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2021 VJBL: Under 18s – Round 2

IT is a big upcoming weekend of Victorian Junior Basketball League (VJBL) with a scattered fixture dictating the week, as sides make-up for the lost round due to the championships. With that being said there are plenty of exciting clashes as teams technically head into Round 3 of fixturing with some sides playing two games and the majority only playing one.

Ashe  

Boys:

Only one game of Round 2 of the Victorian Junior Basketball League (VJBL) has been completed with Hawthorn getting over the top of Kilsyth (63-52) in the Under 18 Ashe Pool. The Magic had it all their own way in the opening term and while they were challenged throughout patches maintain a level of composure to bypass their opponents. A 20 point lead in the first quarter proved to be the gift they needed and although Kilsyth peppered the basket in the final term outscoring Hawthorn by nine-points it was not enough to overrun them and claim victory. Jarryd Remy had a day out with his 17 points and stayed away from the refs attention only recording one foul for the game. Teammate John Furphy was another solid contributor for the Magic sinking 10 points of his own. Maximus Bakker, Logan Morris and Denzel Timmons all notched up eight points apiece to help secure the win. For Kilsyth, Harrison Adams was potent nailing 23 points, while Wyatt Stewart got busy with nine points.

Still to come is the clash between Sandringham and Hawthorn as Southern Peninsula and Casey face off in Dromana on Friday night. Nunawading are set to play Pakenham while the last game of the round is between Bulleen and Kilsyth.

Girls:

Ballarat and Altona are set to kick off the action tonight as they make-up for lost time because of the championships. Both sides are yet to win a game and will be hoping for strong performances from the likes of Jade Azzopardi and Aseka Ratnayake from the Gators and Laila Lappin from Ballarat. The next game to follow is on Thursday night with Waverley and Sunbury facing off.

Round 3 however commences on Friday night as Hawthorn and Diamond Valley Eagles open the account. Ballarat and Knox are set to get underway at Minerdome Sports Club while Altona and Nunawading will do battle. The contest between Sunbury and Keilor will surely be an enthralling one with the final game of the round between Kilsyth and Waverley.

Watson

Boys:

Much like the Ashe Pool, only a limited amount of games have been won and done in the Watson Pool with both Bendigo and McKinnon coming out on top in their respective clashes.

Bendigo secured a 13-point win against Whittlesea despite the Pacers skipping out to a hot start. The Braves showed plenty of grit and determination to work their way back into the contest after going into the quarter time break down by 10 points. The real game changing moment came in the third with Bendigo piling on 24 points while keeping Whittlesea to nine. That momentum filtered into the fourth as they notched up a handy win. Liam O’Brien was a commanding force out on court for Bendigo nailing a game-high 19 points. He was ably assisted by Josiah Pattinson who sunk 10 points of his own while Lachlan Somerville managed nine. For the Pacers Luke Jeffs led all comers producing 14 points but found himself in some foul trouble with five to his name. teammate Samuel El Ali was important in keeping his side in the game registering 11 points as both Petar Vasilevski and Callum Stojanovic drained six points each in the loss.

The clash between Keilor and McKinnon went down to the wire with the latter just escaping with a narrow five point win. McKinnon claimed the ascendancy early but the Thunder were not about to go down without a fight, answering the call in the second to overrun their opponents and claim the lead. A big final quarter that favoured McKinnon was the icing on the cake as they stole the win. Denver Lund had a game to remember for McKinnon draining an impressive 26 points to single-handedly lead his side to victory. Efforts from Luke Lyngberg and Will Simos-Primerano did not go unnoticed in the win as their nine and six points respectively helped get them over the line. Cooper Colson was the go-to man for the Thunder with 19 points while Nikolas Ellul and Brodie McWhinney made notable contributions in 12 and 11 points each.

The next lot of games is Round 3 with Camberwell taking on Keilor and Knox facing off against Whittlesea. Melbourne are looking to knock off Bendigo who are riding a high while Geelong and Eltham lock horns. The final game sees Waverley and McKinnon battle it out.

Girls:

Three games were completed over the weekend with Frankston and Sandringham securing the win while Casey and McKinnon could not be separated.

Casey and McKinnon finished on 49 points apiece with both sides answering the challenge thrown down to them each time. McKinnon were the frontrunners for the opening half, keeping their opponents to a mere 14 points while putting on 25 points of their own. However the second half of the game was a different story with Casey working in overdrive to score and nullify McKinnon’s offensive play. Jemma Ramsdale and Lucy Dexter were two crucial cogs for Casey producing 14  points each while Emerson Rasmussen was the other contributor thanks to her eight points. Hannah McGillen made her presence felt with 15 points while Romy Price was strong credit to her 12 points.

Frankston made light work of Ringwood comfortably bypassing them by 18 points (54-36). It was a relatively one-sided affair with Frankston controlling proceedings and not letting go of that momentum throughout the entire match. They really romped home the win in the final term as they piled on 16 points to seven. When looking at top performers it is hard to ignore the likes of Zoe Harvey, Mackenzie Mitchell and Georgia Mann with the trio linking up nicely for the winners. Harvey managed 16 points while Mitchell and Mann nailed 14 and 13 respectively. Zoe Servinis was the lead points scorer for Ringwood with 13 points to her name as Ella Grigg produced seven in the loss.

