Round 6 Recaps

Round Six 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

Keilor 84 def. by Knox 96

A spirited Thunder side simply couldn’t go with the Raiders early as Knox established an 18-point halftime lead and held steady in the second half. Chris Kaba (24pts 4reb) paved the way to victory for his side as Taylor Dyson (18pts) and Dylan Hare (17pts 5reb 3ast) each chimed in with handy performances. The Thunder had four players in double digits, with Hanner Mosque-Perea (7reb) and Jordan Coleman (8reb 3ast) each finishing with 16 points.

Eltham 82 def. Blackburn 75

The Wildcats had to fight hard for their win, overturning a six-point halftime deficit to overrun their opponents. The win was unconvincing but certainly important, with Ben Waldren (5reb) and Justin Aver (4reb 5ast) leading their side with 13 points apeice. Ryan Benson (22pts 5reb) continues to impress for the Vikings, playing big minutes off the bench.

Ringwood 100 def. Casey 94

The Hawks fought back after half time to claim a tough win over the Cavs, who competed brilliantly throughout what was a fantastic game of basketball. The home side leaned on Jacob Gibson (33pts 7reb 4ast) but got plenty of help from the likes of Shaun Clarke (19pts 12reb) and Matt Fennell (18pts 13reb). For the Cavs, Matt Donlan and Raheem Lemons (10reb 6ast) finished with 23 points each despite the defeat.

Hume City 72 def. by Eltham 87

The ‘Cats continued their momentum rolling with a second win in as many days, this time at Broadmeadows. After a tight first half, the visitors got rolling and eventually did it comfortably as the Broncos starters got some rare rest. Ben Waldren (17pts 5reb 3stl) led six Wildcats in double digits, while Trevon Clayton (17pts 14reb 3ast) led the home side in defeat.

Waverley 91 def. Corio Bay 80

The Falcons survived a spirited third-quarter comeback from the Stingrays to record another victory to start 2018. A 13-point lead at halftime was erased in the third as the visitors hit back, but the run couldn’t be sustained down the stretch as Adrien Sturt (21pts 14reb 5ast) enjoyed  a big night out. For Corio Bay, Julius Brooks (19pts 15reb) and Jackson Bentley (17pts 4reb 3ast 3stl) led the way.

Hawthorn 87 def. Keilor 81

Hawthorn won a tight encounter with Keilor in a hotly contest matchup. The sides were within four points of eachother in every quarter, but the home side were able to keep their composure and grind out the win. Nelson Kirksey (23pts 7reb) led the Magic, while Jordan Coleman (22pts 3ast) completed a strong individual weekend despite getting into foul trouble.

Werribee 93 def. by McKinnon 103

McKinnon snapped their mini-skid with a win against the Devils, holding onto a big three-quarter time lead down the stretch. The Cougars’ stars were out to play in this one as Dillon Stith (27pts 10reb 3stl), Adrian Tomada (24pts 8reb) and Ivan Platenik (22pts 8reb 3stl) combined for 73 points. For the Devils, Paul Elderkin (20pts 5reb 4ast) led the way with Konor Kulas (12reb 3ast) and Bryan Nagy (3ast 5stl) each adding 18 points.

Blackburn 72 def. by Ringwood 91

Ringwood completed another perfect weekend, getting the better of the Vikings. A 27-7 second term by the Hawks did the damage and the home side never recovered as Shaun Clarke (22pts 12reb) added another double-double to his season list. Nick George (17pts 5-9 3PT) worked hard to keep his side in it from downtown but it wasn’t enough.

State Championship Women

Sth Peninsula 72 lost to Waverley 76

The visiting Falcons grabbed a great win on the back of a 16­‐6 last qtr with Kelly Bowen (23pts, 14rbs) the standout performer. A 27­‐15 second qtr looked to have tipped the scales in favour of the home team, but when it most mattered the Falcons locked in and tightened the screws on the Sharks’ usually up­‐ tempo offence. Tegan Cunningham delivered 18pts and 10rbs off the bench for the winners, while for the Sharks it was Peyton Little (18pts) and Jaz Shelley (17pts, 8ast) leading the way.

Sunbury 69 def Keilor 54

Almost a local derby, the Jets responded to a couple of losses with a gritty 15pt win. In a tight contest the Jets led 54-‐34 heading into the last qtr and managed the gap down the stretch. It was a good test for the Thunder and they continue to be competitive, but this game was vital for the Jets and their quest for a third championship in three years. Orla O’Reilly (22pts) and Josie Stockill (18pts) did the bulk of the scoring for the home team, while for Keilor Erin Bollman (16pts) and Briana Babic (15pts) scored well despite the team shooting at a 32% clip.

