Finals September 1 & 2 Recap

The 2018 Big V season has come to a close, with the final seven championships on offer having been decided.

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

Ringwood 77 def. by Eltham 96

The Wildcats kept their season alive with a huge showing in game two, levelling the series at 1-1 and forcing a decider on Sunday.

After a tight first quarter, the visitors put their collective foot down and stormed to a commanding double-digits lead at the main break.

With players in foul trouble after a 36-foul first half, it was always going to be difficult for the Hawks to get back into the contest. A tied third quarter saw the margin remain at 11 heading into the final term.

From there it was all Eltham again though as the ‘Cats forced a decider with a dominant finish to the contest.

Josh Sykes (24pts 14reb 4ast 2blk) and Ben Waldren (21pts) were superb to lead the way, while Chris Cameron (5reb 3ast) and Justin Aver (4reb 8ast) added 15 apiece.

Jacob Gibson (18pts 3reb 2ast), Scottie Stone (15pts 6reb 3ast) and Matt Fennell (12pts 15reb 4ast) led the way for Ringwood.

 

Ringwood 106 def. Eltham 94

The teams returned to the Rings on Sunday and went toe-to-toe again, but this time it was the home side who jumped out of the blocks with a 34-point opening term.

Scottie Stone (32pts 3reb) was unconscious early, nailing triple after triple to send the ‘Cats reeling.

As was the case in game two, the first half was marred by foul calls that left several stars on both sides having trouble staying on the court for long periods.

A second-quarter fightback from the Wildcats cut the margin to single digits by the main break, but another push in the third from the Hawks blew it right back out past 20 heading into the final term.

Again, Eltham refused to die, going on a run to cut the margin to a manageable 9 points with 5 minutes to play, but that’s as close as they got as the home side closed it out to claim a third straight SCM championship.

Stone was superb, while Jacob Gibson (22pts 3reb 4ast) and Matt Fennell (20pts 17reb 4ast 3stl) had another massive double-double.

Ben Waldren (23pts 5ast 2stl) closed out his brilliant series but it wasn’t enough to get his side over the line.


State Championship Women

Grand Final Series – Game 2
Sunbury 72 def Sth Peninsula 69

The Sunbury Jets have capped not only an amazing season, but also an incredible three years that have resulted in three titles. Coach Kennedy Kereama hoisted another championship banner after his team won a tough contest against the Sharks, the champs withstanding a spirited fightback by their visitors to win by 3pts.

Going in with a 1-­0 lead, the Jets put the foot down from the outset with a 26-­12 opening quarter. By the half the Jets led by 20pts and it looked a case of how far? However, showing the tenacity that had already elevated them to some memorable finals victories this campaign, the Sharks fought back.

Peyton Little found her groove, while young Paige Price played one of her best games of the season. Jaz Shelley played all 40 minutes and did all she could to help her team once again.

Winning the third period 24-­14, Sth Peninsula was back in the game, however in a gripping final period the visitors never hit the front, the Jets holding on to win by a long basket.

Best players for the three-­peat champions included Orla O’Reilly, Kerryn Harrington and Josie Stockill.

Congratulations to the Sunbury Jets, champions for season 2018.


Division One Men

Grand Final Series – Game 2
Chelsea 83 def Shepparton 73

Chelsea has erased the memory of a GF defeat in 2017 with a 2-­0 series win against Shepparton to claim this year’s title.

With a blistering 24-­13 start, the Gulls never looked back, and though the Gators fought back late with a 25-­16 last quarter the damage had already been done.

Corey Standerfer (26pts), Mitch Riggs (22pts) and Matt Brasser (14pts) combined to lead the charge for the winners, while Stewart Tyrrell chipped in with a handy 10pts.

The Gators battled hard, as they have done all season, with Spencer Coleman (25pts), Matt Bartlett (19pts) and Cameron Vines (13pts) doing all they could.

Congratulations to the Gulls, bringing together a ladder-­leading season to claim this season’s title.


Division One Women

Grand Final – Game Two

Casey 62 defeated by Warrnambool 77

Series tied 1-1

The 2018 Division One Women’s grand final series was all tied up on Saturday night when the Warrnambool Mermaids stole one on the road in Casey.

A blistering 33-13 second term has the Cavs on skates as the combination of Holly Green (22 points, 5 assists), Amy Wormold (20 points, 21 rebounds) and Alana Strom (20 points, 12 rebounds) provided Casey with all sorts of trouble.

The Cavs really didn’t have any offensive answers of their own, with Tanarly Hood (20 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists) playing a lone hand, the only player in double figures.

 

Grand Final – Game Three

Casey 58 defeated by Warrnambool 67

Warrnambool wins series 2-1

The Warrnambool Mermaids have shocked the Division One Women’s community by taking both games on Casey’s home floor to secure the 2018 D1W Championship with a come-from-behind series win.