Sandringham Sabres put Nunawading Spectres to the sword with a comprehensive win (72-33). Away from home, Sandringham brought their a-game and did not let up with their relentless pressure and class across the court enabling them to build on their lead every quarter. The most damaging term was the third with the Sabres reducing the Spectres to a mere five points while pouring on 20 themselves. Sarah Stafford had a hot hand with 11 points as Ella Erickson managed 10. Ella Razga was dominant for the winners as was Jaida Reid as they both nailed 13 points each. Madison Sinclair slotted 12 points while Kate Gooden was handy sinking 10 points for the Sabres.

Round 3 sees Melbourne and Sandringham do battle while Casey and Ringwood are locked in. McKinnon and Nunawading play off at Bentleigh Secondary College with Dandenong and Frankston fixtured in for Friday night. The final game is between Bulleen and Camberwell.

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 Under 16 Girls Round 1 review: Sabres hold on in thrilling contest

SANDRINGHAM Sabres have survived an epic contest to defeat Knox Raiders by a point in the opening round of the Melbourne United Victorian Junior basketball League (MUVJL) Under-16 Girls competition. The Sabres got away to a fast start to lead by six at quarter time, but the Raiders clawed their way back to cut the deficit to two at half-time, and one by the final break. An even final quarter resulted in both teams scoring 17 points apiece which meant Sandringham won 59-58 in the match of the round. Hannah Wickstrom led the team in scoring with 14 points, whilst Jaida Reid and Natalia Hordejuk both added 12 points in a strong performance. Knox had a trio of stars as well, with Paige Burrows the standout player on court, sinking 19 points including four three-pointers during the tough loss. Zoe Shaw (16 points) and Gemma O’Donnell (12) were the other two players who had a real impact for the losing side on the night.

The next tightest game was Wangaratta Warriors’ eight-point victory over Frankston Blues at Mill Park. Meeting halfway for the sides to reduce travel for the other, the Warriors were able to earn a lot of chances at the foul line on their way to a 62-54 victory. They had the game comfortably in their control for the most part, leading by 16 at the final break, but the Blues hit back in the last to cut the final margin to eight. The 20-6 free throw points converted was the difference between the sides with Frankston committing 24 personal fouls to 13. Hannah Onley had a match-high 22 points for the winners, recording 10 points from the foul line, while Isabel Whitelaw and Sienna Harvey both dropped 11 points. Mackenzie Mitchell (15 points) and Bonnie Deas (10) were the prominent scorers for the Blues.

At the opposite end of the scale, Hawthorn Magic was far too good for Southern Peninsula Sharks, with the Eltham Dandenong Junior Basketball Tournament winners backing up their success with a massive 46-point win in Round 1 of the competition. The Magic restricted the Sharks to just 14 points in three quarters – including a scoreless third term – while piling on 49 points at the same time. An even fourth term stemmed the bleeding, but the Magic were just too strong in the end. Georgia McBean finished with a match-high 22 points including five triples for the Magic, whilst Erinn McAlary had 14 points for her troubles. Kyra Webb was the Sharks top shooter with 10 points on the night. In other results, Waverley Falcons toppled Eltham Wildcats on the road by 16 points thanks to a fast start of 29 points to 15 at the half. Liana Kinkela (20 points), Emily Gough (15) and Olivia Kingston (12) all dominated for the Falcons, whilst Ashley Vee Mrmacovski (nine) was the top scorer for Eltham. The final game of the Ashe Pool saw Dandenong get past Latrobe Energy by 13 points with a 65-52 win at home. Georgia Sewell (16 points) led the way, though there were plenty of contributors for the green and gold such as Millie Kumbara (12), Jessica-Belle Catheray-Harvey (10) and Breanna Granger (10). Jaime Gallatly (17 points) did all she could for the losing side.

In an all-Melbourne battle at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC), the Tigers’ first side unsurprisingly came out on top of their second side, 55-29. After an even first term of eight points apiece, the number one side stepped it up a notch to run away with it in the final three terms, scoring 47-21. In an even team performance across both sides showing their depth. No player scored more than nine points, with only Amelie Kamberis achieving that feat, with Neve Giddey and Anouk Bennett just behind on eight. A second side that did have a win was Bulleen Boomers 2, defeating Ballarat Rush at home by nine points. It was a see-sawing contest but in the end the Boomers finished stronger with a 15-9 last term to gain some breathing space. Tahlia Leeson was the standout shooter with 19 points, whilst Laila Lappin sank 11 points in the loss.

