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VJBL U18 Grading Phase Pool 1 wrap: Round 2

IN the second round of the Victorian Junior Basketball League (VJBL) Grading Phase Pool 1 wrap, teams began to assert themselves in their respective groups, setting up either virtual grand finals, or setting up likely promotion tilts across the Under 18 Boys and Under 18 Girls grades.

U18 BOYS:

Pool 1A:

Whittlesea Pacers grabbed prime position to advance through to the VJBL Championship division with a win over Melbourne Tigers in Round 2. The battle of the two unbeaten sides saw the Pacers win by five points, 50-45, with Jack Tatter having a day out finishing with 26 points. In the battle between the winless sides, Waverley Falcons got up over Wyndham Basketball by 17 points.

Whittlesea Pacers (50) defeated Melbourne Tigers (45)
Jack Tatter (Whittlesea) 26
Oskar Jones (Melbourne) 15
Jack Hrehoresen (Melbourne) 12

Waverley Falcons (59) defeated Wyndham Basketball (42)
Nemuel Soliven (Waverley) 14
Matthew Jefferson (Waverley) 10
Jacob Bord (Wyndham) 14
Emmanwiel Deng (Wyndham) 12

 

Pool 1B:

In Pool 1B, it was Nunawading who dominated Eltham Wildcats to move to a 2-0 record and edge closer to automatic qualification. Tristan Devers led the way and was one of seven players on the court who reached double-figures, putting up a match-high 22 points in the 73-58 victory. Meanwhile Hawthorn Magic got past Dandenong Rangers’ second side in a tight five-point win.

Dandenong Rangers 2 (45) defeated by Hawthorn Magic (51)
Ned Caldwell (Hawthorn) 15
Denzel Timmons (Hawthorn) 13
Lachlan Currie (Dandenong) 15

Nunawading Spectres (73) defeated Eltham Wildcats (58)
Tristan Devers (Nunawading) 22
Dean Simos (Nunawading) 14
Lucas Koch (Nunawading) 10
Brody Glenn (Eltham) 17
Kristian Ferronato (Eltham) 14
Zahn Agosta (Eltham) 12
Bradley Moorey (Eltham) 11

 

Pool 1C:

In Pool 1C it was Bulleen who have completely dismantled their second team in as many weeks, destroying Craigieburn Eagles by 53 points to storm to a massive 224.14 per cent. They are 130 per cent more than any other side, and are raging favourites to go ahead. In the other game, Casey Cavaliers got over Diamond Valley Eagles after a loss to Bulleen in week one, to keep their chances of second spot alive.

Diamond Valley Eagles (34) defeated by Casey Cavaliers (44)
Ethan Bolton (Diamond Valley) 13
Blake Shankland (Diamond Valley) 13
Corey Rutherford (Casey) 9

Bulleen Boomers (79) defeated Craigieburn Eagles (26)
Will Rimmington (Bulleen) 13
Max Zalakos (Bulleen) 10
Lochlan Redford (Bulleen) 10
Oliver Slawinski (Bulleen) 10
Kaan Karabulut (Craigieburn) 7

 

Pool 1D:

Kilsyth Cobras became the sole undefeated side in Pool 1D after a narrow 11-point victory over Frankston Blues. The two winners from Round 1 engaged in a low-scoring affair, but 16 points from Harrison Adams was the standout performance. The other contest was a free-flowing shootout as Dandenong Rangers claimed a vital two-point win over Pakenham Warriors to move up to second overall following the 64-62 triumph.

Dandenong Rangers (64) defeated Pakenham Warriors (62)
Harrison Scott (Dandenong) 13
Coby Burgiel (Dandenong) 11
Noah Suarjaya (Dandenong) 10
Jarred Small (Pakenham) 22
Kaleb Beveridge (Pakenham) 14

Frankston Blues (35) defeated by Kilsyth Cobras (46)
Harrison Adams (Kilsyth) 15
Seth McCubbin (Kilsyth) 12
Cameron Clarke (Frankston) 7

 

Pool 1E:

McKinnon Cougars are looking good to move into the VJBL Championship Division following an eight-point win over Bendigo Braves. Both sides won in the first week of the competition, and whilst the Cougars had a lower percentage, they were able to get the job done against the Braves in a 51-43 effort. In the other match, Southern Peninsula Sharks made sure they were a win away from dropping to the next group stage, defeating Eltham Wildcats’ second team by 11 points.

McKinnon Cougars (51) defeated Bendigo Braves (43)
Denver Lund (13)
Luke Lyngberg (10)
Lachlan Somerville (17)

Eltham Wildcats 2 (43) defeated by Southern Peninsula Sharks (54)
Darcy Jones (Southern Peninsula) 15
Corey Hastings (Southern Peninsula) 13
Tarrant Wallace (Southern Peninsula) 11
Anthony Prestia (Eltham) 14

 

Pool 1F:

Rounding out the Pools was 1F, where Geelong United dominated Sunbury Jets to take control in the sixth group. United won 66-31 in a one-sided performance where Olivier Northam and Jamie Bottrell scored the same amount as the entire Sunbury side. In the other max, Knox Raiders grabbed their first win with a victory over Keilor Thunder, getting up by 18 points.

Sunbury Jets (31) defeated Geelong United (66)
Olivier Northam (Geelong) 16
Jamie Bottrell (Geelong) 15
Jet Kneebone (Geelong) 11
David Angove (Sunbury) 9

Knox Raiders (46) defeated Keilor Thunder (28)
Beau Tranter (Knox) 11
Fraser Roxburgh (Knox) 11
Cooper Colson (Keilor) 9

U18 Girls:

Pool 1A:

The two standout teams have been decided in Pool 1A, setting up a virtual grand final to determine which side automatically qualifies for the VJBL Championships. Dandenong Rangers’ first side was too good for Frankston Blues, winning by 14 points to secure their second win of the group stage, while the Rangers’ second side fell again, this time to an inspired Waverley Falcons outfit by 33 points. It means the winner of the Falcons and Rangers 1 side tonight, automatically qualifies.

Dandenong Rangers 2 (27) defeated by Waverley Falcons (60)
Liana Kinkela (Waverley) 18
Emily Gough (Waverley) 14
Alana Poulton (Dandenong) 7

Dandenong Rangers 1 (42) defeated Frankston Blues (28)
Dallas Loughridge (Dandenong) 13
Zoe Harvey (Frankston) 10

 

Pool 1B:

Despite being a couple of lower-scoring encounters, Keilor Thunder and McKinnon Cougars have set up a virtual grand final in the third round of the group stage tonight. The Thunder accounted for Sunbury Jets 49-38 as Tess Heal was the star with 19 points, while the Cougars won in a low-scoring thriller, 25-20 to keep themselves in contention for automatic promotion.

