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MUVJBL U16 Boys VC review: Round 1 – Energy and Supercats play out thriller

LATROBE Energy survived a scare from Geelong Supercats in the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under 16 Boys competition, winning by four points in a round otherwise littered by one-sided results. The damaging Energy duo of Jack Hrehoresen (25 points) and Coby Burgiel (19) were at it again, scoring two-thirds of the team’s points, while Koby Tibballs chipped in with 12. For the Supercats, Billy Dawson (19 points), Jet Kneebone (14) and Olivier Northam (15) were the key scorers in the narrow 63-67 loss.

At the other end of the scale, Waverley Falcons shot to the top of the table with a 20-point win on the road against Dandenong Rangers. Nemuel Soliven posted a game-high 19 points for the winners, but he was far from alone, with Matt Jefferson (16), David Amum (14) and Tesloch Thong (10) all reaching double figures. Jerome Pierre was the most effective for the Rangers with 12 points, while Dennis Ameti (11) and Nyareth Mayoum (10) were also productive.

Keilor Thunder settled into second spot on the table thanks to a 14-point triumph over Bendigo Braves. The Thunder got up 61-47 on the road, with Cooper Colson sinking 19 points and Jackson Djatschenko finishing with 11. The Thunder had nine scorers on the night, including Nikolas Ellul (eight points) and Brodie McWhinney (seven). For the Braves, Macey Eaton (18 points) and Jacob Nihill (17) did the majority of the damage.

Knox Raiders won in front of a home crowd in Boronia, downing Bulleen Boomers, 66-51. Jordan Anderson (15 points) and Zachary Greeves (14) led the way, as Blake Stratton (12) was also impressive. The Boomers had their fair share of shooters, with Daniel Poelsma sinking 16 points, while Daniel Johnston (12) and Marcel Haj (11) showed they can be damaging when at their best.

In the final game of the round, Eltham Wildcats became the third side to win away from home for the round, downing Pakenham Warriors by 13 points. Anton Stratov was enormous with 23 points, the second most for the round, while Bradley Moorey sank 11. Jye McAlister also finished with seven points for the winners, while Drue Maher (10 points) and Lachlan Smith (eight) were the best for the home team.

In the reserve grade, Melbourne Tigers belted Sunbury Jets by 27 points, one better than Kilsyth Cobras’ 26-point win over Southern Peninsula Sharks. In much tighter games, Eltham Wildcats 2 got up 43-42 over Whittlesea Pacers, Hawthorn Magic defeated Diamond Valley Eagles 75-69, and Nunawading Spectres got the job done against Casey Cavaliers 70-61.

In Round 2 for the Championship Division, Waverley travel to Knox in a battle of two impressive sides from Round 1, while Latrobe is back at home for a second consecutive week, this time against Bulleen. In other games, Keilor hosts Pakenham, Eltham travels to Bendigo, and one of Geelong or Dandenong will get on the board after first round defeats.

Round 1 results:

Bendigo Braves 47 defeated by Keilor Thunder 61
Knox Raiders 66 defeated Bulleen Boomers 51
Latrobe Energy 67 defeated Geelong Supercats 63
Dandenong Rangers 54 defeated by Waverley Falcons 74
Pakenham Warriors 47 defeated by Eltham Wildcats 60

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 U16B review: Boomers win big in otherwise close round

THE Bulleen Boomers have taken another big win starting their season 2-0 with a win against the Casey Cavaliers. The 79-52 win was on the back of another strong performance from Will Rimmington who put on 20 points. Casey relied on Blake Shankland again this week however his 18 points were not enough as the Cavaliers fell to a heavy loss after last weeks draw.

The Watson pool had another draw on this week as the Warriors and Supercats could not be split at the final buzzer sharing the points in the 64-all match. Jack Morris-Burney put up a big game dropping 19 for Pakenham, only bettered by Supercat, Jet Kneebone (21). Along with Kneebone, Billy Dawson (12 points), Harry Den Dryver and Olivier Northam (both 11) had solid games.

