Category: NBL1 Men’s

NBL1 West wrap: Round 10

ROUND 10 of the National Basketball League (NBL)1 West competition played out over the weekend with some tight results, as well as some massive blowouts. We take a look at a feature match from each of the men’s and women’s divisions.

WOMEN’S:

It was a thrilling contest between Lakeside and the Senators at the Lakeside Recreation Centre, yet it was Warwick who stole the win with three points. Warwick hit the board early with a three-pointer, leading to a string of shots. Lightning returned the favour with a three-pointer of their own. A dominant performance was displayed from both teams as scores were 12-18 in favour of the Senators leading into the second period. The Warwick Senators were quick to take advantage of their lead, with a three-point jump shot and managed to maintain the lead. However, Lakeside were slowly making a comeback as scores reached 26 for each side. The tight contest continued between both sides as scores were levelled multiple times throughout the second period. But it was not enough to stop Warwick from taking the lead once again by the third. Despite three-point jump shots being scored by Lightning, it was not able to deter Warwick from once again holding the lead through majority of the fourth period. The thrilling final battle between the two teams concluded with a free-throw being made, taking the final score to 88-55.

Despite the loss, Ashleigh Isenbarger impressed for the Warwick Senators with 27 points and 17 rebounds. Mikayla Pirini also had a decent performance with 18 points and five assists. For the winning side, Stacey Barr and Mackenzie Clinch-Hoycard dominated on the court with 30 and 25 points respectively. Jayda Clark’s game also was impressive with 17 points, five rebounds and two assists.

Joondalup Wolves won against the Perth Redbacks by 13 points whilst the South West Slammers scored a stunning upset against the Redbacks by 61 points. Cockburn Tigers were unable to get on top of a dominant Perry Lakes Hawks. The Willetton Tigers and the Rockingham Flames both found wins against the Mandurah Magic and Lakeside Lightning.

Results:

Joondalup Wolves defeated Perth Redbacks (84-71)
Warwick Senators defeated Lakeside Lightning (88-85)
Perth Redbacks defeated South West Slammers (98-37)
Perry Lakes Hawkes defeated Cockburn Tigers (74-45)
Willetton Tigers defeated Mandurah Magic (66-53)
Rockingham Flames defeated Lakeside Lightning (81-58)

MEN’S:

With a slow scoring start to open up the game, the Goldfield Giants was the first to get points on the board thanks to two free-throws being made. However, the game began to intensify during the first term’s second half. Both sides wanting to take the lead, as a tight contest between the two emerged. A snap two-point shot from the Eastern Suns helped them snag the lead heading to the end of the period. The scores were 29-32 and in favour of the Suns heading into the second period with a time-out being used as well. Goldfield managed to snag the lead from their opponent as the third period rolled around as a result of a few shots and free-throws being taken. Despite Goldfield still holding onto the lead as the third progressed, the Suns were on their heels, slowly coming back into the game. By the final period, the scores were levelled before a string of points scored by Suns helped them take out the win against Goldfield.

Chris Johnson was crucial in the Suns win against the Goldfield Giants thanks to an impressive 27 points, seven assists and two rebounds to his name. Also impressive for the Suns was Jermaine Malie who scored 16 points and Ryan Blanchett also scoring 16 points during the game. For the Goldfield Giants, Deng Kunay stood out on the court with 22 points, five rebounds and two assists, alongside Hamish Cummings with 20 points and Jerome Reid with 19 points.

Results:

Perth Redbacks defeated Joonalup Wolves (100-87)
Lakeside Lightning defeated Warwick Senators (94-80)
Geraldton Buccaneers defeated East Perth Eagles (81-62)
Perth Redbacks defeated Southwest Slammers (88-53)
Willetton Tigers defeated Mandurah Magic (94-91)
Eastern Suns defeated Goldfield Giants (99-96)
Lakeside Lightning defeated Rockingham Flames (95-81)
Joonalup Wolves defeated Geraldton Buccaneers (88-69)

 

Picture credit: Eric Paul Goldie

NBL1 Central wrap: Round 10

ROUND 10 of NBL1 Central saw a mixed bag of results with a couple of close encounters in both the men’s and women’s league along with some blowout performances.

Men’s:

Norwood Flames (87) defeated Woodville Warriors (84)

It was a close encounter between Norwood Flames and Woodville Warriors with the former securing a narrow three point win. Woodville came out with a real pep in their step in the first quarter before the Flames pegged them back in the second term. Things evened up in the third quarter with Norwood romping it home in the final stanza thanks to a 24 points to 18 term. CJ Turnage was the most prolific scorer for Norwood draining 20 points while also picking up five rebounds, three assists and four steals. Teammate Moses Nuangki was also amongst the action thanks to his 1 points as Anthony Green and Cameron Huefner collected 16 and 12 points respectively. Green and Huefner also had an impact off the boards combining for 19 rebounds. Luke Stanbridge was an imposing force for the Warriors topscoring with 18 points. The efforts of Joe Jackson did not go unnoticed as he recorded a double-double walking away with 16 points and 11 rebounds in the loss as James Booonstoppel also worked in overdrive for his 16 points shooting at 40 per cent from the field. Julian Jacobs just fell short of a double-double draining 17 points but registering nine rebounds and seven assists.

Women’s:

Norwood Flames (89) defeated Woodville Warriors (67)

The Flames made light work of Woodville Warriors claiming a strong 22 point win. They outscored their opponents in every quarter as they steadily edged ahead in the contest with their most dominant term the third thanks to a 26 to 16 point quarter. Alex Wilson was the go to girl for Norwood draining 36 points at 67 per cent from the field while also collecting six rebounds all of which were defensive plus, six assists and five steals. Sophie Kerridge showcased her range with 15 points while Genna Anderson also added 15 to the winning score. Serena Waters had a hot hand shooting 23 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals as teammate Molly Whitmore also played a helping hand with 20 points at 71 per cent from the field.

Men’s:

Sturt Sabres (64) defeated by Southern Tigers (93)

The Southern Tigers put out a comprehensive performance against Sturt Sabres to claim a convincing 29-point win. It was all the Tigers from the opening buzzer as they burst out of the gates piling on 29 points to 16. Although scoring dried up in the second term they re-found their mojo in the third to really put the foot down and claim the ascendancy with the final quarter the icing on the cake. It was a tough day at the office for Sturt despite Tom Goodall and Joel Spear working gallantly. Goodall collected 13 points at 60 per cent from the field as Spear managed 12 at 40 per cent. Keanu Rasmussen was the next closest adding 10 points to the total along with four rebounds as Daniel Nash sunk nine points in his 20 minutes on court. Five players reached double figures for the Tigers as Christian Artacho led the charge with 19 points to his name with teammate, Cameron Coleman hot on his heels with 18 points. Together they also managed 11 rebounds with Coleman also amassing six assists in the win. Nick Wurm and Koop McCalop finished with 15 points apiece as Machar Machar found his rhythm walking away with 13 points, converting at 63 per cent from the field.

Women’s:

Sturt Sabres (68) defeated by Southern Tigers (92)

After an even first term, the Southern Tigers put the foot down in the second and third term piling on 50 points to a mere 18. Although the Sabres won the final quarter it was too little, too late as the damage had been done in the midpart of the game as the Tigers ran rampant. Tayla Brazel and Kylee Smith were the leading points scorers for the Sabres sinking 18 points apiece with Brazel having the upper hand on the rebound front thanks to her seven. There was no shortage of stars for the Tigers as Teige Morrell impressed credit to her 26 points in 31 minutes out on court. She also racked up 14 rebounds, four assists and two blocks in all-round comprehensive performance. Morgan Yaeger was handy chiming in with 20 points as Jemma Thacker and Denelle Fawcett made their presence felt out on court with 13 and 12 points respectively.