Keilor Thunder (49) defeated Sunbury Jets (38)
Tess Heal (Keilor) 19
Erin Condron (Sunbury) 9

Kilsyth Cobras (20) defeated by McKinnon Cougars (25)
Tayja Maki (Kilsyth) 5
Romy Price (McKinnon) 6

 

Pool 1C:

After losing their first game last week, Bellarine Storm bounced back to record a 12-point win over Melbourne Tigers thanks to 12 points from Alivia Osborne being the difference. Meanwhile Bulleen Boomers have put themselves in pole position to claim the automatic qualification spot after a 43-30 victory over fellow first round winners Knox Raiders, with Tabitha Betson (17 points) being the standout shooter.

Bellarine Storm (31) defeated Melbourne Tigers (19)
Alivia Osborne (Bellarine) 12
Taliyah Gomez-Sankari (Melbourne) 6

Bulleen Boomers (43) defeated Knox Raiders (30)
Tabitha Betson (Bulleen) 17
Paige Burrows (Knox) 10

 

Pool 1D:

Diamond Valley Eagles moved to two wins from two games in Pool 1D, fending off Hawthorn Magic in what has shaped as the most even group of the lot. The Eagles won against the Magic by just four points to go outright top of the table, as Sophie Burrows starred with 19 points. In the other game, Casey Cavaliers bounced back from a week one loss to win 41-33 over Eltham Wildcats, credit to Dakota Crichton‘s 18 points.

Diamond Valley Eagles (41) defeated Hawthorn Magic (37)
Sophie Burrows (Diamond Valley) 19
Genevieve Broadbent (Diamond Valley) 11
Isabel Whitelaw (Hawthorn) 10
Amy O’Hara (Hawthorn) 10

Casey Cavaliers (41) defeated Eltham Wildcats (33)
Dakota Crichton (Casey) 18
Jessica Del Brocco (Eltham) 13

 

Pool 1E:

In another tight group, Melbourne Tigers moved to two wins from two games by defeating Altona Gators in a thrilling five-point game. Despite Aseka Ratnayake‘s 18 points for the losers, the Tigers triumphed to move to the top of the group. In the other match, Sandringham Sabres bounced back from a loss in week one to cruise to a 24-point victory over Bendigo Braves, 45-21.

Altona Gators (37) defeated by Melbourne Tigers (42)
Hayley Cumming (Melbourne) 14
Leila Davis (Melbourne) 12
Aseka Ratnayake (Altona) 18

Bendigo Braves (21) defeated by Sandringham Sabres (45)
Jaida Reid (Sandringham) 13
Caitlin Richardson (Bendigo) 10

 

Pool 1F:

In the final group, the two standout sides have emerged, setting up a virtual grand final tonight. Nunawading Spectres and Ballarat Rush both side undefeated from two games after notching up another couple of wins. In the tighter game, the Spectres won by four points over a gallant Ringwood Hawks, while the Rush had a much easier time, accounting for Southern Peninsula Sharks, 66-27 with Georgia Cox‘s 17 points the standout game.

Ringwood Hawks (40) defeated by Nunawading Spectres (44)
Olivia Morris (Nunawading) 10
Katrina Warton (Ringwood) 16

Ballarat Rush (66) defeated Southern Peninsula Sharks (27)
Georgia Cox (Ballarat) 17
Rosie Todd (Ballarat) 14
Rebecca Rylance (Southern Peninsula) 9

MUVJBL U16 Boys VC preview: Round 9

THE Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under-16 Boys Championship Division finalists might be set in stone, but home finals, and even the minor premiership is still up for grabs in what is expected to be a huge final round.

Waverley Falcons (4th, 11-6) vs. Geelong Supercats (5th, 10-6-1)

The battle for the final spot in the top four is well and truly on with Waverley Falcons and Geelong Supercats to determine who grabs a double chance in the finals. The Falcons could even grab third if Keilor Thunder has a shock loss to Dandenong Ranges, while a loss for the Supercats could see them fall as low as eighth. The Falcons have been shaky at home with just three wins from eight games, while the Supercats are four wins and a draw from the same amount of matches on the road. Olivier Northam is the top shooter in the clash, averaging 20.6 points per game to rank second overall, while David Amum (15.6) and Tesloch Thong (13.4) are also ranked inside the top 10 after their performances so far this season for Waverley.

Bulleen Boomers (1st, 14-3) vs. Bendigo Braves (8th, 10-7)

The top eight is done and dusted, but Bendigo is still in line for a home final if the Braves can cause a monumental upset over title favourites, Bulleen Boomers. The Boomers have only dropped one game at home, while the Braves are comfortable hitting the road with six wins from eight matches. If they win, they will likely jump at least one team, while for the Boomers, a minor premiership is on the line as Bulleen is level on points with Eltham Wildcats. It is no surprise the top side has plenty of scoring options, led by top 10 shooters, Marcel Haj (17.3 points per game) and Daniel Poelsma (15.0). The Braves do have Macey Eaton inside the top 20, who is averaging 12.1 points per game this season.

Pakenham Warriors (14th, 7-9-1) vs. Latrobe Energy (12th, 8-9)

In the game that has no bearing on finals, the winner will ensure they do not finish bottom in the Championship Division. With Latrobe sitting two wins adrift of Dandenong sitting in the last finals spot, there is no chance the Energy will see past this week, but will be keen to go out on a high after four consecutive losses. The Warriors would also be keen to bounce back from a loss last week, but regardless both these teams are having their last showing for the season. Despite sitting low on the ladder, the Energy actually have a damaging trio, but much of the scoring power is relied upon them. Coby Burgiel (20.5 points per game) and Jack Hrehoresen (19.5) are ranked third and fourth respectively in the league, while Koby Tibballs (13.7) is ranked ninth. For the Warriors, the eighteenth placed Kayne Taylor is their top scorer with 11 points per game in his eight outings.

Eltham Wildcats (2nd, 14-3) vs. Knox Raiders (6th, 10-7)

This game has a fair bit of interest with the minor premiership on the line for Eltham, while Knox has the chance to secure a home final with victory. Currently sitting sixth, the Raiders will move past the Supercats if they win and Geelong lose, but cannot surpass Waverley under the head-to-head rule. The Wildcats would love to grab top spot as whichever teams falls into fourth will be an easier task than the third placed Keilor Thunder. Eltham will need to find a way to contain Raiders’ star Jordan Anderson who has been a shooting machine this season putting up 22.1 points per game. He is the top ranked shooter in the competition, while Zachary Greeves also makes his way into the top 20 with 11.9 points per game. For the Wildcats, it is a shared contribution with Kristian Ferronato (12.3 points) the only player in the top 20, but Bradley Moorey (9.9) and Anton Stratov (8.8) not far behind.

