Round 18 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 103 def by Corio Bay 106

Corio Bay came out on top in a thrilling encounter against Hume City on Saturday night. The Stingrays trailed by 13 at half time, but scored 30 points in the third term to reduce the margin to three at the penultimate break. A triple from Ivory Young tied the scores midway through the final term, before Joseph Reid Jr gave the Stingrays the lead. The lead changed hands on numerous occasions in the final five minutes before the Stingrays won it at the buzzer. Reid Jr top scored for the Stingrays with 36 points, while Young had 24 points, nine rebounds and five assists. 

Hawthorn 126 def Werribee 123

The Magic and Devils played out an entertaining, high-scoring, double-OT affair at the Boroondara Sports Complex. Hawthorn opened the game with 29 points in the first term to lead by nine points at quarter-time. Werribee reduced the margin by a point in the second term, but the Magic extended the lead to 11 points in the third quarter. Werribee pounced in the fourth term, outscoring the Magic 25-14 to tie the scores and send the game into overtime. OT produced another high-octane display as the Magic scored 28 points across the two overtime periods to secure a three-point win. Michael Phillips and David Shepard starred for both teams with 40 points each. 

Casey 110 def Blackburn 80

Casey finished the regular season with a 30-point win over Blackburn. The Cavs shot at 56% from the field and scored 62 points in the paint as their offence allowed them to breeze past the Vikings. Raheem Lemons starred for Casey with 28 points, 16 rebounds and two assists. 

McKinnon 98 def Chelsea 89

A 32-point third term allowed McKinnon to march home to a win over Chelsea. The Cougars led by one at half time, but held the Gulls to 19 points in the third term and extended their lead to 14 at three-quarter-time. Chelsea tried to mount a comeback in the final term but there was not enough time for them to reduce the deficit by more than nine points. 

Blackburn 83 def by Hume City 95

Hume City stormed home to a win over Blackburn, courtesy of 23 points from Jake Martin. The Broncos scored 28 points in the second quarter to take a six-point lead into the half. The third quarter was when they broke the game open by outscoring Blackburn 29-16 to hold a 19-point lead and make it near impossible for the Vikings to overturn in the final term. 

Corio Bay 77 def by Hawthorn 113

The Magic scored 61 points in the middle two quarters to come away with a 36-point win. Hawthorn’s offence was dominant throughout the game as they scored 40 points in the paint and 22 second-chance buckets. Nelson Kirksey top scored with 21 points. 

Keilor 105 def by McKinnon 116

Keilor and McKinnon played out a high-scoring classic to end the regular season. Both teams kept defence to a minimum which produced entertaining, high-scoring quarters. McKinnon’s Jordan Geer netted a triple-double (32 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists), while Michael Anderson had 37 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Thunder. 

Championship Women

Southern Peninsula 93 def by Hume City 97

A big final quarter guided Hume City to a four-point win over Southern Peninsula. The Sharks outscored Hume 30-21 in the third term to take a three-point lead into the last quarter. The Broncos bounced back in the final term, scoring 33 points to overturn the deficit and clinch a four-point win. Nicole Zammit starred for the Hume City with 34 points, five rebounds and four assists, while teammate BreAnna Brock had 25 points and 21 rebounds. 

Sunbury 94 def McKinnon 73

Sunbury came away with a big win over McKinnon at Boardman Stadium. The Jets scored 25 points off turnovers and 42 in the paint as their offence guided them to the win. A 29-point opening quarter by Sunbury gave them an 11-point advantage at the first break. The lead increased to 15 points at half time, before a 23-12 run in the third term stretched the margin to 26. McKinnon cut the deficit in the fourth quarter but it did little to the final result. 

Keilor 80 def Casey 70

A double-double from Genna Anderson guided Keilor to a 10-point win over Casey. The Thunder trailed by seven points at quarter-time, but found their form in the second and third terms to take a 13-point lead into the last quarter. Keilor dominated the paint to score 44 points in the key, while their pressure forced the Cavs into turnovers that resulted in 28 points. 

