Category: NBL1

2021 NBL1 North wrap: Round 12

JUST a trio of North Queensland clashes in each of the men’s and women’s National Basketball League (NBL1) North divisions proceeded last weekend due to the snap lockdown announced on Saturday. The Friday night clash saw Townsville Flames win both games over South West Metro Pirates, with Mackay and Rockhampton winning their respective clashes over Cairns, handing the Dolphins and Marlins a combined four losses in Round 12.

WOMEN’S:

Tipping off on Friday night, Townsville Flames put up a big 29-point buffer on South West Metro Pirates, courtesy of a dominant first quarter. Piling on 31 points to 11 to open up a 20-point lead by quarter time, the Flames were unstoppable, winning all four quarters and holding the Pirates at bay. The home team did arrest the poor first quarter by only losing the next three by a total of nine points, but it would be too little, too late with the visitors winning, 80-51.

Mia Murray put up 20 points, as well as four assists, three rebounds and two steals, teaming up well with Steph Reid (21 points, six rebounds, four steals and two assists) for the Fire, while Micaela Cocks (16 points, six rebounds and three assists) and Jaimee Seebohm (eight points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals) were also busy. Amanda Johnson was the standout for the Pirates with a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Tylah King had the 10 points in the loss.

In the standalone Saturday clash, Mackay Meteorettes easily accounted for Cairns Dolphins courtesy of a massive first half. Keeping the visitors to just 24 points in the second half, the Meteorettes piled on 56 points themselves to lead by 32 at half-time. Cairns reduced the deficit to 24 by the final break, before the Meteorettes just poured on more in the final term with a 19-12 last quarter to win comfortably at home, 96-65.

Chelsea Brook was ridiculous picking up 23 rebounds – 16 defensive – to go with her 32 points, four steals, two assists and two blocks. Skye Rees (21 points, eight rebounds and two steals), Courtney Virgo (16 points, nine rebounds) and Sara Storeshaw (13 points, four assists and two steals) were the other three double-figure scorers. For Cairns, Sarah Heard impressed with 19 points, seven rebounds and three assists, ahead of Leichlan Williams (16 points, seven rebounds and three blocks) and Felicity Crotty (12 points, six assists, four rebounds and three steals).

Rockhampton Cyclones handed Cairns Dolphins a second straight loss, winning by 20 points at Bravus Arena. The Cyclones scored 25-18 in the opening term to go up by seven, and edged ahead more at the next breaks. They led by nine at half-time and 13 by the final break, before scoring 20 to 13 in the last quarter to run out impressive 87-67 winners.

Annaliese Watkinson managed a game-high 25 points, paired with six rebounds and five assists. It was Lara McSpadden who stole the show though, recording 23 points and 16 rebounds in a double-double effort, while also collecting four assists and two steals. Tai Wakelin Fray (nine points, nine rebounds, four assists and four steals) came close to a double-double for the Cyclones. Crotty (16 points, four steals and two assists) led the way, with Myra Donkin (14 points, two rebounds and three assists) and Emma Toombs (11 points, four rebounds) not far behind.

ROUND 12 RESULTS:

South West Metro Pirates (51) defeated by Townsville Flames (80)
Mackay Meteorettes (96) defeated Cairns Dolphins (65)
Rockhampton Cyclones (87) defeated Cairns Dolphins (67)

MEN’S:

Much like in the earlier women’s division game, the Townsville Heat mens side put South West Metro to the sword early with a dominant first half. They piled on 29 points to 14 in the first quarter to lead by 15 points, then extended that out to 21 by the main break. Maintaining that lead and adding one more by the final break saw them home and hosed, before the Pirates cut that point back in the last to go down by 21 points, 68-89.

Sam Froling (16 points, 12 rebounds and two assists) picked up a double-double for the Heat, as Jalen Patton-Croker (15 points, four rebounds and three assists) and Jackson Todd (15 points, four rebounds and two assists) both contributed plenty of points themselves. Keegan Tudehope was busy across all facets of the game with eight points, eight rebounds and six assists in the win. Jakobe Hunter (14 points, six rebounds) was the key player for the Pirates, as Ramy Kodi (11 points, seven rebounds and two assists) and Joel Matysek (11 points) were the other double-figure scorers.

Mackay Meteors took control early, overcame a Cairns Marlins fightback and then piled on the points in the third term to run out 19-point winners in a clash of big individual efforts. The Meteors raced out to a 13-point lead at quarter time, were cut back to just eight by the main break, and then blew out to 19 at the final change, to hold on by that margin in the end for a 98-79 triumph.

Harry Froling produced one of the performances of the season, dropping a ridiculous nine of 15 three-pointers, on his way to 40 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals. He was far from the only eye-popping number-cruncher on his side, with Emmanuel Malou (12 points, 13 rebounds and five assists) picking up a double-double, and Jerron Jamerson (29 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals) nailing baskets from all areas on the floor. Anthony Fisher (18 points, two rebounds), Deba George (15 points, three assists, two rebounds and two steals) and Alex Loughton (13 points, four rebounds) were the key scorers in Cairns’ loss.

In by far the closest game of the round, Rockhampton Rockets overcame a disappointing first quarter to run over the top of Cairns Marlins and hand the Marlins their second consecutive loss of Round 12. The visitors dominated the opening stanza with a 27-15 opening term, before the Rockets clicked into gear. Only cutting into the lead by one at half-time, they reduced the deficit down to seven at the final break, then piled on 23 points to 13 in the last term to win by a narrow three points, 89-86.

Josh Wilcher (22 points, 15 assists, two rebounds and two steals) was phenomenal in picking passes on offence, teaming up with Kendall Stephens (21 points – five of eight from beyond the arc – and five rebounds) and Najeal Young (17 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals) in the win. For the losers, Fisher produced another big night with 24 points – five of six from three-point range – four rebounds and three assists. James Mitchell had 12 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists in an almost triple-double, while Loughton (17 points, five rebounds) and George (13 points, six assists and two rebounds) all hit double-figure points.

ROUND 12 RESULTS:

South West Metro Pirates (68) defeated by Townsville Flames (89)
Mackay Meteorettes (98) defeated Cairns Dolphins (79)
Rockhampton Cyclones (89) defeated Cairns Dolphins (86)

 

Picture credit: Kieron Place

2021 NBL1 South Men’s: Round 15

IT was a long time between drinks with the National Basketball League (NBL)1 South put on hold due to Victoria’s snap lockdown. But the competition all picked up where it left off, with teams coming out with a point to prove in Round 15 as the competition starts to heat up.

There was one battle that went right down to the wire in Round 15 as Nunawading Spectres and Geelong fought it out until the dying stages of the game. Only two points separated them at the final siren as the Spectres claimed an almighty comeback win, 85-83. It was a tale of two halves as the Supercats had the momentum in the opening half and then lost their rhythm in the second.

Geelong were firing on all cylinders in the opening term as Isaac Turner made his intentions clear opening his account with a triple. However it did not take long for the Spectres to answer the call and quickly level proceedings as it turned into somewhat of a shootout. Both sides were trading points as the lead swung back and forth before Geelong kicked things up a gear. A couple of handy substitutions gave them some fresh legs out on court as they powered home in the final five minutes of the term to blow the lead out to seven at quarter time.

The Spectres were not about to back down from the challenge as they wasted no time hitting the scoreboard in the second to eat into the deficit. A seven point differential quickly turned into a two point deficit with Jack Gandolfo proving to be the man for the job. But every time Nunawading got within striking distance the Supercats found a way to pull ahead and create some scoreboard separation heading into half time up by a handy five points.

The third quarter is where the script was completely flipped as the Spectres levelled the scores within the first minute of the term. From there on out, the Spectres monopolised the play with their increase in defence and offence enabling them to establish dominance. Everything started to fall their way as the Supercats were forced onto the back foot and struggled to find an answer for their opponents’ new found confidence. Holding a four-point lead heading into the final stanza, the Spectres were eager to ride out the game in style but Geelong had other plans getting back within two points in the early stages of the quarter. Nunawading were able to counter everything that was thrown at them, weathering the storm nicely to secure a hard-fought two-point win.