Dandenong Rangers (9th, 10-7) vs. Keilor Thunder (3rd, 12-5)

Hard to see the Rangers causing an upset against the Thunder in this game, though there is more on the line for the Rangers. They could potentially leapfrog a couple of teams and snatch a home elimination final, where a loss guarantees them eighth. For the Thunder, a win would lock up third spot, but a loss and Waverley move past them based on the Falcons’ three-point win recently. Jerome Pierre holds the key to the Rangers’ success this season, shooting 17.6 points per game, well aided by partner-in-crime Beau Tranter (13.3). For the Thunder, Brodie McWhinney (13.0) and Cooper Colson (13.0) sit in eleventh and twelfth spot on the scorers table respectively.

MUVJBL U16 Boys VC preview: Round 8

ONLY two rounds remain in the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under-16 Boys Championship Division with finals still available for all 10 teams. With the top-four all vying for a home-final, the contest between the Eltham Wildcats and Keilor Thunder has potential to better the winner’s chances next fortnight. The Dandenong Rangers’ match-up with Bulleen Boomers presents similar gain – with both contests likely indicating how prepared each side is for finals.

Eltham Wildcats (2nd, 13-3) vs Keilor Thunder (3rd, 12-4)

The match-up between the Eltham Wildcats and Keilor Thunder at Eltham High could set the winner up for a home final next fortnight. Both sides have boasted a good deal of success in the Championship Division, with Eltham picking up their fourth consecutive win over Dandenong last round, as Keilor re-joined the winner’s list against the Latrobe Energy. Dandenong challenged the Wildcats more than most but failed to match at the boards – conceding the first and second highest scoring terms. Bradley Moorey and Harrison Stones were Eltham’s biggest utilities, scoring 14 and 12 points respectively. Top-scorer, Kristian Ferronato (eight) lacked his usual impact but remains in ninth for league-scoring. Comparatively, Keilor boasted one of their easiest match-ups yet, beating Latrobe 78-53 with an impressive 31-point final term. Nikolas Ellul (14), Xavier Maye (12) and Brodie McWhinney (12) combined well on the scoreboard – with McWhinney moving to 10th for league-scoring. Despite missing the top-end, Cooper Colson’s nine-points moved him to fifteenth for points per game (PPG).

Dandenong Rangers (6th, 10-6) vs Bulleen Boomers (1st, 13-3)

Dandenong Rangers present a chance to join the top-four this week when they host Bulleen Boomers. Last week, the Rangers competed well against the Wildcats – losing 50-45 after recording four consecutive wins, while the Boomers recorded their third win in a row, this time over the Geelong Supercats (82-67). Jerome Pierre was at his usual best for Dandenong, recording 18 points in the loss to move to sixth in the league for PPG. Beau Tranter holds in eleventh spot following his nine-point performance, averaging 13.3 PPG. The Boomers recorded three terms over 20 points in their win, with Marcel Haj absolutely dominating the floor with 34 points. Haj moves to third for points (125) across the league and fifth for PPG with a 17.9 average. Joe Foxwell also proved himself in the contest, scoring 16 points. This week, Dandenong will put their impressive 6-1-0 home record to the test against the best in the league, with Pierre and Haj both in top form.

Pakenham Warriors (13th, 7-8-1) vs Bendigo Braves (9th, 9-7)

Pakenham Warriors host Bendigo Braves this week, with both sides desperately needing a win to stay in touch for finals. Last week, both sides returned to the winner’s list. Pakenham impressed at home against the fourth placed, Knox Raiders, defeating the top-end side 65-61, while the Bendigo Braves took a similarly big scalp over the Waverley Falcons (70-77), exposing Waverley’s weak record at home (2-5-0). In their match-up with Knox, Pakenham opened both halves (11-17, 15-18) weaker than their visitors, though took control when it mattered to close out with the win (19-10, 20-16). Jarrod Small led on the scoreboard for the Warriors with 17 points, followed next by Kobe Wilson on 12. Kayne Taylor still sits as Pakenham’s only player within the top 20 for PPG, averaging 11.7 from seven outings despite recording five against Knox. Bendigo will look to Macey Eaton (14) and Jett Vandenberg (13) to continue their form from last week, with Eaton having a 12.8 PPG average – remaining Bendigo’s only player within the top 20.

Knox Raiders (4th, 10-6) vs Geelong Supercats (8th, 9-6-1)

Knox Raiders will be desperate to return to the winner’s list this round when they host a struggling Geelong Supercats. The Raiders pulled up short against Pakenham (65-61) last week – conceding 20 points in the final term after taking a 45-45 tie into the closer. Similarly, Geelong suffered a loss to Bulleen on their way to their second defeat in a fortnight. Their success in recent weeks does not bode well as they face their third top four side in a month. In the Raiders’ match, Jordan Anderson and Lachlan Heron impressed with 20 and 15 points respectively. Anderson retains the top spot for PPG (22) and overall points (154), while Zachary Greeves moves to 17th following a nine-point performance. Koby Tranys emerged for the Supercats with 20 points, while Olivier Northam recorded one of the league’s best games with 31. Northam moves to second spot for overall points and third for PPG as he comes up against his top-end rival in Anderson.

Waverley Falcons (5th, 10-6) vs Latrobe Energy (12th, 8-8)

Latrobe Energy hope to keep their finals’ chances alive this week when they travel to Waverley to face the Falcons. Last week, the Falcons faced a surprising loss against the bottom-end, Bendigo Braves. Despite winning their second half with consecutive 18-point terms, the Braves’ dominance in the first (16-24, 18-22) was too much for the Falcons. For Latrobe, success has been hard to find. They suffered their third consecutive loss at the hands of the Keilor Thunder last round, moving to 12th – one spot out of finals. In Waverley’s match-up, David Amum delivered with 25 points, followed next by Tesloch Thong on 14. The pair both boast spots within the top-20 for PPG, with Amum in seventh and Thong in thirteenth. Matt Jefferson also rounds out the top-20 with 10.2 PPG. For Latrobe, Kody Tibballs (21) and Coby Burgiel (17) delivered on the board last week, with Tibballs moving to twelfth for PPG and Burgiel to second. Jack Hrehoresen also boasts fourth spot with 19.5 PPG, but has only played four games in the Championship Division.

