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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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2020 QSL team review: Logan Thunder

IN a series wrapping up the 2020 Queensland State League (QSL) season, we take a look back at each of the 12 clubs in both the men’s and women’s competitions and how they performed across the season. We continue our review series with the first of our two premiers for season 2020, Logan Thunder, who took out the women’s title and also reached the post-season series in the men’s competition.

Men’s:

Position: 6th (Quarter final loss)
Wins: 6
Losses: 5
For: 1069
Against: 969

The men’s side reached the finals series but fell 19 points short in the quarter finals to eventual premiers, Brisbane Capitals. The Thunder were no strangers to huge totals, hitting more than 95 points in eight of the 12 games, including five tons. They started off shaky with five losses in six games to sit 1-5 and look almost out of the finals race. The Thunder kick-started their season with a 15-point win over North Gold Coast Seahawks and went on to win five straight matches to finish the year on a high, but ultimately could not quite overcome the strength of the Capitals.

Experienced Chris Cedar averaged an impressive 20.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.6 assists in 10 games throughout the season, one of four players to hit double-figure points averages. Atem Bior (16.2 points, 7.7 rebounds), Mitchell Young (14.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists) and Kian Dennis (11.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists) also stood out from a scoring front, playing all 12 games. Michael Cedar was another key distributor, averaging the 4.1 dimes to go with 5.1 rebounds and 9.3 points.

Women’s:

Position: 1st (Premiers)
Wins: 11
Losses: 0
For: 1028
Against: 560

There was no faulting the Thunder women’s side, quite literally with an undefeated season. They just got better and better as the season rolled on, passing every test and not scoring less than 76 points all season. Their tightest matches came in the opening two rounds, winning by 13 and 15 points against RedCity Roar and Southern District Spartans. From there, they never looked liked losing a game with the next closest win a whopping 27 points against Gold Coast Rollers. Some of their victories included 78 points against Toowoomba Mountaineers, 59 points against Northside Wizards and 56 points against Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal. They smashed Ipswich Force by a huge 62 points in the semi-finals, then held off Southern District Spartans for the second time in 2020, winning 85-61 to claim the title.

Mikaela Ruef had a remarkable year in a team that had no shortage of contributors week-in, week-out. Ruef finished with a whopping 22.3 points, 18.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists as one of the stars of the QSL competition. Mikhaela Cann (11.8 points, 7.2 assists and 5.4 rebounds) was not too far behind, while Chevannah Paalvast (11.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists) and Ashley Taia (11.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists) also averaged double-figure points and had massive influence across the court. Cassie Carroll (8.1 points, 3.9 rebounds) and Danielle Bayes (13.1 points, 3.2 assists) provided great support all over in what was a remarkable team performance from start to finish.

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QSL Men’s quarter finals preview: Capitals and Spartans to host do-or-die finals

IT is set to be a big weekend of Queensland Basketball League (QSL) Men’s action as four teams battle it out to progress to the next stage of finals and keep their premiership hopes alive. RedCity Roar and Ipswich Force have already booked their spot in the round two action of the finals after finishing first and second respectively, and will be awaiting the winner of the two quarter finals whether it be Southern Districts Spartans, Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal, Brisbane Roar or Logan Thunder.

Southern Districts Spartans v. Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal
Saturday, 17 October

In a battle of fourth verse fifth expect plenty of fireworks and excitement as both sides endeavour to make it to next week. The last time these two sides met was in Round 8 as the Spartans run out victorious by 15 points against a feat they will be hoping to repeat in the final. On the other hand Phoenix Teal will be hoping to flip the script. Accuracy seemed to be the main area of concern for Sunshine Coast converting at a lower clip than the Spartans something they will be acutely aware of heading into the clash.

In their last outing, Anei Muorter was the dominant scorer sinking 20 points while Callum Dalton was not far behind with 19 points and eight rebounds. Tyrell Harrison was another key contributor with 14 points and nine rebounds while his ability to block the ball provides plenty of excitement and opportunities for the Spartans something they will be hoping to re-create once again. they were however without the services of Tamuri Wigness who has proven to be a key figure when it comes to dishing off dimes and setting up attacking forays.

For the Phoenix Teal they will be looking to the likes of Jamaal Robateau to lead the way having piled on 27 points in their last encounter and picking up a massive nine steals. Robateau will a player the Spartans look to stop given his dominance and ability to tear game apart. Another player that cannot be overlooked is Nelson Kahler  who is both able to hit the scoreboard with great ease while also ply his trade off the boards. Jonathan Jassen can sometimes fly under the radar but has had a recent run of hot form coming off 24 and 25-point outings and will be eager to bring that rhythm into the clash on Saturday.

If recent history is anything to go by it is fair to say that the result is in favour of the Spartans however finals basketball brings a whole new level of intensity and desperation making it anyone’s game.

Brisbane Capitals v. Logan Thunder
Sunday, 18 October

The second and final game of quarter finals sees Brisbane Roar and Logan Thunder go head to head on Sunday. It has been a strong season for the Roar finishing in third thanks to their nine wins from 11 games and feel agonisingly short of second spot so expect them to come out with a real fire in the belly. The Thunder have been somewhat up and down winning six games and losing five making for an interesting contest between the two sides. Last time they locked horns it was the Roar that came out on top albeit by 11 points in a much closer match than many anticipated something the Thunder will take plenty of confidence out of.

The Capitals boast a wealth of scoring options with Jason Cadee the most dominant of all sitting fourth in the competition for average points with 23.36 a game while also proving to be a handy option on the assist leading the league with 6.91 a game. Cadee will be the one the thunder have to stop given he is also renowned for his ability to cleanly contest the ball and win it back. Jarred Bairstow is another concern for the Thunder given his ability to find the rim and score nailing 25 points last time they met while also putting on a show in the rebounding front with 14 to his name. Cameron Goldfinch and Timothy Soong are others able to have an impact and keep the scoreboard ticking over for the Capitals.

