Round 8 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

Hawthorn 101 def Corio Bay 96

The Magic were that little bit too good for the Stingrays, edging out a five-point home victory after winning the fourth term 30-23. Nelson Kirksey put on a show, tallying 26 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, while Kirk Smith poured in 22 points off the bench. Corio Bay’s Ivory Young dropped 33 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

Casey 109 def Keilor 90

The Thunder looked in total control after blowing out the Cavaliers 37-21 in a high-scoring first quarter. However, Casey quickly turned things around with their own dominant 31-7 second term. The Cavs then used a strong 34-point final term to run away with their ninth win of the season. Matthew Donlan was the star for the hosts with 21 points in a well-rounded performance, while Matt Spencer led Keilor with 21 points, four rebounds and five assists.

Blackburn 87 def by Chelsea 97

The Gulls claimed a 10-point victory on the road behind a stirring second half where they outscored Blackburn 60-42. Chelsea’s dynamic trio Matthew Brasser (21 points), Corey Standerfer (28 points, 14 boards, seven dimes) and Mitchell Riggs (27 points, five rebounds) proved too much of a handful for the bottom-of-the-table Vikings.

Hume City 101 def by McKinnon 104

The Cougars continued their undefeated start to the season after outlasting Hume City at Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium. With his side up one, McKinnon’s Dillon Stith made the game-winning layup to secure the win. Stith came up big for the Cougars all game, recording 27 points and 17 rebounds, as did teammates Adrian Tomada (32 points, six rebounds, five assists) and Eric Williams (34 points, seven threes, seven rebounds, four dimes). Jamal Shabazz led the Broncos with 24 points and nine boards.   
Chelsea 91 def by Hume City 92

The Broncos bounced back from their narrow loss to the Cougars with a one-point triumph over the Gulls. Trailing 72-57 at the end of three, Hume City used a 35-point final quarter to run over the top of Chelsea to consolidate third place. Jordan Coleman finished with 22 points and Mackuei Puondak racked up 20 points and 10 boards off the bench. Mitchell Riggs’ 25 points led Chelsea.

McKinnon 123 def by Casey 125

The Cougars finally dropped their first game for the season in a two-point overtime thriller at GESAC. You couldn’t separate these sides all contest and even in the extra period. McKinnon’s Tom Parkinson tied things up with 21 seconds left off a jumper, only for Casey’s Mitch Chapman to respond with his own jump shot to ice the win. Brandon Polk was the Cavs’ MVP, tallying a team-high 27 points, nine boards, three steals and three blocks. Stith was massive with 34 points, 14 rebounds, a steal and a block.

Werribee 127 def Blackburn 126

Another close game in the round as the Devils edged past the Vikings in double overtime. Darcy Daniels was the hero for Werribee, making the game-winning layup with 10 seconds to ice the win. Werribee’s Konor Kulas was a monster, gobbling up 41 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and two steals and Jacob Formosa chipped in 29 points, seven boards and five dimes. Jake Heath’s 32 points led Blackburn.

Keilor 69 def by Hawthorn 88

The Magic were too strong for Keilor on the road, blowing the game apart on the first half en route to a 19-point win. It marked the second win of the round for the Magic to consolidate fourth place. Kirk Smith’s 22 points were huge in a well-rounded performance.  

Championship Women

Bulleen 44 def by McKinnon 106

The Cougars have blown the Boomers out of the water in a 62-point hiding at East Doncaster Secondary College. It was the third quarter where McKinnon did the bulk of their damage, outscoring Bulleen 45-9 over that period. The loss saw Bulleen slip to 1-8 on the season, while McKinnon improved to 4-5 to edge closer to an even record. Melanie Ioannidis (25 points), Daniel Raber (27 points, 15 boards, six assists, seven steals) and Angela Lou Beadle (19 points, 10 rebounds) were all sensational for the Cougars in the win.

Hume City 74 def by Sunbury 84

The Jets were too strong for the Broncos at Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium. An even affair saw the visitors run the ball game out better, winning the fourth term 24-15 to claim their fifth-straight win. Geralynn Leaupepe dropped a game-high 29 points off the bench for the Jets, while Karen Duever (23 points) and Orla O’Reilly (24 points, eight boards) were also busy. BreAanna Brock led Hume City with 23 points and nine rebounds.