The other results in the Watson pool saw Waverley, Hawthorn and Eltham all chalk up comfortable wins. The Falcons’ Matt Jefferson posted 23 points in the 79-64 win, combining well with David Amum (19) to sink Kilsyth Cobras, despite the best efforts of Harrison Adams (18). Anton Stratov (24 points) and Bradley Moore (17) were productive for Eltham in the 17-point win against Melbourne, while Hawthorn’s Denzel Timmons went on a scoring streak of 24 points in the Magic’s 71-57 win over Sunbury.

The Ashe pool saw a few closer match ups this week four of the five matches were separated by less than 12 points. The game of the round saw Bendigo scrape to a six-point win over Eltham Wildcats 2. Liam O’Brien (13) and Macey Eaton (11) combined for 24 to see the Braves over the line and sit second on the ladder at 2-0.

In their way at the top sit Knox who had a 38-point win over the Southern Peninsula Sharks. Jordan Anderson’s hot hand continued this week as he came up big scoring 21 as his side cruised to victory with help from Blake Stratton (16).

The other results saw Keilor make it two from two win a narrow win over Dandenong thanks to the work of Cooper Colson (19) and Christopher Panayl (15) among others. Diamond Valley recorded a nine-point victory over Latrobe Energy with Corey Rutherford (21 points) on fire, along with Jack Miles (17), while the Energy’s deadly duo of Coby Burgiel (24) and Jack Hrehoresen (21) did most of the damage for the visitors. The final game saw Dandenong overcome Nunawading for its first win of the season, as Jerome Pierre dropped 30 points in the win.

MUVJBL Championship to tip-off on Friday

ROUND 1 of the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Championship tips off this Friday night, and we take a look at the Under 18s and Under 16s both boys and girls fixtures that take place across the state.

U18 Boys fixtures

Pool 1:

Dandenong 2 vs. Kilsyth – Dandenong Crt 1, 8.20pm
Geelong vs. Dandenong – AWA Alliance Bank Stadium Crt 1, 9.40pm
Bendigo vs. Bulleen – Bendigo Crt 1, 9.40pm
Collingwood vs. Eltham – Melbourne Girls College Crt 1, 9.40pm
Werribee vs. Waverley – Werribee Crt 1, 9.40pm

Pool 2:

Hawthorn vs. Keilor – Hawthorn Crt 2, 9.20pm
Casey vs. Knox – Casey Stadium Crt 1, 9.40pm
Nunawading vs. Diamond Valley – Nunawading Crt 3, 9.40pm
Ringwood vs. Melbourne – Ringwood Crt 1, 9.40pm
Korumburra vs. Ballarat – State Basketball Centre Crt 4, 9,40pm

U18 Girls fixtures

Pool 1:

Diamond Valley vs. Nunawading 2 – Community Bank Stadium Crt 1, 9.40pm
Dandenong vs. Pakenham – Dandenong Crt 1, 9.40pm
Southern Peninsula vs. Frankston – Dromana Stadium Crt 1, 9.40pm
Kilsyth vs. McKinnon – Kilsyth Crt 1, 9.40pm
Bulleen vs. Knox – Mullum Mullum Crt 1, 9.40pm

Pool 2:

Warrandyte vs. Hawthorn – Doncaster Secondary College, 8pm
Dandenong 2 vs. Geelong – Dandenong Crt V1, 8.20pm
Altona vs. Bendigo – Altona Crt 1, 9.40pm
Broadmeadows vs. Melbourne – Broadmeadows Crt 1, 9.40pm
Nunawading vs. Keilor – Nunawading Crt 1, 9.40pm

U16 Boys fixtures

Pool 1:

Bendigo vs. Diamond Valley – Bendigo Crt 1, 8.20pm
Keilor vs. Dandenong – Keilor Crt 4, 8.20pm
Nunawading vs. Southern Peninsula – Nunawading Crt 1, 8.20pm
Knox vs. Eltham 2 – Knox Crt 1, 9.40pm
Latrobe vs. Whittlesea – Traralgon Crt 1, 9.40pm