Men’s:

Eastern Mavericks (71) defeated by Forestville Eagles (106)

The Eagles came out with a real sense of intensity and purpose and it showed out on court as they stunned the Mavericks trouncing the home side by 35 points. A blistering first term of basketball set the tone nice and early as the Eagles raced out to an 18 point lead and did not relent scoring 60 points in the opening half compared to the Mavericks’ 31. The third quarter was an even better showing as Forestville reeled off 32 points to 18 and while the Mavericks outscored their opponents in the last it was already game over. William Wise tried hard sinking 24 points for the losers while also collecting an impressive 16 rebounds. Callan Prider got involved thanks to his 11 points in his 30 minutes on court as Owen Raneberg drained nine points and picked up seven rebounds. It was a different story for the Eagles as Brandon Brine and Gregory Mays slotted 17 points each. Brine also walked away with a double-double credit to his 14 rebound effort with 11 of them defensive. Jake Rios impressed with his 15 points, two rebounds and three assists as Michael Harris and Isaac Atuer produced 11 and 10 points respectively.

Women’s:

Eastern Mavericks (68) defeated by Forestville Eagles (69)

The battle between the Mavericks and Eagles went right down to the wire as only one point separated the two sides. In the end it was the Eagles that prevailed in a topsy turvy contest. Forestville escaped to a three-point lead early and extended that to five at half time before the Mavericks threw caution to the wind to give themselves a fighting chance in the second half. Rachel Hines was dominant thanks to her 27 points and nine rebounds for the Mavericks as was Mollie McKendrick and Kedeisha Kartinyeri who both recorded 13 points. For the Eagles it was the work of Samantha Simons that charged them home as she walked away with a game-high 35 points, 11 points and four rebounds. Brooke Basham was the only other Eagles player to make it to double-digits recording 16 for the match.

Men’s:

Central District Lions (88) defeated West Adelaide Bearcats (76)

Central District Lions got on top of the West Adelaide Bearcats with a thrilling 12point victory. They blew the Bearcats away in the first term sinking a staggering 27 points while keeping West Adelaide to a mere five. The visitors steadily fought their way back into the game and really upped the ante in the third draining 32 points to 17. But in the end the dominant first quarter was too much for West Adelaide to comeback from as the Lions reigned supreme. David Humphries showcased his class with a game-high 31 points plus nine rebounds, two assists and four steals for the Lions. Magok Manyang and Shaquille Maharaj made their presence felt thanks to their 16 points each and 14 rebounds. Earnest Ross had an impact for the Bearcats sinking 19 points at 50 per cent from the field while Fabian Johnson lent a helping hand with 16 points and six rebounds. Luke Cadzow plied his trade producing 13 points in the loss.

Women’s:

Central District Lions (50) defeated by West Adelaide Bearcats (102)

It was a blowout match between the Central District Lions and West Adelaide Bearcats as the latter run rampant by 52 points. It was all one way traffic from the opening quarter as the Bearcats had no trouble finding the basket and the Lions struggled to combat the offensive heat. Meaza Otto was the biggest contributor for the Lions sinking 17 points and eight rebounds as April Rummery-Lamb slotted 14 points of her own. Jennie Rintala was unstoppable with her 23 points at a staggering 90 per cent from the field while Sky Langenbrinck showed her skillset to register 18 points in the win. Both Jasmin Fejo and Michaela Lappin got busy with their 12 points.

Men’s:

North Adelaide Rockets (85) defeated South Adelaide Panthers (62)

North Adelaide Rockets toppled the South Adelaide Panthers registering a 23 point win. The Rockets sent an early warning sign doubling their opponents score before doubling down in the second term with a dominant 31 to 13 point term. South Adelaide hit back in the third quarter to eat into the margin but a last quarter hoorah from the Rockets sealed the deal. Jack McVeigh made his presence felt with 21 points at 44 per cent from the field while also securing 11 rebounds. Verle Williams also effectively plied his trade registering 19 points as teammate Jimma Dau slotted 15 in his 22 minutes of action. Sunday Dech also chimed in with a handy 14 points and seven rebounds. For the Panthers the efforts of Alex Mudronja stood out as he topscored with 19 points as Todd Davies drilled home 13 points, six rebounds and eight assists. Alex Starling was the sole other Panther to reach double figures with 10 points to his name.

Women’s:

North Adelaide Rockets (79) defeated South Adelaide Panthers (57)

The final game of the round saw North Adelaide Rockets claim victory over South Adelaide Panthers by 22 points. The Rockets imposed themselves early on the contest piling on 22 points to 13 and kept that momentum throughout the second quarter. The momentum shifted in the third and fourth term but the game was already won given the dominant first half of basketball from North Adelaide. Taylor Ortlepp sunk 21 points, six rebounds and five assists as Abigayle Mader, Jess Good and Courtney Hansen all hit the scoreboard with great ease. Olivia Thompson was the strike shooter for the Panthers recording 25 points as Jordan Hunter was the only other to make it out of single digits with 10 points to her name.

“Close-knit” Frankston Blues thrive on club culture

“WE’VE got a group group of guys here at Frankston and a great culture at the club, right down to the juniors and everything like that. It’s pretty close-knit.”

Starting his basketball career where he grew up in Tasmania with the North West Thunder, guard Lachlan Barker worked his way through the State Basketball league (SBL), then becoming a development player for the Sydney Kings in the NBL1 before the Blue reached out and he headed to Frankston.

Despite last year’s season being cancelled due to COVID-19, the Blues Men’s team has had a good start to the 2021 season, currently sitting in second place on the ladder after the first nine rounds. Barker says the missed season helped to grow his enthusiasm for the sport.

“It definitely gives you a bit more of a passion for it, you know. You sort of get, I guess, a bit complacent with it all, like it’s just sort of always there and you can always do it, but when it’s taken away you realise how much you enjoy it and miss it if you’re not doing it.”

With Melbourne recently going back into a snap lockdown, the team have been trying to keep up their motivation in order not to lose that winning momentum they are on.

“We’ve still been talking even though we haven’t been able to train and see each other as such, we’ve still been doing all of our individual parts like keeping fit and staying active while we can’t train together,” Barker says.

“Also, we’ve been doing a few Zoom sessions… so we still stay involved and connected, and yeah I think we will come out the other side still firing.”

Barker believes the Blues are in a good position look forward to the rest of the season, with their training reflecting that.

“We want to play fast, we want to be up tempo, and be really good on the defensive end. So we know we’ve got a lot of talented guys and we can score the ball, but if we lock down at one end we sort of feel like we can’t be beaten,” he says.

“Winning comes first and then all the individual stuff kind of comes second in my opinion, so yeah that’s the main goal just to get as far as we can and hopefully that’s the championship.”

Also in a good position for a championship is the Blues women’s NBL1 team, who are currently undefeated this season.

“I think for us it’s very realistic to go finals and then who knows what can happen from there. I think we as a group have a really great coaching staff as well, so I think anything is really possible for us,” says Frankston Blues guard and Australian Opal, Tessa Lavey.

With her extensive list of accolades, including playing the WNBL for Bendigo Spirit, playing for Richmond in the AFLW, and representing Australia in 2016 at Rio and set to attend the Tokyo Olympics with the Opals, how did Lavey end up at the Frankston Blues?

“I guess it’s just an off-season league for us from the WNBL,” she says.