Bulleen’s top team also had a good win over fellow contender, Keilor Thunder in a 46-27 win on the road. The Boomers’ defensive work kept the Thunder to no more than 10 points a quarter, including just four points in the first and third terms whilst maintaining a consistent scoring approach on offence. Whilst the Thunder did not have any double-figure points scorers, Lily Carmody (13 points) and Tabitha Betson (11) both had strong performances for the Boomers. Diamond Valley Eagles enjoyed a handy 16-point win against Nunawading Spectres, breaking away in the first half to lead by 19 points at the main break and holding off a determined Spectres side to win 58-42. Talia D’Agostino was ridiculous on the night, putting up a competition-high 37 points including 32 from the field. Natalie Skofic (12 points) and Rebecca Dymalovski (11) did all they could combining seven times from long range, but the Spectres only managed seven successful makes from inside the arc. The final game of the round saw Casey Cavaliers get up in a nine-point win over Kilsyth Cobras. Trailing by two at the final break, Casey stormed home with a 15-4 final term to run over the top of the Cobras on the road. Both teams shared the points around, but Dakota Crichton was the one standout shooter on the court, putting up 17 points in the Cavaliers’ win.

Round 1 results:

Ashe Pool:

Eltham Wildcats (38) defeated by Waverley Falcons (54)
Southern Peninsula Sharks (25) defeated by Hawthorn Magic (71)
Wangaratta Warriors (62) defeated by Frankston Blues (54)
Sandringham Sabres (59) defeated Knox Raiders (58)
Dandenong Rangers (65) defeated Latrobe Energy (52)

Watson Pool:

Nunawading Spectres (42) defeated by Diamond Valley Eagles (58)
Kilsyth Cobras (31) defeated by Casey Cavaliers (40)
Melbourne Tigers (55) defeated Melbourne Tigers 2 (29)
Keilor Thunder (27) defeated by Bulleen Boomers (46)
Bulleen Boomers 2 (64) defeated Ballarat Rush (55)

MUVJBL U16 Girls VC preview: Round 9

WITH a round to play in the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL), there are still two teams fighting out for one finals place, and a home final on the line for two of the sides.

Hawthorn Magic (13th, 7-9-1) vs. Keilor Thunder (4th, 12-5)

On face value the Magic will need every bit of their moniker to get up over the fourth placed Keilor Thunder who cannot be moved from their spot. After dropping a game they had in their keeping against Sandringham Sabres last round, the Thunder will be keen to bounce back with a victory heading into finals. Make no mistake, if Hawthorn lose, then the finals are set and the Magic will finish ninth. For Keilor, they will be facing Dandenong Rangers regardless in the first week of finals. Tess Heal leads all-comers in the point-scoring stakes with 17.0 points per game, just ahead of Ally Marshall with 13.3 points per game, and ranked second in overall points.

Dandenong Rangers (1st, 16-1) vs. Bulleen Boomers (2nd, 13-2-2)

Both these teams are keen to get a win for for a mental advantage in the finals with the teams likely to face off at some stage, the Boomers still need to win to secure a top two spot and home final. The Rangers have the minor premiership in their grasp, but would like to add another win to the 11-game winning streak. If the Boomers lose and the Diamond Valley Eagles win, the Boomers remain in second spot due to the head-to-head victory over the Eagles. The Rangers have a trio of stars who can cause damage to the opposition with Nyadiew Puoch (13.3 points per game), Dallas Loughridge (12.6) and Myah Healey (11.0) all inside the top 10, while Bulleen relies on a more even spread led by Emily Maltezos (9.4).

Melbourne Tigers (11th, 8-9) vs. Diamond Valley Eagles (3rd, 13-4)

In what looms as a must-win for Melbourne, they have to knock off top four side Diamond Valley to guarantee a spot in the finals series. If Hawthorn upstages Keilor, then the Tigers could drop outside the top eight with a loss. Meanwhile the Eagles cannot drop from third with a superior head-to-head points advantage (and percentage) ahead of fourth placed Keilor, and will prepare to play Bulleen in the first round of finals. Eleanor Bollands has been the top scorer for Diamond Valley Eagles with 10.7 points per game, while for the Tigers, Amy Kurkowski has slotted 12.4 points per game.

Nunawading Spectres (8th, 9-8) vs. Ballarat Rush (6th, 10-7)

Nunawading has the opportunity to snatch a home final with victory over Ballarat Rush, with the sides likely to meet again the following week in the elimination final. Providing Sandringham Sabres gets the job done against the lowly Knox Raiders, these sides will meet two weeks in a row, though with a home record of 2-6 and an away record of 7-2, it might be thought the Spectres might relish travelling, though the mental advantage of a win would be of huge benefit going into the finals. Evelyn Curtis (10.3 points per game) and Olivia Morris (10.2) are the dominant scoring duo for the Spectres this season, while for Ballarat, Milly Simpson (10.7) and Georgia Cox (9.8) are both in the top 20.

Sandringham Sabres (5th, 10-6-1) vs. Knox Raiders (15th, 5-10-2)

In the final game of the round, the Sandringham Sabres just have to knock off the cellar dwelling Knox Raiders to ensure a fifth placed finish and elimination final against either Melbourne or Hawthorn. The Sabres are only a point ahead of Ballarat Rush so cannot afford to drop the game, though they will still host Nunawading in the elimination final, but then potentially meet one of the Boomers or Eagles in the semi-finals. Sandringham’s Hannah Wickstrom averages 13.5 points per game to be second overall on average, while Jaida Reid‘s 9.4 points per game sees her equal twentieth.