Pool 2:

Geelong vs. Sunbury – AWA Alliance Bank Stadium Crt 1, 8.20pm
Casey vs. Kilsyth – Casey Stadium Crt 1, 8.20pm
Melbourne vs. Bulleen – MSAC Crt 1, 8.20pm
Hawthorn vs. Eltham – Hawthorn Crt 3, 9.00pm
Waverley vs. Pakenham – Waverley Crt 1, 9.20pm

U16 Girls fixtures

Pool 1:

Diamond Valley vs. Sunbury – Community Bank Stadium Crt 1, 8.20pm
Kilsyth vs. Dandenong – Kilsyth Crt 1, 8.20pm
Ringwood vs. Waverley – Ringwood Crt 1, 8.20pm
Ballarat vs. Bellarine – Mars Minerdome Crt 1, 9.20pm
Keilor vs. Hawthorn – Keilor Crt 4, 9.40pm

Pool 2:

Altona vs. Bendigo – Altona Crt 1, 8.20pm
Southern Peninsula vs. Nunawading – Dromana Stadium Crt 1, 8.20pm
Bulleen vs. Melbourne – Mullum Mullum Crt 1, 8.20pm
Eltham vs. Knox – Eltham High Crt 1, 9.40pm
Frankston vs. Sandringham – Frankston Crt 1, 9.40pm

MUVJBL Under 16 Boys: Grading Phase Two Review

THE first teams of the Under 16 Boys’ Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) have been eliminated from the race to the Under 16 Boys championship division, while four more teams secured their spots in the top grade for the 2019 season. We review how each pool fared in the second phase of grading.

Pool 1:

1st Kilsyth
2nd Latrobe
3rd McKinnon
4th Frankston

In the first pool, Kilsyth gained automatic promotion ahead of Latrobe and McKinnon on the Cobras’ way to the top grade qualification. All three sides recorded two wins in the group, but a higher percentage saw Kilsyth finish top, with Latrobe and McKinnon second and third respectively to head to the Crossover matches. Frankston finished bottom despite being competitive and were unfortunately eliminated from the race.

Pool 2:

1st Pakenham
2nd Geelong
3rd Sandringham
4th Bulleen 2

In the second pool, two draws in the six matches ensured the competition was tight. Both first and second did not suffer a loss, with Pakenham winning two and drawing one, while Geelong only won the one game but registered two draws – including a 53-all draw with Pakenham last Friday. Sandringham finished third courtesy of a win over Bulleen 2, while the Boomers were resigned to last despite a valiant draw with Geelong earlier in the group stage.

Pool 3:

1st Southern Peninsula
2nd Sunbury
3rd Werribee
4th Camberwell

In the third pool, it was another tight contest with the top three sides all winning two games, while Camberwell finished a clear fourth in the group. Southern Peninsula was the lucky side to move through to the championship division automatically, while Sunbury and Werribee qualified for the Crossover matches.

Pool 4:

1st Keilor
2nd Whittlesea
3rd Dandenong 2
4th Diamond Valley 2

The fourth group was more clear cut, with Keilor taking out the pool with three wins from as many games, well clear ahead of Whittlesea, Dandenong 2 and Diamond Valley 2. Whittlesea defeated both the second sides, and although the Eagles pushed Keilor all the way, finished on the bottom of the table, while the Rangers’ win over the Eagles ensured they moved through to the crossover matches.

Under 16 Boys AA Crossover Round:

Latrobe vs. Sandringham
Geelong vs. McKinnon
Sunbury vs. Dandenong 2
Whittlesea vs. Werribee

Qualified for Championship division:

Southern Peninsula

Weekend preview: MUVJBL Boys – Crossover Round 3

WHILE the tables across each Victorian Junior Basketball League (VJBL) Boys Under 16 and 18 AA division pool tell similar stories, a heap of third-place sides remain in top-two contention and could well turn qualification scenarios on their heads.