Tom Wright was a key cog for the Spectres draining 22 points at 73 per cent from the field while his accuracy from down town was also impressive as he registered three triples from four attempts. He also finished with four rebounds, six assists and one steal. Teammate Andrew Steel was also in hot form posting 16 points in his 31 minutes on court while also racking up three rebounds in the win. Simon Conn fell just short of a double-double with his 15 points, nine rebounds and five assists as Dain Swetalla quietened down after the first half but still managed 10 points and eight rebounds.

Turner was the main man for the Supercats as he topscored with 22 points at 57 per cent from the field. He also collected one rebound, four assists and a steal in the narrow loss. Owen Odigie was the next best with his 14 points at 80 per cent from the field while also reeling in six rebounds as teammate Jack Macdonald got busy with his 11 points, two rebounds and two assists. Shea Ili managed a handy 10 points in his 34 minutes on court while also finishing with three rebounds, four assists and two steals. George Blagojevic found his rhythm sinking 10 points and nine rebounds in a solid performance.

The second placed Frankston Blues asserted themselves against Sandringham Sabres in a convincing performance while Knox Raiders blew the Melbourne Tigers out of the water with a romping 49-point win. The Miners got over the top of the Wildcats while in the battle of the birds it was the Diamond Valley Eagles that reigned supreme against the Ringwood Hawks, as Kilsyth Cobras toppled the Rangers while Bendigo Braves handed Ballarat their second loss for the season.

Round 15 results:

Geelong Supercats (90) defeated Bendigo Braves (80)
Knox Raiders (124) defeated Melbourne Tigers (75)
Ballarat Miners (86) defeated Eltham Wildcats (76)
Ringwood Hawks (88) defeated by Diamond Valley Eagles (97)
Kilsyth Cobras (83) defeated Dandenong Rangers (71)
Bendigo Braves (84) defeated Ballarat Miners (71)
Waverley Falcons (89) defeated Ringwood Hawks (82)
Sandringham Sabres (73) defeated Frankston Blues (91)
Nunawading Spectres (85) defeated Geelong Supercats (83)

Photo credit: Ian Knight Photography

2021 NBL1 West: Round 16

IT was another cracking round of National Basketball League (NBL1) West action with Round 16 seeing some blowout results in both the men’s and women’s.

It was a nail-biting finish between Joondalup Wolves and Willetton Tigers as only one point separated the two at the final siren (73-74). In the end it was the Tigers that just pipped their opponents at the post somehow holding on despite a second half avalanche.

Willetton came to play in the opening term and while they missed the first shot of the game quickly made up for it with Hunter Clarke asserting himself nice and early on the contest. It took just over two minutes for the Wolves to hit the scoreboard with Willetton impressing both in offence and defence. The visitors did not make life easy for Joondalup as they capitalised on the opportunities that came their way to steadily add to their growing lead. in fact by quarter time the Tigers were up by nine points credit to a 27 point to 16 term. The second quarter tightened up on the scoring front as the Wolves worked tirelessly to reduce the hefty quarter time deficit.

The Wolves flipped the script in the third as they cranked up the intensity on the scoreboard to put pressure on Willetton to create some doubt. But despite Joondalup having more scoring chances the Tigers were able to keep their noses in front as they continued to add to the scoreboard. The lead got out to as much as 14 points before Joondalup once again dug deep to apply the pressure and get back within striking distance with only seven points splitting the two sides at the final change. With the game on the line the Wolves hit the scoreboard in the first 30 seconds of the term and continued that momentum throughout the term. Scores were all tied up with less than five minutes left in the game with the Tigers somehow mustering up another level to grind out the game and clinch victory.

Lochlan Cummings was on fire for the Wolves draining 27 points at 48 per cent accuracy, from the field. He also managed a handy eight rebounds and one assist while teammate Jonathan Wade was the only other player to reach double-digits with his 10 points. The scoring fell off after that as both Reece Maxwell and Mitchell Newton managed nine points and five rebounds apiece in the narrow loss.

There were two main standouts for the Tigers as Damien Scott and Connor Minchenton did the heavy lifting. Scott drained 26 points in 35 minutes of play while also accumulating two rebounds, one assist and two steals. Minchenton on the other hand slotted 21 points at 47 per cent while also registering three rebounds, four assists and four steals. Teammate Michael Vigor got busy with his 12 points and 13 rebounds to collect a huge double-double while also picking up two assists and a steal. The other main contributor for Willetton was Hunter Clarke as he registered 11 points, five rebounds and five assists.

In other results, Rockingham Flames imposed themselves in both of their matches collecting wins against Warwick Senators and East Perth Eagles. Perth Redbacks also got the double win in Round 16 while Mandurah Magic made their presence felt in their sole outing to clinch victory.

Men’s results:

Warwick Senators (86) defeated by Rockingham Flames (88)
Perth Redbacks (100) defeated Eastern Suns (89)
East Perth Eagles (66) defeated by Rockingham Flames (77)
Lakeside Lightning (78) defeated by Mandurah Magic (94)
Geraldton Buccaneers (62) defeated by Warwick Senators (90)
Joondalup Wolves (73) defeated by Willetton Tigers (74)
Goldfields Giants (82) defeated South West Slammers (73)
Cockburn Cougars (69) defeated by Lakeside Lightning (73)
Perry Lakes Hawks (92) defeated East Perth Eagles (70)
Eastern Suns (101) defeated by Perth Redbacks (113) 

Women’s:

The final game of the round was a thriller as the Eastern Suns pushed the Perth Redbacks every step of the way but fell just short (63-69). The Redbacks have had a chequered run so far this season while the Suns have struggled to find their winning ways and this game was no different.

The Redbacks held the early ascendancy up by two points at quarter time thanks to their ability to convert and capitalise on the opportunities that came their way. It only took 10 seconds for Makailah Dyer to hit the scoreboard and get the ball rolling for Perth while for their opponents it took just under two minutes for the first score to be made. The Suns skipped out to an early 10 point lead before Dyer put a stop to it with her constant hustle and attack on the rim. A raft of substitutions gave them fresh legs to close out the quarter and reclaim some momentum heading into the second term. The Redbacks took another step up in the second as they put on the after burners with Dyer continuing her merry way and Maddison Allen upping the ante while Samantha Roscoe worked in overdrive for the Suns.

Down by five points at half-time the Suns came out with a pep in their step to reduce the deficit to three points early in the quarter. Their increased hunt and desperation for the ball was on full show as they pressured the Redbacks into turnovers and missed shots while they did not skip a beat. They drew back within two points and then stole the lead credit to a Jewel Williams triple as the momentum started to swing in favour of the home side. Scores were all tied up heading into three quarter time signalling what was going to be a blockbuster final term. But Perth managed to find a way to drag themselves back into the contest and sneak ahead to claim the win.

Roscoe was the dominant scorer for the Suns with her 20 points in 34 minutes while she also collected four rebounds, two steals and three blocks. Mia Jacobs chimed in with 14 points and eight rebounds as Rebecca Motroni contributed 13 points and eight rebounds all of which were defensive. Williams slotted 12 points and while Ellyce Ironmonger did not have a huge impact on the scoreboard she starred off the boards with 12 rebounds.

Dyer topped the table with her 26 points and 12 rebounds for the Redbacks. It did not stop there as she reeled in five assists, four steals and one block. Allen chimed in with 16 points shooting at 56 per cent from the field, while she also registered five rebounds, five assists and four blocks. Raya Thompson was also solid for Perth draining 10 points, four rebounds and two assists.

The Rockingham Flames impressed in their game against Warwick Senators to claim victory while the Redbacks made it two from two against the Suns. East Perth Eagles collected a hard-fought win against the Flames while the Wolves got up against Willetton Tigers.