Hume City 74 def McKinnon 71

A cracking game out at Broady with the Broncos getting home down the stretch. Both teams understood the importance of a win and threw everything at it. Literally nothing separated the pair across the stats, Hume City’s 42-‐33 rebound win the biggest difference. Louisa Murphy (21pts) and Bianca Babic (13pts) led the scoring for the home team, while for the competitive Cougars it was Megan Kritscher (17pts) and Claire Ioannidis (15pts). Kudos to the Broncos for holding Ariel Thomas to just 8pts, all of which came from the foul line.

Bulleen 76 lost to Knox 96

Another solid win for the Raiders, taking the lead early and growing the margin each quarter. Young dynamo Leah Santamaggio (23pts, 7 treys) led four players in double digits, including Bec Ott (18pts) and Lucy Dawson (18pts). All up the Raiders shot at 51% and forced 22 turnovers, two telling stats. For the Boomers, Kathleen Macleod (16pts) was a welcome addition back to basketball, Maxine Allan added 15pts and Jasmine Hines netted 14pts. Bulleen is starting to assemble a good unit, but a very slow 0­‐7 start to the season looks too big to come back from.

Eltham 72 lost to Ringwood 77

Eltham’s run of losses extended to five with a hard-­‐ fought defeat at the hands of Ringwood. The home team led early and actually had a 7pt advantage at one stage, but up against the consistent and defensively tough Hawks it was always going to be a tough proposition. With scores level at the half, the Hawks found a way to the front during the third and held on for the win. Desiree Ramos (26pts) was a clear winner, ably supported by Cassidy Mihalko (19pts), while Amanda Meinking delivered a handy 11pts, 11rbs game. For the sliding Wildcats, Alice Kunek played all but 45sec for her 23pts, 16rbs.

Division One Men

Melbourne Uni 76 lost to Keysborough 95

A comfortable bounce­‐back win for the Cougars with a commanding performance across all four qtrs. Calvin Enge (29pts, 13rbs) was hot, while Jason Minerve (26pts) found his touch with six treys. For the Black Angels, Nick Masunda (18pts) led the way.

Geelong 89 lost to Whittlesea 98

Another win for the Pacers and this one was all about the arc. Geelong, usually hot from the 3pt line went for 8­‐31 @ 25%, while for the winners it was a night out with 14-‐24 @ 58%. Zeverona (25pts), Seumanu (19pts) and Sykes (19pts) all got amongst it for the winners, while Vekic (22pts, 18rbs) led the Supercats.

Sunbury 80 def Bulleen 78

Just when you thought Bulleen had left losing close games behind them, they cop a deflating loss at Sunbury. The Boomers led 66­‐53 going into the last qtr, but the final period belonged to the home team (27­‐12) with Jon Alexander (25pts, 14rbs) and Jacob Formosa (21pts) stepping up. In a game-‐winning defensive job, Varmall was held to just 15pts.

Warrnambool 82 lost to Western Port 92

With so much focus on Nathan Sobey (21pts in 40min) returning to the arc, someone forgot to tell the Steelers that this shouldn’t be their night. The visitors started 27­‐16 and never looked back. Blount scored 29pts for the home team, but this one belonged to Dylan Travis (32pts, 5 treys) and his Steelers. A mighty win.

Chelsea 71 lost to Warrandyte 86

After a couple of losses the Venom decided to remind us all just how good they are. With scores tied at the half, the Venom dominated the second half with Sprewell (33pts) and Moore (24pts) too good for Standerfer (24pts, 16rbs) and Brasser (16pts).

Latrobe City 78 def Collingwood 63

With both imports fit and healthy, the Energy has finally stepped up and scored a win, which came on the back of a 22­‐8 last qtr. Granger (24pts) and Crockett (21pts) did the damage for the Energy, while the home team also managed to hold Hendrix (16pts), which was telling.

Whittlesea 70 lost to Melbourne Uni 79

Changing fortunes on Sunday for these two teams with the Black Angels winning. The visitors led for most of the game and at one stage got out by 15pts. Brandon Armstrong (29pts, 11rbs) had his biggest game since arriving, while Masunda added 20pts.

Warrandyte 85 def Warrnambool 81

A huge weekend for the Venom with two massive wins, while a disappointing double for the Seahawks with two losses. The Venom jumped out to a 31‐19 lead and at one stage had a 17pt advantage, before going on to withstand a comeback. Sprewell and Hawley scored 20pts each for the winners, while Blount dropped 35pts for the Seahawks with Sobey coming off the bench for 22pts. A great round for Warrandyte, a bad one for Warrnambool.

