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NBL1 North wrap: Round 5

THERE were some big upsets across the men’s and women’s divisions of the National Basketball League (NBL)1 North competition, with some of the NBL players returning to shake up the mix following the conclusion of their seasons.

WOMEN’S:

Southern District Spartans handed Townsville Flames their second loss of the season and created a two-game gap inside the top two in doing so. The second placed Spartans did enough to see off the Flames in a tight eight-point match, winning three of the four quarters. The home team started the stronger of the pair with a 22-19 opening stanza, before the Spartans hit back with a 15-8 second term to lead by four at the main break. A tight second half ensued but the Spartans did enough to win it by four points all up to salute by eight, 71-63.

Kalani Purcell was the chief destroyer with a massive double-double of 27 points and 15 rebounds, working both ends of the floor with an eight/seven split in terms of defensive and offensive rebounds. She also had the three assists and two steals in the win, as Nadeen Payne also collected a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds.

Maddison Rocci (12 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals) and Ash Karaitiana (12 points, three assists) both hit double-figure points, while Madelyn Willey had a terrible night shooting with just two points (one of 10 from the field) but picked up 10 assists and six rebounds.

Steph Reid had 18 points, six assists, four rebounds and three steals to lead the scoring for the Flames, while Mia Murray (17 points, 12 rebounds, four steals and three assists) and Micaela Cocks (14 points, three rebounds) used their WNBL experience to produce impressive efforts.

It was a much tighter game than the Spartans’ 54-point thrashing of the lowly Cairns Dolphins. The Spartans dominated from the opening tip-off, winning every term by at least nine points and as much as 21, to run out 114-60 victors. In that performance Willey could not miss with 28 points (11 of 14 and six of nine from long-range) and five assists.

Payne (18 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals), Rocci (11 points, nine assists and six rebounds) and Purcell (12 points, eight rebounds) all feasted as well. Leichlan Williams (20 points, 14 rebounds) and Sarah Heard (16 points, two rebounds and two assists) did the bulk of the scoring for the Dolphins.

Top of the table Logan Thunder easily accounted for last placed RedCity Roar with a 27-point victory, as Gold Coast Rollers had a mixed weekend from two games. Losing to Mackay Meteorettes by 24 points, the Rollers bounced back to post a 19-point victory over Rockhampton Cyclones. In other results, South West Metro Pirates knocked off Ipswich Force by 16 points, and USC Rip City posted a 10-point victory over Brisbane Capitals.

ROUND 5 RESULTS:

Mackay Meteorettes (82) def. Gold Coast Rollers (58)
Cairns Dolphins (60) def. by Southern Districts Spartans (114)
Rockhampton Cyclones (60) def. by Gold Coast Rollers (79)
RedCity Roar (46) def. by Logan Thunder (73)
South West Metro Pirates (81) def. Ipswich Force (65)
Townsville Flames (63) def. by Southern Districts Spartans (71)
USC Rip City (74) def. Brisbane Capitals (64)

MEN’S:

In a battle of the winless sides, Ipswich Force got on the board with a six-point victory over South West Metro Pirates. The result left the Pirates and Rockhampton Rockets as the only sides yet to taste victory in season 2021, as the Force leapfrogged RedCity Roar who pushed the top of the table undefeated Logan Thunder all the way in a 12-point defeat. The Force lead by two points at quarter time and five at the main break, before the Pirates hit back to take control and win the second half by the same margin. Forcing overtime, it was the Force who stood up in the extra period 13-7 to win by six points, 93-87.

Nathan Sobey was a key in for the Force, notching up 27 points – though shot at an inaccurate 34.62 per cent, including four of 19 from long-range – nine rebounds, six assists and two steals. He teamed up well with Jason Ralph (15 points, nine rebounds and eight assists) and Manylok Malek (12 points, seven rebounds) in the win. Kai Woodfall had 29 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals for the Pirates, while Brendan Teys (16 points, eight rebounds and six assists) and Ramy Kodi (16 points, nine rebounds and two steals) were both impressive.

In the tight game between the undefeated Thunder the the struggling Roar, it was RedCity who jumped out of the blocks to pile on 27-20 in the opening term. That momentum swung in the other direction after the break though for the Thunder to take a four-point advantage into half-time. They extended it to seven by the final break and cruised to a 12-point win, 96-84. Jeremy Kendle (24 points, 12 assists and three rebounds), Boston Mazlin (21 points, five rebounds) and Blake Jones (12 points, 15 rebounds and five assists) were all among the Thunder’s best in the win.

Kian Dennis impressed for the Roar with 25 points, eight rebounds and three steals, while Kobe McDowell-White (20 points, five rebounds and four assists), Darryl McDowell-White (16 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals) and Brent Wallace (14 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and two blocks) did most of the scoring.

In other results, Southern Districts Spartans had a weekend to force, dropping both games to slip to eighth and a 3-3 record following losses to Cairns Marlins (17 points) and Townsville Heat (11 points). In other results, Mackay Meteors knocked off Gold Coast Rollers by 12 points to keep in touch with the top two, and USC Rip City accounted for Brisbane Capitals by 17 points in an upset to move to 2-2 and sentence the Capitals to their second loss of the season and a 4-2 record in fourth spot.

ROUND 5 RESULTS:

Mackay Meteors (101) def. Gold Coast Rollers (89)
Cairns Marlins (85) def. Southern Districts Spartans (68)
Rockhampton Rockets (92) def. by Gold Coast Rollers (107)
RedCity Roar (84) def. by Logan Thunder (96)
South West Metro Pirates (87) def. by Ipswich Force (93)
Townsville Heat (93) def. Southern Districts Spartans (82)
USC Rip City (107) def. Brisbane Capitals (90)

Picture credit: Ray Krause / Cairns Basketball

NBL1 West wrap: Round 9

IN ROUND 10 of the National Basketball League (NBL)1 West competition, Perry Lakes Hawks asserted their dominance across both competitions with impressive wins, including a top of the table victory in the men’s division.

WOMEN’S:

Perry Lakes Hawks had a good weekend in Round 9, triumphing in both their clashes over Lakeside Lightning and South West Slammers. The Hawks started off the weekend with a Friday victory over the Lightning, getting up 91-74, before smashing the Slammers on Saturday evening with a 66-point shellacking on the road. In the tighter 17-point win, Perry Lakes took control from the start and lead by eight points at the first break, then won each quarter after that to secure the victory. They also won the four quarters against the Slammers who were competitive for a term – scoring 18 points in the first – but then proceeded to only score 13 over the next three quarters – including just two in the second and fourth quarters – to go down 97-31.

Megan McKay had a couple of memorable outings, putting up 22 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists and three steals against Lakeside Lightning, then added 22 points, 12 rebounds, three steals and two assists in just 19 minutes against the South West Slammers. Natalie Burton did a lot of damage against the Slammers with 24 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals, having a quieter 11 points, six rebounds and two assists against the Lightning. Millicent McCarthy (20 points, four rebounds and two steals) was lively from long-range against the Lightning, but only managed the eight points, through eight assists, five steals and three rebounds, against the Slammers.

