Another round of hoops in the books, who was the player of the game in your respective contest?
Division One Men
Division One Women
Division Two Men
Division Two Women
Victorian Youth Championship Men
Victorian Youth Championship Women
Youth League One Men
Youth League One Women
Youth League Two Men
Youth League Two Women
McKinnon 117 def Corio Bay 86
McKinnon continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 31-point win over Corio Bay. The Cougars shot 62 points in the opening half to lead by 22-points at half time. The lead extended to 23 points in the third term, before a last quarter blitz ensured a 31-point win. Eric Williams recorded a double-double (21 points and 11 rebounds) in the win.
Hawthorn 85 def Keilor 79
The Magic survived a late scare to beat Keilor at home. Hawthorn led by 11 points at the start of the fourth quarter, but the Thunder cut their lead to six points by outscoring the Magic 17-12. Nelson Kirksey was instrumental in the win with 19 points and seven rebounds, while Christopher Kaba had 28 points in the defeat for the Thunder.
Werribee 99 def Blackburn 98
Werribee held on to beat Blackburn by one-point at the Mullum Mullum Stadium. Heading into the game both sides were looking for their first win of the season and it was the Devils who started the better of the two, leading by five points at quarter time. The Devils extended their lead to 11-points at the half, before the Vikings reduced the margin to seven points in the third term. The Vikings continued to close the gap and when Nodia Odigie shot a three with 53 seconds remaining, the margin was only one-point. Blackburn had numerous chances to the hit the front but missed their attempts as the Devils held on to record their first win of the season.
Werribee 85 def by Corio Bay 114
The Stingrays got off to a strong start after going down to McKinnon on Saturday, and bounced back in the best way possible with a 29-point win over the Devils. A 32-20 opening term got the ball rolling for the visitors, who led for the entire contest during the victory. Joseph Reid Jr put in a mammoth performance for the visitors, finishing with 35 points, 12 rebounds and three steals. David Shepard added 23 points and five boards for the hosts, although the Devils weren’t good enough to stop Corio Bay from recording their first victory of the season.
McKinnon 115 def Hawthorn 94
43 points in the second quarter guided McKinnon to victory over Hawthorn. The Cougars scored 232 points across the weekend to stamp their authority on the league. Dillon Stith top scored with 30 points, eight rebounds and three assists, while Eric Williams had 19 points and 15 rebounds.
Casey 115 def Chelsea 107
Casey held off Chelsea in a high scoring affair at Casey Stadium. Both sides combined for 76 points in the in the fourth quarter to set up a cracking finish. Michael McInnes top scored for the Cavs with 28 points, while Brandon Polk had 21 points and 15 rebounds. Matthew Brasser was enormous for the Gulls with 46 points, while Mitchell Riggs had 30 points.
Keilor 94 def Hume City 86
The Thunder were too good for Hume City at the Keilor Basketball Centre. The Thunder outscored the Broncos 54-28 in the paint and 22-15 for second chance points. BJ Symons starred off the bench with 21 points, two rebounds and an assist.
Southern Peninsula 82 def Bulleen 66
30 points in the second quarter guided Southern Peninsula to a 16-point win over Bulleen. The Boomers led by 13 points at quarter time, before the Sharks went on a 30-12 run in the second term to lead by five points at half time. The Sharks extended their lead to seven points in the third term, before sealing the win with 21 points in the final quarter. Jamilee Pearce came off the bench to have 17 points, seven rebounds and three assists.
Hume City 80 def Casey 62
Hume City made it four wins in a row to start the season after an 18-point win over Casey. Both teams were undefeated heading into the contest, but it was the Broncos that started the better of the two sides by holding a 16-point advantage at half time. The Cavs outscored the Broncos by two points in the third quarter, but that did little to stop the Broncos from coming away with the win. Kristy Rinaldi shot 87 per cent from the field to end the game with 20 points.
Keilor 95 def McKinnon 70
30 points from Erin Bollmann guided Keilor to a 25-point win over McKinnon. Bollmann improved on her averages this season with 30 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists in a player of the match performance. The Thunder were superb off the boards and collected 65 rebounds. They were also dominant in the paint and outscored the Cougars 56-18.
Whittlesea 73 def Warrnambool 58
A 43-27 run in the first half guided Whittlesea to victory over Warrnambool. The Mermaids shot only 28 per cent from the field and only 50 per cent from the free throw line in a disappointing display. The Pacers had 13 fast break points to lead by as much as 18 points, before coming away with a 15-point win. Rachel Bell was enormous throughout the game and had 45 points and 10 rebounds. Captain Abbey Sutherland led from the front for the Mermaids with 29 points and 14 rebounds.