Keysborough 83 def Latrobe City 74

What a topsy­‐turvey game …. Keysie by 13, Keysie by 9, Energy by 6, Keyse win by 9. Keysie’s biggest lead was 14 Energy’s biggest lead was 11. The home team delivered a 29‐14 last qtr for the win, but it was anything but easy. Ben Morwood (23pts), Calvin Enge (22pts) and Gerrard Newby (22pts) got it done for the Cougars, while Granger had 28pts for the Energy. Collingwood 82 lost to Shepparton 90 A tough weekend for the All Stars with the Gators storming home (29-­‐16) for the win. Bartlett (27pts), Vines (22pts) and Coleman (20pts) led the way, leaving Hendrix (25pts) to do what he could in reply.

Division One Women

Camberwell 60 def by Whittlesea 79

We couldn’t wait to see the result of this game as we knew it was one that could go either way. And on this occasion it was the Pacers taking home honours. Right from the get go, the Pacers led the way. They got themselves out to a comfortable 10 point lead in the opening turn which proved to be helpful as not much movement was made in the 2nd and 3rd quarters. The Dragons were left with only one quarter to make up the deficit but unfortunately, their 8 points wasn’t going to cut it. This win has taken the Pacers to 6 straight wins.

Latrobe 64 def by Mildura 92

This Heat side continue to impress and this weekend was no different. To open their double away weekend campaign, they headed down to the valley to take on Latrobe. It looked as though the Heat would be running away with this game pretty quick smart considering their opening quarter but falling to 9 points in the 2nd gave the Energy an in. At half time the scores were level at 30 a piece. But the Heat regrouped and made their move once again in the 3rd before finishing off incredibly strong dropping 39 points for the quarter. What a finish.

Casey 71 def by Mildura 79

The weekend got even better for the Heat and the trip home would have been bitter sweet. This was always going to be the game to watch as both sides have been playing extremely well and sit high on the ladder. And with only 8 points separating the two, we can’t wait for the rematch. The Cavs got off to a slight better start but the Heat quickly made up this ground in the 2nd. At half time there was only 2 points in it. After an even 3rd quarter, it was all down to the 4th and on this occasion, the Heat got the job done.

Werribee 92 def Geelong 65

We didn’t see this result coming. The Devils were on a 5 game losing streak and the Supercats had just started to string some wins together. Who would have thought that the Devils would be the team coming away with a 27 point win? The first half of this game was like a seesaw. The Devils had the first quarter in hand, the Supercats had the 2nd. But then the second half was completely one sided. The Devils went 26 to 21 in the 3rd followed by the cherry on the top, 32 to 13 in the 4th. This final quarter was where the damage was done. Congrats to the Devils on breaking the streak.

Whittlesea 77 def Hawthorn 55

The Pacers added another win to their name and their streak, taking a 22 point win over the Magic on the Saturday. Right from the get go, the Pacers led the way and as the game continued on, the Pacers just

did what they needed to do to keep the game in their hands. There was no need for them to go over the top, it was a comfortable win for the Pacers.

Chelsea 89 def Warrandyte 58

We were all ready to get strapped in for this match when we saw the opening quarter, the Gulls 26, the Venom 25. But this excitement was shortlived with the Venom getting just 7 points on the board in the 2nd. From this point on, the Gulls were in the drivers seat adding space upon space in the 3rd and 4th quarters.

Warrandyte 63 def Warrnambool 61

Now this is an upset if we’ve ever seen one. The Venom taking a 2 point win over the Mermaids in OT. This Venom side has not been making a name for themselves in this competition but this win right here is a great way to start turning this around. The Mermaids are a quality outfit and they will be guttered that this game resulted in a loss for them. At the half way mark, it looked like they were on the home stretch but a halt in momentum changed all this and the game was taken into OT. It was a low scoring 5 minutes but it did decide the winner. What a win Venom!

Warrnambool 55 def Western Port 40

At least the Mermaids can say that they finished the weekend with a win, getting the job done on the Saturday night against the Steelers. It was a low scoring game and without being there, we can comfortably say it wasn’t much of an entertaining one either. Apart from the opening quarter, the Steelers had just single digits to give and the Mermaids joined them in the 4th making the end to this game underwhelming. But nevertheless a win is a win.

Hawthorn 74 def Latrobe 53

Another team that would be happy with a split weekend is the Magic. They had a comfortable win over the Energy, their 4th quarter effort proving the difference. Only a few points separated the two in the opening 3 quarters, just a 7 point margin at three quarter time. But a 28 to 14 finish from the Magic gave the margin a little boost.

Division Two Men

Altona 98 def Sherbrooke 91

I’m not sure how much defence was played as it was a high scoring game for both teams, pocket rocket Eric Miraflores got the points flowing but it would be the Gators who led by 16 at the half-time break. The Suns began their fight back late in the third as they went on a 13-0 run before the Gators got some points from the line, the Suns pushed again in the final term but just ran out of time.

