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
Hume City 103 def Hawthorn 83
Hume City claimed an impressive away win over Hawthorn, defeating the Magic by 20 points. The Broncos shot 47% from the field and out-rebounded the Magic 44-35 in a dominant all-round display. Jamal Shabazz top scored with 24 points for the Broncos, while Nelson Kirksey had 21 points for the Magic.
Chelsea 97 def Corio Bay 81
Chelsea were too strong for Corio Bay, defeating the home side by 16 points. The Gulls scored 30 points in the first and third quarters, while also notching up 12 points from turnovers. Colin Voss had 29 points and 14 rebounds, while Corey Standerfer (27 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists) was one assist shy of a triple-double.
McKinnon 117 def Blackburn 93
Blackburn were no match for McKinnon as the Cougars continued their undefeated start to the season. The Vikings led by one-point at quarter-time, but from there it was all one-way traffic as the Cougars made it seven wins in a row. Dillon Stith had 32 points, 10 rebounds and two assists, while Eric Williams had 27 points for the Cougars. Jake Heath top scored for the Vikings with 25 points.
Casey 112 def Werribee 110
Casey thwarted a spirited Werribee fightback to claim a two-point win. The Cavs trailed by six points at half time, before a 42-19 turnaround in the third quarter gave them a 17-point lead with a quarter to play. Werribee scored 40 points in the final term but it was not enough as the Cavs held on to win. Brandon Polk top scored for the Cavs with 34 points.
McKinnon 116 def Chelsea 68
McKinnon made it two wins in two days with a 48-point win over Chelsea. The Cougars scored over 30 points in three of the four quarters to claim a big win. Dillon Stith top scored with 32 points, while teammate Eric Williams had 29 points and 10 rebounds.
Casey 102 def Corio Bay 88
Casey were too good for Corio Bay, defeating the Stingrays by 14 points. The Cavs shot 50% from the field, but only 4/12 from three-point range. The Cavs shot 56 points in the paint and 23 points from turnovers. Raheem Lemons starred for the Cavs with 26 points and seven rebounds, while teammate Brandon Polk had 25 points and 14 rebounds.
Keilor 93 def Werribee 86
The final game of the weekend saw Keilor defeat Werribee by seven points at the Keilor Basketball Stadium. Michael Anderson recorded a triple-double for Keilor, ending the game with 32 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists. Teammate Christopher Kaba had 23 points and 12 rebounds, while Konor Kulas had 34 points and 15 rebounds for the Devils.
Southern Peninsula 87 def McKinnon 53
Southern Peninsula kicked off the weekend with a convincing 34-point win over McKinnon. The Sharks trailed by two points at quarter-time, before outscoring the Cougars in each of the next three quarters to record a comfortable win. Megan Smith top scored for the Sharks with 20 points and 13 rebounds, while Lani Thornton shot 3-4 from three-point range to finish the game with 11 points. Claire Ioannidis was the only Cougars player to finish the game in double figures, scoring 10 points.
Sunbury 106 def Whittlesea 51
Sunbury were too good for Whittlesea at Boardman Stadium, defeating the Pacers by 55 points. The Jets shot 51% from the field and accumulated 30 steals in a dominant display. Karen Duever starred with 30 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, while captain Chelsea Kereama scored 18 points. Danielle Reinwald was gallant for the Pacers with 17 points, 14 rebounds and four steals.
Bulleen 62 def Warrnambool 51
Bulleen produced a stunning display to record a road victory over Warrnambool. With scores level at half time, the Boomers outscored the Mermaids 30-19 in the second half to record an 11-point win. Both sides had trouble shooting, converting under 30% from the field. Casey Valenti-Paea was the only player on the court to finish in double digits for points, ending the game with 14 points, 11 rebounds and three assists.
Werribee 86 def Casey 84
Werribee held off a late Casey fightback to record a two-point win at the Eagle Stadium. The Devils led by nine points in the first term but were outscored in the next three quarters by the Cavs. Casey attained the lead through a Tanarly Hood jump shot with 4:34 left to play, but they could not hold the advantage to the final buzzer. Sarah Elsworthy had 22 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the victors, while Sarah Halejian had 33 points, five rebounds and two assists for the Cavs.
