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NBL21 season previews: Brisbane Bullets

THE Brisbane Bullets were a cat’s whisker away from a second straight postseason back in NBL20, missing out on fourth position by just a handful of points determined on the last day of the season.

Three different sides finished with a home and away record consisting of 15 wins and 13 losses, in what was one of the tightest races to the end of the season in recent NBL history, with Melbourne United edging out the Bullets and the New Zealand Breakers. But coming so close to success, many of Brisbane’s faithful are on unstable ground determining whether their side can replicate the same benchmark of play they displayed last season to crack the finals this time in 2021.

A major talking point that came into the spotlight months ago was the release of last season’s MVP-candidate and member of the 2019-20 All-NBL First Team, Lamar Patterson, who recently committed to the Breakers. Patterson exhibited ridiculous numbers for the Bullets last season, averaging 21.4 points, six rebounds and 4.5 assists in an all-around campaign. The loss of Patterson paired with the secondary loss of star big-man and now member of the New Orleans Pelicans, Will Magnay, means Brisbane will definitely have their work cut out for them.

The club acquired imports Orlando Johnson and Vic Law during the Free Agency period, adding much needed depth to the side’s wing positions with both signings having an abundance of experience at the NBA level. These additions backing up Nathan Sobey and returning sharpshooter Jason Cadee will make Andrej Lemanis’s backcourt a formidable one to say the least.

Following the departure of Magnay, Brisbane needed to fill that void. The club found their solution down in Adelaide in the signing of 211cm tall Harry Froling who will line up next to fellow 211cm center Matthew Hodgson who is fresh off re-signing with the side for another season. The second of the two signatures from the 36ers is 28-year-old Anthony Drmic, who spent three seasons at his old team before heading north for warmer weather and a more primary role.

Listing off the rest of the Bullets’ rosters is a litany of young and promising talents. The list includes 200-plus youngsters Blake Jones, Tyrell Harrison and Callum Dalton (Development Player), with forward Tanner Krebs concluding the list of talls. Meanwhile, NBA Global Academy member of the last three years in Canberra, Tamuri Wigness, will look to make a considerable impact in his rookie professional season at just 18 years of age.

Due to the large number of new faces set to don the blue and gold in just under a week, a few individuals from last season had to leave. Excluding Patterson, the Bullets relinquished New Zealander Reuben Te Rangi and Cameron Gliddon, both of whom have joined the league’s newest side in the South East Melbourne Phoenix.

Uniquely, Brisbane’s ridiculous size across the roster will provide the Bullets with all the tools necessary to combat some of the NBL’s best offences. But, in order to translate good defence into positive results Coach Lemanis will need his offence to perform on a consistent basis in NBL21 with the season just around the corner.

2020 QSL team review: Southern Districts Spartans

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 second of our four grand finalists in Southern District Spartans, who as a club actually racked up the most regular season wins between both the men’s and women’s sides with 18 and only four losses.

Men’s:

Position: 4th (Quarter final loss)
Wins: 8
Losses: 3
For: 1070
Against: 918

The men’s side was solid all season, finishing the year with an 8-3 record to finish in fourth spot. Unfortunately their season came to an end in the quarter finals with Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal coming over the top of them and winning by 11 points, 107-96. The Spartans were on fire early in the season, winning their first four games and five of their first six, before slipping a little mid-season, then stringing another three wins together to book a finals spot. Unfortunately a capitulation at the hands of Brisbane Capitals in the final round – losing by 44 points saw them slip to fourth, and then they bowed out in the quarter finals.

Anthony Drmic showed his NBL class in five games, averaging 20.6 points. 7.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists, though no doubt the Spartans could have gone all the way with him in the team every round. Callum Dalton was a reliable scorer in 2020, putting up 17.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists, while Tyrell Harrison (15.2 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists) and Tamuri Wigness (13.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 5.9 assists) both applied plenty of pressure on opposition guards. Josh Derksen (9.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists), Anei Muorter (8.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists) and Kon Anguik (7.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists) were others who featured prominently on court for most of the season.

