grasp on the game at the half way mark, already 10 in front. But after re-charging during the break, they came out with a 27 to 11 opening quarter to blow the game open. The game evened out in the 4th but the damage had already been done.
Western Port 67 def by Whittlesea 71
They have been a surprise packet of late, the Pacers adding a third straight win to their name. This week it was over the winless Steelers who would be disappointed that they let this chance slip through their fingers. They had the better start of the two also, actually leading at the half by just the 4 points. But as the second half got underway, the Pacers made their move. The Steelers worked really hard to keep the Pacers at bay but they were still able to take over, leading by 2 at three quarter time. It was still anyones game at this point, but that little extra effort went the way of the Pacers.
Warrnambool 62 def Chelsea 54
We were expecting this game to be a close one and that is exactly what we got.
It’s fair to say that the Mermaids had some assistance with their win, the Gulls only putting 6 points on the board in the 2nd quarter. This gave the Mermaids the opening they needed and they ran with it for the remainder of the game. The Gulls attempted to redeem themselves but the Mermaids did well to hold them off.
Casey 75 def Hawthorn 45
The Cavs came away with a second win for the weekend, this time a 30 point win over the Magic. The opening quarter already said enough about the game, the Cavs 23, the Magic 7. Although the Magic came to the party for the remaining three quarters, there was nothing they could do to make up that deficit.
Mildura 72 def Werribe 63
The Heat are back on the winners list and in doing so have handed the Devils their 4th straight loss. It was a tight opening quarter with only 2 points separarting the two but it was shortlived as the Heat went 21 to 10 in the 2nd. The Devils came out to win the 3rd and bring the margin down but the Heat stepped it up a notch in the 4th to ensure the game stayed with them.
Latrobe 72 def Geelong 69
We were hoping that after last weeks victory that this would be the start of a run of wins for the Supercats, however this was not to be. The Energy made sure of this, working hard in the end to come away with a 3 point win. The Energy looked to have the game under control at the half way mark, leading by 9. But the Supercats were not finished yet, coming out with an impressive 29 to 12 3rd quarter to take over. The Energy re-grouped and quickly started closing in. With only a minute and a half left, the game was tied. It was some pressured free throws that put the Energy in front and unfortunately, nothing could drop for Supercats to take the game into OT.
Division Two Men
Pakenham 97 def Maccabi 68
In the Warriors showdown it was Pakenham who came out on top after a huge first half, leading by 24 points going into the half time break. Maccabi put in a solid effort after the break but just couldn’t close that huge gap that was created in the first half. Maccabi were left still searching for their first win of the 2018 season, with game 2 for the weekend fast approaching against another tough opponent Maccabi needed to put this loss behind them and focus on the one ahead of them.
Craigieburn 72 def Altona 66
The Eagles managed to fend off the Gators and get out of the swamp with a win, pushing them from 8th position on the ladder all the way up to 5th. Both teams were extremely well matched up, Altona even had a higher shooting % but it was their points from turnovers that let them down in the end.
Southern Pen 99 def Wallan 94
Game of the round did not disappoint, in an extremely high scoring match it was Southern Pen who got it done in the final minute of the game. The panthers had the opportunity to get the lead back in the dying seconds but just could not convert, while the Sharks found the bottom of the net from free throws to push their lead out ot 5 by the time the final siren came around.
Mildura 102 def North East 93
The Bushies have been busy securing their new import Richard Townsend-Gant, who was released from Waverley at the beginning of the week and became a Bushranger by the weekend. Calvin Henry put on a clinic for the Mildura crowd leading his team to a 9 point win, although I guarantee Mildura were not expecting North East to put up such a fight. Look out D2M North East have found their missing piece to their puzzle.
Southern Pen 90 def Sherbrooke 78
With 2 wins over the weekend the Sharks have sky rocketed up the ladder from 6th to 1st, remaining the only team to be undefeated at the end of round 4. Sherbrooke made the Sharks work hard for it, and let themselves down in the final term where they looked like they just ran out of gas, which seems to be their biggest let down this season they do so much right but just can’t finish. The Sharks have been going from strength to strength proving themselves each week, the match up I’m excited for against Mildura is still a few weeks away. How long can they maintain their undefeated run?