“I know Snelly [head coach Belinda Snell] really well, I’ve played with her before, and she also does the Opal’s plays, so me trying to get to Tokyo, that’s obviously a bonus for me knowing the plays inside and out.”

Similar to the men’s team, Lavey and her team and trying to keep the momentum up for the rest of the season and keep their eye on the prize. Head coach Snell, former Australian Opal, Olympic Silver Medallist and 2021 WNBL Championship Assistant Coach, has been focusing on defence as a key skill in training.

“I think, you know we always focus on our defence, because we believe that’s a strong suit of ours, our defence and our communication. So then we just create some chemistry on our offensive end too, but we want our defence to create our offence, I think that’s the goal that Snelly is trying to drill into us which is really good,” Lavey says.

“There’s plenty of great people there to get the job done, and I think we can do that and Snelly is going to lead the way.”

 

Picture credit: NBL1

NBL1 North wrap: Round 5

THERE were some big upsets across the men’s and women’s divisions of the National Basketball League (NBL)1 North competition, with some of the NBL players returning to shake up the mix following the conclusion of their seasons.

WOMEN’S:

Southern District Spartans handed Townsville Flames their second loss of the season and created a two-game gap inside the top two in doing so. The second placed Spartans did enough to see off the Flames in a tight eight-point match, winning three of the four quarters. The home team started the stronger of the pair with a 22-19 opening stanza, before the Spartans hit back with a 15-8 second term to lead by four at the main break. A tight second half ensued but the Spartans did enough to win it by four points all up to salute by eight, 71-63.

Kalani Purcell was the chief destroyer with a massive double-double of 27 points and 15 rebounds, working both ends of the floor with an eight/seven split in terms of defensive and offensive rebounds. She also had the three assists and two steals in the win, as Nadeen Payne also collected a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds.

Maddison Rocci (12 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals) and Ash Karaitiana (12 points, three assists) both hit double-figure points, while Madelyn Willey had a terrible night shooting with just two points (one of 10 from the field) but picked up 10 assists and six rebounds.

Steph Reid had 18 points, six assists, four rebounds and three steals to lead the scoring for the Flames, while Mia Murray (17 points, 12 rebounds, four steals and three assists) and Micaela Cocks (14 points, three rebounds) used their WNBL experience to produce impressive efforts.

It was a much tighter game than the Spartans’ 54-point thrashing of the lowly Cairns Dolphins. The Spartans dominated from the opening tip-off, winning every term by at least nine points and as much as 21, to run out 114-60 victors. In that performance Willey could not miss with 28 points (11 of 14 and six of nine from long-range) and five assists.

Payne (18 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals), Rocci (11 points, nine assists and six rebounds) and Purcell (12 points, eight rebounds) all feasted as well. Leichlan Williams (20 points, 14 rebounds) and Sarah Heard (16 points, two rebounds and two assists) did the bulk of the scoring for the Dolphins.

Top of the table Logan Thunder easily accounted for last placed RedCity Roar with a 27-point victory, as Gold Coast Rollers had a mixed weekend from two games. Losing to Mackay Meteorettes by 24 points, the Rollers bounced back to post a 19-point victory over Rockhampton Cyclones. In other results, South West Metro Pirates knocked off Ipswich Force by 16 points, and USC Rip City posted a 10-point victory over Brisbane Capitals.

ROUND 5 RESULTS:

Mackay Meteorettes (82) def. Gold Coast Rollers (58)
Cairns Dolphins (60) def. by Southern Districts Spartans (114)
Rockhampton Cyclones (60) def. by Gold Coast Rollers (79)
RedCity Roar (46) def. by Logan Thunder (73)
South West Metro Pirates (81) def. Ipswich Force (65)
Townsville Flames (63) def. by Southern Districts Spartans (71)
USC Rip City (74) def. Brisbane Capitals (64)

MEN’S:

In a battle of the winless sides, Ipswich Force got on the board with a six-point victory over South West Metro Pirates. The result left the Pirates and Rockhampton Rockets as the only sides yet to taste victory in season 2021, as the Force leapfrogged RedCity Roar who pushed the top of the table undefeated Logan Thunder all the way in a 12-point defeat. The Force lead by two points at quarter time and five at the main break, before the Pirates hit back to take control and win the second half by the same margin. Forcing overtime, it was the Force who stood up in the extra period 13-7 to win by six points, 93-87.

Nathan Sobey was a key in for the Force, notching up 27 points – though shot at an inaccurate 34.62 per cent, including four of 19 from long-range – nine rebounds, six assists and two steals. He teamed up well with Jason Ralph (15 points, nine rebounds and eight assists) and Manylok Malek (12 points, seven rebounds) in the win. Kai Woodfall had 29 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals for the Pirates, while Brendan Teys (16 points, eight rebounds and six assists) and Ramy Kodi (16 points, nine rebounds and two steals) were both impressive.

In the tight game between the undefeated Thunder the the struggling Roar, it was RedCity who jumped out of the blocks to pile on 27-20 in the opening term. That momentum swung in the other direction after the break though for the Thunder to take a four-point advantage into half-time. They extended it to seven by the final break and cruised to a 12-point win, 96-84. Jeremy Kendle (24 points, 12 assists and three rebounds), Boston Mazlin (21 points, five rebounds) and Blake Jones (12 points, 15 rebounds and five assists) were all among the Thunder’s best in the win.

Kian Dennis impressed for the Roar with 25 points, eight rebounds and three steals, while Kobe McDowell-White (20 points, five rebounds and four assists), Darryl McDowell-White (16 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals) and Brent Wallace (14 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and two blocks) did most of the scoring.

In other results, Southern Districts Spartans had a weekend to force, dropping both games to slip to eighth and a 3-3 record following losses to Cairns Marlins (17 points) and Townsville Heat (11 points). In other results, Mackay Meteors knocked off Gold Coast Rollers by 12 points to keep in touch with the top two, and USC Rip City accounted for Brisbane Capitals by 17 points in an upset to move to 2-2 and sentence the Capitals to their second loss of the season and a 4-2 record in fourth spot.

ROUND 5 RESULTS:

Mackay Meteors (101) def. Gold Coast Rollers (89)
Cairns Marlins (85) def. Southern Districts Spartans (68)
Rockhampton Rockets (92) def. by Gold Coast Rollers (107)
RedCity Roar (84) def. by Logan Thunder (96)
South West Metro Pirates (87) def. by Ipswich Force (93)
Townsville Heat (93) def. Southern Districts Spartans (82)
USC Rip City (107) def. Brisbane Capitals (90)

Picture credit: Ray Krause / Cairns Basketball

NBL1 West wrap: Round 9

IN ROUND 10 of the National Basketball League (NBL)1 West competition, Perry Lakes Hawks asserted their dominance across both competitions with impressive wins, including a top of the table victory in the men’s division.

WOMEN’S:

Perry Lakes Hawks had a good weekend in Round 9, triumphing in both their clashes over Lakeside Lightning and South West Slammers. The Hawks started off the weekend with a Friday victory over the Lightning, getting up 91-74, before smashing the Slammers on Saturday evening with a 66-point shellacking on the road. In the tighter 17-point win, Perry Lakes took control from the start and lead by eight points at the first break, then won each quarter after that to secure the victory. They also won the four quarters against the Slammers who were competitive for a term – scoring 18 points in the first – but then proceeded to only score 13 over the next three quarters – including just two in the second and fourth quarters – to go down 97-31.