There was not much to smile about from South West’s perspective, with Zaya Lilly Black battling hard to score a team-high seven points, as well as six rebounds. Cian Parsons was the top player with 13 rebounds – 11 defensive – to go with six points, matched on a scoring front by Imogen Van Iaere (six points, seven rebounds). The more competitive Lightning had the impressive Ashleigh Isenbarger who finished with 25 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two assists, while Kyrah Daniels (13 points, four assists, two steals and two blocks) and Jae Flynn (12 points, three rebounds) also hit double-digit points.

Another team that picked up two wins on the weekend – both on the road – was East Perth Eagles who knocked over Rockingham Flames by six points (83-77) and then Willetton Lightning by 13 points (87-76). In a battle of the two losers from Friday night, the Lightning bounced back to record a three-point win over Rockingham Flames (72-69) on Saturday. Meanwhile in other results, Cockburn Cougars defeated Mandurah Magic by 13 points, Warwrick Senators smashed Perth Redbacks by 35 points, and Joondalup Wolves grabbed the win against Eastern Suns by 12 points.

ROUND 9 RESULTS:

Perry Lakes Hawks (91) def. Lakeside Lightning (74)
Rockingham Flames (77) def. by East Perth Eagles (83)
Cockburn Cougars (69) def. Mandurah Magic (56)
Perth Redbacks (58) def. by Warwick Senators (93)
South West Slammers (31) def. by Perry Lakes Hawks (97)
Willetton Tigers (76) def. by East Perth Eagles (87)
Lakeside Lightning (72) def. Rockingham Flames (69)
Eastern Suns (54) def. by Joondalup Wolves (66)

MEN’S:

A top of the table clash between Perry Lakes Hawks and Lakeside Lightning went the way of the now first placed Hawks, as Perry Lakes got up by 16 points. Playing on Friday night, the Hawks were sluggish at the start as the visitors got away to a five-point lead at quarter time, and were out by eight at the main break. Reeling them in immediately after half-time, the Hawks scored 22-10 in the third term to take a four-point advantage into three quarter time, before piling on 25 to 13 in the final term to win 97-81.

Lewis Thomas lead the way for the Hawks with a double-double of 25 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks and two assists. Also contributing well across the floor was Ben Purser (21 points, seven assists and five rebounds), whilst Ryan Smith (18 points, five rebounds and three assists) and Mitchell Clarke (12 points, eight assists and four rebounds) also impressed. Andrew Ferguson (eight points, nine rebounds, two assists and two blocks) was strong off the boards.

For the Lightning, Julius Bowie took control of scoring with 22 points and four rebounds, one of four players to rack up double-digit points. Jack Isenbarger (19 points, two assists), Kyle Armour (17 points, four rebounds and two assists) and Rowan Mackenzie (15 points, seven rebounds) were also impressive.

Turning around the result, the Lightning took the win over Rockingham Flames on Saturday, getting up by 17 points, 101-84. They won the first half by nine points, then finished strongly with a 26-18 last term to win comfortably. Mackenzie managed the 26 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals, while Isenbarger pipped him for 28 points, five rebounds and five assists, and Bowie had 20 points, seven rebounds and three assists. For the Flames, Cirkook Makuac Riak (22 points, 10 rebounds and six assists), Ryan Godfrey (14 points, four assists and three rebounds) and Justin Beard (seven points, 12 rebounds, three steals and two assists) were among the best players.

In a much easier win than their Friday night victory, Perry Lakes Hawks secured a 27-point win over South West Slammers on the road. Matthew Leary (16 points, four rebounds and two assists) did well, stepping up with Ferguson (19 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals), Clarke (15 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals) and Smith (14 points, five rebounds) in the big win. For the Slammers, Mitchell Keller (15 points, six rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocks) and Ngor Nai (10 points, three rebounds and two steals) were the double-digit scorers.

In other results, Warwick Senators suffered a disappointing loss to Perth Redbacks by 14 points, as East Perth Eagles went down in both their clashes to Rockingham Flames (52 points) and Willetton Tigers (26 points). Mandurah Magic proved too good for Cockburn Cougars (13 points), while Goldfields Giants came away with the eight-point victory over Geraldton Buccaneers, and Eastern Suns suffered back-to-back defeats to Joondalup Wolves (18 points) and Mandurah Magic (14).

ROUND 9 RESULTS:

Perry Lakes Hawks (97) def. Lakeside Lightning (81)
Rockingham Flames (105) def. East Perth Eagles (53)
Cockburn Cougars (78) def. by Mandurah Magic (91)
Geraldton Buccaneers (62) def. by Goldfields Giants (70)
Perth Redbacks (83) def. Warwick Senators (69)
South West Slammers (64) def. by Perry Lakes Hawks (91)
Willetton Tigers (90) def. East Perth Eagles (64)
Lakeside Lightning (101) def. Rockingham Flames (84)
Eastern Suns (75) def. by Joondalup Wolves (103)
Mandurah Magic (83) def. Eastern Suns (69)

 

Picture credit: Eric Paul Goldie

NBL1 Women’s stats update: June 10

WITH all four National Basketball League (NBL)1 competitions well underway this season, we look at who is leading the stats in points, rebounds and assists across the board in the women’s divisions.

POINTS

CENTRAL

#1 Olivia Thompson (South Adelaide) 27.33
#2 Teige Morrell (Southern Tigers) 21.55
#3 Samantha Simons (Forestville Eagles) 21.22
#4 Ashley Spencer (South Adelaide) 20.22

NORTH

#1 Amanda Johnson (SWM Pirates) 29.0
#2 Stephanie Reid (Townsville Flames) 28.0
#3 Kathleen MacLeod (SC Phoenix) 22.6
#4 Mikaela Ruef (Logan Thunder) 22.4

SOUTH

#1 Keely Froling (Launceston Tornadoes) 33.85
#2 Emma Mahady (Albury-Wodonga Bandits) 23.87
#3 Jenna O’Hea (Sandringham Sabres) 23.71
#4 Mariah Payne (Launceston Tornadoes) 22.8

WEST

#1 Samantha Lubcke (Willetton Tigers) 24.25
#2 Makailah Dyer (Perth Redbacks) 22.0
#3 Alex Sharp (Willetton Tigers) 21.50
#4 Tayah Burrows (Rockingham Flames) 20.42

ASSISTS

CENTRAL

#1 Jordan Hunter (South Adelaide) 9.77
#2 Alex Wilson (Norwood Flames) 5.62
#3 Mollie McKendrick (Eastern Mavericks) 5.44
#4 Taylor Ortlepp (North Adelaide) 4.77

NORTH

#1 Rachael McCully (SC Phoenix) 8.8
#2 Myra Donkin (Cairns Dolphins) 7.8
#3 Kathleen MacLeod (SC Phoenix) 7.8
#4 Mikaela Cann (Logan Thunder) 7.4