Coburg 83 def Camberwell 80
We all knew this was going to be a tough game and it was just that. The lead went back and forward all game and it was still unsure who was going to win after Mark Jeffers nailed a deep 3 pointer with 6 seconds remaining to have them trail by 3. The Dragons led majority of the stats but it was the Giants depth that was a big help to them with their bench scoring 35 points to Camberwell’s 19. The Giants will be happy to be back on the winning side after last weekend, this win sits them in equal second with Pakenham with a 4-2 record, while Camberwell lose their first match of the season it drops them down to equal 6th with 3-1 record.
Maccabi 76 def Wallan 60
Going to put it out there, I did not see this one coming! The Panthers drop their second game for the round,
But first congratulations are in order for Maccabi on their first win of the season, and getting it over a tough Wallan team should feel even better. The Warriors put the pressure on in defence causing Wallan to rush their offence resulting in more missed baskets. The Panthers are either hot or cold and this weekend like the weather they were cold, lets see what next week brings.
Division Two Women
Wallan 66 def Blackburn 39
A tardy start by the visitors had then on the back foot at Robson Stadium and the Panthers showed little mercy throughout to record a 27 point win, leading from start to finish. The Starting Five for Wallan did most of the work, as Emmie O’Nial put together a great night consisting of 16 points, 14 boards, 3 assist and was well supported by Alex Darby who was one board off a double to go with 14 points and 6 assists. For the Vikings, Victoria Sumskas was a charity stripe away from a double to go with 12 boards providing limited resistance along with Samantha Zennaro who collected 7 points. Unfortunately, the combinations just weren’t clicking for Blackburn, but take nothing from Wallan who are starting to motor in this division as they did last season and are going to be extremely tough to take a W from at home.
Mornington 54 def by Melb Uni 75
With a limited line up, the Breakers unfortunately struggled a little in the book-end quarters but great credit to captain Fiona Darell who played every second on court and recorded a game high 20 points for her efforts. Bridget Gamble was a bucket from a double collection 8 points with her 10 rebounds. The Black Angels to their credit weathered the storm in the 2nd and 3rd terms from Mornington, but had enough of a buffer to never be threatened. The Home Side lost out in the boards department 51-36 and while the visitors did have more turnovers, they did capitalise on the opportunities that did come their way from Mornington, scoring 13 to 5 off turnovers. Kylie Turnley had a great game with 18 points and captain Lauren Bellegante collected 15 points. Good minutes for all players allowed several rotations to keep the legs fresh and focused. Depth might be slightly becoming an issue at the Breakers, having lost their last 3.
Sherbrooke 67 def Collingwood 58
The first game in front of the home faithful at Belgrave for the Suns, and after a low scoring first team, both teams got their shots away in the second term, with the home side narrowing the gap to a single bucket at the half. An even third term set up an exciting final term and with Renai Fejo hitting a jump shot early in the last to take the lead, which ballooned out to 5 with about 7:30 left to play. The All-Stars had some opportunities to pull back the margin by a handy trey from Cassandra Sansom gave the Suns a margin they could maintain for pretty much the rest of the quarter to record their first win of the season by 9, putting together a 27-16 last term. Rebecca Ross collected 11 off the defensive glass towards a 16 rebound haul to go with 11 points and record a double and Renai Fejo produced 15 points for the home side. Jada Buggs for Collingwood scored 17 and 16 boards for a massive double to go with 5 assists, whilst Maddison Borg chalked up 15 points and 6 assists and Kate Fayle was a board off a double scoring 13 points.
Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men
Altona 103 def Sandringham 96 (OT)
There was an extra five minutes of basketball required in this tight tussle. Missing their star Cameron Taylor, the Sabres were able to fight back from an early deficit and take the lead late in the 4th. Nicholas Formosa came up huge for the Gators, knocking down a deep ball to send it into OT. From there it was all Altona.
Bulleen 86 def Keilor 78
A huge 35-19 last quarter from Bulleen has secured a big win over the Thunder. Shayan Mahboobi was huge once again for the home team, while BJ Symons continued his good season for Keilor.
