Round 7 Recaps

Round Seven 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

Corio Bay 89 def. by Casey 101

The Cavs started strong and held off a pesky Stingrays side in the second half to claim an important win. Some big performances from Raheem Lemons (20pts 10reb 6ast 4stl), Matt Donlan (21pts 4-5 3PT) and Brandon Polk (21pts 4reb) carried the visitors to victory, with Julius Brooks (23pts 14reb) and Cohen Blythe (17pts 4ast) the shining lights for the home side in defeat.

McKinnon 85 def. by Blackburn 79

The Cougars were made to work hard for their win over the Vikings, celebrating coach Justin Nelson’s 350th game in the league in style. An early deficit looked ominous for the Cougars’ chances before Ivan Platenik (26pts 12reb 3ast) took control of the contest to lead his side to victory. For the visitors, Michael D’Agostino (22pts 5reb) enjoyed his best outing of the year while Brendan Trewella (14pts 6reb 11ast 3stl) filled the stat sheet.

Casey 90 def. by Eltham 100

A cracking contest saw the Wildcats edge the tired Cavs despite all their efforts in a frantic final term. The likes of Justin Aver (26pts 4reb) and Ben Waldren (22pts 3ast) were superb offensively to get their side over the line for another important victory as they shoot for a title in 2018. For the Cavs, Raheem Lemons (25pts 10reb) was superb yet again, as was Brandon Polk (22pts 7reb 3ast) but it simply wasn’t enough to get over the line.

Knox 73 def. by Hawthorn 83

The Magic announced themselves as serious finals contenders by storming home to knock off the Raiders in their own gym. It was a tight contest throughout before the rampant Magic blew the game open in the final ten minutes, running out eventual double-digit victors in a massive result. Jack Barry (21pts) was big for the visitors, while Patrick McBrearty (17pts 4reb) also enjoyed a big outing. Chris Kaba (19pts 12reb) and Durrell McDonald (18pts 5reb 5ast) led the way for the disappointing Raiders, who fell behind the front-runners in the season-long race for home court in the playoffs.

Hume City 57 def. by Waverley 89

The Broncos were never in the contest as they were blown away by the Falcons, holding a 20-point advantage by halftime and going on with the job in the second half. Daniel Dillon (8reb), Chris Arkell (10reb, 4ast) and Adrien Sturt (6reb) all contributed strongly with 18 points apiece, while for the Broncos it was Trevon Clayton (11pts 14reb) leading the way in a dirty night.

Keilor 91 def. by Werribee 105

A high-scoring affair saw the Devils claim an important win, continuing the Thunder’s losing streak in the process. A big second quarter from the Devs established a lead before they held on in a frantic second half. There was little doubt that Konor Kulas (42 points 10reb) was the star of the show for the victors, out-dueling Keilor’s Jordan Coleman (35pts 6reb 3ast) in an epic battle.

 


State Championship Women

McKinnon 58 lost to Sth Peninsula 82

The Cougars came out firing and took a 6pt lead into the first break, but it was a 24-­‐9 run by the Sharks in the second qtr that quickly turned this game. Jaz Shelley (26pts) was all class for the winners, with Peyton Little adding 23pts. The winners shot at a great 47% clip, which proved telling against McKinnon’s 32% effort from the field. Surprisingly, Ariel Thomas came off the bench, but still managed to find her way to a team-­‐high 19pts. A big win on the road for the Sharks as they continue to show lots of energy, highlighted by some fantastic young players.

Hume City 81 def Bulleen 77

In a tight contest the home team came up trumps at the right time, the final 4pt margin their biggest gap of the game. At one stage Bulleen led this one by 12pts, but when it tightened up down the stretch it was the Broncos holding firm with Viv Saad (19pts) and Nicole Zammit (17pts) leading a starting unit that all scored in double digits. Despite yet another loss for the Boomers (0-­‐8), they did have a bit to celebrate with Kathleen MacLeod (22pts) moving into the starting unit. Sarah Boothe came off the bench for her 16pts and 15rbs. From here it’s hard to see last year’s grand finalists making finals this season altogether.

Ringwood 75 def Sunbury 64

In a key clash, the Hawks reminded everyone just how big their title credentials are this season. After finding some form last week, the Jets made life tough for themselves at The Rings when they only managed 10pts during the third qtr, whilst giving up 25pts to the high flying Hawks. Shooting was a key, the Hawks going at 43% compared to Sunbury’s lowly 31%. Desi Ramos (26pts) dominated for the winners and was well supported by Cass Mihalko (14pts). For the Jets, Orla O’Reilly dropped 22pts and Josie Stockill added 15pts.