Craigieburn 80 def North East 53

The Bushies struggled in the first half to stop the Eagles from getting to the basket which resulted in them trailing by 25 at half-time, Craigieburn put the pedal down especially in the second as they put in a 30-12 quarter. North East got their defence sorted in the second half and managed to hold the Eagles to just 28 for the half.

Maccabi 65 def Southern Pen 64

The Warriors caught themselves a Shark…

Well this was unexpected, but as noted in the preview very doable! It was all tied up at the long break but the Sharks pulled away in the 3rd finishing the quarter up by 9. The Warriors were not done though, they faught back and tied it up with just over 2 minutes to go. With 45 seconds remaining Adam Klas at the free throw line, nails both to trail by 1 point, the Sharks wasted as much time as possible but had to put up a last minute shot which was unsuccessful. Thanks to a big board from Jared Mintz dished out to team mate Andrew Sharp who deflated the Sharks undefeated balloon with his 2 point jumper for the win!

Melton 89 def Wallan 58

The Panthers continue their not so great record on double header weekends, goin 0-2 again! Melton have stepped it up in the past two weeks getting their second consecutive win. The Thoroughbreds have finally found their mojo, Emmanuel Malou has been their key player for the past two games putting the pressure on their oppositions both ends of the floor. The Panthers returned home with their  heads down and tails between their legs, while the Thoroughbreds celebrated knocking off another high ranked side.

Coburg 73 def Mildura 53

It was a fast paced physical match up, but it was the Giants and their depth off the bench that got it done including Mweemba Maluma who had a field day, making some baskets that left you scratching your head, asking yourself how did that go in? Hats off to Coburg for shutting down Calvin Henry and keeping him to only 13 points, but I do have to mention the Giants bench again and the fact that they scored 56 of their 73 points! I have to say if you are a supporter and going to heckle a player and tell him he is a nobody, make sure it isn’t a legend of the league #SMH

Mildura 90 def Wallan 72

Another weekend to forget for the Panthers as they get burnt by the Heat in the Jungle. Mildura took the lead from the first basket through the leagues leading scorer Calvin Henry and never gave it up, Mildura were hot from behind the arc hitting 4 from 7 treys in the first quarter to extend their lead out to 10 at the quarter break. Mildura were consistent both ends of the floor for the match making the Panthers play their game at their pace, which the Panthers just couldn’t compose themselves, they made a late push in the last but it was just too late.

Pakenham 72 def Altona 59
Getting a big win the night before on the road the Gators returned to the swamp with the buzz and confidence still in their veins, packed a punch in the first quarter leaving Pakenham trailing by 10.  The Warriors came in fresh to this match giving them that little bit extra needed to be able to finish strong, as the Gators just seemed to run out of steam in the second half. Altona had an 11 point lead at half-time which was quickly demolished as the Warriors went on an 8-0 run to open the 3rd and finishing the quarter up by 3, they went on to own the final quarter getting a comfortable 13 point win over the home side.

Camberwell 90 def North East 87
In a tight race to the finish the Dragons sent the Bushies home with their second loss of the round, they were so close to tasting  their first victory for the season but they just ran out of time in the end. Camberwell’s starting line up put in a huge effort with all of them hitting double digits while the Bushies relied heavily on 2 players to get it done, and they did just that, Bushies big man Richard Townsend-Gant had his biggest game in the Big V while North East local Liam Wright also put in a huge effort offensively with a mere 21 points to his name. You are so close North East, keep pushing that victory is out there!

Division Two Women

North East 60 def by Craigieburn 67

The Bushrangers opened up strongly and established a 9 point lead at the first break and extended that by 1 at the main change.  Going into the second half, the Eagles kicked into action and clawed back their 10 point deficit in the third term to set up an exciting final quarter with scores tied. With momentum on their side, Craigieburn outscored their hosts in the last as North East’s offense became stagnant in the second half.  At the final buzzer, the Eagles unbeaten run was maintained.  For the Bushrangers, a stellar effort from the captain who played every minute on court for a 14pts/10rbs double, as Jacqueline Gerhrig led the team’s scoring with 15. Alaana Northey continued her good form with 13pts. For the visitors, Nicole Cameron again was the one to stop as she collected 23pts who was supported by Tahlia Presti with 12pts, Kristen McNamara with 11pts and Stacey Procak collecting 10pts.

Melton 55 def by Wallan 68

A cold start from the Thoroughbreds proved costly, as they were held to 9 in the first term to trail by 11. Given the Panthers ultimately won by 13, it showed how relatively close the remainder of the game was.  Statistically, there wasn’t a glaring difference in the  team stats, but the dominance of Alex Darby with a game high 19pts, and doubles to both Emmie O’Nial and Tessa Ramsay (16pts/12rbs and 14pts/11rbs) proved too much for Melton to stop.  For Melton, Emily Attard maintained her good form and unfortunately for the team was the only player to reach double figures on 14pts.  Molly Young provided a strong rebounding presence for the home side and was a bucket short of a double while nabbing 16 board.

