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MUVJBL U16 Boys VC preview: Round 9

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MUVJBL U16 Boys VC preview: Round 2

UNLIKE the other grades, Round 2 of the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under-16 Boys sees opponents facing off for the first time this season, having come from opposite pools prior to the two-grade split to make the Championship Division.

Geelong Supercats (6th, 0-1) vs. Dandenong Rangers (10th, 0-1)

Both Geelong and Dandenong suffered losses in Round 1, with the Supercats going down by just four points to Latrobe Energy, while the Rangers suffered the heaviest defeat of the round, losing to Waverley Falcons by 20. Billy Dawson was impressive for the Supercats in Round 1 with 19 points, while Olivier Northam finished with 15. For the Rangers, Jerome Pierre continued his strong season, albeit with a lower score than his 19.8 points per game average, sinking 12 in the opening round loss. Having the home ground advantage, one would expect the Supercats to stand up, especially comparing first round results, but they will need to find a way to stop Pierre. Geelong has a number of scoring options and will look to be unpredictable going forward.

Bendigo Braves (9th, 0-1) vs. Eltham Wildcats (4th, 1-0)

After a 14-point Round 1 loss to Keilor Thunder, Bendigo Braves will be keen to make a statement in their second consecutive home game. This time they take on Eltham Wildcats who recorded a 13-point win over Pakenham Warriors. Anton Stratov was superb in the opening game, finishing with 23 points in a standout performance, while Macey Eaton (18) and Jacob Nihill (17) were a couple of strong players from the losing Braves’ side. Bendigo will need to find more avenues to score in this game having posted the equal lowest score in Round 1, however the Wildcats had the lowest winning score of the round meaning the match could end up a low-scoring scramble.

Keilor Thunder (2nd. 1-0) vs. Pakenham Warriors (7th, 0-1)

Keilor Thunder were the best defensive performing side of Round 1 on their way to a 14-point win over Bendigo Braves, restricting the home side to an equal competition-low 47 points. The other team to score 47 in the round was Pakenham as they fell to Knox Raiders in a similar scoreline. Now hitting the road against one of the title contenders, the Warriors will need to be at their best to post a win. Cooper Colson (19 points) was the star for the Thunder in Round 1, while Drue Maher (10 points) was the top scorer for the Warriors. The Thunder will head in as favourites and keen to post their second consecutive win, with an impressive victory in front of home fans.

Knox Raiders (3rd, 1-0) vs. Waverley Falcons (1st, 1-0)

The match of the round will be the top three clash between ladder leaders Waverley Falcons, and third placed Knox Raiders. The Falcons dominated Dandenong Rangers in the highest scoring effort of Round 1, posting 74 points on their way to a huge 20-point win. Knox Raiders were not too far behind with a 15-point win over Bulleen Boomers, posting up 66 points themselves. Nemuel Soliven (19 points), Matt Jefferson (16) and David Amum (14) all contributed in the big win in what was a terrific team effort, while Jordan Anderson (15), Zachary Greeves (14) and Blake Stratton (12) were equally as productive across the board for the Raiders. This game has the hallmarks of a thriller which could be high-scoring on both ends with plenty of versatility in forward half shooters. Waverley might be favourites after the first round win, but Knox is at home and could be determined as equal favourites in this one.

Latrobe Energy (5th, 1-0) vs. Bulleen Boomers (8th, 0-1)

Latrobe Energy got up in a thrilling four-point win over Geelong Supercats in the opening round, while Bulleen Boomers were knocked off by Knox Raiders in a 15-point defeat. The Energy are quite strong at home and it showed against quality opposition in Round 1, and they will hope to repeat the dose against Bulleen in Round 2. The Boomers are a strong side who will want to bounce back from a disappointing defeat against quality opposition, and the key will be stopping a couple of Latrobe’s prime movers. Jack Hrehoresen (25 points) scored a round-high points tally in the Energy’s win, teaming well with Coby Burgiel (19) as the pair has all season. Daniel Poelsma (16 points) and Daniel Johnston (12) were the top scoring Boomers in the loss. Latrobe go in as favourites, but if Bulleen can restrict the influence of the Energy’s damaging duo, it will go a long way to winning the match.

MUVJBL Under 16 Boys VC preview: Round 1

THE Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under 16 Boys Championship Division was decided two weeks ago, and now the 10 teams begin the second half of their journey with nine matches with the best of the best to determine the overall champion in a couple of months.