Bulleen 63 def Warrnambool 38

Bulleen and Warrnambool played out a low-scoring contest on Sunday afternoon. Both teams were unable to find their rhythm on offence and shot under 26%. Bulleen came away with the win courtesy of dominant first and fourth quarters, which allowed them to ease past the Mermaids. Alexandra Green top scored for the Boomers with 20 points, along with nine rebounds and three steals. 

Whittlesea 44 def by Werribee 89

Werribee concluded the regular season with a 45-point win over Whittlesea. The Devils’ defence held the Pacers to 27% shooting from the field whilst grabbing 60 rebounds and nabbing 15 steals. Maddison Borg and Daniella Pisano combined for 26 points for the Devils. 

Division One Men

Collingwood 82 def Latrobe City 76

Collingwood claimed a six-point win over Latrobe City. The All Stars struggled for consistency on offence, but were still able to come away with the win courtesy of their defence, which collected 49 rebounds, nine steals and two blocks. Deng Dut led the way for Collingwood with 27 points, two rebounds and five assists, while Aaron Harrison had 35 points and 20 rebounds for the Energy.                                                          

Western Port 97 def Coburg 80

Western Port scored over 20 points in all four quarters to claim a 17-point win over the Giants. The Steelers led by three points at half time but stamped their authority by out-scoring Coburg 47-33  in the second half. 

Warrandyte 87 def Warrnambool 77

26 points from Jacob Thom guided Warrandyte to a 10-point win over Warrnambool. The Venom opened the game with 27 points in the first term to lead by 15 at quarter time. Warrandyte’s lead stretched to as much as 18 points in the contest, before the Seahawks mounted a come-back to limit the win to 10 points.  

Shepparton 93 def Bulleen 70

Shepparton were too strong for Bulleen at the Shepparton Sports Stadium. The Gators shot 50% from the floor and held the Boomers to 33% in the win. Javaan Mumtaz and Atem Atem each had 23 points for the Gators, while Chauncey Orr had 28 points and 10 rebounds for the Boomers. 

Keysborough 85 def by Bellarine 92

Bellarine overturned a slow start to come away with a seven-point win over Keysborough. The Storm trailed by five points in the first term but soon overturned the margin by scoring 25 points in the second quarter. Their dominance continued in the second half as they clinched the seven-point win. Rob Harding and Everett Osborne combined for 50 points for the Storm. 

Melbourne Uni 72 def by Sunbury 104

Sunbury recorded a 32-point win over Melbourne Uni at the Melbourne University Sports Centre. The Jets outscored Melbourne Uni 33-10 in the opening quarter, before another 21 points in the second gave the Jets a 26-point advantage at the half. Melbourne Uni improved in the third quarter, but the Jets continued their stellar form on offence to come away with the win. Ishmael Sanders starred for the Jets with 38 points, three rebounds and four assists.

Coburg 70 def by Shepparton 83

Shepparton recorded a 13-point win over Coburg at the Coburg Basketball Stadium. Scores were level at half time, but the Gators scored 20 points in the third term to lead by six at three-quarter-time. Altona scored another 22 points in the fourth quarter to secure the victory.

Whittlesea 74 def by Melbourne Uni 79

Whittlesea and Melbourne Uni played a tight contest at the Mill Park Basketball Stadium. The Black Angels led by two points at half time and had their lead cut to a point in the third term. Melbourne Uni then scored 23 points in the final term to clinch a five-point win.

Bulleen 97 def Warrnambool 84

A massive effort from Chauncey Orr guided Bulleen to a 13-point win over Warrnambool. Orr starred throughout the game and finished the contest with 46 points, 12 rebounds and five assists. The Boomers scored 34 points in the paint and 29 points from turnovers.  

