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2021 NBL1 Central wrap: Round 13

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

Men’s:

Forestville Eagles (93) defeated Woodville Warriors (59)

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

Women’s:

Forestville Eagles (86) defeated Woodville Warriors (60)

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

Men’s:

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

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

Women’s:

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

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

Men’s:

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

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

Women’s:

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

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

Men’s:

Eastern Mavericks (86) defeated Norwood Flames (98)

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

Women’s:

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

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

Men’s:

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

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

Women’s:

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

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

Photo credit: Kelly Barnes/AllStar Photos

2021 NBL1 Central wrap: Round 11

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

Men’s:

Forestville Eagles (89) defeated Norwood Flames (84)

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

Women’s:

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

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

Men’s:

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

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

Women’s:

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

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

Men’s:

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

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

Women’s:

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

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

Men’s:

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

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

Women’s:

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

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

Men’s:

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

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

Women’s:

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

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

Photo credit: Kelly Barnes/Allstar photos

NBL1 Central wrap: Round 10

ROUND 10 of NBL1 Central saw a mixed bag of results with a couple of close encounters in both the men’s and women’s league along with some blowout performances.

Men’s:

Norwood Flames (87) defeated Woodville Warriors (84)

It was a close encounter between Norwood Flames and Woodville Warriors with the former securing a narrow three point win. Woodville came out with a real pep in their step in the first quarter before the Flames pegged them back in the second term. Things evened up in the third quarter with Norwood romping it home in the final stanza thanks to a 24 points to 18 term. CJ Turnage was the most prolific scorer for Norwood draining 20 points while also picking up five rebounds, three assists and four steals. Teammate Moses Nuangki was also amongst the action thanks to his 1 points as Anthony Green and Cameron Huefner collected 16 and 12 points respectively. Green and Huefner also had an impact off the boards combining for 19 rebounds. Luke Stanbridge was an imposing force for the Warriors topscoring with 18 points. The efforts of Joe Jackson did not go unnoticed as he recorded a double-double walking away with 16 points and 11 rebounds in the loss as James Booonstoppel also worked in overdrive for his 16 points shooting at 40 per cent from the field. Julian Jacobs just fell short of a double-double draining 17 points but registering nine rebounds and seven assists.

Women’s:

Norwood Flames (89) defeated Woodville Warriors (67)

The Flames made light work of Woodville Warriors claiming a strong 22 point win. They outscored their opponents in every quarter as they steadily edged ahead in the contest with their most dominant term the third thanks to a 26 to 16 point quarter. Alex Wilson was the go to girl for Norwood draining 36 points at 67 per cent from the field while also collecting six rebounds all of which were defensive plus, six assists and five steals. Sophie Kerridge showcased her range with 15 points while Genna Anderson also added 15 to the winning score. Serena Waters had a hot hand shooting 23 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals as teammate Molly Whitmore also played a helping hand with 20 points at 71 per cent from the field.

Men’s:

Sturt Sabres (64) defeated by Southern Tigers (93)

The Southern Tigers put out a comprehensive performance against Sturt Sabres to claim a convincing 29-point win. It was all the Tigers from the opening buzzer as they burst out of the gates piling on 29 points to 16. Although scoring dried up in the second term they re-found their mojo in the third to really put the foot down and claim the ascendancy with the final quarter the icing on the cake. It was a tough day at the office for Sturt despite Tom Goodall and Joel Spear working gallantly. Goodall collected 13 points at 60 per cent from the field as Spear managed 12 at 40 per cent. Keanu Rasmussen was the next closest adding 10 points to the total along with four rebounds as Daniel Nash sunk nine points in his 20 minutes on court. Five players reached double figures for the Tigers as Christian Artacho led the charge with 19 points to his name with teammate, Cameron Coleman hot on his heels with 18 points. Together they also managed 11 rebounds with Coleman also amassing six assists in the win. Nick Wurm and Koop McCalop finished with 15 points apiece as Machar Machar found his rhythm walking away with 13 points, converting at 63 per cent from the field.

Women’s:

Sturt Sabres (68) defeated by Southern Tigers (92)

After an even first term, the Southern Tigers put the foot down in the second and third term piling on 50 points to a mere 18. Although the Sabres won the final quarter it was too little, too late as the damage had been done in the midpart of the game as the Tigers ran rampant. Tayla Brazel and Kylee Smith were the leading points scorers for the Sabres sinking 18 points apiece with Brazel having the upper hand on the rebound front thanks to her seven. There was no shortage of stars for the Tigers as Teige Morrell impressed credit to her 26 points in 31 minutes out on court. She also racked up 14 rebounds, four assists and two blocks in all-round comprehensive performance. Morgan Yaeger was handy chiming in with 20 points as Jemma Thacker and Denelle Fawcett made their presence felt out on court with 13 and 12 points respectively.

Men’s:

Eastern Mavericks (71) defeated by Forestville Eagles (106)

The Eagles came out with a real sense of intensity and purpose and it showed out on court as they stunned the Mavericks trouncing the home side by 35 points. A blistering first term of basketball set the tone nice and early as the Eagles raced out to an 18 point lead and did not relent scoring 60 points in the opening half compared to the Mavericks’ 31. The third quarter was an even better showing as Forestville reeled off 32 points to 18 and while the Mavericks outscored their opponents in the last it was already game over. William Wise tried hard sinking 24 points for the losers while also collecting an impressive 16 rebounds. Callan Prider got involved thanks to his 11 points in his 30 minutes on court as Owen Raneberg drained nine points and picked up seven rebounds. It was a different story for the Eagles as Brandon Brine and Gregory Mays slotted 17 points each. Brine also walked away with a double-double credit to his 14 rebound effort with 11 of them defensive. Jake Rios impressed with his 15 points, two rebounds and three assists as Michael Harris and Isaac Atuer produced 11 and 10 points respectively.

