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NBL1 West wrap: Round 15

WHILST other National Basketball League (NBL)1 competitions across the country were impacted by lockdowns, the NBL1 West went ahead with some thrilling contests.

Men’s:

Cockburn and Warwick played out an epic battle at the Wally Hagan Stadium on Friday night with the Cougars coming out two-point winners after the game was extended into overtime. A high scoring first quarter saw the contest headed for quarter time at 30-points apiece. Gavin Field was off to a hot start scoring 12 first quarter points himself. The teams were going shot for shot in the second quarter, before the Cougars managed to get out to a nine-point lead. A late cameo from the Senators’ Justin King, scoring seven straight points, meant his team remained in touching distance of the Cougars who led 56-52 at the main break.

The second half got started with the Senators drawing level again during the third term, but a timeout just before the midway point of the quarter sparked a 13-0 run in favour of the Cougars. They maintained their lead and took an 11-point advantage into the final break. A two-pointer by Cockburn’s Seva Chan was the only basket in the opening two minutes of the last, before a 23-8 run for the Senators put them ahead by two points inside the last 30 seconds. An unsportsmanlike foul on King saw Nicolas Pozoglou hit some clutch free throws, but Field was unable to make his three-point shot in the next play. King owed his team and he stood up hitting a big three with just nine seconds remaining, before Field hit the last shot of regulation time, a three pointer with six seconds remaining, taking the game into overtime. A tight battle eventuated in Cockburn’s Josh Hunt making the final basket of the game with 26 seconds left in overtime.

Field finished the game with 25 points (including five three pointers made) and eight rebounds, while teammates Chan (16 points, seven rebounds, nine assists) and Hunt (19 points) all played well, but from a Cougars perspective Pozoglou was dominant on both ends of the court all night. He finished the game with 24 points (10/16 field goals made) but showed his worth defensively registering a game-high 12 rebounds (10 defensive), equal game-high five steals and the most the blocks as well (four). For the Senators Caleb Davis (25 points) and Cody Ellis had strong performances, but King was the standout with 27 points, eight rebounds, five steals and the teams only block.

The Cougars made it two from two the following the night when they defeated the Willetton Tigers in a much more comfortable 20-point victory. Pozoglou was on fire again recording another 27 points (10/16 field goals made), eight rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two blocks in 23 minutes of action.

Meanwhile, Mandurah made it six straight wins after two more victories in round 15. On Saturday night they defeated the Eastern Suns by 10 points before Scott Machado took over the city on Sunday scoring 37 points in the 95-73 win against the Goldfields Giants. The Cairns Taipans star has been electric since his debut seven games ago, and it’s no coincidence the Magic find themselves in a rich vein of form since his arrival. The Suns had no luck in round 15 as they were already losers on Thursday night suffering a 15-point defeat to the first placed Lakeside Lightning. Rowan Mackenzie also feasted on the Suns scoring 35 points, and there was no stopping him as he backed it up again the following night in front of the home crowd, adding another 30 points in a dominant display from the Lightning as they defeated Joondalup by 27 points.

In an exciting finish, Geraldton’s Mathiang Muo hit a game winning three-pointer with just two seconds left on the clock to secure a 68-67 win against Perth.

ROUND 15 RESULTS:

Eastern Suns 90 def. by Lakeside Lightning 105
Perry Lakes Hawks 105 def. Willetton Tigers 88
Lakeside Lightning 106 def. Joondalup Wolves 79
Rockingham Flames 103 def. South West Slammers 67
Cockburn Cougars 104 def. Warwick Senators 102
Geraldton Buccaneers 68 def. Perth Redbacks 67
Joondalup Wolves 79 def. Perry Lakes Hawks 70
Warwick Senators 112 def. East Perth Eagles 70
Willetton Tigers 76 def. by Cockburn Cougars 96
South West Slammers 86 def. Goldfields Giants 81
Eastern Suns 75 def. by Mandurah Magic 85
Mandurah Magic 95 def. Goldfields Giants 73

Women’s:

Willetton extended its unbeaten run to seven games following victories over Perry Lakes and Cockburn. After Friday night’s road win against the Hawks, the Tigers returned home to face the Cougars at the Willetton Basketball Stadium. Samantha Lubcke scored nine first quarter points as the teams were tied on 18 at the first break. The Tigers scored another 18 points in the second term and took a two-point lead into half time. Willetton really put their foot down in the third term not only scoring 26 points themselves, but also performing strongly on the defensive end, keeping the Cougars to just 13 points for the quarter. An even final quarter was enough for the Tigers to maintain their lead and come out 79-64 winners.

Emma Gandini (12 points, eight rebounds, five steals), Desiree Kelley (16 points), Alex Sharp (eight points, 10 rebounds, six assists) all contributed to the win alongside Lubcke, who was a standout with 27 points and six rebounds. Taylah Simmons (14 points, seven rebounds, five assists) and Olivia Bassett-Scarfe (12 points, five rebounds) were the only two double digit scorers for Cockburn. Two wins in the round for Willetton keeps them one game clear on top of the ladder.

Meanwhile, second placed Joondalup Wolves also secured two wins over the weekend, keeping themselves in touching distance of first position. The Wolves won on the road against the Lightning by 23 points, before they defeated Perry Lakes 69-63 at the HBF Arena. A slow start saw the Wolves trailing by 11 points at quarter time as the Hawks had doubled their first quarter total, but a strong second and third quarter performance where they outscored Perry Lakes 42-22 proved the difference, as they were able to hold off a Hawks comeback in the final term. Neseya Parker-Williams (16 points, 12 rebounds) and Kayla Steindl (15 points, three steals) were good for the Wolves, while Mia Satie was a standout for the Hawks, scoring 22 points and collecting nine rebounds.

In other matches, a massive 20 and 20 game from Mary Goulding (25 points, 21 rebounds) led East Perth to a 10-point victory over Warwick, Carly Boag (18 points, 17 rebounds) also had a big game against the Eastern Suns, leading her Magic to a 79-61 win, and 21 points from Paris Duffield was the most for Rockingham as they also came out victorious, defeating the South West Slammers by a 23-point margin.

Women’s Round 15 Results:

Eastern Suns 75 def. by Lakeside Lightning 81
Perry Lakes Hawks 59 def. by Willetton Tigers 70
Lakeside Lightning 51 def. by Joondalup Wolves 74
Rockingham Flames 76 def. South West Slammers 53
Cockburn Cougars 67 def. by Warwick Senators 94
Joondalup Wolves 69 def. Perry Lakes Hawks 63
Warwick Senators 81 def. by East Perth Eagles 91
Willetton Tigers 79 def. Cockburn Cougars 64
Eastern Suns 61 def. by Mandurah Magic 79

 

Picture credit: June Halliday

NBL1 West: Round 14

THERE was no shortage of action in Round 14 of the National Basketball League (NBL)1 West as 11 games took place in the men’s league while for the women only six games were scheduled.

