Another round of hoops in the books, who was the player of the game in your respective contest?
Division One Men
Division One Women
Division Two Men
Division Two Women
Victorian Youth Championship Men
Victorian Youth Championship Women
Youth League One Men
Youth League One Women
Youth League Two Men
Youth League Two Women
Corio Bay 80 def by Keilor 94
Keilor had an impressive away victory over Corio Bay, courtesy of a dominant second quarter. The Thunder overturned a three-point quarter-time deficit by outscoring the Stingrays 29-7 in the second term. The turnaround would prove telling as both sides were gridlocked for the remainder of the game as the Thunder recorded a 14-point win. Michael Anderson starred for the Thunder, finishing one assist shy of a triple double (35 points, 18 rebounds and nine assists), while Ivory Young produced 28 points for the Stingrays.
Chelsea 73 def by Hawthorn 108
Hawthorn powered pass Chelsea at the Patterson River Stadium, defeating the home side by 35 points. The Magic scored 65 points in the first half to assert their dominance on the contest. The Magic scored 54 points in the paint and 41 off the bench. Nelson Kirksey led the way with 26 points, five rebounds and three assists, while teammate Michael Phillips had 22 points and nine rebounds.
Werribee 91 def by Hume City 110
Hume City were the third consecutive away team to win on Saturday night in the Champ Men’s division, beating Werribee by 19 points. The Broncos scored over 20 points on all four quarters in a solid offensive display. Jake Martin top scored with 27 points, while Konor Kulas had 36 points and 14 rebounds for the Devils.
Hawthorn 92 def by McKinnon 100
McKinnon came from behind to beat Hawthorn at the Boroondara Sports Complex. The Cougars trailed by six points at three-quarter-time, after the Magic scored 31 points in the third term. The Cougars needed a big final quarter to overturn the margin and they did that by netting 30 points to claim an impressive eight-point win. Eric Williams led the way with 26 points and 17 rebounds, while teammate Tom Parkinson had 22 points off the bench. Nelson Kirksey top scored for the Magic with 27 points.
Blackburn 71 def by Casey 98
Casey remain second on the ladder after a 27-point win over Blackburn. The Cavs shot 54% from the field in a dominant offensive performance that saw them score 40 points in the paint. Matthew Donlan top scored for the Cavs with 21 points, while teammate Brent Hobba had 20 points off the bench. Ryan Bennett was gallant for the Vikings with 26 points and seven boards.
Southern Peninsula 74 def Casey 60
Southern Peninsula continued their good form with a win over Casey. The Sharks were led by Gemma Simon and Megan Smith who ended the game with 15 points, while Emirson Devenie had 14 points off the bench. The Sharks were dominant off the boards and finished the game with 21 second chance points. The Sharks trailed by two points at half time, before a 17-7 run in the third period gave them an eight-point lead, which they extended in the last quarter. Sarah Halejian was solid for the Cavs with 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists, but she could do little to overturn the margin for her side.
Warrnambool 68 def by Whittlesea 76
Whittlesea had a solid away win over Warrnambool. The Pacers scored 28 points in the second term to gain the ascendency in the contest. The Pacers piled pressure on their opponents by claiming 53 rebounds and 11 steals. Rachel Bell top scored with 27 points for the Pacers, while teammate Danielle Reinwald had 26 points and 20 rebounds in a Player of the Match-performance.
Werribee 97 def Hume City 80
Werribee claimed a commanding victory over Hume City courtesy of 37 points in the first term. The Devils were on fire in the first half and led by 14 points at the main break. The lead remained the same in the third quarter but then stretched out to 17 points in the final term. Sarah Elsworthy had 28 points for the Devils, while teammate Alisia Jenkins had 17 points and 16 rebounds.
Sunbury 112 def Bulleen 39
The Jets piled misery on Bulleen with a 73-point win at Boardman Stadium. Karen Duever starred with 31 points and seven rebounds, while Orla O’Reilly had 25 points, five rebounds and seven assists. The Jets showed their class early in the contest by scoring 31 points in the first term. They led by as many as 73 points and scored 33 points from turnovers. They shot 47-82 from the field and held their opponents to 16-61 from the floor.