MUVJBL U16 Girls VC review: Round 8 – Hawthorn keeps finals magic alive

HAWTHORN Magic have kept their finals dream alive with an upset eight-point win on the road over Nunawading Spectres to move within a point of Melbourne Tigers in the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under-16 Girls Championship Division.

The Magic just scraped into the top grade on the back of terrific late form pre-split, and could repeat the effort with their win over the Spectres giving them belief they can make finals. In the match against Nunawading, a 16-8 first term set up the win, with the Spectres fighting back to lead by three at the final break before a dominant 16-5 last quarter saw the visitors secure the victory. Ally Marshall scored 16 points in the win, as Evangeline King and Amy O’Hara both scored 10. Madison Sinclair was the top shooter for the home side, scoring 12 points in the loss.

The team in the firing line for Hawthorn’s late run is eighth placed Melbourne Tigers who suffered a huge loss at the hands of title contender Bulleen Boomers. The Boomers were restricted to 11 points in three of the four quarters combined, as Bulleen won each of the four quarters in a dominant performance. The heavy loss also meant Melbourne’s percentage dipped below Hawthorn’s, with a win in the final round against third placed Diamond Valley Eagles the only way to guarantee a finals place, though the Magic play fourth placed Keilor Thunder. In the match on Friday night, Bulleen’s Emily Maltezos was the only player to reach double figures, registering 14 points.

They might be unable to achieve a double chance in this year’s finals series, but Sandringham Sabres went a long way to securing a home final thanks to a three-point victory over fourth placed Keilor Thunder. In a match-up that could well be repeated in the finals series, the Sabres overcame a five-point deficit at the final break to pile on 15 points to seven in the last term and run over the top of their opponents, 49-46. Hannah Wickstrom (14 points) and Maya Dear (13) were the top two shooters in the winning side, while Tess Heal (12) and Bella Peterson (11) produced good numbers for Keilor.

Despite Bulleen’s percentage-boosting win, Diamond Valley Eagles kept on the Boomers’ tail with an impressive 53-37 win over Knox Raiders. While they were playing the bottom side, the Eagles did what they had to do in the penultimate round, winning every quarter on their way to the 16-point victory. Aseka Ratnayake was the dominant scorer for the Eagles with 15, slightly bettered by Knox’s Jaida Reid (17).

Meanwhile Dandenong Rangers sent a message to the competition with their eleventh straight win, destroying Ballarat Rush by 32 points at home. They scored 28 points to nine in the first half, and despite a spirited fight by the Rush in the third quarter, still extended the lead by five, and then controlled the final term 15-7, to win 60-28. Nyadiew Puoch (17 points), Jessica-Belle Catheray-Harvey (13) and Dallas Loughridge (11) outscored the Rush themselves, while Milly Simpson (11) did all she could on the losing side.

In the Reserve grade, top side Waverley Falcons got the points against Eltham Wildcats, 42-32, while Frankston Blues and Bellarine Storm maintained their places inside the top four with wins over Southern Peninsula Sharks and Bendigo Braves respectively. In the other games, Kilsyth Cobras had a shock loss to Sunbury Jets, while Ringwood Hawks got up over Altona Gators in the bottom two clash, 71-53.

In the final round of the Championship Division, it is hard to look past the two huge ladder-defining clashes of Melbourne Tigers hosting Diamond Valley Eagles and Hawthorn Magic taking on Keilor Thunder to determine who slots into eighth place. Not to be overshadowed, a top-of-the-table clash between Dandenong Rangers and Bulleen Boomers means all eyes will be on the Dandenong Stadium clash. In the other games, Nunawding Spectres hope to break what has been a home hoodoo of two wins from eight games – and also a three-game losing streak – when they face Ballarat Rush, while Sandringham Sabres can secure a home final with a win over Knox Raiders.

MUVJBL U16 Girls VC preview: Round 8

THE top four and top eight are all but set barring disaster for the teams in fourth and eighth, but stranger things have happened in sport and all eyes are on the penultimate round of the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under-16 Girls Championship Division.

Diamond Valley Eagles (3rd, 12-4) vs. Knox Raiders (15th, 5-9-2)

Knox Raiders are already out of finals contention barring a complete miracle that sees Melbourne drop both games and the Raiders pick up two wins. They have a tough ask up against third placed Diamond Valley Eagles who are very keen to try and grab back a top two spot and play a home final. They must take care of business here and officially rule the Raiders out of the finals race. With a 6-2 record at home, the Eagles are more than comfortable there, while the Raiders are three wins and a draw from eight games on the road. Eleanor Bollands leads the way for Diamond Valley with 11.0 points per game, while Jaida Reid is the highest Knox Raiders’ scorer with 8.2.

Melbourne Tigers (10th, 8-8) vs. Bulleen Boomers (2nd, 12-2-2)

Melbourne Tigers hold the coveted eighth spot on the table in terms of Championship Division sides, but they must pick up at least one win to secure their spot in the finals series. They have one of the toughest challenges this round in Bulleen, with the Boomers out of the running for top spot, but need to keep winning to ensure they maintain second spot – and a home final – given Diamond Valley is just two points behind with a much superior percentage. The Tigers are four wins from seven games at home, while the Boomers have five wins and a draw from seven matches away. The Tigers rely on Amy Kurkowski (12.4 points) and Leila Davis (11.0) as their top scorers, while the Boomers have a mix of shooters including Tabitha Betson (9.7) and Ella McIntyre (9.3).

