Round 8 Recaps

Round Eight 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 McKinnon 96

The Cougars had to work hard but eventually found their way past a dogged Corio Bay outfit. Behind a monster night from Dillon Stith (35pts 14reb 3ast) and a very solid contribution from Ivan Platenik (20pts 14reb 4ast), the Cougars withstood the Stingrays’ challenge to move back to the top of the SCM ladder. The home side was led by Julius Brooks (25pts 11reb) while young gun Cohen Blythe (19pts 6ast) continued his rapid rise.

Casey 56 def. by Hawthorn 76

The Magic continued their surprising season with another big win, this time on the road at Casey. The visitors strangled the Cavs defensively to win every quarter as Jack Barry (21pts 9reb 5ast 4st) filled the stat sheet. For the disappointing Cavs, Raheem Lemons (15pts 11reb) continued his strong campaign but had little help as his side fell. The Magic have now won five straight and are sitting pretty at 6-2 on the season.

Eltham 98 def. Ringwood 89

The ‘Cats got a massive win against title favourites Ringwood, beating the Hawks in a tight contest. Ben Waldren (22pts 3reb 3ast) was the star for the home side, coming up big and leading three other Wildcats in double digits. For the Hawks, Jacob Gibson (25pts) and Scottie Stone (20pts) led the scoring but it simply wasn’t enough to continue their winning ways on the road.

Hume City 90 def. by Werribee 103

Hume’s season took a hit with a double-figure defeat at the hands of the Devils. The Broncos missed a golden opportunity to get their season on level terms with a slow first half costing them a shot at victory. Mike Rose (28pts 4ast) worked hard but had no help throughout, playing a lone hand for the home side. It was a different story for the Devs, with Deng Chan (27pts 11reb) and Konor Kulas (26pts 15reb) leading five players in double digits.

Blackburn 75 def. by Hume City 79

The Broncs bounced back on Sunday with a win over the Vikes. A dominant middle two quarters saw the visitors home, with a 45-17 run during that time proving too much for the home side to chase down in final term that saw them get with two points with 19 seconds to play. Mike Rose (21pts 4reb 4stl) and Trevon Clayton (14pts 11reb) both came off the bench to great effect, while Brendan Trewella (26pts 4reb 4ast) worked hard for the home side in defeat.

Waverley 81 def. Keilor 63

The Falcons continued to roll along nicely with a comfortable win over Keilor. A devastating 22-6 second term was the difference as Adrien Sturt (21pts 10reb) did plenty of damage off the bench, leading five players in double figures. Hanner Mosquera-Perea (7reb) and Jordan Coleman (5reb 3ast) each added 15 points for the Thunder.

Werribee 71 def. by Knox 75

Knox fought back in a big last quarter to claim a tight win over the Devils. The home side held a 10-point lead heading into the final break but fell in a hole as the Raiders stormed home on he back of Chris Kaba (25pts 11reb). Konor Kulas (13pts 13reb) was quiet offensively for the Devils as Bryan Nagy (10reb 3ast 3stl) and Deng Chan (12reb 3ast) finished with 19 apiece to lead the way in defeat.

State Championship Women

Sth Peninsula 60 lost to Ringwood 67

With Jaz Shelley at a national team camp, the Sharks had to switch things up and it was Gemma Simon (22pts) who stepped up. In a close battle, the Hawks just had a little too many smarts and edged clear to win. Cassidy Mihalko (25pts) was the game-­‐winner, going 11/16 in a dominant display. Desi Ramos (6pts) was well held and just couldn’t land her shots. For the Sharks, Peyton Little added 16pts. In a tight game, the biggest difference was Ringwood’s 47% shooting clip compared to Sth Peninsula’s 35%.

Knox 77 def Eltham 59

Despite the final 18pt margin, Knox didn’t have everything their own way in this game. The Wildcats stepped it up in the first half and showed some good signs, pushing to a 6pt lead at the half. The home team clearly came out after the break with some renewed intensity and took it to another level. A 44-­‐ 20 second half by the Raiders blew the game open. Emily Fisher (14pts) led the Raiders for points, while for Eltham it was again Alice Kunek (29pts) leading the charge.

Waverley 77 def McKinnon 67

A 23-­‐12 last quarter probably flattered the visitors a little in this one, the Falcons in good shape at the last change leading 65-­‐44. Kelly Bowen (26pts, 10rbs) continued her run of great form and was a class above, dropping 5 treys on her way to a game-­‐ winning performance. Tegan Cunningham added 17pts and 10rbs, while Renae Mokrzycki delivered 16pts and 10rbs. For the Cougars, Michelle Joy (15pts, 12rbs) had a strong double-­‐double, with Ariel Thomas adding 13pts, 6rbs and 7ast.

Hume City 67 lost to Waverley 74

The Falcons backed up on Sunday and ventured to Hume City where they used a 23-­‐13 opening qtr to set up a tough win. The Broncos never took a backward step and looked to enjoy the grind, but they couldn’t stop Kelly Bowen (22pts) from rolling on. Renae Mokrzycki (17pts) was again a key contributor for the winners, with Tegan Cunningham chipping in with 12pts. For the Broncos, Viv Saad (19pts, 14rbs) and Kelly Hardeman (16pts, 14rbs) did all they could, while Louisa Murphy added 15pts.