Keilor 60 def by McKinnon 84
McKinnon concluded the round with a 24-point win over Keilor. The Cougars trailed by seven points at quarter-time, but overturned the deficit with a 23-10 run in the second quarter. The lead stretched to 16 points in the third quarter and then 24 points at the final buzzer. Angela Lou Beadle had a double-double (26 points and 12 rebounds), while Erin Bollmann had 22 points for the Thunder.
Division One Men
Sunbury 99 def Coburg 89
After a close first quarter, the Jets kicked into second gear and scored 34 points in the second quarter, taking them into the lead. Ishmael Sanders starred for the Jets with 38 points, four rebounds and three assists. From Coburg, Mam Ayuel and Mweemba Maluma contributed 17 and 15 points each, plus a combined 11 rebounds.
Shepparton 92 def Latrobe 87
Shepparton came from behind in the final quarter and walked away with the win this round. Latrobe scored 32 points in the first term to lead by 12 points at quarter-time. Latrobe held on to their lead for the next two quarters, but a final surge in the fourth quarter from the Gators saw them finish the game with a five-point victory. Atem Atem and James Mumtaz from the Gators scored 20 points apiece in their side’s victory ,whilst Aaron Harrison from Latrobe performed well, finishing with 36 points, seven rebounds and three assists.
Keysborough 81 def Bulleen 75
The Boomers were strong in the first three quarters but were unable to hold on to their lead in the final quarter ultimately leading to their defeat. Calvin Enge contributed 29 points, 12 rebounds and three assists in his side’s six-point victory. Chauncey Orr was again one of Bulleen’s best against Keysborough, scoring 22 points to add to his seven rebounds and seven assists.
Warrnambool 84 def by Collingwood 87
With scores level with less than a minute to go, three free throws made by Manuel Hendrix put Collingwood in the lead and saw them victorious in what was a thrilling game. Four players from Collingwood scored in double figures, Hendrix leading the way with 19 points, helping them secure the three-point win. Xavier Johnson-Blount had an outstanding match for Warrnambool, scoring 40 points with eight rebounds, two assists and three steals.
Whittlesea 67 def by Western Port 83
Scores were tied at 55 a-piece heading in to the final quarter but it was Western Port who prevailed, scoring 28 points to Whittlesea’s 12 in the final term. Tanner Samson was the leading scorer for the game with 21 points, as well as six rebounds and two assists. From the Pacers, Judson Seumanu was the top scorer with 20 points on top of his nine rebounds and three assists.
Warrnambool 95 def Melbourne Uni 89
A strong first quarter gave Warrnambool an early lead with both sides evenly matched for the next three quarters. Warrnambool were able to hold on to their lead and walk away with their first win for the round with a six-point victory. Alexander Gynes continued his consistent form with another stellar performance scoring 29 points on top of 13 rebounds and five assists. From Melbourne Uni, Thomas Bottrell was a standout with 28 points, four rebounds and three assists.
Warrandyte 86 def Shepparton 68
An even first half saw the Venom in the lead by only three points, but a dominant third quarter saw them score 26 points to the Gators’ 11 to put them in a comfortable lead and ultimately win the game by 18 points. Warrandyte’sJacob Thom was the top scorer with 22 points. Not far behind, the Gators’ Javaan Mumtaz impressed with 19 points, five rebounds and two assists.
Western Port 89 def Bellarine 82
Western Port were down by one point after the first two quarters, but 47 points in the second half guided them to victory over Bellarine. Daryl Corletto was the top scorer for the match with 24 points on top of five rebounds and five assists. From Bellarine, Everett Osbourne and Jason Reardon scored 21 points apiece, and finished with a combined 13 rebounds.
Division One Women
Mildura 98 def Craigieburn 79
Mildura made it 10 wins in a row with a comfortable win over Craigieburn. The Heat shot 42% from the field and collected 51 rebounds in a solid all-around performance. The Heat scored 21 points from turnovers and 24 points in the paint. Alyesha Lovett starred for the Heat, collecting 35 points, 14 rebounds and four steals, while Vanessa Power had 21 points, eight rebounds and three assists. Giulia Dinunzio and Jada Buggs both had over 20 points for the Eagles.