Pakenham Warriors (4th in Watson) vs. Eltham Wildcats (2nd in Watson)

Last time: Pakenham Warriors 39 defeated by Eltham Wildcats 64

The last time these two sides met, it was not a pleasant experience for the Warriors – who conceded 32 points to 11 in the first half on their way to a heavy 25-point loss. Zahn Agosta scored 12 points, while Harrison Stones and Riley Lewis sank 11 each. For the Warriors, Kynan Auhl and Jak Morris-Burney each finished the match with seven points. While the Wildcats did not finish top overall, they showed that they are a genuine title contender in the division, taking out the National Junior Classic with a win over the side that did finish top in Bulleen Boomers. Pakenham was no slouch, losing just the two games, but they were to the top two sides, then drew with third, making it about right where they finished in fourth. Eltham’s greatest asset is its defence – ranked first in least points conceded – while Pakenham scored the exact amount as it conceded in the opening nine rounds – 531 points.

Dandenong Rangers (4th in Ashe) vs. Waverley Falcons (5th in Watson)

Dandenong Rangers won their final four games to lock up a Championship Division spot, while Waverley was always thereabouts, but managed to officially lock in its place with a final round win. The Falcons hit the road in this clash which is good news for them, because they are unbeaten when travelling, much better than their 1-4 record at home. Dandenong are also unbeaten at home from four starts, while sitting two wins from five games away. With both sides yet to lose based on the venue, it will be a fascinating contest to see which side comes out on top. Dandenong is a deserving favourite, and in form, while both these sides are capable of a high score. Waverley had the better defence in the first half of the season, but once Dandenong clicked into gear, the Rangers became a daunting prospect.

Latrobe Energy (5th in Ashe) vs. Geelong Supercats (3rd in Watson)

Despite finishing fifth in the pool, Latrobe Energy only had one more loss than a Geelong Supercats side that finished third in the opposite pool. The Supercats only played the four games on the road, winning two and drawing one, while Latrobe turned Traralgon into a sort of fortress with four wins from five games. With the Supercats needing a long trip to take on the Energy, expect the Gippsland side to be well rested and ready to take out the game. The Supercats only slipped behind two title contenders in Bulleen and Eltham in their pool, so they will not just drift away, which means this game has all the hallmarks of being a ripping contest.

Knox Raiders (1st in Ashe) vs. Bulleen Boomers (1st in Watson)

With just one loss between them in 18 games, Knox Raiders and Bulleen Boomers are set to hold the match of the round. The Boomers will be smarting after a two-point loss to Eltham Wildcats in the National Junior Classic despite defeating them earlier in the season. They have an equally tough game here against the Raiders, with these two sides powerhouses on the offensive end. Bulleen averages a remarkable 78.8 points per game, while only conceding 56. For the Raiders, they are also prolific on the scoring front, the next highest offensive side with 71.3 points per game, while their defence is the highlight, allowing just 53.7 points per game from the opposition. On those numbers, Knox has the nice balance, but Bulleen is a super team, and deserves to be favourite after the National Junior Classic. Knox’s only loss came at home too, so they will be keen to not double that record.

Bendigo Braves (2nd in Ashe) vs. Keilor Thunder (3rd in Ashe)

Last time: Keilor Thunder 46 defeated by Bendigo Braves 47

Last time the sides clashed there was nothing between them, and expect the same again when Keilor Thunder hits the road for a trip to Bendigo. The Braves got the points when they played in Keilor earlier in the season, powering away to a 10-point lead at quarter time, before the Thunder managed to cut the deficit back to a point by the final break. Unfortunately for the home side they could not sneak ahead despite the best efforts of Cooper Colson (12 points). Jacob Nihill was the key architect for the Braves, also scoring 12 points on that day. The Braves are ranked third for defence with less than 500 points conceded, while the Thunder are ranked fifth for offence, well ahead of the last placed Braves. While Bendigo notched up the seven wins, they were tight victories, and expect them to have to fight this one out until the end as well.

MUVJBL Under 16 Boys weekend preview: Round 9

THERE are unlikely to be any changes to the top five in either of the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Ashe or Watson Pools, with an impossible gap between fifth and sixth in the Ashe Pool, and a mathematically improbable gap in the Watson Pool.

