Round Five 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
Werribee 84 def. by Hawthorn 87
A stirling second-half effort from the Magic saw them grab an important W away from home, catapulting them up the standings and firmly into the top six after five rounds. A brilliant defensive job on Konor Kulas (12pts 2-6FG in 39 minutes) was the catalyst for the win as Deng Chan’s 27 points weren’t enough to get his side over the line. The Magic got plenty out of Nelson Kirksey (25pts), while Alex Bogart-King (16pts, 8-10FG) was also prominent.
Knox 76 def. by Ringwood 91
The Raiders started off stronger but were left behind after quarter-time as the Hawks ran rampant, winning each term by seven, six and five points respectively. The visitors were led brilliantly by Scottie Stone (26pts) and Jacob Gibson (23pts 9reb 3ast 3stl 2blk), with the latter continuing his red-hot start to 2018. For the Raiders, Chris Kaba (17pts 4reb) and Liam Carroll (16pts 7reb) were prominent despite their side only shooting at 33% from the floor.
Blackburn 82 def. Corio Bay 76
The Vikings used a massive second-half to overcome the Stingrays’ hot start, reeling back in a 14-point half-time deficit. The damage was done in a devastating third term as the home side went on a 22-8 run to knot the contest up. Ryan Benson (18pts 6reb 3ast) led the charge off the bench, with Michael D’Agostino (16pts 5reb) making the most of his limited minutes as well. Chris Eichler (20pts 7reb 5ast) led the Stingrays while Julius Brooks (16pts 8reb 3ast) was solid on debut as well despite the result.
McKinnon 74 def. by Eltham 93
The Cougars’ run of poor form continued with a 93-74 thumping by the Wildcats. Trailing by just five at the half, the home side simply never got going after the main break as their hopes faded quickly – a 21-12 final term by the visitors proving to be the final nail in the coffin. Justin Aver (25pts 4reb) and Ben Waldren (21pts 8reb 4ast 3blk) impressed for the victors, while Ivan Platenik (18pts 5reb 2stl 2blk) toiled away for McKinnon in defeat.
Waverley 81 def. Werribee 79
The Falcons surived a scare to edge out the Devils 81- 79 in a thriller. A 30-13 second quarter from the home side erased an early deficit but the Devils refused to roll over and led by four with under three minutes to play. Back-to-back buckets from Daniel Dillon (23pts 8reb) got the Falcons in front with two minutes on the clock before the teams traded stops all the way until the final seconds. Michael Harper went 1/2 at the line to extend the margin to two points, before Adrien Sturt grabbed the miss on the second shot to seal victory. Paul Elderkin (19pts 5reb) led the Devils as Konor Kulas’ (8pts 4-14FG) poor weekend continued.
Keilor 77 def. by Hume City 84
A blistering 22-10 second term from the visitors set up an important victory. The Broncos were superb away from home and were led brilliantly by their two 40-minute imports. Trevon Clayton (12pts 17reb) and Mike Rose (24pts 5reb) didn’t sit for a second of the game in the win, with six of the Broncos’ seven players reaching double digits in scoring. The Thunder were led by Hanner Mosquera-Perea (27pts 7reb) and Jordan Coleman (22pts 5reb 4ast).
State Championship Women
Sth Peninsula 63 def Sunbury 62
The Jets drop another game, this time to a Sharks unit missing a couple of players. The visitors did go in without Elyse Penaluna, but in a tight contest it was a Jaz Shelley (27pts, 5 treys) triple that snatched the crucial win. Peyton Little added 15pts for the winners. Some testing times for the Jets as they try to get back on the winner’s list. Orla O’Reilly (14pts) didn’t have a great shooting night, while Josie Stockill (12pts) and Sharon Plichta (12pts) did what they could.
Bulleen 67 lost to Waverley 75
The Boomers finally stepped out at ful‐strength with Sarah Boothe (14pts) in for her first game. The home team took it right up to the Falcons, but with Tenaya Phillips (20pts), Renae Mokrzycki (16pts) and Kelly Bowen (16pts) all showing their class, the Boomers just couldn’t get back from a slow 13‐30 start. Jasmine Hines (20pts, 13rbs) also did what she could for the home team, though it wasn’t enough to prevent another win for the high flying Falcons.
Keilor 81 lost to Knox 85
On a busy weekend for Knox, the Raiders paid a visit to Keilor and were pushed all the way by the young and daring Thunder. Literally nothing separated the two teams, the new kids to SCW once again proving they are very competitive and could be a sneaky chance to make finals this season. The Raiders held firm down the stretch for the win with Bec Ott (29pts) the clear difference between the two teams. Briana Babic scored 20pts in her first game for Keilor, while Amy Smith added 17pts.