Women’s:

Position: 2nd (Grand Final loss)
Wins: 10
Losses: 1
For: 1031
Against: 684

Coming agonisingly close to a title in 2020, the Lady Spartans ultimately could not overcome Logan Thunder – no one could – falling 24 points short in the grand final. Their only two losses all season came against the Thunder, back in the third match of the season and the decider, with some barn-storming victories along the way. They did not lose at home – Rowland Cowan Stadium – giving their home fans plenty to cheer about, as they had three consecutive tons, and enjoyed huge wins such as the 77-point shellacking over South West Metro Pirates in Round 1, and the 70-point belting over Toowoomba Mountaineers in Round 7.

Madelyn Willey led all-comers in the scoring for the Spartans, knocking down 20.2 points as well as 4.9 rebounds and 5.2 assists. She played every game and was one of only four players to do so, but the team had plenty contributors along the way. Tall Ferns star Kalani Purcell finished her season off with a triple-double in the grand final but was consistent throughout, averaging 17.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 5.7 assists in 11 matches. Natalie Taylor (15.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists), Holly Smith (12.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists) and Rebecca Haynes (11.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists) all had outstanding seasons in a real team effort. Emily Preston also showed signs playing every match and averaging 6.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in her time on court.

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QSL Stats: Quarter finals

WITH the quarter finals done and dusted of the Queensland State League (QSL) Draft Central takes a look at both the Men’s and Women’s biggest contributors across the weekend. Gold Coast Rollers and Ipswich Force got the win in the women’s competition while for the men the Brisbane Capitals and Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal got the job done which was ultimately reflected in the stats as a couple of big name players stepped up to the plate for their sides’ win.

Men’s:

Points:

Jason Cadee topped the table when it came to points scored across the weekend with the star player sinking an impressive 43 points in his outing for Brisbane.  The next closest contributor was Christopher Cedar who played on the opposing team – Logan Thunder – nailing 33 points. In the other quarter final Jamaal Robateau was a key reason his side got over the line flexing his muscles on the scoring front with 31 points to his name. Nicholas Stoddart was another standout for the Capitals managing 24 points while Thomas Ammar rounded out the final top five for points scorers over the weekend with 20.

Rebounds:

Timothy Soong inflicted a wealth of pain not only on the scoreboard with 18 points despite not being in the top five, but so too on the rebounding front. Soong led the charge for all four sides with his 14 rebound effort for the Capitals with an even split between defensive and offensive. Nelson Kahler takes out second spot for the most amount of rebounds in the quarter finals reeling in 11 for Sunshine Coast with eight of them defensive while Southern Districts Spartans Tyrell Harrison and Cedar managed 10 apiece. There were a couple of players tied on nine rebounds with Callum Dalton for the Spartans and Didan Toto for the Capitals showcasing their strength off the boards.

Assists:

Leading the way in the assists column was Robateau and Cadee with the duo registering eight apiece in their respective winning sides. Both players proved to be key playmakers with ball in hand able to dish off dimes with great ease and control. Soong also had a hand in just about everything registering seven assists for the Capitals while Jonathan Jassen and Anei Muorter were the next closest with five to their name for their respective clubs.  There were a number of players that recorded four assists including the likes of Mika Vukona, Capitals duo Jarred Bairstow and Stoddart along with Cedar.

Women’s:

Points:

When it came to scoreboard pressure, Amy Lewis led all comers with 32 points to her name in a strong showing for Ipswich Force. Meg Essex also proved to have a hot hand in the quarter final against the Force with the Brisbane Capitals representative notching up 26 points. The next closest was Skye Mason with 21 points in Gold Coasts win while Emma Read and Ashleigh Karaitiana managed 18 points apiece in their respective outings across the weekend.