Keilor 71 def Hume City 70
Keilor ran out one-point victors over Hume City in a close contest at the Keilor Basketball Stadium. Both sides led by as many as nine points throughout the day but could not exert their dominance for the entirety of the contest. Scores were level with a minute to play, before a layup by Aneta Bandilovski gave the Thunder the advantage. Bandilovski finished the game with 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists, while teammate Erin Bollmann had 27 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.
Division One Men
Bulleen 58 def by Keysborough 81
The Cougars led wire-to-wire to hand the Boomers another loss, in large part due to a 30-point first quarter which set the tone. Keysborough’s Ivan Platenik led the way with 24 points and 10 rebounds.
Melbourne University 76 def by Warrandyte 96
The Venom won every quarter at Melbourne Uni Sports Centre as the Black Angels’ losing streak continued. Warrandyte’s Jacob Thom impressed with 22 points, five rebounds and six assists, while in total five Warrandyte players scored in double figures.
Bellarine 95 def Shepparton 80
Despite leading 48-55 at the main break, the Gators were smashed in the third quarter before getting blown out in the fourth. Shepparton’s Carlin Dupree was superb in the loss with 25 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and seven steals, and Javaan Muntaz also added 22 points. Bellarine’s Jason Reardon and Rob Harding had an equal team-high 18 points.
Warrnambool 61 def by Bulleen 79
The Boomers responded to their Anzac Day eve loss with an impressive 18-point thumping of the Seahawks. Bulleen pulled away in the third term in large behind a big performance from Chauncey Orr (24 points, seven rebounds, four assists, seven steals). Warrnambool’s Alexander Gynes worked hard with 25 points and 15 rebounds.
Sunbury 85 def Whittlesea 65
The Jets blew this one open and didn’t look back as Ishmael Sanders poured in a game-high 33 points with seven triples, and Kris Blicavs added 19 points and six boards. Whittlesea’s Jayce Beasley fought hard with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
Keysborough 100 def Collingwood 80
The Cougars picked up their second win of the round with a 20-point dispatching of the All Stars. Calvin Enge filled up the box score with 24 points, 11 rebounds and five assists while Benjamin Morwood keyed in 18 points and eight boards off the bench.
Shepparton 89 def Western Port 88
The Gators and Steelers fought out a one-point thriller at Shepparton Sports Stadium as the home team took the win. Western Port led by one with 1:28 on the clock, only for Mumtaz to hit the go-ahead three and Dupree to ice it with a dunk. Atem Atem was the MVP with 30 points and 10 rebounds, whilst Daryl Corletto led Western Port with 30 points and seven assists.
Collingwood 88 def Sunbury 83
Collingwood got their season back on track, holding off a late Jets rally in a close encounter at home. Collingwood’s Dylan Webb put up 20 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks, while Sunbury’s Ishmael Sanders impressed with 21 points, six rebounds, five assists and six steals.
Latrobe City 81 def by Melbourne University 97
The Black Angels bounced back from their poor showing against Warrandyte to pick up an emphatic double-digit win over the Energy. Thomas Bottrell led the charge with 31 points and nine rebounds, while Jack Railton-Woodcock and Stefan Pomasan dialled in 21 points apiece. Latrobe City’s Aaron Harrison stuffed the stat sheet with 24 points, 10 boards and six assists.
Whittlesea 60 def by Keysborough 81
The Cougars got a third-straight victory in round six to improve to 6-2 overall and keep the Pacers winless for the season. Keysborough did most of their damage in the first half despite undoubtedly taking sore legs into the contest. Enge was the man again, putting up 25 points and eight rebounds. Hakeem Simon was the only Pacer to hit double figures in scoring with 15, and adding 15 boards too.
Coburg 90 def Bellarine 72
The Giants closed out the round with a win over the Storm, putting them to the sword in a 24-15 final term. Coburg’s James Weston scored game-high 23 points and Jeremiah Juric had 14 points and nine boards.
Division One Women
Hawthorn 81 def Bellarine 59
Hawthorn recorded a road victory over Bellarine to kick off round six. Scores were level at quarter-time, before a 27-15 run by the Magic in the second term gave them a 12-point lead. The lead extended to 13 points in the third quarter before it increased to 22 points at the final buzzer. Nyilah Jamison-Meyers top scored with 28 points for the Magic, while Bree Matthews had 12 points for the Storm.