The Thunder are not without their own stars with Christopher Cedar proving to be a real thorn in the Capitals’ side last time the two sides met, knocking back 29 points and while he has been a fraction quieter over the past couple of weeks he will draw plenty of confidence form that performance. Thomas Ammar stepped up to the plate converting 20 points from his 31 minutes on court while Atem Bior also flexed his muscles with 18 points and an impressive 15 rebounds nine of them defensive showcasing just how much of a threat he can be, when firing on all cylinder.

It will take a team effort from Logan Thunder if they are to ruffle the feathers of the Capitals and get the win, given the multiple avenues in which the latter possess to not only score but so too defend.

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QSL Men’s Round 10 review: Ipswich Forces RedCity’s first loss in last round thriller

IPSWICH Force has survived a two-point thriller against RedCity Roar in what could be a grand final preview to get up in the final regular season round of Queensland State League (QSL) Men’s action. In the other stunning result, Brisbane Capitals smashed finals-bound Southern Districts Spartans by 44 points on their way to a season-high 133 points.

Toowoomba Mountaineers (80) defeated by Gold Coast Rollers (97)

Gold Coast Rollers won their first game of two for the weekend, getting up by 17 points over Toowoomba Mountaineers. Neither side could make finals, but it was the Rollers who capped off a good start to the weekend by shooting at an accurate 46.7 per cent from long-range, and winning the assists (27-18) and rebounds (50-41), whilst the Mountaineers got on top in the blocks 4-3) and second chance points (13-10). Brent Wallace had a massive game for the Rollers, putting up a double-double of 23 points and 18 rebounds – 13 defensive – as well as two steals and one block. Jaze Morris (22 points, three rebounds and four assists) was also productive on the scoring end, as Jalen Patton Croker (19 points, six rebounds and five assists) and Tom Howard (11 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals) were also impressive. For the losers, Joseph Johnson had a big day out with 21 points, eight rebounds and five assists, dropping four triples on his way to a team-high points. Jakobe Hunter (11 points, seven rebounds) and Seth Ham (11 points, seven rebounds) also got busy off the boards.

Northside Wizards (71) defeated by Logan Thunder (104)

Logan Thunder maintained their place inside the top six with a vital win over Northside Wizards, getting up by a comfortable 33 points on the road. The Thunder dropped 12 triples to four and shot at an almost-unheard of 73.0 per cent from two-point range as they made the most of their chances. The Wizards had more rebounds (43-36), but the Thunder topped their opponents in assists (32-27), steals (16-7) and blocks (5-1) in a commanding performance. Boston Mazlin recorded a match-high 23 points for the Thunder, as well as four rebounds and two assists), one of six players to notch up double-figure points for the winners. Atem Bior (12 points, six rebounds and three assists), Mitchell Young (12 points, four rebounds and three assists) and Chris Cedar (12 points, three rebounds, five assists and five steals) were others that stood out for the winners. For the Wizards, Jacob Arthur had 18 points, four rebounds and two assists, while Cameron Thew also reached double-figure points with 12 points and four assists.

Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal (93) defeated South West Metro Pirates (91)

In a thrilling two-point contest, Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal booked their spot in the finals series with a tight 93-91 triumph at home over South West Metro Pirates. Phoenix Teal controlled the rebounds (49-39) in what was otherwise an even contest with the Pirates going plus-one in the assists and blocks, and plus four in the steals to match it with their mid-table opponents, but unfortunately fell short of victory. Jamaal Robateau was a handful on the offensive end, shooting 35 points, including 17 free-throws to go with an almost triple-double of 10 rebounds and seven assists for the winners. Jonathan Janssen (24 points, 11 rebounds and three steals) and Nelson Kahler (14 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and three blocks) also notched up double-doubles for the Phoenix Teal. Max Kearle led the way for the Pirates in points with 25, as well as three rebounds and five steals, while Tanner Krebs was a star with 21 points, eight rebounds and six assists in a big performance despite the loss.

North Gold Coast Seahawks (70) defeated USC Rip City (63)

It might not have been season-defining in terms of finals, but wooden spooners North Gold Coast Seahawks avoided a winless season by knocking off second last placed USC Rip City by seven points. In their first victory of the season, the Seahawks shot a more accurate clip from the field and got to the charity stripe more often.The sides had just a combined 15 assists for the game, but the Seahawks were well ahead in the rebounds (47-34), whilst USC won the steals (14-7) comfortably. Maika Shortland (17 points, nine rebounds and three assists) and David Fynn (16 points) were both impressive on the scoring front for the Seahawks, whilst Wilson Page impressed off the boards with seven points and seven rebounds. Louis Ilton put up a game-high 21 points for USC, as well as eight rebounds and four steals, while Isaih Tueta (14 points, five rebounds, two assists and three steals) and Flyn O’Toole (10 points, six rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks) both hit double-figure points.

RedCity Roar (94) defeated by Ipswich Force (96)

In the game of the round, Ipswich Force and RedCity Roar went toe-for-toe in a huge contest that eventually ended in the Force moving up to third spot and handing the Roar their first defeat of the season. In a showdown of NBL talent between Nathan Sobey and Harry Froling, both sides were unwilling to backdown, but it was the Force who made the most of second chance points (17-12) to be the difference in the end despite the Roar winning the rebounds (46-38) and the blocks (7-1). Sobey ended up topping his opponent in points with 31, as well as seven rebounds, eight assists and three steals in his side’s win. Jason Ralph (13 points, 11 rebound, four rebounds and three assists), Jason Ghee (16 points, three rebounds), Mitchell Poulain (15 points, five rebounds) and Ryan Jeffries (10 points, five rebounds) all hit double-figure points in the 96-94 victory. Froling had the greatest impact off the boards in the match, notching up 14 rebounds to go with 30 points, four assists and two blocks in defeat. Regular performers, William McDowell-White (18 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks) and Heath Gameren (12 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two blocks) both picked up double-doubles, while Darryl McDowell-White (17 points, six rebounds and two assists and Verle Williams III (13 points, three rebounds and two assists) in a match for the ages.