Megan McKay had a couple of memorable outings, putting up 22 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists and three steals against Lakeside Lightning, then added 22 points, 12 rebounds, three steals and two assists in just 19 minutes against the South West Slammers. Natalie Burton did a lot of damage against the Slammers with 24 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals, having a quieter 11 points, six rebounds and two assists against the Lightning. Millicent McCarthy (20 points, four rebounds and two steals) was lively from long-range against the Lightning, but only managed the eight points, through eight assists, five steals and three rebounds, against the Slammers.

There was not much to smile about from South West’s perspective, with Zaya Lilly Black battling hard to score a team-high seven points, as well as six rebounds. Cian Parsons was the top player with 13 rebounds – 11 defensive – to go with six points, matched on a scoring front by Imogen Van Iaere (six points, seven rebounds). The more competitive Lightning had the impressive Ashleigh Isenbarger who finished with 25 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two assists, while Kyrah Daniels (13 points, four assists, two steals and two blocks) and Jae Flynn (12 points, three rebounds) also hit double-digit points.

Another team that picked up two wins on the weekend – both on the road – was East Perth Eagles who knocked over Rockingham Flames by six points (83-77) and then Willetton Lightning by 13 points (87-76). In a battle of the two losers from Friday night, the Lightning bounced back to record a three-point win over Rockingham Flames (72-69) on Saturday. Meanwhile in other results, Cockburn Cougars defeated Mandurah Magic by 13 points, Warwrick Senators smashed Perth Redbacks by 35 points, and Joondalup Wolves grabbed the win against Eastern Suns by 12 points.

ROUND 9 RESULTS:

Perry Lakes Hawks (91) def. Lakeside Lightning (74)
Rockingham Flames (77) def. by East Perth Eagles (83)
Cockburn Cougars (69) def. Mandurah Magic (56)
Perth Redbacks (58) def. by Warwick Senators (93)
South West Slammers (31) def. by Perry Lakes Hawks (97)
Willetton Tigers (76) def. by East Perth Eagles (87)
Lakeside Lightning (72) def. Rockingham Flames (69)
Eastern Suns (54) def. by Joondalup Wolves (66)

MEN’S:

A top of the table clash between Perry Lakes Hawks and Lakeside Lightning went the way of the now first placed Hawks, as Perry Lakes got up by 16 points. Playing on Friday night, the Hawks were sluggish at the start as the visitors got away to a five-point lead at quarter time, and were out by eight at the main break. Reeling them in immediately after half-time, the Hawks scored 22-10 in the third term to take a four-point advantage into three quarter time, before piling on 25 to 13 in the final term to win 97-81.

Lewis Thomas lead the way for the Hawks with a double-double of 25 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks and two assists. Also contributing well across the floor was Ben Purser (21 points, seven assists and five rebounds), whilst Ryan Smith (18 points, five rebounds and three assists) and Mitchell Clarke (12 points, eight assists and four rebounds) also impressed. Andrew Ferguson (eight points, nine rebounds, two assists and two blocks) was strong off the boards.

For the Lightning, Julius Bowie took control of scoring with 22 points and four rebounds, one of four players to rack up double-digit points. Jack Isenbarger (19 points, two assists), Kyle Armour (17 points, four rebounds and two assists) and Rowan Mackenzie (15 points, seven rebounds) were also impressive.

Turning around the result, the Lightning took the win over Rockingham Flames on Saturday, getting up by 17 points, 101-84. They won the first half by nine points, then finished strongly with a 26-18 last term to win comfortably. Mackenzie managed the 26 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals, while Isenbarger pipped him for 28 points, five rebounds and five assists, and Bowie had 20 points, seven rebounds and three assists. For the Flames, Cirkook Makuac Riak (22 points, 10 rebounds and six assists), Ryan Godfrey (14 points, four assists and three rebounds) and Justin Beard (seven points, 12 rebounds, three steals and two assists) were among the best players.

In a much easier win than their Friday night victory, Perry Lakes Hawks secured a 27-point win over South West Slammers on the road. Matthew Leary (16 points, four rebounds and two assists) did well, stepping up with Ferguson (19 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals), Clarke (15 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals) and Smith (14 points, five rebounds) in the big win. For the Slammers, Mitchell Keller (15 points, six rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocks) and Ngor Nai (10 points, three rebounds and two steals) were the double-digit scorers.

In other results, Warwick Senators suffered a disappointing loss to Perth Redbacks by 14 points, as East Perth Eagles went down in both their clashes to Rockingham Flames (52 points) and Willetton Tigers (26 points). Mandurah Magic proved too good for Cockburn Cougars (13 points), while Goldfields Giants came away with the eight-point victory over Geraldton Buccaneers, and Eastern Suns suffered back-to-back defeats to Joondalup Wolves (18 points) and Mandurah Magic (14).

ROUND 9 RESULTS:

Perry Lakes Hawks (97) def. Lakeside Lightning (81)
Rockingham Flames (105) def. East Perth Eagles (53)
Cockburn Cougars (78) def. by Mandurah Magic (91)
Geraldton Buccaneers (62) def. by Goldfields Giants (70)
Perth Redbacks (83) def. Warwick Senators (69)
South West Slammers (64) def. by Perry Lakes Hawks (91)
Willetton Tigers (90) def. East Perth Eagles (64)
Lakeside Lightning (101) def. Rockingham Flames (84)
Eastern Suns (75) def. by Joondalup Wolves (103)
Mandurah Magic (83) def. Eastern Suns (69)

 

Picture credit: Eric Paul Goldie

NBL1 Men’s stats update: June 15

THE National Basketball League (NBL)1 is in full swing with a number of players stepping up to the plate across all four competitions. Draft Central casts an eye over a couple of the top performers in the main statistical areas.

Points

Central

#1 Owen Hulland (South Adelaide) 32.00
#2 CJ Turnage (Norwood) 26.11
#3 Gregory Mays (Forestville Eagles) 23.77
#4 Michael Harris (Forestville Eagles) 23.55

North

#1 Tanner Krebs (USC Rip City) 34.00
#2 Nathan Sobey (Ipswich Force) 27.00
#3 Jamaal Robateau (South Coast Phoenix) 24.80
#4 Nicholas Stoddart (Brisbane Capitals) 24.00

South

#1 Lachlan Barker (Frankston Blues) 25.60
#2 Jonathon Mines (Hobart Charges) 24.00
#3 Ray Turner (Bendigo Braves) 22.87
#4 Isaac Turner (Geelong Supercats) 22.66

West

#1 Julius Bowie (Lakeside Lightning) 23.40
#2 Mathiang Muo (Geraldton Buccaneers) 23.14
#3 Corey Shervill (Lakeside Lightning) 21.66
#4 Louis Timms (Perth Redcats) 21.37

Assists

Central

#1 Julian Jacobs (Woodville Warriors) 8.22
#2 Hamish Staude (North Adelaide Rockets) 5.33
#3 Nick Wurm (Southern Tigers) 4.88
#4 Sam Daly (Sturt Sabres) 4.77

North

#1 Jeremy Kendle (Logan Thunder) 10.83
#2 Darnell Robateau (South Coast Phoenix) 7.60
#3 Noah Thomas (Southern Districts Spartans) 7.50
#4 Jesse Ghee (Northside Wizards) 7.00

South

#1 Lucas Barker (Frankston Blues) 6.66
#2 Kane de Wit (Mt Gambier Pioneers) 6.55
#3 Matthew Snow (Ringwood Hawks) 6.40
#4 Tad Dufelmeier (Hobart Chargers) 6.00

West

#1 Ben Purser (Perry Lakes Hawks) 5.62
#2 Kyle Armour (Lakeside Lightning) 5.33
#3 Seva Chan (Cockburn Cougars) 5.12
#4 Corban Wroe (Warwick Senators) 5.12