Mildura 93 def Western Port 77
Mildura had a comfortable home win over Western Port on Saturday. The Heat had 24 assists and 14 steals, and had eight fast break points in the win. Alyesha Lovett starred with 31 points, 12 rebounds and 10 steals, while Mikayla Delcastegne (23 points) and Vanessa Power (20 points) combined for 43 points. Malika Jackson was gallant for the Steelers with 30 points, 10 rebounds and two assists.
Mildura 93 def Warrandyte 46
Mildura made it two wins in under 24 hours with comfortable victory over Warrandyte. The Heat outscored the Venom 52-20 in the first half to come away with a 47-point win. Alyesha Lovett backed up her performance the previous to have 25 points, 16 rebounds and five assists, while Georgina Werninghaus had 19 points for the Venom.
Chelsea 92 def Latrobe City 43
Chelsea had a convincing away victory over Latrobe City on Sunday. The Gulls outscored the Energy 53-20 in the second half to come away with a 49-point win. 52 of their points were scored in the paint, while they also had 21 fast break points. Shaniqua Nilles starred for the Gulls with 34 points, 11 rebounds and five assists.
Camberwell 62 def Craigieburn 53
Camberwell concluded the round with a nine-point win over Craigieburn. In a game where both sides shot under 30%, the Dragons tripled the Eagles for points from turnovers as Sarah Stone top scored in the game with 21 points, six rebounds and two assists.
Division Two Men
Southern Peninsula 120 def Mornington 105
A 41-17 third quarter gave Southern Peninsula a 15-point win over Mornington on ANZAC Day. The Sharks trailed by two points at half time, before the third quarter onslaught gave them a 22-point lead. Mornington piled on 36 points in the last quarter but it was not enough for them to overturn the margin. Troyce Manassa was outstanding for the Sharks with 43 points, 11 rebounds and three assists.
Camberwell 90 def Wallan 77
Camberwell were too strong for Wallan at home, recording a 13-point win. The Dragons outscored the Panthers 47-33 in the second half to overturn a one-point half time deficit. Mark Fernandez starred off the bench with 26 points, nine rebounds and four assists, while teammate Maxwell Barkeley had 25 points, 10 rebounds and three assists.
Melton 88 def North East 54
A solid defensive display in the first half guided Melton to a 34-point win over North East. The Thoroughbreds held the Bushrangers to nine points in each of the first two quarters to lead by 18 points at half time. Christopher Johnson had 22 points, 14 rebounds and seven steals for Melton, while Liam Wright had 16 points for the Bushrangers.
Craigieburn 89 def Maccabi 73
Maccabi were no match for Craigieburn as the home side came away with a 16-point win. The Eagles bench combined for 37 points to guide them to the win. Damon Smith starred with 18 points, 14 rebounds and six assists, while Benji Tamir had 21 points for the Warriors.
Mildura 104 def RMIT 88
31 points in the fourth quarter guided Mildura to a 16-point win over RMIT at the Toyota Hothouse. The Heat shot 49% from the field and had 27 assists in a solid offensive display. Calvin Henry was electric from the court, with 39 points, 13 rebounds and six assists, while Stephen Coffey (33 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists) recorded a triple-double for the Redbacks.
Mornington 79 def Sherbrooke 70
Mornington came out on top in their match against Sherbrooke. The Breakers trailed by six points at half time, before a 42-27 second half handed them the win. Matt Baker top scored with 18 points, while Nicholas Spicer had 16 points for the Suns.
Mildura 94 def Pakenham 87
Mildura recorded a win over Pakenham, despite a second half fightback by the Warriors. The Heat scored 26 points from turnovers and 36 points in the paint. Calvin Henry top scored with 31 points, 14 rebounds and three assists, while Daniel Steen had 27 points, nine rebounds and two assists.
Altona 71 def Maccabi 68
Altona came from behind to beat Maccabi at the Altona Sports Centre. The Gators trailed by two points at three-quarter-time, before a 22-17 run in the final quarter overturned the deficit and gave them the win. Jovan Bojanic came off the bench to top score with 20 points, while Benji Tamir had 30 points for Maccabi.