Dandenong Rangers (1st, 15-1) vs. Ballarat Rush (5th, 10-6)

Dandenong Rangers have a couple of dead rubbers to finish the season, easily 30 per cent clear of second placed Bulleen, even if they dropped both games. They could officially rule out the Rush from making top four with a win here, although given the rush need to recover almost 15 per cent on fourth placed Keilor Thunder in the final two rounds – as well as win both and need the Thunder to lose both – it is a tough ask even without the rough fixture. The Rangers dropped their only game at home in six appearances, while the Rush have five wins from eight games both home and a away. Dandenong Rangers have the biggest spread of shooters up the top-end, as Dallas Loughridge (12.8 points per game), Nyadiew Puoch (12.7) and Myah Healey (12.0) all rank inside the top 10 shooters. For the Rush, Georgia Cox is the dominant scorer with 11.2 points per game just ahead of Milly Simpson (10.6).

Sandringham Sabres (6th, 9-6-1) vs. Keilor Thunder (4th, 12-4)

In arguably the game of the round, fourth placed Keilor Thunder can officially rule out any mathematical chance of missing top four. Better still, they are still in the hunt for second with Bulleen and Diamond Valley both within two points, although percentage is the big difference. The Sabres currently have a home final lined up, but with back-to-back losses and Nunawading having the easier fixture this round, they could drop to seventh and take their fate out of their own hands in the final round. Keilor is strong on the road too with six wins from seven games, while Sandringham have a 50 per cent win-loss ratio at home. Hannah Wickstrom leads the way when it comes to points scorers for the Sabres with 13.4 – ranked second overall, while the only player ahead of her is Tess Heal (Keilor) who has sank a massive 17.7 points per game, while Jaz Salon (12.0) has also been prolific.

Nunawading Spectres (7th, 9-7) vs. Hawthorn Magic (14th, 6-9-1)

In the final game of the round, Nunawading Spectres should be able to take care of Hawthorn Magic, though the Magic still have a mathematical chance of making finals if the Tigers drop both and the Magic can pick up two wins. Taking it one week at a time, the Spectres will be no easy beats, though a 2-5 record a home does not inspire terrific confidence for the home side, especially when the Magic have split their road trips with four wins from eight games. Evie Curtis averages 10.6 points per game for the Spectres, while Olivia Morris is just behind with 10.4, while for the Magic, Amy Ohara has an average of 10.7.

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WITH only three rounds remaining in the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under-16 Girls Championship Division, the Dandenong Rangers look sure to secure a home final and second chance. They face the Sandringham Sabres at home this week, with the Sabres pressing the top-four. The Nunawading Spectres sit similarly in sixth against the Diamond Valley Eagles this week, only two wins below second.

Dandenong Rangers (1st, 14-1) vs Sandringham Sabres (5th, 9-5-1)

The Dandenong Rangers hope to record their 10th consecutive win this week when they come up against the Sandringham Sabres at home. Last week, the Rangers dominated the bottom-end Raiders in a 27-67 match-up – remaining strong on defence to keep Knox under 10 points in each term. This season, the Rangers have had just 592 points scored against them, compared to 911 for. The Sabres season has been fair despite falling short twice in the last fortnight, with a draw to Sandringham (47-47) and loss to Ballarat (60-44). They put their 5-1-1 away record to the test this week when they face the league’s best. Dallas Loughridge has remained in top form for the Rangers with 14.2 points per game (PPG) in third spot for league-average. She’s followed close by Nyadiew Puoch in eighth – averaging 11.6 from five games. Hannah Wickstrom (13.8), Summer Keating (10) and Jemima O’Toole (9.8) have been strong for Sandringham all season in fourth, 17th and 18th respectively.

Nunawading Spectres (6th, 9-6) vs Diamond Valley Eagles (2nd, 11-4)

In a similarly tough match-up, the Nunawading Spectres host the Diamond Valley Eagles. A win could mean a top-four chance for Nunawading or a home final for Diamond Valley. Last week, the Spectres fell short to the fourth-placed Keilor Thunder – losing touch in the final term (20-2) despite leading all game. Similarly, Diamond Valley lost last week to a top-four contender in Bulleen (44-41). The defeat drops them out of touch with the Rangers as Bulleen and Keilor press in third and fourth. Both teams need a lift this week, with Nunawading hoping Evelyn Curtis (10.5) and Olivia Morris (10.4) can continue their form into the clash. Despite the loss, Curtis held up well without Morris in last week’s loss – recording 17. For the Eagles, Eleanor Bollands has been impressive with 11.4 average from five outings, alongside Aeska Ratnayake with 9.7.