Men’s:

Only three points separated East Perth Eagles and Geraldton Buccaneers with both sides coming into the clash with a checkered history. In the end it was the Buccaneers that snuck over the line in what was a tough contest, winning 75-72. The Eagles sunk to their third consecutive loss as Geraldton rallied in the final term to walk away with the win.

It took a while for both sides to get off the mark with a tick under two minutes played before the Buccaneers managed to open the scoring with a handy triple off the hands of Taine Wattie. That was quickly answered by the Eagles signalling the intent from both sides. Geraldton created a handy four-point lead early but scoring proved hard to come by as the quarter went on and both sides lacked accuracy to the rim. The momentum started to swing in favour of East Perth as they ran down the lead and created a handy three point buffer of their own. By quarter time only one point split the two sides with the Buccaneers the beneficiaries.

The second quarter took a turn as Geraldton put the foot down with a couple of successive shots to turn the game on its head and open up four-point lead. They only gained more momentum as the quarter went on piling on 23 points to 14 boasting a 10 point lead at half time. But East Perth refused to go away, hitting back in the third and coming out with a real pep in their step. They chased down the Buccaneers with a scintillating third term performance heading into the break only down by one point once more. With the game on the line it was Geraldton that dug deep finding an extra gear to steal the win.

Lee Roberts was a real threat draining 27 points for East Perth in his 37 minutes out on court. Roberts also managed 12 rebounds, eight of which were defensive in the narrow loss. Andrej Donlagic worked tirelessly for his 11 points, shooting at 36 per cent from the field as Mitch Benger produced 10 points, two rebounds, four assists and three steals.  Both Brendan Tucek and Logan Thwaites contributed to the scoreboard putting up eight and seven points respectively to keep their side in the hunt.

There were two main contributors for Geraldton as Elijah Barbour and Mathiang Muo plied their trade. Barbour found his groove shooting at 42 per cent from the field and recording 27 points as Muo slotted 21 points while also reeling in eight rebounds. Wattie had a hot hand from downtown sinking four of his seven attempts from three-point range to finish with 14 points to his name along with eight rebounds and two assists. Brandon Holloway was another figure that had an impact in the win credit to his eight points, five rebounds and eight assists.

In other results, Cockburn Cougars impressed recording two wins from their two outings while on the flip side the Goldfield Giants were left winless from both their encounters. South West Slammers struggled to generate any winning momentum going down in both of their games as the Eastern Suns lost in a close encounter with the East Perth Eagles. Mandurah Magic just got over the line in their clash against the Willetton Tigers as did the Warwick Senators over the Buccaneers.

Men’s results:

South West Slammers (73) defeated by Cockburn Cougars (90)
Lakeside Lightning (91) defeated Perry Lakes Hawks (86)
Eastern Suns (76) defeated East Perth Eagles (82)
Perth Redbacks (89) defeated Lakeside Lightning (77)
Perry Lakes Hawks (95) defeated South West Slammers (69)
Joondalup Wolves (77) defeated by Warwick Senators (90)
East Perth Eagles (72) defeated by Geraldton Buccaneers (75)
Mandurah Magic (65) defeated Willetton Tigers (62)
Goldfields Giants (60) defeated by Rockingham Flames (96)
Goldfield Giants (78) defeated by Cockburn Cougars (84)
Warwick Senators (81) defeated Geraldton Buccaneers (76)

Women’s:

The battle between Joondalup Wolves and Warwick Senators was a thriller as the two sides came into the clash with winning form. The Senators had only lost one of their past five encounters while the Wolves were tracking with a handy five-game winning streak and extended it to six with a victory over Warwick, 94-85.

It was a fiery start to the game from both sides as they poured on the points indicating what was going to be a high scoring fiasco. The Senators wasted no time finding their way to the basket draining a handy triple before the opened up a six-point lead. But the Wolves were determined to keep themselves in the contest as they rode the early wave of offensive pressure and stepped up to the plate as the quarter went on. The tables started to turn as the shots fell their way and the lead changed hands midway through the term. But a fast-finishing Senators outfit went into the first break up by a mere point.

Unhappy with their slow start the Wolves came out with a real pep in their step to force Warwick onto the back foot and control the tempo of the game. Increased pressure across the court forced the Senators into uncharacteristic turnovers as the Wolves pounced on each and every opportunity that came their way creating am eight point lead at the break. That momentum filtered into the third term as Joondalup refused to break their winning streak. It was an improved effort from the Senators though as they managed 20 points as the Wolves snuck ahead with 23 to take the lead once more at the final change. In the end it was too little too late as the Wolves ran home with victory despite a last quarter comeback from the visitors.

Kayla Steindl proved to be a ball magnet for the Wolves producing a team-high 30 points while shooting at 48 per cent. She also managed 11 rebounds, two assists and three steals in the win. The number 12 shaped up to be the magic number for the Wolves as three players in Tia Ucich, Rebecca Benson and Neseya Parker-Williams all walked away with 12 points to their name. Ucich also lent a hand off the boards with three rebounds while she also recorded five dimes. Amber Land was influential for Joondalup as she posted eight points and 11 rebounds with nine of them defensive.

For the Senators it was Stacey Barr that led the way producing 28 points in her 38 minutes out on court. She could have had more given she converted at a lowly 29 per cent from the field while she also racked up six rebounds. Tayla Hepburn was not far off the pace registering 18 points at 62 per cent from the field while also chiming in with four rebounds. Mackenzie Clinch Hoycard was also up and about for the Senators nailing 14 points as Chloe Forster contributed 11 in the loss.

In the battle between the South West Slammers and Cockburn Cougars it was the Cougars that walked away with a resounding win as the Lakeside Lightning fell to Perry Lakes Hawks. East Perth Eagles managed a 12 point win over the Eastern Suns as Perth Redbacks ran rampant against the Lighting. The Tigers also got up over Mandurah Magic by 19 points to round out the action.

Women’s results:

South West Slammers (38) defeated by Cockburn Cougars (94)
Lakeside Lightning (72) defeated Perry Lakes Hawks (89)
Eastern Suns (60) defeated East Perth Eagles (72)
Perth Redbacks (84) defeated Lakeside Lightning (62)
Joondalup Wolves (94) defeated Warwick Senators (85)
Mandurah Magic (55) defeated by Willetton Tigers (74)

Photo credit: Arctic Moon Photography

NBL1 Men’s stats update: June 15

THE National Basketball League (NBL)1 is in full swing with a number of players stepping up to the plate across all four competitions. Draft Central casts an eye over a couple of the top performers in the main statistical areas.