Werribee 81 def Sunbury 62
Werribee recorded a comprehensive 19-point win over Sunbury at the Boardman Stadium. The Devils scored 34 points in the first quarter to lead by 15 points at quarter time. The lead only increased as the game went on as the Devils retained their spot in the top four. Alisia Jenkins top scored for the Devils with 24 points.
Division One Men
Warrandyte 77 def Bellarine 66
Warrandyte climbed to second on the table following a 11-point win over Bellarine. Jacob Thom starred for the Venom with 17 points, five rebounds and four assists. The Venom’s pace on the break was key as they outscored the Storm 18-5 on fast break points. The Venom also capitalised on turnovers, scoring 13 points from the Storm’s errors.
Shepparton 87 def Sunbury 64
31 points in the first quarter gave Shepparton ammunition to record a 23-point win. The Gators came out blazing to lead by 18 points at half time. The Gators were clinical on the court and shot 50 per cent from the field. The victory ensured they kept their undefeated start to the season alive.
Western Port 95 def Melbourne Uni 75
Western Port were too strong for Melbourne Uni at the Melbourne University Sports Centre. The Steelers held an eight-point lead at half time, before a 28-16 run in the third term gave them a 20-point lead, which they maintained to the final buzzer. Tanner Samson and Daryl Corletto combined for 43 points in the win.
Warrnambool 90 def Whittlesea 64
Whittlesea’s winless start to the season continued against Warrnambool on Saturday night. The Seahawks’ pressure enabled them to score 27 points from the Pacers’ turnovers. Aaron Harrison was instrumental in the win with 31 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, while the Seahawks’ bench combined for 27 points.
Collingwood 101 def Warrnambool 68
The Seahawks were no match for Collingwood who clinched a 33-point win. The All Stars held the Seahawks to only nine points in the final quarter to come away with a big victory. Manuel Hendrix starred with 27 points, four rebounds and six assists, while Deng Dut had 18 points, three rebounds and four assists.
Sunbury 78 def Latrobe 62
A 24-11 run in the final quarter gave the Sunbury a 16-point win against the Energy. The Jets led by three points at three-quarter-time but secured the victory with a dominant final term. Ishmael Sanders starred with 30 points, four rebounds and four assists, while Arthur Trousdell had 22 points and 12 rebounds.
Bulleen 85 def Coburg 79
Overtime was required to separate Bulleen and Coburg. Scores were tied at 75 apiece, before the Boomers stamped their authority with a 10-4 run in OT to secure the win. Chauncey Orr was instrumental in the win with 46 points, eight rebounds and an assist.
Keysborough 104 def Melbourne Uni 92
Keysborough condemned Melbourne Uni to their second defeat of the weekend. The Cougars shot 61 per cent from the field in an impressive display which also saw them accumulate 43 rebounds. Ivan Platenik recorded a double-double (15 points and 12 rebounds) in the win.
Western Port 96 def Whittlesea 53
The Steelers were comfortable winners in the final game of the round. Daryl Corletto had 21 points, while Bevan Camilleri had 20 points and three assists off the bench. Dominic Bruno was gallant for the Pacers with 19 points and six rebounds.
Division One Women
Hawthorn 55 def Chelsea 54
A free throw from Elyce Lambrou with 39 seconds left handed Hawthorn a come from behind victory over Chelsea. The Magic trailed by as much as seven points in the match before clawing their way back in the second half. 18 points in the third quarter reduced the margin to three points. Their momentum continued in the fourth quarter as they outscored the Gulls 11-7 to run away with the win. Nyilah Jaminson-Myers led the way for the Magic with 21 points, 12 rebounds and an assist.
Mildura 107 def Bellarine 82
Mildura recorded a shock 25-point win over Bellarine. The Storm were undefeated heading into the game but were no match for the Heat who broke the game open with a 24-9 run in the second quarter. The Heat outscored the Storm 13-1 from fast break points and 21-3 from turnovers in their best performance for the season. Vanessa Power starred with 32 points, five rebounds and two assists, while Alyesha Lovett had 27 points, nine rebounds and three assists.
Western Port 69 def Craigieburn 62
It was a tight contest at Mornington Civic Reserve as Western Port beat Craigieburn by seven points. Sinead (29 points) and Rachael Wansbrough (23 points) combined for 52 points for the Steelers in the win. Western Port led by seven points at half time, before the lead was reduced to five points in the third term. The Eagles continued to challenge in the fourth quarter but the Steelers held on to win.
