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
Corio Bay 92 def Blackburn 87
Corio Bay held off a fast-finishing Blackburn to win their second game of the season. Joseph Reid Jr starred for the Stingrays with 29 points, 10 rebounds and two assists, while teammate Ivory Young had 19 points, four rebounds and five assists. Blackburn had not won a game all season, but were solid in the first half and trailed by four points at the main break. However, the Stingrays showed their quality in the third term, outscoring the Vikings 28-20 to lead by 12 points at three-quarter-time. Blackburn did not die wondering in the final term and reduced the margin to as little as four points, before the Stingrays held on to record the win. Jake Heath and Ryan Bennett combined for 52 of the Vikings’ 87 points.
Casey 90 def Hawthorn 81
Casey came from behind to defeat Hawthorn at Casey Stadium. The Cavs trailed by three points at three-quarter-time, before a 23-11 run in the final quarter gave them a nine-point win. The Cavs outscored the Magic in the paint (48-36) and from turnovers (22-16). Matthew Donlan was crucial for the Cavs with 21 points and seven assists, while Raheem Lemons had a double-double (17 points and 12 rebounds). Nelson Kirksey worked his magic with 26 points, three rebounds and four assists for Hawthorn. The Magic will be disappointed to lose the match after gaining the ascendency in the third quarter. The visitors overturned a nine-point deficit at half time courtesy of a 24-12 run in the third. However, that run was matched by the Cavs in the last quarter as they won their fifth game for the season.
McKinnon 105 def Hume City 96
McKinnon continued their undefeated start to the year with a nine-point win over Hume City. The visitors shot 49% from the floor with Eric Williams leading the way with 22 points. Williams was one of three McKinnon players to score over 20 points in the contest as Dillon Stith and Tom Parkinson ended the game with 20 points. Parkinson came off the bench to record a double-double (20 points and 12 rebounds).
Keilor 99 def Chelsea 83
Keilor made it two wins in a row with a 16-point win over Chelsea. The Thunder shot 52% from the floor in a superb offensive display. The Thunder trailed by one-point at quarter-time, before a 29-17 run have them an 11-point lead at half time. The margin extended to 18 points in the third quarter, before the Gulls reduced the deficit to 16 points at the final buzzer. Michael Anderson had a field day for the Thunder with 40 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.
Sunbury 86 def Southern Peninsula 39
Sunbury had a big away win against Southern Peninsula on Saturday to kick off round five. The Jets kept the Sharks to under 10 points in the second and fourth quarters, whilst scoring over 20 points in every term. Geralynn Leaupepe starred for the Jets with 32 points and nine rebounds, while Karen Duever had 18 points, 15 rebounds and three assists. Sunbury’s manic defense forced the Sharks to shoot 21% from the court. They also outrebounded the home team 52-33 and scored 32 points from turnovers.
Hume City 92 def McKinnon 45
Hume City continued their unbeaten start to the season with a massive win over McKinnon at the Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium. 27 points in the first quarter gave the Broncos a 15-point lead, before a 24-10 run in the second term gave them a 29-point advantage at half time. The lead only increased in the second half as the Broncos continued their dominance. The Broncos scored 40 points in the paint and 26 points off the bench, whilst also having 86 rebounds. BreAnna Brock had 21 points and 20 rebounds, while Briana Babic came off the bench to have 15 points, five rebounds and two assists.
Keilor 99 def Warrnambool 49
The big wins continued on Saturday as Keilor were too strong for Warrnambool. The Thunder held the Mermaids to under 10 points in three of the four quarters to claim a 50-point win. Erin Bollmann dominated for the Thunder with 25 points, nine rebounds and three assists, while Kira Bennett shot 3-5 from three-point range. Abbey Sutherland stood tall in defeat for the Mermaids with 17 points and 10 rebounds. The Thunder had 60 rebounds and 21 assists in the contest, while also scoring 56 points in the paint. The win was their second in a row and moves them to second on the ladder.
Casey 90 def Bulleen 55
Casey were too strong for Bulleen, as the visitors claimed a 35-point win. The Cavs scored over 20 points in three of the four quarters in an all-round dominant display. The Cavs’ pressure allowed them to make 26 steals and score 25 points from turnovers. They also scored 26 points off the bench in a superb display. Captain Tanarly Hood led from the front with 23 points, eight rebounds and four assists, while Antoniette Emma-Nnpou had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Boomers.