Ashe Pool:

Dandenong Rangers (5th, 5-3) vs. Latrobe Energy (2nd, 6-2)
Southern Peninsula Sharks (7th, 3-5) vs. Keilor Thunder (4th, 5-3)
Knox Raiders (1st, 8-0) vs. Bendigo Braves (3rd, 6-2)
Whittlesea Pacers (10th, 1-7) vs. Diamond Valley Eagles (8th, 2-6)
Eltham Wildcats 2 (6th, 3-5) vs. Nunawading Spectres (9th, 1-7)

Knox Raiders are the team to beat from the Ashe Pool, going undefeated from eight games and will be tested this round against third placed Bendigo Braves. The Braves could slip as far as fifth if both Keilor Thunder and Dandenong Rangers win with the pair against Southern Peninsula Sharks and Latrobe Energy respectively. The Energy could also slip to third if they lose and the Braves get up. Eltham Wildcats 2 can consolidate sixth with a win over ninth placed Nunawading Spectres, while eighth placed Diamond Valley Eagles will be keen to finish off strongly with a win against last placed Whittlesea Pacers.

Watson Pool:

Hawthorn Magic (6th, 3-5) vs. Melbourne Tigers (7th, 3-5)
Kilsyth Cobras (9th, 1-6-1) vs. Bulleen Boomers (1st, 8-0)
Pakenham Warriors (4th, 5-2-1) vs. Casey Cavaliers (8th, 1-6-1)
Sunbury Jets (10th, 1-7) vs. Waverley Falcons (5th, 4-4)
Eltham Wildcats (3rd, 6-2) vs. Geelong Supercats (2nd, 6-1-1)

In the Watson Pool it would take a huge win by sixth placed Hawthorn Magic over seventh placed Melbourne Tigers, and a heavy loss by fifth placed Waverley Falcons at the hands of last placed Sunbury Jets, to cause a swap between the sides. Bulleen Boomers will finish top after eight straight wins, and have ninth placed Kilsyth Cobras in the final round, while second placed Geelong Supercats and third placed Eltham Wildcats face off in the match of the round. In the other game, fourth placed Pakenham Warriors facing eighth placed Casey Cavaliers.

MUVJBL U16 Boys weekend preview: Round 8

ROUND 8 of the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) could finalise the championship and reserve grades of the Under 16 Boys with the split coming in a fortnight and the final positions hinging on the results of this round.

Ashe Pool:

Bendigo Braves (3rd, 5-2) vs. Whittlesea Pacers (10th, 1-6)
Diamond Valley Eagles (8th, 2-5) vs. Dandenong Rangers (4th, 4-3)
Nunawading Spectres (9th, 1-6) vs. Knox Raiders (1st, 7-0)
Keilor Thunder (5th, 4-3) vs. Eltham Wildcats 2 (6th, 3-4)
Latrobe Energy (2nd, 5-2) vs. Southern Peninsula Sharks (7th, 3-4)

In the Ashe Pool, Knox Raiders have emerged as the clear standout team, two wins ahead of any other side and the one to beat, along with Bulleen Boomers come the two-grade split. They would be expected to take care of Nunawading Spectres this round, and will have a great tussle with Bendigo the week after. The Braves have already qualified for the grade, as have Latrobe Energy, with the top five sides making it through. Dandenong Rangers and Keilor Thunder side in fourth and fifth spots which are under threat, but Keilor can all but guarantee themselves a spot if they can knock off Eltham Wildcats 2 this weekend. It would knock the Wildcats out of contention, while the other team vying for a top five spot, Southern Peninsula Sharks, face the Energy. If the Rangers also defeat Diamond Valley Eagles, then the top five will be settled heading into the final round, regardless of results.

