Round 9 Recaps

Round Nine done and dusted, who took competitive W’s this time out?

State Championship Men
State Championship Women
Division One Men
Division One Women
Division Two Men
Division Two Women
Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men
Molten Victorian Youth Championship Women
Youth League One Men
Youth League One Women
Youth League Two Men
Youth League Two Women

State Championship Men

Ringwood 111 def. Hume City 95

The Hawks continued their home court dominance with a comfortable win over the Broncos. Four starters reached 20 points or more in the win with Jacob Gibson (23pts) leading the way, while Matt Snow was feeding the shooters all night to finish with a massive 16 assists. Lee Jeka (29pts 4ast) led the visitors despite the defeat, with Trevon Clayton (18pts 15reb) big inside.

Eltham 73 def. by Knox 76

The Raider grabbed an important win on the road against the red-hot ‘Cats. A huge final term run saw the visitors snatch victory when it seemed unlikely as Chris Kaba (21pts 13reb) and Dylan Hare (20pts 4stl) put their teammates on their shoulders. Chris Cameron (17pts) led the scoring for the home side, who only got 37 points from their starters in a disappointing effort.

Waverley 92 def. McKinnon 86

The Falcons saw off the Cougars despite a furied final term, with the visitors coming from 25 points down at the final change before falling short. Daniel Dillon (19pts 8ast) led five players in double digits, with Chris Arkell (16pts 12reb 8ast 3stl) falling just shy of a triple-double. Ivan Platenik (18pts 8reb 3stl) and Dillon Stith (17pts 6reb 3ast) led the Cougars as per usual.

McKinnon 75 def. by Hawthorn 83

It didn’t get any better for the Cougars on Sunday, going down to the all-conquering Magic at home. A bright start for the home side faded fast as they were outplayed after three-quarter time. Deng Deng (20pts 11reb 4stl 4blk) starred in his second game for the Cougars as Dillon Stith (6pts 3-16FG) struggled with his shot. Nelson Kirksey (22pts 8reb 3stl) continued his red-hot form to lead the Magic to another important win.

Knox 91 def. Corio Bay 82

The Raiders held off a plucky Stingrays side with another important win. A strong first term was the catalyst, with the Raiders taking control early before holding on for the rest of the afternoon. Chris Kaba (22pts 6reb) led the way for the Raiders, while Jackson Bentley (20pts 6reb) and Julius Brooks (15pts 14reb) led the ‘Rays in defeat.

Werribee 79 def. by Eltham 106

The Wildcats bounced back in a big way with a huge win over Werribee. The visitors dominated the match and proved far too good during the first three quarters, with Justin Aver (22pts 3reb) and Ben Waldren (19pts 4reb 3ast) leading the way. Deng Chan (27pts 8reb) led the way for the Devils in just 25 minutes despite the big deficit.

Keilor 93 def. Blackburn 83

Keilor snapped a seven-game skid with a win over fellow strugglers Blackburn. A tight first half saw the Vikes lead by two, before Keilor took control of the contest after the main break. Jordan Coleman (25pts 6reb 5ast) was superb, while Matt Spencer (19pts 8reb 5ast 3stl) provided plenty in extended minutes. Brendan Trewella (25pts 7reb 3ast) and Michael D’Agostino (20pts 7reb) led the Vikings in defeat.

Casey 96 def. Waverley 86

The Cavs got a massive scalp, snapping the Falcons’ six-game winning streak in a big win. Raheem Lemons (21pts 12reb 9ast) was enormous in the win, while Brandon Polk (18pts 7reb 3ast) and Brent Hobba (16pts 5reb) chimed in with plenty of contribution. Adrien Sturt (27pts 12reb) and Chris Arkell (20pts 15reb 4ast) led the visitors.

State Championship Women

Ringwood 78 def Hume City 75

A dramatic finish saw the home team get to the charity stripe six times in the last 90sec and five conversions helped them get across the line. Little seprarated the teams throughout, the Broncos looking a chance at causing an upset when they went into the last qtr leading by 4pts. However, with Desi Ramos (24pts) and Amanda Meinking (18pts, 17rbs) leading the way the Hawks scored a tough win. For the Broncos, Nicole Zammit (19pts) and Viv Saad (18pts) led the scoring.

Keilor 52 lost to Eltham 59

The Wildcats used a 35-­‐27 run during the middle qtrs to deliver a much-­‐needed win, taking down the energetic Thunder in a gritty contest. Though both teams struggled to score, Alice Kunek stood above all with her huge haul of 33pts in a match-­‐winning performance. The loss was a big blow for the Thunder, who may have held some outside hope of pushing for finals. Kailyn Williams (14pts, 14rbs) did what she could for the home team.