Warrnambool 68 def by Southern Peninsula 76

The Sharks have picked up their fourth-straight victory and kept the Mermaids winless in 2019 after prevailing by eight points at The Arc Sports Stadium. Charli Dobson (15 points) led five Sharks in double figures, while Warrnambool’s Amy Wormald poured in a game-high 24 points to go with 12 rebounds. 

Casey 67 def by Keilor 95

The Thunder have continued their impressive start to the season, blowing out Casey on the road for their sixth-straight win. It marked the Cavaliers’ fourth-straight loss. Keilor raced out to a 26-16 lead in the first quarter to take momentum in the matchup. The visitors finished off their good work in a commanding 35-19 fourth term. Keilor’s A’Lexus Harrison filled up the box score with 18 points, 11 rebounds and five steals, while Erin Bollmann posted a team-high 22 points. Sarah Halejian finished with a game-high 24 points for the Cavs, adding five rebounds, eight assists and five steals.

Werribee 109 def Whittlesea 62

The Devils have cruised to their sixth win of the season to remain in the hunt for top spot, ousting the Pacers by 47 points at Eagle Stadium. It was the second and fourth quarters where Werribee were destructive, outscoring Whittlesea 54-18 over that period. Alisia Jenkins was the MVP for the Devils, compiling 35 points, 11 rebounds and four steals. Rachel Bell worked hard for Whittlesea despite the result, posting 32 points and five boards.

Division One Men

Collingwood 77 def by Coburg 84

Coburg claimed a seven-point away win over Collingwood. The Giants led by five points at quarter time and extended their lead to 11 points in the second term. Collingwood cut the deficit to three points in the third term, but the Giants settled to come away with a seven-point win. Mweemba Maluma starred for the Giants with 21 points. 

Shepparton 82 def Whittlesea 71

A double-double by Atem Atem have Shepparton’s 11-point win over Whittlesea. Atem had 26 points and 10 rebounds in a man of the match performance, while Javaan Mumtaz had 25 points. Dominic Bruno top scored for the Pacers with 23 points. 

Bulleen 68 def by Western Port 75

Western Port had an impressive away victory over Bulleen, beating the Boomers by seven points. The Steelers trailed by 11 points in the first quarter, but outscored the Boomers 20-8 in the second quarter to lead by one-point at the half. They extended the lead to five points in the third and then seven in the fourth 

Latrobe City 64 def by Warrandyte 103

Warrandyte shot 50% from the floor in their 39-point win. The Venom scored over 20 points in all four quarters, including 46 points in the paint and 23 second chance points. Jacob Thom had 20 points and 10 rebounds, while David Moore had 17 points and nine rebounds. 

Warrnambool 77 def Keysborough 76

The Seahawks came from behind to beat the Cougars at The Arc Sports Stadium. Warnambool trailed by four points at the start of the final term, but outscored the Cougars 19-14 in the last quarter to claim the win. Xavier Johnson-Blount starred with 30 points for the Venom, while Ivan Platenik had 27 points for the Cougars. 

Melbourne Uni 85 def by Bellarine 93

Bellarine were too string for Melbourne Uni, leading by as much as 11 points throughout the game. The Storm scored 27 points from turnovers, which highlights their ability to put pressure on their opponents. Everett Osborne starred with 24 points, six rebounds and three assists, while Jack Burnett had 19 points off the bench. 

Bellarine 91 def Warrnambool 81

The Storm made it two wins in as many days with a 10-point win over Warnambool. The Storm had 57 rebounds and 17 assists. Everett Osborne top scored with 20 points for the Storm, while Alexander Gynes had 41 points for the Seahawks. 

Sunbury 96 def Melbourne Uni 70

29 points in the third quarter handed Sunbury a victory over the Black Angels. The Jets scored over 20 points in each quarter in a dominant display. Ishmel Sanders top scored for the Jets with 35 points. 

Warrandyte 96 def Collingwood 69

Warrandyte concluded the round with a 27-point win over Collingwood. The Venom scored 38 points in the first quarter to lead by 11 points at quarter-time. The lead extended to 15 points in the second quarter and 27 points in the third term as they found avenues to the rim. Bryan Moore top scored with 25 points for the Venom, while Kieran Maguire had 17 points for the All Stars. 