Bulleen 92 lost to Keilor 97

If Bulleen’s dream of returning to the finals let alone a grand final weren’t done with before this game, at 0-­‐9 any August action is now well and truly a bridge too far. The Thunder had all the answers and despite being pushed hard all the way to the final buzzer, the visitors found a way to withstand the pressure and show their rising maturity at this level. With seven players returning double-­‐digit scoring, the full depth of Keilor was on display, Briana Babic leading from the front with 20pts. Import Sara Boothe (37pts, 18rbs, 6ast) certainly did what she could for the Boomers, ably assisted by Jasmine Hines with 23pts and 11rbs.

Eltham 68 lost to Sunbury 73

The Jets scored the last 9pts of the game and held the Wildcats scoreless in the final two minutes of the match to record a much needed win. The home team took it right up to their more fancied opponents with Liv Bontempelli (26pts) and Alice Kunek (20pts) scoring the bulk of the points. However, the likes of Orla O’Reilly (24pts) and Josie Stockill (21pts) delivered and the reigning champs survived a scare to return to the winner’s circle.

Division One Men

Melbourne Uni 90 def Collingwood 76

Brandon Armstrong (26pts, 7rbs, 9stl, 11/12 FT) delivered his best game in Black Angels colours and it led to an important 14pt win for the home team. The All Stars are in a spot of bother right now and despite going into the last qtr locked at 62-­‐62, they just couldn’t stop Melbourne Uni’s 28-­‐14 run to the final buzzer. Nick Masunda added 23pts for the winners, while for Collingwood it was Manny Hendrix (22pts), Kyle McMullan (19pts) and Dylan Webb (18pts) leading the way.

Sunbury 88 def Warrandyte 74

The Jets started the weekend in style, toppling a disappointing Warrandyte, the visitors really struggling to find consistency at the moment. After an even start, the home team eclipsed the Venom 49-­‐26 during the middle quarters to set up the win. Five Jets hit double digits, led by Jed O’Riley (20pts) and Jon Alexander (19pts, 13rbs). For the visitors, David Moore and Ayinde Sprewell both netted 16pts each.

Bulleen 60 lost to Western Port 90

With Thadd Varmall (16pts on 4/13) well held and Dylan Travis (31pts on 10/16) on fire, this game belonged to the Steelers from start to finish. A 53-­‐30 first half squashed Bulleen’s hopes and the home team just couldn’t peg it back after the main break. Travis was the star and continues to look like the competition’s MVP favourite. One way traffic and another solid win for the Steelers.

Warrnambool 88 def Keysborough 83

A fantastic battle down at The Arc with the home team pleasing the fans with a great win against a quality opponent. The Seahawks started with a 25-­‐15 opening quarter and didn’t look back. Xavier Blount (27pts) and Nathan Sobey (24pts) delivered the goods for the Seahawks, playing big mnutes to get the job done. For the Cougars, who as always provided a tough contest, Calvin Enge (27pts, 15rbs) and Ben Morwood (19pts) performed strongly. A telling stat was Keysborough’s 21/34 from the charity stripe, a lowly 61% clip that did impact on the final result. For what it’s worth the Seahawks went 14/17 at 82%.

Whittlesea 96 def Latrobe City 75

In a game featuring two teams trying desperately to find some form and get their respective seasons back on track, the Pacers celebrated a big win on the back of a masterful 38-­‐18 third period. The home team was up for this one with Aidan Zeverona (19pts) leading a group of five players in double-­‐digit scoring. For the Pacers, James Crockett played all 40 minutes for his huge haul of 40pts.

Geelong 77 def Sunbury 72

The Jets nearly pulled off the dream weekend, but they fell short of a Supercats team desperate to stay in touch with the frontrunners further up the ladder. Lewis Varley (23pts) and Jacob Pupavac (21pts) got the Geelong ship steered in the right direction. For the visitors, Arthur Trousdell (21pts) and Jon Alexander (20pts) did what they could. A split weekend for the Jets gets a thumbs up.

Warrandyte 72 lost to Shepparton 77

The Venom backed up at home and played host to the in-­‐ form Gators, who in the end just had a little too much class for the home team. The Gators started with a 24-­‐15 opening qtr and it proved pivotal as the game tightened up during the middle periods. The Venom finished well, but just couldn’t bridge the gap. Spencer Coleman finished with 20pts, 12rbs and 9ast for the winners, ably assisted by Cam Vines with 26pts. The Venom looked to Ayinde Sprewell (22pts) and David Moore (18pts) for points.

Western Port 80 lost to Chelsea 87

In one of the biggest games of the season, the Gulls put aside a poor start to run out winners over Western Port. The Steelers raced to a 29-­‐15 lead over the opening 10 minutes, but Chelsea bounced back with a 52-­‐30 run during the middle periods to set up the victory. Matt Brasser (40pts, 7 treys) was the star, putting together a match-­‐winning performance that is sure to be amongst the season’s best. In reply, Dylan Travis totalled 28pts and James McKinnon added 22pts.

