Round 17 Reviews

Another round of hoops in the books, who was the player of the game in your respective contest?

Championship Men
Championship Women
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

Championship Men

Hume City 104 def by Hawthorn 115

Hawthorn recorded an 11-point win over Hume City in a high-scoring contest. Both teams shot over 50% from the floor, but it was the Magic who got the better of their opponents in the first half to open up an 11-point lead at half time, which stood for the remainder of the game. Nelson Kirksey and Michael Phillips both finished the game with 32 points for the Magic, while Jamal Shabazz scored 31 points for the Broncos. 

Chelsea 63 def by Keilor 92

Keilor had a big win over Chelsea at Bonbeach Stadium on Saturday night. The Thunder led by eight points at quarter time, but stamped their authority on the contest in the second quarter when they held the Gulls to just eight points to extend their lead to 20 points at the main break. Their dominance continued in the second half as they scored over 20 points in the third and fourth quarters to record a 29-point win. Michael Anderson and Bradley Kelleher led the way for Keilor, with 23 points apiece. 

Casey 103 def by McKinnon 112

McKinnon shot 54% from the floor in their nine-point win over Casey. It was the second quarter which separated the teams, as the Cougars outscored the Cavs 33-23 to lead by nine points at half time, which was the same margin come the final siren. Dillon Stith and Eric Williams starred for the Cougars with 27 points each, while Brent Hobba had 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Cavs. 

Werribee 125 def Corio Bay 93

The Devils had a big win over Corio Bay at Eagle Stadium on Saturday night. Werribee shot out of the blocks in the first term, scoring 38 points to lead by 19 points at quarter-time. Their form on offence continued in the second quarter as they scored 37 points in the second term to extend their lead to 29 points at the half. Corio Bay reduced the Devils scoring spree in the second half, but they were unable to prevent the Devils from securing a 32-point win. David Shepard starred for Werribee with 43 points, eight rebounds and three assists. 

Blackburn 96 def Chelsea 87

The Vikings scored 29 points in the final term to claim a nine-point win over Chelsea. Blackburn trailed by two points at three-quarter-time, but scored the first 10 points of the final term to regain the lead and secure the win. Jake Heath starred for the Vikings with 28 points, seven rebounds and five assists, while Corey Standerfer had 36 points for the Gulls. 

Keilor 87 def Casey 79

Keilor concluded the round with an eight-point win over Casey. The Thunder were led by Michael Anderson who had 40 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in the contest, while Matthew Donlan had 25 points for the Cavs. Keilor set up the win with a brilliant first half in which they outscored the Cavs 43-36. From there they continued to stay on top of the content to secure the win. 

Championship Women

Casey 67 def by McKinnon 72

A strong first half guided McKinnon to a five-point win over Casey at Casey Stadium. The Cougars scored 22 points in the first term to lead by three points at quarter time. They held Casey to 16 points in the second quarter, while adding 21 points to their total to lead by eight points at half time. Casey emerged from the rooms a different team in the third term and outscored the Cougars by four points to cut the lead to just four points at the final change, but that would be as close as they would come, as the Cougars claimed the win. Angela Lou Beadle led the way for McKinnon with 22 points and 13 rebounds, while Daniel Raber had 20 points and 13 rebounds. 

Werribee 100 def Warrnambool 42

Werribee recorded a massive win over Warrnambool at Eagle Stadium on Saturday night. The Mermaids were held to 27% shooting from the field as Werribee piled on the points to claim a 58-point win. Werribee forced their opponents into turnovers which resulted in 41 points. They also dominated the paint to outscore Warrnambool 48-14 in the key. 

Whittlesea 52 def by Hume City 92

Thirty-seven points from Rachel Bell was not enough to guide Whittlesea to victory over Hume City. Bell dominated the contest but was unable to hand her team the win, as the Broncos put in a team effort to come out on top. Hume City scored 48 points in the paint and 29 second-chance points to display their dominance in the key. They also forced Whittlesea to make 17 turnovers, which resulted in 21 points. 