McKinnon 45 lost to Bulleen 72

Breaking news – did we see Bulleen win for the first time this season wearing McKinnon singlets? Long story, but a good one all the same. A complete second half capitulation by the Cougars saw Bulleen finally score a win, their first for the season in 10 games. McKinnon led by 9pts after the opneing qtr and remained up by 2pts at the half, but that’s where the ascendency stopped. After the main break the Boomers came out firing, delivering a 49-­‐20 second half to celebrate a long overdue victory. Sarah Boothe (25pts, 13rbs) and Jasmine Hines (20pts, 16rbs) proved too hard to stop and were the clear leaders on the night. For the sombre Cougars, only Michelle Joy (11pts) reached double digits.

Sunbury 88 def McKinnon 78

The Jets did just enough to get past a desperate Cougars outfit, the visitors leading the contest by 11pts at one stage. The home team overcame the early defecit and settled down to push clear before the half-­‐time break. Orla O’Reilly was again in top form, dropping 22pts in a match-­‐winning performance for the Jets. She was ably assisted by Chelsea Burns with 15pts. For the Cougars, Ariel Thomas netted 17pts and Megan Kritscher had 14pts, while young Chelsea Bransden came off the bench for 12pts.

Waverley 66 lost to Knox 73

In one of the biggest games of the season, Knox came away from Waverley with a quality 7pt victory. The Raiders led for most of the game, and actually pushed the margin to 18pts at one stage. Kelly Bowen (6pts) was very well held, leaving Tegan Cunningham (19pts) to do the bulk of the heavy lifting for the home team. For the winners, Carly Mijovic scored 16pts and Rebecca Ott added 15pts. An important win for the Raiders as they go clear at the top and take the mantle as title favourites at the halfway mark of the season.


Division One Men

Melbourne Uni 85 def Sunbury 50

No problems here for the Black Angels with a good spread of points and minutes a feature in a big win against the Jets. Jack Railton-­‐Woodcock (17pts) led the even team performance while for Sunbury it was Jacob Formosa (15pts) doing all he could.

Bulleen 94 def Whittlesea 49

A 24-­‐7 start by the Boomers set up an easy win against the disappointing Pacers, but it was a 49-­‐26 second half that really deflated the visitors. Thadd Varmall (23pts) led four Boomers in double digits, while for Whittlesea only Sam Sykes (17pts) got going. Some soul-­‐searching for the Boomers ahead of a Sunday game against Chelsea.

Latrobe City 76 lost to Warrnambool 111

An easy win for the Seahawks in a game that blew out when the visitors dropped 36pts in the third qtr. Xavier Blount went on a scoring spree for his 38pts, with Alex Gynes adding 21pts and Nathan Sobey 16pts. On another tough night for the Energy, James Crockett (19pts) did what he could.

Chelsea 88 def Geelong 87

The Gulls survived an OT scare at home to pip the Supercats. Corey Standerfer (15pts, 11rbs, 11ast) hit a free throw to put the home team up, the charity stripe conversion proving pivotal ahead of Kyle Meyer’s (16pts, 12rbs) long prayer on the buzzer. Matt Brasser (22pts) and Mitch Riggs (22pts) also delivered for the Gulls, while the visitors got 16pts out of Lewis Varley.

Keysborough 98 def Warrandyte 82

Warrandyte took it right up to their more fancied opponents and it was really only a 49-­‐36 run through the middle qtrs by the home team that separated the pair. Gerrard Newby (20pts) and Jonny Kloester (19pts) led the way for the Cougars, while for Warrandyte it was once again Ayinde Sprewell (28pts) doing all he could.

Collingwood 83 lost to Western Port 84

When Dylan Travis missed two late free throws it opened the door for a dream win for the All Stars, but it wasn’t to be as a Wally Elnour shot didn’t drop and the visitors escaped with the win. The Steelers seemed home, but the All Stars charged home late with Manny Hendrix (28pts, 9ast) starring. For the winners, Dylan Travis (28pts) led the way in a tough battle.

Shepparton vs Bulleen -­‐ No result available at the time of writing

Geelong 70 lost to Collingwood 79

A 41-­‐22 second half finally returned the All Stars to the winner’s circle, it was a sharp turnaround led by Jon Lindhe (28pts, 13rbs). Dylan Webb added 16pts, while Manny Hendrix was solid with 14pts, 8rbs, 8ast. Kyle Meyer (17pts) was best for the Supercats. A tough weekend for Geelong with a pair of losses dropping them back from the battle pack.

Whittlesea 96 lost to Chelsea 97

A pair of 1pt thrillers for the Gulls and luckily for them they came out on the right side of both. Given what we saw from the Pacers the previous night you could be forgiven for thinking the whole team had changed, but back at home they just found their groove and were very competitive. Stu Tyrell delivered a tip‐in at the death to grab the win. The Pacers had led by as much as 15pts, such was their performance. Corey Standerfer finished with 32pts, while Mitch Riggs and Matt Brasser had 21pts each. For the Pacers, Dom Bruno (29pts) and Sam Sykes (21pts) played well.