Women’s:

Eastern Mavericks (68) defeated by Forestville Eagles (69)

The battle between the Mavericks and Eagles went right down to the wire as only one point separated the two sides. In the end it was the Eagles that prevailed in a topsy turvy contest. Forestville escaped to a three-point lead early and extended that to five at half time before the Mavericks threw caution to the wind to give themselves a fighting chance in the second half. Rachel Hines was dominant thanks to her 27 points and nine rebounds for the Mavericks as was Mollie McKendrick and Kedeisha Kartinyeri who both recorded 13 points. For the Eagles it was the work of Samantha Simons that charged them home as she walked away with a game-high 35 points, 11 points and four rebounds. Brooke Basham was the only other Eagles player to make it to double-digits recording 16 for the match.

Men’s:

Central District Lions (88) defeated West Adelaide Bearcats (76)

Central District Lions got on top of the West Adelaide Bearcats with a thrilling 12point victory. They blew the Bearcats away in the first term sinking a staggering 27 points while keeping West Adelaide to a mere five. The visitors steadily fought their way back into the game and really upped the ante in the third draining 32 points to 17. But in the end the dominant first quarter was too much for West Adelaide to comeback from as the Lions reigned supreme. David Humphries showcased his class with a game-high 31 points plus nine rebounds, two assists and four steals for the Lions. Magok Manyang and Shaquille Maharaj made their presence felt thanks to their 16 points each and 14 rebounds. Earnest Ross had an impact for the Bearcats sinking 19 points at 50 per cent from the field while Fabian Johnson lent a helping hand with 16 points and six rebounds. Luke Cadzow plied his trade producing 13 points in the loss.

Women’s:

Central District Lions (50) defeated by West Adelaide Bearcats (102)

It was a blowout match between the Central District Lions and West Adelaide Bearcats as the latter run rampant by 52 points. It was all one way traffic from the opening quarter as the Bearcats had no trouble finding the basket and the Lions struggled to combat the offensive heat. Meaza Otto was the biggest contributor for the Lions sinking 17 points and eight rebounds as April Rummery-Lamb slotted 14 points of her own. Jennie Rintala was unstoppable with her 23 points at a staggering 90 per cent from the field while Sky Langenbrinck showed her skillset to register 18 points in the win. Both Jasmin Fejo and Michaela Lappin got busy with their 12 points.

Men’s:

North Adelaide Rockets (85) defeated South Adelaide Panthers (62)

North Adelaide Rockets toppled the South Adelaide Panthers registering a 23 point win. The Rockets sent an early warning sign doubling their opponents score before doubling down in the second term with a dominant 31 to 13 point term. South Adelaide hit back in the third quarter to eat into the margin but a last quarter hoorah from the Rockets sealed the deal. Jack McVeigh made his presence felt with 21 points at 44 per cent from the field while also securing 11 rebounds. Verle Williams also effectively plied his trade registering 19 points as teammate Jimma Dau slotted 15 in his 22 minutes of action. Sunday Dech also chimed in with a handy 14 points and seven rebounds. For the Panthers the efforts of Alex Mudronja stood out as he topscored with 19 points as Todd Davies drilled home 13 points, six rebounds and eight assists. Alex Starling was the sole other Panther to reach double figures with 10 points to his name.

Women’s:

North Adelaide Rockets (79) defeated South Adelaide Panthers (57)

The final game of the round saw North Adelaide Rockets claim victory over South Adelaide Panthers by 22 points. The Rockets imposed themselves early on the contest piling on 22 points to 13 and kept that momentum throughout the second quarter. The momentum shifted in the third and fourth term but the game was already won given the dominant first half of basketball from North Adelaide. Taylor Ortlepp sunk 21 points, six rebounds and five assists as Abigayle Mader, Jess Good and Courtney Hansen all hit the scoreboard with great ease. Olivia Thompson was the strike shooter for the Panthers recording 25 points as Jordan Hunter was the only other to make it out of single digits with 10 points to her name.

NBL1 Central wrap: Round 9

ROUND 9 of the National Basketball League (NBL)1 Central delivered the goods with plenty of close contests and a couple of blowouts in both the men’s and women’s leagues making for an enthralling round of action.

Men’s

Norwood Flames (71) defeated by North Adelaide Rockets (89)

North Adelaide Rockets got the job done against the Norwood Flames to claim a convincing 18-point win. Norwood got the jump on the Rockets early establishing a three point lead before things tightened up in the second term with both sides shooting 27 points apiece. Half-time proved to be a godsend for North Adelaide as they came out firing in the third term piling on 24 points while keeping Norwood to 14 and that level of control continued into the final quarter limiting the home side to a mere 10 points. All in all the Rockets added 45 points to the Flames’ 24 which proved to be the main difference between winning and losing.