Rebounds:

Brisbane Capitals’ Anna Cameron came up big on the rebound front dragging down a whopping 16 for the game, 12 of them offensive in an impressive effort off the boards. Hot on her tail was Charmain Mellars who finished with 12 rebounds for the RedCity Roar while Essex popped up for 11 in an all-round impressive performance by the 24-year-old. Kisha Lee was handy for Gold Coast Rollers collecting 10 rebounds nine of which were defensive while there were three players that all registered eight rebounds respectively in Sarah Ambrose, Karlene Kingi and Catherine Macgregor.

Assists:

Madison Woodford topped the table for most assists for the round with nine to her name in the Capitals narrow defeat. Her skill with ball in hand was on show throughout the game although her side failed to get over the line. A trio of Rollers including Ambrose, Lilly Rotunno and Siarn Woods starred with 15 assists shared equally between them in their win.  A number of players registered four assists in their outings over the weekend with Rachel Mate from Brisbane Capitals one of them while Lee was the other.

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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 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 4 wrap: RedCity Roars as Froling and McDowell-White go nuts

REDCITY Roar became the sole undefeated side in the Queensland State League (QSL) Men’s competition, after the Roar knocked off second placed Southern District Spartans, and the Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal also had a shock loss over the weekend.

Brisbane Capitals (100) defeated Northside Wizards (51)

Brisbane Capitals have continued their strong start with a huge 49-point victory over Northside Wizards. The Capitals made more of their chances despite only having seven more attempts from the field, shooting at a whopping 64.3 per cent from two-point range compared to their opponents’ 29.4 per cent. They also went plus 28 in rebounds with a total of 64 for the game, and were unbelievable with both assists (32-13) and second chance points (20-2). Jarred Bairstow had a night out picking up a triple-double of 30 points, 17 rebounds, 12 assists, three steals and a block, shooting at 66.7 per cent from the floor. Jason Cadee (22 points, five rebounds, seven assists and two steals), Cameron Goldfinch (14 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals) and Lachlan Venus (seven point, 14 rebounds) were other prominent players for the winning side. Northside did not have a player reach double-figure points as Fraser Lowrie (nine points, four rebounds) and Hayden Burrow (eight points, two rebounds and three assists) were the highest, though Mitch Elliott (three points, nine rebounds) provided strong resistance off the boards.

Ipswich Force (86) defeated Logan Thunder (84)

Ipswich Force moved up the ladder substantially with a narrow two-point win over Logan Thunder. The Force were the more accurate side, shooting 51.2 per cent from inside the arc, and 87.5 per cent from the charity stripe compared to their opponents’ 40 and 70 per cent respectively. Both teams ended the contest with 39 rebounds and 10 second chance points, while the Thunder finished marginally ahead in the assists (21-18), though the Force won the steals battle (11-6). Nathan Sobey was dominant from a shooting perspective, finishing with a match-high 27 points – though shooting at 36.4 per cent from the field – as well as seven rebounds, two assists and four steals. Jesse Ghee (17 points, three rebounds, four assists and three steals) and Kane Bishop (eight points, nine rebounds, three assists and four steals) were also strong defensively, while Ryan Jeffries (14 points, six rebounds and three assists) also notched up double-figure points. For the Thunder, Chris Cedar had a team-high 19 points, 12 rebounds and five assists picking up a double-double for his troubles, while Mitchell Young was deadly from the field with a 63.6 per cent clip off 16 points and nine rebounds.

Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal (84) defeated by Gold Coast Rollers (92)

The upset result of the weekend was Gold Coast Rollers picking up their second win of the season and handing Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal their first loss of the season on the road. The Rollers were more productive with their shooting, having less chances, but shooting at a higher percentage, including 43 and 51 per cent from three and two-point range, compared to Phoenix Teal’s 30 and 33 per cent. While Phoenix Teal were more prominent with their rebounding (48-45) and second chance points (14-4), Gold Coast rolled on to victory with accurate shooting. Jalen Patton Croker picked up a match-high 27 points, five rebounds and three steals, while Adrian La Fleur helped himself to 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Tom Howard had a double-double thanks to 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Tidjane Diop recorded 12 points and eight rebounds in the win. For the Phoenix Teal, Jamaal Robateau had 25 points, two rebounds and six assists, while Jonathan Janssen (18 points, 11 rebounds) and Nelson Kahler (13 points, 18 rebounds) were unstoppable off the boards.