Bulleen 61 def by Sunbury 96

Twenty-four points from Orla O’Reilly guided Sunbury to a 35-point win over Bulleen. The Jets all-but sealed the win in the first half by outscoring Bulleen 45-25 to lead by 20 points at half time. Their most dominant quarter, however, came in the fourth term, when they outscored Bulleen 39-17 to secure a 35-point win. The Jets scored 64 points in the paint and 26 points from turnovers, while their bench added 35 points to their total. 

Keilor 97 def Southern Peninsula 61

Keilor claimed a 36-point win over Southern Peninsula at the Keilor Basketball Stadium. The Sharks shot a miserable 24% from the floor as Keilor dominated the backcourt by collecting 63 rebounds and 13 steals. The Thunder were a brick wall in the paint and contained the Sharks to six points in the key, while scoring 54 points in the paint at the other end of the field. Erin Bollmann led the way for the Thunder with 30 points, 21 rebounds and nine assists.

Division One Men

Warrnambool 102 def Coburg 60

The Seahawks claimed a big win over Coburg in front of their home fans. On Saturday evening.  Warrnambool scored over 20 points in all-four quarters, while holding the Giants to no more than 18 points in a term. The Seahawks dominated defence and collected 55 rebounds, 11 steals and eight blocks, while holding the Giants to 29% shooting from the floor. Xavier Johnson-Blount top scored for the Seahawks with 33 points, along with nine rebounds and five assists. 

Western Port 69 def by Sunbury 75

Twenty-five points from Arthur Trousdell guided Sunbury to a six-point win over Western Port. The Jets trailed by nine points at quarter-time, but closed the gap six points at the half. The margin remained the same in the third term, before a 26-14 run in the fourth quarter guided the Jets to the win. Sunbury scored 42 points in the paint and 16 points from turnovers. They also scored 15 fast-break points. 

Shepparton 97 def Bellarine 77

Shepparton claimed a 20-point win over Bellarine on Saturday night. The Gators shot 50% from the floor and 36 points in the paint as they came away with the win. Atem Atem starred with 28 points and 13 rebounds, while teammate Nick Dodd had 25 points and eight rebounds. 

Keysborough 80 def by Warrandyte 82

Warrandyte came from behind to record a two-point win over Keysborough. The Venom scored 30 points in the first term to lead by five points at quarter-time, before the Cougars reduced the margin to four points in the second term. Keysborough outscored Warrandyte 22-10 in the third term to take an eight-point lead into the fourth quarter. Warrandyte however shot 22 points in the last term to overturn the margin and secure a two-point win.

Whittlesea 62 def Latrobe City 82

Latrobe City clawed their way back from 17-points down in the first quarter to secure a 20-point win over Whittlesea. The Energy could not have had a worse start to the game, but showed courage to work their way back into the contest in the second term, outscoring the Pacers 22-13 to cut the deficit to eight points at half time. Their momentum continued as they held the Pacers to 10 points in the third term whilst adding 29 points to their total to lead by 11 points with a quarter to play. Whittlesea were again held to 10 points in the fourth quarter as the Energy claimed a 20-point win. Aaron Harrison starred for Latrobe with 29 points and 21 rebounds. 

Melbourne Uni 56 def by Collingwood 82

Collingwood recorded a 26-point win over Melbourne Uni on Saturday nigth. The All Stars held their opponents to 33% shooting from the floor, while dominating on offence by scoring 36 points in the paint and 15 points from turnovers. Manny Hendrix starred with 31 points, five rebounds and an assist. 

Warrandyte 85 def Whittlesea 48

Warrandyte had a big win over Whittlesea at the Warrandyte Sports Complex to open the Sunday card. The Venom scored over 20 points in each of the first three quarters to lead by as much as 42 points in the contest. 

Latrobe City 76 def by Bulleen 90

Bulleen outscored Latrobe City 51-36 in the second half to claim a 14-point win. The Boomers were led by Chauncey Orr who had 27 points, eight rebounds and four assists. 