Diamond Valley 76 def by Eltham 81
Eltham continued their strong start to the season with a gritty win over the Eagles. They didn’t shoot the ball well (36% FG), but were able to overcome this with rebounding (plus 13) and steals (plus 5). Dylan Dunstan was strong in defeat for DV.
Knox 73 def Kilsyth 57
This one was ugly. Both teams didn’t shoot the ball well (from anywhere), but Knox was able to stun the Cobras with a stellar last 10 minutes. The bench didin’t show up for Kilsyth, while Knox had a great spread across the floor.
Ringwood 81 def Sherbrooke 65
A great team effort from the Ringwood Hawks helped them recover from a sluggish start against the Sherbrooke Suns. Kaide Fittolani and Harry Love were great off the pine both scoring and on the boards.
Hawthorn 97 def Blackburn 75
Hawthorn’s strong start to 2018 continued on their home deck against the Vikings. With five players in double digits, and no one playing over 23 minutes, the Magic seemed to be in control of this one from tip off.
McKinnon 84 def Dandenong 82 (OT)
This one was game of the round. McKinnon jumped out of the blocks well, but a strong second half brought the Rangers back. With under 10 seconds remaining in the 4th, Rangers guard Mitch Barry knocked down a jumper to tie it up. Overtime started with the teams going bucket for bucket, and McKinnon were able to gain an edge thanks to Greer, who scored 4 points in a row to give McKinnon a 2 point lead. Dandenong had a few attempts late to tie it up, but those attempts missed.
Keilor 70 def Nunawading 67
Keilor bounced back well after a tough loss to Bulleen on the Saturday. BJ Symons was once again huge for the Thunder, and the team as whole did a great job forcing Nunawading’s stars into tough shots.
Sandringham 72 def by Knox 83
Cameron Taylor returned for Sandringham but Knox were still too strong for the Sabres. Liam Hanafin was brilliant off the bench for the Raiders, as Knox’s bench outscored Sandringham’s 43-8. Finn Kenny had his best game for the season, leading Sandy in points and boards.
Melbourne 94 def Altona 72
The Melbourne starting lineup was simply too strong on this day for Altona to contend with. Cornelissen and Bray led the way for the Tigers, but there was a great spread across the board. For Altona, Edwards and Elyazar were the only players to really get going.
Molten Victorian Youth Championship Women
Altona 42-34 Sandringham
It wasn’t the most aesthetically pleasing game of all time, however the Altona Gators got the chocolates to kick start Round 4 with an eight-point win over the Sabres. The Gators pulled down what is sure to be a season high 71(!) rebounds, with the visitors mustering up just 17%FG shooting. Chloe Hicks (SAN) was the only individual in double figures with 10 points, to go along with nine rebounds and eight steals.
Hawthorn 67-57 Dandenong
Hawthorn put more misery into Dandenong’s early struggles thanks to Brianna Hans’ 20 points, five rebounds and four steals. Felicity Hilford continues to do the brunt of the work for the Rangers, with another solid outing that included 22 points and five rebounds.
Diamond Valley 80-51 Ballarat
The Eagles continued their hot start to proceedings, accounting for Ballarat at home. The game was in the balance for the majority, until DV really pushed the tempo in the last (23-9 4th quarter) to gap the result. Mikayla Peterson was excellent with 17 points, seven rebounds and four steals.
Knox 70-54 Kilsyth
Knox made a meal of Kilsyth in the early stages, putting on a first quarter exhibition where they led 26-4 at the end of the first period. It was no looking back from there as Meagan Wylie’s 17 points and six rebounds led the way for the Raiders.
Warrandyte 56-45 Melbourne
It was a big night for the Venom who produced their first win of the young season and they did it in style too, defeating 2016 champs Melbourne. Sasha Follacchio packed a punch off the pine with 12 points and six rebounds. Despite the Tigers being without star Zoe Carlsberg, it was Heaven-Lee Valenti who stepped up in her absence with 17 points, nine boards and four steals.