Division One Men
Shepparton 83 def Melbourne Uni 72
Shepparton were too good for Melbourne Uni at the Shepparton Sports Stadium. The Gators scored over 20 points in every quarter to come away with the win. Atem Atem top scored with 26 points, 13 rebounds and three assists, while Nicholas Masunda had 19 points for the Black Angels.
Western Port 91 def Warrandyte 80
28 points in the second quarter helped Western Port to a victory over Warrandyte. The Steelers trailed by seven points at the end of the first term before claiming a four-point lead at half time. The margin extended to 11 points in the third term, a margin that would remain until the final buzzer. Daryl Corletto starred for the Steelers with 20 points and five assists, while Tanner Samson had 18 points, 11 rebounds and four assists.
Bellarine 82 def Collingwood 81
Tom Gall’s layup with 71 seconds remaining gave Bellarine a one-point advantage, while late free throws from Rob Harding iced the game for the hosts. Harding finished with 17 points and four rebounds, although Jason Reardon was the star of the show, collecting 11 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists on his way to a triple-double. Deng Dut registered 20 points and 10 rebounds for the All Stars, although they fell to 2-3 with the result.
Keysborough 79 def by Coburg 97
Coburg led at the end of every quarter en route to their 18-point win over the Cougars. The game was won beyond the arc, with the Giants shooting 15/30 from deep, while Keysborough could only connect on 3/12. Pat Green had a team-high 23 points from the Coburg bench, while teammate Damien O’Keefe added 19.
Warrnambool 113 def Latrobe City 64
The Seahawks dominated the Energy on Saturday night, recording a big 49-point home win. They shot 51% from the field, while restricting the visitors to just 31%. Alexander Gynes (25 points, seven rebounds) and Ashaan Cunningham (24 points, nine rebounds) led the way for the hosts, as they moved up to eighth with a 3-3 record. Latrobe remain winless at 0-6.
Coburg 90 def by Western Port 97
The Steelers held on for a seven-point lead despite leading the Giants by as many as 29 points during the third quarter. A 39-15 first term looked to set the tone, although Coburg didn’t give up the fight and managed to close the gap late, but couldn’t rally to pick up the victory. Pat Green added 26 off the bench for the hosts, while Daryl Corletto had a game-high 27 points for the victors.
Warrandyte 74 def Sunbury 64
The Venom did the damage inside the first quarter as they came away with a 10-point win over Sunbury on Sunday. A 31-21 first term saw Warrandyte take an early 10-point lead, before both sides traded 19-10 quarters over periods two and three, leaving the hosts still with a 10-point buffer with one quarter to play. A 14-14 final term saw the hosts move to 5-2 on the season, while Sunbury fell to 4-2. Bryan Moore (18 points) and Jacob Thom (15 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists) led the way for the hosts.
Collingwood 90 def Whittlesea 72
The Pacers were on the receiving end of their sixth straight loss, after the All Stars put them to the sword by 18 points. Collingwood shot the ball at 50% compared to Whittlesea’s 38%, which loomed as the difference between the two sides. Manuel Hendrix led from the front with 23 points, five rebounds and five assists, while Dylan Webb also added 22 points for the hosts.
Bulleen 88 def Bellarine 54
Chauncey Orr starred with 30 points and nine rebounds as the Boomers dominated the Storm before coming away with a 34-point win to close out round five. Both sides shot the ball relatively evenly (Bulleen 36%, Bellarine 32%), although the Boomers had 27 more attempts, as they pulled down 65 rebounds to just 44. Bulleen moved to 5-2, while Bellarine fell to 3-4.
Division One Women
Bellarine 73 def Camberwell 62
Bellarine had a big win over second placed Camberwell to kickstart the weekend. The Storm worked tirelessly on defense, forcing the Dragons to shoot 22-77 from the field. Scores were level at quarter time, before a 15-10 run by the Storm in the second term gave them a five-point lead at the half. The lead extended to 12 points in the third term, which was cut to 11 points by the Dragons in the last quarter. Bree Matthews starred for the Storm with 19 points at 53% from the field.
Mildura 85 def Chelsea 66
Mildura turned up the heat on Chelsea at the Patterson River Stadium, defeating the home side by 19 points. The Heat scored 30 points in the first quarter and led by 20 points at half-time. The lead would remain for the rest of the game as the Gulls were no match for the visitors. Alyesha Lovett increased her averages this season by collecting 27 points and 20 rebounds, while captain Vanessa Power had 13 points.