Chelsea 59 def by Hawthorn 80
A dominant third term gave Hawthorn a comfortable win over Chelsea at the Patterson River Stadium. The game was evenly balanced at half time as the Magic led by nine points. However, the visitors scored 22 points in the third term to extend their lead to 20 points, which they held for the remainder of the game. Nyilah Jamison-Myers led the way for the Magic with 28 points and seven rebounds, while Georgia Stirton top scored for Chelsea with 19 points.
Warrandyte 64 def Camberwell 59
Warrandyte held Camberwell to 27% shooting from the field in their five-point win. The Venom got out to a 13-point lead at quarter-time, which extended to 17 points at the half. Camberwell looked a different team in the second half and reduced the margin to eight points in the third term and then to five in the last, but that was as close as they would get as the Venom held on to win. Meg Dargan top scored with 22 points for the Venom, while Chloe Savory (15 points and 12 rebounds) had a double-double for the Dragons.
Camberwell 102 def Latrobe City 61
The Dragons claimed a massive victory over Latrobe City in front of their home fans. Camberwell scored 42 points in the paint and 25 points from turnovers. Sarah Stone came off the bench to score 24 points, while teammate Nicole Swan had 17 points, four rebounds and two assists. It was a dismal day on offence for the Energy who went at 18-61 from the field.
Western Port 50 def by Bellarine 91
Bellarine concluded the weekend with a 41-point win over Western Port. The Storm led by four points at half time, before netting 51 points in the second half to come away with a big win. The Storm held the Steelers to only two points in the final quarter to show their talents at both ends of the floor. Captain Jessica Scannell led from the front with 17 points and nine rebounds.
Division Two Men
North East 91 def Mornington 65
North East cruised to an easy victory over Mornington, winning by 26 points. Liam Wright and Dylan Shorne both scored 24 points for the Bushrangers to lead all scorers. Todd Mitchell had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Breakers.
Southern Peninsula 64 def by Camberwell 92
Camberwell won every quarter on their way to a 28-point win over the Sharks. The Dragons were led by Max Barkeley who scored 27 points on 50% shooting. Southern Peninsula had an inaccurate shooting night, going at 33% from the field. Troyce Manassa was their leading scorer with 18 points to go along with nine rebounds.
Mildura 94 def Craigieburn 83
Craigieburn came away from the long trip to Mildura empty handed, going down by 11 points. Mildura smashed the Eagles in the third quarter 22-5 to set up the win. Jacob Pettway scored 24 points to lead the victors while Damon Smith had 32 points and eight rebounds for Craigieburn.
Wallan 100 def Altona 76
Wallan secured an easy 24-point win against Altona. The Panthers scored efficiently all night, going at 50% from the field and 57% from three. Trace Cureton had a near triple-double with 32 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. Leigh Saffin scored 26 including six threes. For Altona, Jovan Bojanic scored 18 points off the bench.
Melton 75 def by Pakenham 101
Pakenham came out on top against Melton, winning by a comfortable 26 points. The scoring was evenly spread with five players scoring double figure points. Ashley Szalek led the way with 19. For Melton, Wol Wol Ngong had 14 points off the bench.
RMIT 88 def North East 69
RMIT defeated North East by 19 points off the back of 37 points from Stephen Coffey. Coffey hit 13 of his 22 shots including five from behind the arc and had nine rebounds and three steals as well. The Bushrangers shot only 31% from the field with captain Liam Wright going 5-21 for only 12 points. Jordan Green was their leading scorer with 15 points.
Altona 51 def by Southern Peninsula 62
Southern Peninsula came out on top following a scrappy game against Altona with both sides shooting poorly. Troyce Manassa proved to be the difference scoring 28 points and grabbing 12 rebounds to lead his side to the 11-point win. Jovan Bojanic scored 11 points to lead the Gators.
Camberwell 102 def Melton 94
Camberwell held off Melton by eight points in a game that went to triple overtime. The Dragons eventually came out on top thanks to 32 points from Max Barkeley and a triple-double from Mark Jeffers. Jeffers had 10 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists. Chris Johnson scored had a monster game off the bench for Melton, scoring 31 points and pulling down 17 rebounds.