McKinnon 60 def Eltham 54
After some recent big losses, the Cougars knuckled down and scored a much‐needed win against the Wildcats. Despite having Alice Kunek (20pts) back in uniform, the Wildcats just couldn’t recover from a 9‐ 19 start and though they tested the Cougars down the stretch, the home team held firm for the win. Ariel Thomas (21pts, 11rbs) worked tirelessly for the Cougars to help lift her team to an exciting win.
Knox 73 def Ringwood 61
One of the biggest match‐ups of the season thus far and right now it seems there is no stopping theRaiders. Up by 7pts at the half, the Raiders put the Hawks to the sword with a 21‐10 third qtr, opening an 18pt gap the visitors just couldn’t peg back. Bec Ott (22pts) completed another fantastic weekend and is clearly fit and healthy after an early‐season injury, leading the Raiders once again. Emily Fisher (11pts) was the only other Raiders player in double digits. For the Hawks, Desiree Ramos (21pts) work hard from start to finish, Cassidy Mihalko (16pts) was also a key scorer, but it was tough going after that for the visitors.
Division One Men
Melbourne Uni 73 lost to Chelsea 82
The Black Angels certainly put up a good fight against the league leaders, but a 50‐35 differece across the bookend qtrs proved to be the difference. Brasser (28), Standerfer (24) and Frost (15) scored all but 15 of Chelsea’s points to lead the charge. For the home team, Brandon Armstrong dropped 24pts and Nick Masunda had 17pts.
Geelong 71 def Bulleen 68
Another close loss for the Boomers, their third successive defeat by 4pts or less, which you just know will come back to haunt them later in the season. Lewis Varley (33pts) was the hero with a triple down the stretch to push the Supercats to victory. It was his 5th trey from 17 attempts. Kyle Meyer added 22pts for the winners, while for Bulleen it was Thadd Varmall (21pts) doing all he could.
Keysborough 98 def Sunbury 58
Keysie’s incredible start to the season continued with a thumping win against the Jets. The home team started 29‐ 13 and never looked back. Enge (24pts) and Newby (23pts) were again a dominant force for the winners. Jacob Formosa scored 16pts for the Jets, but with just 58pts for the game scoring proved a tough gig for the visitors.
Warrnambool 80 lost to Shepparton 87
A huge 26‐15 last qtr pushed the Gators to a rousing win, which also marked a second loss at home for the Seahawks in as many weeks. Matt Bartlett showed his class with 23pts for the winners with Cam Vines (18pts) and Jake Cowling (18pts) both playing well. For the home team, Blount (33pts) and Gynes (21pts) led the way.
Whittlesea 61 los to Western Port 87
The lean times for the Pacers continued (3 wins from their last 26 games) with a big loss to the visiting Steelers. Led by Dylan Travis (28pts, 12rbs, 10ast) the Steelers won all four qtrs on the back of a 48% shooting clip. Back in familiar territory, Dom Bruno came off the bench to hit 19pts for the Pacers.
Collingwood 90 def Warrandyte 87 (OT)
Another OT game for the Venom and another heart breaker for them as the All Stars came up trumps at home. Manny Hendrix (30pts) was at his best again and led his team with aplomb. The Venom had their chances but just couldn’t get the job done, their best including Ayinde Sprewell (32pts, 10rbs) and Ben Hanley (17pts).
Sunbury 62 lost to Whittlesea 81
Finally some good news for the Pacers with a much-°©‐ needed win at Sunbury with Zeverona (26pts) taking the opportunity to lead his team to victory. The visitors started well and didn’t look back, taking a 44‐29 lead at the half and cruising home. Jon Alexander (16pts) top scored for the Jets, but in a vital game for both teams it was thePacers to finally stand up and celebrate.
Latrobe City 83 lost to Melbourne Uni 101
The Energy had Jordon Granger (20pts) back in action to team with James Crockett (29pts), but their efforts weren’t enough to snap a growing losing streak. The Black Angels backed up and looked sharp after half‐time as they eased clear to win on the back of strong returns from Masunda (23pts), Bojanic (22pts), Godina (20pts) and Armstrong (17pts). A timely win for Melbourne Uni.
Bulleen 96 def Keysborough 93
After a string of close losses, the Boomers finally had a result fall their way and what a big scalp it was Thadd Varmall (34pts) came up big in an OT thriller, landing a triple in the dying seconds to get the win. Newby (32pts) and Enge (16pts) both missed chances, the Boomers celebrating a great win. James Cappellari (21pts) and Evan Solakidis (17pts) also stepped up for the Boomers, while for Keysie every starter reached double digits, however only Carl Davis (9pts) bothered the scorers off the bench.