Rebounds

Central

#1 Alex Starling (South Adelaide) 13.77
#2 Earnest Ross (West Adelaide) 12.33
#3 Jack Purchase (North Adelaide) 12.00
#4 Owen Hulland (South Adelaide) 12.00

North

#1 Harry Froling (Mackay Meteors) 14.00
#2 Tanner Krebs (USC Rip City) 13.00
#3 Nate Jawai (Cairns Marlins) 11.00
#4 Mitch Young (Logan Thunder) 10.00

South

#1 Oliver Hayes-Brown (Dandenong Rangers) 13.87
#2 Kuany Kuany (Sandringham Sabres) 11.57
#3 Ma’alo Hicks (Geelong Supercats) 11.00
#4 Duom Dawam (Mt Gambier Pioneers) 10.77

West

#1 Jarrad Prue (Lakeside Lightning) 14.28
#2 Michael Vigor (Willeton Tigers) 12.28
#3 Nicolas Pozoglou (Cockburn Cougars) 10.83
#4 Andrew Ferguson (Perry Lakes Hawks) 9.80

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NBL1 Central wrap: Round 9

ROUND 9 of the National Basketball League (NBL)1 Central delivered the goods with plenty of close contests and a couple of blowouts in both the men’s and women’s leagues making for an enthralling round of action.

Men’s

Norwood Flames (71) defeated by North Adelaide Rockets (89)

North Adelaide Rockets got the job done against the Norwood Flames to claim a convincing 18-point win. Norwood got the jump on the Rockets early establishing a three point lead before things tightened up in the second term with both sides shooting 27 points apiece. Half-time proved to be a godsend for North Adelaide as they came out firing in the third term piling on 24 points while keeping Norwood to 14 and that level of control continued into the final quarter limiting the home side to a mere 10 points. All in all the Rockets added 45 points to the Flames’ 24 which proved to be the main difference between winning and losing.

Four players hit the double-digit mark for Norwood with CJ Turnage topping the table in his 36 minutes out on court. Turnage finished with 17 points but lacked accuracy sitting at a mere 27 per cent from the field and failed to register a single triple from his eight attempts. But he did manage six rebounds, four assists and a block. Teammate Daniel Webber was a solid contributor with his 16 points and three rebounds as Matt Lycett chimed in with 13 points of his own. Cameron Huefner finished with 10 points to his name and just fell short of a double-double with nine rebounds and two assists. For the winners, Tobias Dowdell made his presence felt with a game-high 28 points at 58 per cent while also reeling in nine rebounds, four assists and two steals. Verle Williams was the next best with his 23 points, six rebounds, three assists and four steals while Manel Ayol chimed in with a handy 16 points. Jack Purchase was the other key cog for North Adelaide recording a double-double sinking 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Women’s

Norwood Flames (62) defeated by North Adelaide Rockets (97)

The Rockets made light work of the Flames running out 35-point victors credit to a fast start. The Flames worked their way back into the contest in the second term with some increased offensive pressure but the half-time break did not do them any favours as the visitors came out with a real pep in their step and point to prove.

Alex Wilson had a game to remember for the Flames sinking 28 points at 30 per cent from the field and showcased her skill from range with five triples. She also dragged in 10 rebounds and three steals. Genna Anderson was the next best with 10 points and seven rebounds. Rockets star Jess Good was unstoppable with her 31 points and 16 rebounds as teammate Sam Defrancesco injected herself in the thick of things with 25 points and seven rebounds. Courtney Hansen also played a strong cameo role with her 14 points in her 20 minutes on court converting at 70 per cent from the field.

Men’s

South Adelaide Panthers (71) defeated by Central District Lions (68)

Only three points separated the two sides at the final buzzer with South Adelaide pipping the Lions at the post. It was an enthralling battle with Central District holding sway in the first half before South Adelaide hit back in the second half to outscore their opponents and really clamp down their offensive prowess. The Panthers kept the Lions to 23 points for the entire second half while adding 39 points to their own total.

It was a one man show with Owen Hulland doing the heavy lifting for South Adelaide producing 32 points and 12 rebounds in an all-round strong showing. Alex Mudronja was the other main facilitator for the Panthers sinking 21 points and picking up three assists and three rebounds. For Central Districts the combination between Lual Ding, David Humphries and Shaquille Maharaj kept them in the game. Ding managed 26 points and seven rebounds while both Humphries and Maharaj slotted 18 apiece.

Women’s

South Adelaide Panthers (127) defeated Central District Lions (54)

It was a complete and utter white wash with the Panthers producing a scintillating win over Central District Lions. South Adelaide made all running in the first quarter producing a 28 points to 11 term. That momentum continued into the second quarter as the Panthers controlled the proceedings and continued their merry way. The best quarter was the last with South Adelaide attacking the rim and showing no mercy with a whopping 43 point term to seal the deal.

It was an absolute demolition job by Olivia Thompson who walked away with a staggering 51 points converting at 72 per cent from the field. Thompson not only impacted off the scoreboard but so two on the rebounding front with 13 to her name along with seven steals. She received plenty of help from the likes of Ashley Spencer who produced 31 points including three triples. Looking at the Central Districts and it was a very different affair with Rebecca Wells the only player to reach double figures thanks to her ten points while she also reeled in five rebounds and recorded one assist. Erin Boyd was the next best with nine points at 25 per cent field from the field while she also managed seven rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Men’s

Southern Tigers (73) defeated Forestville Eagles (89)

Forestville notched up another win, this time defeating Southern Tigers by 16 points. The Eagles got off to a fast start establishing a 10 point lead and did not look like relinquishing the lead winning every quarter bar the second where they both scored 24 points apiece. The third term helped to further solidify their standings.

There were plenty of contributors for the Tigers with six players reaching double-digits with Cameron Coleman topping the charts with 20 points and eight rebounds. Daniel Smith got busy with his 12 points while Koop McCalop was hot on his tail with 11 points. Three players in Nick Wurm, Machar Machar and Christian Artacho all managed 10 points each with Wurm also registering seven assists and Machar securing seven rebounds. Gregory Mays was influential for the Eagles producing 31 points at 60 per cent from the field to accompany his 10 rebounds while Michael Harris also lent a helping hand with his 21 points and eight rebounds. Brandon Brine also made an impact draining 18 points and picking up five rebounds along the way.

Women’s

Southern Tigers (71) defeated Forestville Eagles (70)

The battle between those Southern Tigers in Forestville Eagles went right down to the wire as only one point separated the two at the final buzzer with the Tigers getting the win. Southern Tigers got off to a strong start producing for 24 points while keeping the Forestville Eagles to 14 but the table slowly started to turn in the second as Forestville gained momentum. Things tightened up in the second half of the game with neither side able to really gain much separation but the early work from the Tigers gifted them the win.

Teige Morrell was the focal point for the Tigers dropping 23 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Morgan Yaeger was also influential producing 15 points at 40 per cent from the field to accompany her six rebounds all of which were defensive. Both Denelle Fawcett and Gemma Thacker chimed in with 11 and 10 points respectively to get their side over the line. Brooke Basham topscored for Forestville draining 25 points as Samantha Simons got busy with her 12 points and five rebounds.

Men’s

West Adelaide Bearcats (87) defeated by Sturt Sabres (92)

It was another close contest, this time between West Adelaide and Sturt with the former getting the chocolates in a tight finish. The Sabres flew out of the blocks in the first quarter draining 31 points and while the scoring petered off in the second and third they did enough in the fourth to hold onto their lead and collect the win.