Camberwell 76 def Latrobe 52
A second half blitz gave Camberwell victory over Latrobe. Scores were level at half time, before the Dragons went on a 42-18 run in the second half to come away with a 14-point win. The Dragons would be proud of their performance on the defensive end as they held the Energy to under 15 points in three of the four quarters. Chloe Savory had a double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds) for the Dragons, while Mikaela Dickson had 22 points for the Energy.
Chelsea 53 def Warrandyte 42
Chelsea returned to the winner’s list with a win over Warrandyte. Fresh off a heartbreaking one-point loss to Hawthorn, the Gulls kept the Venom to 10 points in the opening half to lead by 16 points. The Venom reduced the deficit to 10 points in the third quarter, but the Gulls steadied in the fourth to come away with the win. Kelly Gardiner led the way for the Gulls with 19 points, six rebounds and an assist.
Division Two Men
North East 80 def Maccabi 77
27 points in the final term gave North East a three-point win over Maccabi on Saturday. The Bushrangers trailed by as much as 17 points in the game, before they came from behind to seal the win. Lachlan Kego top scored with 16 points, four rebounds and two assists, while Liam Wright had 15 points and nine rebounds. Benji Tamir was stellar for the Warriors with 32 points and 11 rebounds.
Pakenham 100 def Mornington 53
Pakenham made it four wins in a row with a massive win over Mornington. The Warriors outscored the Breakers 52-24 in the paint and 23-7 in second chance points. Brad Bridgewater had 19 points off the bench, while John Creighton had 17 points, 15 rebounds and three assists.
Craigieburn 109 def Melton 70
The Eagles clinched their third straight win with a big victory over Melton. Liam Watt starred for the Eagles with 21 points, three rebounds and four assists, while Declan Stockdale had 18 points and three rebounds off the bench. Craigieburn scored a whopping 33 points from turnovers as the Thoroughbreds struggled to find form.
Camberwell 87 def Sherbrooke 80
Camberwell needed 29 points in the final term to overcome Sherbrooke. The Dragons trailed by five points at three-quarter-time, before overturning the deficit in the final term. Maxwell Barkeley led the way for the Dragons with 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Ben Hanley had 16 points off the bench. Kraig Shields starred for the Suns with 20 points, seven rebounds and three assists.
Mildura 90 def Wallan 85
A strong first half guided Mildura to victory over Wallan. The Heat scored 53 points to lead by 12 points at the main break. Wallan tried to fight a comeback in the second half but it came to no advantage as the Heat claimed their fifth win of the season to remain undefeated. Calvin Henry starred with 20 points and 20 rebounds, while Jacob Pettway and Dallas Brown both had 16 points.
Pakenham 96 def RMIT 84
Pakenham condemned RMIT to another defeat with a 12-point win on Sunday. The Warriors remain undefeated and sit on top of the ladder. Daniel Steen came off the bench to score 29 points, including 5-6 from three-point range.
Southern Peninsula 110 def North East 73
Southern Peninsula had a big win over North East at the Wangaratta Indoor Sports and Aquatic Centre. The Sharks scored 58 points in the paint to come away with the convincing win. Troyce Manassa top scored with 34 points, while Corey Bond had 28 points, six rebounds and three assists in the win.
Altona 98 def Mornington 56
Altona were comfortable victors in the final game of the round. Daniel Nichols came off the bench to top score with 19 points along with Nathanael Coory, who had 19 points, two rebounds and four assists. Ethan Marshall (10 points) was the only Mornington player to score in double digits.
Division Two Women
Melbourne University 61 def by Melton 69
TheThoroughbreds outlasted the Black Angels in a tight affair at Melbourne University that came down to the wire. Trailing by two points at the end of the third quarter, Melton used a 20-10 final term to rally past Melbourne University. Jenna Conroy scored eight of her team-high 12 points in the fourth quarter, including the go-head free throws, to help guide the Thoroughbreds to victory. She also added seven rebounds and four assists. Melton shot the ball much better, going at 45 per from the field compared to the Black Angels’ 34 per cent clip. Stacey Procak chipped in 11 points and 11 boards for the visitors, who along with Jenna Conroy, were the only two Thoroughbreds to score in double figures. Amelia Smith led the way for Melbourne University with 22 points, 10 rebounds and four assists, while Emmie O’Nial put up 14 points, 12 rebounds and two steals.