Waverley 76 def Keilor 69 Waverley’s winning streak continued, while Keilor’s learning progressed yet again. There continues to be plenty to like about the Thunder and their desire to compete hard and take it right up to more fancied opponents. Once again Keilor was right in this game throughout, and at one stage got out to a 6pt lead. However, the Falcons are one of the most experienced line-­‐ups in the league and when it most mattered the likes of Kelly Bowen (27pts, 11rbs) and Tegan Cunningham (15pts, 14rbs) found a way. For the Thunder, Erin Bollmann hit 21pts and Aneta Bandilovski added 15pts, while Briana Babic came off the bench for a handy 18pts.


Division One Men

Shepparton 90 def Geelong 84

A plucky Supercats unit pushed the highly­‐rated Gators all the way. A 30-­‐23 start by the home team helped to set this one up with Coleman (20pts), Vines (18pts), Cowling (16pts) and Bartlett (15pts) all seeing plenty of the ball. For the visitors, Kyle Meyer dropped 17pts, while the Varley brothers shared in 31pts between them, Emerson the better with 16pts.

Warrnambool 94 def Sunbury 72

As expected the Seahawks saw a match-­‐up against the lowly Jets as a chance to find some form. A 29-­‐14 opening qtr set the tone and though the visitors battled hard, they were always a step behind. Sobey (31pts) and Blount (19pts) did their thing, while for Sunbury Te Puao Silver dropped 18pts.

Bulleen 98 def Warrandyte 73

With Ayinde Sprewell sidelined from midway through the second period, the Venom literally capitulated. During the middle qtrs the Boomers went on a 58-­‐27 run to put this game to bed. Thadd Varmall (27pts) and James Cappellari (20pts) were Bulleen’s best, while at Warrandyte it was left to David Moore (25pts) to keep things ticking along.

Collingwood 64 lost to Chelsea 89

A commanding 56-­‐20 second half pushed the Gulls to what seemed an unlikely victory for anyone who may have stepped out of the stadium midway through the second period. The All Stars were on fire early, especially Manny Hendrix (26pts), but after the break this game belonged to Brasser (22pts), Standerfer (18pts, 11rbs, 11ast) and Frost (17pts), while Tyrrell added a handy 14pts.

Chelsea 69 lost to Shepparton 75

Both teams when into Sunday on the back of a busy Saturday night and it showed at times in a tough battle. The Gators got off to a good start, but after a strong third qtr by the home team (19-­‐9), it was on down the stretch. Matt Bartlett (16pts) scored 10pts in the final qtr to ensure the win for the Gators. Vines added 22pts and Coleman chipped in with 16pts, while for the Gulls it was Brasser (23pts) and Standerfer (20pts) leading the way.

Latrobe City 84 lost to Bulleen 90

It ended up being a great weekend for Bulleen with a come-­‐from-­‐behind win in Traralgon. The Energy started well (24-­‐12) and despite a 12-­‐27 third qtr they held a narrow lead going into the last. Right on cue, Thadd Varmall (47pts) put his team on his back and charged home, completing an amazing performance. For the disappointed home team, James Crockett came off the bench for 29pts, Matt Farrell had 17pts, while Jordon Granger was on the sidelines again.

Keysborough 125 def Whittlesea 72

The Cougars finished the round with a massive 53pt win against the Pacers. After an even first qtr, the Cougars showed little mercy in a 95-­‐45 run across the next three periods. In a shooting fest for the winners, 16/31 triples and an overall 58% shooting clip entertained the home team fans. Calvin Enge (26pts), Gerrard Newby (21pts) and Jason Minerve (20pts) led the scoring with all 12 players stepping on court and 11 of them scoring. For the Pacers, the thumping marks one of the team’s biggest losses in recent times.

 


Division One Women

Werribee 80 def Hawthorn 59

After spending some time towards the bottom of the ladder struggling to get wins on the board, the Devils have come out this weekend and completely turned this around. They have gone from 10th to 6th all in the space of one round. Not bad hey? Kick starting their great weekend was a clash against the Magic. They started with a 10 point lead, giving themselves a good leg up early on. The middle two quarters were a tight contest, the Magic able to wear the margin down to 6. But desparate to keep the game in their hands, the Devils finished off strong with a 28 to 13 final quarter.

Whittlesea 56 def by Werribee 64

If one of the results this weekend were a surprise, it would definitely go to this one. The Pacers headed into this weekend on a 6 game winning streak and when looking ahead to their next opponent, we weren’t worried that this would be coming to an end. But in a complete turn of events, the game was taken in a tight finish by none other than the Devils. It was a close start but the Pacers had the slight upperhand until the Devils took this away in the 2nd. There wasn’t much in it during the second half, only a few points separating the two. But while the Devils already had the slight lead, all they needed to do was stay ahead of the game and that is exactly what they did. What a result!