Maccabi 52 def by Sherbrooke 61
Sherbrooke overcame a half-time deficit to defeat Maccabi by nine points. After trailing by four, Sherbrooke won both of the final two quarters to come out on top. The Suns controlled the boards, out-rebounding the Warriors by 15. William Winder scored 14 points to lead the Suns, while Jack Pinkus had 16 off the bench for Maccabi.
Division Two Women
North East 42 def by Mornington 65
Mornington got the weekend underway with a comfortable 23-point win over North East. The Breakers shot 37% from the field, while holding their opponents to 23% in a dominant defensive performance. They also recorded 56 rebounds, 13 steals and six blocks and forced their opponents to make 17 turnovers. Patrice McKenzie starred for the Breakers with 23 points and 12 rebounds, while teammate Sammie Simmons had 10 points and 18 rebounds.
Wallan 65 def by Coburg 68
It was a tight affair at RB Robson Stadium on Saturday. Wallan scored 19 points to hold a slight two-point lead at quarter-time, which increased to three points on the second term. Both sides were evenly matched throughout the game and in the third period the Giants were able to reduce the margin by one-point to trail by two points with a quarter to play. Coburg gained the ascendency in the last quarter, shooting 17 points to claim a three-point win. Saule Kontautaute top scored for the Giants with 16 points, while teammate Stephanie Belbasis had 13 points off the bench. Carly Simons starred for the Panthers with 17 points and 14 rebounds.
Melton 76 def by Pakenham 87
Pakenham were too strong for Melton, defeating the Thoroughbreds by 11 points. The Warriors trailed by seven points at quarter-time but overturned the deficit to lead by two points at the half. They added another five points to their lead in the third term and added 26 points in the final quarter to come away with an 11-point win. Ellie Coutts starred for the Warriors with 26 points, nine rebounds and seven assists at 80% shooting from the field.
Sherbrooke 61 def by Melbourne Uni 75
Melbourne Uni extended their winning streak to five games with a 14-point win over Sherbrooke. Only percentage separated the two teams before the game and for three quarters the two teams were difficult to separate. The Black Angels led by five points at quarter-time but their lead was cut to four points at half time. The Black Angels broke the game open in the third quarter to lead by 13 points, which then extended to 14 in the final term. Lauren Bellegante starred for the winners with 25 points, whilst Emmie O’Nial had 20 points.
Collingwood 56 def by Blackburn 79
A dominant second half gave Blackburn a 23-point win over Collingwood. The Vikings led by two points at half time but extended their lead to 23 points at the final buzzer by scoring 51 points in the second half. Blackburn had 51 rebounds and 19 steals to show their dominance on both ends of the court. Andrea Belmonte and Marnie Houghton top scored for the Vikings with 22 points each, while Nyesha Sims had 16 points and 16 rebounds for the All Stars.
Victorian Youth Championship Men
Dandenong 74 def Melbourne 63
The Rangers were too good for the Tigers at home, outscoring them 47-27 throughout the second and third quarters to gain ascendancy in the matchup. Dandenong’s Oliver Hayes-Brown led the way with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Ryan Moore also put up 18 for the visitors.
Sherbrooke 76 def by Blackburn 94
The Vikings were all over the Suns in this one, winning every quarter to get their second win on the board for the 2019 season. Cooper Applegate (20 points, 11 rebounds) and Jack Roberts (18 points, nine boards, seven dimes) did most of the damage for the Vikings.
Southern 87 def by Ringwood 100
The Hawks continued their impressive winning streak, ousting the Sabres by 13 points on the road in a well-rounded performance. Sebastien Lees (20 points, six rebounds, four assists) led five Hawks in double figure scoring, while Southern’s Tyrone Simos-Primerano dropped 21 points off the bench.
Diamond Valley 79 def Bulleen 65
The Eagles started strong against the Boomers and didn’t look back, holding a double-digit advantage for the majority of the contest. Oliver Dyson led the way with 16 points, four boards and six assists, while Shaun Atkins (15 points) was the only Boomer to score in double figures.
Keilor 70 def by Knox 80
The Raiders prevailed over the Thunder in a tight Terrill battle. Knox gained the advantage early and used that cushion to stay a nose ahead for the rest of the game. Kallum Topp was Knox’s best with 18 points, six rebounds and six assists and Cameron Bradley added 15 points and eight boards off the bench.