Melbourne Tigers (8th, 8-7) vs Ballarat Rush (7th, 9-6)

In the final top-eight clash of the round, we have the Melbourne Tigers hosting the Ballarat Rush. Last week, Melbourne did well to rebound from their 53-50 loss against Nunawading, earning a significant win against Hawthorn (51-55). Ballarat fared similarly, after losing 44-58 to Diamond Valley, responded against an in-form Sandringham at home (60-44). With finals approaching, it’s important for both sides to build momentum. Melbourne will look to Amy Kurkowski to continue her form – sitting second in PPG across the league with 14.3, with Leila Davis following in seventh with 12.4. On the board, Ballarat lack the same scoring utilities. Milly Simpson leads for her side with 11.3 PPG from four outings but has nobody else lifting into the top-end. A few players will need to lift if Ballarat hope to compete.

Knox Raiders (15th, 5-8-2) vs Keilor Thunder (4th, 11-4)

The Knox Raiders host the in-form Keilor Thunder this week in what might be their last chance of making finals. Though unlikely, the Raiders still sit as a mathematical chance to break into the eight but need a lot of teams to drop in the coming rounds. Though with the top-four on the line, it’s unlikely the Thunder will fall. Last week, Keilor returned to the winner’s list with a 55-42 victory over Nunawading. The visitors currently boast three players in the top-20 for average points in Tess Heal (17.3), Jaz Salon (12.8) and Bella Peterson (9.8). Last week, Heal and Salon tore up the floor with 15 and 25 points respectively as Heal remains atop the scoring table. For the Raiders, not a single player ranks inside the top-20, with Jaida Reid (9.2) and Gemma O’Donnell (7.8) leading on the scoreboard.

Hawthorn Magic (13th, 6-8-1) vs Bulleen Boomers (3rd, 11-2-2)

The result of Hawthorn’s match-up with Bulleen could determine whether or not they play finals. With two wins keeping them outside the eight, the Magic need to bring something special if they intend to knock off one of league’s giants. As it stands, Bulleen sit in third on percentage – tied with Diamond Valley (2nd) and Keilor Thunder (4th). Last week, they returned to the winner’s list with a tight 44-41 win over the Diamond Valley Eagles, after tying the week before against the Knox Raiders. Given these teams’ positions, Bulleen should have won both by fair margins. It’s this form dip that may see Hawthorn into a finals campaign. The Magic’s top scorers, Ally Marshall (13.5) and Amy Ohara (11), will be Bulleen’s biggest threats. The pair sit in fifth and 12th across the league, while Bulleen’s, Tabitha Betson (10.8) and Ella McIntyre (10) hold in 13th and 16th respectively.

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SUCCESS continues to follow the Dandenong Rangers in the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under-16 Girls Championship Division, as they picked up a 27-67 win over a struggling, Knox Raiders. The result takes the Rangers to their ninth consecutive win overall and their tenth consecutive win on the road – undefeated at 10-0-0. In the match-up, the Rangers opened the half strong – leading 38-16 at the main break. They continued strong into the remaining quarters, keeping Knox under 10 points for each term. The Rangers were led well by Dallas Loughridge, who scored 19 points on her way to third spot in points per game (PPG) for the league, while Myah Healey supported well with 10 points. Jaida Reid came close to recording double-digits for the Raiders, recording nine points in the low-scoring outfit alongside Paige Burrows, who made five.

The Bulleen Boomers closed the gap between the top four with a vital 44-41 win over the second-placed, Diamond Valley Eagles. The Eagles lost touch with the Dandenong Rangers following the loss, as their top spot opponents moved three wins ahead. In the match-up, Bulleen opened poorly at 3-13 – forcing the home side to play catch-up most of the night. They went on to win the remaining three terms, running home with a big 18-10 closer to win them the game. Emily Maltezos was her usual best throughout the night, recording 12 points alongside Ella McIntyre, who had 10. McIntyre moves to sixteenth place for PPG in the league, with five games under her belt. For the Eagles, Hayley Sparks recorded a team-high nine points, followed next by Genevieve Broadbent on eight.

Despite a dominant away record, Nunawading Spectres fell short to a dominant Keilor Thunder outfit on the road (55-42). The result created a gap between the top four and those outside, as Keilor jumped two wins (11-4) ahead of positions fifth to seventh. They now contest for second spot – equalling wins with Diamond Valley and Bulleen in second and third respectively. In the match-up, Nunawading led 40-35 at the end of third, but gave it up massively as they conceded 20-2 in the final term. In her sixth outing for the year, Jaz Salon put up 25 points on her way to sixth spot for PPG. League-leader, Tess Heal, retains her spot with 15 points after another dominant performance. For the Spectres, Evelyn Curtis led on the board with 17 points, while Madison Sinclair followed next on 10.

Melbourne Tigers earned a rare 55-51 win on the road over the Hawthorn Magic. Despite starting slow at 8-13, the Tigers went onto lead for the majority of the game, before tying at 16-16 to close out the win. Melbourne hold in eighth following the result, while Hawthorn dip to 13th. The Tigers’ boasted a big scorer in Amy Kurkowski, who collected a game-high 21 points on her way to 11th for PPG. Hayley Hermus and Leila Davis followed next with 13 and 10 points respectively – Davis moving to seventh for PPG. For the Magic, Ally Marshall was the only player to crack into double-digits, recording 10 points to hold second spot across the league. Rianna Thiele also impressed for Hawthorn with nine.