Division One Women

Mildura 104 def Camberwell 64

Mildura made it nine wins in a row by beating Camberwell by 40 points. The Heat shot 52% from the floor, while holding the Dragons to 29%. 24 points in the first quarter gave the Heat the perfect start to the game. They held a 10-point lead at half time, which then grew to 27 points in the third quarter, before a 30-17 run in the fourth gave them a big win. Vanessa Power starred for the Heat with 39 points at 50% from the field, while Alyesha Lovett finished two assists short of a triple double, ending the game with 24 points, 16 rebounds and eight assists. 

Latrobe City 53 def by Warrandyte 76

Warrandyte recorded a solid victory over fellow strugglers Latrobe City at the Traralgon Sports Stadium. The Venom led by five points at half time, but broke the game open in the third term with a 24-8 scoring run. They added a further two points in the last quarter to seal the win. Breanna Waugh top scored with 16 points, while captain Meg Dargan had 13 points. 

Craigieburn 60 def by Hawthorn 77

The Magic stamped their authority over Craigieburn early in their encounter, scoring 44 points in the first half to lead by 20 points at half time. The margin made it difficult for the Eagles to make a comeback, but they were able to reduce the margin to 16 points in the third term. Any chance of the Eagles overturning the margin was quickly dashed as the Magic held on to record a 17-point win. Nyilah Jamison-Myers starred with 26 points, 11 rebounds and four assists, while Darcy Saunders had 32 points for the Eagles. 

Western Port 64 def by Chelsea 89

Chelsea had a dominant 25-point win over Western Port. The Gulls scored 40 points inside the paint and 26 points from turnovers in a strong offensive game. Shaniqua Nilles and Georgia Stirton top scored for the Gulls with 21 points each, while Holly Davies had 15 points off the bench. Rachael Wansbrough was gallant for the Steelers with 20 points, 17 rebounds and two steals.  

Bellarine 81 def by Craigieburn 90

25 points in the second term helped Craigieburn record a nine-point win over Bellarine. The Eagles trailed by one-point at quarter-time, before overturning the deficit with a 25-16 run in the second term. Bellarine reduced the margin to seven points in the third term, but Craigieburn steadied in the fourth to come away with a nine-point win. Giulia Dinunzio (26 points and 11 rebounds) and Darcy Saunders (23 points and 17 rebounds) both had double-doubles, while Jada Buggs had 20 points.  

Warrandyte 56 def by Western Port 73

Malika Jackson and Rachael Wansbrough combined for 52 of Western Port’s 73 points in their 17-point win over Warrandyte. The duo were the only two Steelers’ players to score in double digits, with Jackson top scoring with 27 points, while Wansbrough had 25 points. The Steelers had 60 rebounds and 15 assists in the contest. 

Division Two Men

Mornington 91 def RMIT 85

25 points from Corey Bond guided the Sharks to a win over RMIT. Bond was aided by Troyce Manassa (17 points) and Benjamin James (16 points) in the win. The Sharks scored 31 points from turnovers and 11 points on the fast break. They also had 19 assists and 11 steals. Stephen Coffey was gallant for the Redbacks with 22 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. 

Wallan 84 def Craigieburn 70

The Panthers had a comfortable victory over the Eagles, courtesy of 24 points from Trace Cureton. The Panthers led by five points at quarter-time, a lead they would hold into the half. They extended their dominance to 17 points in the third term, before the Eagles cut the lead to 14 points at the final buzzer. 

Mildura 84 def Camberwell 70

28 points in the third quarter contributed to Mildura’s 14-point win over Camberwell. The Heat led by two points at half time, before they broke the game open in the third term. Alex Newstead and Jacob Pettway both had 18 points, while Calvin Henry had 17 points. Maxwell Barkeley had 28 points and six rebounds for the Dragons.   

Pakenham 79 def by Altona 80

Overtime was needed to separate these two sides. Pakenham led by five points at quarter-time, before the Gators overturned the deficit to lead by two at the half. Pakenham took the lead in the third, but they could not hold it as the Gators levelled the scores in the fourth to send the game into overtime. Nathaniel Coory and James Till both had 18 points for the Gators, while John Creighton had 20 points and 13 rebounds for the Warriors. 