Watson Pool:

Geelong Supercats (2nd, 5-1-1) vs. Hawthorn Magic (6th, 3-4)
Casey Cavaliers (8th, 1-5-1) vs. Sunbury Jets (10th, 0-7)
Melbourne Tigers (7th, 2-5) vs. Kilsyth Cobras (9th, 1-5-1)
Bulleen Boomers (1st, 7-0) vs. Pakenham Warriors (3rd, 5-1-1)
Waverley Falcons (5th, 4-3) vs. Eltham Wildcats (4th, 5-2)

In the Watson Pool, Bulleen can gain some bragging rights over Pakenham Warriors who are all but safe in the grade barring two losses and then two wins to Hawthorn Magic. The Magic have their own problems to overcome, facing off against Geelong Supercats who are locked into the top five thanks to their percentage. Speaking of percentage, fifth placed Waverley Falcons has a very healthy percentage, and one win is enough to see them secured in top spot. They do face fourth placed Eltham Wildcats this round, and can take their spot with a win. If they do win, the top five in the Watson Pool will also be secure. But the one scenario where that is not the case, is if Waverley lose and Hawthorn upset the Supercats, drawing level with the Falcons and being percentage behind. Both sides face lowly sides in the last round, with Waverley hardly expected to drop the game to the winless Sunbury Jets, while Hawthorn should get past Melbourne Tigers, although that game could go either way. Casey Cavaliers, Kilsyth Cobras, the Jets and Tigers are all bound for the reserve grade, regardless of result.

MUVJBL Under 16 Boys weekend preview: Round 6

IT has been three weeks since the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under 16 Boys took to the court and now the teams recommence the action on Friday night with both Ashe and Watson pools beginning to take shape. Four teams are still yet to lose a game in the competition, while two teams are yet to win.

Ashe:

Dandenong Rangers (6th, 2-3) vs. Whittlesea Pacers (9th, 1-4)
Southern Peninsula Sharks (10th, 1-4) vs. Diamond Valley Eagles (8th, 1-4)
Knox Raiders (1st, 5-0) vs. Keilor Thunder (2nd, 4-1)
Eltham Wildcats 2 (5th, 3-2) vs. Latrobe Energy (4th, 3-2)
Nunawading Spectres (7th, 1-4) vs. Bendigo Braves (3rd, 4-1)

In the Ashe pool, a top-of-the-table clash awaits Knox Raiders who are yet to lose a game, but will be tested against second placed Keilor Thunder. Thereabouts are Bendigo Braves who will overtake the Thunder if Keilor goes down, taking on seventh placed Nunawading Spectres. Not far behind the Braves are Latrobe Energy and Eltham Wildcats 2, who have won three of their five games. The Wildcats are on a three-game winning streak, while the Energy are coming off a rare loss in Round 5. Also in Round 6 is ninth placed Whittlesea Pacers travelling to take on Dandenong Rangers. The Pacers are coming off their first win of the season last round, and hope to topple the Rangers who also lost in Round 5. In the final game of the pool, eighth placed Diamond Valley Eagles hit the road against Southern Peninsula Sharks with one side set to break its losing streak as the Eagles have lost their past three, while the Sharks have not won since Round 1.

Watson:

Hawthorn Magic (6th, 2-3) vs. Waverley Falcons (5th, 2-3)
Geelong Supercats (2nd, 4-0-1) vs. Melbourne Tigers (8th, 1-4)
Pakenham Warriors (3rd, 4-0-1) vs. Kilsyth Cobras (7th, 1-3-1)
Sunbury Jets (10th, 0-5) vs. Bulleen Boomers (1st, 5-0)
Eltham Wildcats (4th, 4-1) vs. Casey Cavaliers (9th, 0-4-1)

In the Watson Pool, a one-sided contest is on the cards when the undefeated Bulleen Boomers take on the winless Sunbury Jets. The Boomers are one point ahead of second placed Geelong Supercats and third placed Pakenham Warriors, so will need to win, while the Jets could skip ahead of Casey Cavaliers with victory. The Cavaliers drew in the opening round but have found the going tough since then with four-straight losses, and now must beat the 4-1 Eltham Wildcats to break that drought. The mid-table battle between sixth placed Hawthorn Magic and fifth placed Waverley Falcons will be intriguing, while the Kilsyth Cobras hope to make it back-to-back wins against a strong Pakenham Warriors outfit. In the final game, the second placed Supercats face the eighth placed Melbourne Tigers.

MUVJBL Under 16 Boys weekend preview: Round 4

WITH the Southern Peninsula Sharks and Eltham Wildcats 2 match postponed until Monday, both sides will play two matches in a big round of Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under 16s Boys. Some of the highlights for the round include the second placed Keilor Thunder taking on fourth placed Bendigo Braves, while in the other pool, the seventh placed Melbourne Tigers travel to Waverley’s home to face the fifth placed Falcons.