Division One Women

Warrnambool 68 def Mildura 61

Heading into this match up, the Heat were looking the goods and were looking for their 6th straight victory. It was all going to plan in the first three quarters of this match until something went awry in the 4th and their lead and their chance at winning were gone in an instant. They had a 10 point lead in the opening turn, down to 9 at the half and it remained at this point until the 4th got underway. Everything seemed to drop for the Mermaids but it was the complete opposite for the Heat. While the Mermaids put 24 points on the board, the Heat had just the 8 and the Mermaids took over the game. Disappointing end for the Heat but what a win for the Mermaids.

Chelsea 73 def Western Port 52

It was a great start to the weekend for the Cavs, facing 2 games and taking W’s in both. In their first match up they made easy work of the Steelers. Already at the half way mark, the Cavs were well in control. The Steelers managed just single digits in both the 1st and 2nd quarters leaving them trailing by 15 with a half to go. The Steelers improved dramatically and were able to challenge the Cavs but the damage had already been done. The Cavs took win number 1 for the round and the Steelers headed home to work on the four quarter performance.

Werribee 77 def by Casey 79

What a tough fought out game this turned out to be? The Cavs were really made to work for this win, so much so that it took them OT to get the job done. They were the ones to get off to the slightly better start but the Devils made up the ground plus some in the 2nd to lead by 1 point at the half. The Cavs evened up the scores at the end of the 3rd and as we headed into the 4th, it proved just how close this game was. With 41 seconds to go in regular time, it looked like the Devils were going to take the win. But with 32 seconds to go, the Cavs tied it back up. A free throw could have sealed the deal for the Cavs but nerves may have played a part in the miss. The OT period followed a similar fashion, the game coming down to the wire. Shots from the Devils end could have changed the result but it wasn’t to be.

Hawthorn 58 def by Camberwell 59

You couldn’t get a tighter finish to a game. Only 1 point separated the Magic and the Dragons, and on this occasion the Dragons were the victors. The game had a back and forth type of feel to it, the lead interchanging at the end of each turn. The Magic held a slight 2 point lead at the end of the 3rd, clearly an attainable margin for the Dragons. The game was tight all the way to the end though, scores level with 54 seconds left on the clock. The Dragons were sent to the line where they sinked just 1 of 2 but it was enough for the win.

Camberwell 56 def Chelsea 53

The weekend only got better for the Dragons, taking a close 3 point win over the Gulls on the Sunday. The Dragons did well to keep a hold of this match considering they dropped to only 7 points in the 3rd, giving up their 12 point lead. With only one quarter to go and the scores level at 41 a piece, it was anyones game. Luckily for the Dragons they were able to get themselves ahead and keep it that way, going on for the win.

Warrandyte 67 def Latrobe 53

The Venom have had a fluctuating past few weeks but in between all this, they have sunk a few wins. They added another notch to their belt on the weekend, this time over the Energy. They got themselves on the right foot in the opening turn but this was quickly overshadowed by an 8 point 2nd quarter. Luckily for them, they still held the lead as we headed into the half. The Energy made more of a move in the 3rd to get the scores level as we headed into the final turn. The Energy were not willing to let this game go, coming out with a 29 to 15 quarter to finish of the job.

Geelong 75 def Whittlesea 70

The Pacers are now having to get used to what it’s like to lose, and to rack up a string of them too. They are now sitting with two straight losses, thanks to the Supercats handing them a 5 point loss this weekend. The Pacers were well in this game, the Supercats just getting those few extra points proving to be enough for them to secure victory.

Division Two Men

Altona 81 def North East 74

The Gators trekked out of the Swamp and up to the border to take on the winless Bushies. This was the game that North East really had a chance of taking the win especially on their home court, and they almost had it. Starting off strong the Bushies took an early lead leaving the Gators trailing by 8 at the quarter break, but they fought back and took the second leaving them only 3 behind going into half-time. Three quarter time couldn’t come quick enough for the Bushies as they lost their lead and the Gators started to run away with it, leaving the Bushies 15 points behind. North East found something in the final quarter and put the pressure on both ends of the floor quickly gaining on the Gators, but they simply ran out of time and the Gators stole the win out from under the Bushies.

Craigieburn 108 def Maccabi 63

The Warriors did not know what hit them in the first quarter as the Eagles came out blazing racking up a huge 35-17 point quarter. The second half wasn’t as bad for the Warriors but it still wasn’t great as the Eagles expanded their lead out to 29 by the half-time break. I’m sure Maccabi would have liked to have come out stronger in the third but unfortunately it would prove to be their worst quarter as they were held to only 9 points. Finally in the fourth the Warriors came to play outscoring the Eagles, but it was too late the damage had already been done and there was no coming back.

Melton 74 def Coburg 72

Well it’s fair to say 0-1 isn’t the way the Giants would have wanted to start there double weekend. Melton may have started a little slow but they are definitely not a team to be underestimated, because they are here and they are hungry for each and every win. With both teams matching up well against each other it was yet again Coburg’s bench who kept them in it scoring 47 of their 74 points. It looked like the Giants were trying a new starting line up, will this change back or are we going to see Mweemba back in the starting line up more often?