Division One Women

Warrandyte 58 def by Mildura 88

It was an impressive start to the game from the Heat, jumping to a 35 to 11 lead in the opening turn. This put the Venom in a tough position, having to try and make up this ground in the remainder of the game. Unfortunately for the Venom, this attempt didn’t come to light until the 4th but at this point it was too late. The Heat already got themselves out to a 38 point lead and although the Venom won the 4th, the win was still with the Heat.

Camberwell 61 def by Mildura 74

Well the Heat finished off the weekend just how we expected, with two wins. After taking a comfortable win on the Saturday night, they backed up well to defeat the Dragons. Similar to the game the night before, they got off to an early lead, 10 points to be exact. But when the Pacers won the 2nd quarter, they were able to minimise this margin. It was a close 3rd innings but the Heat made sure they got the job done in the 4th finishing with a 23 to 18 point quarter. These wins now put the Heat on top of the ladder.

Casey 112 def Whittlesea 61

What a finish it was for this game? The Cavs dominating with a 51 point win. This was started with their 31 to 12 opening quarter, setting the tone of the game early. By the half way mark, the Cavs were already up by 30 points. The Pacers really had no response and by this point were forced out of the match. The Cavs continued to add to the scoreboard, sinking the heels in during the 4th, finishing 32 to 17.

Latrobe 59 def by Warrnambool 69

After being on the road for what would have felt like an eternity, the Mermaids would have been happy to board the bus back home. They were challenged late by the Energy but came away with the 10 point win. For the first three quarters of this match, the Mermaids led the way. At the half way mark it was the Energy 20, the Mermaids 37. The Mermaids only added to this in the 3rd but when the 4th rolled around, the Energy made a last stitch effort to make up lost ground. They certainly came close but not close enough for the win. They at least manage to lessen the blow.

Chelsea 60 def by Geelong 69

The Supercats have taken a good win over the Gulls, although it was a surprise to most. After starting off the game all squared up, the Supercats made a slight move in the 2nd to lead by just the 6 points at the half. The momentum continued to stick with the Supercats in the 3rd, adding a further 7 points to their margin. But the Gulls had the edge in the 4th winning the quarter 19 to 15 but all this did was bring their losing margin down to single digits. This is somewhat of a positive. This proved to be a good win for the Supercats as their Sunday game didn’t follow suit.

Geelong 78 def by Hawthorn 87

It took an OT period to decide the winner in this match and when push came to shove, the Magic got the job done. There was a lot of back and forth in this match, each side taking it in turns to lead at quarters end. But as the 4th got underway, the Supercats were down and for the most part of this quarter, the Magic remained ahead. But with only 8 seconds remaining, the Magic up by 3, a 3pt shot by Brooke McKay tied up the game and pushed the decision into OT. This extra period was all the Magic though and they cruised to victory.

Werribee 99 def Warrandyte 60

It wasn’t a great weekend for the Venom, following their loss the night before with another one, this time at the hands of the Devils and by 39 points. The Devils had the game decided early on, helped to their lead by the Venom’s 9 point opening turn. But even with this, the Devils went on a 32 to 11 run in the 2nd to really prove a point. The Venom showed promise in the second half, only a few points off the Devils when looking at the quarter by quarter scores. But the first half was the deciding factor and the Devils took home the easy win.

Western Port 39 def by Camberwell 51

It continues to be a long season for the Steelers adding another loss to what is a long line. Both sides started off poorly, only adding single digits to the board but from that point onwards, the Dragons added the distance. By all means it wasn’t the best game for the Dragons but a wins and win and they have now moved into 4th position.


Division Two Men

Melton 82 def Camberwell 68

It’s that close within the top 5 that you lose one game you can drop from 1st to 4th just like that, which is exactly what has happened to Camberwell after going down to the underestimated Melton Thoroughbreds. Nat O’Hara looked like he had to carry his team through this game almost scoring half of his teams total points, but as everyone knows you can’t do it alone.

Craigieburn 87 def Pakenham 70

It started as a close match up with both sides putting in their all, by the time the half-time break came around the Eagles had found themselves in front by 9. The Warriors made sure the Eagles knew they were not giving up easily as they stayed with them all the way through the third and it was only in the 4th when they dropped away and the Eagles ran away with it getting over the line by 17 in the end.

Mildura 93 def Sherbrooke 60

They came, they played, they conquered!

As the Sun set the Heat began to fire, with a close first quarter Sherbrooke put the pressure on the visitors but fell short in the second as they only managed 9 points bringing the halftime scores to 31-45 Mildura’s way. It would be the Heats hot handed sharp shooting that would help them run away with it in the end, Mildura finished the game shooting at 61% from 2 point range and while the Suns were almost half that at only 36% from 2 point range. Mildura will be hunting for 2-2 wins this weekend to get themselves back in the top 4, and a strong win like this over the Suns is a great confidence booster for the Heat as they head into their second match Sunday.