Division Two Women
North East 68 def by Pakenham 91
The Warriors continued the Bushrangers’ winless run with a 23-point win in Wangaratta. Leading by two points after one quarter, the Warriors outscored the Bushrangers by 21 points over the ensuing two quarters to set up the comprehensive victory. Pakenham’s strong 41 per cent shooting mark from beyond the arc was the key, with Keeley Patterson and Rhiannon Gallagher knocking down four threes apiece. Daphnee Frieson led four Warriors to score in double figures with 18 points, to go along with seven rebounds, while Rachel Jeffery starred for the Bushrangers with a 23-point, 16-rebound double-double.
Blackburn 63 def by Sherbrooke 74
The Suns caused one of the upsets of the season by toppling the previously ladder-leading Vikings. The game was tight early, with Sherbrooke taking a six-point lead into half-time. That margin was reduced to four points after three quarters, but the Suns kept the Vikings at bay in the final term to claim their fourth win of the season. Deslyn Applewhaite had a huge game for the victors, recording 34 points and 12 rebounds, while Teagan Burton chipped in with 14 points and nine rebounds. Rebecca Cunningham led the Vikings with 19 points off the bench.
Coburg 88 def Melton 74
The Giants won their third straight game with a 14-point victory over the Thoroughbreds in a game between third and fourth on the ladder entering round six. Trailing by five points after one quarter, Coburg rallied with a massive second term to lead by 15 points at the half. The Thoroughbreds managed to cut that deficit to seven points at the final break, but the Giants proved too good in the fourth quarter. Four Giants scored in double figures, with Lyndsey Hoogenhout leading the way with a superb all-around performance of 21 points, 14 rebounds, four steals and four blocks. Jenna Conroy scored 18 points for Melton.
Mornington 49 def by Melbourne Uni 64
The Black Angels consigned the Breakers to their third straight loss with a 15-point victory in Mornington. Melbourne Uni held Mornington to only eight points in a dominant opening term and was never challenged from there en route to victory. The Black Angels played excellent defense across the game’s entirety, restricting the Breakers to only 25 per cent shooting from the floor. Emmie O’Nial was the star of the game, registering 26 points and 16 rebounds, while Melanie Cotta had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Breakers. Melbourne Uni improves to 4-2 for the season, while Mornington drops to 3-3.
Collingwood 78 def by Wallan 93
The Panthers evened their win-loss record at 3-3 with a straightforward 15-point victory over the winless All Stars. The Panthers outscored the All Stars in each of the opening three quarters to take a 17-point lead into the final break, which stayed largely intact in the final term. Wallan seemed to emphasise attacking the paint, attempting only eight shots from three-point land, while also drawing 32 free throw attempts. The All Stars had no answers for Gemma Jackson, who put up 28 points and nine rebounds, while Carly Simons proved a worthy sidekick with 20 points and eight rebounds of her own. Nyesha Sims was outstanding in defeat, recording 29 points, 11 rebounds and six steals.
Victorian Youth Championship Men
Knox 64 def by Dandenong 83
A strong first half from the visitors was enough to propel the Rangers to a 19-point win over the Raiders on Saturday afternoon. Dandenong dominated the second quarter and won the term 29-11, which saw their half-time buffer balloon out to an unassailable 26-point lead. Kobe Williamson led the way for the visitors with 20 points and nine rebounds.
McKinnon 82 def Blackburn 66
A massive 25-8 third quarter from the Cougars was enough to help them to a 16-point win over the Vikings on Saturday. Luke Peynenborg led the way for the hosts, recording 19 points, seven assists and five rebounds, while Yanni Staedel-Arnould added nine points, 13 boards and six assists.
Diamond Valley 78 def by Keilor 84
The Thunder overturned a 15-point deficit to run out six-point victors over the weekend, on the back of a strong 27-13 final term. Cooper Keogh was impressive on both ends of the floor for the Thunder, finishing with 14 points, seven rebounds and five steals.
Kilsyth 86 def Bulleen 55
The Boomers were no match for the Cobras on Saturday, dominating in the second half en route to their big victory. Josuha Tomasi (22 points, seven rebounds) and Luke Rosendale (19 points, 15 rebounds) put up big stat lines for the hosts.