Mornington 57 def by Sherbrooke 66
Sherbooke ran over the top of Mornington to improve to 3-1 for the season and take fourth place on the ladder. After trailing 21-10 at the end of the first, the Suns chipped away at the margin throughout the second and third quarters to get back into the contest. Sherbrooke then blew out Mornington 25-13 in a decisive fourth quarter, with Deslyn Applewhaite and Genevieve Mucha leading the charge. Applewhaite played a superb game for the Suns, finishing with 20 points, 10 rebounds and four steals, while Mucha added 12 points on 5-8 shooting and eight boards. Mornington’s Fiona Darnell tallied 18 points and 11 rebounds but committed a costly seven turnovers. Sammie Simmons gobbled up 10 points, 15 rebounds and four steals.
North East 44 def by Blackburn 60
The Vikings have extended their winning streak to three, picking up an assertive win over the Bushrangers to consolidate top spot on the ladder. Blackburn did their damage over the second and third quarters where they outscored North East 36-21. The Vikings dominated the glass 55-37 and moved the ball a lot better. Blackburn’s Andrea Belmonte put in a well-rounded performance, recording 15 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals. For the Bushrangers, Rachel Jeffery was the only player to score in double figures with 12 points, adding five boards and three assists.
Pakenham 78 def Wallan 62
The Warriors have continued their strong start to the season, improving to 3-1 after ousting the Panthers by 16 points at home. Other than a horror second quarter which they lost 15-2, Pakenham were the much better side, pouring in 53 points in the second half alone. Pankeham’s Stephanie Pal (26 points, 15 rebounds, three steals, two blocks), was simply outstanding on both ends of the floor, with help from Keeley Patterson (20 points, five rebounds, five assists, three steals) and reserve Ellie Coutts (14 points on 8-8 free throw shooting, eight rebounds, seven assists, five steals, three blocks). Wallan’s Megan Marasco worked hard with 20 points and five boards off the bench and Carly Simons double-doubled with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Collingwood 70 def by Coburg 92
The Giants blew out the All Stars to close out the round on Sunday. Coburg came out firing with a 28-point first quarter, then put Collingwood to the sword in the second half which they won 55-38. Coburg’s Saule Kontautaite was firing on all cylinders with a game-high 31 points on 12-of-21 shooting from the field. Rachael Mckeown (17 points, six rebounds) and Elo Magbegor (12 points, eight boards) were also busy for the visitors. Kirsten Horne led Collingwood with 20 points and 13 boards.
Victorian Youth Championship Men
Sherbrooke 54 def by Dandenong 114
Dandenong continued their undefeated start to the season, blowing out the Suns on the road by a whopping 60 points. The Rangers scored at least 28 points in every quarter, going at 58 per cent shooting from the field. Lachlan Viney led six rangers in double figures with 20 points.
Blackburn 44 def by Knox 90
Knox put Blackburn to the sword in a 56-point hiding, using a 30-6 second term to run away with the ball game. The Raiders restricted the Vikings to just 25 per cent shooting from the field, also forcing 20 turnovers in a convincing effort. Knox’s Corey Fiddles was the MVP with 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting, 11 rebounds, four assists and two steals. Josh Woodford added 17 points off the bench.
Hawthorn 84 def by Kilsyth 100
Kilsyth have picked up their third-straight win after dispatching the Magic by 16 points at the Boroondara Sports Complex. After a tight opening half, the Cobras flexed their muscles in the third and fourth quarters where they outscored the Magic 60-43. Mitchell Dielemans was unstoppable, compiling 39 points on 13-of-19 shooting, six triples, three rebounds, six assists and two steals. Ben Bara added 17 points off the bench. Joe Furphy was busy for Hawthorn with 19 points and 14 rebounds.
Ringwood 100 def McKinnon 72
TheHawkswere too strong at home for the Cougars to improve to 3-3 for the season, as McKinnon slipped to 2-4. Ringwood opened the game up with a 31-point first quarter and never looked in doubt from that stage.Ringwood’s Sebastien Lees had a game-high 30 points, adding six boards and five assists. Tim Harmer worked hard for the Cougars with 21 point and seven boards.
Waverley 74 def by Eltham 81
Eltham got past the Falcons for their first win of the round to remain undefeated on the season. Meanwhile, Waverley suffered just their second loss. Eltham’s Mark Scherf finished with 23 points, six rebounds, a steal and a block. Malej Bar worked hard for the Falcons with 21 points.