Hawthorn 95 def Latrobe City 68
Hawthorn had a comfortable victory in front of their home fans at the Boroondara Sports Complex. The Magic scored 53 points in the second half to win by 27 points. Nyilah Jamison-Myers had 22 points, seven rebounds and four assists for the Magic, while Bella Niven-Brown had 16 points off the bench.
Mildura 94 def Craigieburn 62
Mildura made it two wins in two days with a 32-point win over Craigieburn. The Heat shot 54% from the field and scored over 20 points in the first three quarters to come away with a comfortable win. Alyesha Lovett had 24 points, 18 rebounds and three assists, while Vanessa Power had 20 points, four rebounds and three assists.
Western Port 68 def Warrandyte 59
23 points from Malika Jackson gave Western Port a nine-point win over Warrandyte. The Steelers led by as much as 19 points in the contest that was highlighted by poor shooting from both sides. Rachael Wansbrough (15 points and 14 rebounds) had a double-double for the Steelers.
Hawthorn 64 def Camberwell 37
The final game of the round saw Hawthorn defeat Camberwell by 27 points. The Dragons shot 18% from the field in a horror offensive performance, while the Magic scored over 20 points in two of the four quarters. Nyliah Jamison-Myers had 18 points and six rebounds, while Emily Monaghan had 10 points and five rebounds.
Division Two Men
Sherbrooke 73 def by Maccabi 79
Maccabi picked up their first win of the season in a narrow victory over Sherbrooke that went right down to the wire. The Warriors survived a late rally from the Suns, but never allowed the home team closer than five points. Maccabi’s Benji Tamir was busy with 25 points, 12 rebounds, a steal and a block. Kraig Shields top scored for Sherbrooke with 16 points.
Altona 83 def by Mildura 99
The Heat continued their dominant start to the season, rolling the Gators by 16 points for their sixth-straight win. Mildura shot an impressive 57 per cent from the field, including 50 per cent from deep, to run away with the double-digit victory. Mildura’s Jacob Pettway dominated with 25 points, four triples, 18 rebounds and four assists, while Dallas Brown (26 points) and Calvin Henry (19 points, six rebounds, eight assists) were also busy. Altona’s Nathanel Coory scored a game-high 30 points.
South Peninsula 94 def Melton 73
The Sharks were too strong for Melton at home in a 19-point hiding, racking up 15 steals and forcing 25 turnovers to remain undefeated. Troyce Manassa’s 27 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and three steals were huge for the home team.
Mornington 89 def by Camberwell 110
The Dragons started slow in this one, but used a 34-point second quarter to blow the game wide open. Camberwell’s stout defence held the Breakers to 39 per cent shooting from the field. Camberwell’s Maxwell Barkeley finished with 32 points and nine rebounds to help guide his team to their sixth win of the season.
Wallan 108 def North East 83
The Panthers were firing on all cylinders, shooting 55 per cent from the field and exploding for a 37-point third term to pick up their fourth win of the season. Jaak Ponsford (17 points) led seven Panthers in double figures.
Craigieburn 119 def RMIT 104
The Eagles improved to 4-2 on the season after ousting the Redbacks at home, scoring a whopping 32 points in the first, second and fourth quarters. Craigieburn’s Kewal Shiels lit it up with 30 points and 15 rebounds. RMIT’s Stephen Coffey (39 points) and Rene Jurkschat (24 points off the bench) fought hard all game.
RMIT 97 def Sherbrooke 86
The Redbacks bounced back from Saturday’s loss with a strong nine-point win over Sherbrooke. RMIT burst out of the gates with a 30-point opening term and held an assertive 57-41 lead at the main break. Stephen Coffey stuffed the stat sheet with 29 points, 12 rebounds and a massive seven steals.
Melton 65 def by Mildura 75
The Heat made it two from two over the round and their seventh-straight overall in a hard-fought win over Melton. A close game for three quarters Mildura broke away in the fourth with a fierce 22-7 run to open up an 18-point advantage. Calvin Henry led the way with 31 points and 12 boards, while Jacob Pettway chipped in seven points and 14 rebounds. Melton’s Christopher Johnson double-doubled with 16 points and 18 rebounds.