Ashe Pool:

Southern Peninsula Sharks (8th, 1-1) vs. Dandenong Rangers (7th, 1-2)
Nunawading Spectres (5th, 1-2) vs. Latrobe Energy (3rd, 2-1)
Keilor Thunder (2nd, 3-0) vs. Bendigo Braves (4th, 2-1)
Diamond Valley Eagles (6th, 1-2) vs. Knox Raiders (1st, 3-0)
Eltham Wildcats 2 (10th, 0-2) vs. Whittlesea Pacers (9th, 0-3)
Southern Peninsula Sharks (8th, 1-1) vs. Eltham Wildcats 2 (10th, 0-2)

The match of the round would be the Thunder and Braves going head-to-head with the undefeated Thunder hoping to remain in fine form with victory over Bendigo who are two wins from three games so far this season. Eltham Wildcats 2 and Whittlesea Pacers play off in a bottom two clash with one side to taste victory after five combined losses to start the season. In other matches, third placed Latrobe Energy travels to fifth placed Nunawading Spectres, Southern Peninsula Sharks hosts Dandenong Rangers in a battle to secure a second win, while Diamond Valley Eagles hope to cause Knox Raiders’ first loss of the season.

Watson Pool:

Sunbury Jets (10th, 0-3) vs. Pakenham Warriors (4th, 2-0-1)
Waverley Falcons (5th, 1-2) vs. Melbourne Tigers (7th, 1-2)
Geelong Supercats (3rd, 2-0-1) vs. Casey Cavaliers (8th, 0-2-1)
Bulleen Boomers (1st, 3-0) vs. Hawthorn Magic (6th, 1-2)
Eltham Wildcats (2nd, 3-0) vs. Kilsyth Cobras (9th, 0-2-1)

In the other pool, Waverley and Melbourne will attempt to win their second games of the season, while Geelong Supercats can maintain their undefeated start with a win over Casey Cavaliers – who are yet to collect the full points. Bulleen Boomers and Eltham Wildcats are the other sides yet to lose and could make it four wins on the trot when they take on Hawthorn Magic and Kilsyth Cobras. Meanwhile, Sunbury Jets were gallant last week and will be keen to capitalise against a strong Pakenham Warriors outfit.

MUVJBL Under 16 Boys weekend preview: Round 3

THE third round of Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under 16 Boys action gets underway tonight with some of the competitions best shooters going head-to-head.

Ashe Pool:

Southern Peninsula Sharks (7th, 1-1) vs. Eltham Wildcats 2 (9th, 0-2)
Keilor Thunder (3rd, 2-0) vs. Diamond Valley Eagles (6th, 1-1)
Knox Raiders (1st, 2-0) vs. Dandenong Rangers (4th, 1-1)
Whittlesea Pacers (10th, 0-2) vs. Nunawading Spectres (8th, 0-2)
Latrobe Energy (5th, 1-1) vs. Bendigo Braves (2nd, 2-0)

In the Ashe Pool, the only match with both sides on the same win-loss record after two rounds is the winless sides clash of Whittlesea Pacers and Nunawading Spectres. Matthew Ryan has a been a shining light for the Pacers is a slow start to the season, averaging 22.5 points per game, the third most in the grand. Dean Simos is the leading scorer for the Spectres, posting 29 points so far this season for an average of 14.5. Bendigo Braves sit second undefeated, but will trek down to face Latrobe Energy with the best one-two combo in the league. Coby Burgiel has dominated so far, averaging 27.5 points per game, while teammate Jack Hrehoresen has 18.5 across the first two games. For the Braves, they have won with an even spread, as Liam O’Brien‘s 11 points per game is the most of any Bendigo player.

In the other games, top-of-the-table Knox Raiders take on fourth placed Dandenong Rangers with a shootout looming between Jordan Anderson (24.5 points per game) and Jerome Pierre (21) for the respective sides. Meanwhile, third placed Keilor Thunder welcome Diamond Valley Eagles (sixth), and Southern Peninsula Sharks hope to notch up their second win against winless Eltham Wildcats 2.