Craigieburn 90 def Sherbrooke 56

Not a single player from the Suns side got into double digits for scoring or rebounds, which in turn all of the Eagles starters finished in double digits. In a 5th vs 6th match up, I was expecting a more competitive game from Sherbrooke but clearly something just wasn’t working for them, but everything seemed to be going the right way for the Eagles as they dominated every quarter, especially the 3rd where they kept Sherbrooke to a dismal 9 points and pushing their lead out to 30 just before the end of the quarter. With this huge win from the Eagles sky rockets them from 6th position on the ladder all the way to 2nd and continue their winning run out to 6 straight wins.

Coburg 86 def Southern Pen 77

The last time Coburg had a double header that started in a loss on the Saturday night they ended the weekend 0-2, this time was going to be different though. The Giants were out for blood on Sunday as they hit the road out to the Peninsula to take down the Sharks, in a fight to stay on top of the leader board. The Giants came out strong in the first taking an 8 point lead in the first then extending it to 14 by half-time, by the time the final quarter rolled around the Giants had a comfortable 18 point lead. The Sharks were determined to not give up though and fought like their lives depended on it going on a 10-0 run early in the quarter to bring them back within 10 points, but the Giants managed to hold off the Sharks taking home the win and finishing the weekend with 1-1. 

Camberwell 95 def Wallan 68
In what should have been a close match the Dragons made light work of the Panthers as they cruised home with a 27 point victory. Wallan were missing a key player in Hayden Annett due to injury then early in the first quarter they lost another big play maker, Jaak Ponsford who went down with an ankle injury and didn’t return to the match. The Dragons took full advantage of this, pushing hard and attacking the ring making sure they got their captain Nat O’Hara a win for his 150th Big V game.

Division Two Women

Coburg 71 def by Melton 76
The Giants introducing a new import and a new playbook appears to have galvanised the team after the week off and there was also a bit more bench rotation this week has also taken the pressure off key players. After an even first term, both teams went into the main break with plenty of positives and a locked scoreline.  Coburg were able to wrestle momentum in the third and the questions were being asked of Melton.  This was a tough slog for the Thoroughbreds and to their credit they responded and closed out the match with a come from behind win as they outscored their hosts in a desperate last term 25-17 to collect the win.  In an improved performance, their dominance off the glass was diminished a little and the visitors took advantage during the game.  A great introduction to the comp for Saule Kontautaite who recored 30p, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Sophie Mourey did collect 10 boards whilst Courtney Newman scored 12p.  For the visitors, Jenna Conroy had a great double matching Kontautaite’s 30 and included 11 boards as Lauren Conroy was a charity stripe away from a double with 12 rebounds. Amina Benjamin and Molly Young scored 11.

Sherbrooke 45 def by Craigieburn 70

A reasonably comfortable visit for the Eagles to Sherbrooke once they established control during the second term. To their credit the Suns were competitive in the bookend quarters but Craigieburn just too strong in the middle terms to build their dominance in the match. For the Suns, Emily Holt was the stand out on the stats with 13p. For the Eagles, a double from Nicole Cameron (12p/14rbs), Kellie Bailey-Lynn was a Board off a double with 13p and Allanna Procak scored 10.

Melbourne Uni 66 def Collingwood 47 

Going in to the game without Jada Buggs, finding a solid presence on the rebounds was going to present a challenge for Collingwood against the team looking to level their series. While the All Stars covered the loss, at times it left them a bit exposed on transition. The Black Angels led at each change and never really lost control of the game. Collingwood struggled to contain Lauren Bellegante who notched up 19 to lead all scorers and Katrina Massey who was a point shy of a double with 10 rbs for Uni. Melaine Fidler again influential with 12p. For the All Stars it was left largely to Helen Roden (13p), Kate Fayle (12p) and Maddison Borg (8pt) to fill the buckets.

 Craigieburn 52 def Blackburn 49

Injury depleted and on their second game of the weekend, the Eagles had a scrap against the Vikings. After securing a 7pt lead at the half, scoring seized up for the home side and they led by 2 into the last term. Blackburn could sense a buckle and threw everything into the last term. The game was tied with seconds remaining and Allanna Procak emerged the hometown hero – a trey with 3 seconds on the clock. A prayer from Belmonte missed the marked to send the game to OT, and the Eagles escape with a 3pt win to go 8-0. Fo the visitors, Belmonte had a game high 17p and the Eagles were monstered on the boards by Blackburn courtesy of Victoria Sumkas (14rbs) and Aimee Page (9rbs). For Craigieburn, Nicole Cameron scored 11p and  Stacey Procak 9p. 

Melton 66 def by Mornington 76

Predicted as a danger game, Melton came out early with a solid start. An entertaining half saw scores locked at 36 for the main break. Melton held sway in the 3rd to cling to a 3pt lead, but with fresher legs, Mornington were able shut down their hosts on their way to a 27-14 last term to record a 10p win. An outstanding game from Fiona Darnell who carded 28p, 14 boards and 4 assists and played all 40. Ashleigh Wright was a board off a double with 13p. For Melton, Emily Attard scored 15p, Jenna Conroy 14p and Molly Young a board off a double with 11.

Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men

Bulleen 74 def by Knox 94
Bulleen went into this one as the form team of the competition, but were stunned by a charged up Raiders outfit. For Bulleen, only Fayle and Mahboobi got it going (Mahboobi not able to impact the game outside scoring though). Knox had five players in double digits, including 28 off the pine from Woodward.

Sherbrooke 80 def by Dandenong 82
Dandenong went into this one without a couple of their key players, including Tyler Robertson and Puoch Puoch. It was up and down early, the Rangers running out to a double digit lead, before Sherbrooke jumped out on fire in the second quarter. The second half was tight. Parker seemed a hero for the Suns, making a three with 17 second left. However, Ryan Rapp came up huge, nailing a triple with seconds to play for Dandenong off a Pike pass to win the game.

Eltham 72 def Melbourne 67
Eltham seemed to be in the drivers seat for most of this game, before Melbourne finished with a flash. Manton nailed a triple with a minute to play to bring the Tigers within three. The Tigers unfortunately committed an unsportsmanlike foul with 10 seconds to play which ended their chances.

McKinnon 99 def Diamond Valley 60
McKinnon dropped 61 points in the first half and it was all but over at that point. Every Cougars starter was at least +22, including Matt Crees who celebrated his 100th game. Diamond Valley’s depth is being highlighted as a wekness so far this season.

Keilor 76 def Kilsyth 73
It was a clash of four superstars in this one. For Keilor, Mitch Alush and BJ Symons were brilliant on both ends of the floor. On the Cobras side, Adnam and Dielemans were brilliant once again. In the end, Keilor’s depth came through a little stronger and that was the difference.

Nunawading 78 def Ringwood 73
No one scored over 11 points for Nunawading, showing their depth and spread of scoring. For Ringwood, they continue to be up and down this season, and can’t quite find a consistent winning strategy. Remo Simankevicius has fit in great since getting back for the Spectres, who have now won four on the trot.

Ringwood 58 def by Eltham 72
Ringwood had a nice return on the weekend, getting Ovie Magbegor back into the fold. For a team already playing well, that’s a huge bonus. The Wildcats were too strong from the tip here, nailing 40% of their shots from downtown.

Diamond Valley 78 def by Hawthorn 86
Hawthorn continue to roll in 2018, sitting atop the Watson conference at 8-2 following this weekend. They managed to hold the Eagles to just five last quarter points. The Eagles had Jack Roberts back in the team this week, but he shot 1-9 from deep.

Dandenong 71 def by Nunawading 91
Dandenong had a host of players return to their game for Sunday’s clash, and took on Nunawading at full strength. The Spectres were brilliant though, led by Coleman-Bock’s 20 and 7. Nunawading shot 52% from the field.

Kilsyth 92 def Sherbrooke 67
Sherbrooke were smashed on the boards by the Cobras, allowing 31 second chance points (compared to the Suns’ 9). Adnam picked up another double double as Kilsyth moved to 7-6 on the season.

Sandringham 78 def Keilor 61
A consistent team effort from the Sabres was enough to get past Keilor on a back to back. For the Thunder, BJ Symons didn’t play and Mitch Alush couldn’t get anything going. Sandringham had four in double digits, including Kenny with 10 and 12, including 3 blocks.

Altona 58 def by Bulleen 84
Bulleen bounced back from a disappointing home loss at the start of the weekend to claim a strong road Victory over the Gators. The Boomers dominated the paint, scoring 54 points inside while getting 46 points from their backups. Altona star Dogukan Elyazar only shot 3-16 from the field.

Molten Victorian Youth Championship Women

Nunawading 61 defeated Altona 53
The Nunawading Spectres have handed Altona their second loss of the season with an inspiring 61-53 victory. With just one player in double digits for the game (Sarah Slater, 12) the team mentality between both sides was in full effect as defence reigned supreme. A clash of the titans ensured, and there’s no doubt we’ll see these two further down the track in season 2018. Jess Rarity had nine points and 10 rebounds for the visitors.

Hawthorn 78 defeated Melbourne 66
It wasn’t a great weekend for the Tigers and it kicked off on Saturday night at Boroondara. Brianna Hans had the hot han(d) finishing with 18 points and 10 rebounds, as the Magic made it tough for the Tigers to score after the first quarter. Emily Monaghan and Nikki Metcalfe both finished with 14 points.

Knox 80 defeated Diamond Valley 72
Eliana Bravington continued her stellar form as the Raiders were big winners to upset the much fancied Diamond Valley. Bravington finished with 32 points and 17 rebounds as both her and Maighan Hedge (16 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists) tore apart the Eagles defence. Mikayla Peterson had 24 points for the visitors, while it was a big weekend for Ivana Vasiljevic who started the weekend with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Bendigo 86 defeated Ballarat 83
The age ol’ rivalry kept up its brilliant appearance with a cracker of a game on Saturday night. Danielle O’Toole has been a bright spark of the Braves bench and another 28 point, six rebound performance has her flying on all cylinders right now. Tess Barnes (15 points, 11 rebounds) compiled a double double as the Braves snuck past the Rush despite making a late dash. Amelia Jarvis had 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Rush, while Laura Taylor recorded 15 points, six rebounds and three assists.

