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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)

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2021 NBL1 Central wrap: Round 13

ROUND 13 of the National Basketball League (NBL1) Central played host to a number of cracking matches in both the men’s and women’s leagues.

Men’s:

Forestville Eagles (93) defeated Woodville Warriors (59)

The Eagles bounced back after a loss last round to defeat the Warriors by  34 points. It was a one-sided affair from the opening quarter as the Eagles piled on the scoreboard pressure with their 27 points to 12. They maintained this level of intensity throughout majority of the game and while they lost the third term 13 to 17 they hit back in the fourth with a staggering 32 point quarter. Malith Machar was in fine form for the winners, draining 30 points at 63 per cent from the field, while also recording a ridiculous 21 rebounds. Gregory Mays also got busy sinking 18 points, nine rebounds and two blocks. Jake Rios found his groove finishing with 16 points as Michael Harris managed 14 points and 11 rebounds. For the Warriors it was Joe Jackson that led the way with his 18 points and 13 rebounds. Teammate Daniel McKee was the next prolific credit to his 11 points at 46 per cent from the field. Luke Stanbridge also contributed seven points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Women’s:

Forestville Eagles (86) defeated Woodville Warriors (60)

It was a comprehensive win for the Eagles who extended their five game winning streak, to six downing the Warriors by 26 points. The Eagles got off to a fast start and did not look like relenting credit to their 11-point lead. In fact they won every quarter bar the last to control proceedings and keep the Warriors at bay despite their best efforts. Samantha Simons was causing all sorts of havoc across the court for the Warriors producing 30 points, six rebounds and seven assists. Cara Annetts was also prominent for the Eagles with her 13 points and five rebounds as Brooke Basham was up to her usual tricks with 12 points at 42 per cent from the field. Emily Winter was the main source of pain dropping 24 points for the Warriors as Serena Waters also contributed a handy 11 points and five rebounds in the loss.

Men’s:

South Adelaide Panthers (75) defeated by West Adelaide Bearcats (87)

West Adelaide Bearcats overcame an early deficit to record victory against the Panthers. Down at quarter time the Bearcats came out with increased intensity in the second quarter to pile on the scoreboard pressure thanks to their 30 points. Neither side could be separated at half time, while there was only one point the difference at three quarter time before West Adelaide put the foot down in a big way in the final stanza. The Bearcats managed 25 points to 14 to steal the win. Owen Hulland and Alex Mudronja worked in overdrive for the Panthers amassing 22 and 20 points apiece whole Todd Davies was another that chimed in with a handy 12 points. Mudronja also managed 11 points and five assists as Hulland registered seven rebounds. Samuel Johns was the only other player to hit 11 points for the Panthers. Four players hit double-digits for the Bearcats with Fabian Johnson recording a team-high 21 points at 53 per cent from the field. Bryan Michaels was also up there for West Adelaide with his 19 points and six assists as Earnest Ross impressed, draining 18 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists.

Women’s:

South Adelaide Panthers (83) defeated West Adelaide Bearcats (72)

The Panthers managed to get the job done against the Bearcats by 11 points in what was a see-sawing affair. The Panthers got off to a hot start but were held to a mere eight points in the second term as the Bearcats took control of the game. That momentum was short lived as West Adelaide wrestled back control but did not fully capitalise until the final term where the home side piled on 30 points to 13. Olivia Thompson and Teresa McGreehan were in full swing for the Panthers as they slotted 23 and 22 points apiece. Thompson did not stop there as she also accumulated 15 rebounds in the win. Jordan Hunter got busy in her 39 minutes out on court with 14 points as Hannah Stewart slotted 11 points at 80 per cent from the field. Jasmin Fejo was in fine form credit to her 27 points and nine rebounds as Jennie Rintala wasted no time with her 22 points and 10 rebounds.

Men’s:

Southern Tigers (65) defeated by Central District Lions (90)

The Central District Lions came with a point to prove in their clash against the Southern Tigers running home with a 25 point win. The Tigers were caught on the backfoot almost instantaneously only managing a mere nine points in the first term while the Lions slotted 22 of their own. Scoring improved for the Tigers as the game went on but the damage had already been done as they found it impossible to inch their way back into the contest despite an improved effort after half time. Both Nick Wurm and Lachlan Olbrich slotted 14 points apiece while Koop McCalop was the other main port of call for the Tigers with 13 points and eight rebounds. Christian Artacho was solid off the boards walking away with 12 rebounds in the loss. David Humphries recorded a double-double for the Lions with his 23 points and 15 rebounds in his 39 minutes out on court. Kiir Deng had a hot hand with his 18 points and 12 rebounds as teammate Magok Manyang did not skip a beat slotting 17 points but at a lowly 29 per cent on the field.

Women’s:

Southern Tigers (79) defeated Central District Lions (39)

It was a white-wash for the Tigers as they collected a 40-point win against the Lions who struggled to fire on all fronts. The Tigers have been in ripping form and this game proved no different as they put the clamps on in defence and poured on the points in offence. The Lions only managed to record 15 points in the opening half. Conversely the Tigers piled on 37 to give them some real ascendancy. Although Central District increased their output in the second half the Tigers were up to the challenge and continued their merry way. Tiege Morrell was a force to be reckoned with slotting 29 points and amassing 13 rebounds in the win as teammate Morgan Yaeger also chimed in with 13 points and six assists. Jemma Thacker and Isabella Stratford were also up to the task with 10 points each. It was a tough day at the office for the Lions but it was Meaza Otto that led the way with her 12 points as Samantha Kennett managed 10 points.