Under 18

Pool 1:
The top two and bottom two sides face off in Round 3 of Pool 1, with a mid-table deadlock set to be decided by the final fixtures. Pakenham’s resounding Round 2 win over bottom side Latrobe was enough to see it climb into second after dropping the ball in the opening round, but the Warriors face a tough ask in holding onto that spot as they travel to face Melbourne in a top-of-the-table clash. In the group’s other game, Diamond Valley 2 is a good chance of snatching second should it overcome Latrobe away from home, but will need a sizeable percentage boost if the Warriors manage to beat Melbourne. With sliding doors continuing to move, the few scenarios left will make for an interesting last round as three sides look to take up two qualifying positions.

Pool 2:
As is the case in Pool 1, the top two sides face each other in Pool 2 to decide top spot with third place lurking should either team slip up. Ladder-leaders Eltham host first-place hopefuls Ringwood in a bid to secure the spot, with a handy 57 per cent buffer and game advantage in hand. A good amount of high scorers makes the Wildcats a scary proposition, but the Hawks need a solid performance to keep safe of slipping to third. Current holders of that place, Knox, hosts Wangaratta in hopes of securing a win and climbing the ladder – but will again need a percentage boost in the process. Form suggests Eltham are a lock to progress, and Knox stands a good chance of also doing so, but you cannot count Ringwood out of this group given its win over the Raiders just last week.

Pool 3:
Believe it or not, the exact same scenario quipped in Pools 1 and 2 faces Pool 3, only the gap between the top and bottom two sides seems slightly more pronounced. Blackburn sits third – level on points with Eltham 2 after overcoming the Wildcats last week, but holds a considerably weaker percentage of 77 compared to Eltham’s 101. While that can change relatively quickly, Eltham will hold some confidence in retaining its spot given that fact – despite a clash with the formidable Diamond Valley to come. With that fixture to take place later in the night at Mullum Mullum Court, the Vikings will set the scene earlier on as they take on McKinnon at home. Should McKinnon cause an upset, Eltham may already secure progression before taking the court, but should take nothing for granted against the 2-0 Eagles. Like each of the other groups, this one could well go down to the wire.

Pool 4:
Pool 4 stands alone in its final round scenario, with first playing third and second doing battle with fourth in what could provide a more clear-cut outcome. The unbeaten Collingwood All Stars host Dandenong 2 to open proceedings, with the Rangers coming off a thrilling one-point win over Geelong in Round 2 to get on the board. While the win would undoubtedly have boosted confidence, Dandenong’s percentage still sits down on second-placed Sandringham at this stage. An upset over the All-Stars could remove that factor altogether for Dandenong, but the Sabres will be keen to grab a second win and possibly even top spot to eliminate all doubt. While form-lines suggest an easy passage for two sides, both 1-1 teams know it is all on the line in Round 3 and should produce some magic.

Under 16

Pool 1:
Pool 1 throws up a similar set of outcomes as the many of the Under 18 groups, with the top two sides playing off while third plays fourth. Fresh off a win against second-placed Latrobe, McKinnon travels to face Frankston in hopes of jumping into a qualification spot with a win. The confidence dent made last week to Latrobe’s hopes would have been lessened given the Energy retain second spot, but requiring a win over table-toppers Kilsyth to guarantee progression is a tough assignment. Still, the top of the table clash stands and it should be a cracker given 2-0 Kilsyth have the chance to go through undefeated.

Pool 2:
A unique Pool 2 ladder will be finalised in Round 3 as the current top two sides look poised to progress. Pakenham hosts Geelong in a battle of the two top teams, with the Warriors coming off a solid second win last week to solidify their top-two status. The Supercats fared slightly differently as they drew with Bulleen 2, but the result was not all bad as they held on to second and the best percentage in the pool. While that could allow Geelong to jump into first with a win, the ramifications multiply as it means Bulleen 2 faces a tough road to second. The Boomers have to hope their nearest rivals lose, while also going out and beating Sandringham by a substantial margin to roll into qualification – despite not yet grabbing a win. The Sabres are a somewhat forgotten factor in this scenario, but will also be keen to get on the board with a win and finish the group stage on a high.