Division One Women

Camberwell 64 def by Craigieburn 69

Craigieburn came from behind to beat Camberwell by five points. The Eagles were held to nine points in the third term as Camberwell took a two-point lead into three-quarter-time. Craigieburn returned to the form they showed in the first half, scoring 21 points and holding the Dragons to just 14 as they came away with the win. Jada Buggs top scored with 20 points for the Eagles. 

Hawthorn 73 def Warrandyte 51

Hawthorn held Warrandyte to 25% shooting from the floor in their 22-point win over the Venom. The Magic broke the game open in the second half, outscoring the Venom 45-25. Nyilah Jamison-Myers top scored for the Magic with 19 points, while captain Tia Ucich had 14 points. 

Mildura 97 def Latrobe City 81

Mildura defeated Latrobe City, thanks to 28 points in the first term. The Heat led by 17 points at quarter-time and then 16 points at the half. Latrobe scored 33 points in the third term to cut the margin to eight, before the Heat scored 25 points in the fourth quarter to claim a 16-point win. Vanessa Power finished one rebound short of a double-double to go along with her 40 points, while Alyesha Lovett had 32 points, 21 rebounds and eight assists.

Craigieburn 72 def by Hawthorn 74

Hawthorn held off Craigieburn to record a two-point win at the Craigieburn Sports Stadium. The Magic trailed by five points at quarter-time, but scored 27 in the second term to lead by four points at the half. Their lead was cut to three in the third term and then two in the fourth before the buzzer prevented the Eagles from clinching the win. 

Warrandyte 84 def by Chelsea 88

Chelsea claimed a four-point win over Warrandyte courtesy of a brilliant third term. The Gulls shot 50% from the floor as their efficiency on offence proved the difference between the two teams. Georgia Stirton top scored for the Gulls with 26 points, two rebounds and six assists. 

Western Port 55 def by Bellarine 71

Bellarine concluded the regular season with a 16-point win over Western Port. The Storm scored 24 points in the first term to lead by 12 at quarter-time. The remainder of the game was evenly contested, but the Steelers could not reduce the defecit.                         

Division Two Men

Camberwell 90 def Pakenham 88

Camberwell held off a late Pakenham fightback to claim a two-point win. The Dragons opened the game with 31 points to lead by nine at quarter-time. From there, Pakenham reduced the lead in every quarter and trailed by as little as one-point before the final buzzer ensured the Dragons held on to win. Maxwell Barkeley starred for Camberwell with 41 points, eight rebounds and three assists.  

Southern Peninsula 111 def Wallan 85

Southern Peninsula had a big win over Wallan at the Dromana Stadium. The Sharks scored 41 points in the first quarter to lead by 17 at quarter time. From there the Sharks marched home to victory, courtesy of 33 points from Troyce Manassa. 

Craigieburn 86 def Mornington 64

Craigieburn recorded a 22-point win over Mornington at the Craigieburn Sports Centre on Saturday night. The Eagles scored 24 second chance points and 44 in the paint as the Breakers struggled to on defence. Damon Smith starred with 24 points and 16 rebounds. 

Melton 87 def Maccabi 78

Melton had a slow start against Maccabi and trailed by three points at quarter time. They overturned the deficit in the second quarter to take a two-point lead into half time. Their lead extended in the second half as they secured a nine-point win. 

Mildura 104 def North East 78

Calvin Henry’s 25 points guided Mildura to a 26-point win over North East. The Heat shot 50% from the field and 52 points in the paint as they marched towards the win. Henry had 11 rebounds and five assists to go along with his 25 points in the game. 

Sherbrooke 73 def by RMIT 87

Sherbrooke were no match for RMIT who recorded a 14-point road win. The Redbacks collected 60 rebounds, 10 steals and two blocks in a strong defensive display. Stephen Coffey finished with 32 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists. 

Altona 74 def by Camberwell 76

Camberwell made it two wins by two points on the weekend with victory over Altona. The Dragons trailed by 11 points at the start of the fourth quarter, but overturned the deficit, outscoring Altona 22-9 to claim the win.