MUVJBL U16 Boys VC preview: Round 7

ROUND 7 of the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under-16 Boys Championship Division poses one more chance for teams outside finals territory – with a clean run home necessary for both Bendigo and Pakenham. The Eltham Wildcats will host the Dandenong Rangers in the match of the round, while the Geelong Supercats face the Bulleen Boomers in a similarly wrought contest.

Eltham Wildcats (2nd, 12-3) vs Dandenong Rangers (6th, 10-5)

This week, the Eltham Wildcats host the Dandenong Rangers in a contest that should set the winner up for finals. A win for the Wildcats keeps them inside the top-two – granting a home final and a second-chance. If the Rangers win, they continue their push for top-four, and with only two wins between them and first, could threaten for something better in the coming rounds. Kristian Ferronato has been one of the league’s most damaging scorers all season. Last week, he put up a game-high 18 points in Eltham’s win, alongside an emerging Zahn Agosta (13). This week they face a damaging pair in Beau Tranter and Jerome Pierre. Pierre sits fifth in the league for points per game (PPG) on 16.4 and dominated in last week’s clash against Latrobe with 25 points. Tranter sits in tenth spot, averaging 14 PPG from six outings.

Bulleen Boomers (1st, 12-3) vs Geelong Supercats (7th, 9-5-1)

With the top spot still in contention, the Bulleen Boomers’ clash at home against the Geelong Supercats will be a must-win. The top-four has tightened over the last few rounds, with Eltham equalling Bulleen’s record and Keilor rising. Despite sitting in 7th, a top-four shot is still attainable for the Supercats – sitting only one win behind fourth. Though more importantly, Geelong risk slipping entirely if Bendigo and Pakenham can get off the bottom. The match-up between Bulleen’s, Marcel Haj, and Geelong’s, Olivier Northam, should be big in deciding the result. This season, Haj has averaged 15.2 PPG from six appearances, and recorded 14 points in last week’s clash to Pakenham. Joe Foxwell was the biggest highlight of that game – recording a game-high 15. Northam has been similarly impressive – averaging 18.7 PPG in fourth and second for overall points (112). Jet Kneebone has also been strong for Geelong with 12 PPG in 15th.

Pakenham Warriors (13th, 6-8-1) vs Knox Raiders (4th, 10-5)

The Knox Raiders sit on the edge of the top-four as they face the Pakenham Warriors on the road this Friday. After losing big to the Keilor Thunder (59-37) last fortnight, the Raiders rebounded strong against the Bendigo Braves (46-66) to stay in touch with the top-four. The Warriors have been in poor form since joining the Championship Division – adding their sixth consecutive loss last week against the Bulleen Boomers (79-61). Kayne Taylor pulled up well in the loss to record 20 points. He moves to twelfth for PPG across the league with 12.8 average from six outings. Drue Maher was also big in the slog with 14 points. Though when compared with the Raiders’, Jordan Anderson, the pair seem a bit outmatched. Anderson currently boasts the most points in the league (134) and second spot for PPG on 22.3. The league-leader had 16 points in last week’s clash – equal with teammate Blake Stratton, who hopefully carries his form into finals.

Keilor Thunder (3rd, 11-4) vs Latrobe Energy (10th, 8-7)

The Keilor Thunder will hope to join the winner’s list this week when they face the Latrobe Energy at home. Last week, Keilor had their longstanding streak ended at the hands of the Waverley Falcons. Before losing to the Falcons, the Thunder were the most dominant team in the Championship Division with seven consecutive wins. Comparatively, Latrobe have won two of their six outings in the new division. They showed up well last week against the Rangers, coming close with 29 points in the third term, but went onto lose touch with 10-23 in the closer. Keilor will look to Brodie McWhinney to perform, having averaged 13.5 PPG in eleventh spot across the league. He has been supported well by Cooper Colson (12.5 PPG and ranked fifteenth), who had 11 against Waverley. For Latrobe, eyes will be on Jack Hrehoresen (19.5) and Kody Tibballs – ranked in third and eighteenth respectively.

Waverley Falcons (5th, 10-5) vs Bendigo Braves (11th, 8-7)

After ending the league’s longest standing streak last week, the Waverley Falcons should hope to resume form as they host the Bendigo Braves. Before last fortnight, the Falcons held a strong winning record. Though after losing grip, returned the week after to put down Keilor’s dominant run. The Braves nurse three consecutive losses after adding their third against a rebounding Knox (46-66) last week. A win is a must for the Braves if they intend on playing finals, but with David Amum, Tesloch Thong and Nemuel Soliven at the helm for Waverley, it could prove difficult. On the leaderboard, Amum (14) leads the Falcons in ninth, while Thong (12.7) and Soliven (11) follow next in thirteenth and nineteenth. The Braves will have Macey Eaton to counter, averaging 12.6 PPG in thirteenth. Though unfortunately, the Braves had no player record double-digits last week, so require a big lift if they hope to compete.

MUVJBL U16 Boys VC review: Round 6 – Waverley ends the streak

ROUND 6 of the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under-16 Boys Championship Division saw the biggest streak come to an end at the hands of the Waverley Falcons. After letting their long standing streak slip in the round prior, the Falcons look set to share the feeling as they faced the Keilor Thunder on the road – handing the Thunder a three-point loss (56-59) and their second defeat at home for the season. It was a big third term from the Falcons that eventually saw them across the line – outscoring the Thunder 21-11 to take a 50-43 lead into the final term despite being down (29-32) at the break. Tesloch Thong remained a powerhouse for the Falcons, recording a team-high 21 points on his way to thirteenth in the league for points per game (PPG). David Amum also retained his status in ninth spot with 12 points for the game. For the Thunder, Brodie McWhinney recorded a game-high 22 points – moving to eleventh for PPG, with Cooper Colson also impressing with 11 points.

Knox Raiders finally re-join the winner’s list following their 66-46 win on the road against Bendigo Braves. This is the Raiders first win in five games – now sitting at 2-4 for their time in the Championship Division. In the contest, a 20-point victory seemed on the cards early as Raiders surged with a 22-6 opener. They won two of the remaining three terms, with the Braves taking a 12-5 effort in the third. With six games now under his belt, Jordan Anderson moves to second spot on the table for PPG with a solid 16-point performance. The effort placed him in top spot for overall points in the league on 134 – 22 points ahead of second spot. Blake Stratton was equally impressive in the match-up, snaring 16 points for Knox alongside Luke Guerra’s 14. Unfortunately for the Braves, no player cracked beyond 10 points. Oliver Mayhem and Jett Vandenberg were Bendigo’s lead scorers with eight points each for the night.