Watson Pool:

Casey Cavaliers (8th, 0-1-1) vs. Melbourne Tigers (10th, 0-2)
Hawthorn Magic (6th, 1-1) vs. Pakenham Warriors (4th, 1-0-1)
Kilsyth Cobras (7th, 0-1-1) vs. Geelong Supercats (3rd, 1-0-1)
Waverley Falcons (5th, 1-1) vs. Bulleen Boomers (1st, 2-0)
Sunbury Jets (9th, 0-2) vs. Eltham Wildcats (2nd, 2-0)

In the Watson Pool, just two sides have two wins to open the season in an ultimately even group with two draws in as many weeks as well. One of the most even clashes pits sixth placed Hawthorn Magic against fourth placed Pakenham Warriors. The Magic have Denzel Timmons who has averaged 13.5 points per game, while the undefeated Warriors have had Jak-Morris Burney (15.5) and Kayne Taylor (13.5) sharing the points around on the offensive boards. Fifth placed Waverley Falcons hope to take down ladder leaders, Bulleen Boomers in their clash with David Amum the top scorer in the grade having sunk a combined 40 points in his first two games. Will Rimmington (35 points) and Daniel Johnston (27) are the two top Boomers to watch out for on the scoresheet.

In other games, eighth placed Casey Cavaliers hope to add a win to their record having already covered the draw and loss columns, against a Melbourne Tigers side yet to come away with anything other than a loss. Meanwhile, Kilsyth Cobras (seventh) face third placed Geelong Supercats, and ninth placed Sunbury Wildcats will need a lot of luck to topple the strong Eltham Wildcats (second).

MUVJBL Under 16 Boys weekend preview: Round 2

IN the second round of the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under 16 Boys competition, teams head back to the court after results that featured a draw, some tight contests and some impressive wins from Round 1.

Ashe Pool:

Dandenong Rangers (9th, 0-1) vs. Nunawading Spectres (6th, 0-1)
Southern Peninsula Sharks (4th, 1-0) vs. Knox Raiders (5th, 1-0)
Eltham Wildcats 2 (7th, 0-1) vs. Bendigo Braves (1st, 1-0)
Diamond Valley Eagles (10th, 0-1) vs. Latrobe Energy (3rd, 1-0)
Whittlesea Pacers (8th, 0-1) vs. Keilor Thunder (2nd, 1-0)

Of the five games in the Ashe Pool, the fourth against fifth clash stands out. Southern Peninsula Sharks host Knox Raiders in a battle of the sides that won by four points in the opening round. Darcy Jones posted 16 points for the Sharks in their first round victory, while Jordan Anderson‘s 28 points against Nunawading Spectres proved to be the difference, and was the second most points scored for the round. Coby Burgiel was the only shooter above 30 points, sinking 31 for Latrobe Energy in Round 1, and will be looking for an equally impactful game against bottom-of-the-table Diamond Valley Eagles.

In other games, Dandenong Rangers host Nunawading Spectres, top-of-the-table Bendigo Braves travel to face Eltham Wildcats 2, and eighth placed Whittlesea Pacers look to get on the board against second placed Keilor Thunder.

Watson Pool:

Kilsyth Cobras (5th, 0-0-1) vs. Waverley Falcons (7th, 0-1)
Sunbury Jets (9th, 0-1) vs. Hawthorn Magic (8th, 0-1)
Pakenham Warriors (3rd, 1-0) vs. Geelong Supercats (2nd, 1-0)
Eltham Wildctas (4th, 1-0) vs. Melbourne Tigers (10th, 0-1)
Bulleen Boomers (1st, 1-0) vs. Casey Cavaliers (5th, 0-0-1)

In the Watson Pool, Pakenham Warriors and Geelong Supercats go head-to-head in a second versus third clash tonight. Kayne Taylor finished Round 1 with 19 points for the Warriors, while Jamie Ryan and Oliver Northam shared the points in Geelong’s opening round victory, scoring 14 points apiece. Top-of-the-table Bulleen Boomers host mid-table side, Casey Cavaliers in another intriguing clash. The Cavaliers were forced to split the points with Kilsyth Cobras in a 49-all draw last week. The Boomers were impressive in a 24-point victory over Melbourne Tigers. Will Rimmington was the top scorer for the Boomers with 15 points, while Blake Shankland scored 18 for Casey.

In other games, Kilsyth Cobras hope to get the full points this round in a home game against Round 1 losers, Waverley Falcons; Sunbury Jets and Hawthorn Magic go head-to-head in hope of gaining their first wins for the season, while fourth placed Eltham Wildcats hope to make it back-to-back victories against cellar dwellers, Melbourne Tigers.