SOUTH

#1 Tessa Lavey (Frankston Blues) 7.66
#2 Tess Madgen (Bendigo Braves) 6.57
#3 Amy O’Neill (Sandringham Sabres) 5.71
#4 Monique Conti (Melbourne Tigers) 5.66

WEST

#1 Maddison Allen (Perth Redbacks) 5.85
#2 Tayah Burrows (Rockingham Flames) 5.42
#3 Nicole Jorre de St Jorre (Warwick Senators) 5.0
#4 Alex Sharp (Willetton Tigers) 5.0

REBOUNDS

CENTRAL

#1 Olivia Thompson (South Adelaide) 13.11
#2 Jess Good (North Adelaide) 12.55
#3 Mollie McKendrick (Eastern Mavericks) 10.88
#4 Emily Winter (Woodville Warriors) 10.77

NORTH

#1 Mikaela Ruef (Logan Thunder) 17.8
#2 Cayla George (Mackay Meteorettes) 17.25
#3 Amanda Johnson (SWM Pirates) 16.0
#4 Lara McSpadden (Rockhampton Cyclones) 12.83

SOUTH

#1 Anneli Maley (Eltham Wildcats) 24.62
#2 Keely Froling (Launceston Tornadoes) 17.71
#3 Alicia Froling (Ballarat Rush) 15.14
#4 Kelsey Griffin (Launceston Tornadoes) 13.4

WEST

#1 Alex Sharp (Willetton Tigers) 13.5
#2 Maddison Allen (Perth Redbacks) 11.57
#3 Carly Boag (Mandurah Magic) 11.14
#4 Mary Goulding (East Perth Eagles) 11.0

Picture credit: NBL1

NBL1 North wrap: Round 4

ROUND 4 of the National Basketball League (NBL)1 competition saw Townsville Flames/Heat and Rockhampton Cyclones/Rockets do the triple and play three games across the weekend for mixed results. We recap a big round of action.

WOMEN’S:

An unbeaten clash between Logan Thunder and Townsville Flames opened up Round 4 of the NBL1 North women’s competition, and the result went the way of the Thunder, getting up in front of home fans with an 18-point victory. Despite Townsville’s strong start to the season, the Thunder won all four quarters in a dominant display, up by nine points at the half, then piled on 17-9 in the third term to end the contest, eventually taking home the 76-58 victory.

Mikaela Ruef was unstoppable off the boards, racking up a whopping 22 rebounds to go with 25 points, as well as three assists and two steals on the night. Mikaela Cann (17 points, eight assists and two rebounds) and Carla Drennan (12 points – four of six from three-point range – five rebounds and two assists) were others with double-figure points. Stephanie Reid helped herself to 22 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Fire, while Micaela Cocks (14 points, three rebounds and two assists) provided support on the scoring front, and Jaimee Seebohm (eight points, 11 rebounds and two assists) was impressive off the boards.

It was the first of three games for the Flames over the weekend, as Townsville continued their run on the road up the highway, defeating Ipswich Force by 30 points, then claiming a 20-point win over Gold Coast Rollers. Against the Force it was Reid (34 points, five assists, three rebounds and two steals) standing up shooting four of seven from long-range, whilst the likes of Cocks (18 points, 13 rebounds and six assists), Seebohm (16 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and two steals) and Mia Murray (16 points, four rebounds and three assists) all stood out. Amy Lewis (18 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and three steals) was the key player for the Force, as Catherine McGregor (five of nine from three-point range) hit 17 points and three rebounds in the loss.

Against the Rollers, Reid went better again with a whopping 37 points – five of eight from long-range – seven rebounds and seven assists, while Murray (21 points – four of 11 from long-range – eight rebounds and three assists) and Cocks (16 points – four of four from long-range – two rebounds and two assists) were the most impressive scorers. Casey Samuels (25 points, eight rebounds and three assists) and Lauren Mansfield (17 points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals) were the best for the home team.

In other results, Rockhampton also played the three games across the weekend, but headed home without any points, losing to Cairns Dolphons (four points) on Friday, USC Rip City (37 points) on Saturday and Sunshine Coast Phoenix (59 points) on Sunday, handing the Dolphins their first win of the season. Meanwhile Brisbane Capitals toppled South West Metro Pirates by 16 points, and Southern Districts Spartans easily defeated Northside Wizards by 39 points.

ROUND 4 RESULTS:

Logan Thunder (76) def. Townsville Flames (58)
Cairns Dolphins (79) def. Rockhampton Cyclones (75)
Brisbane Capitals (88) def. South West Metro Pirates (72)
Ipswich Force (68) def. by Townsville Flames (98)
USC Rip City (116) def. Rockhampton Cyclones (79)
Gold Coast Rollers (69) def. by Townsville Flames (89)
Sunshine Coast Phoenix (111) def. Rockhampton Cyclones (52)
Southern Districts Spartans (109) def. Northside Wizards (70)

MEN’S:

Cairns Marlins continued their recent good form with a third consecutive win, this time over Rockhampton Rockets by seven points on Friday night. The Marlins struggled early against the winless Rockets, falling six points behind at quarter time, before dominating the next two quarters to score 52-33 and hit the front by 13 points. Rockhampton roared to life in the last term, outscoring the Marlins 23-17, but it would not be enough as Cairns triumphed 92-85.

Deba George top-scored with 30 points – six of 14 from long-range – five rebounds and four assists for the Marlins. James Mitchell almost collected a triple-double with his performance of 17 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists and two steals, while Ky Stattmann (18 points, three rebounds and two assists) and Alex Loughton (10 points, six rebounds) both hit double-figure points. Najeal Young was the standout shooter for the Rockets with 29 points, seven rebounds and three assists, while Ben Wright (15 points, 10 rebounds and two assists) and Leon Christensen (15 points, four rebounds and two assists) also shared the load well.

Unfortunately for the Rockets, it was not a great weekend, suffering two other defeats to go 0-6 from the men’s and women’s clashes in Round 4. First up was a 17-point loss to USC Rip City as Isaih Tueta (29 points, 15 rebounds and eight rebounds) tore the Rockets apart with support from the long-range shooter Eric McAlister (26 points – six of 12 from three-point range – eight rebounds and two blocks). Young put up 23 points, 12 rebounds, four steals and two assists in the loss, while Wright managed the 16 points, six rebounds and three assists, and Jared Blanchard had a double-double of both 10 points and rebounds.

The final loss of Round 4 for the Rockets was the biggest of the lot, going down to Sunshine Coast Phoenix by 42 points. Taken apart in the first three quarters to by 40 points down at the final break, the Rockets fought to the line to only lose the last term by two, and go down 115-73. Darnell Robateau had one of the best performances of the season, knocking down a triple-double of 27 points – three of four from three-point range – 11 rebounds, 15 assists and two steals in just 30 minutes of court action. Nelson Kahler (24 points, 11 rebounds and three assists), Oscar Cluff (21 points, five rebounds, three steals and two blocks) and Jamaal Robateau (16 points, seven rebounds, six assists and two steals) also hit double-figure points in big efforts. Young top-scored for his side for the third time over the weekend with 19 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. Wright (14 points, three rebounds) also tried hard for the losers.