Four players hit the double-digit mark for Norwood with CJ Turnage topping the table in his 36 minutes out on court. Turnage finished with 17 points but lacked accuracy sitting at a mere 27 per cent from the field and failed to register a single triple from his eight attempts. But he did manage six rebounds, four assists and a block. Teammate Daniel Webber was a solid contributor with his 16 points and three rebounds as Matt Lycett chimed in with 13 points of his own. Cameron Huefner finished with 10 points to his name and just fell short of a double-double with nine rebounds and two assists. For the winners, Tobias Dowdell made his presence felt with a game-high 28 points at 58 per cent while also reeling in nine rebounds, four assists and two steals. Verle Williams was the next best with his 23 points, six rebounds, three assists and four steals while Manel Ayol chimed in with a handy 16 points. Jack Purchase was the other key cog for North Adelaide recording a double-double sinking 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Women’s

Norwood Flames (62) defeated by North Adelaide Rockets (97)

The Rockets made light work of the Flames running out 35-point victors credit to a fast start. The Flames worked their way back into the contest in the second term with some increased offensive pressure but the half-time break did not do them any favours as the visitors came out with a real pep in their step and point to prove.

Alex Wilson had a game to remember for the Flames sinking 28 points at 30 per cent from the field and showcased her skill from range with five triples. She also dragged in 10 rebounds and three steals. Genna Anderson was the next best with 10 points and seven rebounds. Rockets star Jess Good was unstoppable with her 31 points and 16 rebounds as teammate Sam Defrancesco injected herself in the thick of things with 25 points and seven rebounds. Courtney Hansen also played a strong cameo role with her 14 points in her 20 minutes on court converting at 70 per cent from the field.

Men’s

South Adelaide Panthers (71) defeated by Central District Lions (68)

Only three points separated the two sides at the final buzzer with South Adelaide pipping the Lions at the post. It was an enthralling battle with Central District holding sway in the first half before South Adelaide hit back in the second half to outscore their opponents and really clamp down their offensive prowess. The Panthers kept the Lions to 23 points for the entire second half while adding 39 points to their own total.

It was a one man show with Owen Hulland doing the heavy lifting for South Adelaide producing 32 points and 12 rebounds in an all-round strong showing. Alex Mudronja was the other main facilitator for the Panthers sinking 21 points and picking up three assists and three rebounds. For Central Districts the combination between Lual Ding, David Humphries and Shaquille Maharaj kept them in the game. Ding managed 26 points and seven rebounds while both Humphries and Maharaj slotted 18 apiece.

Women’s

South Adelaide Panthers (127) defeated Central District Lions (54)

It was a complete and utter white wash with the Panthers producing a scintillating win over Central District Lions. South Adelaide made all running in the first quarter producing a 28 points to 11 term. That momentum continued into the second quarter as the Panthers controlled the proceedings and continued their merry way. The best quarter was the last with South Adelaide attacking the rim and showing no mercy with a whopping 43 point term to seal the deal.

It was an absolute demolition job by Olivia Thompson who walked away with a staggering 51 points converting at 72 per cent from the field. Thompson not only impacted off the scoreboard but so two on the rebounding front with 13 to her name along with seven steals. She received plenty of help from the likes of Ashley Spencer who produced 31 points including three triples. Looking at the Central Districts and it was a very different affair with Rebecca Wells the only player to reach double figures thanks to her ten points while she also reeled in five rebounds and recorded one assist. Erin Boyd was the next best with nine points at 25 per cent field from the field while she also managed seven rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Men’s

Southern Tigers (73) defeated Forestville Eagles (89)

Forestville notched up another win, this time defeating Southern Tigers by 16 points. The Eagles got off to a fast start establishing a 10 point lead and did not look like relinquishing the lead winning every quarter bar the second where they both scored 24 points apiece. The third term helped to further solidify their standings.

There were plenty of contributors for the Tigers with six players reaching double-digits with Cameron Coleman topping the charts with 20 points and eight rebounds. Daniel Smith got busy with his 12 points while Koop McCalop was hot on his tail with 11 points. Three players in Nick Wurm, Machar Machar and Christian Artacho all managed 10 points each with Wurm also registering seven assists and Machar securing seven rebounds. Gregory Mays was influential for the Eagles producing 31 points at 60 per cent from the field to accompany his 10 rebounds while Michael Harris also lent a helping hand with his 21 points and eight rebounds. Brandon Brine also made an impact draining 18 points and picking up five rebounds along the way.

Women’s

Southern Tigers (71) defeated Forestville Eagles (70)

The battle between those Southern Tigers in Forestville Eagles went right down to the wire as only one point separated the two at the final buzzer with the Tigers getting the win. Southern Tigers got off to a strong start producing for 24 points while keeping the Forestville Eagles to 14 but the table slowly started to turn in the second as Forestville gained momentum. Things tightened up in the second half of the game with neither side able to really gain much separation but the early work from the Tigers gifted them the win.

Teige Morrell was the focal point for the Tigers dropping 23 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Morgan Yaeger was also influential producing 15 points at 40 per cent from the field to accompany her six rebounds all of which were defensive. Both Denelle Fawcett and Gemma Thacker chimed in with 11 and 10 points respectively to get their side over the line. Brooke Basham topscored for Forestville draining 25 points as Samantha Simons got busy with her 12 points and five rebounds.

Men’s

West Adelaide Bearcats (87) defeated by Sturt Sabres (92)

It was another close contest, this time between West Adelaide and Sturt with the former getting the chocolates in a tight finish. The Sabres flew out of the blocks in the first quarter draining 31 points and while the scoring petered off in the second and third they did enough in the fourth to hold onto their lead and collect the win.