Pakenham 83 def by Craigieburn 94

Craigieburn beat Pakenham to win their second game of the weekend. The Eagles held the Warriors to 36% shooting from the floor as they scored over 20 points in three of the four quarters to secure the win. Damon Smith starred for the Eagles with 45 points, 18 rebounds and five assists. 

Maccabi 87 def Southern Peninsula 78

Maccabi concluded the regular season with an 11-point win over Southern Peninsula. The Warriors collected 55 rebounds and 12 steals on defence, while scoring 44 points in the paint. Benji Tamir top scored with 24 points, 13 rebounds and six assists. 

Division Two Women

Sherbrooke 47 def by Melton 56

A final quarter blitz gave Melton a nine-point win over Sherbrooke. Scores were tied at three-quarter-time before the Thoroughbreds outscored the Suns 19-10 in the final term to clinch the win. Jenna Conroy top scored for Melton with 15 points, while Meagan Wylie had 12 points for Sherbrooke. 

Melbourne Uni 81 def Wallan 36

Melbourne Uni had a big win over Wallan at the Melbourne University Sports Centre. The Black Angels held the Panthers to 16% shooting from the field as they ran away with a massive win. Amelia Smith starred for the Black Angels with 23 points, 12 rebounds and two assists. 

Pakenham 107 def Coburg 64

Pakenham produced a strong performance to beat Coburg by 43 points. The Warriors scored 22 points in the first term to lead by eight at quarter-time. Their form continued in the second quarter as they outscored the Giants 35-22 to extend their lead to 21 at half time. The Warriors’ defence made life difficult for the Giants in the second half as they outscored the visitors 50-28 to stretch the lead over 40 points. Stephanie Pal led the way for the Warriors with 19 points, four rebounds and six assists, while Siobhan Mac Aodha top scored for the Giants with 21 points. 

Blackburn 83 def North East 63

Blackburn came out on top in their clash against North East. The Vikings scored 26 points in the second quarter to take a big lead into half time. Blackburn were unable to extend their lead in the third term but dominated the fourth quarter to secure the 20-point win. Shannon Bone starred for Blackburn with 24 points and 12 rebounds, while teammate Andrea Belmonte had 23 points and six rebounds. 

Collingwood 40 def by Mornington 89

A strong first half guided Mornington to a 49-point win over Collingwood. The Breakers outscored Collingwood 39-18 in the first half to put the All Stars on the back foot. Mornington continued their dominance in the second half as they ran away with the win. Breakers captain Sammie Simmons led the way with 25 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. 

Victorian Youth Championship Men

Eltham 86 def Melbourne 49

The Wildcats stamped their ticket to the grand final with an imposing 37-point win over the Tigers. Eltham carried their momentum from last week, opening the game with an 11-3 scoring run in the first three minutes en route to a 13-point lead after one quarter. From there, things only got worse for the Tigers, restricted to just five points in the second term as the Wildcats took a 44-23 lead into half-time. Eltham shot 45% from the field, while the Tigers could only muster 29%. The rebounding battle was also heavily skewed towards the Wildcats. Four Wildcats scored in double figures, led by Christian Yammouni, who played an excellent all-around game with 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Tajver Chehal handled the bulk of the scoring for the Tigers, leading the way with 20 points.

Dandenong 89 def by Nunawading 99

The Wildcats will face the Spectres in the grand final after Nunawading defeated Dandenong by 10 points in the second preliminary final. The Rangers started the better of the two teams, leading 21-12 early before the Spectres rallied to reduce the deficit to just one point after one quarter. Nunawading then dominated the second, opening up what would prove to be a match-winning nine-point lead at the main break. Despite the Rangers’ attempts to cut into the lead in the second half, the Spectres had all the answers, and were never truly threatened. The turnover battle was key, with Nunawading scoring 20 points from 14 Dandenong turnovers, while only conceding 12 points from its eight turnovers. The Spectres were led by Remo Simankevicius, who scored 33 points to go along with 11 rebounds and four assists. Jack Gandolfo had 32 points, four rebounds and five assists as well for the Spectres. Kobe Williamson led the Rangers with an 18-point, 11-rebound double-double off the bench. 