Women’s results:

Warwick Senators (86) defeated by Rockingham Flames (103)
Perth Redbacks (81) defeated Eastern Suns (62)
East Perth Eagles (82) defeated Rockingham Flames (69)
Lakeside Lightning (56) defeated by Mandurah Magic (96)
Joondalup Wolves (85) defeated Willetton Tigers (79)
Cockburn Cougars (83) defeated Lakeside Lightning (66)
Perry Lakes Hawks (83) defeated East Perth Eagles (54)
Eastern Suns (63) defeated by Perth Redbacks (69)

 

Photo credit: rpmarketing.co

2021 NBL1 South Women’s: Round 15

ROUND 15 of the National Basketball League (NBL1) South Women’s played host to a couple of close calls as nine games played out across the weekend. There were a couple of surprise results as second and third dropped games against their lower placed opponents.

The contest between Knox Basketball and Melbourne Tigers went down to the wire in what was a see-sawing affair. But in the end it was the Tigers that managed to swindle the win by a mere six points and cause a huge upset (78-72).

The Raiders raced out of the blocks in the first quarter as the Tigers simply could not but a basket missing their first three attempts of the game. On the other hand, every time Knox got within shooting range they hit the scoreboard as they immediately established a lead. Melbourne started to kick into gear midway through the term, as their shots started to sink but that was short lived. Within the blink of an eye the Raiders pushed out to an eight point lead and did not look done with yet as they continued to put their foot down. As the clock ticked down to the three minute mark Knox were up by 13 points and looked to have the ascendancy.

It was a complete switch up in the second term as the Tigers came out with a point to prove. Struggling to find her groove in the opening stanza Zitina Aokuso came to life, landing the first points of the quarter for Melbourne to get the cogs ticking over. Momentum began to shift in favour of the Tigers towards the latter half of the quarter as they ate into the margin reducing it from 19 points to 10 within a matter of minutes. Not only was Aokuso upping the ante but so too was Monique Conti as the pair combined seamlessly to chip into the deficit. By half time only six points separated the two teams.

That momentum and trajectory continued deep into the third as Melbourne managed 17 points while keeping the Raiders to 10 points. The Tigers drew level with just over three minutes left in the quarter before stealing the lead thanks to a Tylah Hooper triple at the two minute mark. Sensing a win Melbourne pulled out all the stops in the final term as their big name players imposed themselves to keep the Tigers’ noses in front and grind out the win despite Knox working in overdrive to flip the script.

Leah Santomaggio had a hot hand for the Raiders as she drained an impressive 26 points at 63 per cent from the field. She starred from beyond the arc nailing six of her 10 attempts while she also reeled in four rebounds in the loss. Klara Wischer was in fine form slotting 19 points and fell just short of a double-double with her nine rebounds, one assist and one steal. Lucy Dawson managed to chime in with 10 points, five rebounds and a steal for Knox.

For the Tigers, Aokuso led the charge with her 22 points in 36 minutes of play. it did not stop there though as she secured a whopping 14 rebounds – 13 defensive – along with four rebounds and two steals. Conti managed 15 points at a lowly 29 per cent from the field, plus four rebounds, two assists and a steal while Kirsty Wallace also drained 15 points. Isabella Brancatisano finished with eight points and three rebounds to her name in the win.

In other results, the top of the table Frankston Blues continued their winning ways with victory against Sandringham Sabres as the second placed Bendigo Braves fell to Ballarat Rush. Eltham got the chocolates against the Rush while Ringwood reigned supreme against Diamond Valley Eagles. It was a good weekend to be a Ringwood Hawks fan as they also notched up a win against Waverley Falcons as the Cobras managed to claim victory in their sole outing against Dandenong Rangers.

Round 15 results:

Geelong Supercats (90) defeated by Bendigo Braves (98)
Knox Basketball (72) defeated by Melbourne Tigers (78)
Ballarat Rush (63) defeated by Eltham Wildcats (82)
Ringwood Hawks (84) defeated Diamond Valley Eagles (74)
Kilsyth Cobras (83) defeated Dandenong Rangers (70)
Bendigo Braves (70) defeated by Ballarat Rush (78)
Waverley Falcons (65) defeated by Ringwood Hawks (74)
Sandringham Sabres (62) defeated by Frankston Blues (75)
Nunawading Spectres (78) defeated by Geelong Supercats (83)

Photo credit: Melbourne Tigers

NBL 1 North wrap: Round 11

IN an unimpeded National Basketball League (NBL)1 North competition, there were some serious thrillers that played out across the men’s and women’s divisions in Round 11.

Men’s:

Townsville and Brisbane gave fans a Saturday night show after the two sides couldn’t be separated in regulation time. The back-and-forth contest was settled by a dominant overtime display from the Heat who came out 10-point winners, giving the home crowd plenty to cheer about at the StarFm Stadium.

Early on it was a tough battle, with Peter Crawford nailing a couple late threes to ensure the Heat led by five points at the first break. Ben Volkman and Nicholas Stoddart landed the first two blows for the Capitals to begin the second quarter as it remained tight before the Heat rallied late to lead 52-44 at half time. The third period was even, with Matthew Rees hitting a jump shot to stretch the Heat’s lead out to 11 points early on, and then the Capitals making some shots themselves to reduce the first half deficit by one heading into the final break.

A defence dominated last quarter saw both teams combine for just 28 points. Sam Froling led a block party with four massive rejections in the final term, while Jalen Patton-Croker and Crawford also had one each. The Capitals defence was strongest though restricting Townsville to just three made field goals for the quarter (10 points total). Didan Toto (two blocks, one steal) led the way showing off his defensive presence. While Brisbane didn’t make a heap of shots themselves, Stoddart’s two-pointer with 40 seconds remaining drew the scores level. A frantic last 30 seconds followed with the Heat’s Patton-Croker rejecting Stoddart, giving Ethan Betts a chance at a three-quarter court effort that only just missed, bouncing off the back iron and sending the game into an additional five-minute period. Overtime was a one-sided affair as the Heat started with a 12-0 run, and the Capitals were never able to pull themselves back into the contest. Froling added another two blocks to his name to assert his dominance at the rim, as the hosts went on to win the contest 100-90.

There were plenty of contributors for both teams on the night with Betts (12 points, 13 rebounds) and Froling (15 points, 12 rebounds, seven blocks) recording double-doubles for the Heat, while Volkman scored 14 points and 11 rebounds for the away team. Patton-Croker (23 points) and Crawford (19 points) led the scoring for Townsville, with Stoddart (22 points) and Jacob Wilson (19 points) the most prolific offensive options for the Capitals.

The following afternoon the Heat hosted Cairns, with Froling having another strong game scoring 30 points and gathering 11 boards, however the home side were outplayed in a solid second half performance by the Marlins, who were led by Cairns Taipans product Majok Deng (23 points, 12 rebounds) and Alex Loughton (22 points).

Sunday’s victory was the second of the round for the Marlins after they too defeated Brisbane 97-82 on Friday night. Stoddart (34 points) and Volkman (28 points) were big contributors for the Capitals, but they were outshone by Deng who exploded in front of the home crowd for a huge 46 points (20 of 27 field goals made), 16 rebounds (five offensive) and two blocks.

Meanwhile, the Gold Coast Rollers also recorded two victories in round 11, defeating Red City Roar and South West Metro Pirates to extend their unbeaten run to five games, and USC was the third side nailing a couple victories over the weekend. Rip City’s Tanner Krebs had 32 points in Saturday’s win against the Phoenix, and he added another 33 points in Sunday’s matchup against Northside.

Top of the table Logan Thunder defeated Southern Districts by 33 points and second-placed Mackay had a close game with Ipswich, eventually winning the contest 79-75.