Eltham 91 def Southern 68
The Wildcats flexed their muscles at Eltham High School on Saturday, leading the Sabres from start to finish in their 23-point win. The hosts shot 46% from the field and held Southern to just 33%, as all 12 players for the hosts scored at least one field goal. Bryson Norris led Eltham with 14 points, five rebounds, nine assists and four steals off the bench.
Waverley 60 def Hawthorn 106
Simon Maker finished with 23 points and nine rebounds from the bench as the Magic dominated the Falcons on Saturday night. Hawthorn shot an impressive 53% from the floor, allowing Waverley to make just 30% of their attempts.
Keilor 63 def by Nunawading 82
The Thunder couldn’t make it two wins from two in round six, as they fell to the Spectres by 19 on Sunday. The hosts made just one triple on the night, while Nunawading connected on 12 three-pointers.
Dandenong 102 def Diamond Valley 53
The Rangers recorded their second big win of the weekend, obliterating the Eagles by 49 points on Sunday. Diamond Valley could only score a combined 12 points across the second and third quarters, as the Rangers impressed all day long.
Melbourne 75 def by Kilsyth 89
Joshua Tomasi starred for the Cobras once again in round six, as his 34 points and 13 rebounds led the visitors to a 14-point win over the Tigers. Tony Marchese also added 19 points and six rebounds in the win.
Sherbrooke 64 def by Ringwood 71
Yuot Gai’s 19-point, 10-rebound double-double led the Hawks to a seven-point win over the Suns on Sunday. Ringwood’s 16-9 third quarter proved the difference in the end.
Southern 83 def by McKinnon 97
The Cougars made it two from two over the weekend after another strong performance from the duo of Staedel-Arnould and Peynenborg. Staedel-Arnould would finish with a team-high 24 points and 19 rebounds, while Peynenborg added 18 points of his own.
Bulleen 64 def by Knox 75
The Raiders atoned for their loss to Dandenong with a road victory against Bulleen on Sunday. Liam Hanafin top scored with 18 points, while Jack Fleming led all columns for Bulleen with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Hawthorn 46 def by Eltham 75
The Wildcats’ teamwork was on show once more, as all 12 players again got themselves on the stat sheet. This time, Mark Scherf top scored with 15 points and seven rebounds.
Victorian Youth Championship Women
Bendigo 63 def Southern Sabres 55
Trailing by only two points at half time, Bendigo pushed hard in the final half and were rewarded for their efforts with the win. Bendigo’s Hayley Harrington starred with 19 points and 11 rebounds whilst Southern’s Chloe Hicks emerged as their leader, finishing with 10 points, six rebounds, two assist and two steals.
Diamond Valley 138 def Bulleen 65
Diamond Valley dominated every quarter, finishing with a commanding 73-point victory over Bulleen. Despite the loss, Rebecca Horvat was still able to score 19 points for the Boomers. For the Eagles, five players scored in double figures with Ivana Vasiljevic and Abby Hildebrand leading the way with 19 points each.
Kilsyth 77 def Sunbury 61
The Cobras dominated statistics as the side secured a 16-point victory over Sunbury. The Cobras were attacking as they secured 25 points from turnovers, making strong use of the ball. Three players from the Jets scored in double figures with Nyomi Stowers leading with 14 points.
Hume City 79 def by Melbourne 81
Scores were level at the end of the fourth quarter, seeing the game go into overtime. The exciting game saw the Tigers victorious with a two-point win over the Broncos. Katie Bugden dominated the game for Melbourne, scoring 30 points for her side. From the Broncos, Tashia Overby led with 13 points and 15 rebounds.
Waverly 53 def by Nunawading 69
Leading at every break, the Spectres defeated the Falcons by 16 points. Despite the loss, Nyakaing Lok finished with 23 points and a 69% field goal percentage. For Nunawading, Rebecca Eddy finished with 21 points, 11 rebounds and two assists.
Altona 91 def Ballarat 68
Ballarat were unable to withstand the pressure of the game as the Gators walked away with a convincing 23-point win. Laura Taylor put up an impressive 28 points for Ballarat, whilst captain Claire Blower finished with 13 points and six rebounds. Monique Marcetic-Vaotangi was the top scorer for the Gators with 21 points.