Waverley 42 defeated by Dandenong 56
A tough encounter out at Waverley saw a defensive skirmish evolve which went the way of the visitors. Felecity Hilford had a great weekend, kicking off with a game high 22 points, as Grace Beasley’s 21 points and six rebounds wasn’t enough for the Falcons to hold home court.

Altona 72 defeated Bulleen 66
The Gators bounced back off their Saturday night defeat but in no means did it convincingly. They had to work for it despite shooting 41%FG from the floor. Fortunately for the Gators, they knuckled down defensively and didn’t allow easy looks for their opposition; the Boomers mustering 3/23 from beyond the arc. Jordan Wilson had 15 points, while Kayla Salmons finished with a 12 point, 11 rebound dub dub. Alysha Casey was once again a standout for the Boomers with 21 points.

Diamond Valley 80 defeated Hawthorn 67
The Eagles went back on track off the back of Ivana Vasiljevic’s 23 points as well as Amelia Smith’s 14 and 11 rebounds. Grace Burke recorded 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Magic, but weren’t able to capitalise at key stages.

Dandenong 59 defeated Warrandyte 47
A big weekend for the Rangers as well as Felecity Hilford, who backed up again for a game high 15 points. In a low shooting (% wise) game Jacinta Maxwell stood up with 12 points, seven boards and five dimes. Sarsha Follocchio with 11 points and eight boards for the visitors.

Kilsyth 64 defeated Melbourne 56
It was a struggle all weekend for the Tigers as Nikki Metcalfe (18 points) seemed to be the only one to back it up in their double header. Grace Moxey had 18 & 8 rebounds for the Cobras who stifled their opponents to just 29%FG.

Ringwood 71 defeated Waverley 58
It was a weekend to forget for the Falcons as well, not being able to take anything away from two games in R8. Nyadouth Lok the best here with 15 points and four boards; Neehara Ravikumar (18 points, 7 assists) making the Falcons pay for their sloppy turnovers.

Sandringham 70 defeated Hume City 38
The defending champs made light work of the hapless Broncos on Sunday as Hume City had no answer for Morgan Riley’s 13 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Meg Ragauskas finished with 12 points, five rebounds and five assists too, while the Broncos were left to lick their offensive wounds, shooting at just 22%FG (12FGM) and 8% from deep.

Youth League One Men

Casey 104 defeated Werribee 60

An incredible performance has seen Casey trounce Werribee on Saturday afternoon, in what kick started the Cavs’ wonderful ‘Pink’ night in support of Breast Cancer Network Australia. Jordan Gooiker led the side with 21 points, nine boards and four assists, while Brad Head chipped in with 20 points and 11 rebounds of his own. The Devils had no answer on offence, shooting a woeful 21%FG from the floor. Daniaell Herbert was kept to his lowest total yet this season with just three points on 1-8FG. Points had to come from the reserves as Marol Kuany and Makur Jongkuch both had 11.

Sunbury 84 defeated Corio Bay 67

31 points from Jordan O’Leary wasn’t enough for the Stingrays to keep within touching distance of the ladder leading Jets. Nathan Baker paced the home side with 23 points and seven rebounds, while Kyle Collins did a little bit of everything, continuing his stellar form with 13 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals.

Hume City 78 defeated Warrandyte 74

The Broncos made the most of their loud home crowd as they made a big noise in the competition with a 78-74 upset victory over the Venom. Bailey Kirkman was everywhere on the night with 28 points, eight rebounds and four assists; while he was backed up by Mitch Goodwin (15 points, 8 rebounds) and Chris Alai (13 points, 17 rebounds). Despite recording just nine turnovers for the game, the visitors late rally wasn’t to be despite Cody Perry-Allamby’s 25 points and 15 rebounds. Hume City making clutch free throws at the games conclusion to seal the deal.

Bendigo 79 defeated by Ballarat 100

Ballarat entered town and gave Bendigo a little bit of a hiding to remember for the rest of the week. Liam Allison poured in 32 points and seven rebounds, while Zac Dunmore recorded 19. The Miners shot at 50%FG for the game and hit 21/31 from deep! Jake Willcocks (18 points, 7 rebounds) and Sam Beks (18 points, 7 rebounds) were best for the Braves who didn’t stand a chance against the hot shooting visitors.

Werribee 96 defeated Hume City 79
The Devils bounced back with a vengeance on Sunday afternoon, making sure they were not to slip up twice in a weekend. Daniaell Herbert found his groove again with 29 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Josh Toniato had 15 points, while Rhys Hislop had 14 and seven rebounds for the Devils as they used a strong 23-12 opening term to open the gap for the game. Bailey Kirkman backed up his strong Saturday night with a team high 18 points.

Camberwell 83 defeated Casey 68

Shaun Atkins has continued his strong season with another 23 points and four rebounds to lift Camberwell to a good home victory. The Dragons made their move in the third stanza (27-12) to turn the tables on the Cavs, who were led by Jordan Gooiker’s 18 points and six rebounds.