Coburg 56 def by Collingwood 80 

Producing one of their best halves of hoops in quite a while, the Giants were flying early against the All Stars and appeared to have their measure into the half time rest, leading by 13 after an even first term. Uncharacteristically, Collingwood were held to single digits in the second quarter and needed to re-group. The home side actually led at the start of the final quarter by 3, but the All Stars had a renewed energy and started to overpower the Giants.  Once Coburg’s leading scorer Brianna O’Connor fouled out with just over two and half minutes to play, the slim hope of a home team comeback went out with it and Collingwood went on a 11-0 to close out the match. O’Connor scored 33pts to be the only Giant in double figures, whilst for Collingwood another monster effort by Jada Buggs amassed 33pts and 21 boards, to go with 6 assists and Maddison Borg played every minute on court to be one rebound short of a double with 19pts. A win possibly widely expected by the All Stars, but some promising signs for the Giants they can hopefully build upon in coming weeks. 

Blackburn 64 def Mornington 50

Another game where the tardy start may have been the difference as Blackburn opened up a 9 point lead at the first break and in a result that ended up being 14 in favour of the home side, the Breakers might rue what might have been. A tough struggle after quarter time provided an entertaining match. Mornington to their credit outscored their hosts in the second half, but the buffer was enough for the Vikings. Andrea Belmonte scored a double (10pts/10rbs) led scoring as Amy Coen also had 10 boards to go with her 7 points while Victoria Sumskas had 8 and 8. For the visitors, Ashleigh Wright was a board off a double with 16pts, as Bridget Gamble collected 14pts and Fiona Darnell 11.

Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men

Ringwood 88 def Altona 84
A monster game from Dogukan Elyazar was almost enough for Altona to steal this one on the road. Ringwood were too strong down the stretch however, trailing as late as a minute to go.

Melbourne 56 def by Nunawading 66
A dominant display from Nunawading’s starters proved too much to overcome for the Tigers. Lachlan Chinnock was good of the pine for Melbourne, while Tom Graham paced the Spectres.

Bulleen 93 def Sandringham 75
Bulleen shot the ball well from all over the floor in this one, moving the ball and finding the best shots available. Mahboobi was on fire once again, and had a running mate in Foster Jnr.

Blackburn 81 def Kilsyth 71
Without Adnam in the fold, Kilsyth couldn’t get enough going outside of Mitch Dielemans. Blackburn had five players in double digits, including Bul Niop’s 27.

Eltham 64 def Sherbrook 57
Eltham’s strong form continued once again, with a well rounded team effort. They didn’t shoot the ball well, but got to the line consistently to make up for that. Sherbrooke led by as much as 15, but a strong 3rd term elimated that.

Altona 82 def by Blackburn 97
Blackburn were plus 22 on the boards in this one, led by Applegate and Cooper. That included a massive 27 offensive rebounds. A lack of depth seems to be a problem for Altona right now.

Kilsyth 78 def by Bulleen 80
Adnam returned for the Cobras, and put on a show while playing all 40 minutes. It wasn’t enough, as the two teams traded free throws through the last minute of play, with Bulleen finishing on top.

Dandenong 103 def Diamond Valley 82
The Rangers played all 12 who suited up, and everyone scored, with no one playing over 24 minutes. For Diamond Valley, Jack Roberts made his way down from the SEABL team and put on an offensive show.

Sandringham 77 def by McKinnon 80
A monster game from Luke Peynenborg off the bench helped propel McKinnon to a handy victory on the road against the Sabres. Both teams shot the ball well in what was a high quality affair.

Keilor 94 def Ringwood 89
No BJ Symons for the Thunder, as he made his way up to the senior team. His presence inside was missed, but Keogh and Alush seemingly forgot how to miss shots in his absence. This was another great offensive game from both teams.

Molten Victorian Youth Championship Women

Kilsyth 53-65 Ringwood

The Ringwood wagon keeps on rolling as the Hawks grabbed another road W off the back of Bec Noller (18 points) off the bench and a perfect four-for-four Rachael Watson (11 points, 16 rebounds). The Hawks held Kilsyth to just 29%FG. Taylah Black continued her solid form for the Snakes with 16 points and three steals.

Melbourne 60-45 Bendigo

The Bendigo Braves jumped out to a double-digit lead after one quarter but couldn’t hold on to their advantage. Melbourne fought back quickly and actually led before the half time break. The Tigers didn’t look back after the main break either, with Zoe Cransberg’s return (20 points) pacing the way, while Nikki Metcalfe recorded a dub-dub (10 points, 11 rebounds).