Southern Districts Spartans (89) defeated by Brisbane Capitals (133)

In the other top four clash of the weekend, Brisbane Capitals produced a stunning 44-point thrashing of Southern Districts Spartans to announce themselves as a genuine title contender. The Capitals dominated the assists (31-18) and steals (16-7) whilst being much more accurate from the field throughout the contest, while the Spartans picked up the only two blocks of the game and had one extra second chance point in what what a down performance for the home side. Jason Cadee let loose with a ridiculous 47 points, 11 assists, five rebounds and four steals, shooting at 51.7 per cent from the field and dropping five of 12 from long-range. Jarred Bairstow joined him in the party with 24 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals, while Timothy Soong (11 points, five rebounds) and Nicholas Stoddart (13 points, two rebounds and three steals) were also promising in the win. For the Spartans, Callum Dalton notched up 25 points, three rebounds and two assists, leading the way with Tyrell Harrison (14 points, nine rebounds and three assists) and Anei Muorter (10 points) also reaching double-figure points.

Gold Coast Rollers (69) defeated by Ipswich Force (85)

In both side’s second game for the round after wins the previous day, Ipswich Force grabbed second spot on the able with a crucial 16-point win over Gold Coast Rollers on the road. The Force were more accurate outside the arc, shooting at a 37 per cent clip to 25.8 per cent accuracy, whilst leading the assists (26-22), rebounds (41-37) and steals (10-6). The Rollers were far from disappointing though, topping their opponents in blocks (5-2) and second chance points (16-13). Sobey had another big outing with 22 points, six rebounds, four assists sand two steals to lead all-comers, while Ghee (15 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and two steals) also picked up a double-double. Kane Bishop (14, points, eight rebounds and three assists) and Poulain (14 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two blocks) were also productive in the victory. For the Rollers, Morris (18 points, four rebounds and four assists) and Tidjane Diop (18 points, nine rebounds and two steals) shared the top points in a losing side, whilst Patton Croker had the 10 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block in an all-round performance.

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QSL Men’s Round 9 wrap: Sobey drops 50 for Force to snatch fourth as Roar secure top spot

REDCity Roar have locked up top spot with a round to go, winning in the last match of Round 9 for the Queensland State League (QSL) Men’s season. They sit two wins clear of the rest of the field, with the top three all but settled after Ipswich Force joined Southern District Spartans and Brisbane Capitals in the top four.

Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal (92) defeated Northside Wizards (60)

In a huge Friday night clash, Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal accounted for Northside Wizards easily, racking up a 32-point win. The home side sank 12 triples to three, and shot at 38.7 per cent from long range to their opponents’ 15 per cent. They also easily won the rebounds (49-33), assists (27-10) and second chance points (19-8) in a strong performance. Jamaal Robateau continued his great form in season 2020 with 15 points, five rebounds, six assists and two steals, supported well by Bede Hooper (15 points, three rebounds and two steals). Also getting amongst the points were Phoenix Teal’s Josh Walters (12 points, five rebounds, six assists and two steals) and Nelson Kahler (12 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks). For the Wizards, it was Cameron Thew who dominated to try and keep his side in the hunt, putting up 18 points, 15 rebounders, four assists and two steals in a double-double effort, while Jacob Arthur tried hard for 14 points.

USC Rip City (66) defeated by Southern Districts Spartans (86)

Southern Districts Spartans guaranteed themselves a top four spot with a crucial 20-point victory on the road against USC Rip City. The Spartans misfired from beyond the arc (13.6 per cent accuracy) which kept their opponents (25.8 per cent) in it, but they hardly missed a beat from inside it, shooting at 66 per cent. They also controlled the rebounds (46-31), assists (20-16), steals (8-4) and second chance points (20-7), whilst USC broke even in the blocks (2-2). Callum Dalton was the standout with a double-double of 22 points, 10 rebounds and three assists for the Spartans, while Tyrell Harrison put up 17 points, seven rebounds and two assists on the night. Also in double-figures were Josh Derksen (11 points, four rebounds, three assists and two blocks) and Harrison Rouhliadeff (10 points, seven rebounds). For Rip City, it was Isaih Tueta who shot 19 points, five rebounds and four assists, while Tom Cordwell (15 points, two rebounds and two steals) and Louis Ilton (10 points, five rebounds) were both productive.

Brisbane Capitals (106) defeated Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal (99)

In the opening match of the Saturday fixtures, Brisbane Capitals locked up another top four spot with a thrilling seven point win over Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal. After a great win the night before, Sunshine Coast hoped to make it back-to-back victories to keep in touch with the top few teams, but just fell short in the game of the round. The Capitals had more assists (29-27), steals (15-8) and second chance points (13-8), but it was Phoenix Teal that proved deadly from long range, dropping half of their 28 attempts from outside the arc. The visitors also led the rebounds (44-37) and blocks (7-0) in a strong effort defensively. Jason Cadee (34 points, six rebounds, seven assists and five steals) was simply sensational for the winners, teaming up well with Jarred Bairstow (28 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and two steals) who came close to a triple-double. Anthony Kopcikas (15 points, three assists and three steals) was slick with the ball, while Ben Wilson (12 points, seven rebounds and six assists) was also clever across the court. For the losers, it was a good effort from Jonathan Janssen (25 points, 16 rebounds and eight assists) who also narrowly missed out on a triple-double, as Robateau filled out the stats sheet again with 24 points, four rebounds and three assists. Kahler picked up a double-double for his troubles, amassing 11 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in the match.