Mildura 89 def Geelong 85

The Heat were given a slight scare in their match up against the Supercats, just getting over the line by 4. After their 1st quarter effort, it was looking like the Heat were on their way to another comfortable win. But the Supercats were quick to fire back in the 2nd, taking a one point lead as we headed into the half time break. The Heat then took the lead back in the 3rd but while there was still time, the Supercats attempted to make a comeback in the 4th. They got very close but some clutch free throws ensured the Heat took the win.

Casey 100 def Latrobe 70

They played their first game against each other not that long ago but the result on this occasion made it look as though the games were played worlds apart. From an 8 point win to a 30 point win, the Cavs have got the double. The opening half was well in the hands of the Cavs and this was where the main damage was done. In the second half however, it was a much tighter affair. It was high scoring from both teams and the Energy weren’t too far away. It just so happened to be that the Cavs have done the hard yards already to secure the win.

Warrnambool 69 def Camberwell 52

Having spent the first 4 rounds undefeated, the Dragons are now on a three game losing streak. And the team to hand them this unfortunate accolade is the Mermaids. It was a 22 to 12 start from the Mermaids giving them control early on but the Dragons were able to cull this down to just 4 at the half way mark. With the momentum having cooled off with the break, the Dragons couldn’t continue their 2nd quarter effort, instead falling to just 9 points in the 3rd. The Mermaids once again added a 10 point buffer to their lead. It was a tight finish in the 4th but at that point, the winner had already been decided and there was nothing the Dragons could do.

Western Port 46 def by Chelsea 55

It was a low scoring game between the Steelers and the Gulls but it was the 3rd placed Gulls that became victors. They were certainly helped to their win however, the Steelers only managing double figures once the first half was done and dusted. They may have tested the Gulls in the second half but it wasn’t enough to make up the ground that was made in the first. The Steelers once again remain winless as we put round 7 in the record books.

Hawthorn 87 def Warrandyte 37

The Magic would have been happy to come away with a win for the weekend, the Venom not so much. With a full and high scoring 4 quarter performance, the Magic were given a boost by new kid on the block Breonna O’Connor. While she helped her new side to a 41 point opening half, the Venom were trailing behind on 15. The game was done and dusted at this point, the Venom happy to move on to round 8.

 


Division Two Men

Camberwell 80 def Maccabi 69

With both teams doubling up this round a win here is crucial especially for the Dragons, if they can get 2-2 they could land themselves top of the ladder. It was a tight first half with both teams battling hard showing how much they wanted it, the Dragons found the bottom of the basket in the third only missing 6 shots from the field and racking up a nice 31 points. The Warriors faught back in the final quarter but ran out of time in end.

Melton 83 def North East 72

So close yet still so far, the Bushies trailed by just 4 points going into the final term but they let it slip throught their fingers allowing the Thoroughbreds to run away with it. If North East can be consistant for an entire match they can get a win, but until then they are going to struggle to get the job done. Melton have been in some great form as of late with this game bringing them to their 3rd consecutive win, if they continue like this those top 4 teams should be worried.

Mildura 89 def Southern Pen 68

Saturday night in the Hothouse is a huge challenge for any visiting team including one of the main contenders for the title (Southern Pen) who had to battle it out without their main man Colin Voss who will be out for the next few games by the looks. With no Voss, Henry was able to get to the basket with ease, as he conjured up 10 points in the third quarter pushing the lead out to a hefty 28 points at one stage during that quarter. The Sharks came back at the end of the 3rd but couldn’t even though they got the points on the board they couldn’t stop the Heat from getting to the hoop.

Craigieburn 91 def Melton 87 (OT)

Here is one team that is cruising through the season being unnoticed yet racking up the wins, the Eagles are my pick for the silent but deadly team of the season with a record of 5-2, also winning their last 4 straight. Melton didn’t let this win go easily though as they managed to tie the game up in the last quarter to send it into overtime. The Eagles came out firing with a big 3 to open the extra period, then Blake Dickinson opened fire scoring half of the Eagles points for the ovetime period leading them to a 4 point victory.

Camberwell 82 def Altona 71

After a handy win Saturday night Camberwell have the chance to steal the top position by getting another win agianst the tough Gators at the Swamp. The Dragons started with some pace like they had something to prove, but the Gators slowed them down  a little in the second to trail by 11 leading into half time. Again the Dragons fired in the 3rd showing the Gators they meant business, and would not be leaving witout a win. However they seemed to ease off a little in the last allowing the Gators to out score them but not enough to make the Dragons stress. The Gators have had a rough trot lately making this their 4th loss in their last 5 games.

Wallan 85 def Pakenham 72

Just like that the Panthers find themselves back at the winners table as they take down the Warriors in a battle royal. Its great to see them bounce back after a horror round in R6, it was a great team effort that got them over the line with 2 players in particular rising to the occassion, Luke Liesegang and Kane Molloy who between them 43 of Wallan’s 85 points and Kane closing out the match with a triple double earning himself a spot in the R7 Blue Carpet. Pakenham need to be careful going forward they don’t fall off the pack of front runners, losing games that technically should be wins for them at this point of the season really could cost them down the stretch.