Bryan Michaels was the most influential when it came to scoreboard pain thanks to his 27 points while Earnest Ross was also up there thanks to his 24 points, five steals and 15 rebounds with 13 of them defensive. Fabian Johnson contributed a handy 16 points while Lachie Hunter was the sole other double-digits scorer for the Bearcats. Sam Daly was strong for the Sabres sinking 26 points while also amassing eight rebounds and six assists. Joel Spear did not disappoint with his 22 points, 11 rebounds and three assists as teammate Keanu Rasmussen got down to business drilling home 16 points.

Women’s

West Adelaide Bearcats (64) defeated by Sturt Sabres (88)

Sturt Sabres got the chocolates over West Adelaide claiming a 24 point win. It was a relatively even to start the game with only two points separating the two sides at quarter time before Sturt put the foot down In this in the second term to claim the ascendancy. From there on they controlled the play and steadily built on their lead.

Jennie Rintala was a force to be reckoned with for West Adelaide coming up big with 20 points and 12 rebounds while Jasmin Fejo was handy with her 15 points at 50 per cent from the field. Jade Johnson had a day out for the Sabres draining a game-high 25 points along with four rebounds and five steals as teammate Nicola Matthews was effective with her 17 points and eight rebounds.

Men’s

Eastern Mavericks (78) defeated Woodville Warriors (124)

It was a one-sided affair as the Woodville Warriors trounced Eastern Mavericks to claim a resounding 46 point win. The Warriors flew out of the gates credit to their 29 points to 18 start and that only got better as they added 36 points and 35 points in the second and third term respectively. The Mavericks may have won the last quarter but the damage was already done with the Warriors comprehensive winners.

William Wise hit was prominent nailing 28 points for the Mavericks as teammate Callan Prider recorded 11 points and four rebounds  in the loss. Owen Raneberg was strong off the boards with seven rebounds. There was no shortage of points scorers for the Warriors as five players hit double figures and two of them in Devon McGee and James Boonstoppel slotting 25 and 22 points apiece. Julian Jacobs was also instrumental in the win knocking back 18 points and 12 assists as he guided his side to a convincing win.

Women’s

Eastern Mavericks (76) defeated Woodville Warriors (50)

The Mavericks managed to secure a 26-point win over Woodville Warriors. Woodville got out to a three-point lead before the Mavericks struck back in the second quarter to not only level the scores but so steal the lead and the momentum. It was a disappointing third term for Woodville as they only managed a mere three points, while the Mavericks piled on a whopping 20 to set up a block poster final term and the win.

Rachel Hines tried her hardest leading the Mavericks with 18 points and seven rebounds. She was ably assisted by Georgia Thomson who produced 14 points, three rebounds and four assists in her 23 minutes out on court. Mollie McKendrick was crafty registering a triple-double for her efforts with 10 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists. Serena Waters was lethal with ball in hand top-scoring with 20 points as Kahli Harmer finished with seven points to her name.

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NBL1 Central wrap: Round 8

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

Forestville Eagles v West Adelaide Bearcats

Women:

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

Men:

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

Sturt Sabres v South Adelaide Panthers

Women:

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

Men:

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

Woodville Warriors v Southern Tigers

Women

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

Men:

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

Central Districts Lions v Norwood Flames

Women:

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

Men:

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

North Adelaide Rockets v Eastern Mavericks

Women:

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

Men:

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

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NBL1 Central wrap: Round 7

THE National Basketball League (NBL)1’s Central division returned from a week off in style, as sides resumed hostilities with plenty of interesting results to unpack.

Norwood Flames v Sturt Sabres

Women:

The Sturt Sabres have continued their strong season, defeating the Norwood Flames by 37 points at the ARC Campbelltown on Saturday night. A 25-9 opening term set up a dominant performance, and the Sabres only built the lead from there. They currently sit in second place, just one win behind top spot. For the winners, Jade Johnson was once again impressive, finishing with 24 points on an impressively efficient nine makes from 11 attempts from the field, and hit six shots from downtown. For the Flames, Genna Anderson exploded off the bench with 35 points and 11 rebounds, but unfortunately did not receive enough help from teammates.

Men:

The Sturt Sabres remain undefeated after seven matches, thanks to their 20-point triumph over the Norwood Flames at the ARC Campbelltown on Saturday night. The visitors were dominant from the first quarter, gaining a 24-point lead in the first half. Despite a final quarter fadeout which saw the Flames outscore their opponents, they were still strong enough to hold on for the win. For the Sabres, Joel Spear impressed with 15 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals in a solid all-around performance, while CJ Turnage dropped 18 points for the Flames.

South Adelaide Panthers v Forrestville Eagles

Women:

The South Adelaide Panthers proved too strong for their opponents in the Forrestville Eagles, as they left Marion Basketball Stadium with a 16-point victory on Saturday night. The game was tightly contested for the first three quarters, with just five points separating the sides heading into the final term, but the Panthers burst away in the final term to claim their sixth win of the season. For the Panthers, Olivia Thompson was immense, finishing with 31 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks. For the Eagles, Brooke Basham was impressive with 24 points.