Collingwood 75 def by Keysborough 93

Keysborough concluded the round with a 18-point win over Collingwood. The Cougars dominated the second half to out-score the All Stars 60-33 and secure the win. Calvin Enge starred with 18 points, 14 rebounds and six assists. 

Division One Women

Chelsea 64 def by Mildura 72

A strong first half guided Mildura to an eight-point win over Chelsea. The Heat shot 27 points in the first term to lead by 10 points at quarter-time. Chelsea were held to eight points in the second term as the Heat continued to dominate on offence, extending their lead to 17 points at half-time. Chelsea outscored the Heat by nine points in the second half, but still fell short of the win.  

Hawthorn 61 def Camberwell 53

Twenty-two points from Nyilah Jamison-Myers gave Hawthorn an eight-point win over Camberwell. Jamison-Myers was the only Hawthorn player to score in double digits, as she stood tall in the Magic’s win. The All Stars worked tirelessly on defence and held the Dragons to 27% shooting from the floor, while also collecting 59 rebounds and 11 blocks. 

Warrandyte 60 def by Western Port 66 

Twenty-two points in the first term guided Western Port to a six-point win over Warrandyte. The Steelers’ dominance in the first term was the difference between the two teams, who were evenly matched in the remaining three quarters. Rachael Wansbrough dominated both ends of the court to finish the game with 18 points and 21 rebounds. 

Camberwell 86 def Mildura 77

Camberwell came from 12 points down to beat Mildura by nine points on Sunday. The Dragons trailed by five points at half time, but outscored the Heat 22-17 in the third term to level the scores. The Dragons then went on a rampage in the fourth quarter, out-scoring the Heat 32-23 to secure a nine-point win. Nicole Swan starred for the Dragons with 23 points, five rebounds and two assists, but the day belonged to Alyesha Lovett, who had 39 points and 15 rebounds for the Heat.

Latrobe City 76 def by Bellarine 97 

Bellarine had a convincing win over Latrobe City at Traralgon Sports Stadium. The Energy were unable to contain Bellarine’s offence, which found avenues to the rim with ease to finish the game with 44 points in the paint and 25 second-chance points. Olivia Fuller starred for the Storm with 23 points and 18 rebounds, while Mikaela Dickson had 21 points for the Energy.

Western Port 56 def Chelsea 51

Western Port outscored Chelsea 34-26 in the second half to claim a five-point win. Both teams struggled on offence and shot at under 30% from the floor. Western Port forced the Gulls into bad shots by working hard on defence. Rachael Wansbrough starred again for the Steelers, this time with 18 points and 19 rebounds. 

Craigieburn 69 def by Warrandyte 70

Warrandyte held off a late Craigieburn fightback to record a one-point win over the Eagles. Warrandyte led by 11 points at three-quarter-time but conceded 23 points in the final term to trail by one-point with 18 seconds on the clock. Amanda Anderson was fouled with a matter of seconds remaining and converted her two free throws to seal the one-point win. 

Division Two Men

North East 67 def by Altona 71 

No stats were available at time of publish.

Sherbrooke 84 def by Southern Peninsula 101

Thirty points from Tyrone Tonkin was not enough to give Sherbrooke a win over Southern Peninsula. The Sharks scored 30 points in the first term to lead by 18 points at quarter-time. The Suns worked their way back into the contest in the second quarter but the damage was already done and the Sharks came away with the win. Jack Ocwieja starred for Southern Peninsula with 20 points and 10 rebounds. 

Camberwell 92 def Mornington 77

The Dragons had a comfortable 15-point win over Mornington. Camberwell did their damage in the second and fourth quarters; they scored 30 points in the second term to lead by seven points at half-time, and then scored 24 points in the fourth quarter to secure the 15-point win. Maxwell Barkeley starred for the Dragons with 30 points, 13 rebounds and five assists. 

