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NBL1 Men’s stats update: June 15

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

Points

Central

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

North

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

South

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

West

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

Assists

Central

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

North

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

South

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

West

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

Rebounds

Central

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

North

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

South

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

West

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

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NBL1 South men’s wrap: Round 5

NO National Basketball League (NBL)1 South men’s team remains winless after both Albury-Wodonga Bandits and Dandenong Rangers secured wins this round to even up the ladder following Round 5 of action.

Hobart Chargers (107) def. Diamond Valley Eagles (97)

A dominant first quarter set up Hobart Chargers for a memorable 10-point win over Diamond Valley Eagles on Friday night. The Chargers piled on 40-22 in the opening term, and whilst it was fairly even after that – and the Eagles made up nine points in the second half – it was the first stanza that did all the damage as Hobart won 107-97. Jonathan Mines lead the way with 32 points – including seven of 14 from three-point range – two rebounds and two assists. Jack Stanwix (19 points, seven rebounds and seven assists), Zachary White (16 points, six rebounds) and Koen Sapwell (11 points, six assists and three rebounds) were other productive scorers in the victory. Robert Heath top-scored for the Eagles with 21 points, as well as seven rebounds and three steals, while Blacio Owili (13 points, seven rebounds and two assists) and Joel Capetola (12 points, six rebounds and four assists) were also busy.

Geelong Supercats (90) def. Melbourne Tigers (66)

Geelong Supercats have claimed a comfortable 24-point victory over Melbourne Tigers, dominating the opening three quarters to build that unassailable lead. Whilst the second term was relatively close, the Supercats won the first and third terms by eight and 13 points respectively which all but confirmed the 90-66 win. Gabriel Hadley (23 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals) top-scored for the Supercats, while Jack Macdonald (21 points, six rebounds and six assists) and Owen Odigie (13 points, six rebounds and three assists) also reached double-figure points. Felix von Hofe (18 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals) was the top points scorer for the Tigers, while Anthony Karabatsos (11 points, five rebounds) and Keenan Willie (10 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals).

North West Tasmania (100) def. Diamond Valley Eagles (78)

Doubling down on Diamond Valley’s pain on the Apple Isle, North West Tasmania Thunder came to play with a fairly impressive 22-point win at home. The Thunder raced out to a seven-point quarter time lead, and whilst the Eagles cut that back by two, the home team dominated the second half with a 49-29 effort to run out 100-78 victors. Taran Armstrong (19 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals) was lively, as was Joseph Chilcott (17 points, six rebounds), Paul Campbell (16 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks) and Bradley Simpson (16 points, six rebounds and four assists). For the Eagles, Heath again top-scored with 16 points in defeat, and also collected three rebounds. BJ Symons (13 points, three rebounds and three steals) and Owili (10 points, five rebounds and two steals) were also strong contributors in the loss.

Bendigo Braves (92) def. Eltham Wildcats (78)

Bendigo Braves’ ripping start to the season continued with an impressive 14-point victory over Eltham Wildcats at home. The Braves lead by a point at quarter time and half-time, and extended that to five by the final break, before blowing their opponents away with a 28-19 fourth quarter to win, 92-78. Ray Turner recorded a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds, whilst Nelson Larkins (16 points, seven rebounds and four assists) and Chris Hogan (11 points, three rebounds and three assists) were also productive in the Braves’ win. Adam Doyle knocked down 32 points – five of 11 from long-range – as well as two rebounds and two steals to lead the way for the Wildcats, while Ovie Magbegor (eight points, 13 rebounds and three assists) and Sam Whelan (eight points, four rebounds) contributed well.

Dandenong Rangers (96) def. by Frankston Blues (104)

After trailing most of the game, Frankston Blues stepped up in the final quarter to blow away Dandenong Rangers by eight points, 104-96. The Rangers raced out to a five-point quarter time lead, and were up by eight points at the last change, before Frankston stormed home with 40 points to 24 and win in a tight one. Dillon Stith was huge with 32 points, nine rebounds and four blocks, while Lachlan Barker (25 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals), Alister MacDonald (17 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals) and Lucas Barker (13 points, four assists, three rebounds and three steals) all had big numbers for the Blues. Oliver Hayes-Brown (31 points, 16 rebounds) was a massive influence across the court for the Rangers, while Sean Macdonald (25 points, six assists and four rebounds) and Declan Soukup (15 points) also impressed.

Kilsyth Cobras (72) def. Nunawading Spectres (61)

Kilsyth Cobras’ strong start to the season continued with a low-scoring victory over Nunawading Spectres at home on Saturday night. The Cobras won the first three quarters, with the second and third terms being the most damaging to lead by 12 points at the final break, before the Spectres reduced the final margin to 11 in the 72-61 loss. Ben Ursich (17 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals), Deng Riak (15 points, 14 rebounds) and Corey Jeffs (13 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals) all contributed to the win in their own way across the court. Dain Swetalla had 22 points, nine rebounds and two assists for the reigning premiers, whilst Andrew Steel (20 points, four rebounds) and Costa Hronopoulos (nine points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals) were the next best Spectres in the loss.

Albury-Wodonga Bandits (94) def. Waverley Falcons (82)

After a trying start to the year, Albury-Wodonga Bandits finally broke through for their first win of the season, downing the Waverley Falcons by 12 points on the border. The Bandits raced out to an eight-point quarter time lead and 11-point advantage at half-time. As has been the case in various matches this year, the opposition hit back in the second half to cut the deficit to seven points at the last change, but this time the Bandits stepped it up to hold on, win the final quarter in emphatic style 30-25, and record the 94-82 victory. Mitchell Dance (28 points, 10 rebounds) picked up a double-double, while Sharif Watson (24 points, nine rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks) and John Crnogorac (14 points, nine rebounds) almost did the same in the win. Bennie Lewis was everywhere for the Falcons on the scoring front, dropping 32 points – six of 11 from three-point range – four rebounds and three assists. The other two double-digit scorers were Dexter Kernich-Drew (16 points, nine rebounds) and Durrell Mcdonald (12 points, three assists, two rebounds and two steals).