Bulleen 58-89 Sandringham

The Boomers were left to rue a horror third quarter when the Sabres eased over the line to victory on Saturday night. The 25-9 third stanza left a bad taste as Morgan Riley (17 points) and Meg Ragauskas (16 points, 6 assists) led the way for the Sabres victory. Liv Frost best for the Boomers with 17 points.

Hume City 70-87 Knox

Knox will be thanking Leah Santomaggio after her big game propelled the Raiders to a commanding road victory over the Broncos. Once again, a strong third term was the sticking point in the contest, with a 30-12 period extending the margin to an unassailable lead. Santomaggio was everywhere with 30 points on 12-13FG shooting. Leilani Siamoa had 16 points for the home side.

Waverley 67-68 Warrandyte

Warrandyte have escaped with a one-point win after a Sarsha Follacchio lay-up with seconds remaining put the Venom in front as they recorded an unlikely victory. A 25-13 final quarter claimed the comeback victory as Fallacchio (23 points) and Michael Kuen (13 points, 13 rebounds) led the way. Alyssa Weston had 23 points and Grace Beasley had 18 points, five boards and five dimes for the home side.

Altona 78-55 Hume City

The Gators run of victories continue with a home W, this time over Hume City. A comprehensive team victory, six players recorded seven or more points led by Allyssa Lolesio-Pua (14). Broncos captain Leilani Siamoa was brave with 20 points and three steals.

Dandenong 48-67 Diamond Valley

Diamond Valley held the Rangers to just three points in the third quarter, as Sharna Ayres (14 points), Amelia Smith (14 points) and Meg Crupi (12 points) led the way. The Eagles kept Dandy to just 26%FG from the floor as a host of the Eagles starters recorded large plus/minus’.

Ringwood 60-45 Ballarat

The Hawks once again ground out another win as they used a dominant final quarter to defeat Ballarat at home. Ringwood outscored the Rush 17-6 in the final term as they managed to hold onto the ball a lot better than their opponents (14 turnovers to 22). Neehara Ravikumar led the way with 12 points, while for the Rush it was Laura Taylor who recorded 15 points and 13 boards.

Knox 55-67 Melbourne

The Tigers were able to lean on the daughter of an Australian superstar as Nikki Metcalfe (daughter of Jo) lifted the visitors to a deserving victory with 34 points and 12 rebounds. Melbourne were able to get out to a double-digit lead before half time, before making sure they hung on to that margin by the games end. Meagan Wylie recorded 20 points and nine rebounds for the home side.

Sandringham 73-68 Nunawading

Sandringham have kept Nunawading at bay with a five-point victory at home. Ella Batish (14 points, 11 rebounds) and Sophie Van Vliet (14 points, 10 rebounds) both recorded double doubles in the win, as the Sabres shot 45%FG as a team. Keeley Frawley’s 22 points and 12 rebounds led the way for the Spectres.

Youth League One Men

Geelong 99-87 Bendigo

The Supercats have used a strong third quarter to lift themselves to a double-digit victory over Bendigo. Josiah King continued his fine form of the season with another 21 points, 13 rebounds and four assists. He was well supported however, with Max Kos (21 points, 5 rebounds) and Wang Nyieth (19 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists) doing damage as well. Aiden Brohm was best for the Braves with 19 points and four assists.

Corio Bay 80-76 Camberwell

It wasn’t quite 50, however Cohen Blythe led the Stingrays to a come-from-behind victory over the gallant Camberwell outfit. Blythe registered 23 points and five assists, with Aaron Ruiz’s 16 points and 14 boards collectively putting the Stingrays in the best possible position to win. Tom Moncrieff was solid for the Dragons, finishing with 15 points, seven rebounds and three assists.

Werribee 77-89 Sunbury

A shooting masterclass for the Jets had them flying high as the visitors shot 51%FG from the field led by the trio of Kyle Collins (26 points), Nathan Baker (20 points) and Jeremy Wragg (14 points). Sunbury erased a 15-point quarter time deficit before making sure all of their offensive looks were great looks, getting inside and really penetrating the Devils defence. Daniaell Herbert put in another herculean performance with 31 points, five rebounds and six assists.

Casey 96-77 Ballarat

Casey managed to erase the almighty performance of Zac Dunmore of the Miners to lift themselves over the line by double digits at home. A solid team performance led by Brad Head (25 points, 7 rebounds) and Mitch Gooiker (21 points, 16 rebounds) had the home crowd up and about, shooting a 47%FG clip and grabbing 58 rebounds for the game. Dunmore managed 37 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Camberwell 91-78 Hume City

Camberwell quickly recovered and recollected their thoughts from their close defeat on Saturday night to earn themselves a double-digit victory on the Sunday at home. In what was a game of runs, it was the Dragons who were able to push the margin out towards the end as Shaun Atkins’ 22 points, as well as Matt Zappala’s 18 led the way for the home side. Mitch Goodwin recorded a 20 point, 11 rebound double double in the loss, with the Broncos not able to convert their free throw opportunities (12/24FT).