Nunawading 74 def by Eltham 94
The ‘Cats came out with more intensity than the Spectres in a key road win, slowly chipping away at the scoreboard all game to leave with a 20-point win. Eltham’s Zak Cunningham poured in 27 points and five rebounds in 23 minutes off the bench.
McKinnon 83 def Kilsyth 79
The Cougars overran the Cobras in a narrow affair that came down to the wire at GESAC. Mitchell Barry and Kobe Baird both chipped in 18 points for McKinnon, while Joshua Tomasi had 25 points and 13 rebounds for Kilsyth.
Blackburn 82 def by Diamond Valley 88
The Eagles claimed a famous six-point overtime win after outscoring Blackburn 15-9 in the extra period. Aidan Zeverona (20 points, nine rebounds, six assists) led five Eagles in double-figure scoring, whilst Blackburn’s Sam Porteous had a game-high 34 points.
Melbourne 83 def Southern 65
The Tigers dominated the second half 41-19 to blow out the Sabres and consolidate second place in the standings. Melbourne’s Tajver Chehal poured in 30 points to go with seven rebounds.
Hawthorn 60 def by Nunawading 64
Nunawading survived a late rally from the Magic to close out a key road victory. Jack Gandolfo top scored with 16 points in an otherwise scrappy affair.
Eltham 87 def McKinnon 67
The Wildcats picked up their second win of the round with a 20-point dispatching of the Cougars at home. Mark Scherf (21 points, six boards) and Conor Westall (19 points, five rebound) both lit it up for the Wildcats.
Ringwood 82 def Dandenong 57
The Hawks handed the Rangers their first loss for the season in a 25-point blowout at The Rings. Lachlan Ahale (18 points off the bench) and Yuot Gai (16 points, 10 boards) both shot the ball well for the home team, while Oliver Hayes-Brown top scored for Dandenong with 13.
Waverley 80 def Keilor 77
The Falcons prevailed past the Thunder in a tight one behind a 26-point outing from Cody Fredrickson, adding four rebounds and three assists. Zac Triplett put up 26 points and six boards for Keilor.
Victorian Youth Championship Women
Bendigo 83 def Kilsyth 69
Leading at every break, Bendigo secured a 14-point win over Kilsyth in the opening game for the round. Hayley Harrignton had an outstanding game for Bendigo with 25 points and 21 rebounds whilst Klisyth’s Grace Moxey was the leading scorer for her side with 19 points.
Southern 58 def by Ringwood 70
Scores were level at three quarter time at 47-apiece before Ringwood stepped up and dominated the final quarter, scoring 23 points to hand them the victory. Ringwood’s Annabel Deerbon scored 22 points in her side’s 12-point win. For the Sabres, Chloe Hicks scored 12 points on top of her 11 rebounds and two assists.
Diamond Valley 60 def by Melbourne 75
One point separated the Eagles and the Tigers at half time, but after a dominant second half the Tigers walked away with a 15-point victory. Sheridan Kavanagh and Taylah Hooper both scored 14 points apiece for the Tigers, whilst Eilish Feehan led the way for the Eagles with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Nunawading 98 def Bulleen 34
Nunawading dominated their game against Bulleen, leading by over 10 points at every break, the Spectres won comfortably by 64 points. Lili Long was impressive for the Spectres with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Teammate Rebecca Eddy also scored 16 points in her side’s victory.
Hume City 76 def Altona 68
After a close first half, Hume City were able to pull away and record an eight-point victory. Tashia Overby was the top scorer for the game with 19 points on top of her 11 rebounds. For Altona, Kayla Salmons was a key player, scoring 18 points to add to her 10 rebounds and three steals. Salmons also finished with an impressive 72% field goal percentage.
Altona 67 def Hawthorn 53
After losing to Hume City the day before, Altona were too strong for Hawthorn as they walked away with a 14-point victory after leading at every break. Monique Marcetic-Vaotangi played well for Altona with 14 points, three rebounds and three assists. Emily Monaghan and Mia Delzoppo scored eight points apiece for Hawthorn.
Sunbury 72 def Ballarat 64
Sunbury were down by 11 points at the final break but showed their superiority with a dominant final quarter, outscoring Ballarat 22-3, ultimately leading to their eight-point win over the Rush. Sunbury’s Emily Conn and Ballarat’s Laura Taylor were the leading scorers with 20 points apiece. Taylor also had an incredible 23 rebounds.