Pakenham 82 def Wallan 73
Pakenham continued their undefeated start to 2019 with a nine-point home win over the Panthers. Wallan came out with more aggression from the tip and led 27-20 at the first change, however, the Warriors dominated the play from that point onwards, outscoring Wallan 60-46. Pakenham’s Joshua Dow (23 points, nine rebounds), Brad Bridgewater (15 points, 10 boards) and reserve John Creighton (16 points, 11 rebounds) all put in big performances. Wallan’s Brock Carter (10 points, 14 rebounds, three steals, three blocks) was busy on the defensive end.
Maccabi 98 def Mornington 75
Maccabi were too good for the Breakers to close out the round with a double-digit victory as Mornington remained winless on the season. Adam Klas (26 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists) and Benji Tamir (25 points, seven rebounds) were scorching for the Warriors.
Division Two Women
Wallan 77 def North East 62
Wallan recorded a 15-point victory over North East at the RB Robson Stadium. Carly Simons continued her good form this season with 19 points, 10 rebounds and three assists, while Kayla Theodore had 15 points and nine rebounds off the bench. The Panthers opened the game with a 28-18 run in the first term. Their lead was reduced to seven points at the half, before they bounced back in the third term to lead by 15 points. The Panthers smashed the Bushrangers for points in the paint (34-16) and off the bench (31-17).
Coburg 52 def Mornington 42
Coburg came out on top in a tight affair at the Coburg Basketball Centre. The Giants led by two points at three-quarter-time, before a 16-8 run in the final term broke the game open and handed them the win. The Giants’ defense forced the Breakers to shoot 21% from the field. Siuti Hicks led the way for the Giants with 13 points and six rebounds, while Sammie Simmons had 16 points, 10 rebounds and six steals for the Breakers.
Pakenham 66 def Sherbrooke 61
21 points in the fourth quarter gave Pakenham a come from behind victory over Sherbrooke. The Warriors led by one-point at half time, before the Suns overturned the deficit to lead by two points with a quarter to play. The Warriors led by as much as 14 points in the last quarter as they came away with the win. Ellie Coutts had 18 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists off the bench, while Stephanie Pal had 15 points, eight rebounds and three assists.
Melbourne Uni 90 def Collingwood 68
The Black Angels had a commanding 22-point away victory over Collingwood. The visitors scored 52 points in the second half to come away with the win. Amelia Smith led the way for the Black Angels with 39 points, 15 rebounds and three steals, while Emmie O’Nial had 17 points and 17 rebounds. Melbourne Uni had 22 points from turnovers and 52 points in the paint. The Black Angels also outscored the All Stars 23-8 in second chance points and out rebounded their opponents 62-52.
Blackburn 73 def Melton 60
Blackburn claimed a comfortable victory over Melton at the Mullum Mullum Stadium. The Vikings overturned a two-point deficit at quarter time to lead by seven points at the half. The lead increased to eight points at three-quarter-time, before 18 points in the final term gave them a 13-point win. Victoria Sumskas starred for the Vikings with 17 points, 12 rebounds and two assists, while Marnie Houghton had 14 points and seven rebounds. Allanna Procak had 21 points for Melton.
Victorian Youth Championship Men
Sherbrooke 46 def by Knox 91
Knox added yet another victory to their winning streak after dominating against Sherbrooke. Leading at every break, the 45-point triumph saw Corey Fiddes finish with 15 points and eight rebounds. For the Suns, Jason Sipkin worked hard with eight points, three assists and four steals, however this was not enough to defeat the fierce Raiders.
Bulleen 69 def by Melbourne 81
Just one point stood between Bulleen and Melbourne leading into the final term in what looked to be a close finish. This nail-biting game saw both sides equally matched until Melbourne kicked into high gear and ran away with a 12-point win. Bulleen’s Cody Perry-Allamby led the way with 24 points whilst Alexander Higgins-Titsha from Melbourne dominated with 22 points and 12 rebounds.
Knox 80 def Keilor 70
Knox backed up their performance on Friday night, securing a fourth-straight win over Keilor. Keilor looked strong in defense, putting up a tough fight in the second term, but not strong enough to stop the hungry Raiders who led at every break.
McKinnon 78 def by Hawthorn 85
After not matching Hawthorn’s pressure in the third term, McKinnon put on a strong performance in the fourth but was unable to turn the game around. Hawthorn walked away with a seven-point win placing them above McKinnon on the ladder. Hawthorn’s Lachlan Short finished with 21 points, 11 rebounds and two assists. Leon Twigg worked hard for McKinnon with 22 points.