ROUND 11 RESULTS:

Gold Coast Rollers 106 def. Red City Roar 91
Mackay Meteors 79 def. Ipswich Force 75
Cairns Marlins 97 def. Brisbane Capitals 82
Northside Wizards 107 def. Red City Roar 79
Rockhampton Rockets 71 def. by Ipswich Force 80
Logan Thunder 132 def. Southern Districts Spartans 99
South West Metro Pirates 84 def. by Gold Coast Rollers 114
Sunshine Coast Phoenix 99 def. by USC Rip City 106
Townsville Heat 100 def. Brisbane Capitals 90
Townsville Heat 74 def. by Cairns Marlins 90
USC Rip City 89 def. Northside Wizards 74

Women’s:

Round 11 action in the women’s draw was headlined by a clash between the two giants of the competition. Southern Districts Spartans and Logan Thunder both entered the round undefeated, with the Spartans having won all 11 of their games, while the Thunder had recorded 12 successive victories. The game did not disappoint either with both teams having their chances to take the number one spot in the competition. A big last quarter from the Spartans was the decisive factor as they ran over the top of the hosts to clinch a 12-point victory at the Bendigo Bank Cornubia Park Sports Centre.

The first quarter was evenly poised as the Spartans heated up from beyond the arc, sinking five first quarter threes including three from Maddison Rocci alone. This would later prove to be a good scoring source for both team on the night as the Thunder shot 11 of 32 three pointers (34 per cent) and the Spartans made an impressive 15 three pointers from 32 attempts (47 per cent). At quarter time the scoreboard showed the visitors narrowly ahead by just three points. As the second quarter progressed it was much of the same with the home team trying to wrestle back the lead. The quarter went up a notch when Mikaela Cann sunk a triple at the 6.59-minute mark to spark a remarkable run of seven out of eight scores all coming from deep. Kalani Purcell’s field goal put the Spartans up by two points, before the last minute of the second term went without a basket. That meant Southern Districts entered half time with a 44-42 lead.

With neither side willing to give in, the battle continued to entertain fans as the two teams went blow for blow in the third quarter. Eight points to Carla Drennan in the last few minutes of the term helped the Thunder edge in front by two points heading into the final break. A blistering start to the last quarter from the Spartans had the home team under the pump early. Rocci, Nadeen Payne, and Ash Karaitiana all hit three pointers before a Purcell basket made it a 10-0 start in the visitor’s favour. Mikaela Ruef broke the Spartan’s run, but the Thunder couldn’t regain the lead, as Southern Districts came away with an 89-77 victory.

Cann (18 points, six assists) and Ruef (14 points, 16 rebounds, five steals) were impressive for Logan, while Payne (20 points), Rocci (21 points), and Madelyn Willey (21 points) were all offensive threats for the Spartans. Purcell was another contributor for the travelling team completing a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds.

Elsewhere, the Gold Coast Rollers had a successful weekend with two victories. This included a 50-point slaughtering of Red City, led by Casey Samuels (29 points) on Friday night, and a much closer 64-60 victory against South West Metro Pirates on Saturday. The two wins has the Rollers sitting in sixth position. Up North, Townsville also added two wins to their name at home with a 28-point victory over Brisbane and a staggering 62-point demolition of Cairns. Mia Murray led the team on Sunday with 26 points, while all 11 of her teammates also scored in the win against the Dolphins. The loss for Cairns came after Friday’s home defeat to Brisbane, as they went down 75-99. USC Rip City had similar luck in round 11, losing both their matches to the Phoenix and Northside, the latter who also defeated Red City Roar 84-66 on Saturday. Courtney Woods was a key part of the Wizards’ success over the weekend scoring 29 and 23 points in their two wins.

ROUND 11 RESULTS:

Gold Coast Rollers 98 def. Red City Roar 48
Mackay Meteorettes 87 def. Ipswich Force 77
Cairns Dolphins 75 def. by Brisbane Capitals 99
Northside Wizards 84 def. Red City Roar 66
Rockhampton Cyclones 63 def. by Ipswich Force 87
Logan Thunder 77 def. by Southern Districts Spartans 89
South West Metro Pirates 60 def. by Gold Coast Rollers 64
Sunshine Coast Phoenix 62 def. USC Rip City 54
Townsville Flames 76 def. Brisbane Capitals 48
Townsville Flames 117 def. Cairns Dolphins 55
USC Rip City 78 def. by Northside Wizards 89

NBL1 West wrap: Round 15

WHILST other National Basketball League (NBL)1 competitions across the country were impacted by lockdowns, the NBL1 West went ahead with some thrilling contests.

Men’s:

Cockburn and Warwick played out an epic battle at the Wally Hagan Stadium on Friday night with the Cougars coming out two-point winners after the game was extended into overtime. A high scoring first quarter saw the contest headed for quarter time at 30-points apiece. Gavin Field was off to a hot start scoring 12 first quarter points himself. The teams were going shot for shot in the second quarter, before the Cougars managed to get out to a nine-point lead. A late cameo from the Senators’ Justin King, scoring seven straight points, meant his team remained in touching distance of the Cougars who led 56-52 at the main break.

The second half got started with the Senators drawing level again during the third term, but a timeout just before the midway point of the quarter sparked a 13-0 run in favour of the Cougars. They maintained their lead and took an 11-point advantage into the final break. A two-pointer by Cockburn’s Seva Chan was the only basket in the opening two minutes of the last, before a 23-8 run for the Senators put them ahead by two points inside the last 30 seconds. An unsportsmanlike foul on King saw Nicolas Pozoglou hit some clutch free throws, but Field was unable to make his three-point shot in the next play. King owed his team and he stood up hitting a big three with just nine seconds remaining, before Field hit the last shot of regulation time, a three pointer with six seconds remaining, taking the game into overtime. A tight battle eventuated in Cockburn’s Josh Hunt making the final basket of the game with 26 seconds left in overtime.

Field finished the game with 25 points (including five three pointers made) and eight rebounds, while teammates Chan (16 points, seven rebounds, nine assists) and Hunt (19 points) all played well, but from a Cougars perspective Pozoglou was dominant on both ends of the court all night. He finished the game with 24 points (10/16 field goals made) but showed his worth defensively registering a game-high 12 rebounds (10 defensive), equal game-high five steals and the most the blocks as well (four). For the Senators Caleb Davis (25 points) and Cody Ellis had strong performances, but King was the standout with 27 points, eight rebounds, five steals and the teams only block.

The Cougars made it two from two the following the night when they defeated the Willetton Tigers in a much more comfortable 20-point victory. Pozoglou was on fire again recording another 27 points (10/16 field goals made), eight rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two blocks in 23 minutes of action.

Meanwhile, Mandurah made it six straight wins after two more victories in round 15. On Saturday night they defeated the Eastern Suns by 10 points before Scott Machado took over the city on Sunday scoring 37 points in the 95-73 win against the Goldfields Giants. The Cairns Taipans star has been electric since his debut seven games ago, and it’s no coincidence the Magic find themselves in a rich vein of form since his arrival. The Suns had no luck in round 15 as they were already losers on Thursday night suffering a 15-point defeat to the first placed Lakeside Lightning. Rowan Mackenzie also feasted on the Suns scoring 35 points, and there was no stopping him as he backed it up again the following night in front of the home crowd, adding another 30 points in a dominant display from the Lightning as they defeated Joondalup by 27 points.

In an exciting finish, Geraldton’s Mathiang Muo hit a game winning three-pointer with just two seconds left on the clock to secure a 68-67 win against Perth.