Warrandyte 82 defeated by Geelong 91
Big performances from Jarrod Molnar (35 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists) and Cody Perry-Allamby (29 points, 15 rebounds, 3 assists) were not enough as the Supercats grabbed a decisive win on the road. Josiah King is in red hot form adding another 18 points, 15 rebounds and six assists, while he was aided by Tom Georgiadis’ (17 points, 10 rebounds) strong double double as well. The ‘Cats shot at 46%FG and, despite 23 turnovers got the job done thanks to their reserves (Bench Points 41-4).

Waverley 79 defeated Coburg 51
The Falcons held Coburg to 29%FG and forced 20 turnovers to score a convincing home victory. Bol Jok (16 points, 11 rebounds) finished with a. double double, while the Falcons depth was out in force. The bench played great minutes which saw five reserves finish with +12 or more (in +/-). Rory Killen was best for the Giants with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Youth League One Women 

McKinnon 90 def Corio Bay 71

Just like that the Cougars go 1-0 to begin their double weekend, by taking down the Stingrays in a high scoring battle royal. Even though Corio had 2 players score 23 points and another (Carly Vuillermin) getting a nice double double, which included 20 rebounds couldn’t stop the onslaught that McKinnon brought with them to the bay. But it was a team effort from the Cougars that got them over the line with every player getting points on the board 4 of them in double digits and their bench contributing 34 points, most from 1 player Chelsea Bransden who came back   who had 26 for herself. Being at the half way point of the season every win is crucial for those teams sitting so close to the cut off, this loss for Corio could really hurt them on their run to make finals especially since YL1W finals are top 4 only.

Sunbury 88 def Chelsea 32

This was always going to be a tough game for the Gulls but if they thought the Jets were going to go easy on them they were mistaken. The Jets made quick work of the Gulls keeping them to only 2 points for the entire first quarter, the second was a little better but the Jets pushed out their lead to 28 going into the half-time break. The 3rd was the Gulls best offensive quarter getting 12 points on the board but apparenly defence was optional since they allowed the Jets to score 30 on them. Chelsea need to keep their heads up they aren’t the first side to get steam rolled by Sunbury and look at next week as they suit up at home again against another tough opponent Geelong. Can Sunbury go all the way with a perfect record?

Keilor 85 def Geelong 57

What a cracking first quarter of basketball, both teams put it all on the line but the Thunder made it rain in the second with a huge 34-11 quarter, they opened the 2nd with an 11-0 run and then another 11-0 run near the end of the quarter to open their lead up to a huge 24 points. The Supercats dragged themselves into the changerooms after the 2nd quarter pounding with their tails between their legs  they were left trying to work out what went wrong and how they can come back, but the gap proved to be too much and the Thunder stormed home by 28.

Corio Bay 82 def Craigieburn 73

This was one of the best games we have seen this season, both teams battling it out to be in the top 4 as we hit the halfway mark of the season. Craigieburn had 2 huge performances from their big guns Jessica Van Der Velden and Shona Brooks but it was the team effort for the Stingrays that proved to be too strong as they came from behind and stole victory out from the Eagles claws. Stingrays down by 9 going into the 4th then come out up by 9 by the end of it, what a quarter of basketball!!!

Camberwell 76 def Eltham 41
Eltham had a rocky start to the match and struggled to find the bottom of the net during the 1st quarter, they found some rhythm in the second but found themselves already trailing by 11 at half time. The Dragons capitalised on the inexperienced young Wildcats side as they put the pedal to the metal with a 27-7 final term. Camberwell have now locked themselves in for a battle to make top 4 as they sit equal with McKinnon, every win for both these teams is crucial if they want to make it to the finals.

Youth League Two Men

Melton 85 def by Collingwood 89

We kept saying that the Thoroughbreds were the team to beat and it was the All Stars that proved to be the team to do it. We didn’t see this result coming knowing that the Thoroughbreds were heading in on a 5 game winning streak but credit must go to Coach Manny and his team for taking this close win. Only 1 point separated the two at the half, going the way of the Thoroughbreds. But in an impressive fashion, the All Stars quickly made this up, going 34 to 22 to take over the game. There was only one quarter left to go and the All Stars knew the Thoroughbreds wouldn’t go away just yet. They came out firing and were quick to cut the margin down. But the All Stars were able to hold them off, which wouldn’t be an easy task. Great game!

Craigieburn 88 def Maccabi 72

We knew the Eagles would be back to their winning ways quick smart and they did just this with a win over the Warriors. Setting the standard high early, the Eagles jumped to a 27 to 14 lead in the opening turn. This start made it incredibly hard for the Warriors who were now forced to play catch up. The game may have evened out across the next three quarters but the Warriors weren’t able to make up for lost ground. The Eagles hung onto their win, hitting the Warriors with their 4th loss in 5 games.

Pakenham 69 def Frankston 81

Heading into this match, 6th v 4th, we knew it was going to be a tough match. But we think it is fair to say that we were a little bit surprised to see this result. The Warriors were in great form and we saw them, at the very least, getting a lot closer than they actually did. But great win from the Blues who now sit within the top 4. It was a fairly even start by both sides, but the Blues took the reigns in the 2nd. The 11 point lead they held at half time kept them in good stead for the remainder of the match, considering the Warriors came out to win the 3rd. The Blues were able to come out in the 4th and apply the finishing touches to their win.