Logan Thunder (105) defeated Gold Coast Rollers (75)

Logan Thunder kept their finals hopes alive with a massive 30-point victory over fellow mid-table side Gold Coast Rollers, essentially eliminating the Rollers from finals contention in the process. The Thunder moved to 5-5 from their season thus far, and won the rebounds (50-46), assists (26-17), second chance points (19-11) and steals (11-4), but it was the Rollers’ turnover numbers that were the greatest concern, coughing the ball up 21 times to seven during the 105-75 loss. Five players reached double-figure points for the Thunder with Atem Bior picking up a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds. Also lively were Chris Cedar (18 points, four rebounds, five assists and three steals), Michael Cedar (15 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals), and Mitchell Young (17 points, five rebounds). For the Rollers, Jalen Patton Croker amassed 21 points, 11 rebounds and four assists on his way to a double-double, while Jaze Morris had 17 points, two rebounds and two assists. Not far off a double-double himself, Tom Howard had a productive 11 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Ipswich Force (118) defeated Northside Wizards (85)

Ipswich Force gave themselves best chance of a top four finish, picking up a big 33-point victory over Northside Wizards, the Wizards’ second of the weekend. The win helped the Force secure outright fourth with a game in hand as they eye off a big finish to the season next week. The Force dropped 16 triples to nine as both teams shot at greater than 40 per cent from outside the arc, while it was the Force’s ability to make the most of their inside opportunities, with a 57 to 44 per cent accuracy. They also won the assists (27-18), steals (21-15) and blocks (5-3), while the Wizards took control in the rebounds (46-41), but committed a whopping 31 turnovers to 18. Nathan Sobey stunned the spectators with a competition season-high 50 points as well as six rebounds, five assists and four steals. He teamed up well with Jesse Ghee (19 points, seven rebounds, 11 assists and five steals) and Kane Bishop (11 points, nine rebounds, two assists and three blocks). For the Wizards, Jacob Arthur had a team-high 17 points, as well as two rebounds and five assists, while Thew picked up his second double-double of the weekend courtesy of 11 points and 10 rebounds. Cameron Crispe was also busy with 15 points, two rebounds and three steals.

RedCity Roar (97) defeated North Gold Coast Seahawks (86)

Top of the table RedCity Roar notched up a tight 11-point win over North Gold Coast Seahawks to lock up top spot with a round to play. The Roar were not as clinical as they have been at times, but were more effective from two-point range, shooting at 57 percent to their opponents’ 35 per cent. The Seahawks had more rebounds 48-39) and second chance points (15-13), but the Roar dominated the steals (16-7) and blocks (3-0), whilst also having less turnovers (15-24). Darryl McDowell-White amassed 37 points, four rebounds and four steals for the Roar, while Verle Williams III had 23 points, four rebounds, five assists and four steals. Heath Gameren also provided an important role in the win thanks to 17 points, six rebounds, seven assists and six steals. For the Seahawks, Maika Shortland was the clear standout with 27 points, eight rebounds and three assists, while Donovan Russell (15 points, seven rebounds and four assists) and Jaleel Georgetown (11 points, five rebounds and two assists) also tried hard.

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QSL Men’s Round 9 preview: Gold Coast Roll into Logan for penultimate round

IN a short season, it is hard to believe the Queensland State League (QSL) competition is almost done and dusted with sides heading out for their penultimate round of basketball action. Our previewed match of the round sees Logan Thunder hosting Gold Coast Rollers in a seventh-against-eighth clash.

There are a number of lopsided clashes predicted for the weekend, with a top-against-bottom match between RedCity Roar and North Gold Coast Seahawks, with Harry Froling and the Roar expected to make it into double-digits when it comes to win, whilst the same could be said for the Seahawks, but on the other end of the scale as they hold an 0-9 record. Top four side Ipswich Force are capable of anything, and led by Nathan Sobey are expected to put away the 10th placed Northside Wizards.

In a much closer Saturday clash, Jarred Bairstow and his third placed Brisbane Capitals host Jamaal Robateau and his fifth placed Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal in what will likely shape as a massive clash in the lead-up to finals. It would be our match of the round given the talent on court, but both sides have featured in that regard over the past couple of weeks. In some Friday night fixtures, Robateau and his side first take on the Wizards in a fixture they hope to win, and could level with the Capitals if they can beat them on Saturday and claim back-to-back wins. Also on Friday night, USC Rip City hosts the second placed South Districts Spartans in a game that could well be lop-sided, but the former have nothing to lose at home.

Getting stuck into the must-win match between Logan Thunder and Gold Coast Rollers, the stakes are huge with the teams both sitting just outside a finals place – top six – with the Thunder set to take sixth place if they win give South West Metro Pirates are not playing this weekend. The Rollers are still two wins back which means they cannot afford to drop anymore games in the run to the finals, so this is the first of a virtual elimination final for them.

The Rollers come in off the back of a relieving win against Northside Wizards which kept their season alive after back-to-back losses against the Pirates and Capitals hurt. They showed they can match it with the top sides however, not blown away and even beat Phoenix Teal by eight points, but have just struggled on the offensive end, ranked ninth for points for. Defensively they hold up pretty well compared to others, but as a general rule of thumb have been involved in more lower scoring contests, whereas their opponents have put up some massive scorers, but also conceded them.

Logan Thunder are on a three-game winning streak after starting the season 1-5 and now remain a huge chance for finals. They copped a really unlucky draw with the top five teams in the opening six matches, and has since played three of the bottom four sides and capitalised in those games.

Chris Cedar has had a strong influence on the Thunder this season, averaging 19.7 points, 5.6 rebounds and 6.0 assists, really doing it all for his side. They have four players in double-digit points, with Atem Bior in some handy form, playing every game this season and putting up 17.3 points and 8.1 rebounds, similar numbers to Mitchell Young (13.8 points, 8.6 rebounds), while Kian Dennis has also been impressive (12.2 points, 4.2 rebounds).