Sherbrooke 91 def Maccabi 64
It looks like the Warriors have fallen from grace this round  after dropping both games leaving them with a 2-7 record. They did have a tough weekend ahead of them but both these games were doable for them. Sherbrooke found some form especially from behind the 3, shooting at an impressive 50% while Maccabi couldn’t match it with a dismal 8% from 3 point range. I’m sorry but if your shots arent going from behind the arc find another option try something else don’t keep jacking them up, that’s not going to keep you in the game. Sherbrooke proved to be the stronger team with 5 players managing double digits for scoring with Eric Miraflores getting bizzy again missing out by 1 assist on a triple double. This was a good win for the Suns who have been rather inconsistant so far, they will need to keep their heads and produce more stand out games like this if they want to be in the running for the title.

 


Division Two Women

North East 60 def by Melton 64

A close contest throughout in Wangaratta where the Thoroughbreds lead at half time was the largest one they held for the match.  A sluggish second term for the Bushrangers may have been costly, but they stormed back in the 3rd term to level the match and set up for an exctiing final quarter. Melton held sway to the middle of the final term where they opened up a 7 point lead, but North East on the back of back to back scoring from Hales and Jeffrey to put pressure on the visitors. But, it was Melton who held their nerve in a frantic last minute to maintain a 4 point lead at the final buzzer. A huge road win for the Thoroughbreds to put their season back on track, while as we discover it wasn’t the happiest weekend for the Bushrangers.  For the Home side, Rachel Jeffrey was a board off a double scoring 16 with 5 assists, with Ella Hales and Alana Sutton both scoring 13. Lauren Conroy led the visitors with 15 and Rebecca Marshall with 13.

Melbourne Uni 91 def Sherbrooke 45

A night to forget for the Suns as they travelled to Tin Alley to meet the Black Angels.  Unfortunately, the team from Melb Uni proved too strong and never looked back after going to the main break with a 20 point lead and ending the game holding the visitors to single digits.  For Uni, Lauren Bellegante lead the charge icing 6 from deep on the way to 28 points, and Katrina Massey contributing a 14p/10rb double.  Melanie Fidler one board off a 10p double. Amanda Anderson and Emily Snaize also collecting 10 points. For the Suns, Renai Fejo led the team with 14 and Tegan Kite 12. 

Wallan 53 def by Melbourne Uni 68

Wallan are always tough to beat at home, but Melbourne Uni were primed for this one. Despite a 1pt lead early in the opening term, the Panthers were unable to reel in the Black Angels who led at every change. A win in the last term for Wallan, but the deficit was too great and a rare loss at home to a team who now finds themselves on the top rung.  For the visiting Black Angels, Melanie Fider again one board short of a double with 24pts to lead all scorers and a great game from Elise Swan with a 17p/12rb double to go with 5 assists.  For the Panthers, Jayda Hunter top scored with 17, and Alex Darby contributed 14.

Collingwood 56 def by Craigieburn 62

A solid start for the Home team after an even first term, as they went to the main change 7 in front.  The Eagles haven’t been defeated yet and they came out firing in the 3rd to lead by 1. A tense final term saw the visitors extend their lead to run out 6 point victors and maintain their clean slate.  Helen Rodan led the home team with a 22p/11rb double to go with 5 steals and Maddison Borg played every minute for a 13pt return.  The experienced heads of Nicole Cameron (21p/10rb double) and Kellie Bailey-Lynn (18pt) who bothe played near enough to every minute of the game steering the visitors home.

Blackburn 67 def North East 54

With North East nursing their heartbreak from the previous night and Blackburn on fresh legs meant this was going to be a danger game for the Bushies. After a level first term, the home side pushed in the second to lead by 7. Another even term in the third meant the home side just needed to sty strong in the last – and in fact they extended their advantage by nearly double to record a 13p win.  Shannon Bone led the way for the Home side with 18, supported by Victoria Sumskas recording a double (14p/10rb) and Nikolina Sukurica with 12. For the visitors, another staller effort from Rachel Jeffrey playing all minutes for 20p and another good game from Alaana Northey who collected 12p.


Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men

Bulleen 90 def Eltham 78
Highlighted as game of the week on Big V TV, Bulleen proved that they were the real deal as they continued their hot start to the season. Bulleen may have lacked some size against Eltham, but it didn’t show as they put on an offensive display.

Melbourne 68 def McKinnon 62
Only two players were able to get anything going for McKinnon, with Greer and Peynenborg scoring 18 and 22 respectively. Melbourne had a much better spread across the floor, led by Kinkela’s 16 and 13.