Waverley 70-84 Bendigo
Bendigo continued their good form to start the season with a road victory over struggling Waverley. While Alyssa Weston (19pts, 3ast) has slotted in seamlessly into the line-up, the Falcons just haven’t been up to par in the early going. Hayley Harrington dominated for the Braves with 21 points and 12 rebounds.
Bendigo vs. Ringwood
Unfortunately, result is unavailable at time of publish.
Nunawading 62-34 Hume City
The Spectres made light work of the Broncos, despite not a whole heap of effort from their starters. In fact, just 18 of their 62 points came from their starting group, as Isabel Feller led the way with 14 points from (you guessed it) off-the-bench. Leilani Siamoa paced the Broncos with 10 points.
Sandringham 76-53 Knox
The defending champs bounced back with a vengeance, much because of Morgan Riley’s big game. The star produced a triple-double en-route to victory over the Raiders, claiming 14 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists. A big time performance in what was certainly deserving of a win! Meagan Hedge the best for the Raiders with 15.
Melbourne 57-75 Altona
Altona made it a big weekend with a pair of victories. A massive 27-9 second quarter opened up a little bit of a buffer for the visitors and it didn’t faze their rhythm one bit. Kira Bennett was excellent off the bench with 16 points, while Heaven-Lee Valenti (23pts, 3reb, 3ast) was the best for the Tigers yet again.
Bulleen 58-82 Hawthorn
Hawthorn made it two-from-two over the weekend, travelling to East Doncaster and getting the job done with relative ease. Brianna Hans topped the list with 16 points, 12 rebounds and five steals, while Bulleen’s Alysha Casey fought valiantly with 21 points, 10 rebounds, four steals and four blocks.
Youth League One Men
Sunbury 94-62 Casey
A big first three quarters has helped Sunbury etch out a big win against the Cavaliers on Saturday night. Nathan Marshall’s 21 points, combined with Kyle Collins’ 19 made sure the Jets led from start to finish on home deck. Nick Witmitz was good off the bench with 14 points, as the home side limited their turnovers (11). Brendon Head )15 points, 7 rebounds) led the way for the Cavs on what was an off-night for the team.
Hume City 103-115 Geelong
A high scoring affair has seen the result go in Geelong’s favour thanks to an impressive opening quarter. The Supercats shot over 50%FG for the game thanks to some hot shooting across the board. Josh Hindle dropped 19 points in less than 19 minutes off the bench, while Tom Georgiadis’ 14 points and 11 rebounds was also a major impact off the bench. Mitch Goodman paced the Broncos with 24 points, while Waays Hassan was good with 14 points and seven assists.
Coburg 71-82 Werribee
Coburg were looking the goods after the end of the first quarter and it felt like a win could have been on the cards. However, Werribee responded with a bang and a 36-13 second quarter quickly made that an afterthought. Daniaell Herbert continued his hot form with 27 points, five rebounds and five assists. Vito Carbone had 17 points and Jarryd Reid had 14 points and 15 rebounds.
Waverley 85-80 Warrandyte
Another impressive Waverley performance has seen their side score another victory. Andy Noller featured with 21 points off the bench, while Bol Jok was again front and centre with 19 points and 13 rebounds. The Falcons were able to slow two of Warrandyte’s offensive weapons, with only Jarrod Molnar doing damage with 24 points. Cody Perry-Allamby finished 2-16FG for just seven points.
Camberwell 70-67 Coburg
It was once again an opportunity for the Giants to to score a victory as the game tightened up towards the end; however some clutch free throws from Tom Moncrieff ended their hopes. Shaun Atkins finished with 20 points and six rebounds, while Rory Killen led the way for the Giants with 19 points.
Warrandyte 99-87 Ballarat
Cody Perry-Allamby bounced back with a bang as his 26 points and 10 rebounds led the Venom to a win on Sunday afternoon. Justin Ronan-Black fell one point shy of a triple double with nine points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Jarrod Molnar also chimed in with 25 points. It’s a tough gig when all three are let off the leash. Amos Brooks (22 points, 9 rebounds) and Jamie Constable (15 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists) were the best for the Miners.