Points

Central

#1 Owen Hulland (South Adelaide) 32.00
#2 CJ Turnage (Norwood) 26.11
#3 Gregory Mays (Forestville Eagles) 23.77
#4 Michael Harris (Forestville Eagles) 23.55

North

#1 Tanner Krebs (USC Rip City) 34.00
#2 Nathan Sobey (Ipswich Force) 27.00
#3 Jamaal Robateau (South Coast Phoenix) 24.80
#4 Nicholas Stoddart (Brisbane Capitals) 24.00

South

#1 Lachlan Barker (Frankston Blues) 25.60
#2 Jonathon Mines (Hobart Charges) 24.00
#3 Ray Turner (Bendigo Braves) 22.87
#4 Isaac Turner (Geelong Supercats) 22.66

West

#1 Julius Bowie (Lakeside Lightning) 23.40
#2 Mathiang Muo (Geraldton Buccaneers) 23.14
#3 Corey Shervill (Lakeside Lightning) 21.66
#4 Louis Timms (Perth Redcats) 21.37

Assists

Central

#1 Julian Jacobs (Woodville Warriors) 8.22
#2 Hamish Staude (North Adelaide Rockets) 5.33
#3 Nick Wurm (Southern Tigers) 4.88
#4 Sam Daly (Sturt Sabres) 4.77

North

#1 Jeremy Kendle (Logan Thunder) 10.83
#2 Darnell Robateau (South Coast Phoenix) 7.60
#3 Noah Thomas (Southern Districts Spartans) 7.50
#4 Jesse Ghee (Northside Wizards) 7.00

South

#1 Lucas Barker (Frankston Blues) 6.66
#2 Kane de Wit (Mt Gambier Pioneers) 6.55
#3 Matthew Snow (Ringwood Hawks) 6.40
#4 Tad Dufelmeier (Hobart Chargers) 6.00

West

#1 Ben Purser (Perry Lakes Hawks) 5.62
#2 Kyle Armour (Lakeside Lightning) 5.33
#3 Seva Chan (Cockburn Cougars) 5.12
#4 Corban Wroe (Warwick Senators) 5.12

Rebounds

Central

#1 Alex Starling (South Adelaide) 13.77
#2 Earnest Ross (West Adelaide) 12.33
#3 Jack Purchase (North Adelaide) 12.00
#4 Owen Hulland (South Adelaide) 12.00

North

#1 Harry Froling (Mackay Meteors) 14.00
#2 Tanner Krebs (USC Rip City) 13.00
#3 Nate Jawai (Cairns Marlins) 11.00
#4 Mitch Young (Logan Thunder) 10.00

South

#1 Oliver Hayes-Brown (Dandenong Rangers) 13.87
#2 Kuany Kuany (Sandringham Sabres) 11.57
#3 Ma’alo Hicks (Geelong Supercats) 11.00
#4 Duom Dawam (Mt Gambier Pioneers) 10.77

West

#1 Jarrad Prue (Lakeside Lightning) 14.28
#2 Michael Vigor (Willeton Tigers) 12.28
#3 Nicolas Pozoglou (Cockburn Cougars) 10.83
#4 Andrew Ferguson (Perry Lakes Hawks) 9.80

Photo credit: NBL1

NBL1 West wrap: Round 5

THE National Basketball League (NBL)1 West competition was back to its full strength in the third round of action. Whilst technically Round 5 due to the two-week hiatus following the West Australian lockdown, the most recent weekend of play featured more games than the return Round 4.

WOMEN’S:

Perth Redbacks (82) def. East Perth Eagles (71)

Perth Redbacks bounced back from a loss last game to hold on and defeat East Perth Eagles at home by 11 points. A strong first half was credited with the Redbacks’ win, putting up 48 points to 31, and whilst the Eagles won the second half by six, it was a case of too little, too late and the home team got up, 82-71. Maddison Allen racked up a huge double-double of 10 points and 18 rebounds – 13 defensive – for the Redbacks, while Makailah Dyer (19 points, five rebounds and three assists) and Jessica Jakens (14 points, seven rebounds and three assists) were also productive in the win. Mary Teresa Goulding top-scored in the game for the Eagles with 23 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists and five steals, while Opal Mader (15 points, 13 rebounds, two assists and two steals) picked up a double-double, and Tahlia Fedjo recorded 15 points and two rebounds.

Warwick Senators (72) def. by Joondalup Wolves (78)

In the first of two victories for the Joondalup Wolves over the weekend, the visitors handed the Warwick Senators their second loss of the season. The Wolves won the first three quarters to hold a 12-point advantage after three quarters, and whilst the Senators won the final term 18-12, it was not enough to overturn the result and Joondalup won 78-72. Kayla Steindl was a clear best-on with 28 points, eight rebounds and three steals for the Wolves, aided well by Amber Land (12 points, nine rebounds and six assists) and Neseya Parker-Williams (11 points, 12 rebounds). Stacey Barr lead the way for the Senators with 17 points, seven rebounds and three assists, Tayla Hepburn (10 points, 10 rebounds and two assists) picked up a double-double, while Chloe Forster (15 points, eight rebounds) was also lively.

Joondalup Wolves (69) def. Mandurah Magic (44)

Joondalup Wolves went back-to-back with a win over Mandurah Magic to make it four consecutive victories to open the NBL1 West season. The Wolves took control from the get-go and won every quarter, with the first (21-11) and fourth (17-9) quarters being particularly dominant on their way to a 25-point victory, 69-44. Land topped the scoring charts with a double-double of 14 points, 11 rebounds and four steals, while Steindl (10 points, six rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals) and Georgia Denehey (10 points, two rebounds and two assists) were among the key contributors in the Wolves’ win. Casey Mihovilovich (16 points, three rebounds, three steals and two assists) was the dominant Magic shooter, while Serika Shillingsworth (eight points) was the next best.

Willetton Tigers (80) def. Perry Lakes Hawks (55)

Willetton Tigers easily accounted for Perry Lakes Hawks, winning all four quarters by at least four points in each term to record an 80-55 victory. The Tigers won by eight, four, eight and five points in each of the respective quarters, in order to post a 25-point win at Willetton Basketball Stadium. Samantha Lubcke was the clear dominant shooter putting up 26 points and seven rebounds, though best-on had to go to Alex Sharp who managed a double-double of 16 points and 20 rebounds – nine offensive – as well as seven assists. Desiree Kelly (16 points, seven rebounds and three assists) and Emma Gandini (14 points, six rebounds and three steals) were the other prominent scorers for the Tigers. Morgan Ballantyne had the 11 points, three assists and two rebounds, while Natalie Burton (10 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals) and Megan McKay (seven points, seven rebounds and four steals) were other prominent Hawks.