Ringwood 92 def Southern 63
Ringwood worked hard out of the gates to get ahead of Southern early in the game. Yout Gai and Matthew Roberts dominated the scoreboard for Southern, finishing with 18 and 17 points respectively. For Southern, Samuel Landale worked vigorously and finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
Keilor 77 def by Dandenong 108
Dandenong continue their reign and held on to their undefeated start to the season. Keilor were unable to sustain their strong start as Dandenong capitalised on poor mistakes, scoring 23 points from turnovers, compared to Keilor’s nine. Zac Triplett led the way for Keilor with 22 points whilst Lawson Eales finished with 17 points and two assists for Dandenong.
Melbourne 65 def by Blackburn 70
The back and forth match saw Blackburn leave victorious with a five-point win over Melbourne. Whilst Melbourne capitalised on their turnovers, scoring 23 points from them, it wasn’t enough to stop the fierce Vikings.
Diamond Valley 66 def by Ringwood 77
Ringwood added another win to their season tally in an 11-point triumph. Ben Linkin and Angok Angok led the way for Ringwood with 17 points each, whilst Ben Barlow was a standout for Diamond Valley with 13 points, five rebounds and three assists.
Kilsyth 89 def Eltham 76
The top of the table clash saw a close game between Kilsyth and Eltham, with the hosts running out 13-point winners. Christian Yammouni shot 6-19 from the field, making two triples and tallying five rebounds for Eltham. It was Luke Rosendale who stood up and took responsibility for Kilsyth, scoring 28 points for the second week in a row whilst also finishing with four rebounds and six assists.
Waverley 59 def by Nunawading 75
The Spectres rallied past the Falcons despite a close first half. The 16-point win saw the Spectres finish with 28-74 from the field. Jack Gandolfo from Nunawading was the leading scorer with 15 points, whilst Waverley’s Dylan Larkin finished with 12 points and seven rebounds.
Southern 120 def Sherbrooke 66
Southern’s first win of the season is one they won’t forget. Kinglsey Box (27 points) was one of the five Sabres who hit the scoreboard with double-digits. Nick Tarrant tried to turn the game around for the Suns with 22 points but was unable to.
Victorian Youth Championship Women
Altona 84 def Diamond Valley 80
Altona overcame Diamond Valley in a close game, winning by only four points despite the Eagles winning the final quarter by 11. Jessica Rarity was again the key for the Gators, scoring 19 points and securing eight rebounds. For Diamond Valley, Jade Dunne led the way with 19 points.
Dandenong 94 def Hawthorn 68
Dandenong have won every quarter on their way to a commanding 26-point victory over Hawthorn. Despite the loss, Brianna Hans was still able to score 27 points for the Magic. For the Rangers, four players scored in double figures with Courtney Stothard leading the way with 18 points.
Bulleen 75 def by Melbourne 96
A 21-point win has seen Melbourne move to 7-0 for the season and remain at the top of Terrill division. Bulleen, who remain winless, were led by 24 points and 13 rebounds from Rebecca Horvat. Katie Budgen meanwhile had one of the games of the season for the Tigers, posting 36 points, 15 rebounds, four assists and five steals in a dominant display.
Sunbury 51 def by Nunawading 76
Nunawading dominated from start to finish as they secured a win over Sunbury by 25 points. Isabel Feller had 19 points for the Spectres shooting 8/11 from the field. For the Jets, Hannah Mrakov was the leading scorer with 13 points, nine of which came from the free-throw line.
Knox 68 def by Bendigo 80
A strong first half was the key for Bendigo as they overcame Knox by 12 points. Tess Barnes and Hayley Harrington led the way for the Braves, scoring 23 and 21 points respectively. The Raiders struggled to look after the ball, committing 29 turnovers. Arielle Williams was the Raiders’ best scorer with 18 points.
Ringwood 82 def Waverley 58
A dominant final quarter has seen Ringwood win by 24 points against Waverley. Kiahna Liddy was the best for the Hawks, scoring 18 points and grabbing seven rebounds. For the Falcons, Alyssa Weston had 24 points on 9/17 shooting from the field.
Ballarat 44 def by Ringwood 78
Ringwood have had a strong all-round team performance in their 34-point win over Ballarat. Four players scored in double figures for Ringwood, with Danielle Calvisi scoring 15 to lead the way. For Ballarat, shooting was a struggle as they shot just 19% from the field and only had one player score in double digits. Laura Taylor managed 10 points, but shot 3/22 from the floor.