ROUND 15 RESULTS:

Eastern Suns 90 def. by Lakeside Lightning 105
Perry Lakes Hawks 105 def. Willetton Tigers 88
Lakeside Lightning 106 def. Joondalup Wolves 79
Rockingham Flames 103 def. South West Slammers 67
Cockburn Cougars 104 def. Warwick Senators 102
Geraldton Buccaneers 68 def. Perth Redbacks 67
Joondalup Wolves 79 def. Perry Lakes Hawks 70
Warwick Senators 112 def. East Perth Eagles 70
Willetton Tigers 76 def. by Cockburn Cougars 96
South West Slammers 86 def. Goldfields Giants 81
Eastern Suns 75 def. by Mandurah Magic 85
Mandurah Magic 95 def. Goldfields Giants 73

Women’s:

Willetton extended its unbeaten run to seven games following victories over Perry Lakes and Cockburn. After Friday night’s road win against the Hawks, the Tigers returned home to face the Cougars at the Willetton Basketball Stadium. Samantha Lubcke scored nine first quarter points as the teams were tied on 18 at the first break. The Tigers scored another 18 points in the second term and took a two-point lead into half time. Willetton really put their foot down in the third term not only scoring 26 points themselves, but also performing strongly on the defensive end, keeping the Cougars to just 13 points for the quarter. An even final quarter was enough for the Tigers to maintain their lead and come out 79-64 winners.

Emma Gandini (12 points, eight rebounds, five steals), Desiree Kelley (16 points), Alex Sharp (eight points, 10 rebounds, six assists) all contributed to the win alongside Lubcke, who was a standout with 27 points and six rebounds. Taylah Simmons (14 points, seven rebounds, five assists) and Olivia Bassett-Scarfe (12 points, five rebounds) were the only two double digit scorers for Cockburn. Two wins in the round for Willetton keeps them one game clear on top of the ladder.

Meanwhile, second placed Joondalup Wolves also secured two wins over the weekend, keeping themselves in touching distance of first position. The Wolves won on the road against the Lightning by 23 points, before they defeated Perry Lakes 69-63 at the HBF Arena. A slow start saw the Wolves trailing by 11 points at quarter time as the Hawks had doubled their first quarter total, but a strong second and third quarter performance where they outscored Perry Lakes 42-22 proved the difference, as they were able to hold off a Hawks comeback in the final term. Neseya Parker-Williams (16 points, 12 rebounds) and Kayla Steindl (15 points, three steals) were good for the Wolves, while Mia Satie was a standout for the Hawks, scoring 22 points and collecting nine rebounds.

In other matches, a massive 20 and 20 game from Mary Goulding (25 points, 21 rebounds) led East Perth to a 10-point victory over Warwick, Carly Boag (18 points, 17 rebounds) also had a big game against the Eastern Suns, leading her Magic to a 79-61 win, and 21 points from Paris Duffield was the most for Rockingham as they also came out victorious, defeating the South West Slammers by a 23-point margin.

Women’s Round 15 Results:

Eastern Suns 75 def. by Lakeside Lightning 81
Perry Lakes Hawks 59 def. by Willetton Tigers 70
Lakeside Lightning 51 def. by Joondalup Wolves 74
Rockingham Flames 76 def. South West Slammers 53
Cockburn Cougars 67 def. by Warwick Senators 94
Joondalup Wolves 69 def. Perry Lakes Hawks 63
Warwick Senators 81 def. by East Perth Eagles 91
Willetton Tigers 79 def. Cockburn Cougars 64
Eastern Suns 61 def. by Mandurah Magic 79

 

Picture credit: June Halliday

NBL1 West: Round 14

THERE was no shortage of action in Round 14 of the National Basketball League (NBL)1 West as 11 games took place in the men’s league while for the women only six games were scheduled.

Men’s:

Only three points separated East Perth Eagles and Geraldton Buccaneers with both sides coming into the clash with a checkered history. In the end it was the Buccaneers that snuck over the line in what was a tough contest, winning 75-72. The Eagles sunk to their third consecutive loss as Geraldton rallied in the final term to walk away with the win.

It took a while for both sides to get off the mark with a tick under two minutes played before the Buccaneers managed to open the scoring with a handy triple off the hands of Taine Wattie. That was quickly answered by the Eagles signalling the intent from both sides. Geraldton created a handy four-point lead early but scoring proved hard to come by as the quarter went on and both sides lacked accuracy to the rim. The momentum started to swing in favour of East Perth as they ran down the lead and created a handy three point buffer of their own. By quarter time only one point split the two sides with the Buccaneers the beneficiaries.

The second quarter took a turn as Geraldton put the foot down with a couple of successive shots to turn the game on its head and open up four-point lead. They only gained more momentum as the quarter went on piling on 23 points to 14 boasting a 10 point lead at half time. But East Perth refused to go away, hitting back in the third and coming out with a real pep in their step. They chased down the Buccaneers with a scintillating third term performance heading into the break only down by one point once more. With the game on the line it was Geraldton that dug deep finding an extra gear to steal the win.

Lee Roberts was a real threat draining 27 points for East Perth in his 37 minutes out on court. Roberts also managed 12 rebounds, eight of which were defensive in the narrow loss. Andrej Donlagic worked tirelessly for his 11 points, shooting at 36 per cent from the field as Mitch Benger produced 10 points, two rebounds, four assists and three steals.  Both Brendan Tucek and Logan Thwaites contributed to the scoreboard putting up eight and seven points respectively to keep their side in the hunt.

There were two main contributors for Geraldton as Elijah Barbour and Mathiang Muo plied their trade. Barbour found his groove shooting at 42 per cent from the field and recording 27 points as Muo slotted 21 points while also reeling in eight rebounds. Wattie had a hot hand from downtown sinking four of his seven attempts from three-point range to finish with 14 points to his name along with eight rebounds and two assists. Brandon Holloway was another figure that had an impact in the win credit to his eight points, five rebounds and eight assists.

In other results, Cockburn Cougars impressed recording two wins from their two outings while on the flip side the Goldfield Giants were left winless from both their encounters. South West Slammers struggled to generate any winning momentum going down in both of their games as the Eastern Suns lost in a close encounter with the East Perth Eagles. Mandurah Magic just got over the line in their clash against the Willetton Tigers as did the Warwick Senators over the Buccaneers.

Men’s results:

South West Slammers (73) defeated by Cockburn Cougars (90)
Lakeside Lightning (91) defeated Perry Lakes Hawks (86)
Eastern Suns (76) defeated East Perth Eagles (82)
Perth Redbacks (89) defeated Lakeside Lightning (77)
Perry Lakes Hawks (95) defeated South West Slammers (69)
Joondalup Wolves (77) defeated by Warwick Senators (90)
East Perth Eagles (72) defeated by Geraldton Buccaneers (75)
Mandurah Magic (65) defeated Willetton Tigers (62)
Goldfields Giants (60) defeated by Rockingham Flames (96)
Goldfield Giants (78) defeated by Cockburn Cougars (84)
Warwick Senators (81) defeated Geraldton Buccaneers (76)

Women’s:

The battle between Joondalup Wolves and Warwick Senators was a thriller as the two sides came into the clash with winning form. The Senators had only lost one of their past five encounters while the Wolves were tracking with a handy five-game winning streak and extended it to six with a victory over Warwick, 94-85.

It was a fiery start to the game from both sides as they poured on the points indicating what was going to be a high scoring fiasco. The Senators wasted no time finding their way to the basket draining a handy triple before the opened up a six-point lead. But the Wolves were determined to keep themselves in the contest as they rode the early wave of offensive pressure and stepped up to the plate as the quarter went on. The tables started to turn as the shots fell their way and the lead changed hands midway through the term. But a fast-finishing Senators outfit went into the first break up by a mere point.

Unhappy with their slow start the Wolves came out with a real pep in their step to force Warwick onto the back foot and control the tempo of the game. Increased pressure across the court forced the Senators into uncharacteristic turnovers as the Wolves pounced on each and every opportunity that came their way creating am eight point lead at the break. That momentum filtered into the third term as Joondalup refused to break their winning streak. It was an improved effort from the Senators though as they managed 20 points as the Wolves snuck ahead with 23 to take the lead once more at the final change. In the end it was too little too late as the Wolves ran home with victory despite a last quarter comeback from the visitors.