Hawthorn 75 def by Sandringham  84
Xavier Evans went 6-6 from deep for Hawthorn but it wasn’t enough to stop Cameron Taylor (25, 3 & 3) and the Sabres. Sandringham’s passing was great on the night, while the Magic had as many turnovers as assists.

Blackburn 61 def by Sherbrooke 78
Blackburn was held to just 30% from the field by Sherbrooke, and didn’t help themselves with 40% from the stripe. Malek Bar had an efficient 22 & 9 to lead the Suns in what was a nice team effort.

Kilsyth 85 def Diamond Valley 55
Kilsyth returned to the winners circle with a big win over Diamond Valley. Mitch Dielemans continued his stellar start to the season, and the Cobras restricted the Eagles to just 32% FG.

Knox 80 def by Hawthorn 103
A monster game off the pine from Naoum Lazis propelled the Magic to victory in a high scoring contest. Knox couldn’t get consistent stops, allowing Hawthorn to shoot 53% from the field.

Diamond Valley 68 def by Ringwood 97
This one was a weekend to forget for the Eagles. Four players were in double digits for Ringwood, as they won the rebounding battle, had more steals and blocks, and finished with fewer turnovers.

Keilor 93 def Altona 71
Keilor shared the load around offensively, with no one taking over 15 shots, and a total 24 assists in the game. Symons had 21 points on 9/10 FG’s. For Altona, the starters showed up to play, but they lacked depth on the road.

Dandenong 94 def Kilsyth 64
Kilsyth’s high from Saturday was quickly knocked down thanks to a 24-10 Rangers first quarter lead.Five players in double digits, lead by Puoch’s 20 and 10. The Rangers, led by Barry, did a great job to restrict Mitch Dielemans.

Nunawading 87 def McKinnon 68
The Nunawading starters were just too strong in tis one, as they all had strong contributions on both ends of the floor. Peynenborg was once agains good off the bench for McKinnon, but only played the 20 minutes due to foul trouble.

Sandringham 71 def Melbourne 65
This is just the weekend Sandringham needed. A pleasing sign for the Sabres is a strong win with star  Cameron Taylor not having a great game. They found other ways to score, and finished the game really well in the final three minutes.

 


Molten Victorian Youth Championship Women

Melbourne 73 defeated Ballarat 37

Melbourne made light work of their opponents on Saturday evening when winning every quarter en-route to a convincing win over Ballarat. Zoe Cransberg finished with the elusive triple double after her 15 point, 13 rebound and 10 steal performance.

Hawthorn 71 defeated Waverley 61

Hawthorn used a last gasp 22-9 fourth quarter push to come from behind to defeat the Waverley Falcons. Bella Niven-Brown was excellent with 18 points and 13 rebounds. In fact, Burke (14/12) and Miller (14/11) also registered dub dubs for the Magic. Grace Beasley put on a show for the visitors with 23 points, 21 rebounds and five assists in the defeat.

Hume City 64 defeated by Bulleen 71

The Boomers recorded their second win of the season with a tough, grind it out road win at Broadmeadows. Alysha Casey paced the team with 21 points, six rebounds and four assists. Hannah Mrakov did the same for the Broncos with 18 points and 10 rebounds yet wasn’t enough to get over the line.

Warrandyte 40 defeated by Nunawading 46

The Venom put in a strong performance on Saturday night, however wasn’t enough to cause a boilover. A 12-5 final term in the Spectres favour saw the contest fall out of the Venom’s grasp, despite holding Nunawading to just 2(!) 1st quarter points. Tessa Boyd scored a team high 10 points, while Siobhan Mac Aodha a game high 11 points for the Venom.

Kilsyth 64 defeated by Bendigo 68

Hayley Harrington’s big game propelled Bendigo over the top of Kilsyth in another come from behind victory. Harrington recorded 17 points, 19 rebounds and four dimes in the win; Taylah Black the best for Kilsyth with 16 points, nine boards and four assists.

Bendigo 82 defeated Hume City 37

Bendigo made light work of Hume City thanks to 31 points and 13 rebounds to Danielle O’Toole. The Braves held Hume to just 17%FG with a number of players not troubling the scorers despite their best attempts.

Dandenong 47 defeated by Kilsyth 53

Dandenong battled their way through the Cobras and made every attempt to seep out a win, however Kilsyth found a way to win thanks to Lauren Bird’s 13 points as the Snakes barely fell over the finish line!

Ringwood 87 defeated Warrandyte 41

The Hawks made Warrandyte quickly forget about their impressive performance the night prior with a 40+ point smacking. Mikaela Miller led the way with 15 points, while Rachael Watson registered a dub dub with 14 and 10. No Venom player reached double figures, a trend that’s becoming somewhat alarming.