Diamond Valley 55 def by Sunbury 67
Diamond Valley fell to their second loss of the weekend, going down to Sunbury by 12 points. The Eagles were led by 11 points from Anna Burrows. Hannah Mrakov and Emily Achter both had 12 points for the Jets shooting a combined 9/18 from the field.
Melbourne 58 def by Dandenong 86
Melbourne fell to their first loss of the season, being heavily defeated by a strong Dandenong side. Katie Budgen was still a standout despite the loss, scoring 20 points and grabbing eight rebounds. Elly Morgan scored 16 points off the bench including three triples to lead the victorious Rangers in scoring.
Kilsyth 53 def by Hume City 62
Hume City have secured a win over Kilsyth behind 18 points from Tashia Overby. Nikki Spencer added a double-double for the Broncos in the nine-point win. Kilsyth struggled offensively, shooting 30% from the field. Miranda Gartner and Chloe Anderson were the only two in double figures, both scoring 10 points.
Southern Sabres 97 def Bulleen 51
Bulleen have been handed a humbling defeat, going down by 46 points to Southern. The Sabres dominated from start to finish led by the likes of Morgan Riley (22 points, seven rebounds, five assists) and Sophie Van Vliet (18 points, 16 rebounds, five assists). Bulleen were out rebounded by 28 which led to Southern having 26 more shots than the Boomers. Luisa Talia and Sofia Ruscetti top scored with 13 points each.
Waverley 57 def by Altona 59
In the closest game of the round, Altona have snuck past Waverley by just two points. The Gators shared the scoring load on the way to the win, with Jordan Wilson and Tyla Paraha top scoring with 12 each. Waverley were led by 17 points from Alyssa Weston and 14 points and 14 rebounds from Nyakoang Lok.
Youth League One Men
Altona 72 def by Camberwell 83
The Dragons secured their fourth straight victory with an 11-point win over the Gators. Trailing 36-34 at half-time, Camberwell went on a 30-point scoring binge in the third term to take the lead for good. Four Dragons scored in double figures to lead a balanced scoring attack, led by Tom Moncrieff and Lachlan Buur-Jensen, who each scored 14 points. Deng Agoth scored 12 points to lead Altona.
Corio Bay 86 def Werribee 72
The Stingrays have evened their win-loss ledger at 4-4 after cruising to a 14-point win over the Devils. The game was more or less decided in the first half, with Corio Bay holding a commanding 16-point lead at half-time. Marach Marach scored 20 points to go along with seven rebounds for the victors, while Kevin Brandariz scored 14 points for Werribee.
Casey 77 def Bendigo 62
The Cavaliers tightened their grip on second place by taking care of business at home against the ninth-placed Braves. Despite recording a whopping 28 turnovers, Casey won comfortably behind 50 per cent field goal shooting and dominance on the boards. Blake Taylor registered a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double for Casey, while Sam Beks was the star for Bendigo with 24 points and eight rebounds.
Geelong 96 def Hume City 75
The Supercats survived an early scare before showing their grit in the second half of a big win over the Broncos. Eighth-placed Hume City started well against its more fancied opponent, leading by five points at half-time. From here however, it was all Geelong, with the Supercats scoring a remarkable 63 points in the second half. Five Supercats scored in double digits, led by 21 points from Max Kos. Chris Alai was outstanding for the Broncos with 21 points and 11 rebounds.
Sunbury 98 def Frankston 85
The Jets caused an upset to claim their first win of 2019 over the previously 3-2 Blues. Trailing by four points at half-time, Sunbury was able to turn the tide thanks to a monstrous 53 per cent shooting mark from three-point territory and a favourable turnover differential. Josh O’Connell nailed six threes on his way to a game-high 28 points for the Jets, while Josh Cleary scored 21 for the Blues.
Warrandyte 71 def by Sunbury 81
The Jets continued their winning ways with another come-from-behind victory over the Venom. Facing a seven-point deficit at half-time, Sunbury changed momentum with a 30-17 third term, before holding on in the last quarter to claim its second straight win. Aidan Darmanin led the way for the Jets with 23 points, while Sebastian Goldby had a terrific all-around game for the Venom with 16 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. The loss leaves Warrandyte reeling at the bottom of the ladder with a 1-7 record.
Ballarat 112 def Geelong 90
The Miners stretched their season-opening unbeaten streak to six games with a 112-90 win over the Supercats. Ballarat led by only one point after a tight first half, before putting it all together in the second half to run out easy victors, sending Geelong to its third loss of the season. Zach Dunmore starred for the Miners, posting 30 points and six rebounds, while Blake Allison, Amos Brooks and Ross Weightman all had double-doubles. Josiah King recorded a 19-point, 11-rebound double-double of his own for Geelong.