Melbourne 63 def by Kilsyth 105
The Cobras walked away with a second win for the round as they dominated the Tigers by 42 points. Six Cobras’ players had double figure scores, with Miranda Gartner leading the way with 16 points. Sheridan Kavanaugh played well for Melbourne, finishing with 14 points and nine rebounds.
Dandenong 103 def Hume City 77
A strong second quarter was not enough for the Broncos after succumbing to a 26-point loss to Dandenong. Isis Lopes and Madeline Puli lead the way for Dandenong, scoring 20 points each and finishing with a combined total of 12 rebounds. From the Broncos, Jessica Azzopardo scored 19 points and finished the game with three rebounds and three steals.
Southern 83 def Diamond Valley 69
After scoring only 22 points in the first quarter, the Eagles went out to double their score in the third term. However, this was not enough to defeat the Sabres. Despite the 14-point loss, Morgan Riley finished the game with 14 points, four rebounds and three assists. For the Eagles, Emma Staffird and Jade Dunne scored 11 points apiece, whilst Anna Burrows finished with 15.
Hawthorn 38 def by Ringwood 55
Hawthorn fell short as they were defeated by Ringwood. The 17-point win saw Ringwood dominate across the majority of statistics. The Magic’s Ryleh Killian finished the game with eight points and seven rebounds.
Bulleen 47 def by Knox 99
Bulleen suffered another loss this round after being defeated by Knox. Whilst Bulleen were unable to match the Raiders’ scoreboard pressure, Rebecca Horvat starred with 14 points, 11 rebounds and two assists. Georgia Baldwin scored 32 of Knox’s 99 points in her side’s 52-point win.
Youth League One Men
Bendigo 81 def Werribee 67
The Devils’ losing streak continued at the hands of Bendigo at Bendigo Stadium. The Braves played particularly well through the second and third quarters where they outscored the Devils 44-26. Bendigo’s Trent Leech was scorching hot off the bench, scoring 26 points on 10-of-14 shooting in just 18 minutes, while Samuel Beks double-doubled with 19 points and 12 boards.
Camberwell 73 def Frankston 72
The Dragons picked up their fifth-straight win by ousting the Blues by just a single point at home. It marked Frankston’s third-straight loss. Trailing 55-61 at the end of the third, Camberwell ran over the top of Frankston thanks to a 18-11 fourth quarter. Camberwell’s Tom Moncrieff (19 points), Carson Crowe (13 points, eight rebounds) and Ben Nethercote (17 points) all impressed, while Frankston’s Josh Cleary had a team-high 17 points and Angus Howey gobbled up 16 points and 19 rebounds.
Hume City 79 def by Sunbury 80
There was another close game on Saturday as the Jets took down the Broncos by a point to hand Hume City their third-straight loss. Meanwhile, Sunbury are suddenly on a three-game winning streak. A neck-and-neck fourth quarter all came down to the final minute, where Sunbury’s Joshua O’Connell calmly sank a pair of free throws to get his team over the line. Aidan Darmanin top-scored for the Jets with 22, while Bailey Kirkman led the Broncos with 20 points, four rebounds and seven assists.
Altona 78 def by Ballarat 113
The Miners blew out the Gators in their own building to march on to their seventh-straight win and remain undefeated on the season. Ballarat never looked like surrendering their first half lead, but torched Altona in the second half with 69 points. All five of Ballarat’s starters hit double-digit scoring, led by Blake Allison’s 22 points, adding 15 rebounds and five assists.
Casey 83 def Corio Bay 79
A close round six continued as the Cavaliers just got past the Stingrays by four points. This one was all tied up at 75-75 with 1:45 left to play, before the Cavs finished the Stingrays off late with a barrage of free throws. Casey’s Blake Taylor was the man with 22 points and six boards and Brendon Head chipped in 16 points and eight rebounds. Jordan O’Leary top-scored for the Stingrays with 24 points to go with six boards and four dimes. It ended Corio Bay’s three-game win streak while Casey suddenly have three on the trot themselves.
Geelong 78 def Warrandyte 67
The Supercats were too good for the Venom at home to improve to 6-3 on the season as the Venom’s losing streak hit five. Geelong were up by double digits early and never looked back in a comfortable win. Geelong’s Wang Nyieth was massive, piling up 26 points, 20 rebounds and six blocks in a dominant performance on both ends of the floor. Warrandyte’s Sebastian Goldbly worked hard with 16 points and seven boards.