In the only home win of the round, Bulleen Boomers earn a 79-61 victory over Pakenham Warriors. The win keeps the Boomers atop the table as we edge closer to finals with Eltham pressing in second-place. In the match-up, the Boomers took off hard in the first with 27 points. Surprisingly, Pakenham followed close with 25 before gradually losing touch over the next three terms. The fourth was the killing blow for the Warriors – losing to 22-11 as Bulleen earn an 18-point win. Daniel Poelsma topped the board for the Boomers with 19 points – moving to eighth spot for PPG. Joe Foxwell (15) and Marcel Haj (14) also impressed, with Haj moving to sixth for PPG. For the Warriors, Kayne Taylor topped the game in scoring with 20 points, followed next by Drue Maher with 14 points.

Eltham Wildcats continued to press Bulleen in second as they reigned supreme on the road with a 66-54 win over the Geelong Supercats. Eltham outplayed Geelong in all terms but the last, opening the game with a 22-point first term to eventuate a 38-28 lead into the main break. The loss drops the Supercats to seventh place as the Wildcats’ record on the road (7-1-0) remains impressive. In the contest, Kristian Ferronato was at his usual best with 18 points. The effort moves him to seventh spot for PPG, while Zahn Agosta also emerged for Eltham with 13 points. For the Supercats, Harry Den Dryver led on the board with 14 points. Olivier Northam retains his top-four spot in PPG with 12 in the loss. At the end of Round 6, he remains the only Supercats player within the top 20.

Dandenong Rangers picked up their fourth consecutive win with a 82-75 victory over the Latrobe Energy on the road. The win moves to the Rangers to sixth spot – equalling their record with fifth and fourth at 10-5. The high-scoring affair had a lot to like, with Latrobe leading the first term at 22-21, as well as recording a game-high 29 points in the third. Despite the Energy’s valiant efforts, they were not as consistent as the Rangers – costing them a win at home. The Dandenong Rangers boasted two big scorers for the game, with Beau Tranter and Jerome Pierre recording 28 and 25 points respectively. Following the game, Pierre and Tranter move to fifth and tenth spot for PPG respectively. For the Energy, Coby Burgiel remained dominant with 25 points – moving to the top spot for PPG. Jack Hrehoresen follows the league-leader with 18 points – boasting third spot for PPG from four outings.

In the Reserve grade, Nunawading Spectres thrashed Eltham Wildcats at home (73-27), Casey Cavaliers suffered a one-point loss (63-64) against Kilsyth Cobras, and Diamond Valley Eagles and Whittlesea Pacers finished 66-66 at Community Bank Stadium. The round continued with Melbourne Tigers winning 64-61 over the Hawthorn Magic and the Southern Peninsula earning a 65-54 win over the Sunbury Jets on the road.

In Championship Division for Round 7, Eltham Wildcats host Dandenong Rangers, Keilor Thunder face Latrobe Energy, and Geelong Supercats make their way to Mullum Mullum to face Bulleen Boomers. Pakenham Warriors continue the round against Knox Raiders, with Waverley Falcons rounding out the next weekend of fixtures against the Bendigo Braves.

MUVJBL U16 Boys VC preview: Round 6

THERE is a lot to like from Round 6 of the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under-16 Boys Championship Division. Geelong Supercats kick off the night against number one contenders, Eltham Wildcats, at home. A win for either side will mean plenty for the top-four standings, with the Waverley Falcons having similar to gain from a win on the road against the Keilor Thunder.

Geelong Supercats (5th, 9-4-1) vs Eltham Wildcats (2nd, 11-3)

This week the Eltham Wildcats travel to Geelong to face the Supercats as they continue their push for top spot, while the Supercats make their case for the top-four. The Wildcats have won all but one of their outings, taking a huge scalp against Bulleen after coming back from the break. Since then, they have beaten Latrobe Energy on the road to snare consecutive victories. Geelong have won three of their five matches in the new division, which includes a victory over the Dandenong Rangers, a close loss against the Keilor Thunder and a surprising defeat against the Latrobe Energy. Though despite some inconsistency, Geelong’s record at home (6-2-0) been solid – similar to Eltham’s away success (6-1-0). Currently, Geelong boast one of the league’s most consistent scorers in Olivier Northam who averages 20 points per game (PPG) from five outings and sits third across the league for average points. Jet Kneebone has also made his way into the top-20, sitting in eleventh with 12.8 PPG from five outings. Kristian Ferronato has been in good for Eltham over his four appearances, averaging 13.8 PPG in ninth spot. His teammate, Anton Stratov sits in thirteenth with 12 PPG.

Keilor Thunder (3rd, 11-3) vs Waverley Falcons (6th, 9-5)

In what looks to be a similarly wrought match-up, Keilor Thunder host Waverley Falcons as they compete for the much sought after top spot. The Thunder boast one of the best records in the league at 11-3 and have been untouchable since the Championship Division began, boasting a seven consecutive win streak. Similarly, the Falcons also boasted a big streak in the new competition, taking huge scalps from Knox, Dandenong and Eltham before losing to Bulleen last week. They boast the league’s best record on the road (7-1-0), and this week face one of the best at home (6-1-0). Both sides will be tested in this match-up. Cooper Colson currently leads scoring for the Thunder in 12th for league scoring with 12.8 PPG. Brodie McWhinney follows close in fourteenth with a 11.8 PPG. The Waverley Falcons boast the best shooter in this match-up, with David Amum sitting in sixth spot on 14.4 PPG, while Nemuel Soliven follows next on 11.3 in eighteenth position.

Bulleen Boomers (1st, 11-3) vs Pakenham Warriors (13th, 6-7-1)

Bulleen Boomers have been given the easiest fixture for Round 6 as they face the Pakenham Warriors at home to retain top spot. The Boomers were dominant all year prior to the Championship Division, but since joining have suffered three losses at the hands of Knox, Keilor and Eltham – all teams pressing for their spot. Last week, they reclaimed some confidence with a big win over the previously undefeated Waverley (72-56). As the top four begins to take shape in the second half of the season, coming up against an easier fixture in Pakenham should help them find some form as we head into the finals. For the Championship Division, Marcel Haj has been dominant with a 15.4-point average from five games in fifth spot for league scoring. His teammates, Daniel Poelsma (13.6) and Daniel Johnston (11.4), have also combined well in offense to sit in tenth and seventeenth spot across the league. For Pakenham, only one player has made their way into the top 20. Kayne Taylor has been the most in-form player for the Warriors, averaging 11.4 PPG in sixteenth. Jak Morris-Burney follows next with 6.2.