North Gold Coast Seahawks (41) defeated by Southern District Spartans (107)

Southern District Spartans ensured they headed into the top of the table clash with RedCity Roar undefeated after a clinical 66-point thrashing of North Gold Coast Seahawks. In a battle of teams up the opposite ends of the ladder, the Spartans trained 13/24 from three-point range at 54.2 per cent compared to their opponents’ 1/22 at just 4.5 per cent. They did it all a little too easily, also recording a high 64.6 per cent from inside the arc, and had 19-3 second chance points. Adding to that fact, they restricted the Seahawks to just four assists for the game, whilst comfortably winning the rebound battle (48-28). Anthony Drmic led the way with 18 points, five rebounds and four assists while Callum Dalton had 17 points, six assists and four steals. Tamuri Wigness (11 points, five assists) and Sam Korst (11 points, five rebounds) also reached double-figures in the win. Alma-Spencer Taleni had a team-high eight points for the Seahawks along with four rebounds and two assists, while Jesse Lomax (six points, seven rebounds) and Donovan Russell (six points, five rebounds) also tried hard in the loss.

South West Metro Pirates (77) defeated USC Rip City (69)

South West Metro Pirates got the job done in a tight one over USC Rip City, triumphing by just eight points in the first of back-to-back matches for the Pirates. The teams were evenly matched on court, with USC getting ahead in second chance points (9-7), rebounds (41-39), assists (14-13) and steals (8-6), but the Pirates taking more chances, with three triples to four, and a 50 per cent clip from inside the arc compared to 40 per cent for their opponents. Tanner Krebs continued his wonderful season with another double-double, notching up 27 points and 10 rebounds, while Jonathon Mines (15 points, six rebounds and two steals) was also productive. Louis Ilton (14 points, 11 rebounds and three assists) had his own double-double for USC, while Dane Glover made the most of his shots, shooting four of five from the field on his way to 12 points, three rebounds and two assists ain the loss.

Toowoomba Mountaineers (93) defeated North Gold Coast Seahawks (63)

Toowoomba Mountaineers picked up their third win of the season with a 30-point triumph over the 0-5 now North Gold Coast Seahawks. The Mountaineers were clinical across the count with a 65.8 per cent accuracy rate from inside the arc compared to the Seahawks’ 42.9 per cent, whilst having 15 more rebounds and five more steals. The Seahawks matched them in other areas though only having one less assist and one less second chance point, in what was a much improved effort from Saturday’s heavy defeat. Joseph Johnson notched up 25 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals on the night, dropping 4/14 from long-range. Jakobe Hume (13 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals) and Sydney Hume (13 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals also had productive evenings. For the Seahawks, Lomax had plenty of opportunities, finishing with 21 points, five rebounds and six steals, while Russell (15 points, two rebounds) and Loseli Tupou (12 points, five rebounds) also notched up double-figure points in the loss.

Logan Thunder (103) defeated South West Metro Pirates (88)

After three consecutive losses to open the year, Logan Thunder got back on the winners list with a 15-point triumph over South West Metro Pirates. The Pirates were off a second win in the 2020 season, but fell to the Thunder, who were a little more accurate from inside the arc (61.7 per cent to 50 per cent) and won the assists battle (28-18). The Pirates were quite good off the second chance points however, recording 15 to eight for the match. Atem Bior had a night out with 25 points and seven rebounds, one of three players to pick up more than five boards. Young (22 points, six rebounds and seven assists) and Michael Cedar (15 points, nine rebounds and five assists) were also influential throughout the night, as Cedar hit all four of his attempts from long-range. Mines was the standout for the Pirates with 27 points, eight rebounds and two assists, while Atem Atem dropped 15 points and six rebounds on the Thunder. Krebs was still very productive with 12 points, five rebounds and seven assists.