In other results, Townsville Heat bounced back from a 15-point loss to Logan Thunder on Friday night to post back-to-back wins over Ipswich Force (19 points) and Gold Coast Rollers (six). Brisbane Capitals got past South West Metro Pirates in a tight eight-point affair, whilst Southern Districts Spartans knocked off Northside Wizards by 24 points.

ROUND 4 RESULTS:

Logan Thunder (82) def. Townsville Heat (67)
Cairns Marlins (92) def. Rockhampton Rockets (85)
Brisbane Capitals (86) def. South West Metro Pirates (78)
Ipswich Force (73) def. by Townsville Heat (92)
USC Rip City (90) def. Rockhampton Rockets (73)
Gold Coast Rollers (75) def. by Townsville Heat (81)
Sunshine Coast Phoenix (115) def. Rockhampton Rockets (73)
Southern Districts Spartans (91) def. Northside Wizards (67)

Picture credit: David Price – Strategic Productions

NBL1 West wrap: Round 8

ROUND 8 of the National Basketball League (NBL)1 West competition saw just six women’s division matches played, whilst it was a huge schedule in the men’s with a number of tight contests.

WOMEN’S:

Cockburn Cougars kept their unbeaten streak alive with back-to-back double-digit wins in the NBL1 West women’s competition over the weekend. First up on Friday night they knocked off East Perth Eagles by 10 points, before completing the double with an 11-point win over Perth Redbacks. In the victory over the Eagles, Cockburn won the first three quarters to race out to a 16-point lead at the final break, before the Eagles won the last term 18-12 to cut the final margin to 10, 75-65. In the win against Perth, it was a topsy-turvy game, with the Redbacks hitting the front by a point at half-time after a strong second term, before Cockburn ran out stronger with 42 points to 28 in the second half to win by 11, 87-74.

Taylah Simmons put up 20 points five rebounds, four assists and four steals in the win against East Perth, with Jessie Edwards finishing with 12 points, five rebounds and three assists. Molly Mathews had the 19 points and four rebounds, with four of 10 from long-range. Ruby Benn (seven points, seven rebounds) was also impressive. In the victory over Perth, it was Edwards who poured on a huge double-double of 36 points, 12 rebounds and two assists, whilst Simmons (22 points, six rebounds and three assists) and Matthews (seven points, 11 rebounds and three assists) were all lively.

Of the Perth teams, three East Perth players had 15 points, with Mary Goulding not missing a second of action, and notching up a double-double with 16 rebounds, as well as two assists and two steals. Tahlia Fejo (three steals, two rebounds and two assists) and Moyes (four rebounds) also had influential games. Eryn Fisher (nine points, seven rebounds) and Jade Gowland (eight points, five rebounds) impacted off the boards. For the Redbacks, it was Makailah Dyer (26 points, nine rebounds and four assists) who was the dominant scorer, with Jessica Jakens (10 points, eight rebounds) and Maddison Allen (eight points, 11 rebounds and six assists) who were standout performers.

In other games, the only match below a 20-point margin was the Warwick Senators’ 16-point triumph over Perry Lakes Hawks (95-79). In the bigger blowouts, Rockingham Flames knocked off Mandurah Magic by 20 points, Willetton Tigers rolled Eastern Suns by 31, and Lakeside Lightning dominated South West Slammers by 47.

ROUND 8 RESULTS:

South West Slammers (47) def. by Lakeside Lightning (94)
East Perth Eagles (65) def. by Cockburn Cougars (75)
Rockingham Flames (73) def. Mandurah Magic (53)
Cockburn Cougars (87) def. Perth Redbacks (74)
Warwick Senators (95) def. Perry Lakes Hawks (79)
Willetton Tigers (93) def. Eastern Suns (62)

MEN’S:

Two NBL1 West men’s games finished with single-digit differences and are the highlighted games in our review from Round 8. First up is East Perth Eagles’ six-point triumph over Cockburn Cougars in front of home fans. Racing out to a three-point quarter time lead and building on that advantage to eight by half-time, the Eagles soon found it would not all be one-sided with the Cougars hitting back in the third to cut the deficit in half by the final break. Steadying in the last quarter, East Perth got home in a tight one 19-17 to win by six points, 69-63.

Kieran Berry managed the 16 points, three assists and two rebounds in the win, as Andrej Donlagic dropped three of five from long-range on his way to 12 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals. Jarrad Anastasio hit a double-double of 15 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks, while Mitch Benger had 10 points, five rebounds and two steals. Logan Thwaites was the other key contributor with nine points and five rebounds.

For the Cougars, Gavin Field recorded 19 points, six rebounds, four steals and three assists to lead all-comers in the match, while Jacob Polglase finished with 12 points and four rebounds. Seva Chan (seven points, eight assists, three rebounds and two steals) and Jaarod Holmes (five points, six rebounds and two assists) contributed across the board.

In the other tight contest, Willetton Tigers got the better of Eastern Suns, claiming a seven-point win at home. The Tigers got off to the perfect start, leading by four points at quarter time and six points at half-time. They built on that lead to have a nine-point advantage at the final break, before the Suns hit back with a strong final term for the eventual seven-point differential, 72-65.

Connor Mincherton had 16 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals, sharing the equal top-score with Lachlan Evans (16 points, four rebounds and two steals). Roosevelt Williams had the 13 points and five rebounds, while Damien Scott also hit double-figure points with 10, as well as eight rebounds, four assists and two steals. Michael Collins (six points, 10 rebounds and two assists) and Andrew Black (nine points, five rebounds, two assists and two blocks) also contributed.

The Eastern Suns had an even contribution in the loss, with Chris Johnson (14 points, 13 rebounds and four assists) dominating with a double-double effort. Brendan Dinardo (10 points, three rebounds and three assists) and Ryan Blanchett (nine points, nine rebounds and four assists) both stood tall, while Jermaine Malie (seven points, three rebounds) and Corey Easley (six points, four rebounds) also stepped up in defeat.

In other results, the Suns finally got a win with a 20-point triumph over Geraldton Buccaneers, which reversed the result for the Buccaneers who earlier claimed a victory over Mandurah Magic. The Magic went down to Rockingham Flames the night before, with Lakeside Lightning picking up two wins over South West Slammers and Goldfields Giants. The Giants had back-to-back losses with a second defeat against Joondalup Wolves, while in the other matches, Perth Redbacks defeated Cockburn Cougars by 17 points, and Warwick Senators proved too good for Perry Lakes Hawks with a 10-point win.