Bendigo Braves (9th, 8-6) vs Knox Raiders (4th, 9-5)

Both the Bendigo Braves and Knox Raiders have braved unsuccessful fortnights since returning from the break and will be eager to get a win back on the board. As the Braves host the Raiders, the hope is to return to the eight after falling out with losses to the Supercats and Rangers. Since joining the Championship Division the Raiders have been toppled, taking a big win from the now leading Bulleen before losing four consecutive as they slip from the top spot. A win is important for both sides if they hope to revive their standing, with Knox coming close to losing their second chance opportunity in finals. The Braves will look to Macey Eaton (14.3) and Jacob Nihil (11.2) to lift for their side, sitting in eighth and 20th for league scoring prior to the round. For the Raiders, Jordan Anderson will be the player to watch, currently leading the league in PPG with 23.6. Zachary Greeves has been a solid support for the league-leader, averaging 11.6 from five outings in 15th.

Latrobe Energy (10th, 8-6) vs Dandenong Rangers (7th, 9-5)

Latrobe Energy host Dandenong Rangers this week, with a win being extremely important for both sides. Both competitors sit in tight spots on the table, with Latrobe sharing a win record with two sides, while Dandenong share with three – including Knox Raiders in fourth. The Rangers are starting to put together some good wins, collecting three consecutive after losing their first two in the new division. The Energy have under-performed so far, winning two from five. Though they still boast a fair record at home given their position (5-2-0). Dandenong’s 3-4-0 away record may be talking point next week if they continue to fall on the road. The Rangers have a big job ahead as they face Coby Burgiel and Jack Hrehoresen who average 22 and 20 points respectively from their three outings in second and fourth for PPG. Jerome Pierre will be expected to deliver on his 14.3 average (seventh) for the Rangers, alongside Beau Tranter who has 11.2 PPG in 19th spot.

MUVJBL U16 Boys VC preview: Round 5

ROUND 5 of the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under-16 Boys Championship Division is set to be a competitive week, with the Bulleen Boomers, Eltham Wildcats and Keilor Thunder tightening up the top three at 10-3. The Thunder face a struggling Knox Raiders in their quest for top spot, the Wildcats hit the road against the Latrobe Energy, while the Boomers face the biggest match-up of the round against a building Waverley Falcons.

Keilor Thunder (3rd, 10-3) vs Knox Raiders (4th, 9-4)

The Keilor Thunder face the Knox Raiders at home this week for a chance to snare top spot. If this were the beginning of the Championship Division, Knox would likely be the favourite heading into this match-up. However, in recent weeks the Raiders form has dipped drastically, having lost three of their last four since the division’s establishment. The Thunder have been right at home, currently boasting the biggest streak in the league with six consecutive wins. A win could place them first, while a loss for Knox could have major consequences – only sitting a win ahead of ninth place. In the match-up, Cooper Colson should be looked to. The Thunder favourite has been a consistent producer since joining the Championship Division, averaging 11.8 PPG, alongside Brodie McWhinney who follows next on 9.5. Though the pair have a big job ahead when they face league scoring leader, Jordan Anderson. For Knox, Anderson has averaged 23.5 PPG from four games. Zachary Greeves has also impressed with 14.5 to hold sixth place for league scoring.

Bulleen Boomers (1st, 10-3) vs Waverley Falcons (5th, 9-4)

In what could be the game of the round, the Bulleen Boomers host an in-form Waverley Falcons for a chance to remain on top. The Bulleen Boomers have hit a rough patch as of late. The league-leaders suffered a loss to Keilor Thunder at home before returning from the break last week to lose to Eltham on the road. While only losing the games by four points, it seems Bulleen are being exposed by teams on the rise. One such team is the Waverley Falcons, who boast five consecutive wins. Since joining the Championship Division, the Falcons have taken big scalps from both Eltham and Knox on their conquest to the top-four. With so much at stake, Bulleen will look to Marcel Haj (14.5), Daniel Poelsma (12.5) and Daniel Johnston (12) to combine well on the board. All three players sit in the top 10 for scoring, sitting fifth, ninth and 10th respectively. For the Falcons, David Amum has led scoring with 13.8 PPG. Tesloch Thong and Matt Jefferson have also been immense with 11.5 and 9.8 PPG – the trio needing to match or minimise Bulleen’s scoring weapons if they hope to win.

Bendigo Braves (8th, 8-5) vs Geelong Supercats (6th, 8-4)

With both sides on the brink of slipping, the Bendigo Braves and Geelong Supercats will hope to rebound off last week’s losses when they face each other this week. With Dandenong potentially snaring a win over Pakenham this week, both sides risk being passed and dropped from the eight. Last week, Geelong suffered a loss against Keilor, while Bendigo struggled against Dandenong. Neither side have knocked off a top-end side since joining the Championship Division, though the Supercats managed consecutive wins before the break. The Braves have recorded one win thus far, beating Latrobe prior to the month off. Macey Eaton has been a damaging scorer for the Braves this year, producing a 12.7 average over three games. Jacob Nihill follows next for Bendigo with 8.8 across four games. For the Supercats, Olivier Northam has been immense. The Geelong favourite averages 17.8 PPG from four outings, supported well by Jet Kneebone who hits well with 11.3.

Latrobe Energy (7th, 8-5) vs Eltham Wildcats (2nd, 10-3)

The Latrobe Energy present a fair chance to rise through the eight when they face the Eltham Wildcats. With Keilor and Bulleen both pressing, it is important for the Wildcats to snare this win. Of the top three, they may have drawn the easiest fixture, though Latrobe have been a hard team to pin down. Before the break, the Energy handed Bendigo their win first win in the Championship Division, but last week dealt Knox their third consecutive loss. Whether that is a comment on Knox or Latrobe is still unclear. Though with Coby Burgiel and Jack Hrehoresen at the helm, it’s possible that Eltham suffer similarly to Knox. The pair rank second and third across the league for PPG, averaging 22 and 20 from their three games in the Championship Division. In seventh, the Wildcats have Kristian Ferronato with 13.8 PPG from four outings, followed by Anton Stratov with 12 PPG from three.