Craigieburn 69 def by Mildura 80

The Heat capitalised on Craigieburn’s errors to record an 11-point win over the Eagles. Mildura outscored the Eagles 16-5 from turnovers, which split the two teams. Dallas Brown led the way for the Heat with 16 points, four rebounds and two assists.

Melton 70 def by Wallan 79

Wallan recorded a nine-point win over Melton, courtesy of a 32-point second term. In a game that was evenly contested, it was the Panthers’ second term that decided the outcome of the game. The Panthers scored 32 points from turnovers and 12 fast-break points. Trace Cureton top scored with 15 points. 

Wallan 84 def by Mildura 85

Mildura held on to beat Wallan by one point at RB Robson Stadium on Sunday. The Heat led by 10 points at three-quarter-time, but had to hold off a late Wallan fightback to come away with the win. Dallan Brown again top-scored for the Heat with 17 points. 

RMIT 60 def by Camberwell 79

Camberwell scored 25 points in the final term to secure a 19-point win over RMIT. Scores were level at three-quarter-time, before the Dragons went on a rampage on the final term. Maxwell Barkeley again starred for the Dragons, with 24 points, seven rebounds and three assists. 

Altona 70 def by Melton 75

Melton came out on top in a tight affair against Altona. The Thoroughbreds scored 16 points from turnovers and 13 second-chance points in their narrow win. Daniel Jackson top scored for Melton with 19 points, along with five rebounds. 

Mornington 65 def by Pakenham 86

Twenty two points from Joshua Dow guided Pakenham to a 21-point win over Mornington. The Warriors worked hard on defence and held the Breakers to 27% shooting from the field. They also collected 54 rebounds, six steals and five blocks to make life difficult for the Breakers.

Maccabi 70 def by Craigieburn 87

The Eagles recovered from a loss on Saturday to record a victory over the Warriors on Sunday afternoon. The visitors won each of the first three quarters to set themselves up with a 17-point lead with a quarter to play, before cruising to the win late. Damon Smith had a huge game for the victors with 30 points and 20 rebounds.

Division Two Women

Melton 71 def Wallan 67

Melton overturned a six-point deficit at quarter-time to secure a four-point win over Wallan. The Thoroughbreds out-scored the Panthers 32-23 in the middle two quarters to march home to the win. Stacey Procak led the way for the victors with 19 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. 

Melbourne Uni 75 def Collingwood 53

Melbourne Uni had a comfortable win over Collingwood, courtesy of 26 points by Emmie O’Nial. The Black Angels dominated the paint to score 48 points in the key, along with 21 points from turnovers. The Black Angels led by three points at quarter-time, but quickly stamped their dominance on the game with 19 points in the second term to extend their lead to 12 points at half time. A further 20 points in the third quarter gave Melbourne Uni a 24-point lead, which they held for the remainder of the game. O’Nial added 18 rebounds and two assists to her 26 points. 

Blackburn 45 def by Mornington 56

Mornington came away with an 11-point win over Blackburn at Mullum Mullum Stadium. The Breakers scored 24 points in the first term to lead by 12 points at quarter-time. Their lead was cut to six points by three-quarter-time, but a 10-5 run in the last term secured the 11-point win. Sammie Simmons led the way for the victors with 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists.  

Pakenham 96 def North East 51

North East were no match for Pakenham at Cardinia Life. The Warriors were on strong on defence and held the Bushrangers to under 15 points in all-four quarters, while scoring over 20 points in each term themselves. Pakenham scored 52 points in the paint and 35 points from turnovers. Stephanie Pal led the way with 18 points, 11 rebounds and two assists. 

Coburg 80 def Sherbrooke 73

Coburg concluded the round with a seven-point win over Sherbrooke. The Giants led by four points at half time and extended their lead by three points in the second half. Coburg scored an incredible 60 points in the paint and 15 fast-break points. Elo Magbegor starred for the Giants with 24 points, 13 rebounds and two assists. 