For the Rollers, Jalen Patton Croker leads the way with 19.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.1 assists for his side, while Adrian La Fleur (13.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.1 assists), Jaze Morris (11.8 points, 3.8 rebounds) and Tidjane Diop (11.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists) has also been prominent. The Rollers have missed the impact of Levi Frankland of late having averaged 15.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists from the five games to start the season

Logan Thunder arguably have the edge in this one, they are in some good form and have been gelling well over the last few weeks. While this is expected to be a thriller and could go either way, the Thunder seem to be building towards finals now.

QSL MEN’S ROUND 9 FIXTURES:

Friday, October 2:

Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal (5th, 5-3) vs. Northside Wizards (10th, 2-6)
USC Rip City (11th, 2-7) vs. Southern Districts Spartans (2nd, 7-2)

Saturday, October 3:

Brisbane Capitals (3rd, 7-2) vs. Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal (5th, 5-3)
Logan Thunder (7th, 4-5) vs. Gold Coast Rollers (8th, 3-5)
Ipswich Force (4th, 6-2) vs. Northside Wizards (10th, 2-6)
RedCity Roar (1st, 9-0) vs. North Gold Coast Seahawks (12th, 0-9)

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QSL Men’s Round 8 wrap: RedCity go two wins clear as Thunder win back-to-back matches

REDCITY Roar have moved two games clear on top of the table in the Queensland State League (QSL) Men’s competition, one of two sides to notch up back-to-back wins alongside Logan Thunder who moved to seventh only a win away from the top six.

Logan Thunder (118) defeated Toowoomba Mountaineers (69)

Logan Thunder produced the performance of their season to completely dominated Toowoomba Mountaineers and leapfrog on the ladder. The home side won by a whooping 49 points much to the delight of those in the stadium, taking out the one-sided contest 118-69. They dropped 11 three-pointers and shot at more than 60 per cent from the field, whilst the Mountaineers ran at below 40. Meanwhile the Thunder also won the rebounds (47-39), assists (36-19), steals (19-4) and second chance points (28-6) in a complete domination. Atem Bior led the way with a double-double of 27 points, 11 rebounds and two steals, sharing the load with Elijah Puna (21 points, nine rebounds and three assists). Also in double-digit points were Ranko Puseljic (14 points, three rebounds, four assists and four steals), Kian Dennis (12 points, seven rebounds and two assists) and Thomas Ammar (10 points, six rebounds and three assists in a real team effort. Jakobe Hunter led the way for the Mountaineers, putting up a team-high 16 points, as well as five rebounds and six assists, while Bailey Nwanevu (13 points, six rebounds) and Joseph Johnson (10 points, nine rebounds and eight assists) were both strong.

Gold Coast Rollers (74) defeated Northside Wizards (72)

Gold Coast Rollers held on in a thriller against Northside Wizards to move one win ahead of their opponents and into seventh on the table. Whilst they are two wins behind sixth, they have two games in hand and will be keen to have a strong finish to the season in the next few weeks. The Rollers made the most of their long-range shots with nine of 28 compared to four of 23, and also stood up defensively to win the steal count, 13-8. In most other areas it was the Wizards who led the way, including rebounds (49-39), assists (19-18), blocks (5-3) and second chance points (15-6). Jaze Morris put up 21 points, eight rebounds and three assists in the win, teaming up with Jalen Patton Croker (19 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals) and Adrian La Fleur (12 points, four rebounds and two steals). For the Wizards, it was Cameron Thew who dominated off the boards with 15 points, 15 rebounds, four assists and two blocks, while Luke Stewart (13 points, 12 assists, eight rebounds and two steals) also recorded a double-double. Jacob Arthur (20 points, seven rebounds and two steals) and James Ringholt (17 points, four rebounds and two blocks) also went big, but scored the majority of the team’s points.

North Gold Coast Seahawks (70) defeated by Ipswich Force (113)

Ipswich Force sits in outright fourth after a strong win over the winless North Gold Coast Seahawks on the road. The Force amassed 113 points in the 43-point victory, to move to 6-2 for the season and remain a title contender. Statistically speaking, the Force controlled play with a high 59 per cent from inside the arc and 43 per cent from outside it, as well as leading the rebounds (47-39), assists (23-13), second chance points (22-17), blocks (6-1) and steals (14-8), while the Seahawks had more triples (12). Ryan Jeffries had a match-high 22 points, as well as three rebounds and two assists in the win, while it was Mitchell Poulain (16 points, 12 rebounds) who recorded a double-double for the winners. Jesse Ghee also had a good day out with 22 points, three rebounds and two assists. For the Seahawks, Loseli Shortland was the star with a double-double effort of 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Maika Shortland also tried hard, notching up 15 points and six rebounds.

RedCity Roar (94) defeated South West Metro Pirates (75)

The top of the table undefeated Roar had their first win of the weekend with a 19-point triumph over a gallant South West Metro Pirates. The Pirates moved to a 5-5 record from 10 games but showed they could compete with the top side in a solid performance. The Roar were just deadly from long-range, dropping 15 triples at 34 per cent, but could not find the same range from two-point range. They also led the assists (25-17), steals (13-8), blocks (4-1) and second chance points (16-3), while the Pirates topped the rebound count (52-48). Harry Froling was the difference between the sides, dropping 33 points, 15 rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks, recording a massive six triples on the night. Verle Williams III was the other prominent scorer for the winners with 16 points, nine assists, three rebounds and four steals, while Darryl McDowell-White (10 points, two steals) notched up double-figure points. For the losers, Tanner Krebs tried hard with 17 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and two steals, while Max Kearle (10 points, two rebounds) and Atem Atem (eight points, eight rebounds and two assists) were solid.