Pakenham Warriors (13th, 6-6) vs Dandenong Rangers (9th, 8-5)

The Pakenham Warriors hope to snare their first win in the Championship Division when they face a rising Dandenong Rangers this week. Pakenham’s record at home has been mediocre this season, going 2-2-1, similar to Dandenong’s success on the road at 2-4-0. Given their tallies, the game could fall either way. Though the Rangers would be eager to string their third consecutive win together and push their way into the eight, while the Warriors look to revive their season with just five games left of the regular season. Kayne Taylor leads scoring for the Warriors in the new division, averaging 10.8 PPG from this four. Jak Morris-Burney follows next on 6.3. For the Rangers, Jerome Pierre has been immense with 13.3 PPG, followed next by Beau Tranter on 10.5. Pakenham will be up against it trying to contain Dandenong’s Pierre and Tranter, who have proven dangerous over the last month.

MUVJBL U16 Boys VC preview: Round 4

AS of now, not much separates the top-eight standings in the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under-16 Boys competition, with all top three teams suffering losses in the last round. The Eltham Wildcats threaten the Bulleen Boomers at home this week in the match-up of the round, while the Geelong Supercats and Keilor Thunder also look to threaten the top four with another exciting contest. In seventh, the Bendigo Braves face the Dandenong Rangers, sitting only two wins behind first place with a huge chance to lift.

Eltham Wildcats (3rd, 9-3) vs Bulleen Boomers (1st, 10-2)

In the match of the round, the Eltham Wildcats host the Bulleen Boomers in a must-win contest at Montmorency Secondary College. Both teams suffered losses last round, making a win this round more important with several teams pushing for top-four contention. The Bulleen Boomers present a huge chance to topple Eltham due to their poor record at home (3-2-0). Anton Stratov has delivered well for the Wildcats from his two games, averaging 16 points, alongside Kristian Ferronato with 15. The Boomers boast good talent in Daniel Poeslma who also averages 15 PPG, with Daniel Johnston (12) and Marcel Haj (11.7) all proving to be important assets. A win for Eltham would really shake up the top three, while a loss may well show a massive dip in their standings with a handful of teams contesting.

Waverley Falcons (5th, 8-4) vs Pakenham Warriors (11th, 6-5-1)

The Pakenham Warriors hope to join the winner’s list for the first time in the VC when they face an in-form Waverley Falcons on the road. The Falcons have put together a good run since the establishment of the new competition, snaring four consecutive victories on their way to fifth spot. Pakenham have not been so lucky, suffering three losses since its conception and dropping to 11th. A win could see the Warriors rise in contention for the upcoming round if they can hold their own. Waverley’s dismal home record (1-4-0) does not bode well for them when compared to Pakenham’s impressive 4-3-0 away tally – impressive given their position. David Amum leads scoring for the Waverley Falcons, averaging 15 PPG alongside Nemuel Soliven (12.5) and Tesloch Thong (12). Pakenham lack a scoring threat, with no player averaging over 10 PPG. Kayne Taylor leads scoring for the Warriors with an average of six.

Geelong Supercats (6th, 8-3-1) vs Keilor Thunder (4th, 9-3)

In the second biggest outing of the round, the Geelong Supercats hope to spring up the table when they face the fourth-placed, Keilor Thunder, at home. Teams from 4-8 spot on the table are all coming off victories, with the Thunder boasting the biggest streak with five consecutive. The Supercats have also done well recently, snaring their second in a fortnight against the Pakenham Warriors at home. Thus far, the Supercats claim the best home record in the competition (6-1-0). The Thunder have made decent strides on the road but are still behind the standards of the teams around them. The Supercats have shown great talent in their youngster, Olivier Northam (21.3 PPG), who sits second for league scoring. Jet Kneebone has also shown good signs with a 12.7 averaged PPG. For the Thunder, Cooper Colson leads scoring at 19th in league scoring, averaging 11 PPG, with Brodie McWhinney following on 8.7.

Dandenong Rangers (10th, 7-5) vs Bendigo Braves (7th, 8-4)

The Dandenong Rangers host the Bendigo Braves in what looks to be yet another tight contest. Despite having two positions between them, only one win separates these two sides. The Braves have shown great promise on the road, recording one loss from five games, while the Rangers have held up incredibly well at home with five wins from six outings. Jerome Pierre leads scoring for the Rangers with 13.3 PPG from three games, putting up 28 points against the second placed, Knox Raiders, at home. Given that impressive showing, it seems more likely that they would win again, but with Macey Eaton (16.5) firing for the Braves, we could see quite a shoot-out. The fifth best league scorer dropped 15 points in Round 2 but did not play in Round 3. His inclusion could make the world of difference for the Braves given their current match-up.

Knox Raiders (2nd, 9-3) vs Latrobe Energy (9th, 7-5)

To close out the round, the Knox Raiders will hope to re-join the winner’s in their home clash against the Latrobe Energy after losing two consecutive before the holiday break. Like Knox, Latrobe have also suffered losses in their last two outings, going down to two title contenders in Bendigo and Bulleen. The Raiders need to win this game or risk losing a grip on their top-four position. Currently, Knox boast top league scorer in Jordan Anderson, who averages 23.7 PPG, while Zachary Greeves sits in third place with 15.3. Though surprisingly, Latrobe are not without their shooters, with Jack Hrehoresen (20), Coby Burgiel (19) and Kody Tibballs (11.3) all putting up solid numbers in the VC. This game could quickly turn into a shoot-out with either team snaring the win.

MUVJBL U16 Boys VC review: Round 3 – Thunder strikes for five consecutive wins

THE Keilor Thunder kept their winning streak alive in the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under 16 Boys competition following a win over league-leaders, Bulleen Boomers. The four-point win (57-53) on the road bodes well for Keilor season, remaining one of two teams yet to face a loss in the Victorian Championship Division since the two-grade split. Brodie McWhinney and Cooper Colson starred in the win, recording 19 and 14 points respectively. For Bulleen, Daniel Johnston (10 points) and Will Rimmington (10) both impressed in the loss, while their best scorer, Daniel Poelsma, followed close on nine.

The Waverly Falcons also managed to keep their impressive run going, handing the Eltham Wildcats their first loss (58-67) in the VC. Keeping their own streak alive (four wins), the Waverley Falcons tore up the floor at Eltham High with Harvey Moore (15), David Amum (14) and Tesloch Thong (13) combining well. The game moves Amum to 8th on the top scorers list, while Kristian Ferronato moves to 10th with an impressive 29-point game alongside teammate, Joshua Weddle, who had 14 for the night.