Lakeside Lightning (98) def. South West Slammers (48)

There was no reprieve for the South West Slammers in yet another big loss, this time to Lakeside Lightning who broke through for their first win of the year following back-to-back losses. The Lightning put the foot down from the first tip-off piling on 46 points to 20 in the opening half, then 52 points to 28 in the second half to run out 50-point winners, 98-48. Lakeside’s Emma Clarke (22 points, seven rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals) was the clear standout, while Mikayla Pirini (17 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals), Savannah Coleman (16 points, nine rebounds and three steals) and Jae Flynn (15 points, seven assists and three rebounds) were all impressive in the huge victory. Cian Parsons (23 points, 15 rebounds and two assists) racked up a massive double-double in the loss to be a lone hand up front, as Skye Palmer was next best with eight points, three assists and two rebounds.

Eastern Suns (45) def. by Cockburn Cougars (63)

Cockburn Cougars continued their winning run with a third consecutive victory to open the season, defeating Eastern Suns by 18 points. The Cougars won each quarter, but it was the third (17-6) that was the big difference in the end, with the 13-point differential there ultimately leading to the low-scoring 63-45 triumph on the road. Jessie Edwards (25 points, 12 rebounds, two assists and two blocks) was impressive with a double-double for the Cougars, while Taylah Simmons (15 points, five assists and four rebounds) and Molly Mathews (six points, 11 rebounds, two assists and two steals) were also lively. For the Suns, Jewel Williams top-scored with 14 points, as well as five rebounds and two steals, while Courtney Mansfield (nine points, four rebounds) and Mia Jacobs (nine points, five rebounds and two assists) tried hard.

Eastern Suns (71) def. by Willetton Tigers (98)

Willetton Tigers handed Eastern Suns back-to-back losses in Round 5 thanks to a strong first and third terms on their way to a big 27-point victory. The Tigers piled on 34 points to 22 in the first term, and then 30-10 in the third, to build an unassailable lead. The Suns cut the deficit back by six in the last term, but the damage was done and the Tigers got up, 98-71. Lubcke had a day out wiht 37 points, 10 rebounds and two assists, while Sharp also picked up a double-double of 20 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. Kelley (12 points, seven rebounds and three assists) and Gandini (11 points, nine rebounds and two assists were other important players once again. For the Suns, Williams had a team-high 18 points with three rebounds, while Rebecca Motroni (15 points, two assists) and Mansfield (11 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals) worked hard across the four quarters.

MEN’S:

Perth Redbacks (79) def. East Perth Eagles (65)

Perth Redbacks have accounted for East Perth Eagles in both the first and third quarters by a combined 19 points which proved the difference between the sides during the Redbacks’ 14-point victory at home. The Eagles rallied in the second term to come close at half-time, but a strong second half resulted in the Redbacks securing the 79-65 win. Louis Timms top-scored with 22 points, seven rebounds and two assists, whilst Isaac Gattorna-Hargrave (20 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks) and Tevin Jackson (17 points, nine rebounds and two assists) were other top performers on the day. Mitch Benger (15 points, six rebounds and four assists) and Logan Thwaites (15 points, five rebounds) were the key scorers for the Eagles, while Andrej Donlagic (nine points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals) was also well-balanced across the court.

Warwick Senators (100) def. Joondalup Wolves (78)

The clash of the two unbeaten sides went the way of the home team, as Warwick Senators claimed an impressive 22-point win over Joondalup Wolves. The Senators trailed by three points at half-time, but then dominated the second half by knocking down 60 points to 35 and running away with the 100-78 victory. Justin King (28 points, nine rebounds and three assists) was best-on for the Senators, while Cody Ellis (20 points, seven rebounds, six assists and five steals) and Caleb Davis (15 points, six assists and five rebounds) worked hard. For the Wolves, Lochlan Cummings managed the 17 points, five rebounds, three steals and two assists, while Jacob Formosa (15 points, six rebounds and four assists) and Trian Iliadis (12 points, three rebounds and two assists) also reached double-figure points in the match.

Geraldton Buccaneers (85) def. Rockingham Flames (82)

After losing last week, Geraldton Buccaneers bounced back with a narrow win over Rockingham Flames. The home team held a narrow three-point lead at half-time and six-point lead at three quarter time, and whilst the Flames stuck with them until the end, the home team held on to win by three points, 85-82. Mathiang Muo did not miss a minute of action with 34 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals, while Aaron Ralph (16 points, 12 rebounds, two assists and two steals) picked up a double-double. Mathew Wundenberg (11 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals) and Taine Wattie (11 points, four assists, two rebounds and two steals) were others who stepped up to the plate. The Flames had their fare share of points scorers in the win, with Travis Durnin (18 points, nine rebounds), Callum Beard (17 points, seven rebounds and three assists) and Greg Hire (14 points, 12 rebounds and three assists) all prominent.

Joondalup Wolves (110) def. Mandurah Magic (104)

They needed overtime to get it done, but the Joondalup Wolves bounced back from a loss the night before to post a six-point thrilling win over Mandurah Magic. The Wolves trailed by five points at quarter time and seven at the half, before closing down that lead to be level at the final buzzer. A strong 16-10 overtime period resulted in the Wolves getting up 110-104 in a classic contest. Cummings did not miss a minute with 45 minutes on court for 29 points, five rebounds and three assists, including five of 10 from three-point range. Iliadis (20 points, six steals, four assists and three rebounds), Robert Huntington (20 points, four rebounds and two assists) and Jonathan Wade (16 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals) were all impressive. Jerami Grace was the top points scorer for the Magic with 25, as well as five assists and four rebounds, while Fred Williams (12 points, five assists and four rebounds) and Xavier Garnett-Shaw (16 points, nine rebounds and two assists) were also solid despite the narrow defeat.

East Perth Eagles (73) def. by Goldfields Giants (86)

A fast start by Goldfields Giants has helped the visitors post a 13-point win over East Perth Eagles, the Eagles’ second loss of the weekend. The Giants poured on 26 points to 12 in the opening term and lead by 15 points at half-time. While the Eagles did hit back in the third quarter, the Giants steadied in the last to secure the 86-73 victory. Tom Atkinson (19 points, seven rebounds) top-scored for the Giants, while Julian Pesava (10 points, 10 rebounds and three assists) secured a double-double, and Cooper Creek (seven points, 13 rebounds and five blocks) put on a defensive show. Jarrad Anastasio (16 points, 11 rebounds, three blocks and two steals) was the dominant player for the Eagles, with Thwaites (17 points, eight rebounds) and Junior Tshikele (14 points, four assists and three rebounds) also among the top scorers.

Willetton Tigers (68) def. by Perry Lakes Hawks (86)

Perry Lakes Hawks stepped up to produce a four-quarter effort and knock off Willetton Tigers by 18 points on the road. The Hawks won every quarter, with a 14-point differential in the second half the main catalyst to the 86-68 triumph. Lewis Thomas (23 points, eight rebounds and four assists) was the dominant scorer, while Ben Purser (11 points, eight assists, five rebounds and two steals) and Andrew Ferguson (11 points, seven rebounds and two assists) were also impressive. Damien Scott put up 24 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals, as Michael Vigor (10 points, 11 rebounds) had a double-double, and Hunter Clarke (10 points, three rebounds) also managed double-figure points for the Tigers.