Southern Districts Spartans (94) defeated Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal (79)

In a battle of two contenders, Southern District Spartans got a crucial win to dislodge Brisbane Capitals from second spot and sit with seven wins from nine games. For Phoenix Teal, they remain on five wins, but now sit two wins away from the top three. The Spartans were far more accurate than Phoenix Teal, shooting at 38.5 and 57.8 per cent from three and two-point range respectively compared to 16.7 and 44.6 per cent. In terms of other numbers, the Spartans were too good in the rebounds (48-33), assists (19-9) and second chance points (18-13), while the Phoenix Teal had more steals (13-9) and blocks (3-0). Anei Muorter recorded a team-high 20 points, as well as a consistent five rebounds, five assists and two steals in the win. Callum Dalton (19 points, eight rebounds and two assists) and Tyrell Harrison (14 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals) were both strong, while veteran Mika Vukona played the most minutes he has all season with 21, and put up nine points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. for the losing side, Jamaal Robateau had a match-high 27 points and nine steals, as well as two rebounds and three assists. Picking up a double-double, Nelson Kahler (18 points, 11 rebounds) was prolific, while Jonathan Janssen (13 points, seven rebounds) also contributed.

Brisbane Capitals (83) defeated by RedCity Roar (106)

In a top of the table clash, RedCity Roar picked up their second win of the weekend and went two games clear on top with a ninth consecutive win. The Roar shot at 42 per cent from long-range, dropping a mind-boggling 19 triples, as well as more than 50 per cent from inside the arc. RedCity also won the rebounds(46-36), and blocks (6-0), though the Capitals got on top in the assists (23-18), second chance points (11-6) and steals (9-8). Froling had another double-double with 27 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and two steals, as McDowell-White picked up a match-high 28 points to back up his effort the day before, whilst brother William McDowell-White had a much larger influence on the game with a double-double of 16 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, two steals and three blocks. For the Capitals, Jason Cadee helped himself to 27 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and four steals, while Ben Wilson (15 points, six rebounds, two assists and four steals), Timothy Soong (13 points, seven rebounds and three assists), Nicholas Stoddart (12 points, four rebounds and four assists) all stood up strongly.

USC Rip City (73) defeated by Logan Thunder (86)

Logan Thunder also made it back-to-back wins for the weekend, picking up a 13-point victory over USC Rip City. The win saw the Thunder move up to 4-5 for the season as they begin to play some of the lower sides and get on a roll. In the 86-73 victory, the Thunder was the more accurate team from inside the arc, scoring at a 66.7 per cent clip, whilst USC did it at 44.9 per cent. The Thunder also had plenty of rebounds (55-38), and had more second chance points (14-10), but Rip City was on top in the assists (20-19) and steals (15-10). Dennis picked up a match-high 26 points, as well as three rebounds and two assists, while Chris Cedar sank 18 points, as well as six rebounds, five assists and three steals. Mitchell Young was prominent with a double-double of 10 points and 14 rebounds in the win, while Bior finished with 12 points and four rebounds. For USC, it was Riley Cordwell picking up a team-high 19 points, six rebounds and three steals, while Flyn O’Toole (14 points, eight rebounds and four steals) and Tyler Allen (13 points, 10 rebounds and five assists) were also prolific off the boards.

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QSL Men’s Round 7 wrap: Spartans pile on points, as Roar shows depth

REDCITY Roar showed their depth on the weekend in the absence of Harry Froling, whilst Southern Districts Spartans powered their way to a massive 127 points in a big win, wrapping up Round 7 of the Queensland State League (QSL) Men’s competition.

USC Rip City (80) defeated by Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal (100)

Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal handed USC Rip City a 20-point defeat in the standalone Friday night fixture, with the visiting team moving to a 5-2 record this season thanks to the victory. The visiting team dropped a whopping 17 triples to nine, shooting at 39.5 per cent from the field as they hit the ton, as well as dominating off the boards (59-33), and second chance points (29-12). USC had less turnovers (6-15), and more steals (9-3) so were cleaner with the ball, but shot just 28 of 78 from the field. Jamaal Robateau finished the night with a match-high 23 points, as well as eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks for the Phoenix Teal. Nelson Kahler recorded a whopping 28 rebounds – 12 offensive – to almost pick up more than the entire opposition, whilst also notching 19 points. Jonathan Janssen (14 points, eight rebounds) was the other Phoenix Teal player to have a big night. For the home side, Isaih Tueta had 21 points, seven rebounds and eight assists, while Louis Ilton (13 points, six rebounds and two steals) and Matthew Hancock (10 points, six rebounds) also hit double-figure points in the 20-point loss.

Ipswich Force (104) defeated USC Rip City (72)

Nathan Sobey again led the way for his Ipswich Force side as they became the second team in as many days to hit triple-figures against USC Rip City, winning by 32 points at home. They controlled the boards (51-29) and made the most of their second chance opportunities (25-15), though the assists were fairly even (17-13 Force), and both sides had four blocks each. The accuracy of the Force played a part, shooting at 39.3 per cent from outside the arc and 53.5 per cent from inside it, while USC recorded 29 and 42.1 per cent respectively. Sobey notched up a match-high 32 points, as well as seven rebounds, four assists and two blocks for the winners, while Kane Bishop (19 points, nine rebounds), Mitchell Poulain (14 points, 13 rebounds) and Jesse Ghee (17 points, seven rebounds four assists and two steals) were all prominent. For the visitors, Tueta had 22 points, four rebound and five assists, while Ilton (11 points, four rebounds and three steals) and Tyler Allen (10 points, two rebounds and two assists) were also busy.