Division One Women
Western Port 55 def by Warrandyte 72
One team was going to score themselves their first win for the season and on this occasion it went the way of the Venom. They were given a handy lead in the opening quarter, the Steelers putting a mere 4 points on the board to the Venom’s 17. The Steelers made up for this in the remaining three quarters but the Venom were doing everything right to keep the game in their hands. The game became a little too close for the Venom in the 3rd so they came out with a 22 to 11 final effort to win by a comfortable margin.
Mildura 76 def Camberwell 64
One of our last remaining undefeated teams finally came undone on the weekend, the Dragons falling to an 8 point loss against the Heat. We knew this would be a tight game but we also knew who was going to be the difference between a win and a loss. The key targets for the Dragons were Gassion and Power but their attempt to hold these two was a tough gig. The Heat’s 3rd quarter effort, 28 to 17, gave them extra breathing room especially since the Dragons came out to win the 4th quarter.
Casey 61 def by Geelong 64
Another one bites the dust. Our other last remaining undefeated team has suffered their first blow going down by 3 in the last few minutes of the game. Geelong have now racked up their 2nd straight win and have moved up to 7th. It was a tight game in the opening half, the Supercats leading by just a point at the break. But the slight rest in play saw the Cavs struggle to come out strong in the 3rd, falling to just 9 points for the quarter. This gave the Supercats the extra lead they needed and even though the Cavs fought back hard in the 4th, that space was enough for the win.
Latrobe 71 def by Casey 79
It was a better finish for the Cavs on the Sunday, coming away with the win over the Energy. It was a strong and high scoring start from both teams but it was the 2nd quarter that saw one team steam ahead. The Cavs dropped a heavy 30 points on the board in the 2nd quarter to lead by a comfortable 15 points at the half. The second half was a tussle with the Energy culling down the final margin in the 4th.
Geelong 73 def Western Port 39
The Supercats made it 2 from 2 on the weekend, making easy work of the Steelers on the Sunday. This game was decided at the half way mark, the Supercats leading the Steelers 45 to 17. The Steelers had no response to the Supercats scoring, struggling with their own in the middle two quarters. Not a good weekend for the Steelers but it was a great one for the Supercats.
Chelsea 69 def Werribee 66
What a finish it was for the Gulls in this match, coming away with a win by just 3 points. They started on the back foot, trailing by 7 in the opening quarter followed by 11 heading into the half time break. The Devils looking to be in full control. But the Gulls stepped it up a gear in the 3rd dropping 24 points to take the lead by 1. It was a fight to the finish in the 4th but the Gulls kept their noses in front for the win.
Whittlesea 62 def Chelsea 45
The Pacers have made it 4 wins in a row, taking advantage of a tired Chelsea side. They did lead the way early on, however lost their legs in the remaining three quarters. This opened the door for the Pacers to swoop in beginning their road to a win at the half way mark.
Warrnambool 54 def Hawthorn 50
The Mermaids would be happy to come away with this win, as even they would admit, it wasn’t their best. Starting off strong, they lost their way in the 2nd quarter. They only got the 2 points which came from free throws and which were taken towards the end of the quarter too. They bounced back in the 3rd giving their 2nd quarter bad luck to the Magic. The game evened out in the 4th but certainly not the best game for either side.
Division Two Men
Sherbrooke 102 def North East 78
In a tight battle and game of the round the Suns went on a road trip out to Wangaratta to take on a newly pumped up Bushrangers side. It was all tied up at the end of the first and proving to be everything we were hoping for, the game opened up late in the second as Sherbrooke went on a 10 point run into the half time break to lead by 13. Sherbrooke came out firing again in the third extending their lead out to 21, North East stayed with the Suns throughout the final term but the gap was too much for them to come back.
Camberwell 99 def Mildura 92 (OT)
When you go to the Hothouse, you have to be prepared that it’s going to get hot, I’m sure Mildura didn’t expect it to be them who would feel the heat. Mildura smashed out the first half leading by 13 going into the third, but they were not prepared for the onslaught Camberwell put on. The Dragons out scored Mildura 31-20 to bring them back within 2 points and put the pressure back on the Heat. The fourth and not to be final term was a heart stopper with both teams putting everything on the line. When you hit a nice little jump shot to put you up by 2 with 5 seconds left, surely you don’t foul…? But Camberwell drew the foul and proved to everyone that foul shots win games, well in this case gets you to overtime so you can then steal the win!