Sherbrooke 116 def North East 88

The Suns stamped their authority on the contest with 41 points in the first term. The lead extended to 28 points in the second term, before the Bushrangers reduced the margin to 15 points at three-quarter time. Any chance of a Bushrangers’ comeback was dashed as the Suns scored 36 points in the last quarter to win by 28 points. Kraig Sheilds starred for the Suns with 35 points and 15 rebounds. 

Mornington 77 def by Melton 100

Melton shot 45% from the field to claim a 23-point win over Mornington. Christopher Johnson had 23 points and 13 assists for the Thoroughbreds, while Deakin Pereira had 18 points and 13 rebounds. Melton scored 58 points in the paint and 14 points from turnovers, along with 19 second chance points.

RMIT 87 def by Maccabi 89

Maccabi held off a late RMIT fightback to claim a two-point win. Benji Tamir had 26 points and 10 rebounds, while Adam Klas had 25 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Warriors, while Stephen Coffey had 23 points for the Redbacks. The Warriors scored 38 points in the paint and 16 points from turnovers.

Craigieburn 81 def Southern Peninsula 66

The Eagles were too strong for the Sharks at the Craigieburn Sports Stadium. The Eagles shot 49% from the field and collected 43 rebounds and 15 assists in an all-round display. Damon Smith (22 points and 12 rebounds) had a double-double, while Jackson Wynne had 15 points off the bench. 

Division Two Women

Sherbrooke 96 def Collingwood 65

Sherbrooke were too strong for Collingwood at home. The Suns set the pace early in the game and led by 15 points at half time. The lead extended to 17 points in the second term, before a 27-19 run in the third gave them a 25-point lead to take into the last quarter. Deslyn Applewhaite starred with 26 points, 15 rebounds and four assists, while Nyesha Sims had 20 points for the All Stars. 

Blackburn 87 def Wallan 55

A strong second half performance handed Blackburn victory over Wallan. With scores tied at half time, the Vikings stamped their authority in the second half by outscoring the Panthers 51-19. The Vikings held the Panthers to 16-56 shooting from the field and only conceded six points in the last quarter. Andrea Belmonte and Samantha Zennaro finished the game with 16 points, while Gemma Jackson top scored with 16 points for the Panthers. 

Melbourne Uni 73 def North East 53

A double-double by Emmie O’Nial guided Melbourne Uni to a 20-point win over North East. O’Nial had 21 points, 15 rebounds and three steals in a player of the match-performance. The Black Angels led by seven points at half time, before a 27-15 run in the third term gave them a commanding lead. The Bushrangers tried to mount a comeback in the final quarter, but the Black Angels were too strong.

Melton 70 def Mornington 62

Melton came out on top in a tight contest against Mornington at the Melton Indoor Recreation Centre. The Thoroughbreds overturned a three-point quarter time deficit to lead by five points at the half. Both teams were gridlocked in the third term, but the Thoroughbreds once again prevailed with a 18-15 run in the last quarter. Melton outrebounded Mornington 45-33 and collected 18-9 assists. Jenna Conroy top scored for the Thoroughbreds with 14 points, while Mornington captain Sammie Simmons worked tirelessly throughout the game and collected 23 points, nine rebounds and three steals. 

Coburg 90 def by Pakenham 101

31 points in the second quarter helped Pakenham beat Coburg at the Coburg Basketball Centre. The Warriors trailed by one point at quarter time, before a 31-25 run in the second quarter gave them the ascendency leading into the second half. Coburg reduced the margin to four points in the third term, but they could not continue to close the gap in the fourth as Pakenham came away with an 11-point win. Keely Patterson had 27 points for the Warriors, while teammate Stephanie Pal had 24 points and nine rebounds. 

Victorian Youth Championship Men

Blackburn 72 def by Bulleen 86

The Boomers chalked up their fourth win of the season with a 14-point win over the Vikings. It wasn’t an easy win for the Boomers however, with the Vikings taking a 12-point lead into half-time, before Bulleen steadied to level the scores by the end of the third quarter. From there, they would cruise to victory. For the winners, Shaun Atkins notched a 21-point, 10-rebound double-double, while Jack Roberts led Blackburn with 21 points and eight rebounds.