Coburg 106 def North East 67

Another team that had the long drive to the city this week was the Bushies, who are still searching for their first win of the season toughed it out against one of the toughest teams in the competition, Coburg. The Giants have been battling it out week in week out to stay on top of the leader board, but being such a close comp every win is a must, and every win they must show no mercy because at the end of the season if it all tied up it will come back to head to head. The Giants came out in full force in the first gaining a hefty 18 point lead, which would prove to be too much for the Bushies who would yet again go home empty handed.

Mildura 76 def Altona 68

Game number 2 for the Heat seen them head to the Swamp, last time these two met was way back in round one where things got a little heated in the Hothouse, but it was Mildura who came out with the win to lead the head to head with the Gators. Altona showed the Heat they meant business staying with them through the 1st half leading by 1 going into the half time break. Apparently someone forgot to tell the Gators about the 3rd quarter, they fell well short as the Heat went on a 29-9 run to steal the lead, the Gators made a last minute run for the win but time would prove to be their enemy in the end.

Craigieburn 102 def Southern Pen 49
And just like that the Eagles make it 8 straight wins, and takes them to the top of the ladder, pushing the likes of Coburg and Camberwell down to 1 win behind them. Luckily for Southern Pen this is the last game they see start recruit Colin Voss sidelined and hopefully the end of their losing streak also. Craigieburn have been putting in the work at both ends of the floor which is definitely paying off for them as they silence what was a top contender for the title by 53 points!!!

Wallan 79 def Sherbrooke 77
It was a nail biter up in Wallan on Sunday afternoon with both teams needing the win if they want any chance at making finals. It was all tied up with 45 seconds to go at 75 all, both teams gettign through their plays and scoring, it was Wallan who played smart, didn’t foul and got the basket, Sherbrooke had no choice but to foul and Wallan  just got over the line thanks to a nice little jump shot from Luke Liesegang.


Division Two Women

Craigieburn 55 def Melbourne Uni  39

The Eagles passed another test at the weekend by accounting for the Black Angels. The home side got off to a positive start and took a 10 point lead into the main break. A mini run from the visitors saw they reduce the deficit by one, but the home side were in control and powered on in the last quarter to record a 16pt win. Another solid performance by Craigieburn’s Nicole Cameron who scored 16 to lead all on court, along with some decisive boards on D, recording 13 of the 15 there along with 4 assists. Rebecca Hassall supported with 10. For Uni, Elise Swan collected a 11p 14rb game – 7 at each end of the floor. A blip of a setback for Melb Uni, but they’ll bounce back. Craigieburn firmly establishing as the team to beat if they weren’t already.

Coburg 69 def by North East 86

The scoreline here doesn’t give justice to the level of improvement the Giants have displayed over the last couple of weeks. However, the Bushrangers got the jump early and opened up a 16pt quarter time lead and it became too wide a gap for the Home side to wind back. Special K as she’s become know Again shining as an example for the younger Giants to emulate, being on court for the full 40 amassing 32pts and 7 steals. Kody West-Linnett supported with 13pts. A solid return back from a week off for North East as Chloe and Olivia Storer combined for 19pts each with Olivia a board off a double. A standout game for Alana Sutton as well racking up 5 assists to go with 9 boards and 13pts.

Wallan 71 def Sherbrooke 40

Wallan got the jump early in this one and proved too powerful for the Suns. To their credit though, while the result was beyond doubt, the visitors did keep pace in the last quarter to take some positives from their experience. We forget sometimes that Sherbrooke are new to the division in 2018 and are always learning from each game. Matt Dunstan continues to encourage and bring his wisdom from experience to the team as well. Tegan Kite led the team with 11pts. For Wallan, another great double from Emmie O’Nial who collected 19pts and 13rbs along with Captain Jayda Hunter notched up 14pts.

Collingwood 32 def by Wallan 83

A disappointing farewell for the undermanned All Stars as they exit the College and head to Darebin for the remainder of their BigV season. The strength of the Panthers was overwhelming and they simply had nothing to counter the Teal Army’s dominance. Emmie O’Nial again starred with 16pts and 17 boards, with Megan Marasco scoring 15 and Jayda Hunter collecting 14.

North East 72 def Mornington 55

Seventeen is a number Mornington are starting to dislike when taking on North East. In Round 1 the Bushrangers opened their season with a 17pt victory, and the same margin came to pass this weekend. After a level first quarter, a lapse in the second term cost the Breakers and the Home team held momentum from 11pts at the half to close it out. Mornington had a short bench as well, so couldn’t work the rotations, so in that sense it was a brave effort. But the Bushrangers played their own game style and did the job for the Home fans. For the visitors, Fiona Darnell scored a game high 20pts and Ricki Lee McCombe had 18. For the winners Rachel Jeffrey collected 14pts, and Ella Hales and Alaana Northey both picked up 12.