Waverley 76 defeated Diamond Valley 73

Waverley produced upset of the round with a blistering performance to upstage DV. Grace Beasley was at it again with 27 points, seven boards and seven assists as a Nyadouth Lok 3-point game winner with just seconds left saw the Falcons score an improbable victory. Meg Crupi had 22 for the Eagles.

Nunawading 79 defeated Knox 76

A game that went right to the wire, Daisy Bateman’s 16 points and six assists was the winner as Nunawading popped Knox in what’s turning to be a nice rivalry! Eliana Bravington had 25 points and seven boards for the Raiders.

Sandringham 67 defeated Melbourne 57

Sandy showed why they’re the defending champs with another impressive victory over the Tigers. Meg Ragauskas recorded 19 points, while Nikki Metcalfe continued her good form with 15 points and seven boards in the loss.

Altona 82 defeated Hawthorn 66

Altona keep streaking, another win this time over the Magic off a strong first half performance. Dana Lindemann was excellent with 18 points, five boards and six assists! 

 


Youth League One Men

Corio Bay 82 defeated Casey 73

No bench was really required for the Stingrays on Saturday night as the starters got the job done against the out of form Cavs. 77 of the 82 points recorded from the home side came from their starters, led by Tristan Rozenfeld and Cohen Blythe who each recorded 18 points. Aaron Ruiz continued his stellar 2018 form with 16 points, 16 rebounds and four steals, while Corio Bay came from behind with a commanding fourth quarter. For the Cavs, it was Jordan Gooiker with 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Brad Head had 16 points and nine boards.

Werribee 87 defeated by Camberwell 94

21 points and 10 rebounds to Dan Herbert wasn’t enough this time for the Devils as the Camberwell Dragons score an upset W on the road. The Dragons forced Werribee into an unusual 26 turnovers for the contest, as the Devils couldn’t find any offensive momentum. At the other end, Tom Moncrieff (19 points) and Mitch Pollard (16 points, 8 rebounds) got going and the home side didn’t have an answer. Despite winning the rebound battle, the Devils were shook, and a late rally in front of their home fans at Eagle Stadium wasn’t enough to see them get over the line.

Sunbury 78 defeated Hume City 65

Brodie Townsend’s 17 points led the Jets to a comfortable win over one of the current bottom feeders of the competition. Hume City were good in patches, yet lacked that killer instinct which saw them fade away at the end of quarters and ultimately record the double digit loss. Nathan Baker was good for the Jets with 13 points, eight rebounds and six assists in just 22 minutes, while for the Broncos Anthony Scott had an 11 point, 11 rebounds double double in his season debut.

Geelong 116 defeated Ballarat 83

The Supercats Big 3 were let off the chain on Saturday night and the result wasn’t in doubt after a massive 34-18 third quarter from the home side propelled them to another win. 19 apiece to Josiah King and Max Kos, plus 16 points and 14 rebounds to Wang Nyieth has the ‘Cats clicking on all cylinders right now and it looks as though there’s going to need a great team to slow them down. Amos Brooks did his best all night for the Miners with 25 points and 12 rebounds.

Warrandyte 74 defeated Coburg 67

A scrappy offensive game from both sides has seen the home team scrape home thanks to a couple of individual performances. Jarrod Molnar’s 21 points had to come from 24 shots, however he was aided by Liam Davidson’s 18 off the bench as well as Cody Perry-Allamby’s 10 points (3-15FG) and 15 rebounds. While the Venom may have shot at just 32%FG, it wasn’t any better for the visitors as the Giants shot at 30%FG! Rory Killen played his part with 19 points and 16 rebounds.

Coburg 70 defeated by Sunbury 78

Sunbury may have managed to do the same thing as they did on Saturday night, compete, make sure the job was done before easing up at the finish line. Full credit must still be given to the Giants however, as their stroke was locked in, however it’s just so tough to defeat a team that doesn’t cough up the ball all that often. The Jets had just nine turnovers in the victory, as they were led by Brodie Townsend’s 18 points and Kyle Collins’ 17 points and seven assists. Jarryd Reid finished with 18 points and nine rebounds for the home side, while Vito Carbone was good off the pine with 13 points and five dimes.

Hume City 69 defeated by Waverley 99

The Waverley freight train continued on and the next stop was Hume City. A 30-point win was buoyed by the fact the Falcons won every quarter and were ahead in every statistical category. Nathan Malloy finished the contest with 26 points on an efficient 9-12FG; the Falcons receiving a great spread of contributors, even off their bench. For the Broncos, Bailey Kirkman was very good in the loss with 31 points.