North Gold Coast Seahawks (70) defeated by Logan Thunder (85)

Logan Thunder recorded just their second win of the season after some unlucky close shaves, defeating last placed North Gold Coast Seahawks in a 15-point win. The Thunder were inaccurate from long-range, dropping five of 23 triples compared to the Seahawks’ nine of 23 to keep the home side in it, though were far more accurate from inside the arc (57.7 to 38 per cent). The Thunder also won the rebound (33-25), assist (19-13), steal (15-12) and block (3-0) counts. Atem Bior (20 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and two steals) picked up a double-double for the Thunder, working well with Mitchell Young (21 points, seven rebounds and two steals), while Michael Cedar (15 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals) notched a double-double too, and Kian Dennis (15 points, four rebounds, five assists and five steals) also played a strong game. Jesse Lomax (17 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals) was the clear standout for the Thunder, while Donovan Russell nailed all four of his triple attempts on his way to 14 points, and David Fynn finished with 11 points and three rebounds.

Gold Coast Rollers (61) defeated by Brisbane Capitals (79)

Brisbane Capitals held off Gold Coast Rollers to temporarily go to top spot for a day with the Capitals’ seventh win, getting up by 18 points on the road. The Capitals won the rebound (53-46), assist (20-17) and second chance points (15-3) counts, while the Rollers were better defensively with more steals (7-5) and blocks (4-3), but four more turnovers (18-14). Nicholas Stoddart (16 points, six rebounds and six assists) topscored for the visitors, as Cameron Goldfinch (15 points, three assists), Jarred Bairstow (13 points, six rebounds) and Jason Cadee (13 points, eight rebounds and six assists) were also busy across multiple facets. Jalen Patton Croker was the dominant player for the home side, notching up 21 points, seven rebounds and two assists, while Tidjane Diop (14 points, eight rebounds), Adrian La Fleur (12 points, six rebounds and seven assists) and Tom Howard (seven points, 13 rebounds, five assists and two steals) made it a tight game.

Southern Districts Spartans (127) defeated Toowoomba Mountaineers (74)

In one of the most impressive scoring efforts of the season, Southern Districts Spartans piled on 127 points in a 53-point smashing of Toowoomba Mountaineers to retain fifth spot on the ladder with a couple of games in hand to the chasing sides with a 5-2 record. The Spartans nailed 67.6 per cent of their shots from inside the arc and 36.4 per cent from outside it, higher than Toowoomba’s 41.5 and 27.6 per cent respectively. The Spartans also dominated the rebounds (55-25), helping them pick up more second chance points (18-4), as well as winning all the key areas including assists (27-10), steals (11-6) and blocks (2-1). There was no stopping Callum Dalton on his way to a massive 35 points and 11 rebounds, while Tyrell Harrison (16 points, six rebounds), Tamuri Wigness (12 points, five rebounds and six assists), Anei Muorter (11 points, five rebounds and six assists) and Andre Ugrinic (10 points, nine rebounds) were among a whopping seven players to hit double points, with two more falling a point short. For the Mountaineers, Jakobe Hunter had a big day with 28 points and five rebounds, with four players notching double-figure points even in defeat. Seth Ham (11 points, six rebounds), Bailey Nwanevu (12 points, four rebounds and two steals) and Joseph Johnson (14 points, two rebounds and two assists) all achieved the feat.

South West Metro Pirates (93) defeated Northside Wizards (82)

South West Metro Pirates improved their season record to 5-4 this season with a tight 11-point triumph over Northside Wizards, leaving the Wizards at 2-5 from seven outings. The Pirates were deadly from long-range, drilling 16 of 39 triples at 41 per cent accuracy, while also leading the rebound, assist and block counts narrowly. The Wizards had three more turnovers, but matched them in the steals, and also had two more second chance points. Max Kearle had a huge night with 32 points and seven rebounds, while Tanner Krebs (23 points, 10 assists, five rebounds, three steals and two blocks) was superb. Kai Woodfall (13 points, four rebounds and three assists) and Atem Atem (10 points, five rebounds and two assists) also contributed strongly. For the Wizards, Cameron Thew led the way with 26 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double, while Josh Potter (17 points, four rebounds) and James Ringholt (16 points, two rebounds and four assists) were also impressive in the loss.

Toowoomba Mountaineers (81) defeated by RedCity Roar (105)

In the standalone Sunday afternoon game, top of the table RedCity Roar stretched their undefeated streak to seven, taking back top spot after the Capitals kept it warm for a day. The Roar were far from dominant though, as the stats showed a fairly even performance with both teams notching up 43 rebounds, and the Mountaineers leading the assists (23-13). In the end it was the visitors’ cleanliness (18-26 turnovers and 19-10 steals) that proved the difference in the 24-point win. With no Froling out on court, it was up to the McDowell-White brothers to do all the damage, with William McDowell-White (30 points, five rebounds, six assists and six steals) and Darryl McDowell-White (23 points, three assists and five steals) having big afternoons. Jean-Luc Morel helped himself to a double-double of 11 points and 14 rebounds, while Blake Notman drained four triples – second to William McDowell-White’s five – on his way to 19 points and five rebounds. For the Mountaineers, it was the double-double of Ham (19 points, 13 rebounds and three assists) and scoring power of Hunter (23 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals) that stood out, while Johnson also had another solid game with 13 points and three rebounds.

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QSL Men’s Round 7 preview: Thunder look to build momentum in bottom two clash

USC RIP City and Toowoomba Mountaineers will double-up over the weekend with each of the other 10 Queensland State League (QSL) Men’s teams taking to the court once over the weekend. USC face Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal tomorrow night before taking on Ipswich Force on Saturday, whilst Toowoomba travel to take on the Southern Districts Spartans on Saturday ahead of the standalone clash with RedCity Roar on Sunday.

Our predicted match of the round is the bottom two clash between North Gold Coast Seahawks and Logan Thunder with just one win from 12 games between the sides. Whilst they have been struggling thus far in the QSL season, the match presents both sides with a chance of winning. The Thunder’s sole win came against South West Metro Pirates three weeks ago, when they toppled the sixth placed side by 15 points in an upset. Whilst their win-loss record might look bad, they have taken it up to the top sides in a rather unlucky fixture to-date.