Men:

A strong second term set up a strong win for the Forrestville Eagles, taking down the South Adelaide Panthers by 24 points at Marion Basketball Stadium on Saturday night. The Eagles outscored their opponents 24-9 in the second term and rode this momentum for the remainder of the game. For the Eagles, Gregory Mays was huge with 27 points as he sparked his side’s offence, while Alex Starling impressed for the Panthers with 15 points and 14 rebounds.

Southern Tigers v North Adelaide Rockets

Women:

The Southern Tigers did enough to get past the North Adelaide Rockets on Saturday night, claiming a seven-point victory at Morphett Vale Basketball Stadium. The Rockets led by two points at half-time, but a strong third quarter from the Tigers got them back in front, and the Rockets could not reduce the margin before the final buzzer sounded. For the Tigers, Morgan Yaeger and Teige Morell combined for 49 points to form a damaging offensive duo. For the Rockets, Jess Good was outstanding with 20 points and 13 rebounds.

Men:

The Southern Tigers have won a thriller, taking down the North Adelaide Rockets by just four points at Morphett Vale Basketball Stadium on Saturday night. The Tigers trailed by seven points at half-time, but rallied in the third term to take the lead through some exciting play, and were able to hold on for the remainder of the game. For the Tigers, Cameron Coleman impressed with 19 points, while Jack Purchase delivered 26 points and 10 rebounds for the Rockets in a promising display despite the loss.

West Adelaide Bearcats v Woodville Warriors

Women:

West Adelaide delivered a clinical display, taking down the Warriors by 41 points at Port Adelaide Recreation Centre on Saturday night. The Warriors couldn’t keep up with their opponents, as the Bearcats were able to as they please for all four quarters, taking home their fourth win of the season to move them up the ladder. For the Bearcats, Jennie Rintala dominated the boards, bringing down 13 rebounds, while Emily Winter top scored for the Warriors, pouring in 13 points on a tough day.

Men:

The West Adelaide Bearcats were able to cause a slight upset, taking down the Woodville Warriors by 12 points at Port Adelaide Recreation Centre on Saturday night. Despite heading into the clash lower on the ladder, the Bearcats simply outplayed their opponents, never letting the Warriors outscore them for a quarter and constantly forcing their opponents into bad shots. For the Bearcats, Earnest Ross poured in 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Joe Jackson was great despite the loss, finishing with 20 points and 16 rebounds.

Eastern Mavericks v Central Districts Lions

Women:

The Eastern Mavericks were able to score their first win of the season, smashing the Central Districts Lions by 49 points at St Francis de Sales Community Sports Centre on Saturday night. The Mavericks were clinical for the entire match, walking over an Eastern Mavericks side that is still searching for their first win. For the Mavericks, Mollie McKendrick was so close to pouring in a triple-double, finishing the match with 11 points, nine rebounds, 12 assists and six steals in a fantastic individual performance. For the Lions, Meaza Otto caught the eye with 11 points and a couple of steals.

Men:

The Central Districts Lions delivered a dominant performance, defeating the Eastern Mavericks by 22 points at St Francis de Sales Community Sports Centre on Saturday night. The Lions faced a danger game, as they were facing a Mavericks side that was still searching for their first win. They didn’t fall to the pressure and did what was required to claim their third win of the 2021 season. For the victors, Shaquille Maharaj poured in 29 points and six assists in the win, while Lachlan Knibbs gave 23 points for the Mavericks.

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2021 NBL1 Central wrap: Round 6

NBL1’s Central Division delivered a round of action that had blowouts, thrillers and everything in between, as we take a look back at this weekend’s games.

Forestville Eagles v Sturt Sabres

Women:

The Eagles were handed their first loss of the 2021 season, courtesy of a clinical performance from the Sabres. In a highly anticipated contest, the final margin was not even close, with Sturt walking away winners by a 24-point margin. The Sabres have moved up to second on the ladder, while the Eagles drop to third after the defeat. For the victors, Kylee Smith and Jade Johnson combined for 39 of the team’s 67 points, forming an impressive tandem. For the Eagles, Samantha Simons fought hard offensively and on the glass all day, finishing with 13 points and 12 rebounds in a valiant performance.

Men:

In an absolute thriller, Sturt outlasted their opponents in the last quarter, defeating the Eagles by five points at Wayville Sports Centre on Saturday night. With the game tied heading into the final quarter, Sturt did just enough to secure the win and remain undefeated after six rounds, a feat only they have achieved this season. For the winning side, Joel Spear and Sam Daly combined for 43 points and were vital in their team’s win. For the Eagles, Michael Harris was an offensive weapon, finishing with 26 points in what could have been a match-winning performance.

Southern Tigers v Norwood Flames

Women:

With the result of the game mentioned above, the Southern Tigers remain the only undefeated side in the league, following their 15-point triumph over the Flames. The Tigers now find themselves a game clear on top of the ladder and will be looking to keep it this way. The Flames now sit in seventh place on the ladder with plenty of work to do if they want to climb. For the Tigers, Teige Morell was instrumental, finishing with 24 points and 13 rebounds, seven of those being offensive. For the Flames, Genna Anderson was impressive with 23 points and 10 rebounds as she fought to keep her side afloat.

Men:

A big second quarter set up a seven-point win for the Tigers, as they took down the Flames at Morhett Vale Basketball Stadium on Saturday night. The Tigers outscored their opponents 26-13 in the second term, and the lead was eventually unassailable for the Flames, with the Tigers recording their fourth win of the season to put them in the top four on the ladder. For the victors, Cameron Coleman was eye-catching, with 28 points and 11 rebounds in a typically impressive outing. For the Flames, CJ Turnage was a monster, finishing the game with 31 points, seven rebounds and eight assists as he attempted to carry his side to a win.