Men’s:

Eastern Mavericks (86) defeated Norwood Flames (98)

The Flames managed to muster up a 12-point win over the Mavericks in what was a hard-fought win. The Mavericks had the upper hand in the opening quarter creating a seven-point lead before Norwood fought back in the second to completely and utterly flip the script. With their tails up at half time the Flames continued the charge into the third and while they were outscored in the final the damage was all but done. William Wise was impressive for the Mavericks sinking 27 points while also registering 13 rebounds and two assists while Owen Raneberg chimed in with 19 points and five rebounds in the loss. Tom Cromarty and Isaac Warhurst worked hard for their 14 and 11 points respectively but it was not enough to get their side over the line. It was a masterclass from CJ Turnage as he topped the table with his 26 points and 15 rebounds to record another double-double. Ray Harding was the next best with 16 points while both Daniel Webber and Jordan Wilson helped out with 14 and 11 points with the former also imposing himself off the boards with 12 rebounds.

Women’s:

Eastern Mavericks (64) defeated by Norwood Flames (75)

The contest between the Mavericks and Flames was intense but in the end it was the Mavericks that fell short, recording their sixth straight loss. The Flames claimed the lead early and steadily increased their buffer at half time. They did not take the foot off the pedal in the third and while the Mavericks came back in the fourth the game had already been won and done. Mollie McKendrick had an impressive performance for the Mavericks sinking 21 points and 15 rebounds, 12 of which were defensive. Kedeisha Kartinyeri also provided a helping hand with her 11 points and five rebounds while teammate Rachel Hines was the next highest contributor with her eight points in 35 minutes. Alex Wilson topscored with 23 points at 42 per cent from the field along with 11 rebounds as Sophie Kerridge also got busy with her 17 points.

Men’s:

North Adelaide Rockets (94) defeated Sturt Sabres (90)

It was a tight tussle between North Adelaide Rockets and Sturt Sabres as the two sides battled it out. In the end it was the Rockets that walked away with the chocolates thanks to a blistering first term of basketball. The Rockets added 31 points to their tally to kickstart proceedings before the Sabres steadily pegged the margin back but fell short of the win. Jack McVeigh was in scintillating form for North Adelaide draining 33 points, seven rebounds and three assists while Jimma Dau found his groove shooting at 56 per cent from the field for his 17 points. Tobias Dowdell also made his presence felt thanks to his 13 points. Sam Daly topped the table for the Sabres with his 26 points as Keanu Rasmussen registered 22 points and five rebounds. Joel Spear managed a double-double with his 10 rebounds and 10 points.

Women’s:

North Adelaide Rockets (79) defeated by Sturt Sabres (84)

The final game of the round between the Rockets and Sabres went down to the wire as the Sabres survived a late comeback from North Adelaide to secure the win. The Sabres snuck out to a narrow lead at quarter time and by half time established a five-point lead. the Sabres elevated their offence in the third pouring on 20 points but the Rockets were not about to lie down, going all out in the final stanza but falling just short. Jess Good was a key target for the Rockets draining 25 points and a whopping 23 rebounds. Taylor Ortlepp and Abigayle Mader both managed 16 points apiece in the loss as Sam Defrancesco chimed in with 12 points. For the winners, Kylee Smith was up and about with her 19 points as Kayla Matthews also collected 16 points and six rebounds. Zoe Walker-Roberts also played a crucial role with her 13 points as Nicola Mathews slotted 14 points at 50 per cent from the field.

Photo credit: Kelly Barnes/AllStar Photos

2021 NBL1 Central wrap: Round 11

ROUND 11 of the National Basketball League (NBL1) saw plenty of excitement and big wins as the top of the table Sturt Sabres dominated in their clash against Central District Lions in the women’s while in the men’s it was a much closer round.

Men’s:

Forestville Eagles (89) defeated Norwood Flames (84)

The Eagles just snuck over the line against Norwood by a mere five points to notch up their eighth win of the season. Forestville opened up the lead at quarter time and they steadily grew that margin as the game went on. By half-time the home side was up by six points and kept the foot on the pedal in the third with a 21 to 18 point term. But Norwood rallied in the final term but left their run too late. Brandon Brine had a hot hand for the victors producing 33 points and 11 rebounds while Gregory Mays also chimed in with a handy 20 points and 11 rebounds of his own. Michael Harris also got busy with his 18 points while Jake Rios added 10 points to the winning total. Moses Nuangki was the topscorer for Norwood draining 23 points while CJ Turnage also found his groove with a triple-double thanks to his 19 points, 11 rebounds and 12 rebounds.

Women’s:

Forestville Eagles (56) defeated by Norwood Flames (64)

Norwood Flames overpowered Forestville Eagles in the second term setting them up for their fifth win of the season. it was a hard fought battle between the two sides as they went in hard for everything but in the end it was the Flames that found a winning formula. Brooke Basham was a lady on a mission thanks to her 27 points and six rebounds while Cara Annetts also impressed with her strength off the boards with 10 rebounds. Samantha Simons also got busy with her 12 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Alex Wilson inspired her side to victory thanks to her 26 points and 15 rebounds as Genna Anderson drained 18 points and 10 rebounds in the win.