Bendigo vs. Sunbury
Unfortunately, result unavailable at time of publish
Geelong 81-85 Corio Bay
A great battle to round out Round 4 saw Corio Bay pinch one on the road. A returning Cohen Blythe to the youth side made a big impact, as his game high 28 points was big down the stretch. Pat Goodier recorded a double double with 15 points and 13 boards, while it was Josiah King doing most of the work for the Supercats again with 23 poinyts and eight rebounds.
Youth League One Women
Geelong 64 def McKinnon 60 (OT)
McKinnon set in for their second OT of the season, this time they didn’t get the outcome they were hoping for with Geelong starting the OT strong with a 6 point lead, leaving the Cougars playing catch up. It was like the Supercats had something to prove as they came out pumped up and rearing to go leading by 5 going into half-time. McKinnon clawed their way back to be within 2 points with a big 3 from Tailah Ross leading into the final minute, with 10 seconds remaining Geelong’s Gemma Morison racked up her second block to stop McKinnon from scoring but it was Tamara Booth who got the rebound and made the lay up to send them into overtime.
Eltham 66 def Chelsea 57
We have 1 less team without a win next to their name now with Eltham getting their first win, leaving Chelsea as the only team still searching for the W. The Wildcats were chasing the Gulls all the way through the first half, with Chelsea leading by 3 points at half-time. But it was Eltham who owned the second half stealing the lead by the end of the quarter, then running away with it in the final term 23-16. Hopefully Eltham can use this win to build the confidence of their girls and get some more wins under their belts.
Sunbury 70 def Keilor 62
The Jets remain undefeated with their record of 4-0 as they steal the win from the Thunder on their home court. Keilor quickly took the lead by 5 a couple minutes into the match, but they left the door open and the Jets flew past them with a 14-0 run to finish the first quarter 26-14. The half time break can either be great to regroup other times teams seem to leave their momentum or fight in the changeroom. Keilor looked like they wanted an extra long break as the came out and only managed 8 points for the quarter, leaving the Jets wide open to run riot and extend their lead out to 22 points. Keilor finally joined the party in the final term knocking the Jets for 6 as they powered home to bring their deficit back to just 8 points.
McKinnon 63 def Craigieburn 62
The Cougars really do like the close ones don’t they! In another nail-biter McKinnon had to claw their way back from behind to get out with a 1 point win, they almost had to go back into overtime for a second time this round, it was all tied up at 62 a piece with 15 seconds remaining when Tamara Booth missed her first free throw, pressure was on but she nailed the second to put McKinnon up. Craigieburn had time for 1 more offence, but a turnover would spoil their play and result in the Cougars taking home the win.
Geelong 88 def Corio Bay 72
In the biggest rivaly match up in Big V, the battle of the bay was set to be a ripper and it did not disapoint. The Supercats found their form early making 4-9 treys in the first quarter all while shooting at 50% from 2 point range also. Before the Stingrays knew it Geelong had pushed out their lead to 13 points when the quarter break hit. Corio out scored Geelong in the second 23-16, but it wasn’t enough to steal the lead from the hungry Geelong side. When you have 4 of your starters on 18 or more points for the match you would hope you come out with a win, however they still didn’t manage to fully stop Teagan Tatlock they stopped almost all of the rest of her team. We all know you can’t win on your own.
Youth League Two Men
Latrobe 60 def by Chelsea 136
The Gulls certainly wasted no time in putting this game in the bag, opening the quarter with a 35 to 10 start. The Energy knew at this point that they had a long game ahead of them. By half time, the game was done, the Gulls leading by 42. No doubt the Energy wanted this game over and done with but credit to them for sticking with it. They kept persisting and watching as the Gulls continued on their lead.
Keysborough 62 def by Craigieburn 80
The Eagles have shot themselves up the ladder with a couple of wins on the weekend, now sitting 4th with with 4 straight wins to their name. Their weekend started off with a comfortable win over the in form Cougars. Getting off to a good start kept them in good stead, doing well to keep the Cougars at arms length. This Cougars side have lost top spot but still sit second on the ladder. But the Cougars have no need to worry, this down patch will soon be forgotten.