Kayla Steindl proved to be a ball magnet for the Wolves producing a team-high 30 points while shooting at 48 per cent. She also managed 11 rebounds, two assists and three steals in the win. The number 12 shaped up to be the magic number for the Wolves as three players in Tia Ucich, Rebecca Benson and Neseya Parker-Williams all walked away with 12 points to their name. Ucich also lent a hand off the boards with three rebounds while she also recorded five dimes. Amber Land was influential for Joondalup as she posted eight points and 11 rebounds with nine of them defensive.

For the Senators it was Stacey Barr that led the way producing 28 points in her 38 minutes out on court. She could have had more given she converted at a lowly 29 per cent from the field while she also racked up six rebounds. Tayla Hepburn was not far off the pace registering 18 points at 62 per cent from the field while also chiming in with four rebounds. Mackenzie Clinch Hoycard was also up and about for the Senators nailing 14 points as Chloe Forster contributed 11 in the loss.

In the battle between the South West Slammers and Cockburn Cougars it was the Cougars that walked away with a resounding win as the Lakeside Lightning fell to Perry Lakes Hawks. East Perth Eagles managed a 12 point win over the Eastern Suns as Perth Redbacks ran rampant against the Lighting. The Tigers also got up over Mandurah Magic by 19 points to round out the action.

Women’s results:

South West Slammers (38) defeated by Cockburn Cougars (94)
Lakeside Lightning (72) defeated Perry Lakes Hawks (89)
Eastern Suns (60) defeated East Perth Eagles (72)
Perth Redbacks (84) defeated Lakeside Lightning (62)
Joondalup Wolves (94) defeated Warwick Senators (85)
Mandurah Magic (55) defeated by Willetton Tigers (74)

Photo credit: Arctic Moon Photography

2021 NBL1 Central wrap: Round 15

IT was another action packed round in the National Basketball League (NBL1) Central as the Forestville Eagles claimed a big win in the men’s, while in the women’s it was the Sturt Sabres that walked away with a resounding victory.

Men’s:

Woodville Warriors (77) defeated by Sturt Sabres (99)

Stuart Sabres claimed a 22-point win over Woodville warriors leading from the opening minutes of the game. The Sabres came out with a point to prove in the first quarter piling on 26 points to 24 to take a handy two point buffer into the quarter time break. That momentum continued in the second as they forged ahead ever so slightly. But the nail in the coffin came in the third term where the Sabres added 25 points to 10 to really assert their dominance and then eventually take out the match.

Luke Stanbridge was amongst the action for the Warriors draining 17 points at 40 per cent from the field as he also accumulated four rebounds in the loss. Riley Meldrum was the other main contributor for Woodville as he produced 13 points and collected five rebounds and five assists. Hayden Meakes was arguably best afield for the Sabres sinking 20 points and four rebounds as teammate Keanu Rasmussen got busy with his 15 points, five rebounds and three assists. Joel Spear, Sam Daly and Tom Goodall played instrumental roles in the win nailing 14,12 and 10 points respectively.

Women’s:

Woodville Warriors (43) defeated by Sturt Sabres (126)

It was a complete and utter demolition job by Sturt Sabres claiming a 83-point win over Woodville Warriors. The Sabres came out with a point to prove in the opening term adding 28 points to their opponents 15. But that was only a sign of what was to come as Sturt kept the Warriors to a combined 16 points in the second and third term to really claim the ascendancy. They did not take the foot off the pedal in the final quarter piling on 37 points to 12 to run home with a comfortable win.

Serena Waters was the only player to hit double-digits for the Warriors contributing 11 points to her sides total but she did also managed two rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks. Emily Winter tried hard for her nine points and three rebounds as Katherine Perkas drained six points and five rebounds. It was a different story in the Sabres camp as six players made it out of single digits on the scoring front. Kylee Smith was electric with 21 points in 16 minutes as she also collected seven rebounds. Jade Johnson was commanding producing 15 points and four assists as Tayla Brazel, Zoe Walker-Roberts and Soriah Moon finished with 14 points to their name with the latter also reeling in 10 rebounds.

Men’s:

South Adelaide Panthers (68) defeated by Norwood Flames (73)

It was a tight tussle between South Adelaide Panthers an Norwood flames with the latter just sneaking over the line by a mere five points. The flames got on top nice and early and then really put the foot down in their second term creating a handy 10 point lead at half-time. It turned into somewhat of a shootout in the third term with both sides putting up 22 points but it was not until the final quarter that the Panthers got their rhythm up and running to eat back into the margin in give Norwood a scare, but it was too little too late.

Alex Mudronja was once again a force to be reckoned with topscoring for the Panthers with his 24 points and just fell short of a double-double thanks to his nine rebounds. Todd Davies chimed in with a handy 15 points and eight rebounds as Codey Ellison worked in overdrive for his seven points and impressive 12 rebounds. Matt Lycett was up and about for the Flames recording a team high 21 points at 44 per cent from the field. It did not stop there as Lycett managed nine rebounds and two assists in the win. CJ Turnage was relatively quiet by his lofty standards producing 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists as Daniel Webber proved to be solid thanks to his 11 points.

Women’s:

South Adelaide Panthers (97) defeated Norwood Flames (83)

South Adelaide strung together their third consecutive win after defeating Norwood Flames by 14 points. It was a tight opening first term but South Adelaide managed to get the upper hand albeit by a narrow two points. They continued to work in overdrive in the second term to create a handy buffer and then kept that momentum going in the third quarter where they added 29 points to 18. The Flames hit back in the final term with 24 points to 19 but simply left their run too late.

Olivia Thompson was at her devastating best for the Panthers recording 25 points and a whopping 16 rebounds to accompany her four assists and two steals in what was an all-round stellar performance. Hannah Stewart also stamped her authority on the match topscoring with 34 points at 60 per cent from the field. Jordan Hunter also made sure her presence was felt nailing 14 points and dishing off a staggering 14 dimes in the win. For Norwood it was the ever-reliable Alex Wilson that was running the show with her 30 points, eight rebounds and six assists as Genna Anderson chipped in with 15 points and seven rebounds. The efforts of Tara Girardi and Sophie Kerridge did not go unnoticed sinking 13 and 12 points respectively but it was not enough to get their side over the line.

Men’s:

Southern Tigers (84) defeated Eastern Mavericks (70)

Southern Tigers continued their winning streak to make it four on the trot while the Mavericks continued their struggles. The Tigers established an early two-point lead and proceeded to add to it in the second term with a 25 points to 13 quarter to really tighten the screws. It was closer in the third and the Mavericks managed to outscore their opponents in the final but the damage was already done.

The Tigers had no shortage of scoring options with five players reaching double-digits highlighting just how versatile the squad is. Christian Artacho led the troops with his 17 points, seven rebounds and one assist. He was ably assisted by Nick Wurm who in fine form thanks to his 15 points, nine rebounds, six assists and one steal. Machar Machar also managed 15 points at 47 per cent from the field as Koop McCalop put in the hard yards with his double-double consisting of 13 points and 17 rebounds. Cameron Coleman was the other to feature highly for the Tigers credit to his 11 points and four assists. William Wise was by far the best contributor for the Mavericks posting 28 points in his 40 minutes out on court. He also recorded 11 rebounds in the loss. Teammates Owen Raneberg and Diing Lual both managed 10 points apiece while Tom Cromarty proved to be a force to be reckoned with off the boards thanks to his 12 rebounds.

Women’s:

Southern Tigers (60) defeated Eastern Mavericks (54)

The Southern Tigers survived an overtime scare from the Eastern Maverick to clinch a six point win in what was an incredibly tight contest. The Tigers burst out of the gates in the opening quarter nailing 12 points and keeping the Mavericks to a mere one point. But he Mavericks were not about to lie down hitting back in the second term to add a little bit more respectability to the margin. The momentum swung back and forth with the Mavericks throwing everything they had at the Tigers in the final term to pile on 23 points to six and send the game into extra time. But in the end it was the Tigers that found another gear to kick into running rampant with 11 points to five to steal the win.