Victorian Youth Championship Men

Dandenong 91 def Kilsyth 66

The Rangers were too strong for the Cobras on Saturday, as their records from the regular season suggested. Kilsyth finished in fourth in the Watson division at 14-8, and were up against it from the start as they travelled to play the Terrill regular season champions in Dandenong, who boasted an 18-4 win-loss record. While the visitors hung with Dandenong throughout the first quarter to go into the opening break level, a 22-9 second quarter from the hosts showcased the difference in class between both sides. It was the same in the second half, with an even third quarter offset by a 29-16 Dandenong advantage in the final term. Mitchell Dielemans led the way for the visitors with 27 points, while Oliver Hayes-Brown put in a big shift for the Rangers with 27 points and 18 rebounds.

Nunawading 99 def Knox 70

The Spectres shot the lights out against the Raiders on Saturday night, as they didn’t give their opponents a chance during the elimination final. Nunawading shot 51% from the field which included an impressive 15/30 from deep, as the hosts led at every change en route to the 29-point win. Nunawading (16-6) entered the game with a stronger regular season record than Knox (14-8), but not many sides in the overall competition would have stood a chance against that shooting performance. Trent Warren was huge off the bench for the hosts, scoring 38 points on 8-13 shooting from deep, while Remo Simankevicius added 22 points of his own, including knocking down four threes. Corey Fiddes was gallant in defeat for Knox, with 32 points and seven rebounds.

Eltham 102 def Diamond Valley 63

It was one-way traffic at Eltham High School from the opening tip on Sunday, with the Wildcats recording a huge 39-point win over the Eagles. The result could have been forecasted given the gulf in the sides’ records, with the Wildcats (19-3) topping the Watson division and winning eight more games than the fourth-placed Eagles (11-11). The hosts attempted six less field goals but made 15 more shots than their opponents, shooting at an impressive 58% to 30%. Bryson Norris led all Eltham scorers with 22 points from the bench, while Mark Scherf had an impressive line with 21 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Melbourne 67 def Ringwood 59

The Tigers will round out the four preliminary final teams after a hard fought eight-point win over the Hawks at MSAC on Sunday. With the scores level at half-time, the Tigers outscored the Hawks by six in the third term, and kept Ringwood at bay during the entire last quarter to earn themselves a victory and send the Hawks packing. Both sides entered the game with 14-8 records, although given the Tigers finished second in the Terrill conference and the Hawks third in Watson, Melbourne had home-court advantage and made the most of it. Tajver Chehal top scored for the hosts with 20 points and four rebounds, while Jakob Cornelissen added 11 points. Yuot Gai was Ringwood’s best with 15 points and nine boards. 

Victorian Youth Championship Women

Nunawading 62 def Altona 39

The Spectres have advanced through to the preliminary finals after a dominant win over the Gators on Saturday evening. After topping the Watson conference with an 18-4 record, the Spectres had the privilege of hosting the fourth-placed, 11-11 Gators from the Terrill conference, and the scoreboard reflected the gulf between the two sides. Nunawading held their opponents to under 10 points in each of the final three quarters. Rebecca Eddy starred for the hosts, filling up the stat sheet with 19 points, 10 rebounds and a game-high five steals. 

Bendigo 78 def by Dandenong 85

The Braves have been sensationally knocked out of the finals race by the Rangers in their elimination final clash on Saturday night. Bendigo topped the Terrill conference with a 17-5 record, while Dandenong finished fourth in Watson at 14-8, but managed to pull off the upset on the road. Dandenong got out to an early double-digit lead in the first quarter, before the Braves answered quickly to level the scores at quarter time. It was a tight second term, but the result was blown open in the third, with Dandenong recording a 30-22 third quarter. Both sides couldn’t be split in the last, as the Rangers ran away with a seven-point win. Last-Tear Poa top scored for the victors with 18 points, six rebounds and three assists, while Alysha Marcucci added 17 points and nine rebounds.