Waverley 104-59 Corio Bay

Waverley made light work of their somewhat fatigued opponents on Sunday afternoon with a pillar-to-post result going their way. Andy Noller finished with 27 points off the bench, while it seemed Stingrays star Cohen Blythe (2min) was rested for senior duties. Buay Jok scooped up a dub-dub with 13 points and 12 boards for the Falcons.

Ballarat 59-74 Coburg

Coburg recorded their first win of the young season producing their best performance of the year to defeat Ballarat on the road by a handy margin. Jarryd Reid poured on 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while Rory Killen chimed in with 12 points and 10 boards. Zac Dunmore led the way again for the home side with 19 points and seven rebounds.

Youth League One Women 

Sunbury 77 def Camberwell 49

Angers (Angove) from The Hangars has had a flying start to her season and this game was no different. The Jets got the matched kicked off quickly but the Dragons came back stealing the lead a few times throughout the first quarter, but that’s the last time the Dragons were going to see that lead. Camberwell were non existant in the second quarter, Sunbury held them to a measly 4 points, all while they popped up a nice little 24 points before the half time siren sounded. In the third the Dragons found the bottom of the net but that second quarter was going to haunt them for the remainder of the game. Sunbury made easy work of it in the end with 24 of their points coming from Dragons turn-overs, their team work and endless fight pushed the Jets home by 28 points on the road.

Craigieburn 72 def Eltham 61

In what was set to be a tough weekend for Eltham proved to be just that, in their first game of the round they opened their doors to the Eagles, this game was very winnable for the Wildcats and they pounced in the first coming out with a 17-14 quarter. The second was looking strong for the Wildcats until the final 4 mins where they would have been counting down the seconds for the siren to go. The Eagles took full advantage of the Wilcats laps at the end of the quarter going on a 10 point unanswered run into the half time break. Eltham were not done though, they clawed their way back and with a nice little jump shot just before the break they hit the lead again. But yet again Eltham fell in a hole at the end of the 4th and Craigieburn had another 11 point unanswered run to steal the win from the home team.

Geelong 80 def Eltham 55

What a cracking day to head to Geelong, even if it is for basketball the drive there and back would have been lovely. It’s tough enough to have a double header especially when you have the away game on the Sunday, and you are coming off a loss from the night before. Geelong took an early lead in the first while the second quarter was fairly evenly spread, the Wildcats looked like they ran out of puff in the second half as the Supercats ran away with it.

Chelsea 76 def Corio Bay 51

The Gulls finally get to taste 2018 victory and in front of their home crowd as they took down the Stingrays in the Sunday showdown. It’s amazing how much 1 player can made a difference to the team dynamics and structure, the Stingrays were without their go to player this week and it looked like they were lost. Chelsea showed off their team mentality as every player who stepped on the floor was there and had each others backs, congratulations on the win Chelsea. 

Keilor 65 def McKinnon 64
With a close one and top spot on the line Keilor  they had to pull out all the stops to get the win, and they still almost lost it. McKinnon played a big game opening the game strong with some lapses throughout the 2nd and 3rd but they put the pedal down in the last to make Keilor really earn it. But in the end they managed to get it done with Adele Rogers sharp shooting from the free throw line after getting the steal and drawing the foul outside the 3. The Cougars didn’t give up they had their timeout drew up their play and executed it until it came to the ball going through the net, leaving them 1 point short when the siren went.

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Maccabi 76 def by Melton 91

We knew this game was going to be a big test for the Warriors, coming up against the force that is the Thoroughbreds. And on this occasion, the test was too much. The Thoroughbreds once again proved why they are the number 1 side and it all started with their opening quarter. Jumping to a 30 to 19 lead, the Warriors were forced to play catch up. They were able the cull the margin down to 3 at half time but once again the Thoroughbreds dug the heels in during the 3rd to push the margin back out. With only one quarter to go, the Warriors couldn’t reduce the final margin any more, the Thoroughbreds taking their win.

Melton 84 defeated Wallan 76

It couldn’t have been a better weekend for the Thoroughbreds coming away with 2 from 2 wins. Their Saturday night clash saw them take on the Panthers and even though this side isn’t a front runner, they certainly made Melton work for it. The Thoroughbreds had their noses in front early on, but the Panthers were able to even up the score at the half way mark. This was as close as the Panthers got as the Thoroughbreds went on to win the second half but credit to the Panthers for sticking close by.