Ringwood 68 def by Dandenong 85
A dominate first half from the Rangers saw them take an early lead and were able to secure a 17-point win over Ringwood. Caitlin Woodman was the leading scorer with 23 points, with the Hawk also adding five rebounds and four assists. Four players from Dandenong scored in double figures, with Emily Sewell leading the way with 12 points.
Waverley 75 def Bendigo 58
An impressive 49 points in the first half saw Waverley take the lead early. Despite strong efforts from Bendigo in the second half, they were unable to match Waverley’s pressure leading to a 17-point defeat. Alyssa Weston and Grace Beasley were leading scorers for Waverley with 19 points apiece, whilst Hayley Harrington led the way for Bendigo once again with 11 points and eight rebounds.
Knox 86 def Diamond Valley 51
After a close first quarter, Knox kicked in to high gear and dominated the rest of the game. Knox’s 35-point victory over Diamond Valley saw Zoe Jenkins score 17 points for the Raiders on top of seven rebounds and three assists. From Diamond Valley, Jade Dunne was the leading scorer with 12 points as well as six rebounds.
Youth League One Men
Bendigo 86 def Warrandyte 84
Round nine started in exciting fashion as the Braves prevailed over the Venom in a tight tussle between teams occupying different postcodes on the ladder. An upset appeared to be on the cards when Warrandyte led by three points after three quarters, but in a thrilling final term, Bendigo emerged victorious thanks to a Sam Beks jump shot with four seconds to play, representing two of his game-high 24 points. Beks also collected nine rebounds, while Rhys Brown provided scoring support off the bench with 15 points. For the Venom, Lachlan Kershaw was the top scorer with 16 points.
Corio Bay 105 def Sunbury 65
Thanks to a dominant first half, the Stingrays cruised to victory against the Jets in Geelong. The game was as good as over at half-time as Corio Bay held a 32-point lead. The Stingrays were superior at both ends of the floor, shooting a phenomenal 52 per cent from three, while restricting the Jets to only 30 per cent shooting overall. Five Stingrays scored in double figures, led by Jordan O’Leary, who had 21 points and five assists. Chris John scored 13 points to lead the Jets.
Hume City 90 def Altona 73
In a major upset, the Broncos outscored the Gators in every quarter to register a 17-point victory. Both teams struggled to score from outside, but Hume City thoroughly dominated the inside battle, scoring 52 points in the paint to 36, while also shooting a far greater percentage on two-point shots. The Broncos were led by Marshall Kearing’s 24-point, 19-rebound double-double, while Deng Agoth scored 18 points for the Gators.
Camberwell 73 def by Werribee 82
The upsets continued on Sunday as the Devils recorded a nine-point win over the Dragons. Despite losing the turnover battle, Werribee shot a higher percentage from the floor to grind out the victory. Aaron Dolny had 18 points and eight rebounds to lead the victors, while Tom Moncrieff had 21 points and seven rebounds for Camberwell.
Warrandyte 66 def by Ballarat 76
The Miners remained undefeated in 2019 with a 10-point win over the Venom. Warrandyte started well, leading by six points after the first quarter, but it was all Ballarat from then on as the Miners kicked into gear to record a comfortable victory behind a suffocating defensive effort. Amos Brooks led the way for the Miners with a 20-point, 21-rebound performance, while Zach Dunmore scored 15 points. Alec Leeson scored 17 points and gathered six rebounds to lead the Venom.
Altona 78 def by Casey 84
The Gators’ disappointing weekend continued with a six-point loss to the Cavaliers. After a closely contested first half, the Cavaliers held a 39-36 lead, but they were able to widen that margin in a decisive third term, outscoring the Gators by seven points before holding on in the last quarter. The inside battle proved to be a major point of difference for Casey, outscoring Altona in the paint 50-34. Mitch Gooiker was the star for the Cavaliers, scoring 23 points and hauling in 10 rebounds, while Welledin Elnoor scored 15 points off the bench to lead the Gators.