Bendigo 61 defeated by Corio Bay 71

A 21-4 third stanza put this game to bed after what was looking like a grandstand finish. The Stingrays had the Braves defence on a string throughout the third term and had their own D on lock. In the end, Bendigo shot just 21% from the floor, a number which you won’t win many games with. Cohen Blythe once again led the way for the Stingrays with 18 points (despite needing 21 shots), while Aaron Ruiz (10 points, 22 rebounds) was again big. The home side couldn’t get much going and were paced by Aiden Brohm’s 17 points and 12 rebounds, as their shooting woes just seemed to compile throughout the contest.

Camberwell 70 defeated by Geelong 83

Geelong just continue to get things done as of late don’t they? After Camberwell’s barn storming win over Werribee, it’s Geelong who finds the form off their back-to-back to defeat the Dragons on the road. Wang Nyieth again registered a dub dub with 17 points and 12 rebounds, with Tom Georgiadis and Josiah King chipping in with 13 points apiece. The home side found some scoring through Luke Bett (16 points) but struggled to get a rebound (32 total), as the Supercats second quarter (31-10) proved too much.

 


Youth League One Women 

Sunbury 96 def Corio Bay 52

The run is still alive as the Jets fly home by a whopping 46 points! The Stingrays tried their best but they fell behind in the first half leaving them trailing by 12 at half time. The Jets were nothing but consistant scoring 19 in each quarter for the first half then stepped it up, putting up 29 points in both the 3rd and 4th quarters racking up a total 96 points for the match. It was Sunbury’s fast pace that got the Stingrays and caught them off guard and left to play catch up. Teagan Tatlock couldn’t do it all for her side even though she did put in a big effort as per usual, but it was Sunbury’s star Chloe Angove who tore it up on both ends of the floor and led her team to victory.

Geelong 85 def Craigieburn 70

In a high scoring match up the Eagles started off with a bang going on a 13 point run during the the first quarter to take the lead but the Supercats faught back in the second to tie it all up before the half-time break. The Supercats picked up the pace after the break leaving the Eagles to pick up the pieces. Geelong’s captain Carly Sanders had a night out almost rounding out her night with a triple double falling short by 1 rebound and 2 assists. But it was a team effort for the Supercats as they pushed on in the final term to get over the line by a comfortable 15 points.

McKinnon 49 def Camberwell 48

The Cougars sure do love a close one don’t they. So far out of their 8 matches in 2018 5 of them have been 5 points or less 3 of them didn’t go the way they would have liked but they worked out how to get it done at home this week. It wasn’t an overly high scoring game, both teams shot at under 28%, and it all came down to a fight for who could hold onto that lead when that final siren went, with the last made basket happening back with over 2 and a half minutes left on the clock. This was a good win for McKinnon to help keep them with the rest of the pack while putting a dampening start on the Dragons start to their double weekend.

Keilor 93 def Eltham 48

This one was very one sided right from the first quarter unfortunately, Keilor set the tone early and the Wildcats fell behind, by half time the Thunder had doubled Eltham’s score. The second half didn’t get any easier for the Wildcats, as Keilor continued to make it rain pushing the final lead out to an impressive 45 points, falling short of the largest margin for the round by 1 point. 

Camberwell 76 def Chelsea 47
With a tough loss on Saturday night it could have been easy for the Dragons to roll over today, but they found the fire and points they were missing Saturday night. The Gulls didn’t know what had hit them in the first quarter as they trailed by 10, they pushed through the second giving Camberwell a run for their money. After the long break the Dragons took it up a level and showed Chelsea that they were not going to finish the round 0-2. After their first win last round the Gulls have managed to pick themselves up off the bottom of the ladder, but for them to stay off the bottom they are going to need something more!

 


Youth League Two Men

Melton 92 def Craigieburn 77

The Eagles winning streak is now a thing of the past, going down to the Thoroughbreds in one of the most anticipated games of the season thus far. These two sit 1st and 2nd on the ladder, the win cementing the Thoroughbreds as the number 1 team and the team to beat. And although the Eagles lost this match, they are still a team to look out for. The game started off on a level playing field and we all strapped ourselves in for a tight match. But as the 2nd quarter got underway, the Thoroughbreds started to add the distance. They continued doing so for the remainder of the match, the Eagles trailing at each turn. As is always the case, one team had to win and one had to lose. But there is always a rematch to look forward to.

Pakenham 105 def Mornington 55

It’s the Warriors turn to lead the way by winning streaks, now up to 5 after their dominating 50 point win over the Breakers. The opening quarter was proof as to just how this game was going to pan out. Dropping 31 to 19, the Warriors were well in control and they showed no signs of slowing down. They continued to build on this quarter and the Breakers had no response, they were purely and simply outdone.

Collingwood 131 def Latrobe 77

There is no surprise that this game turned out the way it did considering where both teams sit in the scheme of things. But what did surprise us was that opening quarter from the All Stars. WOW! They dropped an incredible 42 points in the 1st quarter and were already at 72 points at the half. The 3rd was the closest quarter and probably the best we’ve seen from the Energy, the All Stars 32, the Energy 30. However the damage had been done at this point and the All Stars went on to claim their victory.