Bryan Michaels was the most influential when it came to scoreboard pain thanks to his 27 points while Earnest Ross was also up there thanks to his 24 points, five steals and 15 rebounds with 13 of them defensive. Fabian Johnson contributed a handy 16 points while Lachie Hunter was the sole other double-digits scorer for the Bearcats. Sam Daly was strong for the Sabres sinking 26 points while also amassing eight rebounds and six assists. Joel Spear did not disappoint with his 22 points, 11 rebounds and three assists as teammate Keanu Rasmussen got down to business drilling home 16 points.

Women’s

West Adelaide Bearcats (64) defeated by Sturt Sabres (88)

Sturt Sabres got the chocolates over West Adelaide claiming a 24 point win. It was a relatively even to start the game with only two points separating the two sides at quarter time before Sturt put the foot down In this in the second term to claim the ascendancy. From there on they controlled the play and steadily built on their lead.

Jennie Rintala was a force to be reckoned with for West Adelaide coming up big with 20 points and 12 rebounds while Jasmin Fejo was handy with her 15 points at 50 per cent from the field. Jade Johnson had a day out for the Sabres draining a game-high 25 points along with four rebounds and five steals as teammate Nicola Matthews was effective with her 17 points and eight rebounds.

Men’s

Eastern Mavericks (78) defeated Woodville Warriors (124)

It was a one-sided affair as the Woodville Warriors trounced Eastern Mavericks to claim a resounding 46 point win. The Warriors flew out of the gates credit to their 29 points to 18 start and that only got better as they added 36 points and 35 points in the second and third term respectively. The Mavericks may have won the last quarter but the damage was already done with the Warriors comprehensive winners.

William Wise hit was prominent nailing 28 points for the Mavericks as teammate Callan Prider recorded 11 points and four rebounds  in the loss. Owen Raneberg was strong off the boards with seven rebounds. There was no shortage of points scorers for the Warriors as five players hit double figures and two of them in Devon McGee and James Boonstoppel slotting 25 and 22 points apiece. Julian Jacobs was also instrumental in the win knocking back 18 points and 12 assists as he guided his side to a convincing win.

Women’s

Eastern Mavericks (76) defeated Woodville Warriors (50)

The Mavericks managed to secure a 26-point win over Woodville Warriors. Woodville got out to a three-point lead before the Mavericks struck back in the second quarter to not only level the scores but so steal the lead and the momentum. It was a disappointing third term for Woodville as they only managed a mere three points, while the Mavericks piled on a whopping 20 to set up a block poster final term and the win.

Rachel Hines tried her hardest leading the Mavericks with 18 points and seven rebounds. She was ably assisted by Georgia Thomson who produced 14 points, three rebounds and four assists in her 23 minutes out on court. Mollie McKendrick was crafty registering a triple-double for her efforts with 10 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists. Serena Waters was lethal with ball in hand top-scoring with 20 points as Kahli Harmer finished with seven points to her name.

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NBL1 North wrap: Round 4

ROUND 4 of the National Basketball League (NBL)1 competition saw Townsville Flames/Heat and Rockhampton Cyclones/Rockets do the triple and play three games across the weekend for mixed results. We recap a big round of action.

WOMEN’S:

An unbeaten clash between Logan Thunder and Townsville Flames opened up Round 4 of the NBL1 North women’s competition, and the result went the way of the Thunder, getting up in front of home fans with an 18-point victory. Despite Townsville’s strong start to the season, the Thunder won all four quarters in a dominant display, up by nine points at the half, then piled on 17-9 in the third term to end the contest, eventually taking home the 76-58 victory.

Mikaela Ruef was unstoppable off the boards, racking up a whopping 22 rebounds to go with 25 points, as well as three assists and two steals on the night. Mikaela Cann (17 points, eight assists and two rebounds) and Carla Drennan (12 points – four of six from three-point range – five rebounds and two assists) were others with double-figure points. Stephanie Reid helped herself to 22 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Fire, while Micaela Cocks (14 points, three rebounds and two assists) provided support on the scoring front, and Jaimee Seebohm (eight points, 11 rebounds and two assists) was impressive off the boards.

It was the first of three games for the Flames over the weekend, as Townsville continued their run on the road up the highway, defeating Ipswich Force by 30 points, then claiming a 20-point win over Gold Coast Rollers. Against the Force it was Reid (34 points, five assists, three rebounds and two steals) standing up shooting four of seven from long-range, whilst the likes of Cocks (18 points, 13 rebounds and six assists), Seebohm (16 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and two steals) and Mia Murray (16 points, four rebounds and three assists) all stood out. Amy Lewis (18 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and three steals) was the key player for the Force, as Catherine McGregor (five of nine from three-point range) hit 17 points and three rebounds in the loss.

Against the Rollers, Reid went better again with a whopping 37 points – five of eight from long-range – seven rebounds and seven assists, while Murray (21 points – four of 11 from long-range – eight rebounds and three assists) and Cocks (16 points – four of four from long-range – two rebounds and two assists) were the most impressive scorers. Casey Samuels (25 points, eight rebounds and three assists) and Lauren Mansfield (17 points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals) were the best for the home team.

In other results, Rockhampton also played the three games across the weekend, but headed home without any points, losing to Cairns Dolphons (four points) on Friday, USC Rip City (37 points) on Saturday and Sunshine Coast Phoenix (59 points) on Sunday, handing the Dolphins their first win of the season. Meanwhile Brisbane Capitals toppled South West Metro Pirates by 16 points, and Southern Districts Spartans easily defeated Northside Wizards by 39 points.

ROUND 4 RESULTS:

Logan Thunder (76) def. Townsville Flames (58)
Cairns Dolphins (79) def. Rockhampton Cyclones (75)
Brisbane Capitals (88) def. South West Metro Pirates (72)
Ipswich Force (68) def. by Townsville Flames (98)
USC Rip City (116) def. Rockhampton Cyclones (79)
Gold Coast Rollers (69) def. by Townsville Flames (89)
Sunshine Coast Phoenix (111) def. Rockhampton Cyclones (52)
Southern Districts Spartans (109) def. Northside Wizards (70)

MEN’S:

Cairns Marlins continued their recent good form with a third consecutive win, this time over Rockhampton Rockets by seven points on Friday night. The Marlins struggled early against the winless Rockets, falling six points behind at quarter time, before dominating the next two quarters to score 52-33 and hit the front by 13 points. Rockhampton roared to life in the last term, outscoring the Marlins 23-17, but it would not be enough as Cairns triumphed 92-85.

Deba George top-scored with 30 points – six of 14 from long-range – five rebounds and four assists for the Marlins. James Mitchell almost collected a triple-double with his performance of 17 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists and two steals, while Ky Stattmann (18 points, three rebounds and two assists) and Alex Loughton (10 points, six rebounds) both hit double-figure points. Najeal Young was the standout shooter for the Rockets with 29 points, seven rebounds and three assists, while Ben Wright (15 points, 10 rebounds and two assists) and Leon Christensen (15 points, four rebounds and two assists) also shared the load well.

Unfortunately for the Rockets, it was not a great weekend, suffering two other defeats to go 0-6 from the men’s and women’s clashes in Round 4. First up was a 17-point loss to USC Rip City as Isaih Tueta (29 points, 15 rebounds and eight rebounds) tore the Rockets apart with support from the long-range shooter Eric McAlister (26 points – six of 12 from three-point range – eight rebounds and two blocks). Young put up 23 points, 12 rebounds, four steals and two assists in the loss, while Wright managed the 16 points, six rebounds and three assists, and Jared Blanchard had a double-double of both 10 points and rebounds.