Frankston 100 def Geelong 94
40 points from Josh Cleary led the Blues to a surprising six-point win over the highly-fancied Supercats. The two teams couldn’t be separated after one half, with the game tied at 41 apiece at the main break. From there however, Frankston was able to edge its way ahead, with Angus Howey’s 12-point, 14-rebound double-double also proving crucial to the result. For Geelong, Wang Nyieth continued his strong season with 24 points and 12 rebounds, as did Josiah King with 19 points and 12 rebounds of his own, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Blues’ superior shooting on the day.
Youth League One Women
Corio Bay 38 def by Keilor 85
Keilor put in a dominant display at the Geelong Basketball Netball Centre to defeat Corio Bay by 48 points. The Thunder held the Stingrays to 25% shooting from the field and recorded 58 rebounds and 30 steals in a solid defensive performance. More than half of their points came inside the paint and 41 points came from turnovers. Tess Heal top-scored for the Thunder with 14 points, while teammate Katie Burn had 13 points.
Warrandyte 62 def Eltham 61
Warrandyte held off a late Eltham fight-back to record a one-point win at home. The Venom led by 16 points at three-quarter-time, before the Wildcats added 27 points in the final term to reduce the margin to one-point. The Venom shot only 24% from the field, yet were still able to score 24 points from turnovers. Brooke Taylor top scored for the Venom with 13 points, while teammate Ella Whiting-Le Cras shot 3-7 from three-point range for her 11 points. Lily Brancatisano and Kiara Mountford scored 14 points each to top score for the Wildcats.
Camberwell 54 def Geelong 47
A strong opening quarter guided Camberwell to a seven-point win over Geelong. The Dragons scored 18 points in the first quarter to lead by 10 points at the first break. The Supercats bounced back in the second term to cut the deficit to four points at half time, before a tight third term saw the Dragons extend their lead to five points. With the game still up for grabs, the Dragons outscored Geelong 11-9 in the final quarter to come away with a seven-point win. Tiarnie Ellingworth starred for the Dragons with 19 points and six rebounds, while Jessica Bates had 18 points.
Craigieburn 63 def by Casey 76
Casey scored 27 points in the final term to beat Craigieburn at the Craigieburn Sports Stadium. The Cavs got out to a 13-point lead in the first term, before the Eagles reduced the margin to nine points at half-time. The Eagles added 24 points in the third period to lead by two points at three-quarter-time. The Cavs found their first quarter dominance in the final term to dominate the offence and claim a 13-point win. Lauren Tuplin starred for the Cavs with 21 points, 10 rebounds and four assists, while Megan Butler had 21 points off the bench for the Eagles.
Keilor 85 def McKinnon 64
Keilor had an impressive victory over McKinnon at home. The Thunder stamped their authority early in the contest with 30 points in the first term. They added another 16 points in the second quarter to lead by 16 points at half time, before extending their lead to 21 points in the third quarter. Amelia Velardo led the way with 17 points and eight rebounds, while Kira Bennett had 13 points off the bench. Sarsha Follacchio was gallant in defeat with 21 points and five rebounds.
Youth League Two Men
Melton 82 def by Pakenham 96
Pakenham controlled the contest against Melton to win by 14 points. The Warriors shot 43% from the field and hit nine more free throws to stamp home their advantage. Ned Weideman had a big game with 26 points and 12 rebounds. He was ably helped by Trent Andre (17 points), Callum McNiff (13 points) and Nathan Dodgson (12 points). Max Beaumont led the way for Melton, scoring 17 points.
Keysborough 69 def Maccabi 67
A jump shot from Josh Thoonen with six seconds on the clock has lifted Keysborough over Maccabi by two points. The game was low scoring with no player able to score over 13 points. Lachlan Soukup managed it for the Cougars and Max Vadas the same for the Warriors. Vadas had the opportunity to tie the game following Thoonen’s shot, but failed to hit the jumper. Maccabi moved to 5-4 with the loss while Keysborough recorded just their second win for the season.
Whittlesea 89 def Coburg 82
Whittlesea’s strong second half saw them defeat Coburg by seven points. This came despite 27 points and 10 rebounds from Brett Bell. All five of Whittlesea’s starters scored in double figures, with James Henderson (20 points) and Kallum Marks (18 points, 10 rebounds) leading the way. The Pacers outshot the Giants from the free throw line, making 15 free throws to seven. The win was Whittlesea’s first, coming against a team much higher on the table. Coburg drop to 5-5 and currently sit in sixth place.