Wallan 54 def by Pakenham 107

The Warriors were at least able to come away with one win for the weekend, a 53 point win to be exact. They headed up the highway to take on the Panthers, in what was a very one sided affair. It wasn’t the start the Panthers were after though, hitting just 8 compared to the Warriors 19. This alone would have been enough to see the Warriors take the win but as the game progressed they dropped, 30, 27 and 31 to finish the match off and make sure it was a good one.

Mornington 79 def Western Port 64

Fierce cross town rivals Mornington and Western Port battled it out for bragging rights on the weekend and ex Steelers alumni Kenny Brunner and his side were the ones to take home the victory. They really dug deep for this win too, the Steelers leading for the first half. But come the half time break, the Steelers momentum was no longer, dropping to just 9 points in the 3rd. This gave the Breakers the chance they needed, heading into the 4th with a 5 point lead. With everything on their side, the Breakers finished off strong, sinking the boots in for the win.

Western Port 76 def by Chelsea 79

The weekend went from bad to worse for the Steelers, going down in a close one against the Gulls. 28 to 15, the Gulls lead in the opening turn but the Steelers were soon to make their move. The margin was culled down to 11 as we headed into the half time break but when the 3rd quarter came around, the Steelers dropped 26 to the Gulls 9 to take over the lead. With the Steelers now up by 6, the Gulls had some work to do. They managed to do this work, making up 9 points in the 4th for the W.

Chelsea 60 def by Melton 102

After their loss the night before, the Thoroughbreds were not willing to finish the weekend winless. So what better way to win a game than with a 42 point win over the Gulls? They got themselves on the board early and led the way by 13 at the half. But this margin was quickly amped up to 20 with the Thoroughbreds dropping 31 to the Gulls 19. If this margin wasn’t tough enough to bring back, the Gulls fell to just a 9 point 4th quarter, throwing away any chance at a comeback. The Thoroughbreds went on to add more sting to the result for the Gulls.

Whittlesea 92 def Latrobe 46

The Pacers proved to be too strong for the Energy, taking a 46 point win. This would have been a nice win for the Pacers who were on a 3 game losing streak in the lead up to this match. In a couple of the quarters the Energy challenged the Pacers, but in the remaining quarters, they were outdone and outplayed. This was evident in the 2nd quarter with the Pacers dropping 30 points, the Energy only hitting 6. This was the difference and although the Energy continue to struggle, they should keep their heads up, as any other teams that were once new to the competition would tell them, the first year is always the hardest.

Youth League Two Women

Pakenham 91 defeated Sherbrooke 55
The rampant Warriors were on song last Saturday evening as a pillar-to-post victory ensuring that Pakenham are trending in the right direction. Samantha Neil’s 23 points, nine rebounds, six assists and eight steals combined with Ellie Coutts’ (20 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, 8 steals) big night made light work of the struggling Suns outfit. Zoe Haritos was the best for the visitors claiming 14 points and nine rebounds, however it was their 43 turnovers which proved super costly. Olivia Woods finished with 12 points and 12 boards in her season debut.

Southern Peninsula 69 defeated Western Port 64

The Young Gummy Sharks have survived a scare, escaping with a five-point win at home against a brave Western Port side. Gemma Simon led the way with 15 points and three rebounds, while Lani Thornton chipped in with 13 points. Ebony Baxter was great for the Steelers finishing with 16 points and six boards. Georgia Howes also had a big game with 15 points and 16 rebounds.

Mornington 41 defeated by Frankston 77
It was a big outing for the Blues when they travelled to Mornington, taking all the points with a big win over the Breakers. Annabel Fitter had a huge game with 19 points, 17 rebounds and five steals coming off the bench for just under 27 minutes. The Blues forced Mornington to shoot just 18%FG from the floor, which allowed them to grab a whopping 73 rebounds (with 30 of them coming off the offensive glass). Frankston were punishing inside, scoring 46 of their 77 points inside the paint, many of which came from Fitter and Annaliese Rogers (12 points, 8 rebounds). Chloe McCulley finished with 11 points for the hosts.

Werribee 58 defeated by Casey 122
The Cavs used a 36-18 first quarter to blow out the Devils early and then didn’t stop there! A 24-4 second term put the game to bed and it was all Casey, all game. The Cavs were without Tess Young, therefore it was Lauren Tuplin who scored a game high 28 points on 11-15FG shooting, to go with eight boards and four steals. Rebecca Peacock recorded 22 points off the bench, while Peta Rhodes had 16 points. Jasmine Silcock the best for the home side with 16 points and seven rebounds.

Whittlesea 57 defeated Blackburn 53 (OT)
The Whittlesea Pacers have scored a decisive victory over Blackburn to round out the weekend, off the back of big performances from a number of their stars. Hailey Wynd went one point shy of the rare 20-20 game, with 19 points and 20 rebounds, to go alongside a monster eight blocks. Chloe Villiva finished with 12 points and 16 rebounds, despite not shooting the ball all that well. Olivia Dalmau was the other, who scored nine points, six rebounds and eight assists in the tight, overtime encounter. Blackburn had their contributors too, with four players in double figures led by Beth Gray (11) and Laura Tetaz (11).

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