The final loss of Round 4 for the Rockets was the biggest of the lot, going down to Sunshine Coast Phoenix by 42 points. Taken apart in the first three quarters to by 40 points down at the final break, the Rockets fought to the line to only lose the last term by two, and go down 115-73. Darnell Robateau had one of the best performances of the season, knocking down a triple-double of 27 points – three of four from three-point range – 11 rebounds, 15 assists and two steals in just 30 minutes of court action. Nelson Kahler (24 points, 11 rebounds and three assists), Oscar Cluff (21 points, five rebounds, three steals and two blocks) and Jamaal Robateau (16 points, seven rebounds, six assists and two steals) also hit double-figure points in big efforts. Young top-scored for his side for the third time over the weekend with 19 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. Wright (14 points, three rebounds) also tried hard for the losers.

In other results, Townsville Heat bounced back from a 15-point loss to Logan Thunder on Friday night to post back-to-back wins over Ipswich Force (19 points) and Gold Coast Rollers (six). Brisbane Capitals got past South West Metro Pirates in a tight eight-point affair, whilst Southern Districts Spartans knocked off Northside Wizards by 24 points.

ROUND 4 RESULTS:

Logan Thunder (82) def. Townsville Heat (67)
Cairns Marlins (92) def. Rockhampton Rockets (85)
Brisbane Capitals (86) def. South West Metro Pirates (78)
Ipswich Force (73) def. by Townsville Heat (92)
USC Rip City (90) def. Rockhampton Rockets (73)
Gold Coast Rollers (75) def. by Townsville Heat (81)
Sunshine Coast Phoenix (115) def. Rockhampton Rockets (73)
Southern Districts Spartans (91) def. Northside Wizards (67)

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NBL1 West wrap: Round 8

ROUND 8 of the National Basketball League (NBL)1 West competition saw just six women’s division matches played, whilst it was a huge schedule in the men’s with a number of tight contests.

WOMEN’S:

Cockburn Cougars kept their unbeaten streak alive with back-to-back double-digit wins in the NBL1 West women’s competition over the weekend. First up on Friday night they knocked off East Perth Eagles by 10 points, before completing the double with an 11-point win over Perth Redbacks. In the victory over the Eagles, Cockburn won the first three quarters to race out to a 16-point lead at the final break, before the Eagles won the last term 18-12 to cut the final margin to 10, 75-65. In the win against Perth, it was a topsy-turvy game, with the Redbacks hitting the front by a point at half-time after a strong second term, before Cockburn ran out stronger with 42 points to 28 in the second half to win by 11, 87-74.

Taylah Simmons put up 20 points five rebounds, four assists and four steals in the win against East Perth, with Jessie Edwards finishing with 12 points, five rebounds and three assists. Molly Mathews had the 19 points and four rebounds, with four of 10 from long-range. Ruby Benn (seven points, seven rebounds) was also impressive. In the victory over Perth, it was Edwards who poured on a huge double-double of 36 points, 12 rebounds and two assists, whilst Simmons (22 points, six rebounds and three assists) and Matthews (seven points, 11 rebounds and three assists) were all lively.

Of the Perth teams, three East Perth players had 15 points, with Mary Goulding not missing a second of action, and notching up a double-double with 16 rebounds, as well as two assists and two steals. Tahlia Fejo (three steals, two rebounds and two assists) and Moyes (four rebounds) also had influential games. Eryn Fisher (nine points, seven rebounds) and Jade Gowland (eight points, five rebounds) impacted off the boards. For the Redbacks, it was Makailah Dyer (26 points, nine rebounds and four assists) who was the dominant scorer, with Jessica Jakens (10 points, eight rebounds) and Maddison Allen (eight points, 11 rebounds and six assists) who were standout performers.

In other games, the only match below a 20-point margin was the Warwick Senators’ 16-point triumph over Perry Lakes Hawks (95-79). In the bigger blowouts, Rockingham Flames knocked off Mandurah Magic by 20 points, Willetton Tigers rolled Eastern Suns by 31, and Lakeside Lightning dominated South West Slammers by 47.

ROUND 8 RESULTS:

South West Slammers (47) def. by Lakeside Lightning (94)
East Perth Eagles (65) def. by Cockburn Cougars (75)
Rockingham Flames (73) def. Mandurah Magic (53)
Cockburn Cougars (87) def. Perth Redbacks (74)
Warwick Senators (95) def. Perry Lakes Hawks (79)
Willetton Tigers (93) def. Eastern Suns (62)

MEN’S:

Two NBL1 West men’s games finished with single-digit differences and are the highlighted games in our review from Round 8. First up is East Perth Eagles’ six-point triumph over Cockburn Cougars in front of home fans. Racing out to a three-point quarter time lead and building on that advantage to eight by half-time, the Eagles soon found it would not all be one-sided with the Cougars hitting back in the third to cut the deficit in half by the final break. Steadying in the last quarter, East Perth got home in a tight one 19-17 to win by six points, 69-63.

Kieran Berry managed the 16 points, three assists and two rebounds in the win, as Andrej Donlagic dropped three of five from long-range on his way to 12 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals. Jarrad Anastasio hit a double-double of 15 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks, while Mitch Benger had 10 points, five rebounds and two steals. Logan Thwaites was the other key contributor with nine points and five rebounds.

For the Cougars, Gavin Field recorded 19 points, six rebounds, four steals and three assists to lead all-comers in the match, while Jacob Polglase finished with 12 points and four rebounds. Seva Chan (seven points, eight assists, three rebounds and two steals) and Jaarod Holmes (five points, six rebounds and two assists) contributed across the board.

In the other tight contest, Willetton Tigers got the better of Eastern Suns, claiming a seven-point win at home. The Tigers got off to the perfect start, leading by four points at quarter time and six points at half-time. They built on that lead to have a nine-point advantage at the final break, before the Suns hit back with a strong final term for the eventual seven-point differential, 72-65.

Connor Mincherton had 16 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals, sharing the equal top-score with Lachlan Evans (16 points, four rebounds and two steals). Roosevelt Williams had the 13 points and five rebounds, while Damien Scott also hit double-figure points with 10, as well as eight rebounds, four assists and two steals. Michael Collins (six points, 10 rebounds and two assists) and Andrew Black (nine points, five rebounds, two assists and two blocks) also contributed.

The Eastern Suns had an even contribution in the loss, with Chris Johnson (14 points, 13 rebounds and four assists) dominating with a double-double effort. Brendan Dinardo (10 points, three rebounds and three assists) and Ryan Blanchett (nine points, nine rebounds and four assists) both stood tall, while Jermaine Malie (seven points, three rebounds) and Corey Easley (six points, four rebounds) also stepped up in defeat.

In other results, the Suns finally got a win with a 20-point triumph over Geraldton Buccaneers, which reversed the result for the Buccaneers who earlier claimed a victory over Mandurah Magic. The Magic went down to Rockingham Flames the night before, with Lakeside Lightning picking up two wins over South West Slammers and Goldfields Giants. The Giants had back-to-back losses with a second defeat against Joondalup Wolves, while in the other matches, Perth Redbacks defeated Cockburn Cougars by 17 points, and Warwick Senators proved too good for Perry Lakes Hawks with a 10-point win.