Men’s:

South Adelaide Panthers (109) defeated Eastern Mavericks (84)

South Adelaide claimed the win over the last placed Eastern Mavericks to improve their standings on the ladder. The Panthers had a commanding lead by the halftime swung around largely in part because of their 24 point to 15 point second term. But it did not stop there as they lifted another level in the third to pile on a whopping 34 points and although the Mavericks mounted a comeback in the final quarter, the game was all but over. Todd Davies had the ball on a string sinking 27 points at 59 per cent from the field while also picking up seven rebounds and four assists. Alex Mudronja made a lasting imprint with his 23 points in 31 minutes as Jarryd Hoppo also came to life with 21 points. Adam Brown was the only other player to reach double digits producing 19 points and six rebounds. William Wise was key for the Mavericks with is 23 points while Tom Cromarty also got involved thanks to his 19 points and eight rebounds.

Women’s:

South Adelaide Panthers (79) defeated Eastern Mavericks (66)

The Panthers collected a 13-point win over the Mavericks leading from start to finish. South Adelaide controlled proceedings and did not let the Mavericks gain any momentum despite going into halftime tied at 40 points apiece. The points were shared around for the Panthers with five players reaching double digits but it was Ashley Spencer that led the charge with 19 in her 36 minutes out on court. Jordan Hunter and Teresa McGreehan managed 13 points apiece in the win while Olivia Thompson registered a double-double with her 11 points and 17 rebounds. Mollie McKendrick was the topscorer for the Mavericks with her 20 points and 11 rebounds while Rachel Hines and Taylor Moffat found their groove with 17 points each.

Men’s:

West Adelaide Bearcats (61) defeated by Southern Tigers (69)

It was a tight tussle between the Bearcats and Tigers with the latter just getting over the line in what was a seesawing affair. Both sides started the game off evenly before West Adelaide created some much needed scoreboard separation to forge ahead. But a huge final term of action from the Southern Tigers stunned the Bearcats as they were kept to a mere five points as the Tigers poured on 24 of their own to steal the win. Earnest Ross impressed with his 16 points and 12 rebounds as Bryan Michaels chimed in with a handy 15 points. Fabian Johnson and Lachie Hunter had no issues off the boards with 12 and 10 rebounds respectively in the loss. Cameron Coleman was amongst the thick of things with his 21 points, six rebounds and four steals while both Koop McCalop and Nick Wurm managed 15 points apiece in the win. Machar Machar hit the scoreboard with eight points but did some of his best work off the boards with 11 rebounds.

Women’s:

West Adelaide Bearcats (64) defeated Southern Tigers (79)

Despite an even first half of basketball the Southern Tigers put the footdown in the second half to seal the deal. West Adelaide held the lead at halftime albeit by two points but that was quickly turned around as the Tigers upped the ante to shift the momentum and steal the game. Jennie Rintala was a real livewire with her 19 points and seven rebounds for the Bearcats while teammate Jasmin Fejo wasted no time slotting 17 points in her 27 minutes to keep her side within striking distance. Teige Morrell continued to be a thorn in the side of the opposition sinking 28 points and eight rebounds as Morgan Yaeger chimed in on the action with 18 points at 43 per cent from the field. Jemma Thacker was the only other player to leave single digits thanks to her 13 points.

Men’s:

Sturt Sabres (96) defeated Central District Lions (89)

Top of the table Sturt Sabres powered past Central District Lions surviving a final quarter fightback. The Lions got the jump start in the first term before the Sabres controlled the second and third quarters with a 27 point to 11 stanza all but setting up the win. Sam Daly and Joel Spear got the ball rolling for Sturt with 25 and 23 points apiece with the latter also dominating off the boards with a huge 16 rebounds. Keanu Rasmussen also imposed himself with his 14 points and five rebounds to get his side over the line. Lual Diing was one of the best on the court for Central Districts with his 18 points at 40 per cent from the field while Shaquille Maharaj was hot on his heels with 17 points and three assists. Brodie Nathan worked in overdrive to keep his side in it with 13 points but it was not enough.

Women’s:

Sturt Sabres (105) defeated Central District Lions (35)

It was a complete demolition job by the Sabres as they walked over the top of Central District Lions by 70 points. The Lions only managed to reach double digits in a quarter once credit to the immense defensive pressure from the Sabres. Central Districts only recorded 16 points in the second half compared to Sturt who poured on 53. Every single player on the Sturt roster hit the scoreboard with Jade Johnson the most prolific of the lot with 30 points, four rebounds, four assists and five steals. Jasmine Rigoni and Kayla Matthews were the next best with 16 points each while Soriah Moon imposed herself off the boards with a whopping 17 rebounds, 12 of which were offensive. April Rummery-Lamb was the main target for the Lions with her 13 points at 83 per cent from the field while Jessica Puvogel slotted 10 points.

Men’s:

Woodville Warriors (96) defeated North Adelaide Rockets (103)

The final game of the round saw North Adelaide Rockets prevail over Woodville Warriors in a close encounter. It was a high scoring affair as a dominant second quarter of action gifted North Adelaide the win. Unable to be separated for majority of the match, the Rockets rallied to grind out the game and keep the Warriors at bay. Julian Jacobs played a full 40 minutes and made his presence felt with his 26 points and 11 rebounds. Joe Jackson nailed 20 points and 11 rebounds as James Boonstoppel also kept the scoreboard ticking over with his 18 points. Jack McVeigh ran riot with his 33 points as Sunday Dech showed his class producing 26 points and 12 rebounds in the win.