Hawthorn 81 def by Melbourne 84

The Tigers put an end to their losing streak with a hard-fought three-point win over the Magic. Trailing 47-38 at half-time, the Tigers wrested back control in the second half, eventually taking the lead for good with under four minutes remaining. Mason Gaze had 24 points and five assists for the Tigers, while Alex Higgins-Titsha had 20 points, nine rebounds and five assists in a strong all-around performance. Joe Furphy scored 30 points for the Magic, who fall to 3-7 for the season.

Dandenong 93 def Keilor 68

The Rangers continued their unbeaten streak, outscoring the Thunder in each quarter to record a comprehensive win. Dandenong was able to win comfortably thanks largely to decisive edges in second-chance points and points in the paint. Three Rangers scored in double figures, led by Lachlan Viney with 21 points. Zac Triplett scored 17 points for the Thunder, who slip to 6-6.

Waverley 86 def Southern 65

The Falcons consigned the Sabres to a fourth straight loss with a 21-point win. Leading by only one point at the main break, the Falcons asserted themselves in the second half to register their fifth win of the season. Malek Bar had a 16-point, 10-rebound double-double off the bench for the Falcons, while Mitch Stewart led the Sabres with 19 points and eight rebounds. 

Melbourne 88 def Sherbrooke 67

The Tigers made it two-from-two for the weekend with a big win over the struggling Suns. The Tigers did their work early, leading by 20 points at half-time en route to their seventh win of the season. Mason Gaze led the Tigers with 23 points and six steals, while Tyrone Tonkin scored 20 points for the Suns, who have now lost 10 straight games.

Knox 100 def Diamond Valley 81

A dominant second half has seen the Raiders score their seventh win of the season against the Eagles. Trailing by one point at half-time, Knox upped the ante in the second half and Diamond Valley couldn’t keep up as the Raiders won convincingly. Corey Fiddes was the star for Knox, with 26 points, while Ryan Bowkett led the Eagles with 19 points. 

Ringwood 90 def Blackburn 69

The Hawks won their fifth consecutive game with a 21-point victory over the Vikings. Leading by 11 points after the first quarter, the Hawks faced a rally from the Vikings in the second term, before righting the ship in the second half to take the win. Sebastien Lees led six Hawks in double digits with 15 points, while Bul Niop scored 16 points for Blackburn.

Kilsyth 96 def Waverley 87

The Cobras made it eight wins in a row after defeating the Falcons 96-87. Waverley led by one point at half-time, but the class of the Cobras shone through in the second half as they willed their way to victory. Mitch Dielemans starred with 24 points, five rebounds and 10 assists for Kilsyth, while Malek Bar had 23 points and six rebounds for Waverley.

Nunawading 85 def McKinnon 72

The Spectres won their sixth game of the season by 13 points against the Cougars. The Spectres took a handy seven-point lead into the first break and never looked back as the Cougars failed to present much of a challenge. Abraham Gatwech Chol led the Spectres with 21 points and eight rebounds, while Leon Twigg scored 16 points for the Cougars.

Victorian Youth Championship Women

Melbourne 46 def by Sunbury 59

Sunbury overcame a poor shooting night to defeat Melbourne by 13 points. The Jets shot only 25% from the field, but made up for it by making 16 free throws. Chloe Angove was the star, scoring 27 points including five threes. No Tigers player managed to reach double figures. The win is Sunbury’s fourth and the loss Melbourne’s third.

Knox 62 def by Kilsyth 79

Kilsyth outperformed Knox, winning by a comfortable 17 points. The Cobras shot an impressive 43% from the field and 38% from behind the arc on their way to the win. Madalene Taranto led the way for Kilsyth, registering 17 points and nine rebounds. Arielle Williams scored 16 for the Raiders. Kilsyth won their first game of two for the weekend. Knox are now at 5-5 and sitting in the middle of the pack.

Bendigo 125 def Bulleen 45

Bendigo simply demolished Bulleen in a dominant showing, winning by a staggering 80 points. The scoring for the Braves was led by Tess Barnes and Hayley Harrington who scored 28 and 27 respectively. Bulleen struggled to shoot, going at 20%, and were outrebounded by 30. Kate Sturzaker led their scoring with 13 points. The win was Bendigo’s seventh while Bulleen are still last and still winless.