Craigieburn 108 def Western Port 61
Craigieburn cruised to an easy win over Western Port, winning by 47 points. The scoring was evenly shared with seven players scoring in double figures. Brendan Wadwell and Jackson Wynne both led the way with 12. For Western Port, Kane Myers scored 23 points but was not really helped out by his teammates during a disappointing evening.
Wallan 79 def by Whittlesea 90
Whittlesea outlasted Wallan, winning by 11 points to record their second win of the weekend and the season. The Pacers were led by a 24-point, 10-assist and five-rebound performance from James Henderson. Kallum Marks (15 points), Josh Hamilton (13 points) and James Smith (13 points) all contributed strongly to their team’s win. Jake Gardiner led Wallan in scoring with 14 points with three players scoring double figures off the bench.
Maccabi 65 def by Chelsea 75
The Frost duo led Chelsea to a 10-point win over Maccabi. Nathan and Aaron Frost combined for 50 points – two thirds of their side’s score – with Nathan scoring 30 along with 15 rebounds, and Aaron scoring 20 and pulling down 12 boards. The Warriors had no answers for the Frosts, with Idan Shamis and Bailey De Bartoli their best, top scoring with 14 points.
Collingwood 77 def by Melton 85
Melton made use of a strong last quarter to defeat Collingwood by eight points. The Thoroughbreds were outscored by nine in the third quarter but stormed home with a 28-22 last quarter. Dau Akol had a big game with 24 points and 10 rebounds, while Mayuol Makuac and Fernando Rios-Rodriguez both had 13 points. For Collingwood, Athiaan Manyiel and Alexander Cocco combined for 47 points but took 48 shots between them in an inefficient showing.
Youth League Two Women
Chelsea 52 def by Whittlesea 60
The Gulls had their four-game winning streak snapped at the hands of the Pacers, falling by eight points at Patterson River Stadium. Whittlesea ran over the top of Chelsea thanks to a decisive 20-11 final term. Hailey Wynd racked up 14 points and 14 rebounds for visitors, while Chelsea’s Eryn Rosowski finished with a game-high 17 points.
Sherbrooke 77 def Collingwood 47
The Suns made quick work of the All Stars, blowing out the game 25-12 in the first quarter and piling on more pain in a 22-10 second term. Naomi Smith stepped up for the Suns with a team-high 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead her side to victory. Alexandra Dennis top scored for Collingwood with 13.
Pakenham 72 def by Werribee 80
The Devils claimed their fourth-straight win after ousting Pakenham on the road. Werribee took control of the contest in the second and third quarters, where they outscored the Warriors 45-31. Werribee’s Maya Ganzon (23 points), Alana Anthony (19 points, eight boards) and Holly McGregor (16 points, 21 boards) all came up big. Alahna Arnason had 21 points and 18 rebounds for the home team.
Blackburn 70 def Western Port 56
The Vikings picked up their second-straight win in a 14-point home triumph over the Steelers. No other game info available at time of publish.
Western Port 68 def Mornington 51
The Steelers responded from their loss to Blackburn with a double-digit hammering of Mornington. Trailing at the main break, Western Port stormed home with a 45-25 second half to pick up the victory. Whynter Waterhouse Brennan was a monster for the home team, finishing with 23 points, 18 rebounds and six steals. Tessa Matthews led Mornington with 17 points.
Frankston 95 def Coburg 47
The Blues put the Giants to the sword early in this one and didn’t look back. Frankston led 53-21 at the main break to bag this victory early for their seventh straight win. Meanwhile, Coburg slipped to their seventh straight loss. Zoe Schonfelder and Tori Jackson chipped in 17 points apiece for the home team.
Collingwood 68 def Blackburn 34
The All Stars closed out the round with a 34-point smashing of Blackburn at home. It ended a two-game losing streak for the All Stars, while the Vikings split their games for the round after dropping this one. Collingwood’s Jayde Popovski had 15 points and four rebounds to lead her side to the win, and Alexandra Dennis added 13 points, five boards and five dimes. Bethanie Gray was the only Viking to score in double figures with 13, adding 10 rebounds.