Pool 3:
With the typical 1v2 and 3v4 set-up taking place in Pool 3, third place remains a chance to snatch top two honours in what should be an action-packed Round 3. Werribee and Camberwell open proceedings at MSAC in a clash that could either see the Devils grab second, or the Dragons get on the board with win number one. Werribee remained in third despite a win over second-place Sunbury last week, but could finally jump the Jets at the final hurdle if they go down to Southern Peninsula. The Sharks had a closer than expected win over Camberwell last time out, but are nonetheless the only side with two wins from two attempts. The chance to progress at 3-0 will give them motivation, but a hungry Sunbury side should give it all in their last chance saloon.

Pool 4:
A straight-out play-off for second spot is set to go down in Round 3 as Whittlesea travels to play Dandenong with qualification up for grabs. The Pacers are the form team of the two given their win last week and how Keilor accounted for Dandenong, but anything can happen when the sides finally meet. The ladder-leading Thunder will look to go through unbeaten as they do battle with Diamond Valley 2 on the road, with a first win looking hard to obtain for the Eagles. Given the freedom with which Keilor have scored thus far, another blowout could be on the cards as the Thunder look like one of the top overall sides.

MUVJBL U16 Boys: Crossover Round 2 Review

POOLS are taking shape after Round 2 of the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) Under 16 boys AA division, with second spot open across each group as sides do battle to secure qualification to the elite division.

Pool 1:

McKinnon (54) defeated Latrobe (41)
Frankston (50) defeated by Kilsyth (62)

A mid-table qualification battle is set to carry into Round 3 in Pool 1 as Round 1 losers, McKinnon managed to topple second-placed Latrobe to go level on points with its weekend rival. The Cougars powered to a 13-point victory and now stand a decent chance to progress should they win again in the final round. Their opponents in that game, Frankston will make it anything but easy though, with the Blues showing improved form as they went down to top side, Kilsyth at home. McKinnon’s Denver Lund was huge with 17 points to lead the scoring, with Luke Lyngberg backing up his 11 Round 1 points to net 12 this time around. Jack Hrehorensen and Coby Burgiel also backed up well for Latrobe after a combined 29 points last week, sinking 12 apiece to lead the way in a losing effort. Meanwhile, pool leader Kilsyth continued its winning run, downing bottom side, Frankston by 12 points to secure qualification. While Harrison Adams is proving a consistent contributor after downing another 12 points, Zach Fitzpatrick and Will Ellis were big improvers from Round 1 as they claimed 13 and 11 points respectively in the win. Frankston had a nicely even spread of scorers, with Liam Atkinson‘s 11 topping their charts, followed by Lachlan Jensen and Tarrant Wallace on nine each. The Blues will not have much on the line as they host a hungry McKinnon in Round 3, but Latrobe faces the tough task of toppling 2-0 Kilsyth to earn progression.


Pool 2:

Geelong (60) drew with Bulleen 2 (60)
Pakenham (63) defeated Sandringham (58)

The competition’s first draw was produced in Pool 2, as second and third battled to 60 points apiece to open Round 2, while Pakenham claimed a second win to soar clear at the top. Hosts Geelong shared the points with Bulleen 2 in the mid-table thriller, with Jet Kneebone netting 15 points for the Supercats alongside Harry Den Dryver (13 points) and Olivier Northam (11). Boomer Samuel Natoli had a game-high 17 points to lead the charge for his side, aided by Oliver Slawinski (16 points) and Ethan Wellington (11) in a free-flowing affair. In another tight contest, Pakenham sealed qualification with a five-point win over Sandringham at home. An impressive four players reached double-figures for the Warriors, with Jarred Small and Kobe Wilson sinking 12 each, while Zachary McLean and Lachlan Smith had 10. Aiden McCarthy backed up from a good outing last week with 13 points for the Sabres, while Flynn Gaywood came in and downed 10 in his first group game. With Pakenham and Geelong playing off for first place next week, Bulleen could benefit and jump into a qualification spot with a win over Sandringham in what looks like one of the more even pools.