Ringwood 60 def by Southern 67

Another upset in an elimination final has seen the Sabres roll the Hawks in Ringwood by seven points on Saturday night. The 13-9 Sabres finished third in the Terrill conference, and faced off against the second-placed 16-6 Hawks from Watson, who entered the clash on a three-game winning streak. Southern started the stronger side early, taking a six-point lead into the first change. Ringwood then got themselves into the contest over the next 20 minutes, overturning the early deficit and taking a two-point lead into the final quarter. However, Southern managed to get themselves back on top, and at 53-53 went on a crucial 10-4 run which tipped the result in their favour. Ella Batish led the way for the victors, recording 16 points, 14 rebounds, six assists and two blocks.

Melbourne 75 def Kilsyth 62

Despite finishing second in the Terrill conference, the Tigers entered their clash with Watson’s third-placed side with an inferior record (Tigers 14-8, Cobras 16-6). That didn’t stop the hosts however, with the Tigers leading at every change to record the 13-point win and advance to the preliminary final. A 21-9 opening quarter set the tone for the contest, as Melbourne got on top early, and from there didn’t let Kilsyth get into the game. Another strong quarter from the hosts saw them lead by 18 at half-time, which was enough for them to see off Kilsyth. The Cobras managed to get the margin back below 10 points for a couple of minutes in the last term, but they were never a chance at stealing the win. Nikki Metcalfe top scored for the hosts with 18 points and six rebounds, while Tylah Hooper added 12 points, 11 assists and four steals. Nikita Young scored a game-high 22 points for Kilsyth.

Youth League One Men

Corio Bay 85 def Altona 78

The Stingrays have advanced through to the semi finals after a seven-point win over Altona on Saturday afternoon. With the two sides finishing with similar records this season (Corio Bay 14-8, Altona 13-9), the Stingrays used their home-court advantage to help them overturn a 15-point second quarter deficit. Altona led 30-18 at quarter time and looked set to run away with the win, although the Stingrays managed to end the second quarter strongly to keep themselves in the contest. A 21-10 third quarter saw the home side take a five-point lead into the final term, although things did get tense in the final stages. Wally Elnour (20 points, 10 rebounds) was the Gators’ best, and his layup with four minutes remaining locked the scores at 76-76. However, it was all Corio Bay from that moment onwards, as back-to-back buckets from Marach Marach saw the hosts go on a 9-0 run to see them advance to the semi finals and send Altona packing.  The Stingrays will now face Ballarat next weekend.

Casey 90 def Bendigo 68

Casey were too strong for the Braves at Casey Stadium on Sunday, pulling away after half-time to record a 22-point win. Bendigo led by four points at quarter time before the Cavaliers evened the scores up by the main break, although it was all one-way traffic in the third quarter which set the tone for the result. The Cavaliers outscored Bendigo 25-8 in the third term, which saw the hosts take an unassailable lead into the final change. Casey shot 45% from the field compared to 33% from Bendigo, and outrebounded them 57-40. The Cavaliers’ bench unit also stood up, scoring more than half their points and outplaying the Braves’ second unit 48-25. Blake Taylor had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the hosts, while Corey Roos led the reserves with 16 points, eight rebounds and three assists in 21 minutes. Casey will travel to Geelong to face the Supercats in the semi-finals.

Youth League One Women

Corio Bay 48 def by Geelong 92

The Supercats picked up their third-straight win after dispatching the Stingrays on the road. Geelong never looked in doubt in this one, putting 25 points on the board in the first term and continuing on with a 20-point second quarter. The visitors continued their good work in the second half to claim an impressive 44-point win. Jaimee Crombie led five Supercats in double figures, tallying 22 points, six rebounds, four assists and five steals. 

Warrandyte 58 def by Keilor 59

The Thunder narrowly got past the Venom in a one-point thriller at the Warrandyte Sports Complex. The visitors survived a late rally from Warrandyte after leading for much of the fourth. Claudia Kuen made it a real contest after nailing a three with 30 seconds left to get the hosts back to within one. But Keilor chewed up enough clock down the stretch to claim the win. Kira Bennett top scored for Keilor with 11 points off the bench.