The Ballarat Rush handed the Sandringham Sabres their first loss on the road with a 60-44 win at home. The result moves Ballarat to seventh, while Sandringham lost touch with Keilor – two wins ahead in fourth.

In the Reserve grade, the Waverley Falcons defeated Southern Peninsula Sharks (43-34) on the road, Ringwood Hawks lost 45-47 at home to the Frankston Blues, and Bendigo Braves earned a big 57-37 win over the Sunbury Jets. The round continued with the Kilsyth Cobras beat the Altona Gators (72-45), and the Eltham Wildcats lost at home to the Bellarine Storm.

In the Championship Division for Round 7, Hawthorn Magic face Bulleen Boomers at home, Sandringham Sabres travel to Dandenong to face the Rangers, and Knox Raiders come up against Keilor Thunder. The round continues with Melbourne Tigers hosting Ballarat Rush and Nunawading Spectres hosting Diamond Valley Eagles.

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ROUND 6 of the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under-16 Girls Championship Division looks set to be a tight one with six teams in the top-eight facing with a max of two spots separating them in the standings. The Bulleen Boomers look to host the game of the round this week when they face Diamond Valley Eagles at home. The contest between Keilor Thunder and the Nunawading Spectres also looks to impress alongside another significant match-up between the Ballarat Rush and Sandringham Sabres.

Bulleen Boomers (3rd, 10-2-2) vs Diamond Valley Eagles (2nd, 11-3)

The match of the round kicks off this week between the Bulleen Boomers and the Diamond Valley Eagles at Mullum Mullum. Last week Bulleen fell short in a rare draw against the fourteenth placed Raiders on the road – a match-up most of the league saw them winning. Diamond Valley pulled up well in their contest against Ballarat, consolidating themselves in second as they chase for the number one spot. On the road, the Eagles have been in-form, collecting just the one loss from six outings. Similarly, Bulleen’s record at home has also been one of best at home, recording six wins, one loss and a draw over the season. Tabitha Betson has been a huge contributor to Bulleen’s recent success, recording 12.5 points per game (PPG) from four outings in the Championship Division. The Bulleen star currently boasts seventh spot for league scoring, while teammate, Ella McIntyre, holds strong in 16th spot with 10 PPG. For Diamond Valley, Eleanor Bollands has been immense with 13.8 PPG, sitting in fourth across the league. Aeska Ratnayake has also been a solid performer across her three games, sitting in nineteenth with 9.7 PPG.

Keilor Thunder (4th, 10-4) vs Nunawading Spectres (6th, 9-5)

The tight match-ups continue with the Keilor Thunder hosting the Nunawading Spectres. Since joining the Championship Division, the Thunder have won three of their five outings which include wins against top-four rivals, Bulleen and Diamond Valley. Though in Round 5, Keilor received a slight reality check then they copped a fair loss against league-leaders, Dandenong, at home. This week they face Nunawading, who have picked up consecutive wins since returning from the break. With what they have shown thus far, both teams are definitely deserving of the top-four. Though against a 7-1 away record, it seems unlikely that Keilor will be the ones to climb this week. Keilor currently boast the top league scorer in Tess Heal who’s been averaging 17.8 PPG from five appearances, while Jaz Salon and Bella Peterson also holds spot in the top-20 with 10.4 and 10.3 PPG respectively. Though despite their efforts, the Spectres only hold one player on the list with Olivia Morris averaging 10.4 PPG. Madison Sinclair (9.2) and Evelyn Curtis (9.2) have also been in fair form, sitting twenty-second and twenty-third across the league.

Ballarat Rush (7th, 8-6) vs Sandringham Sabres (5th, 9-4-1)

The Ballarat Rush hope to re-join the winner’s list this week as they come up against the Sandringham Sabres at home. The Rush have suffered consecutive losses since returning from the break, falling to quality opposition in Bulleen and Diamond Valley. While not as high in the standings, the Sabres aim to pose a similar threat as they themselves push for a top-four spot. In the first two rounds of the Championship Division, the Sabres managed wins over Melbourne and Bulleen. Though since then have not snared a win. A win matters plenty for both sides as plenty opposition push for their positions on the tables. Milly Simpson leads scoring for Ballarat with 11.3 PPG in twelfth for league-scoring. However, unlike Sandringham, Ballarat do not have another player in the top 20 with Rosie Todd just missing the cut in 21st with 9.3 PPG. The Sabres boast several scoring utilities with Hannah Wickstrom picking up 13.8 PPG in third, alongside Summer Keating (10) and Jemima O’Toole (9.8) rounding out the top 20 in seventeenth and eighteenth spot.