Pool 3:

Camberwell (62) defeated by Southern Peninsula (67)
Werribee (43) defeated Sunbury (39)

Three teams could finish Pool 3 with two wins after Round 3, with every side bar-Camberwell claiming wins after two games. It was a close call for ladder-leaders Southern Peninsula, as the Sharks overcame the bottom-placed Dragons by five points on Friday night. Darcy Jones and Ben Fisher again bore a most of the scoring load with 14 points each, while Corey Hastings improved on his Round 1 output with 12 points for Southern Peninsula. Sam Veitch (16 points) was again important for their opponents, supported by Liam O’Hoy (12 points) and Lochlan Redford (10). In the round’s other game, Werribee got on the board with a close win over its nearest rivals, Sunbury in a low-scorer. Feloni Ngata downed a game-high 11 points for the Devils, with Mitchell Smith‘s eight the next best for their side. For Sunbury, both Ryder Rousch and David Angove netted 10 points each as the only Jets to reach double digits. Werribee looks likely to proceed alongside Southern Peninsula as it hosts bottom-side Camberwell in Round 3, but could hit a snag given the closeness of the group. Meanwhile, the Sharks host Sunbury and will set them a difficult task in getting out of the group to see out proceedings.


Pool 4:

Diamond Valley 2 (29) defeated by Whittlesea (44)
Keilor (77) defeated Dandenong 2 (47)

With Keilor having all-but secured promotion and Diamond Valley 2 at the bottom, a battle for second spot is set to take place after Round 2 proceedings in Pool 4. The Thunder produced the biggest margin of the round in the top of the table clash, trouncing Dandenong by 30 points in an awesome scoring display. It was a slightly different story in the clash between Diamond Valley 2 and Whittlesea, with the bottom side managing just 29 points to the Pacers’ 44 as they were ruled out of contention. The Eagles now host a red-hot Keilor side, while Dandenong 2 and Whittlesea will battle it out for second place to close out the round in what should be a cracker.

Weekend preview: MUVJBL Boys – Crossover Round 2

ROUND 2 in the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) boys competitions looks to be a one that will define most pools across the Under 16 and 18 AA groups, with plenty of Round 1 winners set to try their hand against those who went down last week. Still, three top-of-the-table clashes will also take place across the weekend’s action.

Under 18:

Pool 1:

A top-of-the-table clash looms to kick off proceedings in Pool 1, as Melbourne Tigers travels to Diamond Valley to take on the Eagles’ second team. Having accounted for Latrobe last time out, the Tigers are sitting pretty atop of the able with a handy percentage advantage over their weekend opponents. That was largely thanks to sharpshooter Jordan Adams, who netted 24 points in the opener, with three of his Tiger teammates sinking nine each to put a winning score on the board. Diamond Valley 2’s close shave last week means they know how to get up in the clutch, which could well come in handy if they bring it to Melbourne as one of the side’s 0 wins has to go. The Eagles look to have the scoring power to match Melbourne across the court, with four players finishing with at least nine points in their Round 1 win. The round’s other match-up poses the two sides at the opposite end of the table against each other, with a win vital to either team’s chances of progressing. Pakenham will fancy itself away from home given its narrow margin of defeat last time out, but Latrobe’s big loss may well just be a sign of how dominant Melbourne is. Either way, a side in each game will be handed its first loss and earn its first win, giving the table some shape.


Pool 2:

Both Ringwood and Eltham will be looking to secure qualification with a second win in Pool 2 as they swap Round 1 opponents in the second set of fixtures on Friday. The Wildcats had a massive win to open their account as they trampled Knox by 27 points to secure top spot. That was on the back of Nicolas Uzelac and Matt Debney both posting more than 20 points, and they will look to boss the boards once again against a Wangaratta side that did not quite put it together around the paint in Round 1. Victors in that outing, Ringwood host Knox and will be looking to bring the same intent into Round 2. The Hawks had a good spread of scorers last week as five players claimed over eight points for the night, while the Raiders had just two players net over 10 points as they went down handily. It will certainly be make or break for the two bottom sides, while the top two would be hopeful of edging a step closer to automatic qualification with another win.