Women’s:

Woodville Warriors (70) defeated North Adelaide Rockets (96)

There was plenty to like about the contest between Woodville Warriors and North Adelaide Rockets with the latter pulling away in the second and third term to secure the ascendancy. Although the Warriors showed glimpses of fight they simply could not maintain that level of intensity throughout the match. Emily Winter was dynamic and influential with her 25 points, 10 rebounds and four assists while Serena Waters also chipped in with 13 points. Sam Defrancesco was imperative for the Rockets draining 25 points as Jess Good plied her trade with 17 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists to fall just short of a triple-double.

Photo credit: Kelly Barnes/Allstar photos

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.

NBL1 Women’s stats update: June 10

WITH all four National Basketball League (NBL)1 competitions well underway this season, we look at who is leading the stats in points, rebounds and assists across the board in the women’s divisions.

POINTS

CENTRAL

#1 Olivia Thompson (South Adelaide) 27.33
#2 Teige Morrell (Southern Tigers) 21.55
#3 Samantha Simons (Forestville Eagles) 21.22
#4 Ashley Spencer (South Adelaide) 20.22

NORTH

#1 Amanda Johnson (SWM Pirates) 29.0
#2 Stephanie Reid (Townsville Flames) 28.0
#3 Kathleen MacLeod (SC Phoenix) 22.6
#4 Mikaela Ruef (Logan Thunder) 22.4

SOUTH

#1 Keely Froling (Launceston Tornadoes) 33.85
#2 Emma Mahady (Albury-Wodonga Bandits) 23.87
#3 Jenna O’Hea (Sandringham Sabres) 23.71
#4 Mariah Payne (Launceston Tornadoes) 22.8

WEST

#1 Samantha Lubcke (Willetton Tigers) 24.25
#2 Makailah Dyer (Perth Redbacks) 22.0
#3 Alex Sharp (Willetton Tigers) 21.50
#4 Tayah Burrows (Rockingham Flames) 20.42

ASSISTS

CENTRAL

#1 Jordan Hunter (South Adelaide) 9.77
#2 Alex Wilson (Norwood Flames) 5.62
#3 Mollie McKendrick (Eastern Mavericks) 5.44
#4 Taylor Ortlepp (North Adelaide) 4.77

NORTH

#1 Rachael McCully (SC Phoenix) 8.8
#2 Myra Donkin (Cairns Dolphins) 7.8
#3 Kathleen MacLeod (SC Phoenix) 7.8
#4 Mikaela Cann (Logan Thunder) 7.4

SOUTH

#1 Tessa Lavey (Frankston Blues) 7.66
#2 Tess Madgen (Bendigo Braves) 6.57
#3 Amy O’Neill (Sandringham Sabres) 5.71
#4 Monique Conti (Melbourne Tigers) 5.66

WEST

#1 Maddison Allen (Perth Redbacks) 5.85
#2 Tayah Burrows (Rockingham Flames) 5.42
#3 Nicole Jorre de St Jorre (Warwick Senators) 5.0
#4 Alex Sharp (Willetton Tigers) 5.0

REBOUNDS

CENTRAL

#1 Olivia Thompson (South Adelaide) 13.11
#2 Jess Good (North Adelaide) 12.55
#3 Mollie McKendrick (Eastern Mavericks) 10.88
#4 Emily Winter (Woodville Warriors) 10.77

NORTH

#1 Mikaela Ruef (Logan Thunder) 17.8
#2 Cayla George (Mackay Meteorettes) 17.25
#3 Amanda Johnson (SWM Pirates) 16.0
#4 Lara McSpadden (Rockhampton Cyclones) 12.83

SOUTH

#1 Anneli Maley (Eltham Wildcats) 24.62
#2 Keely Froling (Launceston Tornadoes) 17.71
#3 Alicia Froling (Ballarat Rush) 15.14
#4 Kelsey Griffin (Launceston Tornadoes) 13.4

WEST

#1 Alex Sharp (Willetton Tigers) 13.5
#2 Maddison Allen (Perth Redbacks) 11.57
#3 Carly Boag (Mandurah Magic) 11.14
#4 Mary Goulding (East Perth Eagles) 11.0

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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 Central wrap: Round 8

NATIONAL Basketball League (NBL)1 Central resumed over the weekend, with plenty of games going down to the wire in both the men’s and women’s divisions to give fans some entertaining action.

Forestville Eagles v West Adelaide Bearcats

Women:

Round 8 of the NBL1 Central division kicked off with a thriller, as the Forestville Eagles stole a one-point win over the West Adelaide Bearcats at Wayville Sports Centre on Saturday night. Eagle Samantha Simons was fouled on a three-point attempt with just two seconds to go, and the star nailed all three to steal a victory and take the team’s winning streak to five. Simons was far and away the best performer on the court, finishing the game with 31 points and 10 rebounds, while Jennie Rintala was outstanding for the Bearcats, pouring in 27 points and 15 rebounds.

Men:

In another classic, the Eagles have escaped Wayville Sports Centre with a three-point victory over the Bearcats on Saturday night. The match was back and forth all game, eventually going to overtime thanks to a three-pointer from Bearcat Earnest Ross, and in overtime, it was the Eagles who made the most of their chances. Forrestville’s Michael Harris had the game sealing play with a steal and basket with two seconds to go. Harris finished the game with 25 points and 12 rebounds in a strong outing and was only bested by teammate Gregory Mays (31 points and 11 rebounds). Ross was huge for the Bearcats, nearly singlehandedly dragging his side over the line with 32 points, 19 rebounds, seven assists and four steals.