Victorian Youth Championship Women

Southern 58 def by Dandenong 75

The Rangers punched their ticket through to the Victorian Youth Championship Women Grand Final, following a 17-point road win over the Sabres on Saturday night. The visitors came out firing, starting the game in a full court press that the Sabres could not crack. The Rangers led by nine points at quarter time, putting the hosts on the back foot early. It was more of the same after the first break, with another nine-point advantage to Dandenong in the second leaving them with a well-earned 50-32 half-time lead. Southern couldn’t turn it on after half-time, with Dandenong keeping the lead above double digits for the entire second half. Rangers captain Amy Baum led from the front for her side, finishing with 18 points, five rebounds, four steals and two assists. Emily Sewell added 17 points and 12 rebounds for the hosts. Morgan Riley was the only Sabre to finish in double digits with 10 points.

Nunawading 59 def by Melbourne 73

The Spectres were overrun by the Tigers as Melbourne advanced through to the grand final. Nunawading flew out of the gates with a 20-9 opening quarter. Melbourne re-grouped at quarter time and came out hot with a 29-19 second term that kept the game alive.  The Tigers kept the hosts to just four points for the entire third quarter to take an eight-point lead into the final change. Their advantage only grew from there, eventually winning 14 points. Althea Angeles (18 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, three steals) and Nikki Metcalfe (18 points, seven assists) led the way, while Hannah Giddey was huge defensively with 13 rebounds and six blocks. Rachel Poke top-scored with 22 for the hosts, although her side shot just 28% from the field compared to the Tigers’ 41%. 

Youth League One Men

Geelong 106 def Casey 72

The Supercats flexed their muscles at home, running away with the contest in the second half to advance to the Grand Final series. It was a tight tussle in the first half as neither side could gain momentum, with Geelong taking a four-point lead into the main break. The hosts used a huge 62-32 second half to comfortably triumph in the end. The Supercats won the rebound battle 57-43, bench scoring 41-18 and also racked up 16 steals. It was a well-rounded performance from Geelong, with Josiah King top scoring with 19 points to go with seven rebounds and three steals. Wang Nyieth added 15 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks. Alex Bazzucchini led the Cavaliers with 17 points and five boards. 

Ballarat 102 def Corio Bay 99

The Miners defeated the Stingrays in an overtime thriller at the MARS Minerdome after overcoming a massive 19-point deficit at the end of the third. Corio Bay got a leg up early, taking a 26-17 lead into the first break. The visitors continued their good work in the second and third quarters, outscoring the Miners 44-34 as they looked like running away with a huge upset. The hosts suddenly caught fire in the fourth, going on a fierce 38-19 run capped off by Zachery Dunmore’s triple to send it into overtime. A tight extra period saw Ballarat push ahead by five points late thanks to a free throw and jumper from Blake Allison which ultimately proved the difference. Jordan O’Leary replied with a three-pointer to bring it back to a 101-99 game, but Bol Bak was fouled with one second one the clock to ice the game. Dunmore (29 points), Allison (16 points, 20 rebounds) and Jeremiah Mckenzie (19 points, 12 boards, six assists) were all huge for the Miners. Marach Marach and O’Leary poured in 24 points apiece for Corio Bay and Patrick Goodier added 14 points and 23 rebounds. 

Youth League One Women

McKinnon 84 def Corio Bay 62

The Cougars finished their season off on a high, knocking off the Stingrays for win number three of the season. Down 15-23 at the first break, the hosts wrestled back the momentum in the second term and ran away with the lead in in the second half. Sarsha Follacchio was the hero with 18 points, eight rebounds and three steals, while Lily Tait racked up seven points, 21 rebounds and six assists.