Melton 105 def Pakenham 79
Well this one I’m not going to lie was a shock, I tip my hat to the Thoroughbreds for getting this huge win, but Pakenham what happened? Both teams had a high scoring first quarter but it was Melton came thundering down the outside in the second to out score the Warriors 31-10, Pakenham didn’t know what had hit them as they went into the half time break down by 18 points. Still stunned the Warriors fell further behind in the third as things just kept getting worse and worse, the Thoroughbreds took full advantage of Pakenham’s mishaps galloping home with a huge first win of the season.
Southern Pen 72 def Altona 60
There is only one team left that can say they are undefeated and they have maintained their run with another win this time over the Gators at home. The Sharks looked right at home from the first quarter and didn’t look like they were in trouble for the rest of the game. Altona didn’t give up though they owned the final quarter 25-18 but it was too late and the deficit was too great for them to come back from. Altona happily welcomed back James Till this week who helped give the Gators more height on the boards.
Coburg 71 def Maccabi 65
In our only Sunday match up the Giants had a big task ahead of them, taking on the Warriors who are coming off their first win last week. The Giants hit the road with an undermanned side of only 8 players, which meant each player had to pull their weight even more than usual. It was tough from beginning to end for both teams Maccabi led in the first then it was Coburg who took the reigns and stayed in control until the middle of the forth when Maccabi got back within 1 point before the Giants put their foot down and snuck away with the win.
I hope you got plenty of rest this weekend Wallan because you have an extremely tough double header coming up!
Division Two Women
Round 5 is complete and the Top 5 are starting to establish themselves as contenders.
North East 68 def Sherbrooke 63
After recording their first win of the season last round, the Suns travelled to Wang with a new found enthusiasm. On the back of a 23-12 quarter they held a 3 point advantage at the half. The Bushrangers got the momentum back in their favour to hold a 5 point lead with a quarter to go and an even final term saw the Home team record the win. Rachel Jeffrey led with a game high 24p, 12rbs supported by Alaana Northey 13p. The Suns’ Emily Holt with 13p and Tegan Kite 11p leading by example North East back on the winners list after two losses will be a relief to the team.
Craigieburn 77 def Coburg 42
The Eagles were always going to be a tough assignment at home for the Giants. Craigieburn took a 12 point lead at half time which extended to 16 at the final change. The last quarter was one to forget for Coburg as the Eagles more than doubled their lead to record a 35 point win. The blowout in the last term probably didn’t reflect the Giants’ efforts overall but the Eagles were in control for the vast majority of the game. Nicole Cameron scored 17p and 13 rbs as Stacey Procak 10p. A game high from Breonna O’Conner of 19p and Courtney Newman recording double figures the best for the visitors.
Mornington 46 def by Collingwood 68
Holding Mornington to single figures in the first two terms, Collingwood had the Win in their sights early in the third, but to their credit the Breakers stuck with their opponents for the majority of the second half. Despite the result, some solid efforts from the Home side as Ashleigh Wright scored 13p, a double 11p 14 rbs from Fiona Darnell 11p 14rbs and Bridget Gamble 11p 10 rbs. For Collingwood, two players with doubles were Jada Buggs 26p 19rbs and Helen Rodan 19p 10rbs.
Melb Uni 66 def Melton 57
A very even contest statistically at Tin Alley as the Thoroughbreds kept the Black Angels honest throughout the match. A 5 point lead at the half proved enough of a buffer to etch out an 8 point win at the final buzzer. For Melbourne Uni, Melanie Fidler led all scorers with 21p, supported by Lauren Bellegante on 13p and Alexandra Fisher collecting 12p. For Melton, it was the Conroy Convoy returning to form as Jenna scored a 16p 12rbs Double and Lauren scoring 11.
Wallan 78 def Mornington 43
The Panthers started to gain momentum in the second term, then fatigue kicked in for the Breakers in the second half on the back of the efforts the previous night as Wallan collected a 25 point win to be on top of tree after the end of the round. The team in teal maintained their offensive pressure to hold the visitors to single digits in the last two stanzas. For Mornington, Ashleigh Wright again put in a great display and was a rebound short of a double with 18p. For the Panthers, Megan Marasco scored a game high 19p and Emmie O’Nial again a solid contributor with 14p and 8 rbs.
Collingwood 64 def Blackburn 55
The Vikings travelled to Collingwood and in a close encounter they might rue the second term where they were held to single digits. Overall the game was tight and Collingwood certainly had to work for their win against the fresher legs of Blackburn. A few too many fouls for the Vikings meant the All Stars made the most of their charity stripe opportunities which proved the difference in the game. Jada Buggs again put in a stellar game with a massive 25p 20 rbs double with support from Helen Rodman who was board off a double collecting 14p. Some solid contributions at Blackburn with Andrea Belmonte scoring 20p and Samantha Zennaro getting back some form with 12p.
Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men
Knox 93 def Ringwood 61
Knox were all over Ringwood from the start of this one, with the starters asserting their dominance. Woodward, Show, Fiddes, Meunier and Elms all scored in double digits for the Raiders, while no one played over 20 minutes.
Blackburn 90 def Melbourne 76
Bul Niop once again turned it on for the Vikings, and found good support off the pine from Mading (15 and 10) and Cooper (16 and 8). It was tight through the first three quarters, but a commanding final term gave Blackburn the points.
McKinnon 70 def by Eltham 90
Eltham continued their equal opportunity approach to this season, with five players scoring between 10 and 18. They forced 19 turnovers, while only spitting up the ball five times themselves.
Hawthorn 75 def Nunawading 68 (OT)
Xavier Evans had a strong showing for the Hawthorn Magic, who were able to use a big final quarter to send the game into OT and hold on from there. Gandolfo (22pts) came up huge for the Spectres, nailing a three with 10 seconds left in regulation, but the Spectres struggled to score in the extra period.
Diamond Valley 70 def by Bulleen 90
Shayan Mahboobi continued his stellar start to the season for Bulleen to the tone of 29 points on 12-19 FG. Foster Jnr., Fleming, Soklevski and Giovannini joined him in double digits as the Boomers cruised to victory. Sherbrooke 81 def Keilor 63 A strong first quarter set the foundation for Sherbrooke, and they never looked back. Keilor’s starters were overmatched from the start, and an evenly spread Suns attack proved too potent.
Nunawading 85 def by Knox 88 (OT)
Two games, two overtimes for Nunawading this weekend. Corey Fiddes (27pts on 11-18FG) had a huge game for the Raiders, and drilled a deep ball to tie the game up with seconds to play in the 4th, before nailing the game winner (plus one at the line) in OT.
Altona 60 def by Kilsyth 78
A double double from Adnam and a strong all around game from the rest of the Kilsyth starters proved too much for the Gators, who lost all four quarters. Both teams didn’t shoot the ball well all game.
Keilor 103 def Diamond Valley 80
A nice bounce back from a Saturday loss was led by Alush (24pts), Symons (25pts) and Keogh (17pts) for the Thunder. Diamond Valley struggled for depth. With two starters held scoreless.
Dandenong 98 def Blackburn 77
Niop and Wootton turned up to play for Blackburn, but they didn’t have any running mates. With four guys over 14pts, Dandenong showed their depth, led by Eales’ 25.
Ringwood 70 def Sandringham 62
A defensive slog, both teams never got going offensively in this one. The Hawks shot 36% FG while the Sabres went at 31%. Matthew Roberts was big off the pine for Ringwood with 18. Melbourne 87 def Sherbrooke 74 Mason Gaze was big off the bench for the Tigers, drilling 7 triples on the way to 27 points. Odigie and Parker had it going for the Suns but they didn’t get enough help.
Molten Victorian Youth Championship Women
Hawthorn 69-74 Nunawading
A strong first half performance has allowed the Spectres to hold on against the Magic despite their best efforts to throw it away. In what was a 17-point lead at half time, the Magic had that cut to just two points with a minute remaining in the game. Sarah Slater led the way for the visitors with 18 points and 10 rebounds, with Rebecca Eddy chiming in with 16pts, 10reb and 4ast. Bella Niven-Brown led the Magic with 16 points.
Diamond Valley 80-40 Bulleen
A start-to-finish performance from the Eagles saw them record a commanding victory over the Boomers. A 44-18 second half really put the Boomers to the sword, led by Nicola Stewart (16pts, 7reb) and Mikayla Peterson (14pts, 12reb). Courtney Willemse was brilliant off the bench with 17 points.
Warrandyte 67-68 Ballarat
Michaela Kuen’s 26 points and 11 rebounds wasn’t enough for the Venom as Tori Chandler’s jumper in the dying seconds won it for the visiting Rush. Indya Hayes dropped 17 points, five rebounds and four assists to lead the way, while Claire Blower (15pts, 14reb) recorded a double double. Siobhan Mac Aodha finished with 18 points for the Venom.
Ringwood 69-51 Sandringham
The Hawks have somewhat reclaimed some pride after their 2017 grand final defeat with a victory over Sandringham. A 20-8 second stanza was the difference maker, with Annabel Deerbon’s 15 points and eight rebounds leading the way. The Hawks were dominant in the paint, leading the charge inside with a 44-18 differential of points in the paint. Chloe Hicks top scored for the Sabres with 11.