Lakeside Lightning (121) def. South West Slammers (52)

There was no mercy for cellar dwellers South West Slammers during Lakeside Lightning’s smashing 69-point win. Scoring at least 28 points in every quarter, and keeping the Slammers to 14 points or less in three of the the quarters with the end result being a 121-52 win in favour of the Lightning. Corey Shervill top-scored with 25 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals, whilst Jarrad Prue racked up a huge double-double of 14 points, 17 rebounds – seven offensive – three steals and two blocks, and both Kyle Armour (18 points, six assists, three steals and two rebounds) and Jack Isenbarger (18 points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals) were also standouts in the win. Caleb Van De Griend (21 points, seven rebounds, two steals and two blocks) was the key playmaker in the heavy defeat, while Ngor Nai had the 12 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals in the Slammers’ loss.

Eastern Suns (94) def. by Cockburn Cougars (115)

Cockburn Cougars picked up their first win of the season in the first of two games over the weekend, knocking off Eastern Suns by 21 points at Ray Owen Sports Centre. The Cougars trailed by five points at half-time but then destroyed the Suns in the second half, adding as much as 69 points to 43 – including a 38-17 final stanza – to win 115-94. Gavin Field (22 points, nine rebounds and five assists) was prolific, as Nic Pozoglou (16 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and three blocks) picked up a double-double, and the likes of Josh Hunt (19 points, six rebounds), Jaarod Holmes (16 points, six rebounds, and two assists) and Seva Chan (16 points, six assists and two rebounds) were all strong. Chris Johnson (30 points, four rebounds and four steals), Chuatwech Reath (22 points, four steals) and Ryan Blanchett (21 points, seven rebounds) were the triple threat on the scoring front for the Suns in defeat.

Cockburn Cougars (88) def. Goldfields Giants (74)

Going back-to-back in Round 5, the Cougars have built momentum with a second win, and a first one at home this season, defeating Goldfields Giants by 14 points. The Cougars trailed by two points at quarter time, but won the last three quarters – the second by 10 points – to secure the 88-74 victory. Pozoglou was the dominant scorer with a double-double of 24 points, 16 rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks, while Chan (11 points, seven assists three rebounds and two steals) and Kye Chamberlain (nine points, eight rebounds) were also impressive throughout the game. Pesava (26 points, eight rebounds and three assists) and Atkinson (16 points, two rebounds and two steals) were again the prime movers for the Giants in Round 5, while Fletcher Klasztorny (seven points, eight rebounds and three assists) also impressed.

Eastern Suns (77) def. by Willetton Tigers (103)

Willetton Tigers have handed Eastern Suns back-to-back losses with a dominant 26-point triumph on Sunday. The Tigers eclipsed the Suns early with a 57-34 opening half, and whilst the Suns were more competitive in the second half – only conceding three more points than their own – they still suffered a 103-77 defeat. Clarke (21 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals) and Connor Mincherton (20 points, eight rebounds, six assists and two steals) combined for some big numbers, whilst Vigor (14 points, 15 rebounds and four assists) picked up a double-double, and Scott (16 points, four assists and three rebounds) also impressed. Corey Easley had the 17 points, four rebounds and three assists for the Suns, while Johnson (12 points, eight rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks) and Blanchett (12 points, three rebounds and two assists) were the next highest points scorers.

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2021 NBL1 West wrap: Round 4

AFTER a fortnight off due to various State Government restrictions, the National Basketball League (NBL)1 West competition tipped off for Round 4 and some teams made their entrance into the new competition, whilst others established themselves with big wins or heavy losses.

WOMEN’S:

Mandurah Magic (50) def. by Cockburn Cougars (71)

Cockburn Cougars made it back-to-back wins to tip-off the season, taking care of Mandurah Magic by 21 points. The Cougars dominated the first half to race out to a 24-point lead, and that went out to 28 by the break, before a low-scoring 13-point final term resulted in Cockburn getting the job done 71-50. Jessie Edwards led the way for the winners with 14 points, four assists, two rebounds and two steals, as Taylah Simmons (13 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals) and Olivia Bassett-Scarfe (12 points, five rebounds) were also busy. Serika Shillingsworth was the only double-digit Magic scorer with 13 points, two rebounds and two steals, while Casey Mihovilovich finished with seven points, five assists, five steals and three rebounds.

Warwick Senators (111) def. South West Slammers (32)

Warwick Senators showed no mercy to a struggling South West Slammers, dominating every quarter on their way to a 79-point shellacking. The Senators piled on at least 25 points in every quarter, and kept the Slammers to single-digits in three of the four terms during the 111-32 victory. Stacey Barr (24 points, 10 rebounds and three assists) and Mackenzie Clinch Hoycard (24 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and six steals) top-scored with double-doubles, as Tayla Hepburn (17 points, 12 rebounds, five blocks, two assists and two steals) also racked up a double-double. Zaya Lilly Black (nine points, four rebounds and two steals) was the prominent scorer for the Slammers, while Imogen Van Iaere finished with five points and seven rebounds in the match.

Lakeside Lightning (75) def. by East Perth Eagles (80)

East Perth Eagles won a tight one on the road over Lakeside Lightning, getting up by just the five points. The Eagles led by 14 points at half-time before the home team hit back to cut the deficit over the second half. Unfortunately for Lakeside, the Lightning just fell short, going down 75-80. Mary Teresa Goulding had 26 points, seven rebounds, four steals and two assists, while Opal Mader (17 points, six rebounds) and Tahlia Fejo (14 points, seven rebounds and six steals) were also prominent. For the Lightning, Ashleigh Isenbarger was a clear standout with 21 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and four steals, while Emma Clarke (16 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals), and Mikayla Pirini (11 points, four assists and two rebounds) were also busy.

Rockingham Flames (85) def. Willetton Tigers (72)

Rockingham Flames’ dominant third quarter of 27-11 has helped kick the home team into gear for a big 13-point win over Willeton Tigers. The Flames trailed by a point at half-time, but took control in the third term, and while the Tigers managed to win the last quarter, the damage was done and Rockingham took home the win, 85-72. Jorjah Smith (20 points, five rebounds) and Tayah Burrows (19 points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals) both had some prominent scores, while Christina Boag (12 points, eight rebounds and three assists) also impressed. For the Tigers, Alex Sharp shot 24 points and picked up 14 rebounds and four assists, as Samantha Lubcke (16 points, eight rebounds and two assists) and Hayley Winter (15 points, four rebounds and three assists) also shared the load.