Teige Morrell was once again a driving force for the Tigers draining 21 points and a ridiculous 26 rebounds, of which 18 were defensive. She also accumulated four assists and three steals to guide her side to victory. Jemma Thacker was solid with her 16 points, six rebounds and four assists as Isabella Stratford chimed in with 12 points at 50 per cent from the field. Mollie McKendrick led the charge for the Mavericks finishing with 20 points and 15 rebounds. The scoring dropped off after her as Taylor Moffat was the next closest with eight points and Rachel Hines with six.

Men’s:

Central District Lions (90) defeated by Forestville Eagles (111)

Forestville Eagles got the job done by 21 points against Central District Lions in the final game of the round. It was an incredibly high scoring opening first term from the Eagles as they piled on a whopping 37 points and opened up a handy nine-point lead at quarter time. That momentum trickled into the second term as they continued to increase their lead. The third term followed a similar trajectory as Forestville piled on 33 points to the Central District’s 24 holding all this way at three quarter time. Although the Lions managed to peg back the margin in the fourth term it was too little too late as the Eagles ran out victors.

Shaquille Maharaj was the topscorer for the Lions producing 20 points at 41 per cent from the field along with five rebounds and two assists. Magok Manyang chimed in with a handy 17 points in his 30 minutes of court time as Lual Diing also got busy credit to his 16 points and eight rebounds. David Humphries made his presence felt nailing 12 points at 50 per cent from the field. The Eagles were littered with top contributors as Michael Harris and Malith Machar both reached 30 points. Harris walked away with 34 points, four rebounds and seven assists to his name as Malith went one better registering a double-double with his 33 points and `14 rebound haul. Gregory Mays imposed himself with his 19 points and 10 rebounds as did Jake Rios who slotted 10 points and seven assists in the win.

Women’s:

Central District Lions (49) defeated by Forestville Eagles (88)

It was a one-sided affair as the Eagles right over the top of the lions by 39 points. Forestville did all the running in the first quarter and did not stop, more than doubling the score of the Lions in the second term to boast a commanding lead at half time. Forestville simply could not be denied piling on 24 points while keeping the Lions to just 10 in the third highlighting their all-round defensive pressure. Although the scoring dried up a little bit in the final quarter of action the Eagles had done enough to claim the win.

No one managed to record double-digits for the Lions with the highest individual total eight points as held by Erin Boyd, Madelyn Curry and Meaza Otto with the trio also lending a hand off the boards. Rebecca Wells and Samantha Kennett both finished with seven points to their name with the latter also registering four rebounds. However, the Eagles had no trouble scoring as Samantha Simons registered a handy 21 points, five rebounds, six assists and four steals in the win. Amy Cotton had an impact with her 14 points as Zali Grosser managed a double-double credit to her 10 points and 13 rebounds.

Results:

Men’s: West Adelaide Bearcats (65) defeated by North Adelaide Rockets (83)
Women’s: West Adelaide Bearcats (85) defeated North Adelaide Rockets (84)

Photo credit: @photographyby.af

NBL1 North: Round 11

ROUND 10 of the National Basketball League (NBL1) North had no shortage of close contests with seven games in the men’s division decided by 10 points or less highlighting just how tight the league is. In the women’s it was somewhat of a different story with a number of blowouts.

Men’s

The battle between the Brisbane Capitals and Rip City went right down to the wire with the game decided by a mere four points. In the end it was the Capitals that got the last laugh 79-75 as they notched up their seventh win of the season and consolidated their spot inside the top four. It was a much closer battle than many anticipated given the ladder standings as Rip City challenged their much higher opponents from the opening minute of play and refused to give up.

Rip City landed the first blow of the game proving that they well and truly came to play but it did not take long for the Capitals fire up and control proceedings. Opening up with a triple to Ben Volkman and then a shot from Ben Wilson established a handy three-point lead. But Rip City were determined to not led the lead balloon as they quickly answered the call signalling this game was going to go right down to the wire. Both sides traded blows for the best part of the first quarter with the biggest lead, five points in favour of Rip City but that was short lived as Brisbane went into quarter-time up by a point.

The second term continued on the same trajectory with neither side able to be separated. Big defensive plays were quickly combatted by impressive attacking forays as the Capitals and Rip City refused to give an inch as both outfits managed 24 points apiece. The third quarter is known as the premiership term for a reason and the Capitals made full use of it, putting the foot down to outscore their opponents 23-20. Despite Rip City coming out with a real fire in the belly in the first few minutes the Capitals rose to the occasion and clamped down in defence while also pouring on the pain in attack. Holding a four-point lead at the final change Rip City were all out of answers and could not compete with Brisbane who had done enough to walk away with the chocolates.

Brisbane had a plethora of players forge ahead and impress with four players hitting double-figures to guide their side to the win. Volkman got busy in his 29 minutes out on court producing 18 points at 67 per cent from the field while he also collected eight rebounds and two steals. Both Wilson and Zachary Carter chimed in with a handy 16 points each with Carter really imposing himself off the boards with his eight rebounds. Wilson had an impact with his four rebounds, three assists and two steals as Nicholas Stoddart was the other player to reach double-digits with his 12 points at a lowly 24 per cent from the field. Jacob Wilson made his presence felt with his eight points and 10 rebounds with eight of them defensive.

For Rip City it was more of a two man show as Eric McAlister and Tanner Krebs did the heavy lifting. McAlister drained an impressive 28 points at 52 per cent from the field while also racking up seven rebounds in what was a complete performance. Krebs finished with 20 points in his 40 minutes of court time and could have had more if he had been accurate from the field. Isaih Tueta was a solid contributor with his 10 points, seven rebounds, four assists and steal as teammate Kyle Zunic was the only other player to hit the scoreboard thanks to his eight points.

In other results, it was a good round to be a Gold Coast Rollers fan as they notched up two wins in their respective outings against Ipswich Force and Red City Roar. It was a tight tussle between Cairns Marlins and Sunshine Coast Phoenix with the former securing the win while it was even closer in the battle between South West Metro Pirates and Red City Roar with the former stealing a four point win. Logan Thunder snuck over the line against the Meteors as Northside Wizards recorded a hard-fought three point win over Rip City.

Men’s results

Rockhampton Rockets (93) defeated by Logan Thunder (120)
Ipswich Force (81) defeated by Gold Coast Rollers (102)
Townsville Heat (78) defeated Sunshine Coast Phoenix (60)
Brisbane Capitals (79) defeated Rip City (75)
Cairns Marlins (88) defeated Sunshine Coast Phoenix (82)
South West Metro Pirates (109) defeated by Red City Roar (113)
Mackay Meteors (89) defeated by Logan Thunder (93)
Northside Wizards (100) defeated Rip City (97)
Red City Roar (92) defeated by Gold Coast Rollers (100)
Southern Districts Spartans (98) defeated Ipswich (85)

Women’s

Over in the women’s the battle between Townsville Flames and Sunshine Coast Phoenix was the closest of the round with the match decided by nine points, 56-65. The game was always going to go down to the wire with the two sides sitting fifth and fourth respectively, but a blistering first term of basketball gifted the Phoenix with the upper hand as the Flames were forced to play catch up and could never really hit their stride.

The Phoenix wasted no time asserting their dominance on the game nailing the first four points of the game to immediately push the Flames onto the back foot. Although Townsville tried to wrestle the momentum back in their favour it was to no avail as Sunshine Coast continued to find a way to forge ahead and not break stride. The completely monopolised the play in the mid-part of the first quarter pushing out to as much as 11 points ahead.

Things tightened up in the second quarter but the Flames simply could not do enough to eat into the margin as they went into half-time down by 10 points. Townsville came out of half time with a point to prove quickly reducing the margin to eight points and then five as they generated a wealth of momentum. But the Phoenix were not about to roll over hitting back in the latter stage of the third to steady the ship. That confidence filtered into the final term as they ran home with a nine point win.