Frankston 89 def by Altona 120
The Gators responded to their second loss of the season with an emphatic victory over the Blues. Shooting 49 per cent from the floor and 40 per cent from three, Altona led at every break to secure its fifth win of 2019. Ely Tom had 23 points and six rebounds for the Gators, while Tyson Burton had 22 points and 11 rebounds of his own. Burbeej Wang led the way with 23 points and nine rebounds for Frankston, which has now lost four of its last five games.
Youth League One Women
Casey 86 def Geelong 61
Casey were too strong for the Geelong Supercats, defeating the home side by 25 points. The Cavs scored over 20 points in every term as they ran away with the win. Rebecca Peacock top scored with 20 points, five rebounds and two assists, while Lauren Tuplin had 14 points, two rebounds and five assists. The Cavs scored 16 points from turnovers and 14 from fast breaks. Geelong captain Jaimee Crombie top scored for her side with 13 points.
Warrandyte 85 def McKinnon 53
49 points in the first half gave Warrandyte to a 32-point win over McKinnon. The Venom scored 60 points inside the paint and 24 second chance points in a solid offensive display. Ellie Caruana starred with 19 points and 17 rebounds, while Ella Whiting-Le Cras had 13 points. Alaana Northey and Sarsha Follacchio top scored for the Cougars with 10 points each.
Keilor 60 def Geelong 46
Keilor claimed a 14-point win over Geelong at the Keilor Basketball Stadium. The Thunder scored 23 points to lead by 13 points at quarter-time, before they extended their lead by one point in the second term. Geelong held the Thunder to two points in the third quarter to reduce the margin to hold a two-point lead, but the Thunder bounced back in the final term to win by 14 points. Despite the defeat, Geelong’s Grace Brown was the game’s top scorer with 12 points.
Camberwell 93 def Corio Bay 52
Camberwell were too strong for Corio Bay, defeating the Stingrays by 41 points at the Boroondara Sports Complex. The Dragons shot 41% from the field, with Zoe Scott leading the way with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Tiarnie Ellingworth also had a double-double, ending the game with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Eltham 84 def Craigieburn 71
Eltham concluded the round with a 13-point win over Craigieburn at the Craigieburn Sports Stadium. The Wildcats were impressive in transition, scoring 15 fast break points. Jessica Daoud starred for the Wildcats with 22 points at 69% from the field, while Kiara Mountford had 17 points, nine rebounds and an assist.
Youth League Two Men
Keysborough 106 def by Coburg 113
The Giants outlasted the Cougars in a high-scoring affair at Rowville Secondary College thanks to an impressive 40-point final term. Coburg shot 54 per cent from the field in this one to seal their third win of the season. Coburg’s Vito Carbone led the way with 25 points and five assists, while Conor Matthews (21 points) and Mam Ayuel (18 points, 14 boards) were also busy. Bowen Mahon put up 24 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the home team.
Mornington 75 def Chelsea 71
The Breakers and Gulls fought it out to the wire, with the former prevailing after Blake Newman-O’Brien nailed a pair of clutch free throws. It marked Mornington’s second win of the season to stay in touch with the finals. Meanwhile, Chelsea slipped to seventh place despite starting the season 2-0. Neither team shot the ball particularly well, with the Breakers going at 39 per cent and the Gulls 38 per cent. Newman-O’Brien finished with 22 points, eight rebounds and six assists and Max Brzezek added 18 points off the bench. Angus Macpherson fought hard for the visitors with 25 points and 17 boards.
Craigieburn 96 def Collingwood 89
The Eagles narrowly prevailed over the All Stars for their fourth-straight win to sit pretty in second place, while it marked just the second loss for Collingwood’s season. A tight final term saw the Eagles by just one with under two minutes left, finishing the game on a 8-1 run to seal the victory. Craigieburn’s Jackson Wynne had 21 points and 13 rebounds, but it was the Eagles bench that were the deciding factor, outscoring Collingwood’s 48-24.
Collingwood 85 def Whittlesea 50
The All Stars bounced back from Saturday’s loss with a 35-point thumping of the Pacers. The Pacers slumped to their fourth loss for the season as Collingwood remained in the hunt for a top four spot. Collingwood’s Athiaan Manyiel was huge with 28 points on 11-of-15 shooting, 12 rebounds and three steals, while Alexander Cocco put up 20 points, five rebounds and four assists. None of the Pacers hit double figures in scoring.