Corio Bay 71 def Eltham 62

The Stingrays pulled off one of the unlikeliest victories to open the Sunday card, prevailing over Eltham for their second win of the season. Corio Bay dominated the first half and survived a push from the visitors in the fourth to escape with the win. Carly Vuillermin lit up the box score with 29 points, 20 rebounds and four blocks. 

Craigieburn 70 def Geelong 57

The Eagles proved too strong for the Supercats at home in what was a mini final of sorts. The hosts shot an impressive 82% from the charity swipe and did their damage on the scoreboard in the second and third quarters. Destiny Valenti-Fakalata (17 points, five rebounds, three steals) and Carley Cranston (16 points, 12 rebounds, four steals) both impressed for the Eagles in the win.

Warrandyte 44 def by Camberwell 49

The Dragons edged past the Venom in a scrappy affair at the Warrandyte Sports Complex. It was hard to separate these sides for three and half quarters with scores all tied up with 2:12 left on the clock. It would be the Dragons who had all the answers down the stretch, finishing the game on a 9-4 run to claim the victory. Jessica Bates top scored with 12 points. 

Keilor 63 def Casey 53

The Thunder proved too strong for the Cavs in a top-two battle at the Keilor Basketball Stadium. It had the makings of a blow-out at half time as the hosts led by 13 points. Casey proved they were up for the fight in the third term, winning the period 17-11 to come storming back into the contest. Keilor put the foot down again in the fourth term to erase any chance of a Cavs rally to end the season with 18 wins. Tess Heal led the way with 16 points and six boards. 

Youth League Two Men

Western Port 78 def by Wallan 81

Wallan overcame a 12-point half-time deficit to defeat Western Port by just three points. The Panthers’ three-point shooting proved to be pivotal as they hit nine threes to Western Port’s three. The Panthers were led by Bradley Butler who scored 25 points for the game including seven threes. Kelsey Espeut was the main man for the Steelers with 18 points and 16 rebounds. The win was Wallan’s second but with both sides occupying the bottom two places, this signals the end of their respective seasons.

Melton 76 def by Maccabi 81

Maccabi earned a big win over Melton by five points, giving them momentum ahead of their clash with Collingwood in round one of the finals. The Warriors’ big third quarter gave them the advantage after the game was tied at half-time. Max Vadas was exceptional for Maccabi with 19 points and 10 assists, while Elliot Bolaffi added 11 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. For Melton, Dau Akol was the standout with 21 points and 21 rebounds, showing good form ahead of his side’s clash with Chelsea next week.

Keysborough 75 def by Pakenham 109

Pakenham eased to victory over Keysborough, rarely looking troubled as they won by 34 points. Six Warriors players scored in double digits with Nathan Dodgson the best of these with 19 points along with seven rebounds. Lachlan Soukup managed 20 points for Keysborough. The Warriors end the season in second and have a week off before the big first versus second clash with Craigieburn.

Craigieburn 100 def Mornington 80

Cragieburn move into the finals following a 20-point win over Mornington, their sixth in a row. The Eagles won every quarter and were hardly troubled, with Dean Ollerenshaw leading the way with 25 points and 12 rebounds. For Mornington, their season ends with them in seventh. Henry Peirce led the scoring with 23 points and 19 rebounds. 

Collingwood 101 def Chelsea 86

Collingwood’s 15-point over Chelsea has them leapfrog the Gulls into third on the ladder. The All-Stars showed their scoring ability with three players scoring over 20 points. Deng Dut (30 points), Malang Athian (25 points, 10 rebounds) and Alexander Cocco (21 points) were all superb. For Chelsea, Brayden Laurie had 23 points and Aaron Frost added 22 points and 17 rebounds. Collingwood will face Maccabi and Chelsea host Melton in week one of the finals.

Whittlesea 89 def Melton 82

Whittlesea ended their year with a seven-point win over Melton. Kai Copley led the way for the Pacers with 20 points while Zac Donoghue and Joshua Hamilton both added 15. Melton, who could have moved to fourth with a win, were led by Mayuol Makuac who scored 16 points; one of six Melton players in double figures.