McKinnon 74 def by Waverley 94
Waverley bounced back with a convincing win over McKinnon on the road behind four Falcons scoring in double figures. Bar was the stand out with 19 points on 8-12 shooting in just 22 minutes. Tim Harmer led the way for the Cougars with 16 points and six dimes.
Keilor 98 def Bulleen 96
The Thunder edged past the Boomers in an epic clash where Nathan D’Amato’s clutch layup with nine seconds remaining lifted his team to victory. Keilor’s Cooper Keogh (31 points, 10 rebounds) and Zac Triplett (27 points, seven boards) put on a show in dominant performances. Bulleen’s Cody Perry-Allamby (29 points, 12 boards) tried his heart out.
Diamond Valley 67 def by Melbourne 86
The Tigers were too strong for the Eagles in a 19-point triumph. Jakob Cornelissen (17 points) led four Tigers in double-digit scoring numbers in a well-rounded performance. Ben Barlow and Ryan Bowkett put up 14 points apiece for the Eagles.
Kilsyth 94 def Ringwood 88
Kilsyth picked up their fourth-straight win, running past Ringwood in the fourth quarter in a tight affair. You could barely separate these sides, although Kilsyth shot 85 per cent from the charity swipe compared to Ringwood’s 68 per cent. Luke Rosendale poured in 28 points, shooting a perfect 13-13 from the free-throw line. Nicholas Feller was also huge for the Cobras with 25 points and 14 rebounds.
Southern 95 def by Nunawading 102
The Spectres rallied past the Sabres despite a massive 40-point outing from Nicholas Gabsch. He shot 12-21 from the field, making four triples and adding four rebounds. Jack Gandolfo came up big for Nunawading with 21 points.
Eltham 88 def Sherbrooke 55
Eltham picked up their second win of the round to improve to 5-0. Christian Yammouni put up 21 points, five assists and six assists, while Thomas O’Connor added 15 points and 14 boards.
Victorian Youth Championship Women
Hawthorn 90 def Bulleen 64
Bulleen remain winless following a 26-point loss to Hawthorn. Charlotte Miller scored 19 points for the victors off the bench, while Ella Van Der Sluys top scored for Bulleen with 14, including four three-pointers.
Ringwood 82 def Bendigo 63
Ringwood continued their undefeated start to the season by defeating Bendigo. Caitlin Woodman top scored with 24 points including four threes. Hayley Harrington was a highlight for Bendigo, scoring 20 points and grabbing six rebounds.
Hume City 79 def by Knox 81
Knox have overcome Hume City in a tight game. The two-point win was led by a 24-point performance from Zoe Jenkins. Georgia Baldwin added 17 points and 16 rebounds, but was shaky on the ball with 11 turnovers. Rachele Carrozza top scored for Hume City with 15 points.
Waverley 36 def by Kilsyth 75
Kilsyth have secured an easy win over Waverley, who remain winless on the season with a 0-4 record. Lauren Bird scored 14 points along with five rebounds and five steals to lead the way for the Cobras. Waverley struggled shooting with none of their players reaching double figures and the team as a whole only shooting 28% from the field.
Diamond Valley 51 def by Nunawading 79
Nunawading cruised to an easy win over Diamond Valley, winning by 28. Kate Tanner top scored with 19 points off the bench, while Diamond Valley struggled for accuracy. Natalie Davies scored eight points to lead the Eagles’ scorers, but shot 2/14 from the field.
Bendigo 69 def Altona 54
Bendigo defeated Altona to go 1-1 for the weekend. The game was scrappy with both teams being inaccurate. Olivia Noter top scored for the Braves with 12 points, while Jessica Rarity had eight points, 13 rebounds and seven turnovers for the Gators.
Ballarat 84 def Waverley 62
Ballarat have defeated Waverley behind Laura Taylor’s 25 points and 10 rebounds. The Rush hit 12 threes to the Falcons’ four to record a 22-point victory. Nyakoang Lok had a big game for the Falcons recording 21 points, 18 rebounds, three blocks and three steals.
Kilsyth 52 def by Ringwood 79
Ringwood overcame Kilsyth by 27 points to move to a 5-0 start this season. Caitlin Woodman scored 19 points off the bench, while Annabel Deerbon added a double-double. For Kilsyth, Erin Burgoyne was the standout with 18 points and four rebounds.
Sunbury 68 def Dandenong 62
Sunbury have won a close game against Dandenong by just six points. Neither team was able to get on top with nine points being the biggest lead of the game. Chloe Angove had a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds for Sunbury, while Sibel Balcioglu hit five threes for Dandenong on her way to 17 points.