Blackburn 60 def Melton 48

It started well enough for the Thoroughbreds who led by a bucket at the half, but an inspired Vikings group charged in the third to hold the visitors to single figures and establish a 13 point lead at the last change. In a game that delivered a 12 point result, it showed how close and hard fought the rest of the game was. Blackburn go to 5-0 at Home, sending a clear message to visiting teams. For the Vikings, Victoria Sumskas had a solid 11pt and 14rb double, Andrea Belmonte collected a 10pt 16rb double. For Melton, Emily Attard continues to grow in the team and led the Thoroughbreds with 15 Points.


Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men

Sherbrooke 84 def McKinnon 81
McKinnon are making a habit of being stuck in tight games, and the Suns were able to hold on in this one thanks to strong games from Dow and Parker. Geer and Peynenborg turned it on for the Cougars, but only 7 bench points was too much for the team to overcome.

Eltham 95 def Knox 74
Mark Scherf was unstoppable on offence for the Wildcats, and their defence remained as strong as ever for them to cruise home against the Raiders. After a quick Eltham start, Knox fought back in the second, but after the half it was all Wildcats.

Hawthorn 67 def by Melbourne 79
This game was tight up until the last quarter, where the Tigers blitzed Hawthorn 21-7. Kinkela continued his good form for Melbourne, with Tattersall, Chehal and Daniels all strong off the pine. Hawthorn didn’t make a basketball from the field in the last quarter till  there was only 22 seconds to play.

McKinnon 89 def by Hawthorn 99
After a disappointing finish on Saturday night, the Magic took care of business on the road against McKinnon. Like yeast, Furphy rose to the occasion to the tune of 21 points on 6-9 shooting. Hawthorn shot 52% from the field and  63% from deep!

Nunawading 67 def by Eltham 74
Nunawading had been on a tear heading into this game, but the Wildcats were in tremendous form themselves. Eltham let their intentions be known early, leaping out to a 34-21 lead after 10 minutes of action. Graham was a bright light for Nunawading, but he didn’t have enough running mates as many of their other stars couldn’t get it going.

Keilor 79 def Blackburn 71
Keilor are a different team when BJ Symons suits up for the youthies, and he was dominant on both ends in this one. Hutton and Beasley joined him with double digit scoring. Jake Heath returned for Blackburn but couldn’t get them over the line.

Ringwood 58 def by Melbourne 83
Melbourne are making a habit of spreading the scoring load around, and that’s making them extremely tough to cover. Five players scored at least 12 points, and as a team they shot 40% from deep. Ringwood struggled hitting shots all game thanks to a tough Tigers defence.

Sandringham 94 def Diamond Valley 73
Sandringham got up big in the first half, and were able to spread the minutes around their team. Taylor played just the 20 minutes, but still managed to drop an efficient 19 points, while Cigognini also put up 16 points in a hurry. Diamond Valley struggled to keep the Sabres out of the paint throughout.

Altona 64 def by Dandenong 90
Dandenong continue to mix up their lineup, but it didn’t hurt them against the Gators as they ran away strong winners. Lawson Eales had 19 and 10 on just 10 shots in 21 minutes to lead the way for the Rangers. Altona managed to grab 12 offensive boards but could only convert that into four second chance points.

Molten Victorian Youth Championship Women

Hawthorn 56 defeated by Bendigo 84

The Braves had the Magic on ice on Saturday night as they blitzed their opponents in the opening three quarters before they even knew what had happened! Danielle O’Toole was once again at the forefront for the Braves with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Hayley Harrington chipped in as well. 

Bulleen 67 defeated Ballarat 62

Bulleen secured another win at home, as a strong opening half was nearly washed away before bogging the game down in the final quarter. Alysha Casey had 20 points for the hosts, while Amelia Jarvis (22 points, 12 rebounds) had a big game for the Rush. 

Hume City 53 defeated by Nunawading 73

Nunawading continued their dominance in season 2018 with a strong win away from home against the Broncos. Caillin Ibbotson recorded 13 points, while Hana Bektas (12 points, 11 rebounds) secured a double double in the win. Leilani Siamoa was best for the Broncos with 10 points and four dimes.

Diamond Valley 66 defeated Ringwood 62

Diamond Valley overcame a testy Hawks squad off the back of Mikayla Peterson (23 points) and in-form Ivanna Vasiljevic (16 points, 5 reboudns). In what was a very even contest, the Hawks just couldn’t fire from beyond the arc (1/11), despite Danielle Calvisi (15 points) and Rachael Watson (14 points, 17 rebounds) playing well.

Knox 86 defeated Bulleen 46

Knox allowed just 12 points in the second half to dominate their rivals in Bulleen as two key Raiders stars led them to victory. Maighan Hedge poured in 25 points, while MVP candidate Eliana Bravington recorded 21 points and 19 rebounds. Maddy Phillips had 14 points for the visitors. 