Wallan 75 def by Collingwood 100

The All Stars took home another win on the weekend, this time on the Sunday against the Panthers. Although the All Stars had a comfortable win in the end, there were some tight contests throughout. In the 2nd and 4th quarters, the Panthers really gave it to the All Stars. The only difference in this match was that in the remaining two quarters, the All Stars were dominant and it was these two quarters that won them the game.

Western Port 62 def Maccabi 50

We didn’t expect this result to go the way it did, but kudos to the Steelers on getting the job done. They got themselves on the right foot, jumping to an early 7 point lead. They pushed this to 9 at the half before dropping the ball in the 3rd. This gave the Warriors a chance to affect the margin but luckily for the Steelers they had already done enough for the lead and the win.

Latrobe 71 def by Western Port 102

The celebrations didn’t end there for the Steelers, they went even better on the Sunday. They took a comfortable win over the Energy, hitting them with their 2nd loss for the weekend. But once again, the Energy showed glimpses of competitiveness and in this game it was winning the opening quarter 25 to 22. It was shortlived though, the Steelers quickly putting a damper on this with their 35 to 15 2nd quarter. The Steelers continued to dominate in the second half for the win.

Maccabi 75 def Chelsea 54

The weekend turned around for the Warriors on the Sunday, taking home a win over the Gulls. Learning from their game the night before, the Warriors wanted to make sure they were in the lead early on. They jumped to a 29 to 13 lead in the opening quarter and this kept them in good stead for the remainder of the game. The Gulls challenged them in the 2nd but the Warriors were quick to reply in the 3rd. It was a good finish to the weekend for the Warriors.

Whittlesea 53 def Frankston 74

The Blues continue to take a step forward in this competition, adding another win to their belt, this time over the Pacers. The Blues had the upper hand in this match but the Pacers certainly gave them a helping hand at the same token. Their 8 point opening quarter meant that they were forced to play catch up, but they couldn’t make up the ground, the Blues kept making it harder.

Keysborough 78 def Whittlesea 56      

After a bit of down time, the Cougars are back up and racing this time taking a 22 point win over the Pacers. Tough weekend for the Pacers, going 0 and 2 this round. The opening quarter was a tussle but when the 2nd quarter came around, the Cougars added 10 points to their existing margin. No movement was made in the 3rd, the Cougars waited until the 4th to finish it off.

 


Youth League Two Women

Casey 77 defeated Southern Peninsula 60

An outstanding second half brigade has lifted the Casey Cavs over their previously undefeated rivals in the top-of-the-table clash out at Casey Stadium. The game was in the balance at the main break with the home side leading by the one solitary point, however a third quarter blitz had the home fans going home happy. Lauren Tuplin led the way with 19 points and seven rebounds, while Steph Leclerc posted 16. Tess Young struggled to have any impact on the contest not troubling the scorers on 0-7FG. Abbey Toohey nabbed 18 points for the Sharks.

Mornington 41 defeated by Pakenham 89

The Breakers continued the free fall in season 2018, none more concerning than the 19-2 second quarter they dished up. Mornington were led by Michelle Hole who managed 11 points and seven boards, but were no match for the punishing Warriors. Georgia Hillard scored a game high 17 points, while Chloe Maas (13 points) and Ellie Coutts (12 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 steals) were also damaging. This ones looking to be a tough year for the young Breakers.

Blackburn 54 defeated Frankston 48

Blackburn shot just 22%FG for the game, yet managed to scrape over the line against the Frankston Blues this past Sunday. They were beaten in nearly every statistical category, except they did the damage on the glass, out rebounding the Blues by 20. The Vikes also managed to get to the free throw at ease, taking 40FT, despite converting on just 22 of those. Andrea Belmonte once again led the way, 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Kassie Boorer best for the visitors finishing with 13 points and six boards.

Whittlesea 73 defeated Werribee 66

Whittlesea scored a big win over the Devils; the combination of Hailey Wynd and LT Poa doing the damage at the offensive end. Wynd notched another double double for the year with 18 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks in an impressive outing. Poa chimed in with 17 points off the bench. For the Devils, Jasmine Silcock registered 13 points and nine rebounds; Taylah Lea scoring 12 points to go with nine rebounds and four assists.

Western Port 63 defeated Sherbrooke 39

Finally Western Port made light work of the struggling Suns, keeping them to single digits in three of the four quarters throughout the contest. It was a struggle from the get go for the visitors, who shot just 22% from the floor for the day, including 2/20 from downtown. Myra Wood was good with 16 points and nine rebounds for the Steelers, where three other players (Surajaya, Findlay and Jordan) also registered double figures.

 

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