Perth Redbacks (70) def. by Perry Lakes Hawks (74)

Making their long-awaited return into the season after byes and lockdowns, Perry Lakes Hawks got off to the perfect start with a four-point victory over Perth Redbacks. The Hawks did most of their work in the first half, racing out to a seven-point lead at half-time, with the teams fairly evenly matched in the second half, and the Redbacks cutting the final deficit back by three for a 74-70 result. Madeleine Dennis scored 22 points, 12 rebounds and three assists in a starring role, teaming up well with Megan McKay (21 points, nine rebounds, three steals and two assists), while Natalie Burton had the eight points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals. Makailah Dyer finished with 23 points, six assists and three steals for the losers, while Jessica Jakens had 19 points and 13 rebounds, and Raya Thompson the 12 points, three steals and two rebounds.

Joondalup Wolves (78) def. Eastern Suns (65)

Joondalup Wolves made it two wins on the trot in the NBL1 West, handing the Eastern Suns a defeat in the Suns’ first game for the season. The Wolves started strongly to lead by four points at quarter time, only for the visitors to turn it on in the second and race out to a commanding seven-point advantage. The Suns came out after half-time with renewed vigour to dominate the second half 48-28 and run out 13-point winners, 78-65. Kayla Steindl had a team-high 24 points and 14 rebounds, as well as two assists and two steals, whilst Neseya Parker-Williams (12 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals) and Amber Land (11 points, nine rebounds and two assists) were also among the best for the Wolves. Jewell Williams was a shooting machine for the Suns, dropping seven of 11 triples on the opposition, for 32 points, four rebounds and two assists while Courtney Mansfield was impactful across the court with 13 points, nine rebounds, six assists and two steals in the loss.

South West Slammers (39) def. by Rockingham Flames (80)

Rockingham Flames made it a good weekend of NBL1 action and compacted more pain onto the struggling South West Slammers with a dominant 41-point victory. The Flames kept the Slammers to single-digit points in the last three quarters, and whilst they only scored 10 themselves in the final term, had secured the win and enable heavy rotations in the process during the 80-39 win. Burrows dropped 28 points, eight rebounds, six assists and four steaks in the win, with Boag (15 points, nine rebounds, three steals and two assists) and Alexandra Ciabattoni (14 points four rebounds, five assists and two steals) also outstanding. Black had another impressive outing in tough circumstances for the Slammers, putting up 11 points and six rebounds, while Karinda Farrant had 10 points, three rebounds and three steals.

MEN’S:

Joondalup Wolves (84) def. Eastern Suns (61)

Coming from three points down at half-time, the Joondalup Wolves finished on a wave of momentum to easily account for Eastern Suns in the Suns’ first match of the season. The Wolves won by 23 points, courtesy of a 50-24 second half which saw them take complete control and win 84-61. Lochlan Cummings scored 20 points – including four of nine from long-range – three assists and two rebounds in the win, while Jonathan Wade (18 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and two steals) and Sioeli Vaiangina (13 points, 10 rebounds) both picked up double-doubles. Chauatwech Reath had a team-high 14 points, while Chris Johnson (11 points, 12 rebounds, two assists and two steals) and Bang Majok (11 points, three rebounds) also hit double-figure points.

Perth Redbacks (51) def. by Perry Lakes Hawks (96)

Perry Lakes Hawks doubled their win tally with a comprehensive 45-point smashing of Perth Redbacks, handing the Redbacks their second consecutive loss to open the season. The Hawks won every quarter, including three of them by at least 12 points or move, to run out 96-51 victors in the end. Mitchell Clarke knocked down 22 points with three rebounds, while Ben Purser (14 points, 10 rebounds and three assists) and Robert Cassir (nine points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals) were also lively. Lewis Thomas had 15 points, four rebounds and three assists, and Andrew Ferguson made it a really consistent five with nine points, seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks. For the Redbacks, Louis Timms (15 points, six rebounds and two steals) and Joel Wagner (12 points, four rebounds and two assists) were both hard workers in defeat, while Lachlan Bertram (seven points, eight rebounds) got involved off the boards.

Mandurah Magic (88) def. Cockburn Cougars (81)

Mandurah Magic bounced back from a loss in their previous game to move to a 2-1 record and hand Cockburn Cougars their second consecutive loss in a tight seven-point encounter. Mandurah trailed by five points at quarter time and four points at half-time, but then piled on 28-19 in the third term to set up a memorable 88-81 win. Jerami Grace had a night out for the Magic with 33 points – six of nine from three-point range – six rebounds and four steals, while Xavier Garnett-Shaw had 15 point, six rebounds and two assist, and both Ben Smith (12 points, 11 rebounds) and Brian Carlwell (15 points, five rebounds) were prominent in the win. Jaarod Holmes (23 points, five rebounds and three steals) was the best for the Cougars, while Gavin Field (15 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals) and Nic Pozoglou (15 points, six rebounds, four steals and two assists) were also impressive in defeat.

Goldfields Giants (103) def. Geraldton Buccaneers (69)

In a battle of two Round 1 losers, Goldfield Giants got on the board with a comfortable 34-point win over Geraldton Buccaneers at home. The Giants won every quarter, and did their best work in the opening half, smashing their opponents in the second term in particular with a 35-13 quarter, eventually leading to an easy 103-69 victory. Deng Kuany (28 points, six rebounds and two steals) and Julian Pesava (25 points, seven rebounds and four assists) did the bulk of the damage for the Giants, while Jerome Reid chipped in with 19 points – five of eight from long-range – and three rebounds. Taine Wattie stood up for the Buccaneers with 19 points – five of eight from three-point range – and two assists, while Mathiang Muo (12 points, 13 rebounds and three assists) collected a double-double and Tomas Dobson (13 points, three rebounds and two assists) also hit double-figure points.

Warwick Senators (96) def. South West Slammers (60)

Warwick Senators turned up the heat on the South West Slammers, running away with a 36-point win. The home team won every quarter in the match, and two of the terms by 11 points, on their way to a 96-60 triumph. Caleb Davis helped himself to 20 points, four rebounds and three assists in the win, whilst Justin King (18 points, four rebounds and two assists) and Cody Ellis (15 points, six rebounds, two assists and two blocks) were also impressive for the Senators. Ngor Nai (15 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks) and Cody Hill (14 points, five rebounds and four assists) both did the majority of the scoring for the Slammers, in what was another big loss.