Knox 58-76 Altona
Altona used a 37-19 opening half to propel themselves to a big victory on the road at the State Basketball Centre on Sunday afternoon. Zoe Day may have scored a team high 11 points, however it was Jess Rarity doing it all with 10pts, 10reb and 5ast. Eliana Bravington fought hard all afternoon to finish with 16 points, 14 boards and four blocks.
Dandenong 62-47 Bendigo
Dandenong recorded their first win of the season with a commanding victory against much fancied Bendigo. The Rangers kept the Braves to just 23% from the field, which limited the likes of Danielle O’Toole (15pts) and Hayley Harrington (7pts). Amelia Peck was brilliant off the bench for the Rangers with 16 points, five rebounds, three steals and a pair of blocks. The same can be said of Courtney Stothard who finished with 17 points.
Melbourne 46-59 Kilsyth
21% from the floor won’t get it done in a lot of games in this division and it was once again the case for the Melbourne Tigers who really struggled from the field in their outing against Kilsyth. No Zoe Cransberg once again highlights the reliance right now as the Cobras pounced as Taylah Black’s 14 points, six rebounds and five assists plus Grace Moxey’s 11 points too much for the home side. Heaven-Lee Valenti paced the way with 12 points for the Tigers.
Bulleen 81-54 Warrandyte
Bulleen made light work of the Venom after a 17-point half lead turned into a comfortable winning margin at the final buzzer. Unfortunately at time of publish, player statistics were skewed, however Kate Sturzaker was brilliant for the Boomers, while for the Venom it was pleasing to see Elo Magbegor back in the line-up.
Youth League One Men
Bendigo 59-76 Camberwell
A 26-6 first quarter has propelled the Dragons to a massive road victory thanks to a pair of handy individual performances. Mitch Pollard poured in 26 points alongside six rebounds and four assists; Tom Moncrieff recorded a double double with 19 points and 11 rebounds, however also polled six dimes and six steals along with it. Jack White finished with 16 points for the home side.
Casey 69-74 Warrandyte
A late rally from the Cavs was not enough as Warrandyte were too strong early for the home side. 30 points and 10 boards to Jarrod Molnar continues his strong season thus far, and he was aided by Justin Ronan-Black’s 18 points. Jordan Gooier recorded 17 points and eight rebounds for the Cavs, but was not enough as they fell too far behind.
Corio Bay 99-89 Ballarat
Corio Bay was buoyed by the inclusion of Cohen Blythe, who put on a show which probably won’t be seen for the remainder of the season for the home fans. Blythe poured in a career-high 54 points on 21-34FG shooting, plus six rebounds and six steals. Tristan Fisher’s 22 points, plus Josh Fiegart’s 19 points and nine boards (8-9FG) off the bench just wasn’t enough to contain the offensive onslaught from Blythe and the Stingrays.
Sunbury 71-69 Waverley
It was polled as Game of the Round and this contest sure delivered. A Nathan Baker (12pts, 10reb) game winner completed the Jets’ fourth quarter comeback with a two-point win over Waverley. Nathan Marshall finished with a game high 21 points, to go with six rebounds and six assists. For the Falcons, despite shooting a better clip for the game, couldn’t get their bench to provide the necessary help they required with a host of their role players recording negative +/-. Nathan Molloy finished with a game high 13 points.
Ballarat 91-89 Hume City
Liam Allison’s go-ahead three-point game winner with seconds remaining gave Ballarat a sigh of relief defeating Hume City by two. Allison was fantastic with 12 points, eight boards and seven dimes, while Zac Dunmore did the bulk of the scoring with 25 points. It was a similar story for the Broncos as Mitch Goodwin poured in 25 points, while Waays Hassan scored 10 points to go with four rebounds and seven assists.
Geelong 101-86 Casey
Casey couldn’t bounce back from their loss on Saturday night as Geelong made light work of the Cavs in the opening quarter. From there on in it was quite even, it’s just that the Cavs once again found themselves too far back to recover. Max Kos finished with 26 points and seven rebounds for the Supercats, while Mitch Gooiker recorded 18 points for the visitors.
Waverley 79-75 Werribee
Waverley recovered from Saturday night’s heartbreak with a bang, defeating previously undefeated and championship favourites Werribee. The Falcons were ruthless on the glass and their bench gave them a big spark this time as Andy Noller’s 16 points and Buay Jok’s 11 point, 10 rebounds double double sparked the win. Bol Jok also finished with a dub dub (10pts, 12reb) as the Falcons made their move in the second quarter. Jake Karcoushkas finished with 19 points for the Devils.