West Adelaide Bearcats v Eastern Mavericks

Women:

The West Adelaide Bearcats recorded a crucial win as they defeated the struggling Eastern Mavericks by 19 points in their round six clash. The Bearcats didn’t lose a quarter for the game, and comfortably defeated an Eastern Mavericks side still searching for their first win in what has been a disappointing 2021 campaign for the club. For the Bearcats, Jennie Rintala performed strongly as expected, finishing with 21 points in a strong win. For the Mavericks, Mollie McKendrick continues to battle hard in a losing side, finishing with 20 points for the match.

Men:

The Bearcats were ruthless in their dismissal of the Mavericks, walking away with a 41-point win at Port Adelaide Recreation Centre on Saturday night. The Mavericks have looked incapable all season and this trend continued as the Bearcats used the match as a method of getting their confidence. For the Bearcats, Earnest Ross recorded a monster triple-double with 22 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists in a dominant outing. For the Mavericks, William Wise battled his way to 19 points in a brave effort.

Woodville Warriors v South Adelaide Panthers

Women:

The Panthers continued their run of hot form, taking down the Warriors by 29 points, to continue their reputation as one of the in-form teams of the competition. Winning every quarter, the Panthers cruised to their fifth win of the season, while the Warriors were on the end of their fifth win of the year. For the Panthers, Olivia Thompson was their best performer, with 20 points and 14 boards, continuing her fine form. For the Warriors, Emily Winter battled hard as she typically does, scoring 30 of her side’s 67 points.

Men:

A final quarter surge saw the Panthers steal a four-point win from the Warriors at St Clair Recreation Centre on Saturday night. The Warriors led at the final break, and an expected win looked like it would unfold, but the Panthers outscored their opponents 28-19 in the final period to crush the hearts of Warriors fans. For the Panthers, Alex Starling delivered the performance of the round with 37 points, 20 rebounds and seven steals in a heroic effort. James Boonstoppel was the best for the Warriors with 23 points.

North Adelaide Rockets v Central Districts Lions

Women:

The final matchup for the round saw a ruthless Rocket display, as they crushed the Lions to the tune of 37 points to claim an important victory. The Lions’ woes continue as they remain in last place with no wins to show from six games, while the Rockets moved up to sixth place with a 3-3 record. For the winners, Taylor Ortlepp displayed her offensive arsenal, finishing with 27 points to once again be her side’s top scorer. For the Lions, April Rummery Lumb finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Men:

The final game of the round saw an overtime thriller, as the Central Districts Lions snuck past the North Adelaide Rockets by four points at The Lights Community and Sports Centre on Saturday night. The Lions rallied in the final quarter to force overtime, and then proved to be the better time in the extra period. For the Lions, Lual Diing lived up to his reputation, pouring in a whopping 25 points and 24 rebounds in the win. For the Rockets, Jack Purchase was fantastic with 29 points and 14 rebounds of his own.

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NBL1 Central preview: Blockbuster day for a cause

NBL1’s Central Division returns for another round of high-quality basketball action. This week will look a little different, with the league celebrating Pink Sports Day, a day dedicated to spreading awareness and supporting those affected by breast cancer. All games will be played on the same day to mark the occasion.

Forrestville Eagles v Sturt Sabres

Women:

A blockbuster in every sense of the word, the opening game of round six sees two top sides of the competition go head-to-head at Wayville Sports Centre on Saturday evening. The Eagles are yet to lose a game following their 30-point victory over the Warriors last round. Their confidence will be through the roof heading into the game, and they have the troops to keep the streak alive. Samantha Simons has had a blistering run of form, capped off by her 27 points, seven rebounds and eight assists last round. The Eagles will face some tough competition, with the Sabres entering the contest in red-hot form, winning their last four games as they ride some serious momentum into the round. A 26-point triumph over the Rockets displayed their current form, and they will fancy themselves in this matchup, despite heading in underdogs. They have plenty of avenues to score, last week it was Jade Johnson with 18, but it could be anyone on any given week.

Men:

The Sturt Sabres have been on fire lately, the only undefeated side remaining in the men’s competition after five rounds. They will be looking to make it six wins in a row, as they take on the Eagles on Saturday night. The Sabres waltzed through their round five opponents in North Adelaide, and look like they will be difficult to slow down in the near future, especially if Sam Daly keeps up his current form. The Eagles have looked promising in the 2021 season, but have lacked the consistency to stamp themselves as a powerhouse. With a record of 3-2 in their five games, they will be driven to cause an upset against the best side in the competition on Saturday. Michael Harris and Gregory May will need to be aggressive offensively to give their side a shot.

Southern Tigers v Norwood Flames

Women:

The Flames will have a tough challenge ahead of them at Morphett Vale Basketball Stadium on Saturday night, taking down the seemingly unstoppable Southern Tigers. The Flames have had an underwhelming start to the season, currently sitting at 2-3 after five rounds of basketball. They had a nice win against a weaker opponent last week, defeating the Eastern Mavericks by 15 points. They face a much tougher team this week and will need to fire on all cylinders if they are to cause an upset. Bride Kennedy-Hopoate poured in an impressive 31 points last week, so expect her Flames teammates to look for her scoring ability again. The Tigers could be about as confident as any team is in the NBL1, and rightfully so. They are 5-0 on the season with some pretty convincing wins on the board, and fresh off an 86-point demolition of the Central Districts. If they keep this form rolling, it is hard to see anyone but them winning it all at the end of the season.