Southern Sabres 63 def by Melbourne 72
Melbourne have come out on top against the Sabres to remain undefeated so far this year. The Tigers took 35 fewer shots than the Sabres, but shot at 50% to come out on top. Katie Bugden scored 26 points including 14 from the free-throw line to lead the Tigers in scoring. For Southern, Morgan Riley had 17 points off the bench, including three triples. The win puts the Tigers two games clear of the Sabres who sit in second.
Youth League One Men
Corio Bay 64 def Frankston 52
The Stingrays pulled away from the Blues in the last quarter to claim a 12-point win. Leading 39-34 after three quarters, Corio Bay exploded for 25 points in the last quarter to hold Frankston at bay and record a comfortable victory. Patrick Goodier gathered a remarkable 23 rebounds, while Marach Marach scored 13 points to lead the Stingrays to their second win of the season.
Sunbury 97 def by Geelong 115
The Supercats earned their fourth win of the season with a commanding 18-point win over the winless Jets. Geelong held a 16-point lead after one quarter and never looked back at Boardman Stadium behind a stellar 51 per cent shooting mark from the field. Aidan Darmanin and Josh O’Connell scored 21 points apiece to lead the Jets, but they were overshadowed by a dominant 28-point, nine-rebound game by Geelong’s Wang Nyieth.
Warrandyte 56 def by Camberwell 70
The Dragons have recorded their third straight victory with a 14-point win over the Venom at Warrandyte Sports Complex. After racing out to a 16-point lead at half-time, Camberwell was forced to withstand a Venom rally in the third term before pulling away in the last quarter to restore a double-digit margin of victory. Cameron Anderson top-scored for the Dragons with 13 points, while Sebastian Goldby was the only Venom player to score in double figures with 12 points.
Hume City 93 def Bendigo 59
Four Broncos scored in double figures as Hume City led at every break on its way to a dominant 34-point win over Bendigo. Propelled by a suffocating defensive display, the Broncos held the Braves to only 33 per cent shooting from the floor as they ended their three-game losing streak. Christopher Alai and Bailey Kirkman each scored 18 points for the victors.
Casey 103 def Warrandyte 66
The Cavaliers responded to their first loss of the season in emphatic fashion with a 37-point win over the Venom, handing them their third straight loss. Casey dominated inside and out, shooting 44 per cent on threes and scoring 40 points in the paint against the Warrandyte defense. Jordan Gooiker knocked down four threes on his way to 20 points for the Cavaliers. Aaron Klos scored 15 points for Warrandyte.
Ballarat 102 def Sunbury 70
The Miners rallied in the second half to continue their unbeaten start to the season with a 32-point win over the winless Jets. The Jets trailed by only seven points at half-time before Ballarat outscored them 55-30 in the second half to assert its dominance. Zachery Dunmore and Jeremiah McKenzie led a balanced Ballarat attack with 15 points each, while Jai Everitt top-scored for Sunbury with 13 points.
Bendigo 82 def by Altona 87
The Gators survived a scare to keep themselves in touch with the top-two after a hard-fought victory over the ninth-placed Braves. A whopping 28 Gator turnovers kept Bendigo in the game, but Altona eventually eked out a five-point win. Four Gators recorded double-doubles, while Sam Beks and Kai Daniels played strong all-around games for Bendigo. The Braves’ second straight loss sees them slump to 2-3.
Geelong 82 def by Corio Bay 98
The Stingrays scored their second win of the weekend behind a strong defensive performance against the Supercats. Geelong could only muster 31 per cent field goal shooting, while at the other end, Ethan Blythe had a field day with 21 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Josiah King recorded 18 points and seven rebounds for Geelong, which fell to 4-2.
Frankston 86 def Hume City 82
The Blues registered their third win of the season in a thrilling finish against the Broncos. In a back-and-forth tussle, Frankston emerged victorious thanks to a Kurt Alaimo layup with seven seconds left which sealed the result. Ryan Wells was the star for Frankston with 25 points and five rebounds.
Youth League One Women
Casey 86 def Craigieburn 69
The Cavaliers secured yet another win over the Eagles as they finished with a 17-point victory. Casey started strong, opening the second half with a 12-point lead and they never looked back. The Cavaliers continued to hold their lead as Kim Shankland, Stephanie Leclerc and Tess Young each added 12 points onto the scoreboard helping their side finish strongly. Finishing with a combined 16 steals and 14 points from turnovers, the Eagles were unable to match the pressure placed on them by the Cavaliers, surrendering to a 17-point loss. Despite falling short to Casey, Craigieburn saw some positives in the presence of Carley Cranston, as she finished the game with 19 points, 10 rebounds and three assists.