ROUND 8 RESULTS:

South West Slammers (65) def. by Lakeside Lightning (96)
East Perth Eagles (69) def. Cockburn Cougars (63)
Rockingham Flames (95) def. Mandurah Magic (69)
Mandurah Magic (71) def. by Geraldton Buccaneers (86)
Cockburn Cougars (72) def. by Perth Redbacks (89)
Warwick Senators (87) def. Perry Lakes Hawks (77)
Willetton Tigers (72) def. Eastern Suns (65)
Lakeside Lightning (118) def. Goldfields Giants (90)
Joondalup Wolves (82) def. Goldfields Giants (71)
Eastern Suns (94) def. Geraldton Buccaneers (74)

Picture credit: NBL1

NBL1 Central wrap: Round 8

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

Forestville Eagles v West Adelaide Bearcats

Women:

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

Men:

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

Sturt Sabres v South Adelaide Panthers

Women:

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

Men:

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

Woodville Warriors v Southern Tigers

Women

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

Men:

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

Central Districts Lions v Norwood Flames

Women:

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

Men:

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

North Adelaide Rockets v Eastern Mavericks

Women:

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

Men:

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

Picture credit: Kelly Barnes/AllStar Photos

2021 NBL1 West wrap: Round 6

IN Round 6 of the National Basketball League (NBL)1 West there were a number of tight games across both the men’s and women’s divisions.

NBL1 West Women: Perry Lakes Hawks (61) defeated by Rockingham Flames (62)

It was a fiery battle between the two sides, but the Rockingham Flames managed to steal the win in an intense one-point win over the Perry Lakes Hawks. The East Perth Eagles burst out onto the scene early with four points, leading Rockingham to fire back with three points. A tight contest emerged between the two teams, as the scores were 14-19 heading through to the end of the first period. Heading into the second period, the Flames immediately took advantage and held onto the lead for the majority of the time, until a quick two-pointer saw the Hawks steal the lead 31-30.

The back and forth continued going into the second half, as Rockingham slowly began to get a stream of points on the board for the third period. An exciting final period was on the agenda, with a time-out called as the scores were 59-62, Rockingham’s way. Despite a last-minute two points from the Hawks, they were unable to get the win for themselves.

Rockingham had a stellar performance from the likes of Alex Ciabattoni (23 points, four assists, three rebounds and who steals), while Christina Boag (eight rebounds) and Paris Duffield both scored nine points. Zoe Richards also impressed with seven points, and four rebounds.. For the Hawks, Megan McKay was the clear standout with 21 points, 12 rebounds, four steals and three assists. Mia Satie had an incredible game with 10 points, six rebounds and three assists, while Madeline Dennis’ presence on the court was significant, also putting 10 points on the board for the Hawks.

Perth Redbacks secured a 16-point win against the East Perth Eagles, but were unable to get past the Rockingham Flames in a tight one-point game. The Rockingham Flames won against the Perry Lakes Hawks, as did the Eastern Suns when they played against them. The Willetton Tigers also got a win against the Cockburn Cougars.

NBL1 West Men: Geraldton Buccaneers (60) defeated by Lakeside Lightning (82)

A two-point shot from Geraldton set up the battle between these two teams. But even with an early start from Geraldton, Lakeside managed to pull an upset win. A two-pointer saw Lakeside continue with dominance in the first period, before the Buccaneers scored two point to end the first period. Two free throws from Lightning opened the beginning of the second term. The Buccaneers responded with two three-point jump shots and a two-point jump shot, the scores evenly close 24-26 going Lakeside’s way.

A time-out was called by the Lightning before the heated contest continued. Heading into the second half, both teams showed determination with the scores remaining close until the end of the third period. A two-pointer from Geraldton in the third terms’ final minutes put them in the lead 58-51. The final period saw the game start to turn, as the lead that Geraldton once have was now slipping away from their grip. It was a three-point jump shot from Lakeside Lightning that put the game out of reach for their opposition, leading to the final score of 62-80.

Corey Shervill was a force to be reckoned with on the court, as he amassed an impressive 29 points, four rebounds and two assists for the winners. Jack Isenbarger (14 points, five rebounds) and Kyle Armour (12 points, five rebounds and five assists) were also impressive, while Jarrad Prue racked up 23 rebounds – 16 defensive – to go with six points. For Geraldton, Dylan Myers lead the way with 16 points and five rebounds, while Titgyeth Kwajakwan (14 points, three assists and two rebounds) and Aaron Ralph (10 points, four rebounds and two assists) hit double-figure points.

Picture credit: NBL1

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NBL1 Central wrap: Round 7

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

Norwood Flames v Sturt Sabres

Women:

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

Men:

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

South Adelaide Panthers v Forrestville Eagles

Women:

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

Men:

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

Southern Tigers v North Adelaide Rockets

Women:

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

Men:

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

West Adelaide Bearcats v Woodville Warriors

Women:

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

Men:

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

Eastern Mavericks v Central Districts Lions

Women:

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

Men:

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

Picture credit: C S Photographic

NBL1 North wrap: Round 2

RETURNING for Round 2 of the National Basketball League (NBL)1 North competition, there were a number of tight contests, and some blowouts across both the men’s and women’s divisions.

WOMEN:

Gold Coast Rollers (91) def. Cairns Dolphins (63)

Gold Coast Rollers backed up their double-win first round with a third straight victory to open Round 2 of NBL1 North, defeating Cairns Dolphins by 28 points at home. the Rollers piled on 50 points to 33 in the opening half, then lead by as much as 31 points at the final break, before the Dolphins won the last quarter to cut the final deficit to 28, 91-63. Lauren Mansfield (19 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and four steals), Casey Samuels (16 points, six rebounds and four steals) and Caitlin Cunningham (16 points, four rebounds and three assists) were the top players for the Rollers in the victory. The two key players for the Dolphins were Sarah Heard (25 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals) and Leichan Williams (16 points, five rebounds).

Mackay Meteorettes (95) def. Rockhampton Cyclones (43)

Mackay Meteorettes proved far too good for Rockhampton Cyclones, winning by 52 points in a dominant display at home on Friday night. The Meteorettes piled on 59 points to 15 in the opening half blitz, and while the third term actually went the way of the Cyclones 23-17, the Meteorettes put the foot down again in the final stanza 19-5 to run away with the contest, 95-43. Cayla George (25 points, 16 rebounds, six assists and two blocks), Heidi Freeburn (23 points, nine rebounds and seven assists) and Paris Santacaterina (21 points, six rebounds and two steals) all had big performances. For the Cyclones, Katrina Clifford (20 points, eight rebounds, five steals and two assists) did most of the heavy lifting, while Tori Rouse (nine points, four rebounds) was the next best.

Brisbane Capitals (65) def. by Southern District Spartans (87)

Southern Districts won the battle of the Round 1 winners, knocking off Brisbane Capitals by 24 points on the road. The Spartans took control in the opening half to lead 53-28 at the main break, before a tighter second half saw the Capitals cut the deficit to 24 at the final buzzer to go down 65-87. Nadeen Payne (21 points, five rebounds), Kalani Purcell (13 points, seven rebounds and three steals) and Madelyn Willey (11 points, 11 assists and four rebounds) all impressed in the win. Meg Essex was the only double-figure scorer for the home team, scoring 10 points, four rebounds, while Stephanie Collins (nine points, three rebounds) and Brooke Blair (nine points, six steals) were the next best.