Sturt Sabres v South Adelaide Panthers

Women:

The Sturt Sabres proved too strong in their clash with the South Adelaide Panthers, running away with a 14-point win at Springbank Secondary College on Saturday night. The game was up for grabs right up until the final quarter, where the Sabres were able to put the foot down and secure their seventh win of the season to maintain second position on the ladder. For the Sabres, Kylee Smith was instrumental, finishing with 25 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and four steals. For the Panthers, Olivia Thompson was typically impressive with 20 points and eight rebounds.

Men:

The Sturt Sabres continue to remain the competition benchmark, taking down the Panthers by 20 points at Springbank Secondary College on Saturday night for their eighth win from eight games. The Panthers never looked close to the ladder-leaders, and the Sabres look like they will prove tough to slow down as the season progresses, having nearly played and defeated every side. For the Sabres, Keanu Rasmussen surprised everyone to score 31 points (9/10 from the field, 5/6 from three) and prove the Sabres have plenty of options to score.

Woodville Warriors v Southern Tigers

Women

The Southern Tigers delivered a dominant display, taking down the Woodville Warriors by 44 points at St Clair Recreation Centre on Saturday night. The Tigers have been the team to beat this year, and this performance only echoes this, with the Tigers led by an unbelievable performance from Teige Morrell. Morell finished the match with a whopping 37 points and 22 rebounds and was clearly the most dominant performer on the court, and the Warriors simply couldn’t contain her. The Tigers will take some stopping this year and if they keep up performances of this level, they might keep this undefeated streak rolling.

Men:

The Southern Tigers delivered a four-quarter performance as they took down the Woodville Warriors by 23 points at St Clair Recreation Centre on Saturday night. The Tigers won all four quarters and the Warriors were never given a chance to conjure a comeback as the Tigers cruised to their sixth win of the year. For the victors, Cameron Coleman’s 23-point performance was telling, with the Tiger delivering efficient shooting and also grabbed nine rebounds and dished out six assists.

Central Districts Lions v Norwood Flames

Women:

The Central Districts Lions have continued to struggle, falling to the Norwood Flames by 54 points at the STARplex on Saturday night. The Flames were able to do as they please, consistently finding open looks and knocking down shot after shot. For the Flames, Alex Wilson led the charge, dominating the entire game to finish with 35 points and knocking down seven three-pointers on efficient shooting. For the Lions, April Rummery Lamb continued her solid scoring run to end the game with 23 points.

Men:

The Norwood Flames did enough to claim their fourth win of the year, taking down the Central Districts Lions by 10 points at the STARplex on Saturday night. The Flames delivered strong first and third terms that were crucial in securing a lead that the Lions would not eventually overcome. For the Flames, CJ Turnage was the main source of scoring for his side, pouring in 28 points and pulling down seven rebounds, while Lual Diing (16 points) battled hard for the Lions.

North Adelaide Rockets v Eastern Mavericks

Women:

The North Adelaide Rockets have found themselves back on the winner’s list, taking down the Eastern Mavericks by 21 points at The Lights Community and Sports Centre on Saturday night. A monstrous first term set up the victory, where the Rockets outscore their opponents 30-9, and the Mavericks simply couldn’t recover. For the Rockets, Sam Defrancesco led the way with 23 points, 13 rebounds and five steals in a solid all-around performance.

Men:

The North Adelaide Rockets did enough to survive a strong comeback from the Eastern Mavericks, taking home a four-point victory at The Lights Community and Sports Centre on Saturday night. The Mavericks gave it their all in the final term, outscoring their opponents to try and steal an unlikely win, but fell agonisingly short. For the Rockets, Manel Ayol led the way on both ends of the court, finishing with 24 points and 13 rebounds.

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NBL1 Central Round 6: Stats leaders

AFTER six rounds of thrilling NBL1 action in the central division, stars are announcing themselves with strong statistical performances. We take a look at who is performing strongly on the court in their areas and who to keep an eye out for in the upcoming weeks.

Men’s

Average Points:

Jack Purchase – 29
CJ Turnage – 28.67
Michael Harris – 24.33
Earnest Ross – 22.83
Alex Starling – 22.83

Jack Purchase has found himself at the top of the list with 29 points per game, but has only played the one game, so it will be interesting to see if he can maintain this scoring output in the future. Hot on his tail is CJ Turnage from the Flames, with a remarkable 28.67 points per game, paired with his 50 percent shooting efficiency. He has consistently delivered on the offensive end for his side and proves to hurt the opposition on a weekly basis. Rounding out the top three is Forrestville’s Michael Harris, whose incredible first two games (37 and 35 points) see him average 24.33 points per game.

Average Rebounds:

Alex Starling – 14.33
Jack Purchase – 14
Joe Jackson – 12.33
Lual Diing – 11.83
Brandon Brine – 11

The boards have been dominated by South Adelaide Panther Alex Starling, who has been a monster, averaging 14.33 rebounds, with a season-high of 20 in the first round. His rebounding efforts have been crucial for his side, popping up on both the offensive and defensive ends to give his side possession of the ball. Purchase once again finds himself around the top of the list, but only playing one game means that this position is subject to change. Joe Jackson has been huge for the Warriors, averaging 12.33 rebounds a game, fresh off 20 in round six.