Ballarat 70 defeated Hume City 64

Ballarat bounced back on Sunday afternoon with a six-point victory over Hume City. Double doubles to Amelia Jarvis (12 points, 12 rebounds) and Lydia Brooks (12 points, 14 rebounds) were assisted by Laura Taylor’s team high 14 points, eight rebounds and five assists to see the Rush over the line. Jaime Germaine-Gray had 19 points for the Broncos.

Bendigo 52 defeated by Nunawading 59

Bendigo pushed Nunawading all the way to the end, although it always felt like the Spectres had control of this one to run away seven-point victors. Hana Bektas and Rebecca Eddy each had 12 points and eight rebounds, while for the home side Hayley Harrington (14 points, 20 rebounds) and Danielle O’Toole (12 points, 10 rebounds) both recorded double doubles.

Ringwood 63 defeated Melbourne 51

The Tigers were always going to be potential victims after the Hawks lost one on Saturday night; Ringwood bouncing back with a vengeance to win by double digits. Rachael Watson finished with 16 points and eight rebounds, Mikaela Miller chipping in with 14 and six. Em Kurkowski registering a team high 11 points for the Tigers. 

Warrandyte 42 defeated by Waverley 57

The Falcons used a 21-12 first term to open up a margin and never looked back to defeat Warrandyte. In what was Siobhan Mac Aodha’s 100th Big V game, it may be one she’d rather forget with just two points on 1-11FG. The team unfortunately wasn’t much better at just 19%FG, not winning many games with those statistics. Nyadouth Lok on the other hand was locked in, scoring 24 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. She had six assists, three steals and two blocks to boot as well!

Sandringham 67 defeated Diamond Valley 51

The defending champs continue to get it done week in, week out with a commanding victory over finals bound DV. Sophie Van Vliet scored a game high 16 points to go with nine boards, while Meg Ragauskas finished with 15 points, five rebounds and five assists. Ivanna Vasiljevic once again the best for the visitors with 15.

Altona 58 defeated Dandenong 54

It was close, it was a struggle, but one of the league leaders managed to just get over the line against a team who’s arguably going to be the most dangerous team to play against over the next period of time. Dana Lindemann (16 points, 12 rebounds) recorded a double double in the win, while the combination of Renee Dabas (21 points, 15 rebounds) and Amy Baum (18 points) is one to watch over the next month.


Youth League One Men

Corio Bay 85 defeated Coburg 79

The Giants jumped out to a nine-point lead in the opening quarter but could not sustain the pressure required as Jordan O’Leary and Cohen Blythe led the Stingrays back to victory. O’Leary finished with 23 points, while Blythe had 22 to escape the Giants who were paced by Damien Watson’s 22 points and five rebounds.

Waverley 113 defeated Ballarat 73

Waverley continue to cruise through the 2018 regular season with another large margin put on the table. Currently it seems as though the Falcons are running the gauntlet and they’re going through each game with a number of contributors. Nathan Malloy scored a team high 18 points, while Golong Golong had 16 points, six boards and nine dimes off the bench in just 20 minutes. Seven players reached double figures for the Falcons, while just Dyami Hayes (22 points) and Josh Fiegert (21 points) reached that mark for the visitors.

Werribee 84 defeated Bendigo 49

Werribee made light work of the Braves to keep pace with the leading pack. Marol Kuany led the way with 15 points, while fellow up-and-comer Lino Manhom had 10 points and 14 rebounds – both coming off the bench. In a scrappy game for Bendigo, Brodie McDonald had nine points off the bench to lead his team in scoring.

Sunbury 76 defeated Warrandyte 71

Sunbury did what they needed to do against a testy Warrandyte side playing with Justin Ronan-Black right now. Jack Cousens (13 points) stepped up in his absence, while Jarrod Molnar (24 points, 8 rebounds) continued his good form. However, it was the team with a ton of depth who secured the points, receiving contributions from Townsend (19 points, 7 rebounds), Collins (17 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists) and Baker (16 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists).

Coburg 76 defeated by Geelong 83

While Saturday night seemed to favour the home sides, Sunday was the complete opposite. The Supercats continued their form with a seven point win off the back of Max Kos’ 20 points and Josiah King’s 16. Vito Carbone had 24 points and seven rebounds for the Giants, as Jarryd Reid (13pts, 14reb) recorded a dub-dub.

Bendigo 94 defeated by Hume City 108

Hume City are starting to make some strides in the competition with an offensive explosion on the road at Bendigo. Mitch Goodwin put up 27 points and seven rebounds in the win, while he was aided by Bailey Kirkman (21 points) and Waays Hassan (16 points, 6 assists). For the Braves, Jack White was good with 19 points, as was Jake Willcocks (18 points, 7 rebounds) and Aiden Brohm (10 points, 8 assists) 

Ballarat 56 defeated by Werribee 87

The Devils made it two from two for the weekend securing the Ben and Ball double. Daniaell Herbert bounced back from a quiet performance Saturday night with 26 points, while Amos Brooks (has seen some senior duties) continues to show strides in his development with another 15-point, nine rebound performance. 