Ipswich Force (96) def. Cairns Dolphins (83)

Ipswich Force bounced back from a Round 1 loss to hand Cairns Dolphins a third straight defeat, winning by 13 points. The Dolphins bolted out to a 14-point lead at quarter time, but it was all the Force from there, dominating the second term 36-20 to retake the lead by two at half-time, then went on with it in the second half to win, 96-83. Catherine MacGregor (32 points, three assists and three rebounds) had a big performance, while Amy Lewis almost recorded a triple-double of 25 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, and Georgia Ralph finished with 15 points, three rebounds and three assists. Cairns’ Myra Donkin (34 points, nine rebounds and seven assists) almost had a triple-double of her own, while Heard racked up a massive double-double in the loss with 25 points and 17 rebounds.

Northside Wizards (63) def. Sunshine Coast Phoenix (62)

Northside Wizards got home in a one-point thriller against Sunshine Coast Phoenix, holding firm in the dying seconds to record a 63-62 win at home. In a see-sawing contest, the Wizards managed to come good in the final term after trailing by a point at the last chance to win in a low-scoring epic. Courtney Woods finished with a match-high 24 points four the Wizards, also collecting 10 rebounds and five assists. Regan McCarty (nine points, 10 rebounds, four assists and two steals) and Alice O’Driscoll (seven points, five rebounds and three blocks) were others who stood out in the win. For the Phoenix, Jennifer Carden-David had 20 points and 19 rebounds – 10 offensive – in a massive double-double along with two steals, while Kathleen MacLeod (14 points, six assists, three rebounds and three steals) and Georgia Berry (12 points, six rebounds) were also solid.

Red City Roar (53) def. by South West Metro Pirates (80)

South West Metro Pirates picked up a big 27-point win on the road against Red City Roar. The Pirates won every quarter with an eight-point difference in the first and third terms and 10 points in the final term to run away with the 80-53 victory. Bree Farley (21 points, six rebounds and five assists) and Tylah King (21 points, six rebounds) were the equal top-scorers, while Kayla Kiriau (18 points, nine rebounds, eight assists and two steals) was also strong. Annaliese Watkinson (22 points, three rebounds and two assists) was the lone scorer for the Roar, while Ash Kelman-Poto (nine points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists) and Georgia Smith (eight points, seven rebounds and two assists) also tried hard.

Townsville Flames (90) def. Rockhampton Cyclones (63)

The Cyclones suffered their second consecutive defeat, going down to Townsville Flames in a one-sided contest. The Flames dominated the opening half, putting up 56-28, before the Cyclones matched it with their opponents in the second half, but the damage was done by then with the Flames winning 90-63. Steph Reid managed 27 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals in an all-round effort, while Mia Murray shot six of 13 from long-range to finish with 24 points, seven rebounds and two steals. Micaela Cocks (10 points, six rebounds and three assists) was also prominent in the win. Lara McSpadden knocked down 26 points, eight rebounds and two assists for the Cyclones, while Akaysha Muggeridge managed the 11 points, three assists, two rebounds and two steals.

Logan Thunder (94) def. Ipswich Force (37)

Ipswich Force certainly found out just how good Logan Thunder can be, getting smashed by 57 points after the Force won their early game over the weekend. It was the first three quarters that did all the damage, with Logan racing out to a 76 points to 23 at the final break, before a tighter fourth quarter saw the Force keep in touch, but were too far gone by then, going down 94-37. Mikaela Ruef (32 points, 26 rebounds) dominated in the huge win, while Carla Drennan (16 points, four steals, three rebounds, three assists and three blocks) and Ashley Taia (14 points, four rebounds and two assists) were also lively. For the Force, Ali Burke was the highest points-scorer with nine points, nine rebounds and five assists, while Amy Lewis (seven points, three rebounds) also tried hard in a heavy loss.

MEN:

Gold Coast Rollers (97) def. Cairns Marlins (68)

Gold Coast Rollers proved too good for Cairns Marlins, getting up by 29 points at home thanks to a dominant second and fourth quarter where they piled on 51-27 in that time to help them set up the 97-68 win. A whopping seven players had double-digit points in the win, with Callum Dalton (13 points, 10 rebounds and two assists), Tom Howard (12 points, nine rebounds and three assists), Jaryd Eustace (13 points, eight assists, three rebounds and three steals) and Preston Le Gassick (13 points, six rebounds and five assists) all among the better players. Alex Loughton finished with 16 points and two rebounds for the Marlins, while James Mitchell shone with a double-double (14 points, 11 rebounds and three assists) and Deba George (13 points, four assists, two rebounds and two steals) impacted in multiple facets.

Mackay Meteors (95) def. Rockhampton Rockets (81)

Mackay Meteors recorded a 14-point victory over Rockhampton Rockets, running out the stronger side in the second half. The Meteors only lead by two points at the half, but piled on 48-36 in the second half to race away to a 95-81 win. Christopher Cedar (24 points, nine assists and seven rebounds) lead the way with an almost triple-double, while Jerron Jamerson (21 points, three rebounds and two steals), Emmanuel Malou (13 points, nine rebounds) and Matthew Adekponya (12 points, seven rebounds and two steals) also contributed strongly. Kon Anguik (26 points, seven rebounds), Hayden Richardson (17 points) and Najeal Young (15 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals) were the top Rockets in the loss.

Brisbane Capitals (86) def. Southern Districts Spartans (70)

Brisbane Capitals posted its second consecutive win of the season, putting up a strong effort to knock off Southern Districts Spartans by 16 points at home. The Capitals won three of the four quarters, and whilst they trailed by five points at half-time, won the second half by 21 points to record the 86-70 win. Nicholas Stoddart dominated with 24 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals, while Timothy Soong (12 points, six rebounds), Ben Wilson (11 points, four rebounds and six assists) and Ben Volkman (10 points, 15 rebounds and three assists) all had big days out. Josh Derksen was the top-scorer for the Spartans with 21 points, three rebounds and three steals, while CJ Massingale (17 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals) also impressed.

Ipswich Force (72) def. by Cairns Marlins (83)

Cairns Marlins bounced back from a loss the night before to post an 11-point win over Ipswich Force. The Marlins trailed by five points at quarter time, but won the remaining three quarters to get up 83-72 in an impressive victory on the road. Mitchell picked up another double-double of 20 points, 10 rebounds, five steals and four assists, while Loughton equal top-scored with 20 points, two rebounds and two assists. George (15 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals) was also prominent with Anthony Fisher (13 points, four assists and three rebounds). Ethan Robinson (17 points, three rebounds and three assists), Michael Fleming (16 points) and Cameron Weber (10 points, three rebounds and two assists) were the trio of Force talents to hit double-figure points.