Craigieburn 104 def Western Port 82
Similar to their game the night before, the Eagles got off to a great start and continued to improve as the game went on. The Steelers were never too far behind but couldn’t hold the Eagles enough offensively to make any head way.
Mornington 48 def by Melton 83
The team leading the competition at this point have further cemented themselves as the team to beat, taking over the number 1 spot with a healthy record of 5 and 1. They added another win to their name but had some help due to their opponents lucklustre second half. There was only 7 points separating the two at the half, an attainable goal for the Breakers. However the second half went downhill quickly. The Thoroughbreds won the half 43 to 15, the Breakers self imploding.
Pakenham 81 def Whittlesea 59
The Warriors are back on the board, defeating the Pacers by a comfortable 22 points. The Pacers kept themselves close in the opening quarter but let this chance slip in the 2nd dropping to just 9 points to the Warriors 25. The Pacers spent the rest of the game playing catch up but the Warriors did enough to keep themselves in front, taking the win.
Maccabi 75 def Wallan 71
We had a surprising fight on our hands in this match, the Warriors only just getting the job done over the Panthers. For a team that struggled last year and got off to a slow start this season, they were on a high after their double win in round 3. They really applied the pressure to a side currently sitting 3rd and it would have been a bittersweet result for them. The Warriors headed into the 4th 4 points down but worked hard to finish on top.
Frankston 85 def Mornington 52
After a couple of weeks without a win, the Blues would be happy to be on the board once again. Unfortunately the same can’t be said for their opponent, this game marking their 2nd loss for the weekend. Right from the get go the Blues led the way. They put a decent amount of space between the two early on and continued to keep it this way. The Breakers really had no response and have some work to do before next round.
Western Port 89 v Collingwood 69
The Steelers had a great start to their weekend making easy work of the All Stars. This side looked the goods at the start of the season but over the last couple of weeks, have started to fall in a hole. We hope this is shortlived. The Steelers had to work hard for this win though, it was a tight match for the first 3 quarters. It was the 4th quarter that saw the Steelers run away with thanks to their 29 to 14 finish.
Youth League Two Women
Blackburn 54-66 Southern Peninsula
An 18-11 opening term has sparked the Sharks to a gutsy win on the road over Blackburn. Charli Dobson led the way for the visiting team with 17 points to go with four rebounds and two steals. The Sharks received great production from their bench, with all six players getting on the scoreboard, including Jess Finch’s 14 points. For the Vikes, Bethanie Gray finished with 21 points, six rebounds and three assists, while Isabella Nolen had eight points and 11 rebounds.
Werribee 79-45 Sherbrooke
It was an impeccable offensive team performance from the Devils on Sunday afternoon where seven players recorded eight points or more. A whopping 32 offensive rebounds erased the 25%FG shooting slump en-route to a commanding victory. Taylah Lea led the team with 10 points, six rebounds and five steals with a host of others behind her. Rachael Hurd recorded 18 points, eight rebounds and three steals for the Suns, who mustered up 39 turnovers and will certainly be more careful with the ball going forward.
Western Port vs. Whittlesea
Unfortunately, there is no result at time of publish.
Frankston 58-30 Mornington
Frankston put on the defensive clamps, allowing just five, six and eight points in three of the four quarters against the Breakers on Sunday afternoon. Annabel Fitter recorded a double double of 13 points and 12 rebounds, plus had five steals in her appearance off the bench. The Breakers could only manage nine FGM for the game and didn’t help themselves either shooting 33% from the line.
Casey 72-70 Pakenham
It was built up to be game of the weekend, and these two teams certainly didn’t disappoint as the Cavs ran out two-point winners on their home floor. The dynamic duo of Lauren Tuplin (23 points, 8 rebounds) and Tess Young (15 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists) once again led the way as the Cavs snuck past their rivals. Tiarni Fallon finished with 19 points and six rebounds for the Warriors, while Rhiannon Gallagher has 16 points. Ellie Coutts didn’t have her shooting on lock, however once again contributed with nine points, 10 rebounds, five assists and seven steals. Watch for these two to be at the pointy end of season 2018!