Average Assists:

Julian Jacobs – 9.17
Hamish Staude – 5.17
Sam Daly – 4.83
Nick Wurm – 4.67
Joel Spear – 4.67

Julian Jacobs has been the league’s best distributor this season by a country, with his Warriors teammates the beneficiary of his 9.17 assists per game. Jacobs has been handy scoring himself, but his vision and execution with the ball in his hands is a marvel to watch. In second place is North Adelaide Rocket Hamish Staude with 5.17 per game, while Sabres pair Sam Daly (4.83 per game) and Joel Spear (4.67 per game) have proved selfless throughout the season.

Average Blocks:

Lachie Hunter – 2.33
Joe Jackson – 2
Jack Purchase – 2
Riley Meldrum – 1.33
Gregory Mays – 1.33

In a league where big men dominate on the offensive end, blocks are a crucial stat, and they are currently led by West Adelaide Bearcats’ Lachie Hunter with an impressive 2.33 per game. Round two’s five block effort gave opponents a headache as they attacked the rim, and his defensive efforts have given his side a massive boost. Purchase’s impressive debut once again sees him on the list, while Jackson has had quite the season to-date, as Warriors youngster Riley Meldrum has impressed with his 1.33 per game.

Women’s

Average Points:

Olivia Thompson – 24
Samantha Simons – 21.83
Emily Winter – 21.83
Jade Johnson – 19.33
Ashley Spencer – 19.33

 Olivia Thompson has been undoubtedly the strongest performer in the 2021 NBL1 Central Women’s Division. Her scoring capability has been exceptional, as she has worked her way to 24 points per game, good enough for best in the league, and her Panthers teammates love her for it. Forrestville’s Samantha Simons is hot on her tail in second place, with 21.83 points per game, which sees her tied with Emily Winter who boasts the same average. Sabre Jade Johnson has also impressed with 19.33 points per game. 

Average Rebounds:

Olivia Thompson – 14.17
Emily Winter – 13.67
Jess Good – 11.83
Mollie McKendrick – 10.33
Samantha Simons – 9.50

A very similar list to the last wherein Thompson once again has jump ahead on her peers, with her 14.17 rebounds per game leading the league. She bullies her opponents when getting a rebound and is a threat every time she steps on the court. The same can be said for Winter, who isn’t far behind with 13.67 rebounds per game. Jess Good has been integral in giving the Rockets rebounding ascendancy with 11.83 per game, while Eastern Mavericks’ Mollie McKendrick has battled hard on the boards all year. 

Average Assists:

Jordan Hunter – 8.83
Alex Wilson – 6.80
Nicola Matthews – 5
Morgan Yaeger – 5
Samantha Simons – 4.67

South Adelaide Panthers guard Jordan Hunter has been the premier passer of the league this season, with a whopping 8.83 assists per game. Hunter’s passing ability has been crucial to the success of her team, with her vision consistently finding teammates in open positions that lead to easy scores. Alex Wilson has been just as impressive with 6.8 assists per game, with her willingness to find open teammates making her coaches extremely happy. Nicola Matthews and Morgan Yaeger have caught the eye with 5 assists per game each, while Simons puts herself on yet another list.

Average Blocks:

Jess Good – 1.50
April Rummery Lamb – 1.33
Courtney Hansen – 1.20
Zali Grosser – 1.20
Amy Cotton – 1

Good once again finds herself at the top of a statistical category, with her 1.50 blocks per game the best in the competition. The Rocket had a massive six blocks in her round two game alone and has continued to defend the rim throughout the season. April Rummery Lamb has had an outstanding few weeks and its evident with her place on this list due to her 1.33 blocks per game. North Adelaide Rocket Courtney Hansen and Eagle Zali Grosser have impressed with 1.20 blocks per game each.

Picture credit: Roar Photographics

NBL1 Central: Round 5 Preview

FOLLOWING two rounds in the span of one weekend, the NBL1 Central division returns to its usual structure this weekend, and fans can look forward to an exciting weekend of high-quality basketball as the league begins its fifth round.

Norwood Flames v Eastern Mavericks

Women:

This game will prove vital for both sides, as these two teams are both desperate for a win. The Flames have only won one game this season and the Mavericks are yet to register a victory. The winner of this matchup should use this as a turning point to get their season back on track. The Flames will be looking for Alex Wilson to once again ignite the offence, fresh off a 15-point performance in a game where her side could not find the bottom of the net. The Mavericks are in the midst of a shooting slump, but if they can snap this, they may finally find themselves on the winners list. Maverick Mollie McKendrick has been consistent all year, so she will prove key in driving her team to victory with her ability to score freely.

Men:

The Flames escaped with the narrowest of victories against the Panthers in Round 4, but a win is a win, and they’ll be looking to start a streak with a win against the Mavericks. This Mavericks side has struggled all year, to the point where they have started the year 0-4 to find themselves on the bottom of the ladder. They have found various avenues of scoring such as Nathaniel Koko and Lachlan Knibbs, but their inability to defend has cost them. They have given up 389 points in four games, which will not win you many games. They will also have their hands full slowing down CJ Turnage who has proven his ability to score time and time again. The Mavericks face a tough task, but stranger things have happened.

Sturt Sabres v North Adelaide Rockets

Women:

The Sabres are on a nice winning streak at the moment. They’ve won their last three games and have placed themselves quite nicely in third place. The Rockets are hot on their tail with two wins and two losses, and an upset here could see them close that gap even further. Consistency has let the Rockets down, as they haven’t won two games in a row this year. They have a nice opportunity to do that this weekend, and if they want to achieve this goal, they’ll need Taylor Ortlepp to continue her form of late. Ortlepp had 24 points and 15 rebounds last weekend and acts as a barometer for the team. The Sabres have scoring power of their own in Kylee Smith and Lauren Gibbons, so expect a high scoring match.