ROUND 8 RESULTS:

South West Slammers (65) def. by Lakeside Lightning (96)
East Perth Eagles (69) def. Cockburn Cougars (63)
Rockingham Flames (95) def. Mandurah Magic (69)
Mandurah Magic (71) def. by Geraldton Buccaneers (86)
Cockburn Cougars (72) def. by Perth Redbacks (89)
Warwick Senators (87) def. Perry Lakes Hawks (77)
Willetton Tigers (72) def. Eastern Suns (65)
Lakeside Lightning (118) def. Goldfields Giants (90)
Joondalup Wolves (82) def. Goldfields Giants (71)
Eastern Suns (94) def. Geraldton Buccaneers (74)

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NBL1 West wrap: Round 7

AS the National Basketball League (NBL)1 West competition continued over the weekend, both the men’s and women’s divisions had some classic contests, and we recap how all the games went down.

WOMEN:

A dominant final term from East Perth Eagles ended the unbeaten streak of Joondalup Wolves with a 17-point triumph at home. The Eagles lead by six points at quarter time, and held that lead right up until the final break, before piling on 21 points to eight in the last stanza to run away with the eye-catching upset win.

Brianna Moyes (23 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals) lead the way for points, while Tahlia Fejo (17 points, four rebounds, five assists, four steals and two blocks) did a bit of everything, and Opal Mader (17 points, four rebounds and two assists) was also impressive. Chelsea Belcher stood out for the Wolves with 16 points, while Amber Land (11 points, nine rebounds and two assists) and Neseya Parker-Williams (eight points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals) were both impressive.

Joondalup Wolves did manage to bounce back last night with a seven-point win over Perry Lakes Hawks, 73-66. Kayla Steindl had 25 points, 11 rebounds and two steals in a double-double performance, while Rebecca Benson (12 points, two assists) and Parker-Williams (eight points, nine rebounds, six steals and three assists) all contributed to the cause. Madeleine Dennis (27 points, six rebounds and two assists) and Sarah Donovan (18 points, nine rebounds, three blocks and two steals) were the two best in the Hawks’ defeat.

The next closest result of the round went the way of Perth Redbacks who took the points over a sluggish Mandurah Magic. The Hawks piled on 40-13 in the first half to set up the win, and whilst they lost the second half 45-27, had done more than enough to win 67-58. Makailah Dyer (23 points, six rebounds) and Maddison Allen (nine points, six rebounds, four steals, two assists and two blocks) were the keys for the Redbacks, while Casey Mihovilich (16 points, five steals, three rebounds and three assists) and Carly Boag (seven points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals) covered plenty of areas for the Magic.

Warwick Senators easily dominated Lakeside Lightning, doubling their score on the Senators’ way to a huge 102-51 victory. Tayla Hepburn (24 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals) and Stacey Barr (23 points, five rebounds and two assists) did most of the scoring damage, with Caitlyn Jones (15 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals) and Chloe Forster (15 points, four assists, two rebounds and two steals) also influential. Savannah Coleman had six points and 10 rebounds in defeat, while Kyrah Daniels tried hard for the Lightning with eight points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals.

In other results, Rockingham Flames picked up another win to hand Cockburn Cougars a second straight defeat, getting up 71-52, whilst Eastern Suns piled on more pain to South West Slammers with a 53-point shellacking at home. Christina Boag (25 points, 14 rebounds and three assists) and Tayah Burrows (24 points, seven assists and four rebounds) were outstanding for the Flames and countered out the impact of the Cougars’ Jessie Edwards (16 points, 11 rebounds). In the other game, Jewell Williams (24 points, four assists and three rebounds) top-scored for the Eastern Suns, but it was the likes of Mia Jacobs (14 points, 10 rebounds, four steals and three assists) and Ellyce Ironmonger (10 points, 12 rebounds) who picked up double-doubles, and Samantha Roscoe chipping in with a dominant 18points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals. Zaya Lilly Black (21 points, four steals and three rebounds) and Jasmine Barrett (16 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals) were the only key scorers for the Slammers.

ROUND 7 RESULTS:

East Perth (75) def. Joondalup Wolves (58)
Mandurah Magic (58) def. by Perth Redbacks (67)
Warwick Senators (102) def. Lakeside Lightning (51)
Rockingham Flames (71) def. Cockburn Cougars (52)
Eastern Suns (109) def. South West Slammers (56)
Perry Lakes Hawks (66) def. by Joondalup Wolves (73)

MEN’S:

The match of the round was easy to pick in the NBL1 West men’s division, with Willetton Tigers coming from behind at the final break to win by one point over Goldfields Giants to grab the 74-73 victory. After being level at quarter time, the Giants took advantage and went up by two at half-time and seven by the final break, before the Tigers roared back to life to run over the top of the Giants and secure the 21-13 triumph.

Connor Mincherton (21 points, seven rebounds and two assists), Michael Vigor (18 points, 14 rebounds and four assists) and Damien Scott (14 points, 10 rebounds and five assists) were key players in the win. For the Giants, Julian Pesava (16 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals), Dion Collins (13 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks and two steals) and Fletcher Klasztorny (11 points, six rebounds and four assists) were the key architects in trying to keep their side in the contest.

Lakeside Lightning handed Warwick Senators their first loss of the season, posting a 90-61 triumph to continue their fantastic season. Grabbing a 29-point win on the road, the Lightning were lead by Julius Bowie (26 points, seven rebounds) and Kyle Armour (16 points, five assists, three steals and two rebounds). Warwick Senators had Justin King (19 points and two assists) and Cody Ellis (16 points and three steals) who topped up the team’s scoring column.

Perry Lakes Hawks picked up back-to-back wins in Round 7 with victories over Geraldton Buccaneers (27 points) and Joondalup Wolves (31 points) to remain one of the key title contenders this season. Cooper Hamilton (17.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists), Ben Purser (16.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.0 steals) and Mitchell Clarke (16.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists) were consistent contributors across both games. Matthiang Muo (24 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and two steals) was the top player for the Buccaneers, while Jonathan Wade (34 points, three rebounds) lit it up for the Wolves.

The Wolves picked up a win over Perth Eagles by 33 points, thanks to another 34 points from Wade, who racked up 10 rebounds, three assists and three steals for his troubles. Sioeli Vaiangina (14 points, eight rebounds) also stood out for the victors. Kieran Berry (20 points, five rebounds and two assists) was the dominant scorer for the Eagles. Meanwhile Mandurah Magic defeated Perth Redbacks by eight points (82-74), as Ben Smith (21 points, nine rebounds), Fred Williams (15 points, six rebounds) and Jerami Grace (12 points, five assists and three rebounds) all impressed, though the Redbacks’ Louis Timms (27 points, seven rebounds) and Isaac Gattorna-Hargrave (20 points, four rebounds and four assists) both put up some big numbers.

In other results, Rockingham Flames defeated Cockburn Cougars by 21 points (106-85), whilst in the battle of the winless sides, South West Slammers finally got on the board with a 10-point triumph over Eastern Suns, 90-80. Justin Beard (23 points, five rebounds) and Atem Bior (21 points, seven rebounds) combined well for the Flames against Cockburn’s Jaarod Holmes (17 points, six rebounds) and Seva Chan (17 points, four assists and two rebounds), while the Slammers’ Mitchell Keller (25 points, 11 rebounds and five assists) and Suns’ Ryan Blanchett (20 points, eight rebounds) were the key players for their respective sides.

ROUND 7 RESULTS:

East Perth Eagles (61) def. by Joondalup Wolves (94)
Geraldton Buccaneers (63) def. by Perry Lakes Hawks (90)
Mandurah Magic (82) def. Perth Redbacks (74)
Goldfields Giants (73) def. by Willetton Tigers (74)
Warwick Senators (61) def. by Lakeside Lightning (90)
Rockingham Flames (106) def. Cockburn Cougars (85)
Eastern Suns (80) def. by South West Slammers (90)
Perry Lakes Hawks (118) def. Joondalup Wolves (87)

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