Werribee 93 def Hume City
The Devils capped off the round with a 13-point win over the Broncos at home, who suffered their second loss of the round and fourth-straight overall. Werribee’s Kieran Andrews-Paul (24 points, 14 rebounds, three steals) and Aaron Dolny (22 points, seven boards) were the leaders in securing the win.
Youth League One Women
Craigieburn 102 def Corio Bay 42
Craigieburn were too strong for Corio Bay at the Geelong Basketball Netball Centre on Saturday. The Eagles scored 40 points in the fourth quarter to record a 60-point win over the home side. The Eagles outscored the Stingrays 54-18 for points in the paint and 26-4 for second chance points. Surprisingly no player scored more than 15 points for the Eagles, with Diamond Valenti-Fakalata leading the way off the bench with 15 points, four rebounds and three assists.
Keilor 61 def Eltham 48
Keilor claimed victory over Eltham in a game where both sides struggled to shoot from the floor. Both teams shot 26% from the field in a game where defence was key. The Thunder trailed by four points at quarter-time, before a 20-7 run in the second quarter gave them a nine-point lead at the half. The lead was reduced to five points in the third, before a 20-12 run in the fourth sealed the win. Tess Heal came off the bench to score 24 points for the Thunder, while Kiara Mountford had 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Wildcats.
Casey 59 def McKinnon 52
Casey came out on top in a tight affair over McKinnon at Casey Stadium. A 14-7 run in the second quarter gave the Cavs the win in an otherwise tight affair separated by a matter of points in the other three quarters. The Cavs had 20 steals and 67 rebounds in the contest and forced the Cougars to make 30 turnovers. Tess Young (11 points and 13 rebounds) recorded a double-double, while teammate Lauren Tuplin also had 11 points.
Camberwell 85 def Craigieburn 51
Camberwell brought Craigieburn back to reality by claiming a 34-point win. The Eagles entered the game fresh off a 60-point win over Corio Bay, but were never in the contest against the Dragons. Camberwell shot 48% from the field and out-rebounded the Eagles 48-35 in a dominant display. Kaitlyn Wallace starred for the Dragons with 22 points, four rebounds and five assists, while teammate Tiarnie Ellingworth had 21 points.
Geelong 71 def Warrandyte 58
Geelong needed a final quarter blitz to defeat Warrandyte. With scores level at three-quarter-time, the Supercats outscored the Venom 24-11 in the final term to record a 13-point win. Captain Jamiee Crombie led from the front for the Supercats with 17 points, eight rebounds and two assists, while Karli Bruce and Jasmine Whatley both ended the game with 12 points.
Youth League Two Men
Craigieburn 80 def Maccabi 76
The Eagles opened up the round by picking up their sixth-straight win in a narrow encounter with Maccabi. It came down to the wire, where Craigieburn’s Abraham Solano nailed the clutch jumper to secure the win. He finished with 26 points on 9-of-16 shooting to go with five boards, four assists and three steals.
Keysborough 87 def by Collingwood 101
The All Stars proved too strong for the Cougars to coast to their third-straight win. Conversely, Keysborough fell to their seventh-straight loss in whathas been a disappointing start to the season. Collingwood’s Deng Dut racked up 28 points, six rebounds, 14 assists and five steals off the bench, and Athiaan Mainyiel was also massive with 26 points and 12 boards.
Melton 110 def Western Port 77
The Thoroughbreds put the Steelers away early and didn’t look back, claiming their fifth-straight win and handing Western Port their sixth loss on the trot. Several Thoroughbreds put in big performances, led by Jake Cameron (20 points) and Max Beaymont (19 points). For the Steelers, Taylore Gittos had a great presence on the glass, gobbling up 13 points and 15 rebounds in the loss.
Whittlesea 75 def by Pakenham 83
Pakenham ousted the Pacers on the road to remain undefeated on the season at 7-0. Whittlesea looked like getting back into it in the third, reducing a 22-point half time deficit to just nine. But Pakenham didn’t allow the home team any closer in the fourth as Whittlesea slumped to their fifth-straight defeat. Ned Weiderman was brilliant for the Warriors, finishing with 29 points on 11-of-19 shooting to go with seven rebounds.