Mia Murray was the main source of pain piling on 23 points for Townsville to try and keep her side in the hunt. Her accuracy from beyond the arc was down but she still managed three triples while she also dragged down six rebounds, two assists and a steal. Micaela Cocks was hot on her tail with 15 points, seven rebounds, one assist and one steal as teammate Stephanie Reid struggled to have her normal impact on the scoreboard with seven points but still managed five rebounds and two steals.

For Sunshine Coast it was Amy Browne that led the way with her 17 points in her 38 minutes on court. Browne also accumulated five rebounds while Kathleen MacLeod was also a handy contributor thanks to her 15 points,  six rebounds – five of which were defensive – seven assists. Jennifer Carden-David was also in fine form producing 11 points and seven rebounds. Rachel McCully and Bianca Abbott both hit the scoreboard with nine and eight points respectively as Abbott also chimed in with nine rebounds and McCully with 10 assists.

Across the round, Logan Thunder claimed a big win over the Cyclones as the Force also toppled the Gold Coast Rollers by 10 points. Brisbane Capitals defeated Rip City as the Phoenix made it two from two with a win against the Cairns Dolphins. Southern District Spartans handed the Force a thumping as the Rollers also dished up a 41 point win against Red City Roar.

Women’s results

Rockhampton Cyclones (41) defeated by Logan Thunder (78)
Ipswich Force (85) defeated Gold Coast Rollers (75)
Townsville Flames (56) defeated by Sunshine Coast Phoenix (65)
Brisbane Capitals (87) defeated Rip City (76)
Cairns Dolphins (68) defeated by Sunshine Coast Phoenix (85)
South West Metro Pirates (93) defeated Red City Roar (54)
Mackay Meteorettes (47) defeated by Logan Thunder (92)
Northside Wizards (86) defeated Rip City (75)
Red City Roar (43) defeated by Gold Coast Rollers (84)
Southern District Spartans (103) defeated Ipswich Force (46)

Photo credit: MOWFOTO

NBL1 West: Round 13

ROUND 13 of the National Basketball League (NBL1) West played host to a number of huge clashes in both the men’s and women’s league. It was a good week to be a fan of the Mandurah Magic as they recorded big wins across both competitions.

Men’s
Mandurah Magic got the better of last-placed South West Slammers, overpowering the side by 16. The Magic dazzled from early on in the opening, as they immediately got points on the board. They remained consistent holding onto the lead, but a determined Slammers unit kept within striking distance. South West managed to steal the lead for a slight moment, as they slowly seemed to be turning a leaf. A timeout from Magic had a significant impact for the Slammers as they kicked into action halfway through the second term. But failing to capitalise on missed shots from Mandurah proved costly as the Magic as crawled back to steal the lead as the third period rolled on.

The Slammers continued to play catch up with the Magic but seemed a step off the pace as their opponents intensified the pressure whilst time went on. A burst of energy from Mandurah kept the Slammers at bay with a three-point jump shot extending the margin by 12 at the beginning of the fourth.

South West suffered a string of missed opportunities at the basket, but unlike the Magic they were unable to make something out of a looming disaster. It started to unravel even further as Mandurah pocketed several baskets as the points started accumulating on the board for the current ladder leaders. The Magic cruised through the final term and bagged the win surviving an early scare.

Jerami Grace was the name to remember in Friday’s game thanks to his rather impressive 24-point performance. Grace achieved six assists and five rebounds for the winning side. Fred Williams was another standout for Mandurah with 14 points. Xavier Garnett-Shaw was unstoppable with 13 points and two rebounds. For South West Slammers it was Caleb Van De Griend and Mitchell Keller who both racked up 18 points for their side and led the charge. Griend impressed with eight rebounds as Keller put on a show with four assists and three rebounds. Rhys Barrett put in work for South West with 13 points, three rebounds and three assists.

In other results from the round, Mandurah scored a second win against the Joondalup Wolves. Joondalup suffered another loss, this time to the Perth Redbacks. Warwick Senators claimed victory against the Eastern Suns by 10 points. As too did the Perth Redbacks in their clash against Willetton Tigers. Ladder leaders Perry Lakes Hawkes added another win to the bag against the East Perth Eagles. Rockingham Flames overthrew Geraldton Buccaneers and won the game by 18. Lakeside Lightning won against Goldfield Giants, meanwhile Cockburn Cougars defeated the Eastern Suns. Perry Lakes Hawkes capped off the round with a win against Geraldton Buccaneers by 51.

RESULTS
Mandurah Magic (85) defeated South West Slammers (69)
Perth Redbacks (98) defeated  defeat Joondalup Wolves (81)
Warwick Senators (91) defeated Eastern Suns (81)
Willetton Tigers (95) defeated Rockingham Flames (90)
Perth Redbacks (84) defeated Willetton Tigers (62)
Perry Lakes Hawkes (112) defeated East Perth Eagles (53)
Mandurah Magic (90) defeated Joondalup Wolves (81)
Rockingham Flames (91) defeated Geraldton Buccaneers (73)
Lakeside Lightning (85) defeated Goldfield Giants (64)
Cockburn Coguars (101) defeated Eastern Suns (71)
Perry Lakes Hawkes (118) defeated Geraldton Buccaneers (67)

Women’s

The final game of the round saw a thrilling end when the Eastern Suns stunning the Cockburn Tigers to take out the win. It was a tight contest for much of the first period as the lead chopped and changed between both teams. Following a timeout called out by the Cockburn Cougars, the second period saw the Eastern Sun take advantage of the game as they eventually held onto the lead as the term progressed. A two-point jump shot extended the margin to seven, leading to another timeout being called. The Cougars lead soon was extended with both teams throwing out everything that could to get over the line in the second quarter. Eastern Suns tipped the score back in favour of them after a second free-throw saw the scores 28-29.

The third period saw an intense battle emerge between the two sides. A string of shots from the Suns and the Cougars foreshadowed what was going to be a thrilling final period. Once again, Eastern Suns held onto the lead and attempted to keep it from sliding into the fingers of the opposition. The Cougars had moments but simply could not capitalise on the scoreboard, which saw the Suns continue to dominate the scoreboard.

In the gripping final term, it was anyone’s game with the scores 40 – 46 going in the way of the Suns. A three-point jump shot from the Cougars sparked a scoring frenzy from both sides. Despite a final attempt by the Cougars bagging a basket in the remaining seconds of the game, it was not enough to stop the Suns from getting across the line with the win.

Samantha Roscoe’s presence on the court was undeniable with 19 points to her name, as well as seven rebounds and two assists, as she played a critical role in the Sun’s win. Also important for the Suns was Ellyce Ironmonger with 12 points. On top of her on-court blitz, she also had ten rebounds in her 25 minutes of game time. Jewel Williams was imperative for the Suns with a respectable 11 points, six rebounds and four assists. Cougar’s Kahlia Morgan impressed on court with 15 points. Molly Matthews and Nicole Roberts were significant for the Cockburn Coguars too. Matthews had 11 points and five rebounds while Roberts had nine points, six rebounds and two assists.

Mandurah Magic took full charge of the game to win against the South West Slammers. Redbacks defeated the Wolves by 11 as the Eastern Suns pushed back against the Warwick Senators to take out the win. The Willetton Tigers claimed victory against the Warwick Senators and Perth Redbacks. East Perth Eagles hunted down the Perry Lakes Hawkes to win 12. Mandurah Magic won against Wolves by nine points.

RESULTS
Mandurah Magic (89) defeated South West Slammers (68)
Perth Redbacks (75) defeated Joondalup Wolves (64)
Eastern Suns (87) defeated Warwick Senators (73)
Willetton Tigers (93) defeated Rockingham Flames (79)
Willetton Tigers (82) defeat Perth Redbacks (75)
East Perth Eagles (83) defeated Perry Lakes Hawkes (71)
Mandurah Magic (72) defeated Joondalup Wolves (63)
Eastern Suns (66) defeated Cockburn Cougars (53)

Photo credit: NBL1 West