Coburg 102 def Western Port 76
Coburg were back to their brilliant best in a 26-point hiding over the Steelers at home for their second-straight win. The Giants shot 50 per cent from the field and limited Western Port to 34 per cent, using a 54-point first half to inflict most of their damage. Coburg’s Mam Ayuel gobbled up 20 points and 20 rebounds and Vito Carbone also double-doubled with 17 points and 10 assists.
Pakenham 97 def Keysborough 80
The Warriors retained top spot with a strong win over the Cougars to remain unbeaten in 2019. Pakenham raced out of the gate with a 33-point opening term and continued to pile on the pain in the second quarter. Neither side shot the ball particularly well, however, the Warriors won both the rebounds (58-45) and assists (24-10) battle. The Cougars’ bench actually outscored Pakenham’s 53-42. Pakenham’s Ned Weideman was in fine form, tallying 24 points and 14 rebounds. Keysborough’s Bown Mahon fought hard with 18 points and three steals.
Melton 85 def Wallan 75
The Thoroughbred improved to 4-1 on the season after ousting Wallan by 10 points at home. It marked Melton’s third-straight win to occupy third place, while Wallan are anchored at the bottom of the table and yet to register a win this season at 0-6. With just a single point in it at the main break in the Panthers’ favour, Melton broke the game open in the second half which they won 45-34. Fernando Rios-Rodriguez finished with 18 points and seven rebounds for the home team, while Caneron Creasey competed hard for the visitors with 17 points and 14 rebounds.
Maccabi 90 def Mornington 74
The Warriors closed out the round with a win over the Breakers that took their win streak to four. The Breakers struggled to recover from a 15-point deficit at the main break despite bringing it back to single figures late in the piece. Maccabi’s Bailey De Bortoli and Elliot Bolaffi chipped in with 15 points apiece, while Mornington’s Henry Peirce top scored with 25 points, adding 14 rebounds.
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Frankston 98 def Western Port 42
Western Port were no match for Frankston at the Mornington Civic Reserve on Saturday. The Blues held the Steelers to four points in the first quarter to lead by 18 points at quarter time. The margin extended to 34 points at half time, as the Blues put the game to bed. Frankston shot 42% from the field, whilst holding the Steelers to only 26%. They also out rebounded the home side 66-38 and amassed 23 steals. Abby Chernishoff and Tegan Fiamengo led the scoring for the Blues with 13 points each.
Werribee 69 def Blackburn 65
31 points in the last quarter guided Werribee to a come from behind win over Blackburn. The Devils trailed by 13 points at three-quarter-time, before a final term surge overturned the deficit. The Devils outscored the Vikings 44-24 in the paint and 20-11 on fast break points. Werribee’s bench chipped in with 32 points to guide the Devils to the win. Amina Benjamin starred with 26 points and six rebounds in 26 minutes on court, while Bethanie Gray had 17 points for the Vikings.
Sherbrooke 70 def Pakenham 65
Sherbrooke came from behind to beat Pakenham by five points. The Suns conceded 48 points in the middle two quarters to trail by three points at three-quarter-time. A 13-5 run in the final term overturned the margin and handed the Suns the win. Allison McMahon starred off the bench with 17 points, five rebounds and two assists, while captain Rachael Hurd had 15 points, four rebounds and two assists. Jasmine Ralls impressed for Pakenham with 15 points and five assists.
Frankston 83 def Chelsea 74
The Blues made it two wins from two in round five with a nine-point overtime win over Chelsea. Alice Yates hit a three with six seconds on the clock to send the game into the extra period. Buoyed by their late surge, the Blues entered overtime with all the momentum to come away with a nine-point win. Zoe Schonfelder top scored for the Blues with 16 points off the bench, while Yates had 13 points to add to her game-defining triple. Holly Davies top scored for the Gulls with 18 points.
Collingwood 61 def Coburg 49
Collingwood eased past Coburg at the Darebin Community Sports Stadium. The All Stars held the Giants to 14 points in the first half to lead by 18 points at half time. The margin extended to 22 points in the third term, before a 23-13 run by the Giants in the last quarter made the score look respectable. Jayde Popovski top scored for the All Stars with 14 points, while Jessica Connor had 15 points and eight rebounds.