Hawthorn Magic (13th, 6-7-1) vs Melbourne Tigers (8th, 7-7)

Two more sides hope to return to the winners list this week as the Hawthorn Magic face the Melbourne Tigers at home. Last week, the Magic caused a major upset against the Sandringham Sabres in a 47-47 tie. Though Hawthorn’s record at home has been a talking point this season, collecting just the two wins from six appearances. Similarly, the Melbourne Tigers have struggled away, having recorded three wins from eight games – though came close to upsetting the Nunawading Spectres in Round 5. For Hawthorn, Ally Marshall has been in top form with 14.2 PPG in second spot for league scoring, alongside Amy Ohara who sits 11th for league scoring with 11.8. Leila Davis has been a tough utility for the Tigers in the new division, sitting sixth with 13 PPG with Amy Kurkowski following close on 12 from her three appearances.

Knox Raiders (14th, 5-7-2) vs Dandenong Rangers (1st, 13-1)

Sitting two wins ahead of the rest of the competition, the Dandenong Rangers look ready to increase their lead when they face the Knox Raiders on the road. The Raiders remain undefeated in the Championship Division with eight consecutive wins and an undefeated record on the road (9-0-0). Comparatively, the Raiders do not match up, holding neither a preference for home (2-3-1) or away (3-4-1) with poor records for both. The Raiders did manage a rare draw against Bulleen last week to upset the standings, but it’s unlikely that Dandenong will suffer similarly. Jaida Reid only just makes up the top-20 for league scoring in 20th with 9.3 PPG. Gemma O’Donnell follows next with 8.8 from four outings. For the Rangers, Dallas Loughridge leads scoring in fifth spot with 13 PPG, followed by Nyadiew Puoch eighth with 12.5 and Myah Healey in ninth with 12.

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DANDENONG Rangers moved to eight consecutive wins in the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under-16 Girls Championship Division with a victory on the road against Keilor Thunder. The result puts the Rangers three wins ahead of their direct competitors in Diamond Valley, Bullen and Keilor – retaining top spot. Thankfully for Keilor, most of the teams around them also suffered unfavourable results. For the game, Dallas Loughridge (12 points), Grace Montgomery (11) and Abby-Lee Wood (11) all dominated the floor for the Rangers. Loughridge moved to eighth spot for league scoring following the result, as Keilor’s, Tess Heal, maintains dominance in top spot with a 13-point performance. Jaz Salon assisted well in the loss, recording eight points of her own.

Nunawading Spectres were one of three teams to record a win within the top eight in Round 5, after they defeated Melbourne Tigers by three points (53-50) at home. The Spectres capitalised off the poor showings from their counterparts and moved to sixth with just two wins separating them from second. The Tigers slipped to eighth place after losing touch with the Spectres in their final term (16-9). For the game, Olivia Morris and Madison Sinclair were standout, amassing 14 points each in the tight win. On Melbourne’s end, Leila Davis was immense alongside Amy Kurkowski, scoring 17 and 14 points respectively. Davis’ efforts move her to seventh spot for league-scoring.

In the first of two tied games in Round 5, the Hawthorn Magic break even against Sandringham Sabres. At the beginning of the round, the Sabres were strong favourites, sitting six positions higher than their struggling opponents. However, the Sabres came ready to upset the balance, forcing the Sabres to play catch-up with an eight-point lead heading into the final term. Amy Ohara impressed at the board for the home side, collecting 15 points to move into eleventh spot league scoring. Jacqueline Gomes supported well with nine, similar to Sandringham’s Maya Dear (9) who assisted Jemima O’Toole well on the scoreboard (11). O’Toole’s performance moves her to eighteenth spot for league scoring with a 9.7 average.

Knox Raiders and Bulleen Boomers recorded the round’s second tie game following their 45-45 result at Knox Basketball Stadium. As with the last, Bulleen were obvious favourites entering the round – sitting in third compared with the Raiders’ fourteenth. Though in the contest, the Raiders were determined to seal the first half – leading 26-22 into the break. The pressure continued when they extended their lead by four points in the third, leaving the Boomers to drop 19-11 to close the deficit. Jaida Reid was big in the match-up, sinking 14 points alongside Paige Burrows and Kaitlyn Scott who dropped 11 and 10 respectively. For the Boomers, Tabitha Betson led on the scoreboard with 16 points to move to seventh spot for league scoring. Emily Maltezos followed next with nine points.

Meanwhile in the final game with individual scores yet to be confirmed, Diamond Valley Eagles got up against Ballarat Rush, 58-44. The win was an important one for Diamond Valley, keeping within two games of top spot, whilst grabbing second spot thanks to Bulleen’s draw and Keilor’s loss.

In the reserve grade, Ringwood Hawks fell 35-62 against Kilsyth Cobras, Bendigo Braves copped a 54-61 loss at home to Waverley Falcons and Southern Peninsula Sharks snared a tight 59-55 win over the Altona Gators. The round continued with a Bellarine Storm 38-43 loss to Sunbury Jets, and Eltham Wildcats snared a 55-53 victory over Frankston Blues.

In the Championship Division for Round 6, the Ballarat Rush host the Sandringham Sabres, the Hawthorn Magic faces the Melbourne Tigers and the Keilor Thunder come up against the Nunawading Spectres. As the night continues, the Knox Raiders will challenge the Dandenong Rangers at home and the Bulleen Boomers will host the Diamond Valley Eagles at Mullum Mullum.