Northside Wizards (86) def. Sunshine Coast Phoenix (83)

Northside Wizards have won a three-point thriller against Sunshine Coast Phoenix, coming from a point down at the final break to win. They lead by one at half-time after trailing by seven at the first break, then trailed at three quarter time before coming home strongly in the final quarter to win, 86-83. Six players recorded double-digit points in the victory, with Jesse Ghee (10 points, 12 assists, seven rebounds and three steals), Aiden Krause (14 points, eight rebounds and two steals) and Logan Kyle (17 points, six rebounds and two assists) all among the best. Jamaal Robateau was a shooting machine for the Phoenix with 34 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals, while Darnell Robateau (15 points, six assists, four rebounds and four steals), and Oscar Cluff (10 points, nine rebounds, three blocks and two assists) were also strong.

Red City Roar (83) def. South West Metro Pirates (78)

Red City Roar also came away with the narrow win, defeating South West Metro Pirates in a come-from-behind victory. The Roar were slow to start, trailing by 11 points at quarter time, but quickly made up the difference to only trail y a point at the main break. The Pirates extended their lead to two by the final break, before Red City roared home to score 19-12 in the last quarter and win, 83-78. Kobe McDowell-White (24 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals) and Darryl McDowell-White (22 points, eight assists and seven rebounds) both shone, while Kian Dennis finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals in the win. Kai Woodfall was the standout Pirate with 25 points and two steals, while Jakobe Hunter had the 18 points, four rebounds and two assists, and Ramy Kodi managed seven points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Townsville Heat (103) def. Rockhampton Rockets (73)

The Rockhampton Rockets were on the receiving end of another defeat, this time a hefty 30-point loss to Townsville Heat on the road. Despite winning the final term by eight points, the Rockets were already down 38 points by the final break, suffering the 73-103 away loss. Jalen Patton-Croker had 24 points, 13 rebounds, eight assists and three steals in a dominant effort for the Heat, as Josh Spiers (18 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals) and Luca Yates (18 points, seven rebounds) also put up some good numbers. Ethan Betts (12 points, eight rebounds, six assists and four steals) and Peter Crawford (12 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals made it real team effort. For the Rockets, Young had 18 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and three steals to be the clear best for his side, while Ben Wright (15 points, five rebounds, four assist sand two steals) and Jared Blanchard (11 points, seven rebounds) were also prominent.

Logan Thunder (79) def. Ipswich Force (69)

Ipswich Force suffered its third straight defeat of the NBL1 North season, going down to Logan Thunder by 10 points. They trailed by eight at quarter time, and whilst it was tight after that, the Force could not make up the difference and fell, 69-79 on the road. Jeremy Kendle (24 points, nine rebounds and seven assists) lead the way for the Thunder, with impressive efforts from Mitch Young (13 points, 17 rebounds, six blocks, four assists and three steals) in a complete performance, and Michael Cedar (10 points, six rebounds and six assists). For the Force, Manylok Malek had 25 points and 10 rebounds, while Jason Ralph was the other key scorer with 15 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in an almost triple-double effort.

Picture credit: Kieron Place Art and Photography

NBL1 South Women’s wrap: Round 6

FRANKSTON Blues stand as the only undefeated side in the competition after Knox Raiders suffered a narrow defeat, and the Blues fought back to win their clash with Geelong Supercats in a blockbuster National Basketball League (NBL)1 South women’s Round 6 of action.

Geelong Supercats (75) def. by Frankston Blues (80)

The rampaging Frankston Blues started off their Round 6 of action in style with a hard-fought five-point win over Geelong Supercats. The confidence-boosting win showed the Blues could get their hands dirty, fighting back from an 11-point deficit at quarter time, to almost completely erase that by the half, and then finish the stronger of the teams to win, 80-75. Darcee Garbin shot 24 points and racked up 14 rebounds in a massive double-double effort, while Tessa Lavey (19 points, seven rebounds and seven assists), Taylah Giliam (18 points, three assists and two rebounds) and Ella Batish (11 points, three rebounds and two assists) all went to work for the winners. The Supercats had a quartet of talents running around on court, with Sarah Elsworthy (19 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals) leading the way, Antoinette Emma-Nnopu (18 points, 10 rebounds) picking up a double-double, and both Stephanie Blicavs (14 points, seven rebounds and six assists) and Alex Duck (10 points, seven rebounds and four assists) getting busy.

Nunawading Spectres (81) def. Knox Raiders (78)

A frantic finish where free-throws decided the contest, Nunawading Spectres held on against a brave Knox Raiders outfit to win by three points at home. Leading by five points at half-time, the Spectres were challenged in the second half as the Raiders cut the deficit to just one at the final break before Nunawading held firm in the last to win the term and secure the 81-78 victory against the previously undefeated side. Penina Davidson (20 points, 12 rebounds and four assists) and Rachel Brewster (20 points, seven rebounds and two assists) both top-scored for the Spectres, while Izzy Wright (18 points, six assists, four steals and three rebounds) and Louise Brown (10 points, seven rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocks) also impressed. The Raiders had a two-player shooting spree between Klara Wischer (25 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two assists) and Leah Santomaggio (25 points, three rebounds and two steals) in defeat.

Diamond Valley Eagles (52) def. by Kilsyth Cobras (104)

There was no mercy shown to the home team as a visiting Kilsyth Cobras doubled Diamond Valley Eagles’ score in their clash. The Cobras won by 52 points, and won each quarter by at least 12, including a 35-17 second term, and defensive shutdown of 17-4 in the last quarter on their way to a 104-52 win. Lauren Nicholson returned to NBL1 action as one would expect with the experienced WNBL player putting up 24 points, nine rebounds and six assists against the winless Eagles. Lauren Scherf (18 points, 13 rebounds and three assists), Carly Turner (12 points, seven rebounds and three assists) and Abigail Curtin (10 points, six rebounds, six assists and four steals) also produced big numbers for the winners. Olivia Bontempelli was again the standalone source of scoring for the Eagles, recording 17 points, four rebounds and two assists, while Ivana Vasiljevic was the next best with 10 points.

Dandenong Rangers (93) def. Hobart Chargers (72)

Delivering Hobart Chargers yet another loss, Dandenong Rangers fought back from a half-time deficit of 11 points to completely shut out the Chargers’ offence on their way to a 21-point triumph. The Rangers restricted the Chargers to just 15 points in the second half, 10 less than their second term and 17 less than their first quarter, whilst piled on 47 points themselves to run away with the 93-72 win. Emilee Harmon (26 points, seven rebounds) and Dallas Loughridge (25 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals) combined for 51 points, while Sherry Glennie (15 points, four steals and three rebounds) was also lively in the win. For the Chargers, Ellie Collins dropped 31 points, eight rebounds and six assists as the clear best in a losing side, supported well by Kylie McCauley (17 points, six rebounds and two assists) and Sharna Thompson (16 points, seven rebounds and two assists).