Lakeside Lightning (121) def. East Perth Eagles (60)

Speaking of big wins, Lakeside Lightning showed no mercy against East Perth Eagles to get on the board in season 2021, smashing the Eagles by 61 points. In front of home fans on Saturday night, the Lightning piled on 99 points in the first three quarters as the Eagles only managed the 44 in that time. The final term was a little closer, but the 121-60 result was a huge percentage booster for the Lightning. Corey Shervill (29 points, six rebounds and two assists) and Jack Isenbarger (29 points, three assists and two rebounds) combined for 15 of 20 from three-point range in a long-range shooting spectacular. Kyle Armour (19 points, eight assists) was a key playmaker for the Lightning, while Jarrad Prue only had the two points, but racked up 17 rebounds – eight offensive – along with three assists and two blocks on the night. Matt Vinci (nine points, three rebounds) and Isaac Offereins (nine points, four rebounds) were the equal top scorers for the losers.

Rockingham Flames (65) def. Willetton Tigers (83)

Willetton Tigers survived a mini fightback by Rockingham Flames to secure an 18-point win on the road in a battle of two undefeated 2-0 sides. The Tigers raced out to a 50-27 lead at half-time, though the Flames cut the deficit to six by the next change, only for Willetton to stand up under pressure and win the final term 14-12 and secure the 83-65 victory. Damien Scott (25 points, five steals, five rebounds, three assists and two blocks) did a bit of everything on court, while Michael Vigor picked up a double-double through 24 points and 12 rebounds. Andrew Black (11 points, six rebounds and three assists) was also prominent for the Tigers. Brendan Redhead (17 points, three rebounds) was the chief scorer for the Tigers, as Cirkook Makuac Riak (12 points, nine rebounds and two assists) and Travis Dumin (11 points, nine rebounds) also had a say off the boards in the game.

South West Slammers (52) def. by Rockingham Flames (91)

Coming off a defeat the night before, Rockingham Flames set the Eaton Rec Centre alight with a dominant 91-52 victory on the road against South West Slammers. The home team was no match for the red-hot Flames, as Rockingham won every quarter, including a 46-21 second half to run away with the 39-point win and sentence the Slammers to their fifth straight loss. Makuac Riak had 20 points, 11 rebounds and two assists, while Dumin (17 points, eight rebounds) and Callum Beard (11 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals) were also prominent. Hill (18 points, two rebounds) and Rhys Barrett (10 points, two rebounds and two assists) hit double-figure points, as Mitchell Keller proved a menace off the boards with 13 rebounds to go with six points and two assists for the Slammers.

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QSL team review: South West Metro Pirates

IN a series wrapping up the 2020 Queensland State League (QSL) season, we take a look back at each of the 12 clubs in both the men’s and women’s competitions and how they performed across the season. The next club in focus is South West Metro Pirates who combined for six wins across the two leagues.

Men’s:

Position: 7
Win: 5
Loss: 6
For: 946
Against: 914

The Pirates went through a real purple patch midway through the season collecting their five wins from Round 3 to Round 7. During that period they managed two winning streaks, one consisting of two consecutive wins and the other three on the trot. Their first win came in Round 3 against Ipswich Force getting up by eight points in a gritty showing while their final win came against the Wizards where they got the job done by 11 points. Close on a number of occasions, the Pirates could have registered a few more wins had they been able to grind out some of their close encounters.

Jonathon Mines led all comers for points averaging 22.25 each time he stepped out on court while also recording the second highest average for rebounds with 6.25 to his name. The next closest was Tanner Krebs who showcased his class on the scoreboard knocking back 20.36 points a game while falling just short of a season average double-double registering nine rebounds. He also led the way for assists with 4.91 having played all 11 games for the season. Mathiang Muo plied his trade on the scoreboard with 12.5 points and 4.17 rebounds as Atem Atem made his presence felt in his 10 appearances collecting six rebounds, 1.1 assists and 11 points.

Women’s:

Position: 11
Win: 1
Loss: 10
For: 575
Against: 882

It was a difficult season to say the least for the Pirates who only notched up the sole win for the season. That win came way back in Round 2 against Toowoomba Mountaineers, the only side ranked lower than them. It was a strong win by the Pirates who ran away with a 22-point victory however it was relatively disappointing from then on, going winless for the remainder of the season and suffering some significant losses.

The hot hand of Bree Farley kept the Pirates afloat managing an average of 14.25 points per outing while also dragging down an impressive 7.88 rebounds to go with it. Amanda Beatson was consistent across her 11 games collecting the next highest amount of points with 6.64 and 5.36 rebounds. Susan McHugh was also a handy option when it came to scoreboard pressure recording 6.57 points in a trying season for the second bottom team.

Picture: Joy Hooper

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

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

Field goals made:

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

Field goal percentage: More than 30

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

Three-pointers made:

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

Three-point percentage: More than 10 triples

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

Free-throws made:

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

Free-throw percentage: More than 20 free-throws

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

Picture: Fan Fair

QSL Men’s Round 5 wrap: Force leapfrog Mountaineers as top four continue strong form

IPSWICH Force was able to jump up into the top five with a big win over Toowoomba Mountaineers, as the top four sides enjoyed victories in Round 5 of the Queensland State League (QSL) Men’s competition.

Brisbane Capitals (92) defeated North Gold Coast Seahawks (57)

The Capitals handed the winless Seahawks a sixth straight defeat on Saturday, running out 35-point winners. The 5-1 Capitals were more effective across the board with 12 more rebounds (52-40), 10 more second chance points (15-5), seven more assists (26-19) and a greater accuracy from inside the arc (51 to 35 per cent). Jarred Bairstow led the way with 27 points including 66.7 per cent from the field, as well as 10 rebounds and two assists. Jason Cadee dropped four of 10 triples on his way to 18 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals, while Lachlan Venus picked up a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. For the Seahawks, both Jordi Anger (10 points, four rebounds and four assists) and Donovan Russell (10 points two steals) reached double-figure points, as Jesse Lomax (six points, nine rebounds, five assists and two steals) was strong off the boards.

Ipswich Force (106) defeated Toowoomba Mountaineers (73)

Ipswich moved into the all-important fifth spot and remained in touch with the top four as the home team collected its third win in five matches. The Force were far too good for the Mountaineers, winning by 33 points and posting an accurate 32.4 per cent from long range, and 53.8 per cent from inside the arc. The Mountaineers were good from inside the arc themselves, registering a 61.9 per cent accuracy, but only made six of 36 attempts from outside the arc. A plus-20 differential in assists for the Force was the difference on the day. It was no surprise to see Brisbane Bullets’ Nathan Sobey again dominating, putting up 28 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, while Mitchell Poulain (17 points, six rebounds and three assists), Kane Bishop (11 points, six rebounds and three assists) and Ryan Jeffries (10 points, five rebounds and five assists) were also busy. For the Mountaineers, Jakobe Hunter racked up 23 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals to be the clear standout, while Joseph Johnson (13 points, nine rebounds) and Kresto Wal (11 points, seven rebounds and three assists) were also strong.