Men:

Sturt’s men’s side is in some serious form at the moment, having not dropped a game so far this season. Four wins and zero losses after four rounds is about as good as it gets, but heavy is the head that wears the crown. The Sabres have found themselves hunted by the other sides, and the Rockets will be eager to be the side that breaks their streak. Fresh off a nice win against the Bearcats in Round 4, the Rockets will have their tails up, and have plenty of faith in themselves to cause an upset here. They’ll need Verle Williams provide a similar effort to last week (28 points). The Sabres may be in form, but the Rockets are just as hungry.

Woodville Warriors v Forrestville Eagles

Women:

The Warriors face a tough task here, if they want to leave St Clair Recreation Centre with a win, they’ll have to do what four teams haven’t been able to do this year and take down an Eagles side that is full of confidence. The Warriors haven’t been quite as good this year, only winning one of their first four games and were fairly embarrassed by the Sabres last week. The Eagles will likely prove too good in this match, but the beauty of sport is that anything can happen. One advantage the Warriors do have is in the form of Emily Winter, who has had as good a start to the 2021 season as anyone, emphasised by her 24-point, 22-rebound performance last round. Her hard work deserves reward, and a win against one of the best sides in the league would be the best reward possible.

Men:

This contest is shaping up to be a fantastic battle. These sides are extremely hard to split on paper with both sides 3-1 after four rounds and capable of playing fast paced, high scoring basketball. The Warriors took the Sabres to the very end of the game, falling by seven points in the end in a valiant effort. This loss will not only motivate them going forward but it also showed that they can match it with the best. The Eagles did enough to get past the Lions, walking away with an eight-point win to move up the ladder. It will be an enthralling duel between Warrior Joe Jackson and Eagle Gregory Mays. With both players in great form, keep an eye on this battle-within-the-battle.

Central District Lions v Southern Tigers

Women:

These two sides have had contrasting season in terms of success. The Tigers have been the best side in the league after four rounds of action and have looked a class above their peers on a weekly basis. This side is stacked with confidence and rightfully so and will take some serious beating. On the other hand, the Lions have struggled to start the 2021 season, failing to win a game and finding themselves on the bottom of the ladder. This match up seems a near impossible task, especially with Teige Morrell in form. Morrell dropped 24 points and 14 rebounds last week in an excellent display, and she should prove difficult to guard again.

Men:

Leading into this game, the Tigers have found some nice form. Winning their last two matches, the side will be quietly confident of making it three in a row, especially after last week’s comfortable win over the Mavericks. The situation isn’t as positive for the Lions, who have lost three in a row after winning their first game of the year, but don’t rule them out just yet. Their final quarter rally against the Eagles last week showed this team still has some fight, even if it didn’t secure them the win. Another positive from this match was the performance of David Humphries, who poured in 21 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. He will be crucial in his team’s chances to compete with this red hot Tigers team.

West Adelaide Bearcats v South Adelaide Panthers

Women:

The final matchup of the round is a Sunday battle between two sides who are in similar places after four rounds. The Bearcats fought all game to try and steal a win from the Rockets last round in a game they probably should have won. The Bearcats shot better from the field than their opponents, but undisciplined defence cost them the game, with the Rockets shooting 17 more free throws, a crucial stat in a game decided by seven points. This will drive the Bearcat players and expect them to come into this round’s match fired up. Meanwhile, the Panthers are on a high after taking care of the Flames in convincing fashion. With Ashley Spencer pouring in points (22 points in Round 4) and Olivia Thompson controlling the boards (16 rebounds in Round 4), the Panthers will be hard to stop.

Men:

Round 4 brought heartbreak for the Panthers, as they fell just a solitary point short of stealing a game from the Flames, but it wasn’t meant to be. They shot a fantastic 44 percent from the field and were unlucky to face a team that ended up shooting 50 percent from the field. This also demonstrates a need for their defence to tighten up, a key point that was likely addressed during preparation for this week. Alex Starling put in one of the best individual performances of the round in the loss, finishing with 30 points, 16 rebounds and four steals, so keep an eye on her this week. The Bearcats were soundly beaten by the Rockets last round and will need to improve if they are to compete this weekend against the Panthers. Facing a Rockets side that had not yet won a game, the Bearcats simply didn’t show up as they needed to and will be eager to rectify this with a Round 5 win. Expect both sides to come out hungry for redemption.

NBL1 Central: Round 3 wrap – Undefeated teams settling at the top

NATIONAL Basketball League (NBL)1 action moved forward in the Central division over the weekend, as the strong teams begin to cement themselves at the top of the ladder. There were big wins and heartbreaking losses in a fascinating round of action.

Forestville Eagles vs. North Adelaide Rockets

Women’s

Forestville are fast putting their hands up as contenders, starting the season 3-0 thanks to a 13-point win over the inconsistent Rockets on Friday night. The Eagles won three out of the four quarters, and always seemed to have control of the game. For the Eagles, Samantha Simons once again led the way for her side, finishing with 35 points and nine rebounds, and was by far the strongest individual performer in the match. Teammate Amy Cotton was also impressive with 12 points of her own. For the Rockets, Jess Good and Rachel Mate ended with 17 points each and can be proud of their efforts to ignite the offence.