Eltham Wildcats (88) def. by Launceston Tornadoes (92)

Stunning an unbeaten team on the road, Launceston Tornadoes showed they mean business in the NBL1 season, winning 92-88 against Eltham Wildcats to hand the Wildcats their second loss of the season. The Tornadoes did not have it all their own way, but after being level at the final break, managed to secure the win with the 23-19 final term. Kelsey Griffin showed all of her experience for the Tornadoes with 28 points, 15 rebounds and two steals, while Mariah Payne (22 points, five assists, three rebounds and two steals), Teyla Evans (18 points, five rebounds) and Micah Simpson (10 points, six assists and two rebounds) also stood up. Anneli Maley dropped an enormous 36 points and 25 rebounds – 17 defensive – on the Tornadoes in a bid to get her team over the line, also picking up four assists in the process. Rebecca Pizzey (11 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals) and Erin Riley (10 points, four rebounds and two assists) were other prominent Wildcats in the loss.

Ringwood Hawks (88) def. Albury-Wodonga Bandits (68)

Ringwood Hawks handed Albury-Wodonga Bandits another loss, winning all four quarters on their way to a comfortable 20-point win. The Hawks won each quarter by five, four, five and six points to always have that breathing space between themselves and their opponents in order to post the 88-68 win. Funda Nakkasoglu (22 points, nine rebounds and four assists) lead the way for the Hawks, while Marena Whittle (19 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks) picked up a double-double and Hope Terdich (12 points, eight rebounds) also stood up in the win. Emma Mahady (21 points, seven rebounds and two steals) was the dominant scorer for the Bandits, while Geralynn Leaupepe (15 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two assists) and Geraldynn Leaupepe (13 points, seven rebounds and two steals) teamed up to be double-trouble for the Hawks despite the loss.

Mt Gambier Pioneers (60) def. Ballarat Rush (48)

In a battle between two teams playing their only match of the round, Mt Gambier Pioneers picked up the victory at home over Ballarat Rush by 12 points. In a low-scoring encounter, the half-time lead of 17 points was all it took for the Pioneers, as the Rush could not claw their way back despite a strong final term of 17-13, losing 48-60. Jasmin Howe (28 points, nine rebounds, three steals and two assists) was the dominant player for the winners, knocking down six of 10 from long-range. Sherrie Calleia (14 points, eight rebounds and six assists) also looked impressive, whilst Hannah Young was next best with only the five points, but eight rebounds and three assists. For the Rush, Kristy Rinaldi was the only double-digit scorer with 11 points, recording six rebounds and three assists, while both Alicia Froling (eight points, 20 rebounds and two blocks) and Kasey Burton (six points, 14 rebounds, two assists and two steals) might have had forgettable shooting nights, but were enormous off the boards.

Kilsyth Cobras (60) def. by Launceston Tornadoes (87)

Backing up their massive win on the road against Eltham Wildcats, the Launceston Tornadoes made it two from two in Round 6, toppling Kilsyth Cobras by 27 points in a convincing four-quarter win. The Tornadoes won every quarter, with the first term 25-12 making the difference during the 87-60 triumph. Griffin added another double-double to her name with 24 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and three steals, but this time she shared the load with Keely Froling who returned to produce a casual 25 points and 16 rebounds, as well as two assists and two steals. Payne (17 points, six rebounds and four assists) and Evans (10 points, six rebounds and two assists) also produced good numbers. Nicholson tried hard for the Cobras across all 40 minutes, recording 18 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals, while Scherf had a double-double of 13 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and two steals, and Turner finished with 10 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals in the loss.

Waverley Falcons (63) def. by Bendigo Braves (84)

Grabbing a big win on the road, Bendigo Braves showed just how impressive they could be, downing the Waverley Falcons by 21 points in the team’s only games of the weekend. The Braves took control in the second term with a 29-13 quarter after an even first term, and that set the visitors up for the 84-63 win. Kate Oliver (27 points, eight rebounds and three assists) and Tess Madgen (22 points, 11 rebounds and six assists) both lit up the court with their shooting, while Abigail Wehrung (eight points, seven rebounds and five assists) was busy for the Braves. In defeat, Renae Mokrzycki had 14 points, eight rebounds and two assists, while Kelly Bowen (seven points, eight rebounds and two steals) and Nyakoang Lok (eight points, six rebounds and two assists) were both prominent off the boards.

Melbourne Tigers (89) def. Nunawading Spectres (66)

Melbourne Tigers grabbed an impressive 23-point win over Nunawading Spectres on Sunday to close out a mixed weekend for the Spectres. After grabbing the tight win against Knox Raiders, the Spectres were not able to stay with the Tigers in the final quarter, tiring out and the fresh team dominated to win the term by 19 points, and the match, 89-66. Monique Conti feasted with an almost triple-double of 28 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in every minute on court. Also not taking a trip to the bench was fellow WNBL talent Zitina Aokuso (18 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks), while Geraldine McCorkell (15 points, six rebounds) and Isabella Brancatisano (five points, 11 rebounds and seven assists) impacted in different ways for the winners. Wright top-scored for the Spectres with 19 points, seven rebounds, three assist and three steals, while Rachel Antoniadou (15 points, three rebounds and three assists) and Davidson (14 points, six rebounds, three steals and two assists) were also prominent scorers on the day.

Frankston Blues (90) def. Albury-Wodonga Bandits (67)

Frankston’s dominant unbeaten season rolled out with a 23-point triumph over Albury-Wodonga Bandits. A strong start had the home team 10 points up at the first break, and the 13-point differential in the third term (20-7) really drilled home the point during the 90-67 victory. Garbin shot another 19 points including five of nine from long-range, also recording 10 rebounds and two assists in the process. Giliam (17 points, four rebounds and two assists), Saraid Taylor (15 points, five rebounds and three assists) and Lavey (10 points, six assists and five rebounds) were also prominent in the win. It was no surprise to see Mahady (22 points, five assists, two rebounds and two steals) again the best for the Bandits, while both Jade McCowan (14 points, six rebounds) and Charlotte Beavan (10 points, four rebounds) shared around the points in the loss.

Sandringham Sabres (81) def. Hobart Chargers (49)

Hobart Chargers were no match for Sandringham Sabres as the visitors lost their second game of the weekend on Sunday, going down to the Sabres by 32 points at the southern Basketball Stadium. Whilst the final term was even, the damage was done in the first 30 minutes, as the home side piled on a 32-point lead, keeping the Chargers to 12 points or less in each of those terms during the 81-49 victory. Jenna O’Hea (21 points, six rebounds and three assists) was the top-scorer in the win, while Amy O’Neill (17 points, nine assists, eight rebounds and three steals) and Cassandra Hill (15 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals) were also lively. For the Chargers, Thompson (12 points, five rebounds), McCauley (12 points, six rebounds and two assists) and Collins (11 points, eight rebounds and two steals) were again the double-digit scorers.

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