Pakenham 93 def by Craigieburn 96

Craigieburn defeated Pakenham by three points in a top-of-the-table clash. The Eagles were led by Abraham Solano who scored 29 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, while Brendan Wadwell had 18 points as well as grabbing 10 rebounds of his own. For Pakenham, there was a triple-double for Ned Weideman with 16 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists, while Nathan Dodgson led the scoring with 27 points.

Maccabi 93 def Coburg 73

Coburg’s season ended with a humbling 20-point loss to Maccabi. After leading at quarter-time, the Giants were blown out in the following two quarters and were then firmly out of the contest. The Warriors were led by 23 points from both Max Vadas and Elliot Bolaffi, the former of the two also adding six rebounds and seven assists. For Coburg, Brett Bell played a lone hand with 31 points and seven rebounds, with his side finishing the season in ninth place.

Youth League Two Women

Sherbrooke 107 def Werribee 60

The Suns whacked the Devils by 47 points in a contest that was expected to be much closer between two finalists. Sherbrooke got the jump early and didn’t look back, putting 28 points on the board in the first quarter before adding another 28 in the second to take a 56-24 lead into the main break. The hosts continued their good work in the second half, restricting Werribee to just 15% shooting to claim the blowout win. Naomi Smith (26 points, 15 rebounds, eight blocks) and Vanessa Fantin (21 points, six boards, six assists, two steals) dominated the game. 

Frankston 94 def Western Port 51

The Blues picked up their 16th-straight win after torching the Steelers by 43 points. Up by just one point at the first change, the hosts put their foot down for the remainder of the contest where they outscored Western Port 77-35. Reserves Emily Mogyorossy (28 points) and Zoe Schonfelder (19 points, four rebounds, six assists and seven steals) came up big for Frankston. 

Pakenham 66 def Coburg 60

The Warriors edged past the Giants in a tight contest at Cardinia Life after surviving a late rally from the visitors. Up 54-43 at the end of three, Coburg came storming back into the contest in the fourth and tied the game up halfway through the period. Pakenham were able to finish the job from there, with Jessica Mcculloch sealing the deal with a late triple. 

Blackburn 56 def Whittlesea 65

Whittlesea tuned up nicely for the finals, defeating Blackburn in their own arena by nine points. The Pacers won the first term 19-9 which was ultimately the difference in the contest as both sides basically broke even for the rest of the way.  The Vikings staged a small comeback in the fourth after Maggie Mccarthy’s triple got her side within four points, but Whittlesea put their foot down for the rest of the way. Hailey Wynd led the way for Whittlesea with 14 points, 20 rebounds and three blocks.   

Chelsea 57 def by Frankston 59

The Blues prevailed past the Gulls in a two-point thriller. Abby Chernischoff drew a foul at the death and nailed both of her free throws to seal the win and give the Blues their 17th-straight victory. Tori Jackson led the way with 10 points and nine boards. 

Western Port 48 def by Sherbrooke 101

The Suns made light work of the Steelers to pick up their second blowout win of the round and finish their regular season on a high. The Suns got the jump early, going up 22-11 at the first change and putting another 21 points on the board in the second to take a 19-point lead into the main break. It was all Sherbrooke in the second half, dominating 58-24 to claim the comfortable road win. Naomi Smith poured in 21 points, grabbed 11 boards and blocked four shots off the bench.  

Collingwood 59 def Mornington 55

The All Stars closed out the round with a four-point win over the Breakers. It was a back-and-forth contest where neither side was able to pull away. Collingwood led by two heading into the fourth but had it taken away from them at the six-minute mark after Mornington’s Madison Lesiuk buried a triple. The All Stars kept their cool and took back the lead off an Ella Mclaughlin jumper before making clutch free throws. Ruby Fletcher went two-from-two at the charity swipe in the final minute to ice the win. Fletcher (14 points) and Jayde Popovski (16 points) led the way for the All Stars.  

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