Warrnambool continued to chip away at their opponents, leading at every quarter break to ultimately break the Cavs’ hearts to lift their second banner in as many years. The Mermaids once again looked to their stars as Katie O’Keefe (21 points, 8 rebounds), Holly Greene (18 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists), Alana Strom (11 points, 12 rebounds) and Amy Wormold (9 points, 11 rebounds) all put in big performances.

The Cavs were much better on the Sunday, with Tarryn Wilkin (15 points, 11 rebounds) leading the charge, while Tanarly Hood (14 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists) and Rebecca Borham (12 points) playing well.

It’s certainly been another quick rise to success for this Warrnambool crew and they will be basking in glory once again for another off-season!


Division Two Men

Grand Final – Game Two

Coburg 72 defeated Mildura 65

Coburg wins series 2-0

 

The Coburg Giants are on top of the world this week after successfully claiming the 2018 Big V Division Two Men’s championship, defeating the Mildura Heat in two games.

Coburg were resiliant, fighting back and claiming the title in straight sets off the back of big games from Pat Green and Jeremiah Juric. Green registered 21 points and eight rebounds, while Juric was just as important with 15 points and seven rebounds. Mweemba Maluma did it all, finishing with 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the title winning effort.

Despite a huge game from Calvin Henry (20 points, 14 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 blocks), who by all reports has now played his final game for the Heat, the Mildura side just couldn’t find any rhythm in the fourth quarter which ultimately led them to their demise. After failing to capitalise on a nine-point three quarter time lead, the Heat mustered up just seven-points in the final term. Jay Madigan also did his best to lead the team over the line with 19 points.

The clean sweep highlights the multiple changes this team has had over the past two years, with success arriving with handy inclusions at the top of the year. The Giants will now look to bolster their stocks in Division One Men in season 2019.

Coburg 72 (Green 21, Juric 15, Maluma 14) defeated Mildura 65 (Henry 20, Madigan 19, Newstead 8)


Division Two Women

Grand Final Game Two

Craigieburn 51 defeated Blackburn 41

Series tied 1-1 

Game two of the Division Two Women’s grand final went in the way of the home side Craigieburn Eagles who have now forced a game three off the back of a stringent defensive display.

Holding their opponents to just 18%FG for the entire game, as well as forcing 25 turnovers led the Eagles to a commanding double digit victory. Kellie Bailey-Lynn led the Eagles with a team-high 12 points to go with six rebounds and three assists. Emma Pullen was excellent off te bench with 10 points in 23 minutes, while Nicole Cameron didn’t quite have the shooting touch but contributed with seven points and 10 rebounds.

For the Vikes, Andrea Belmonte played somewhat of a lone hand with 18 points, 11 rebounds and four assists. Victoria Sumskas registered six points, 13 rebounds and four blocks.

 

Grand Final Game Three

Craigieburn 37 defeated Blackburn 35

Craigieburn wins series 2-1 

The Craigieburn Eagles have successfully turned the tide and registered a come-from-behind series win against Blackburn to claim the 2018 Big V Division Two Women’s championship. The Eagles battled through a grinding contest in which points came at a premium; in fact, a Nicole Cameron jumper with over a minute remaining which split the two teams ended up being the difference at the horn.

Cameron was brilliant with 14 points and seven rebounds, while contributors came elsewhere from Shona Brooks (6 points in 10 minutes) and Kristen McNamara (4 points, 12 rebounds). Once again it was Andrea Belmonte (13 points, 9 rebounds) and Victoria Sumskas (13 points, 19 rebounds) who led the Vikings charge, but to no avail as the slim margin in favour of the home sided Eagles allowed them to celebrate when it was all said and done. Congratulations to the Craigieburn Eagles of 2018.


Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men

Season Completed


Molten Victorian Youth Championship Women

Season Completed


Youth League One Men

Season Completed


Youth League One Women 

Season Complete


Youth League Two Men

Season Complete


Youth League Two Women

Grand Final – Game Two

Casey Cavaliers 89 def Frankston Blues 84

Casey wins series 2-0

The Casey Cavaliers are Youth League Two Women’s champions!

The Cavs defeated Frankston on home court on Saturday night by five points to close out what was an excellent season. Despite a shaky start to proceedings, the home side made their mark in the second half off the back of big performances from big time players!

Rebecca Peacock registered 23 points to go with four rebounds and four assists, while Lauren Tuplin poured in 22 points along with six steals. Tess Young was everywhere it seemed as she finished with 15 points, 17 rebounds and four assists.

Frankston put up their best performance throughout the series, without managing to take a game away from their opponents, however were gallant in defeat. Kassie Boorer scored 19 while grabbing 10 rebounds, Ally Yates had 16 points, while Annabel Fitter had 12.

The final quarter was hot, with offensive action pouring in at both ends as the sides traded baskets in a 31-30 fourth term. The Cavs ultimately won the shootout and took home the grand prize while cutting down the net!

Casey 89 (Peacock 23, Tuplin 22, Young 15) def by Frankston 84 (Boorer 19, Yates 16, Fitter 12)

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