Warrandyte 38 defeated by Camberwell 71

It seems as though Warrandyte put all their eggs in the Saturday night basket trying to overcome the undefeated and were out of gas a day later; Camberwell proving far too strong across the course of 40 minutes. Shaun Atkins had 18 points, while Tom Moncrieff scored 12 points to go with eight rebounds as the Dragons powered away. Cody Perry-Allamby recorded 16 points for the hosts.

Casey 69 defeated by Waverley 85

The Falcons continued to roll on Sunday with a 16-point win over Casey at Casey Stadium. Nathan Malloy once again scored a game high 16 points to go with five rebounds. Cody Fredrickson scored eight and had nine assists. Luke Beard had a team high 14 points for the Cavs, who shot the ball at a hood clip (43%FG) but couldn’t halt the Falcon freight train that’s happening right before our eyes!


Youth League One Women 

With Keilor having a much deserved weekend off it gives Geelong and Corio the chance to get one win closer and also giving Sunbury the chance to take that top spot away from them. 

Geelong 63 def Chelsea 30

It looked like a great start with both teams putting up baskets early, but would turn into an extremely slow match by half way through the first quarter, with only 3 points being made in the last 4 and a half minutes. Geelong found some form in the second ramping it up all while keeping the Gulls to single digits again finishing up the quarter with a 16 point lead. Unfortunately for the Gulls the second half didn’t get any better for them as the Supercats scored more points in just the 3rd quarter than the Gulls did in the whole second half. With Geelong’s win it seals them in 3rd position and a fighting chance at the title.

Sunbury 72 def McKinnon 43

Losing Emma Crees is going to prove to be quite a loss for the Cougars, having both Emma and Chelsea on the floor together would have made a tough battle for all teams facing them. Today we got to see the battle of the best still though, Chloe Angove vs Chelsea Bransden, sadly for Chelsea Chloe and her Jets were too strong and taking home the win. Sunbury have proven to be one step above the others so far this season and this match was no different, I did expect it to be a lot closer than this but the Jets have proven that defence can make or break a game quick smart.

Camberwell 66 def Sunbury 59

OMG!!!! Congratulations are in order for Camberwell who have done what none other before this season has been able to do, defeat Sunbury. I’m not sure if it was the fact of having to back up on a double or they just dropped the ball this game but I am sure they are going to kick themselves for this loss. They can blame their second quarter efforts, as Camberwell came from 8 points behind and went on to take the 2nd quarter 23-8. The Dragons went into half time pumping leading the Jets by 7 points, but as we all know the Jets never give up and the Dragons fight wasn’t over, the Jets made the first 8 points in the 3rd putting them back in front but Camberwell pushed back heading into the final term up by 6. It was a tough battle but Camberwell held on and got what every team has been trying to get, the win over Sunbury.

Corio Bay 107 def Eltham 59

When one player from the opposition almost outscores your entire team you know you are in trouble, there was light in one of the Wildcats eyes however as she (Ellen Horsley) tore it up with an impressive 18 points and 16 rebounds. The Stingrays made it rain in the 3rd drowning the Wildcats with a 34-8 quarter, including a 15 point run throughout the middle of the quarter. Eltham put in a tremendous  effort in the final term keeping up with the strong Stingrays, even though they knew it was too late they showed fight and determination to not give in. With next weeks match up they will need that fight and determination as they take on the Gulls who have also been struggling this season.


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Frankston 85 def Chelsea 64

The Blues continue their winning ways, now up to 4 straight after this match. The opening quarter looked like it was going to be a tight game but when the Gulls fell to just 5 points in the 2nd, the game opened up for the Blues. The Gulls returned to their scoring ways in the second half, but that one quarter made such a difference. The Blues were able to continue to add to their lead and continue on to their win.

Mornington 84 def Maccabi 65

This game here was the beginning of a great weekend for the Breakers, but not so much for the Warriors. Both sides have a record of two in a row after this weekend but the difference is that it’s wins for the Breakers and losses for the Warriors. In the 1st quarter, the Breakers doubled the Warriors opening score, putting them in great stead for the remainder of the match. This was good considering the next three quarters were to be close. Although only a few points separated the two, the Breakers did enough to not only keep a hold of their lead but to add to the margin also.

Chelsea 68 def by Mornington 82

This was both teams second game for the weekend and it was a game that brought about different feelings. For the Gulls it was another loss to add to the pile and for the Breakers, well it was win number two. There was really nothing the Gulls did wrong in this match, the game purely coming down to the opening quarter. The Breakers put 36 points on the board in the 1st, the Gulls 12. This was enough to keep the Breakers ahead for the rest of the match even with the Gulls winning the 4th quarter 22 to 10. Not the weekend the Gulls wanted.