Dandenong 77 def Nunawading 76

Dandenong came out on top by the smallest margin against Nunawading. Hannah Rapp made a jumper with six seconds left to give the Rangers the win. Emily Sewell had 26 points and 10 rebounds for the victors while Hana Bektas had 14 for the Spectres. The Spectres move to 8-2 and the Rangers to 6-4.

Waverley 65 def Diamond Valley 49

Waverley defeated Diamond Valley thanks to 18 points and 22 rebounds from Nyakoang Lok. The Falcons didn’t lose a quarter in the 16-point victory. The Eagles were led by 10 points from Brianna Gregory-Johnson.

Sunbury 62 def by Southern 69

Sunbury fell short against a strong Southern Sabres side, going down by six points. The result came despite 30 points from Nyomi Stowers and an excellent all-round game from Emily Conn. The Sabres were led by 16 points from Chelsea Bransden off the bench.

Ringwood 60 def by Altona 65

Altona came out on top in a close game with Ringwood, winning by just five points. Tyla Paraha scored 17 points to lead the Gators in scoring. Annabel Deerbon had a double-double for the Hawks, with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Kilsyth 70 def Waverley 55

Kilsyth eased to a win over Waverley thanks an excellent team performance on both ends. The Cobras outperformed the Falcons defensively, getting 15 steals. Grace Moxey scored 13 to lead the Cobras, while Alyssa Weston had 19 for the Falcons.

Nunawading 78 def Ballarat 42

Nunawading cruised to victory against Ballarat thanks to the poor shooting of the Rush. Ballarat could only manage to make 24% of their shots, finishing with only 42 points for the game. Rebecca Eddy led the Spectres in scoring with 12 while Mackenzie Nicholson had 11 for the Rush. 

Hawthorn 51 def by Hume City 76

Hume City dominated against Hawthorn to win by 25 points. The Broncos won every quarter and were led by 24 points from Tashia Overby. The Magic had Brianna Ritchie come off the bench and score 16 points to lead them in scoring. Hume move to 5-5 while the Magic picked up their eighth loss of the season.

Youth League One Men

Camberwell 100 def by Altona 102

The Gators’ strength was put to the test this week in a game that went down to the wire. Ely Tom starred for Altona, finishing the game with 15 points, five rebounds and four assists, whilst teammates Samson Rocker and Joseph Mammone added pressure to the scoreboard, finishing with 17 and 14 points respectively. From Camberwell, Tom Moncrieff made a three-point shot late in the game but it wasn’t enough to secure the win.  Moncrieff (23 points) along with Matthew Zappala (25) and Charlie Fitsioris (26) all finished with 20 plus points. Altona hold on to their winning streak, making it three in a row after this two-point win against Camberwell. 

Bendigo 90 def Corio Bay 69

One point separated the Braves and the Stingrays at halftime. The first half saw both sides evenly matched but after the main break Bendigo came out firing and continued to dominate the remainder of the match. Bendigo’s 21-point victory saw Rhys Brown finish with 20 points, whilst Aidan Brown had eight rebounds and 13 assists. From Corio Bay, Jordan O’Leary emerged as a key player, securing 21 points, six rebounds and three assists. This was the Stingrays only game for the round, whilst Bendigo look to make it two from two. 

Warrandyte 72 def Hume City 69

Warrandyte recorded their second win the season whilst handing Hume City Broncos their sixth straight loss. This game went down to the final quarter, with only one point separating the two teams leading in to the final term. Sebastian Goldby played well for Warrandyte, finishing with 17 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Whilst four players from Hume City scored in double figures, Bailey Kirkman leading the way with 21 points, followed by Christopher Alai and Marshal Kearing (16 points apiece) and Mitchell Goodwin (10). 

Werribee 73 def by Frankston 116

In their only game for the round, Frankston remained dominant throughout the entirety of the game. Every player from Frankston added to the scoreboard, with Tom Garrett leading the way with 18 points.  Fitso Bizmia emerged as a key player for Werribee, finishing the game with 22 points, two rebounds and two assists. Close behind was Kevin Brandariz, who scored 14 points and had seven rebounds. 