Coburg 99 def by Chelsea 104
Chelsea continued their recent run, knocking off the Giants on the road in overtime for their third-straight win. The Gulls ousted Coburg in a thrilling extra period, with Daniel Brown’s clutch free throws icing the win. He finished with a game-high 31 points to go with six boards. Elsewhere, Chelsea’s Aaron Forst was superb with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Mam Ayuel played well for Coburg with 25 points and 13 boards.
Chelsea 93 def Wallan 81
After enduring a hard-fought overtime win on Saturday, Chelsea backed it up with another victory at home against the Panthers to make it four in a row. Meanwhile, Wallan are still yet to register a win this season at 0-8. Chelsea’s Angus Macpherson stepped up with 20 points, eight rebounds and three blocks. Wallan’s Cameron Creasey fought hard with 25 points, eight rebounds and three steals.
Mornington 85 def Keysborough 84
The Breakers and Cougars locked horns in a classic at Mornington Basketball Stadium, with the home team claiming the win in overtime after Justin Stahl hit the go-ahead three. Mornington’s Blake Newman-O’Brien tallied 23 points and six rebounds, and Keysborough’s Bowen Mahon stuffed the stat sheet with 17 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and six steals.
Maccabi 85 def Whittlesea 68
The Warriors closed out the round with a double-digit triumph over the Pacers, whose losing streak hit six. Maccabi’s Idan Shamis performed well with 20 points and eight rebounds and Max Vadas poured in 17 points off the bench. Whittlesea’s Kallum Marks scored a team-high 20 points to go with 10 boards.
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Sherbrooke 81 def Blackburn 43
Sherbrooke recorded a dominant 38-point win over Blackburn at Mullum Mullum Stadium. The Suns held the Vikings to seven points in each of the first two quarters to lead by 15 points at half time. The lead extended to 26 points in the third term, before a 26-14 run in the fourth gave them a 38-point win. Naomi Smith top scored for the Suns with 19 points, 11 rebounds and two assists, while Zoe Haritos had 12 points off the bench.
Whittlesea 84 def Pakenham 51
Whittlesea were too strong for Pakenham, recording a 23-point win. The Pacers shot 48% from the floor, whilst holding their opponents to just 22% from the field in a dominant performance on both ends of the court. Indiana Bodley starred for the Pacers with 31 points, four rebounds and five assists, while teammate Hailey Wynd had 21 points, 13 rebounds and two assists while shooting 81% from the field. The Pacers outscored the Warriors 50-20 in the paint and 29-12 for points from turnovers.
Chelsea 87 def Coburg 51
Chelsea outscored Coburg in all four quarters to record a 26-point road win. The Gulls had 14 steals, 13 rebounds and shot 42% from the field in a dominant offensive display. Eryn Rosowski top scored for the Gulls with 21 points at 69%, while Abbey McNamara and Tiah Irons had 14 points each. Irons also had 14 rebounds and five steals in an outstanding performance.
Collingwood 62 def Mornington 56
Collingwood recorded a six-point win over Mornington, despite being outscored 22-12 in the fourth quarter. The All Stars held a nine-point lead at half time, before a 26-19 run in the third quarter gave them a 16-point lead with a quarter to play. That lead would prove crucial as they held off the fast-finishing Breakers. Ayuen Akot starred for Collingwood with 21 points, 18 rebounds and five steals.
Sherbrooke 99 def Western Port 30
Sherbrooke recorded one of the biggest wins of the season, defeating Western Port by 69 points. The Suns shot out to a 19-point lead in the first quarter, before holding the Steelers to 19 points in the next three terms to record a massive win. Naomi Smith was the star performer with 22 points, 14 rebounds and four assists, while Zoe Haritos had 18 points in 20 minutes on court.
Frankston 85 def Werribee 68
Frankston were too good for Werribee, defeating the home side by 27 points at Eagle Stadium. The Blues led by three-points at half time, before a 24-12 third term gave them a 15-point lead. Werribee scored 22 points in the last quarter, but it was not enough to reduce the lead. Abby Chernishoff had 22 points and 13 rebounds for the Blues, while Olivia Klaman had 23 points for the Devils.