Men:

Two in-form sides will clash on Saturday night, as the Tigers and the Flames look to continue their respective winning streaks. The Tigers have bounced back from a sluggish start to the season to walk away winners in their last three matchups. An 11-point win over the Central Districts Lions saw them burst up the ladder and they will be eager to do the same this weekend. Machar Machar had his best performance of the season last round with 27 crucial points and will be one to watch again. The Flames broke their losing ways a few weeks ago and have worked their way to a two-game winning streak and will need to extend this to keep up with the top teams on the ladder. A convincing 31-point triumph over the Mavericks was a promising sign, and if CJ Turnage can continue to score with ease, this will prove a tense battle.

West Adelaide Bearcats v Eastern Mavericks

Women:

Two teams in need of a win, the Bearcats and the Mavericks will do battle at Port Adelaide Recreation Centre on Saturday evening. The Mavericks have been struggling since the very beginning of the season and are yet to put any wins on the board after five rounds. Mollie McKendrick continues to battle hard with strong performances, but to no avail. The Bearcats started the season in promising fashion, winning two out of their first three matches, but have since lost two in a row and will be desperate to regain some form, an opportunity they will have this weekend. Jennie Rintala put in a dominant display last week and could do something similar this week.

Men:

The Eastern Mavericks will be desperate to surprise everyone and record their first win of the season this weekend as they take on the Bearcats on Saturday night. The Mavericks have looked off the pace all season, highlighted by round five’s 31-point loss at the hands of the Flames. If they are to grab the win this weekend, they will need to change some things up. The Bearcats will also be fighting hard for the win that could help get them back into form as the season progresses. The side won two in a row earlier in the season, but have since lost their last two games, making this clash a crucial result. Earnest Ross has shown no hesitation shooting the ball, resulting in solid scores for his side, and he should continue this.

Woodville Warriors v South Adelaide Panthers

Women:

Two sides with contrasting seasons will clash as the Woodville Warriors and the South Adelaide Panthers face off at the St Clair Recreation Centre on Saturday. The Warriors have struggled, with their only win coming in round three while losing two games either side of this. This match marks a significant opportunity to break this streak and take down a serious contender. If they are to do this, Emily Winter will need to be at her very best, and if you’ve seen her best, you’ll know it will go a long way in the Warriors’ chances. The Panthers have had a much better start to the season, with their only loss coming in round three and winning two games either side of this. They look a strong chance to take out this game with their current form.

Men:

These two sides should make for an entertaining clash as the Warriors and the Panthers go head-to-head on Saturday night. The Warriors have worked their way to a 4-1 record in the first five rounds and despite the disappointing round four loss, have looked impressive. Luke Stanbridge had a fantastic game last round with 30 points and could once again be the hot hand for his side. The Panthers have found themselves with a 3-2 record from five games, making this a crucial result to have go their way. 4-2 looks a lot better than 3-3, and a victory would move them up the ladder with the contenders.

North Adelaide Rockets v Central Districts Lions

Women:

The North Adelaide Rockets will host the Central Districts Lions at The Lights Community and Sports Centre on Saturday evening in the final game of the round for the women’s competition. The Lions have been underwhelming this season, still searching for their first win and consistently putting up low scores. The longer the season goes on, the bigger their hunger gets for a win, so this could be the drought breaker. The Rockets have showed strong signs in patches, but have ultimately been inconsistent, recording two wins and three losses on the season and not recording the same result two weeks in a row. They enter the clash as the favourites against a struggling Lions side, and with Taylor Ortlepp’s offensive ability, they could easily get their season back on track here.

Men:

This game is awfully important for both sides, as both the Rockets and the Lions will enter the match out of form on Saturday night, but for one team, the suffering will be over. The Rockets are yet to register a victory this year after five rounds, but don’t look too far off the mark. If they can remain competitive for all four quarters and if Jimma Dau can have a strong game, they will be on their way to a win. The Lions won their first game of the season, but have not backed it up with another, and currently sit on a four-game losing streak. They have their best opportunity here against the Rockets, and keep an eye out for Lual Diing, who has had a fantastic start to his 2021 campaign.

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NBL1 Central Wrap: Strong outings across the league

NBL1 Central resumed to its typical format over the weekend after a jam-packed ANZAC weekend. There were plenty of strong individual performances and convincing team wins.

Norwood Flames v Eastern Mavericks

Women:

A 25-8 second term set up a strong team win for the Flames as they eventually took down the Mavericks by 15 points on Saturday night. Norwood’s Bride Kennedy-Hopoate was the star for her side as she poured in 31 points and eight rebounds in a dominant display and her best game of the year. For the Eastern Mavericks, Mollie McKendrick continued her red-hot form with 24 points and 17 rebounds in a valiant display despite the final result for her side.

Men:

The Eastern Mavericks’ losing streak continues, falling to an impressive Norwood Flames side by 21 points at the ARC Campbelltown on Saturday night. Despite strong first and third terms, the Mavericks could not contain the Flames offensive during the remaining two periods, and their lack of defence cost them a shot at the win. For the Flames, CJ Turnage was excellent with 27 points, nine rebounds and five assists in a performance that displayed his ability to do it all for his side. For the Mavericks, Nathaniel Koko worked hard to get the offence rolling all day.