McKinnon 58 def by Keilor 71
The Thunder hold their place at the top of the table, as they steal yet another win. The side remain undefeated after a 13-point victory against the Cougars. Leading at all major breaks, the Thunder were able to win with their free throw accuracy, finishing at 73 per cent, and with the help of Amy Scott who finished with a strong 15 points and seven rebounds. The last quarter saw the Thunder run away with the win after scoring another 16 points allowing them to hold onto their winning streak. Despite the 13-point loss, the Cougars remained strong in defence throughout the game, finishing with a team total of 53 rebounds and 13 turnovers. The likes of Lily Tait and Sarsha Follacchio finished with nine and 11 points respectively, with Tiat also claiming nine rebounds.
Geelong 92 def Corio Bay 49
Geelong Supercats broke their losing streak with an outstanding 43-point win over Corio Bay Stingrays. The Supercats asserted their dominance as they remained strong throughout the game, leading at each break. Dominating in statistics, the Supercats doubled the Stringrays’ total steals finishing with 22 whilst their free throw efficiency (75%) and 30 points from turnovers assisted them in the win. Jasmine Whatley put on a career-best performance as she scored 15 points, 15 rebounds, 13 assists and four steals. Whilst Corio Bay suffered their third straight loss, the likes of Lauren Tipper and Carly Vuillermin showed promising signs for the side. The pair finished with seven and 15 points as well as nine and 12 total rebounds, respectively.
Warrandyte 73 def Casey 60
After a strong performance against Craigieburn, the Cavaliers were unable to go two from two over the weekend after suffering a 13-point loss against Warrandyte. Leading at every break, the Venom were fierce and dominated across a majority of statistics, as they finished with 55 rebounds, and shot at 38 per cent from the field. Ellie Caruana was a stand out amongst the Venom, claiming 12 points, nine rebounds and three assists in her side’s victory against Casey. The Cavaliers started slow, but kicked into second gear after the first break, seeing them score a majority of their points in the second term. Stephanie Leclerc led the way for the visitors with 14 points. Grace Watson scored nine points for the Cavaliers and recorded 10 rebounds and three assists.
Eltham 43 def by Camberwell 59
Despite leading at the half time break, Eltham were
unable to hold on as the Dragons fought hard in the final half to finish with a
16-point victory. The Dragons shut down the Wildcats in the second half, finishing
with 20 steals and 24 points from turnovers. Even though the Wildcats recorded
30 turnovers they were unable to effectively score seeing them fall short to Camberwell.
The Wildcats’ Ellen Horsley scored 15 points
and led the way for her side.
Youth League Two Men
Craigieburn 109 def Whittlesea 69
Craigieburn won every quarter on their way to a comfortable 40-point win. This win saw them move to a 3-1 start to the season, while Whittlesea moved to 2-3. Six Eagles players scored in double figures, with Abraham Solano leading the way with 16, which included four three pointers. This scoring spread was the opposite of Whittlesea’s. The Pacers had only one player in double figures with James Larobina scoring 11 points on 5/11 shooting.
Wallan 70 def by Melton 92
Melton have cruised to an easy win over Wallan in a game where no one player stood out for either side. Melton dominated the rebounds, winning the count 76 to 48. This resulted in them taking 14 more shots than Wallan. This dominance on the boards was led by Jake Cameron who had 10 rebounds to go along with his joint game high 18 points. Wallan had three of their starters reach double figure points, with Cameron Creasey recording 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Mornington 59 def by Craigieburn 89
Craigieburn recorded their second win of the weekend with a 30-point win over the Breakers. Brendan Wadwell and Jackson Wynne led the way with 21 and 20 points respectively. The two shot a combined 17-32 from the field in an efficient showing. Daniel Nash top scored the Breakers with 20 points, while Henry Peirce had a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Coburg 69 def by Maccabi 73
Maccabi have held off a fast finishing Coburg team to move ahead of them on the ladder. Idan Shamis continued his good season with 20 points, six rebounds and four assists. While Bailey De Bartoli struggled, shooting 0/6 for the game. Coburg’s scoring came mostly from its bench, with Conor Matthews scoring 18 of 46 bench points. Vito Carbone was another shooting struggler as he went 0/9 from the field.