Sunbury 80 def by Camberwell 110

Camberwell redeemed themselves against Sunbury, leaving the match with a comfortable 30-point victory. A close first quarter saw Camberwell kick into high gear after the first break. Leading the way for Camberwell was Cameron Anderson and Jai Scales, who scored 21 and 23 points respectively and finished with a combined 19 total rebounds. From Sunbury, Aidan Darmanin (17 points), Joshua O’Connell (16) and James Reeves (14) all finished with double figure scores. 

Ballarat 104 def Bendigo 74

Bendigo were unable to go two from two this round. A poor fourth quarter saw them fall short and allowed Ballarat to walk away with a 30-point win. Despite the loss, Jack White starred, and with 20 points and five rebounds he was the leading scorer for Bendigo. Joshua Fiegert and Amos Brooks played well for Ballarat, scoring 22 and 21 points respectively. Ballarat continue to remain at the top of the ladder as they continue the season undefeated.

Geelong 76 def Casey 69

Casey entered the final quarter only two points down, but were unable to muster the strength to beat the Supercats. Geelong have Wang Nyieth and Josiah King to thank for their victory, with both players finishing with 18 points apiece and a combined 22 rebounds. From Casey, Blake Taylor led the way with 24 points and nine rebounds. 

Youth League One Women

Casey 85 def Geelong 51

Casey put in a strong defensive game to beat Geelong by 34 points. The Cavs held their opponents to 27% shooting from the floor and under 15 points in each quarter. The Cavs were much stronger at the other end of the court and scored over 20 points in three of the four quarters. Casey scored 56 points in the paint and 37 points off the bench. Peta Rhodes led the way with 17 points, while Renee Dabas came off the bench to have 16 points and eight rebounds. 

Camberwell 75 def Corio Bay 50

Camberwell extended their winning streak to eight games with a 25-point win over Corio Bay. The Dragons again showed why they are the division’s pacesetters by dominating both ends of the court, scoring 21 points from turnovers and 18 points off the bench. They led by six points at half time, but broke the game open in the third term with a 17-6 run. 22 points in the fourth quarter extended the lead and ensured they remained at the top of the ladder. Captain Tiarnie Ellingworth top scored with 21 points, while teammate Jessica Bates had 16 points. 

Craigieburn 64 def Eltham 53

Craigieburn outscored Eltham 36-21 in the second half to overturn a half time deficit and come away with a 11-point win. The Eagles shot only 29% from the field but claimed the win by having a strong defence. Carley Cranston top scored with 19 points, while Destiny Valenti-Fakalata had 13 points, five rebounds and two assists.  

Geelong 78 def McKinnon 48

Geelong held McKinnon to 26% shooting from the field in their 30-point win. The Supercats scored 26 points in the paint and 31 points off the bench in a game in which they led by as much as 40 points. Jaimee Crombie top scored with 17 points, while Brunswick Sharp had 15 points off the bench. 

Keilor 71 def by Warrandyte 73

The Thunder and Venom played out a thrilling encounter to end the weekend. Keilor led by nine points at quarter time, but the lead by reduced to two points at the half. The two teams were gridlocked in the third term, but it was the Venom who came out on top in the last quarter, scoring 18 points to claim a two-point win. Ellie Caruana starred with 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Katie Byrne had 14 points for the Thunder. 

Youth League Two Men

Wallan 75 def by Craigieburn 100

Craigieburn secured their sixth win in a row whilst Wallan are still yet to win a game. Craigieburn’s 25-point victory saw the likes of Abraham Solano (17 points) and Jackson Wynne (15 points) emerge as leaders. Jonas Busano played well for Wallan, finishing with 20 points and six rebounds, whilst Sebastian Villegas had 11 points, six rebounds and one assist. 

Melton 84 def Mornington 76

Mornington led 59-55 heading into the final quarter, but were unable to match Melton’s scoreboard pressure. Mornington’s Daniel Nash was the leading scorer of the day, finishing with 26 points and seven rebounds. Fernando Rios-Rodriguez was a strong player for Melton, finishing with 12 points, five rebounds and six assists. This was Melton’s only match for the round, however Mornington looked to redeem themselves against Whittlesea on Sunday. 