Sturt Sabres v North Adelaide Rockets

Women:

The Sturt Sabres have continued their strong form over last four games, defeating the inconsistent North Adelaide Rockets by 26 points at Springbank Secondary College on Saturday night. The Rockets were within reach for the first three quarters, but the 22-8 final quarter nailed the door shut as they were blown out of the water by a strong Sabres side. For the winners, Jade Johnson led all scorers with 18 points and four three-pointers. For the Rockets, Taylor Ortlepp was as dangerous as ever, finishing with 19 points, while teammate Jess Good had a double-double with 11 points and 16 rebounds.

Men:

The Sturt Sabres are yet to lose a game this season, rolling through the North Adelaide Rockets 78-58 on Saturday night to claim their fifth win in as many games. The Sabres broke away in the second term and never looked back on their way to the 20-point win. Sabre Sam Daly stuffed the stat sheet with 21 points, nine rebounds and 11 assists, finishing agonisingly close to a triple-double, but he would be just as happy with the win. For the Rockets, Jimma Dau’s 17 points topped the scorers sheet.

Woodville Warriors v Forrestville Eagles

Women:

Dominant patches of play in the first and fourth terms saw the Eagles take down the Warriors by a strong 30-point margin at St Clair Recreation Centre on Saturday night. Following the Eagles gaining a 14-point lead in the first term, the game tightened up for the next two quarters, before a final term that was reminiscent of the first. For the Eagles, Samantha Simons and Cara Annetts combined for 51 points in a fantastic scoring display, while Emily Winter led all scorers for the Warriors with 14 on the night.

Men:

The Warriors have pulled off one of the greatest comebacks of the NBL1 season, outscoring their opponents by 17 points in the final term to steal a four-point win against the Eagles in dramatic fashion. A clutch Luke Stanbridge triple gave the Warriors the lead with under a minute to go, and they sunk the necessary free throws to seal the unlikely win. Stanbridge was the hero for the winners, with 30 points to go with his game winner, including five three-pointers in a remarkable display of shooting. For the Eagles, Jake Rios ended with 24 points and was impressive all game.

Central Districts Lions v Southern Tigers

Women:

In the biggest margin of the round, the Tigers demolished the struggling Lions to the tune of 86 points at the STARplex on Saturday night. The Tigers were ruthless, beginning the game in dominant fashion, outscoring the Lions 29-0 in the first quarter, and the Lions never realistically looked competitive against their opponents. Teige Morell led the way for the Tigers, finishing the game with 26 points on an insane 11/12 from the field. This exceptional display was reminiscent of what happened between the sides during the entire match.

Men:

The Southern Tigers got the job done against the Lions on Saturday night, outscoring their opponents by 10 in the final quarter to take the final margin to an 11-point win. The Lions looked dangerously close to snapping their losing streak with an upset, but the Southern Tigers backed in their stars and their system and both paid dividends. For the Tigers, Machar Machar and Cameron Coleman combined for 55 points in a classic display of offensive tandem as they drove their side to victory. For the Lions, Lual Diing was as impressive as ever with his 23 points, continuing his strong form.

West Adelaide v South Adelaide

Women:

South Adelaide did as expected, and convincingly beat the West Adelaide Bearcats by 14 points at Port Adelaide Recreation Centre on Sunday afternoon. The second term broke the game open with South Adelaide outscoring their opponents by 12, but the rest of the game remained even as the Bearcats remained competitive but couldn’t make up any ground. Jennie Rintala was the best performer for South Adelaide with 27 points and 10 rebounds, while Olivia Thompson’s 29 points and 10 rebounds stood out for West Adelaide.

Men:

The South Adelaide Panthers were good enough to get the job done against the West Adelaide Bearcats, finishing with a 12-point triumph on Sunday afternoon. Despite the Bearcats matching them in patches, the Panthers put the foot down when required, and put the game out of reach early in the last quarter. For the Panthers, Alex Starling was a monster on the glass, finishing with 13 points and 17 rebounds in a dominant outing. For the Bearcats, Earnest Ross’s 20 points was crucial for keeping the side within reach.

Picture credit: Ryan Rintala

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

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

Forestville Eagles vs. North Adelaide Rockets

Women’s

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

Men’s

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

West Adelaide Bearcats vs. Norwood Flames

Women’s

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

Men’s

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

South Adelaide vs. Southern Tigers

Women’s

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

Men’s

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

Sturt Sabres vs. Eastern Mavericks

Women’s

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

Men’s

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

Woodville Warriors vs. Central Districts Lions

Women’s

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

Men’s

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

Round Four results:

Women’s:

Sturt Sabres 81 def. Woodville Warriors 40

Eastern Mavericks 37 def by. Southern Tigers 90

Norwood Flames 47 def by. South Adelaide Panthers 73

North Adelaide Rockets 71 def. West Adelaide Bearcats 64

Forrestville Eagles 81 def. Central District Lions 33

 

Men’s

Sturt Sabres 76 def. Woodville Warriors 69

Eastern Mavericks 70 def by Southern Tigers 92

Norwood Flames 81 def. South Adelaide Panthers 80

Forrestville Eagles 85 def. Central District Lions 77