Chelsea 73 def by Pakenham 77

We had a fight on our hands between the Gulls and the Warriors, the game finishing opposite to how it started. The Gulls applied the pressure early on, out by 10 in the opening turn. It was the Warriors turn in the 2nd, bringing the margin within 3. From here on our, the Warriors led from the front and took the game over. The Gulls would be disappointed that this one slipped by.

Wallan 74 def by Chelsea 87

It was a good end to the weekend for the Gulls however, getting a win over the Panthers on the Sunday. As like their game the night before, the Gulls were on the board early. However, this was once again overshadowed by their opponent who came out with the scoring power in the 2nd. The margin was down to 4 points as we headed into the 3rd but the Gulls weren’t having a repeat of Saturday night, they went away with the game from here.

Craigieburn 102 def Whittlesea 69

It was looking like we had a game on our hands in the opening term of this match but that quickly changed. The Eagles went full force in the 2nd, going 34 to the Pacers 14 to lead by 18 at the half. The Eagles reined it in a little in the 3rd before dropping a further 33 points in the 4th. This makes it the 4th straight game where the Eagles have scored 100+ points and the 5th for the season. Not a bad effort.

Mornington 60 def Keysborough 54

The Cougars were well placed heading into this match but they let themselves down in the opening quarter by putting just 8 points on the board. This gave the Breakers the opportunity to get ahead and for that matter, enough ahead that the Cougars couldn’t catch up. They did what they needed to do to keep their noses in front even when the Cougars threw everything at them in the 4th. It was a win that the Breakers needed but certainly one that surprised us.

Keysborough 124 def Latrobe 51

The Cougars finished their weekend in style taking a big 73 point win over the Energy. They wasted no time in getting points on the board, finishing the opening quarter with 24 points. Unfortunately for the Energy, the Cougars continued to put big numbers on the board and the Energy simply had no response.

Western Port 90 def Frankston 81

Heading into this match, the Blues were the early tip. However, once the game got underway, the Steelers took control. They doubled the Blues opening quarter score giving themselves the gap they needed to remain in control for the remainder of the game. The Blues took a swing in the 3rd to come within 4 with only one quarter to go. It was a tight and high scoring quarter but the Steelers managed to finsih off the job.

Frankston 64 def Collingwood 62

In another surprising result from the weekend, the Blues came out with a 2 point victory over the All Stars. It was a disappointing game for the All Stars, leading for the first 3 quarters of this match. They held a 10 point lead heading into the final quarter and surely this was enough to keep the Blues at bay. But whether it was the offensive effort from the Blues on top of their defensive effort at the other end, they finished the game 20 to 8 taking just the one quarter to win themselves the game.

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Blackburn 80-30 Mornington

The Mornington struggles continue with the Breakers only managing to put up 30 points offensively. Blackburn were able to get the jump on their opponents and didn’t look back as a 25-7 opening stanza set the tone. Laura Tetaz scored a team high 12 points off the bench on 5-6FG shooting. Mornington couldn’t get much going but found 11 points out of Tessa Matthews who was the only Breaker in double figures. 

Whittlesea 63-76 Pakenham

Whittlesea’s efforts to slow the Warriors went astray when a 28-13 second quarter put the game quickly out of reach. The Pacers never recovered either, even despite the surprise inclusion of LT Poa (D1W side). Poa registered a game high 17 points but made her mark at the free throw line (13-14FT). Liv Dalmau recorded 16 points and six rebounds but was to no avail. Ellie Coutts paced the Warriors with 13 points, 10 boards, four dimes, two steals and three blocks.

Werribee 56-60 Southern Peninsula

Southern Peninsula escaped Eagle Stadium with a win on Sunday morning despite the team not playing to their best. The Sharks were comfortably outrebounded (38-60) yet hung tough for important periods of the game before making their move thanks to some great shooting behind the arc. Sienna Privitera led the way with 11 points, while Juliette Roysmith scored nine on 4-5FG and grabbed nine boards.

Frankston 87-47 Sherbrooke

A 27-12 first quarter set the tone in this one, with the Blues making a big move throughout the first half to put this to bed. Frankston forced 44 turnovers out of the Suns and were made to pay the price at the other end. Tori Jackson scored a game high 20 points, while Kassie Boorer finished with 18 points, 13 rebounds and three steals. For the Suns Bec Oleskowski had 13 points off the bench.

Casey 68-53 Western Port

Casey continue to get the job done week in, week out and Round Six was no different with a 15-point win over the Steelers. Lauren Tuplin continued her good form with 19 points and eight rebounds, while Tess Young chimed in with 12 points, 12 rebounds (eight offensive!), six assists and four steals. The Cavs did well to hold onto the ball, conceding just 13 turnovers (to 29), which went a long way to determining this contest. Brittany Suarjaya finished with 12 points, five boards and three assists for the visitors.

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