Whittlesea 72 def by Craigieburn 104

The Eagles are eager to remain close to the Thoroughbreds and that number 1 spot and taking wins that they can’t afford to lose is the way to go. First up for them was the Pacers and they proved to be no challenge taking them down by 32. While the Pacers put together a decent 4 quarter performance, the Eagles showed why they are the 2nd placed team. In each of the first 3 quarters, they went about 10 points better than the Pacers thus adding up to that final margin. The Pacers came out to win the 4th, a good way to finish off the game for them.

Craigieburn 87 def Collingwood 80

The Sunday proved to be a tougher day for the Eagles, fighting hard to take the win over the All Stars. Both of these sides are known for putting points on the board, and this match was no different. The first 10 minutes went the way of the Eagles, but it was the All Stars turn in the 2nd. They managed to make up ground to level up the scores at the half. The All Stars put their noses in front in the 3rd but once again the tables turned in the 4th. The Eagles put 31 points on the board to the All Stars 21 and it was this that saw them win the game.

Pakenham 99 def Western Port 81

It was the bookends of this match that decided the winner, the Warriors really challenged in the middle two. But as the Warriors were successful in adding to their winning column, the Steelers fall to their third straight loss. In the opening quarter, the Warriors put 11 points between themselves and the Steelers and although the game evened up in the 2nd and 3rd, no movement was made by the Steelers to change this. The 4th was the final dagger, the Warriors putting up 26 to the Steelers 19 for the finishing touches on their win.

Keysborough 92 def Wallan 43

The Cougars are starting to get back to how they started this season, stringing wins together. And what better way to string on win number 3 other than a 49 point win over the Panthers. This really was a one sided affair, the Cougars already 29 points up at the half. They were helped to this though, the Panthers putting just 4 points on the board in the 2nd. While the Panthers put double figures together in both the 3rd and 4th, the Cougars did a better job of it and steam rolled to their win.

Wallan 76 def by Whittlesea 80

If you thought the weekend couldn’t get any worse for the Panthers, think about how they felt going down by just 4 points to the Pacers? Starting off on the back foot in this match, the Panthers worked hard to get themselves into a winning position. A 25 to 15 3rd quarter saw them within 6 points as we headed into the final turn. Both teams worked hard in the 4th, the Panthers winning the quarter but unfortunately it wasn’t enough for the win. They were in this game though, clutch free throws towards the end tipping the Pacers over the line.

Latrobe 83 def by Melton 107

24 points? This is a great effort from the Energy, they took on one quality side. The Thoroughbreds are well known for putting points on the board and although they managed this once again, the Energy had their turn too. They won both the 2nd and 4th quarters, it was just the other two that the Thoroughbreds had comfortably in the bag.


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Western Port 54 defeated Werribee 52

The Steelers kicked off on a weekend where the home teams dominated proceedings as Western Port snuck past Werribee. Ebony Baxter led the way with 14 points, while it was Georgia Howes who excelled with nine points, 13 rebounds and three assists. While it was tight towards the end, Emma Findlay missed a pair of free throws to ice the game before Alana Anthony’s turnover secured the win for the Steelers. Taylah Lea scored a team high 12 points for the Devils. 

Frankston 73 defeated Southern Peninsula 56

The Blues made a huge push in the second quarter to open up a double-digit margin and not look back. Annabel Fitter has been in some tremendous form and that didn’t stop here. 24 points and eight rebounds for Fitter led the way, as the Blues further continued their resurgence up the table. Keely Toohey finished with 11 points and five rebounds for the Sharks. 

Casey 82 defeated Whittlesea 62

Casey have continued to show their dominance in the division with a 20-point win over finals contender Whittlesea. After weathering the storm in the opening quarter, the home side went on a run throughout the second off the back of Steph Leclerc (15 points) and Kim Shankland (15 points, 12 rebounds). The Pacers did well to keep start scorer Lauren Tuplin to just six points, while Hailey Wynd was excellent again for the visitors with 22 points and 12 rebounds.

Sherbrooke 70 defeated Mornington 55

Sherbrooke recorded a big win for the Association when the Suns came back from an early deficit to defeat the Breakers. Rachael Hurd led the home side with 20 points and seven rebounds, while Bridget Walters recorded 16 points, four rebounds and six assists. Poppy Griffin did her best for the visitors with 14 points and nine rebounds, however wasn’t enough for the Breakers to score the W. 

Blackburn 70 defeated Pakenham 69

In the final game of the round, Blackburn kept that home court advantage for the weekend going to make it five home teams win from five games. They didn’t have it easy however, with the Vikes scraping past the Warriors, despite leading by a fair margin early in the contest. Blackburn opened up the game with a 23-8 run yet were pegged back throughout the middle quarters. It took big games from Nikolina Sukurica (16 points, 8 rebounds) and Andrea Belmonte (11 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists) to lift the home side over the top. Sarah Thompson was good with 16 points, while Samantha O’Neil battled brilliantly for 13 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, four steals and four blocks.


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