Against the top five teams they lost to RedCity Roar (1st) by 13 points, Brisbane Capitals (2nd) by 11 points, Southern District Spartans (3rd,) by 19 points, Ipswich Force (4th) by two points and Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal (5th) by 10 points. In other words, their five losses have come against top five teams, and the win came against the sixth placed Pirates. So with a good run of fixturing, the Thunder could build some momentum in the second half of the season.

The Seahawks on the other hand, have not been so close, with similar opponents, losing to Brisbane (35 points), Southern Districts (66 points) and Sunshine Coast (50 points), as well as a 30-point loss to the Mountaineers, a 23-point loss to the Gold Coast Rollers, and most recently, a 44-point loss to the Pirates. Their 11-point defeat to Northside Wizards in Round 1 was the closest they got and is the only one under 20 points.

Looking at the top Seahawks for offence, Jesse Lomax is leading the way with 12.4 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists this season. He is well ahead of the next highest in Maika Shortland (7.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists), whilst a number of players have contributed five points per game for the league’s last placed side. The troubles have come with assists, as Shortland’s two per game is the highest in his team and only five players average between 1.0 and 2.0 per game. Rebounding wise, they share the load with Loseli Tupou averaging 4.1 per game to go with his 6.9 points per game.

By comparison, the Thunder have had no troubles scoring with Chris Cedar putting up 23 points, 6.0 rebounds and 6.4 assists, whilst Atem Bior has been dominant off the boards with 7.8 rebounds and 16.2 points. Mitchell Young (14.5 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists) is close to a double-double, whilst Michael Cedar has been a facilitator on transition with 3.4 assists to go with 5.4 rebounds and 11.4 points. The Thunder go in as strong favourites for the clash given their tough fixture and efforts, but the Seahawks will be keen to take over with the home court advantage.

In another crucial match over the weekend, third placed Southern District Spartans host the seventh placed Toowoomba Mountaineers in what could be telling in the run home to the finals. The Spartans are looking for their sixth win of the season, while the Mountaineers will hope to balance their win-loss record at 4-4. The other standalone clash by two teams only playing one game is the sixth placed South Metro Pirates up against ninth placed Northside Wizards.

Of the double-ups, USC Rip City have the tough challenges up against top five sides, Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal and Ipswich Force, whilst the Mountaineers will need to be at their best to take down the undefeated RedCity Roar. Meanwhile, second placed Brisbane Capitals travel to lock horns with eighth placed Gold Coast Rollers in what looms as a huge match between the sides.

Friday, September 18:

USC Rip City (10th, 2-4) vs. Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal (5th, 4-2)

Saturday, September 19:

Gold Coast Rollers (8th, 2-4) vs. Brisbane Capitals (2nd, 6-1)
Ipswich Force (4th, 4-2) vs. USC Rip City (10th, 2-4)
North Gold Coast Seahawks (12th, 0-7) vs. Logan Thunder (11th, 1-5)
Southern Districts Spartans (3rd, 5-2) vs. Toowoomba Mountaineers (7th, 3-4)
South West Metro Pirates (6th, 4-4) vs. Northside Wizards (9th, 2-4)

Sunday, September 20:

Toowoomba Mountaineers (7th, 3-4) vs. RedCity Roar (1st, 6-0)

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QSL Men’s statistics: Who are the dead-eye shooters?

THIS week’s Queensland State League (QSL) Men’s clash focuses on the top shooters in the competition. Whilst some might be due to volume, many are also accurate, with the likes of Brisbane Capitals’ Jarred Bairstow, South West Metro Pirates’ Jonathon Mines and Gold Coast Rollers’ Jalen Patton Croker among the consistent shooters this season thus far. In terms of free-throw shooters, Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal’s Jamaal Robateau has nailed a whopping 50 of 54 free-throws for an elite 92.59 per cent.

Field goals made:

1 Jarred Bairstow (Brisbane Capitals) 65
2 Harry Froling (RedCity Roar) 63
3 Tanner Krebs (South West Metro Pirates) 59
4 Nathan Sobey (Ipswich Force) 56
4 William McDowell-White (RedCity Roar) 56

Field goal percentage: More than 30

1 Cameron Thew (Northside Wizards) 69.81% [37]
2 Nelson Kahler (Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal) 63.77% [44]
3 Jarred Bairstow (Brisbane Capitals) 61.9% [65]
4 Jonathon Mines (South West Metro Pirates) 56.36% [31]
5 Jalen Patton Croker (Gold Coast Rollers) 52.44% [43]

Three-pointers made:

1 Nathan Sobey (Ipswich Force) 31
2 Jason Cadee (Brisbane Capitals) 27
3 Chris Cedar (Logan Thunder) 22
3 Tanner Krebs (South West Metro Pirates) 22
3 William McDowell-White (RedCity Roar) 22

Three-point percentage: More than 10 triples

1 Jonathon Mines (South West Metro Pirates) 53.57% [15]
2 Mathiang Muo (South West Metro Pirates) 50.00% [11]
3 Jalen Patton Croker (Gold Coast Rollers) 46.88% [15]
4 Tamuri Wigness (Southern Districts Spartans) 44.44% [12]
5 Adrian La Fleur (Gold Coast Rollers) 42.86% [15]

Free-throws made:

1 Jamaal Robateau (Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal) 50
2 Nathan Sobey (Ipswich Force) 44
3 Harry Froling (RedCity Roar) 43
4 Jarred Bairstow (Brisbane Capitals) 35
5 Atem Bior (Logan Thunder) 28

Free-throw percentage: More than 20 free-throws

1 Jamaal Robateau (Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal) 92.59% [50]
2 William McDowell-White (RedCity Roar) 86.96% [20]
3 Tanner Krebs (South West Metro Pirates) 85.19% [23]
4 Nathan Sobey (Ipswich Force) 83.02% [44]
5 Atem Bior (Logan Thunder) 82.35% [28]

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