In a huge upset, the Knox Raiders fall to the Dandenong Rangers – 70-65. While they still sit in tenth following the win, the Rangers should be impressed by Jerome Pierre, who had 28 points in the win. His teammates, Beau Tranter (13) and Arian Berisha (11), also starred in the win. For Knox, Jordan Anderson held his own against a barrage of shooting, dropping 30 points to secure top spot on the scorers list. His were efforts complimented well by Zachary Greeves (13) and Tejaye Kleverkamp(10), who played well in the loss also.

The Pakenham Warriors continue an unfortunate streak with their third consecutive loss in the VC, going down to the Geelong Supercats by 14 points (63-49). Geelong’s, Olivier Northam, surged to second place on the top scorers list after dropping 31 points in the win, alongside Jet Kneebone who had nine. For Pakenham, Kayne Taylor (12) and Jarred Small (10) were the biggest threats in the loss.

The Bendigo Braves snatch their first win for the season, beating the Latrobe Energy 45-33 at home. Sitting just one win below Keilor Thunder, Knox Raiders and Eltham Wildcats, the win puts the Braves in the hunt for a top-four spot. Luke Salvador led scoring for the Braves with 10 points, followed close by Oliver Mayman and Michael Kiraly who had eight points each. For Latrobe, scoring proved minimal without Jack Hrehoresen and Coby Burgiel. Thomas Stephenson led the way for the Braves with nine points, while Tom Hamilton followed close on eight.

In the reserve grade, Diamond Valley lost at home to Sunbury (57-60), Kilsyth suffered similarly against Hawthorn (67-76), while Eltham starred over Southern Peninsula in a big win (73-49). Nunawading prevailed over Whittlesea (68-44) at home and Melbourne fell hard to Casey (46-61) to close out the round.

In Round 4, Dandenong opens the round against Bendigo, followed by Eltham verse Bulleen and Waverly verse Pakenham. Geelong will close out the round against an in-form Keilor, alongside Knox and Latrobe, who will both look to rebound from Round 3.

MUVJBL U16 Boys VC preview: Round 3

WITH just a win separating a lot of Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under-16 Boys teams, it is hard to pick winners for Round 3. In the biggest game of the round, the Bulleen Boomers face the Keilor Thunder in a contest for dominance in the top-four. Similarly, the Eltham Wildcats and Waverly Falcons game also has the potential to be a great contest with top-four spots up for grabs.

Eltham Wildcats (3rd, 9-2) vs. Waverley Falcons (5th, 7-4)

On Friday night, a streak will end for either the Eltham Wildcats or Waverley Falcons. The Falcons have won their last three games, opening the VC as serious contenders, while the Wildcats are looking to take a six-game win streak into Round 4. The problem Eltham face is that Waverley are yet to be beaten on the road. They boast a 6-0-0 away record, while somehow struggling at home on 1-4-0. This will be the Wildcats first home game since joining the VC, having knocked off both the Pakenham Warriors and Bendigo Braves on the road. However, they face a serious threat in Waverley this Friday with David Amum (15.5 PPG), Matt Jefferson (13) and Nemuel Soliven (12.5) combining well on the scoreboard. Anton Stratov (16) has been in good form for Eltham but lacks scoring support. A win for Eltham could jump them to second, or Waverley may be able to put an in-form Keilor Thunder (4th) behind them

Dandenong Rangers (10th, 6-5) vs. Knox Raiders (2nd, 9-2)

The Rangers have a big task ahead of them when they face the Knox Raiders this week. The Raiders are placed second on the table and are yet to lose a game on the road (4-0-0). Though they lost at home to the Waverly Falcons, the Raiders impressed in the opener, breaking Bulleen’s nine-win streak at Knox Basketball Stadium. In 10th, the Dandenong Rangers are facing three consecutive losses on Friday night. They boast one of the better home records (4-1-0) and sit only one win away from fifth place but face a big chance of slipping with one of the harder fixtures this round. The Rangers still lack a genuine scorer with Dennis Ameti leading with 7.5 PPG. Comparatively, the Raiders’, Jordan Anderson, leads the league in scoring with 20.5 PPG, alongside teammate, Zachary Greeves, who is close behind on 16.5. Without many genuine threats on the board, the Rangers are unlikely to end the Raiders’ away streak.

Bendigo Braves (8th, 7-4) vs. Latrobe Energy (7th, 7-4)

With only one spot separating these two teams, this match has the potential to shake the table up. Both sides are coming off losses – the Latrobe Energy going down to the Bulleen Boomers (65-77), while Bendigo suffered losses from the Eltham Wildcats (37-51) and Keilor Thunder (47-61). Currently, Latrobe seem more likely, boasting second and third best league-scorers in Jack Hrehoresen (20 PPG) and Coby Burgiel (19). Compared to Latrobe, Bendigo’s numbers since entering the VC have been underwhelming. They are yet to crack over 50-points in a single game and boast one of the worst records at home (3-3-0). They managed to snag a talent in Macey Eaton, who sits fifth in league-scoring on 16.5 PPG. While Bendigo seem unlikely, Latrobe’s average away record (2-2-0) and recent loss, may tip the result either way.

Bulleen Boomers (1st, 10-1) vs. Keilor Thunder (4th, 8-3)

This Friday, the Bulleen Boomers host the Keilor Thunder in what shapes as the game of the round. With five consecutive wins on the line, the Thunder will have to bring everything to beat Bulleen’s perfect home record. Keilor have so far impressed in the VC, knocking off Bendigo in the opener and Pakenham the round after – both by considerable margins. Surprisingly, the Boomers opened the competition, losing to Knox in Round 1. They bounced back against Latrobe, winning 77-65 with Daniel Poelsma (20 points) and Marcel Haj (18) impressing the win, but face fiercer competition against one of three remaining undefeated VC teams. Though shockingly, Keilor lack a big scorer. Cooper Colson leads the Thunder with 9.5 PPG and Jackson Djatschenko follows on 5.5. A win for the Boomers will help them regain dominance with opposition knocking in the top four, but Keilor’s history says they have a good chance to jump a spot.

Geelong Supercats (6th, 7-3-1) vs. Pakenham Warriors (11th, 6-4-1)

Despite having five positions between them, the Geelong Supercats sit just one win above the Pakenham Warriors. A win for Pakenham could shake up the ladder, while a win for Geelong makes them a serious threat for a top-four position. Geelong lost their first outing in the VC against the Latrobe Energy (67-63) but followed it with an impressive 22-point victory at home against Dandenong. Olivier Northam impressed in the win, leading his side with 18-points alongside teammate, Jet Kneebone, who finished with 15. Their numbers do not bode well for Pakenham, whose highest scorer, Drue Maher, averages five points a game. A win would be outstanding for Pakenham, but without a genuine scorer, they are likely to fall.