Western Port 62 def by Chelsea 71

Chelsea turned their three-game winning streak into four after defeating Western Port by nine points. Chelsea led early thanks to Daniel Brown who was a leading scorer in the first quarter and finished the day with 16 points. It was Aaron Frost however who starred for Chelsea, scoring just under half of their points, finishing the game with 30 points and 11 rebounds. From Western Port, Kane Myers and Taylore Gittos were the top two scorers, finishing with 16 and 14 points respectively. 

Coburg 70 def by Pakenham 102

Pakenham remain at the top of the ladder after their 32-point victory over the Coburg Giants over the weekend. Despite the loss, Coburg player Vito Carbone played a strong game, finishing with 27 points and five rebounds. Pakenham’s Matthew Berkec played an impressive game and finished with a double-double, scoring 30 points and 21 rebounds. 

Collingwood 89 def Maccabi 70

Collingwood All Stars secured their fifth win in a row after defeating Maccabi by 19 points. Maccabi remined consistent throughout the game but were unable to match the pressure of Collingwood, ultimately leading to their defeat. Joel Mason-Shaw and Athiaan Manyiel both played well for Collingwood, scoring 24 and 21 points each and finishing with a combined 11 rebounds. Mackenzie De Bortoli was the leading scorer for Maccabi with 12 points and five rebounds. 

Craigieburn 97 def Keysborough 83

Craigieburn went two from two in round eight. After a win on Saturday, Craigieburn then went on to defeat Keysborough by 14 points, making it seven wins in a row. Dut Dut from Craigieburn emerged as a key player, scoring 23 points alongside nine rebounds, whilst teammate Ross Licciardi recorded a double-double, finishing with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Josh Thoonen and Lachlan Soukup led the way for Keysborough, finishing with 21 and 15 points respectively. 

Mornington 88 def Whittlesea 82

Mornington were able to secure the win against Whittlesea and redeem themselves from their loss against Melton on Saturday. Leading at every break, Mornington remained dominant throughout the game, with Daniel Nash once again emerged as the leading scorer with 30 points to add to his five rebounds. James Smith from Whittlesea recorded a double-double after finishing with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Kallum Marks and James Henderson were also strong players for Whittlesea, finishing with 15 and 12 points respectively. 

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Western Port 56 def by Chelsea 72

It was the Gulls who came out on top at the Somerville Recreation Centre, defeating the Steelers by 16 points. The two teams were gridlocked in the first half and in the third quarter the Gulls gained the ascendency by outscoring the Steelers 19-15. Chelsea stamped their authority in the fourth quarter by scoring 25 points, as they claimed a commanding win. Jaimee Storen top scored with 17 points for the Gulls, while Sharni Hibberd had 17 points for the Steelers. 

Pakenham 56 def by Blackburn 72

Blackburn ended a four-game losing streak by beating Pakenham at Cardina Life. The Vikings overturned a four-point margin to lead by four points at half time. Their lead increased to nine points in the third term, before a 19-12 run in the fourth gave them a 16-point win. Bethanie Gray starred for the Vikings with 20 points, seven rebounds and two blocks, while Tyla Scorah had 13 points for the Warriors. 

Mornington 89 def Coburg 65 

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Werribee 98 def Whittlesea 78

Werribee ran out victors, courtesy of a strong first half. The Devils scored 39 points in the first quarter to lead by 22 points at quarter time. They scored 25 points in the second quarter, while holding the Pacers to nine points to lead by 38 points at the main break. Whittlesea looked a different side in the second half and clawed their way back into the game. The Pacers reduced the margin to 27 points in the third term and then reduced the margin to 20 points at the end of the fourth. Olivia Klaman top scored with 32 points, while Indiana Bodley had 19 points for the Pacers. 

Chelsea 63 def Sherbrooke 49

A dominant first half gave Chelsea a 14-point win over Sherbrooke. The Gulls led by 14 points at half time, but were held by the Suns in the second half. Holly Davues top starred with 22 points, seven rebounds and four assists, while Jaimee Storen had 12 points. 

Collingwood 62 def by Frankston 78

Collingwood were no match for Frankston, going down 16 points at the Darebin Community Centre. The Blues waited until the second half to take command of their clash, outscoring the All Stars 47-35 to secure the win. Captain Tori Jackson starred with 19 points and six rebounds. 

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