Coburg 57-85 Bendigo
Bendigo recovered from their horror home showing the night prior to put in a four quarter performance which saw them win every period. Jake Willcocks led the way with 21 points and sex boards, while Jack White (14pts), Aiden Brohm (12pts) and Caleb Connick (12pts) were helping hands. Jarryd Reid finished with 13 points and eight boards for the Giants, who are still searching for a few answers.
Youth League One Women
McKinnon 73 def Chelsea 51
Another game down and Chelsea are left still searching for their first win of 2018, they definitely don’t lack determination or fight as they do not give up no matter how much they might be behind.The Gulls had a cracking first quarter going into the second ahead by 5, but it was the Cougars who stepped up early in the second quarter to steal the lead and run away with it. The half time break couldn’t come fast enough for Chelsea as McKinnon heated up going on a 12 point run to close out the quarter. The third was not any better for the Gulls as the Cougars kept them to a minimal 5 points. Finally in the forth we had a fight on our hands and the Gulls matched the Cougars all quarter but for Chelsea it was just too late.
Camberwell 94 def Corio Bay 60
The Dragons have managed to keep Corio Bay’s key player Teagan Tatlock to her lowest scoring game of the season so far of 16 points, for most people this is a great effort but poor Teagan has had a stellar season so far setting her self an extremely high bar, which is not a bad thing, take note all. In a high scoring first quarter, the Stingrays lightened up in the secondwhile the the Dragons went to town with a 30-11 quarter. Neither team showed up in the third compared to the first two quarters, but it was all Camberwell in the 4th they opened the quarter with a 10-0 run and finished with a 13-0 run, not exactly how Corio Bay would have wanted to finish their match.
Sunbury 86 def Eltham 50
The run continues for the Jets who look like they are on a mission and no one is going to stop them. Chloe Angove won the tip for Sunbury and then 30 seconds later hit the first points for the game, Sunbury took the lead from the beginning of the match and never gave it up. Etham were consistant throughout the match but the Jets were just on another levet to the Wildcats, out scoring them each quarter. It was a slow drawn out final term with Sunbury only mustering up 13 while Eltham snapping at their heels this quarter with 12 points. The Jets cruised home with a 36 point victory and another win under their belt, closing out round 5 with an impressive record of 5-0.
Keilor 76 def Craigieburn 62
It was a slow start for both teams but soon enough the Thunder started to roll in leading by 10 at the first break. The storm continued in the second as the Eagles a little frazzled only conjured up 12 points while Keilor extended their lead to 19 before Tiana-Lee Rubeidis drained a three to bring them back to 16 as the half time siren went. The Thunder picked up the pace in the third leaving the Eagles to fend for themselves as they ran away with it. When you are 23 points behind leading into the last quarter its hard to keep your head up, but the Eagles decided it was their time to shine as they found a way to put the breaks on Keilor’s offense and run through their own and find the bottom of the basket, bringing them back to 14 by the final siren.
Youth League Two Men
Chelsea 104 def by Craigieburn 109 AND Craigieburn 112 def Latrobe 68
What did we tell you? We said the Eagles would finish the weekend with 2 wins, jumping to 6 straight wins and that is exactly what happened. First game up for them was a hard fought OT game against the Gulls. These two sides enjoy putting big numbers on the board and even in the first quarter, the bar was set high. The Eagles had the game in their hands for the first half, leading by 13. But the Gulls started to make their move in the 3rd, only marginally until the 4th where they dropped 31 points to the Eagles 19. With only 15 seconds left of regular time, it looked as though the Eagles would have this game done, but a buzzer beater from Brayden Laurie sent this game into OT. Unfortunately the Gulls couldn’t continue this into OT, the Eagles taking the win.
Game 2 was a much calmer affair for the Eagles, making easy work of the Energy. Both teams started off strong, the Energy coming out raring to go. With only 12 points separating the two at the half, the Energy were within reach. But out of nowhere, the Eagles put 40 points on the board in the 3rd to blow this game wide open. There may have been one more quarter to go, but the game was done at that point.
Latrobe 43 def by Frankston 104 AND Frankston 108 def Wallan 59
It must have been the weekend for double wins, the Blues also coming away with 2 wins. First up for them was the Energy who unfortunately had another big loss added to their name. Right from the get go they were on the back foot, the Blues jumping to the lead quickly. They kept themselves in a good position for the remainder of the game, digging in the heels in the 4th quarter dropping 33 points to finish the game off in style.
The weekend got even easier for the Blues, making easy work of the Panthers at home. The opening quarter set the scene, the Blues 24, the Panthers 9. And once again, the Blues finished off strong putting up 62 points in the second half. Not a bad way to finish.