Northside Wizards (60) defeated by Southern Districts Spartans (86)

Second placed Southern Districts Spartans proved too much for the struggling Northside Wizards, posting a 26-point win on the road. They are at opposite ends of the ladder, but the Wizards still competed throughout, only having two less assists, and picked up three more steals. The Spartans dominated the rebound count though, notching up 45-27, as well as a 14-6 second chance points tally. Anthony Drmic was unstoppable on the scoring front, notching up 28 points – including six triples – as well as three rebounds and three assists. Returning to Queensland after his New Zealand National Basketball League (NZNBL) stint, Mika Vukona notched up eight points, 10 rebounds, three assists and three steals, while Tyrell Harrison had eight points, 11 rebounds, four assists and three blocks in the win. For the Wizards, Cameron Thew recorded the most points with 14, as well as six rebounds, while Jacob Arthur (13 points, two assists) and Luke Stewart (10 points, two rebounds, three assists and six steals) also reached double-figure points.

Logan Thunder (73) defeated by Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal (83)

Despite only having one win for the season, Logan Thunder took it up to top four side Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal, only to fall 10 points short of victory. They teams were evenly matched for the most part, but it was the rebounding (54-37) where Phoenix Teal took control, helping the visitors record a favourable 17-8 second chance points tally. Five players recorded double-figure points for the winning side but it was Nelson Kahler‘s massive 17-point, 21-rebounds and four-block outing that had fans talking. Almost as impressive, Jonathan Janssen had 15 points, 14 rebounds and three assists, while Jamaal Robateau (16 points, five rebounds and eight assists) and Josh Walters (12 points four rebounds, five assists and three steals) were all impressive. Michael Cedar recorded the most points for the Thunder with 18, as well as five rebounds and three assists, while Atem Bior (14 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals) and Mitchell Young (11 points, six rebounds) were also busy.

RedCity Roar (103) defeated USC Rip City (70)

Top of the table RedCity Roar continued their undefeated start to the season with a 33-point victory over USC Rip City. The Roar sank two less three-pointers but were more accurate from inside the arc (64.7 to 35.7 per cent) and at the free throw line (75.9 to 47.3 per cent). They also led the rebounds (57-43), assists (21-13) and steals (17-14), while USC topped the second chance points (26-19). Harry Froling had another massive outing off the boards, raking up an enormous 25 points, 23 rebounds and eight assists to be clear best-on. Partner-in-crime William McDowell-White recorded another double-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds and four steals, whilst the likes of Verle Williams III (11 points, seven rebounds, four assists and five steals) and Heath Gameren (13 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals). For USC, Matthew Hancock was the standout with 17 points, six rebounds, two assists and three steals, while Flyn O’Toole (13 points, six rebounds and two assists) and Dane Glover (10 points, four rebounds).

South West Metro Pirates (101) defeated Gold Coast Rollers (89)

South West Metro Pirates moved past Gold Coast Rollers on the QSL Men’s ladder with a 12-point victory which was their third of the season. The Pirates were more accurate from the field, recording 52.8 per cent from two-point range compared to the Rollers’ 40 per cent. Both teams were proficient from outside the arc with 16-14 in favour of the Pirates, whilst they also led the rebounds (43-32) and assists (23-20). The Rollers had one more steal and balanced out on three blocks apiece. Jonathon Mines had a big day out with 28 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and two steals, while Mathiang Muo (20 points, six rebounds and four assists) was also strong. Tanner Krebs notched up 19 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals, while Atem Atem had 12 points and nine rebounds. Jalen Patton Croker (28 points, two rebounds, seven assists and two steals) and Jaze Morris (24 points, five rebounds) both sank big numbers, while Adrian La Fleur (14 points, four rebounds and seven assists) also stood out in the defeat.

Picture: Winifried Parker

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

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

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

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

Brisbane Capitals (116) defeated Toowoomba Mountaineers (80)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Nunawading Spectres claim inaugural NBL1 Men’s title

NUNAWADING Spectres have claimed the 2019 National Basketball League (NBL)1 Men’s title, defeating a gallant Bendigo Braves by nine points on Saturday night. It was a remarkable game that had more twists and turns than an Edgar Allan Poe novel, and whilst both teams had chances to take out the title, it was the higher ranked team that got the job done.

Both sides started the game trading blows, with Nunawading hitting the front when Tom Wright sank a three-pointer at the seven and a half minute mark of the first term, but 12 of the next 16 points went the way of the Braves to extend the lead out to seven with less than five minutes remaining in the term. Nunawading fought back again to cut the deficit to two a minute later, before Bendigo piled on the points to go on a 14-2 run to end the term. A Chris Hogan triple and a Mathiang Muo stepback jump shot – the latter in the final three seconds of the quarter – handed the eighth placed side a handy lead at the break.

The 14-point margin would be eaten into by the Spectres with Nunawading piling on 15-8 to start the term, before back-to-back triples from Deonte Burton extended the margin back out to 13. The lead was still 10 points when Muo sank two free throws with three minutes remaining in the half, but it was fitting that by the time Wright had nailed another triple himself, scores were level. The half-time buzzer sounded with both teams back where they started – level – having both scored 53 points apiece in the first half.

The teams again traded blows early, and while Ray Turner put the Braves in front by two with a layup in the opening few minutes, it would be the last time Bendigo held the lead for the game. Nunawading shot 15 points to two over the course of the next four and a half minutes to lead by 11 with just over three minutes on the clock. Burton came to the much needed rescue with an opportunity to put it back to six points, but the last seven points of the term went the way of the Spectres for Nunawading to hold a 77-64 lead at the final break.

A couple of triples to Hogan and Muo in the opening few minutes separated by a Simon Conn jumpshot had the Braves back to within nine, but by the time Conn had nailed a triple with just under eight minutes remaining, the Spectres were out to a game-high 14-point lead. Bendigo refused to give in with Burton again doing his best – a layup coming timely with less than four minutes remaining and six points the margin. When Muo sank a triple there was 103 seconds left in the final and the crowd was fever-pitch in anticipation. It was game on. Both Dain Swetalla and Conn added to the total to give the Spectres a seven-point breather, but a Turner layup with 52 seconds left cut it back to five to give the Braves hope. Alas, it was Swetalla again who stood tall, converting a lay-up and then two free-throws before the final buzzer to hand Nunawading a memorable, 99-90 victory.

Swetalla was the star in the win, picking up 28 points, nine rebounds and three assists, well aided by Wright who made six of 11 from long-range on his way to 24 points, three rebounds and four assists. Conn had 15 points and five rebounds, shooting at an efficient 62.5 per cent from the field, while Costa Hronopoulos picked up a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds, as did Shane McDonald who was the playmaker thanks to 12 points and 10 assists. Turner and Burton had a team-high 24 points apiece, while Turner also had nine rebounds, four steals and two blocks, as Burton helped himself to five rebounds and five assists. Muo (23 points, five rebounds and two steals) and Hogan (15 points, two rebounds) were also prominent.