Southern Districts Spartans (109) defeated by RedCity Roar (123)

The highly anticipated top of the table clash did not let any spectators down as both the Southern District Spartans and RedCity Roar produced a high-scoring epic contest with 232 points put up. In what could be a grand final preview, it was the Roar on the road that got the job done, shooting at 38.9 per cent from three-point range and 57.9 per cent from inside the arc compared to the Spartans’ 24.4 and 49.1 per cent respectively. The home side had 10 more rebounds and 12 more second chance points, though the Roar won the assist battle (23-20) and also had more steals (8-6) and blocks (4-3) as well as less turnovers (10-12). Harry Froling (42 points, 17 rebounds, 10 assists, three steals and two blocks) was just having a laugh on the night, teaming up with William McDowell-White (39 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists and three steals) as the pair outscored five full teams in Round 4 by themselves. Jean-Luc Morel was a third Roar player to record a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Drmic (23 points, 19 rebounds, four assists and two steals), Dalton (17 points, 11 rebounds) and Wigness (19 points, seven rebounds and five assists) also had prominent nights out, while Tyrell Harrison came close to a double-double of 15 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three blocks.

QSL Men’s Round 3 wrap: Capitals win back-to-back games to keep touch with top three

BRISBANE Capitals have kept touch with the top three sides in the Queensland State League (QSL) Men’s competition, collecting back-to-back wins over the weekend to go to 3-1 for the 2020 season. It was a round of thrashings, as a number of teams won by 20 or more points, though USC Rip City and South West Metro Pirates both got away with a couple of tight wins at the end of the round.

USC Rip City (65) defeated by Brisbane Capitals (92)

Starting the weekend off on the right note, Brisbane handed USC a big 27-point loss at home with an accurate shooting display from inside the arc. Rip City actually put up an additional attempt compared to their opponents from two-point range, but only made 20 at 44.4 per cent accuracy, while the Capitals shot 27 of 44 at a much higher, 61.4 per cent. The visiting team also dominated the assists (28-11), and steals (18-9), though Rip City had two more rebounds (42-40). The higher turnovers from the home team (23-14) hurt them in the end. Cameron Goldfinch led the way with 18 points, six rebounds, and two assists for the winners, while Jarred Bairstow came close to a double-double thanks to 16 points, nine rebounds, five assists and two steals. Lachlan Venus (13 points, seven rebounds) was prolific on the scoring front while NBL talent, Jason Cadee had eight points, two rebounds, seven assists and five steals. For the losers, Riley Cordwell was the sole double-figure scorer picking up 12 points, as well as four rebounds, while Dane Glover was the next highest scorer with eight points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal.

Brisbane Capitals (116) defeated Toowoomba Mountaineers (80)

The Capitals remarkable weekend continued on Saturday with a strong 36-point thumping of Toowoomba Mountaineers. They shot at 41.7 per cent from long range and 61.9 per cent from inside the arc, winning most areas including assists (27-16), rebounds (44-39) and less turnovers (15-17). Cadee monstered the opposition with 28 points, seven assists and two rebounds, while Bairstow had another huge game with 23 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two steals. Nicholas Stoddart (19 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals) and Goldfinch (18 points, five rebounds and two assists) were also busy. Toowoomba shared the points around in a losing side, with Jakobe Hunter (17 points, eight rebounds and six assists) and Malat Makuach (16 points, six rebounds and one steal).

Gold Coast Rollers (88) defeated by RedCity Roar (108)

Another one-sided contest on Saturday saw RedCity Roar continue their unbeaten streak with a massive 20-point win over Gold Coast Rollers. The Roar dominated the steals (17-8 ) and rebounds (50-35) with the second chance points being a key factor (19-12). William McDowell-White (30 points, 13 rebounds, eight assists and eight steals) almost had an unheard of quadruple-double, while Harry Froling picked up a lazy 20 rebounds – seven offensive – to go with 28 points, three assists, three steals and two blocks. Verle Williams III was also busy with 24 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals. Tidjane Diop did his best for the Rollers with a team-high 20 points, seven rebounds and two steals, while Tom Howard collected a double-double courtesy of 13 points and 12 rebounds, as well as five assists and two steals.

Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal (103) defeated North Gold Coast Seahawks (53)

In the most one-sided match of the entire weekend, Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal flexed their muscles against North Gold Coast Seahawks in a 50-point shellacking to remain undefeated at the top of the table. They dominated in every facet with 11/32 from three-point range, and greater than 55 per cent from inside the arc. They also had a whopping 24 assists to four, as well as more steals (12-6), rebounds (53-39), blocks (6-2) and less turnovers (11-22). Nelson Kahler picked up a double-double for Phoenix Teal with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Jamaal Robateau had his way with 20 points, six rebounds and five assists. Zeke Meehl and Joshua Walters both recorded 20 points in the win. Maika Shortland was a lone hand for the Seahawks, picking up 19 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals as the only double-digit scorer in a losing side.

Logan Thunder (97) defeated by Southern District Spartans (116)

In another undefeated side taking on a winless one – albeit the latter having only played the one game – Southern District Spartans took out a 19-point win over Logan Thunder to go three from three in season 2020. The Spartans were more accurate from long range with nine from 25, whilst picking up three more assists (21-18), six more rebounds (43-37) and 12 more second chance points (18-6). Tyrell Harrison had a big day out with 22 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in the win, as Callum Dalton (10 points, 10 rebounds) also picked up a double-double and Anthony Drmic (20 points, seven rebounds and eight assists) had an all-round strong game. Joshua Derksen (14 points, five rebounds) and Kon Anguik (13 points) were both busy. Chris Cedar picked up a match-high 26 points, as well as four rebounds and six assists, while Atem Bior (19 points, eight rebounds and three steals), Moses Majok (17 points, eight rebounds) and Mitchell Young (six points, 11 rebounds) were all impressive off the boards for the Thunder.

Northside Wizards (62) defeated by USC Rip City (65)

After losing on Friday night, USC Rip City bounced back with a narrow three-point win over the Wizards. Shooting was still a worry for the visitors, but neither side had particularly great range, picking up just 41.7 per cent from inside the arc and 22.9 per cent outside it. In the end, the volume of shots was the difference with eight triples to four made, helping USC to the win. Their defensive pressure (15 steals to six) and less turnovers (13-24) was key in the victory. Matthew Hancock was the most prominent scorer for the winners with 19 points and five rebounds, while Glover (12 points, five rebounds, six assists and two steals) and Tyler Allen (nine points, four rebounds and five assists) also worked well. For the losers, Cameron Thew (14 points, eight rebounds), Zach Williams-Hook (11 points, six rebounds and two blocks) and Mitch Elliott (10 points, six rebounds) all picked up double-figure points.

South West Metro Pirates (86) defeated Ipswich Force (78)

In the second tightest game of the round, South West Metro Pirates picked up their first win of the season with an eight-point victory over Ipswich Force. The Pirates were deadly from outside the arc, shooting at 41.4 per cent, and whilst the Force were much stronger inside it (58.8 per cent), the home team had six more rebounds (40-34). The Force won the assist count (17-14), had five less turnovers (7-12) and had one more steal (5-4) to show they were up for the fight. Kai Woodfall starred for the home team with a double-double of 19 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, while Tanner Krebs helped himself to 23 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two steals. Mathiang Muo (12 points, six rebounds) and Atem Atem (12 points, four rebounds) were also prominent in the victory. For the losers, Nathan Sobey had a strong scoring effort, dropping seven of his team’s 10 triples on his way to 29 points, six rebounds and two assists. Jesse Ghee (14 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals) and Kane Bishop (11 points, six rebounds and four assists) both stood tall in defeat.

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