Wallan 81 def by Mornington 85
The Breakers have finally broken their losing streak, fighting hard in their win over the Panthers. The Panthers led the way from the beginning, the first half was in their hands, 38 to 34. But within the first few minutes of the 3rd, the Breakers had taken over. A big 4th quarter display was put on by both side, the Breakers doing enough to hang onto the win.
Keysborough 53 def by Maccabi 64 AND Pakenham 72 def Keysborough 64
After their great start to the season, it seems as though the Cougars are getting found out. This weekend puts the Cougars on a 3 game losing streak and drops them from 2nd to 4th. In saying this, they did come up against two solid sides. In their first match, they were outdone by Maccabi. They were right with the Warriors for the majority of the game, the different being the 2nd quarter which saw the Warriors put up 20 points to the Cougars 11. This was enough to put the space between the two and enough to have the Warriors in 1st place.
Game 2 was against other Warriors Pakenham. In this match, the Cougars were behind from the get go. The Warriors put themselves in the drivers seat early, leading by a comfy 14 points at the half. The second half saw the Cougars cull this down to the final margin, but unfortunately it wasn’t a win.
Melton 62 def by Pakenham 64
We don’t know who would have seen this coming. The Thoroughbreds headed into this weekend with 4 straight wins to their name plus a number 1 placing. This loss has now dropped them to 3rd. What is disappointing in this match is that the Thoroughbreds had control from the beginning. They lead by 4 at the half followed by 9 at three quarter time. But then it all went downhill. After numerous attempts, the ball just stopped dropping for the Thoroughbreds and it only continued to drop for the Warriors. The Warriors came from behind to win.
Whittlesea 95 def Western Port 89
The Pacers have put an end to their losing streak, taking a 6 point win over the Steelers. It was a tight game right from the get go, not much separating the two at each turn. Only 1 point was in it at three quarter time and it was the Pacers 31 to 24 final effort that saw them take the win.
Maccabi 54 def by Collingwood 71
It was a tight opening half between these two sides but it wasn’t until the 3rd that saw one team take full control. The All Stars put up 27 points to the Warriors 15 which gave them the room they needed. It wasn’t the end the Warriors wanted but it was a good win for the All Stars.
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Southern Peninsula 50-44 Frankston
15 points apiece to Juliette Roysmith (12 rebounds) and Gemma Simon has lifted the Sharks to a six-point victory over Frankston on Saturday afternoon. Despite both teams subpar shooting, the Sharks were able to outlast the Blues by making more of their opportunities from the line and beyond the arc. The Blues shot just 6-16 from the free throw line, and, despite grabbing 29 offensive rebounds (17 more than their opponents) just couldn’t get the job done. Kirra Gadsby and Leah Carpenter both finished with 10 points off the bench.
Western Port 51-55 Blackburn
A topsy-turvy encounter between these two teams saw the Vikings end the better. Andrea Belmonte made the most of her Youth League appearance posting 20 points, seven rebounds and four steals, helping her side to an important W. Western Port grabbed a ton of rebounds, including 26 offensive, however 32 turnovers is simply far too many to be able to win a game. Brittany Suarjaya finished with a team high nine points.
Sherbrooke 56-78 Whittlesea
A strong second quarter saw the Pacers put Sherbrooke on the ropes, before putting them away in the final stanza to record an important win for the squad. A whopping 92 free throws were shot in the contest from 56 total personal fouls! Bailey Wynd led the way for the visitors with 19 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks. Four Suns players fouled out, one of them Zoe Haritos who finished with 12 points, five rebounds and five assists.
Mornington 46-97 Casey
Casey poured in the points against the Breakers, with a 29-14 first quarter, followed by a 29-6 second quarter put the game to bed early in this one. Tess Young (18 points, 16 rebounds, 7 assists) and Lauren Tuplin (25 points, 3 steals) once again led the way for the Cavs, as the team shot the ball 109(!) times thanks to 81 rebounds (43 of those offensive)! One blemish for the visiting side, which could have made the margin even more eye-opening, was their poor free throw shooting – just 11 from 32 (34%). Olivia Allen recorded 12 points and eight rebounds for the Breakers.
Pakenham 81-64 Werribee
Pakenham managed to put Werribee away with a blistering 31-11 second stanza led by Beth Quadara’s 22 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Rhiannon Gallagher chipped away with 18 points herself, as the Warriors forced Werribee into 35 turnovers. Despite the Devils grabbing 77 rebounds and a whopping 52 free throws, they just couldn’t convert their opportunities and costly turnovers at the wrong time proved vital. Charlotte Vincent-Lord scored a team high 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the visitors.