Craigieburn 68 def by Warrandyte 82

The Venom got back on the winner’s board on Sunday after prevailing over the Eagles by 14 points. It was a real topsy-turvy contest in the first half, as Warrandyte dominated the opening term, only for Craigieburn to come out firing in the second. Warrandyte seized control in the third term which they owned 22-13 to take a nine-point advantage into the final change. The visitors went on with their work from there in the final term, in what was ultimately a comfortable win. Claudia Kuen led the Venom with 19 points and 10 boards.  

Eltham 57 def McKinnon 55

The Wildcats just got past the Cougars in an epic two-point contest. There was one-possession in it for the majority of the fourth, before Eltham pushed ahead by five off Ellen Horlsey’s free throw with 4:03 left on the clock. However McKinnon continued fighting down the stretch and brought it back to a one-point game with 1:04 left, after Sarsha Follacchio made a layup. Follacchio continued to stand up in crunch time with another massive game-tying layup with 13 seconds on the clock as it looked like going into overtime. But Eltham skipper Taylor Vine had the last laugh, hitting the go-ahead jumper on the last play to give her side the win. Lily Brancatisano led the hosts with 12 points, five rebounds, seven assists and five steals. 

Camberwell 49 def by Casey 84

The Cavs closed out the round with a bruising 35-point win over the Dragons on the road. Casey made quick work of Camberwell here, leading wire-to-wire in a dominant four quarter performance. Lauren Tuplin stood up with 21 points, four rebounds and five steals. 

Youth League Two Men

Chelsea 81 def Mornington 63

The Gulls opened up the round with an impressive double-digit win over the Breakers. It marked Chelsea’s third-straight victory to take strong form into the final round of the season. The Gulls came out in full force in this one, taking a 47-24 lead at the main break behind a strong shooting performance. The Breakers showed some fight in the second half, but the damage had already been done on the scoreboard. Chelsea’s Aaron Frost led the way with 27 points and 12 rebounds.

Western Port 89 def Maccabi 82

The Steelers survived a late rally from the Warriors to walk away with a seven-point victory. The hosts took a 71-60 edge at the final change, only for Maccabi to dominate the fourth and bring It back to a one-point game with just 4:04 left in the contest. But after being seriously challenged, Western Port were able to wrestle back the momentum behind Kane Myers’ offence and gain enough breathing space to pick up the upset win. Myers ended the night with 25 points and seven boards. 

Keysborough 100 def Wallan 85

The Cougars put on a clinic in the second half of this one, where they outscored the Panthers 60-45 after things were all tied up at the main break. The hosts shot 48 per cent from the field, including 42 per cent from downtown, also winning the battle of the boards convincingly; 58-30. Lachlan Soukup (28 points, seven rebounds, four assists) and Luke Logan (24 points, four rebounds, three assists) were both huge in the win. 

Maccabi 80 def by Craigieburn 78

The Warriors suffered their second loss of the round after going down to the Eagles at home. After trailing at the half, Craigieburn reminded everyone why they are the ladder leaders in the third quarter. The Eagles won the third term 27-10 in what was ultimately the difference in the matchup. Jackson Wynne finished with a game-high 27 points, while Brendan Wadwell had a big night on the glass with 12 points and 16 rebounds, plus three steals.

Pakenham 96 def Western Port 65

The Warriors were too strong for the Steelers in a 29-point blowout at Cardinia Life. The hosts put 30 points on the board in the first quarter and left Western Port to play catch up for the rest of the game. It marked Pakenham’s second-straight win as they sit second on the table with one round remaining. Ned Weideman led the way with 22 points, 16 rebounds, five assists and two steals, while Nathan Dodgson filled up the box score with 19 points, eight boards, five dimes, five steals and two blocks. 