Pool 3:

As is the case in Pool 2, the Pool 1’s opening round winners will be swapping opponents in their second outings as they look forward to a final-round clash. Diamond Valley put a firm stamp on its automatic qualification credentials with a resounding 42-point win, which will be hard to beat in this week’s clash with McKinnon. Easily the highest scorers of the week across all pools, the Eagles look the early favourites to soar into the championship division. While they lost their opening effort, the McKinnon side will be hopeful of bouncing back in what looks like a strong group as their qualification hopes are still alive. That is also the case for Blackburn, but the Vikings face a tough task in the form of Eltham 2, with the Wildcats fielding two strong line-ups in the competition. Caleb Bruggeman was the big scorer in Round 1 with his 18 points for Eltham, with he and his Wildcat teammates looking to follow from Diamond Valley’s example, which could even propel them to top spot. If that is the case, a final round clash with the Eagles looks set to be a belter. With the group shaping up like Pool 2, now would be a good time for the two bottom sides to throw a spanner in the works and make Round 3 interesting.


Pool 4:

A top-of-the-table clash is set to open Round 2 in Pool 4, as Collingwood hosts Sandringham. Both sides had wins in excess of 10 points last week to pit them just three per cent apart, with four players on either side reaching double figures in the scoring stakes. Leaders Collingwood overcame Geelong in that game, but it was not all bad for the Supercats as they managed to post a respectable 55 points. They travel this week to face bottom-placed Dandenong 2, with the Rangers coming off their 11-point loss to Sandringham in the opener. It looks a matter of which side can gain the confidence needed on D as both bottom sides leaked points in Round 1 without having too many serious woes netting the ball in their hoop. The same sturdiness will be needed in game one between the ladder leaders, but either side’s scoring power should produce an entertaining encounter.


Under 16:

Frankston faces a tough task in its search for a win in Pool 1 as the Blues host table toppers, Kilsyth to open Round 2. In a similar fashion, McKinnon is set to do battle with Latrobe at home after going down to the Cobras, with the second-placed Energy looking to travel well and claim a second-straight win. The qualification could be clear as day after just the second round should both the top sides get up, but McKinnon and Frankston will be keen to get on the board.

It is a similar story in Pool 2 as Pakenham and Geelong host Sandringham and Bulleen 2 respectively after claiming wins last week. While the Warriors had a tight win over the Bulls to slip them into second, Geelong’s victory looked a little more convincing as it returned a 19-point winning margin. With automatic promotion likely to be up for grabs for either winning side, the Bulls could well be the team to throw up an upset against a strong Geelong side, while the Sabers would be keen to bounce back after going down handily.

Again, the two winning sides of Round 1 swap rivals coming into a second outing in Pool 3, with Southern Peninsula looking to add to its winning start with a win away at Camberwell. The Dragons are no slouches though, having narrowly gone down to Sunbury last time out, and will give themselves every chance to get on the board at home. Meanwhile, Werribee will be looking for a similar outcome as it hosts Sunbury to see out Round 2. This looks the group most likely to have a winner drop points as both games were reasonably tight, so expect a couple of hot contests as the round robin heats up.

Pool 4 breaks the fixturing trend as a top of the table clash rounds out the second lot of games, with Keilor hosting Dandenong 2. While the Thunder’s winning margin was double that of the Rangers, anything can happen and this group looks to be another tight one. A Rangers win would keep the group interesting, with both sides in the first game of the round surely confident in their chances of securing their first win. Plenty Valley 2 fared slightly better than its counterpart from Whittlesea, but the Pacers posted a slightly higher score in their loss. Either way, one team is set to create a mid-table battle going into Round 3.