Men’s

The Eagles continue to put their season on the track with their second win of the year, defeating a struggling Rockets side by 18 points at Wayville Sports Centre. The Rockets are yet to find their first win of the year and didn’t look close during this round. The Eagles led 50-27 at half time and never looked back. Eagles duo Gregory Mays (20 points and 10 rebounds) and Brandon Brine (19 points and 14 rebounds) led the way with strong performances on both ends of the floor. Rocket Jimma Dau was his side’s best with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

West Adelaide Bearcats vs. Norwood Flames

Women’s

The Bearcats have escaped with a five-point victory over the Norwood Flames, to take them to 2-1 on the season standings. Each team won two quarters, but West Adelaide were too good, holding off a final quarter fightback from the Flames to take the win. West Adelaide’s Keeley Pearce was the star of the match, finishing with 29 points and an astounding 9/12 from three-point range. She was key in driving her team to the win, as was teammate Jennie Rintala who chimed in 19 points and nine rebounds. For the Flames, Alex Wilson was extremely close to a triple double with 20 points, nine rebounds and 11 assists.

Men’s

A tense final quarter saw the Bearcats run away with a seven-point victory over the Flames at Port Adelaide Recreation Centre. Leading by just one point heading into the final quarter, the Bearcats managed to do just enough to hold off a determined Flames side, who will be disappointed in the lost opportunity. Bearcats big man Earnest Ross was once again influential in guiding his side to the win, as he finished with 35 points and 16 rebounds in a typically dominant performance. For Norwood, CJ Turnage performed well with 20 points and eight rebounds.

South Adelaide vs. Southern Tigers

Women’s

The Southern Tigers have cruised to a comfortable win over the South Adelaide, triumphing by 29 points at Marion Basketball Stadium. The Tigers never lost a quarter, and their 13-point lead at the first break never got any smaller as they were able to keep control of the game at all times. For the Tigers, Teige Morrell was outstanding, stuffing the stat sheet with 22 points and 14 rebounds as she proved too good for her opponents. For South Adelaide, Olivia Thompson battled hard all day, pouring in 22 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.

Men’s

South Adelaide left their comeback too late, as the Southern Tigers held on to snag a three-point win in a tense ending to the match on Saturday night. South Adelaide found themselves within one point with 10 seconds to go, and after the Tigers sunk the free throws, the ball was only ever going to the red-hot Alex Starling, but unfortunately the three pointer was offline. For the Tigers, Cameron Coleman and Christian Artacho scored 18 points each and were both dangerous all night. For South Adelaide, Starling lived up to his name and was the star of the show, pouring in 29 points and singlehandedly kept his side in the game with his shooting.

Sturt Sabres vs. Eastern Mavericks

Women’s

The Sabres took control of the game early, as they waltzed their way to a 29-point win against the Mavericks, who still can’t conjure a win. Following consecutive poor losses, the Mavericks once again looked a step off the pace and couldn’t keep up with a Sabres side who were a class above all game. For the Sabres, Jade Johnson was an offensive threat for all four quarters, finishing the match with 26 points on extremely effective shooting, and was the best performer on the court. For the Mavericks, Mollie McKendrick and Kedeisha Kartinyeri each dropped 15 points in an attempt to spark the offence.

Men’s

The Sabres fired on all cylinders as they cruised to a 29-point win over the Mavericks to maintain their undefeated record and notch their third win of the year. The Sabres performed strong from the opening tip, and there was no concern as they did what was required to defeat a Mavericks side who have underperformed all year. Despite the Sabres highest scorer being Max Calligeros with only 15 points, they still scored 88 points, demonstrating their balanced scoring as a team. For the Mavericks, Owen Raneberg and Matt Stock each chimed in with 11 points each as the only double-digit scorers for their side.

Woodville Warriors vs. Central Districts Lions

Women’s

The Woodville Warriors have recorded their first win of the year, taking down the Central Districts Lions in convincing fashion, to leave the arena winners by 17 points. It was a battle of the bottom enders as both teams fought tooth and nail for their first win of the season, and the Warriors lived up to their name. Emily Winter and Deanna Troia combined for 33 points for the Warriors and were both extremely influential on the result. For the Lions, April Rummery Lumb battled hard to keep her side in the match, ending with 23 points and five blocks, but to no avail.

Men’s

It was a one-sided affair for three quarters as the Warriors were ruthless against the Lions, leaving St Clair Recreation Centre with a 31-point victory on Saturday night. The Lions showed some fight to reduce the deficit to nine points heading into the last quarter, but a 33-11 final term blew the game wide open, as the Warriors ended up with a comfortable win. For the winners, Joe Jackson was strong, ending the match with 27 points and 11 rebounds, while Julian Jacobs was one rebound shy of a triple double, pouring in 17 points, nine rebounds and 11 assists. For the Lions, Brodie Nathan and Shaquille Maharaj had 14 points each.

Round Four results:

Women’s:

Sturt Sabres 81 def. Woodville Warriors 40

Eastern Mavericks 37 def by. Southern Tigers 90

Norwood Flames 47 def by. South Adelaide Panthers 73

North Adelaide Rockets 71 def. West Adelaide Bearcats 64

Forrestville Eagles 81 def. Central District Lions 33

 

Men’s

Sturt Sabres 76 def. Woodville Warriors 69

Eastern Mavericks 70 def by Southern Tigers 92

Norwood Flames 81 def. South Adelaide Panthers 80

Forrestville Eagles 85 def. Central District Lions 77