Melton 102 def Keysborough 75

Melton put the Cougars to the sword at home to take their second-straight win. The Cougars simply had no answers for Melton’s free-flowing offence as the hosts shot 45 per cent from the field, including 40 per cent from beyond the arc. Dau Akol was Melton’s best with 23 points, 14 rebounds, four assists and three blocks.  

Wallan 66 def by Chelsea 86

The Gulls got the job done on the road for their fourth-straight win to suddenly look like the form team of the competition. Chelsea came out with good intent in the first term, winning the period 26-15 to gain dominance in the matchup. It was the third quarter where the visitors really blew the game open, dominating 27-16 to gain take a significant buffer into the final term. Angus Macpherson was red hot in this one, tallying 29 points, 14 rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Whittlesea 69 def by Collingwood 70

The All Stars just got past the Pacers in a one-point thriller at Mill Park Basketball Stadium. You simply could not separate these teams for three and a half quarters as Collingwood trailed by a point with 1:05 left in the ball game. Malang Athian was the hero for the visitors, hitting the game-winning layup with just 13 seconds on the clock as Zac Donoghue’s miss down the other end sealed the result. Athian finished with 21 points, 11 rebounds and three steals. 

Youth League Two Women

Pakenham 44 def by Frankston 102

The Blues dominated this one wire-to-wire to march on with the victory in a 58-point blowout and their 15th-straight win. The Warriors put up a fight in the first quarter but for the rest of the way it was all Frankston, dominating 80-27 after the first change. Kassie Boorer led four Blues in double figures, compiling 19 points, nine rebounds, three assists and five steals. 

Blackburn 76 def Mornington 53

The Vikings kept their playoff hopes alive after putting away the Breakers at home. After an even first term, the hosts got going in the second, winning the period 24-15 to take a double-digit lead into the main break. It was all Blackburn for the rest of the way as they picked up their eighth win of the season. Hannah Williams racked up 18 points, eight rebounds and three steals off the bench. 

Coburg 34 def by Sherbrooke 87

The Giants were completely outclassed in this one on their home floor, as the Suns coasted to their fifth-straight victory, consolidating second place on the table. Sherbrooke made quick work of Coburg taking a seven-point lead early, but it was the second quarter where they dominated 28-3, which seriously tipped the result in their favour. Sherbrooke were just as dominant in a 22-7 third term which sealed the result. Naomi Smith double-doubled for the Suns, with 12 points and 10 rebounds. 

Collingwood 48 def by Chelsea 62

The All Stars fell to the Gulls at home to suddenly fall under threat of dropping out of the finals race. Chelsea broke away in the second term where they outscored Collingwood 23-7 to claim a 14-point advantage at the main break. It was an even contest for the rest of the way as Chelsea were able to maintain their lead and march on with the win. Tiah Irons finished with 18 points and 14 rebounds for the victors.  

Mornington 70 def by Pakenham 72

The Warriors got over the line in a two-point thriller at Mornington Basketball Stadium to notch their fifth win of the season. Scores were all tied up with 18 seconds left after Mornington’s Julia Drake sunk a layup. But Pakenham’s Jessica McCulloch came right back the other way and nailed the go-ahead jumper to give her side the win. Chloe Maas led the Warriors with 17 points and eight rebounds. 

Whittlesea 71 def by Collingwood 76

The All Stars won a crucial battle over the Pacers to consolidate fifth place in the standings in what was an exciting contest. Down 60-54 at the end of three, Collingwood came storming home in the fourth with their season on the line, winning the period 22-11 to walk away with the huge road win. Ruby Fletcher came up big with 16 points, six rebounds and two steals. 

Werribee 96 def Western Port 70

The Devils finished off their weekend on a high note after whacking the Steelers 96-70, and picking up their 12th straight win to look like Frankston’s biggest threat in the finals. The Devils never looked in doubt in this one behind a dominant 53-27 first half performance. Olivia Klaman was the MVP, with 37 points, three rebounds and five steals. 

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