Pakenham 94 def Wallan 61
Pakenham have defeated Wallan by 33 points to hand the Panthers their second loss of the weekend. Pakenham shot well from the field at 48% for the game compared to Wallan’s 34%. Warriors captain Lee Belton showed this accuracy shooting 7/12 from the field and 6/10 from behind the three-point line on his way to 20 points. Lachlan Rae top scored for Wallan with 23 points, but needed more from his inaccurate teammates to help get his side get closer.
Keysborough 67 def by Chelsea 76
22 points from Brayden Laurie has helped Chelsea pull off a nine-point win over Keysborough. The Gulls led by as many as 18 on their way to the win before a strong last quarter from Keysborough brought the margin back a bit. Daniel Jones scored 15 points including 6/8 free throws to lead the Cougars in scoring. Ultimately, the starters for Chelsea helped them get over the line with four out of five of them scoring in double figures.
Western Port 83 def by Collingwood 89
Collingwood have seen off Western Port in a close game, winning by just six points. Athiaan Manyiel continued his excellent season by scoring 26 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. He was helped out by Alexander Cocco who scored 25 points on 9/12 shooting. For Western Port, captain Taylore Gittos had 18 points and eight rebounds, but his side couldn’t put together a long enough scoring run to get on top in the game.
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Chelsea 70 def Blackburn 42
Chelsea have maintained their unbeaten start to the season after taking care of the Vikings by 28 points to open round four. The Gulls trailed at quarter time before outscoring Blackburn 16-7 in the second term, and put the finishing touches on the result in the last after a 26-6 quarter. The Gulls restricted the Vikings to just 27% shooting from the field while making 41% of their own attempts, as Blackburn fell to 2-2 on the season. Captain Tiah Irons led the way with 16 points and 17 rebounds, while Jaimee Storen (14 points, six rebounds) and Eryn Rosowski (13 points, four rebounds, four assists) both impressed off the bench. Isabella Nolen led the visitors with a team-high nine points.
Pakenham 99 def Western Port 59
Western Port’s winless start to the 2019 season continued on Saturday, after going down to Pakenham by 40 points. The Steelers are now 0-4 to start the season, and remain the only side yet to taste victory this campaign. The Warriors moved to 2-3 following the victory, and were led by Tyla Scorah, who finished with 26 points on 8-12 shooting (5-8 from deep) and seven steals. Alahna Arnason recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds for Pakenham. For the Steelers, Shanna Thornell, India Blyth and Wongana Blow all top scored with 10 points apiece.
Mornington 30 def by Sherbrooke 91
Sherbrooke moved to 4-0 on the season after demolishing the Breakers by 61 points on Saturday night. Nothing was going right for Mornington during the game, as they only managed to connect on 10 field goal attempts, going at a measly 13% on the night. The Breakers didn’t score more than nine points in a single quarter, and were sitting in just 12 at half time. For the Suns, they shot the ball at 44%, and were dominating inside the paint, outscoring the Breakers 44-8 inside the key. Naomi Smith led the way for the visitors with 21 points and 15 rebounds, while Bridget Walters added a double-double of her own with 18 points and 11 boards. Zoe Haritos added 16 points, six rebounds and four steals from the bench.
Whittlesea 76 def Coburg 48
The Pacers began their weekend in the right fashion, recording a 28-point win over the Giants on Saturday. Hailey Wynd impressed with 17 points and seven rebounds in a team-high 26 minutes, as her side led at the end of every quarter en route to the comfortable victory. The Giants shot just 23% from the field and couldn’t work their way into the contest, as they fell to their third straight loss to move to 1-4 on the season.
Collingwood 43 def by Whittlesea 71
Whittlesea made it two from two in round four, after an equally dominant display over the All Stars in Collingwood. The Pacers recorded their second 28-point win of the weekend in this one, with Wynd the star once again. She poured in 25 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks to help the Pacers win their third straight game, while Indiana Bodley added 20 points of her own. Once again, shooting proved an issue for Whittlesea’s opponents, as the Pacers restricted the All Stars to shooting just 24% from the field.
Frankston 80 def Pakenham 56
The Blues moved to 3-1 after their 24-point win over Pakenham on the weekend. After a big win over the Steelers on Saturday, the Warriors weren’t up to it on Sunday, with the Blues making them pay for conceding 31 turnovers. Frankston had 24 steals which translated to a 33-5 advantage in the points from turnover category, as Zoe Schonfelder led the way with 20 points and six takeaways.