Ringwood Hawks (87) def. Ballarat Miners (85)

Ringwood Hawks picked up their third win of the season in a nail-biter over Ballarat Miners, as a later triple from Jack Barry handed the Hawks the 87-85 victory. The home team trailed by two points at the first break and four points at the final break, but a 25-19 last quarter resulted in Ringwood coming over the top and snatching the win at home. CJ Asuncion-Byrd top-scored with 23 points and six rebounds, while Matthew Fennell (17 points, 11 rebounds and three assists) picked up a double-double, and Ricardo Martin (14 points, seven rebounds and three assists) was also lively for the Hawks. Jock Perry racked up 25 points and seven rebounds in defeat for the Miners, teaming up well with William Hickey (22 points, seven rebounds and four assists), while Deng Acuoth (14 points, seven rebounds and five blocks) was also lively.

Mt Gambier Pioneers (118) def. Knox Raiders (93)

In another monstrous performance, Mt Gambier Pioneers picked up their fifth win of the season with a 25-point victory over Knox Raiders. The pioneers showed no mercy in the opening term, bolting to a 15-point quarter time lead. The game was closer after that, but the South Australian side extended the lead to 21 points and 26 points by half-time and the final break, before Knox won the last term to reduce it to a final score of 118-93. Nick Marshall (21 points, eight rebounds and three assists) top scored for the Pioneers as a whopping seven players hit double-digit points. Three others reached double-double milestones in Tom Kubank (19 points, 11 rebounds and four assists), Thomas Daly (17 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists) and Kane de Wit (14 points, 10 assists and four rebounds). The Raiders also had plenty of high scorers with six players hitting double-digit points, lead by Jack Roberts (18 points, four rebounds and three steals), Dylan Hare (17 points, five rebounds and four steals) and Abraham Nyok (12 points, seven rebounds and three assists).

Eltham Wildcats (105) def. Sandringham Sabres (91)

Compiling another loss for the Sandringham Sabres, Eltham Wildcats ran over the top of their opponents with an impressive second half to post a 14-point win. The Wildcats trailed by seven points at half-time then added 58 points to 37 after the main break to run away with the contest, 105-91. Simon Bradbury (22 points, 14 rebounds) and Justin Aver (20 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and three steals) were huge in picking up double-doubles, whilst Whelan was a long-range shooting machine, knocking down eight of 15 from long-range to finish with 33 points. For the Sabres, Nicholas Gabsch top-scored with 28 points and eight rebounds, while James McKinnon (16 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals) and Kuany Kuany (15 points, nine rebounds and five assists) were also productive getting into double-digit points in the match.

Frankston Blues (111) def. Bendigo Braves (82)

Frankston Blues made it back-to-back wins over the weekend, returning home to Frankston Basketball Stadium to put away Bendigo Braves by 29 points. The Blues raced out to a 10-point lead at quarter time, and 19 points by half-time, and when the teams headed for the final break, it was 28 points the difference. The final term was a lot tighter, but the damage was done, and the home team won 111-82. Lucas Barker came agonisingly close to a triple-double with 17 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, while Stith (22 points, four rebounds, four assists and four blocks), Lachlan Baker (22 points, five rebounds and two assists) and MacDonald (16 points, six assists, two steals and two rebounds) were again lively. Turner put on another double-double show of 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Jake Lloyd (16 points, eight assists and six rebounds), Brennan Rymer (16 points, five rebounds and three assists) and Matthew Andronicos (14 points, five rebounds) were also steadfast in defeat.

Melbourne Tigers (85) def. by Dandenong Rangers (93)

Dandenong Rangers bounced back from a loss the day before to Frankston in order to post an eight-point win over Melbourne Tigers, their first victory of the season. The Tigers lead by five points at quarter time, but the Rangers quickly turned that around to storm to a five-point half-time lead themselves thanks to a 24-14 third term. The visitors maintained the rage in the third quarter thanks to a 28-19 term, before Melbourne cut the deficit back by winning the last stanza, but it would not be enough as the Rangers won, 93-85. Hayes-Brown top-scored again with a massive double-double of 23 points and 16 rebounds, while Macdonald (13 points, six assists and two rebounds) and Riley Simmons (17 points, eight rebounds) were also productive for the Rangers. Melbourne had an even spread of scorers lead by Dogukan Elyazar (16 points, three rebounds), Karabatsos (15 points, six assists, four rebounds and two steals) and Willie (14 points, seven rebounds five assists and two steals) among five double-digit scorers in defeat.

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2021 NBL1 South men’s wrap: Round 4

THE National Basketball League (NBL)1 South men’s ladder is fairly tight between the top sides, middle teams and league battlers as back-to-back wins for a number of teams saw plenty of sides change places following Round 4 of competition.

Hobart Chargers (74) def. Eltham Wildcats (72)

Hobart Chargers were able to give their home fans something to cheer about, downing the Eltham Wildcats in a thriller by two points. Leading by 11 points at quarter time, the Chargers actually lost the next three quarters by one, four and four points, but that only equated to nine, and the home team got up, 74-72. Jonathan Mines (21 points, four rebounds) led the way, with Koen Sapwell (15 points, 10 rebounds) picking up a double-double, and Zachary White (10 points, seven rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks) also prominent for the winners. Adam Doyle stood out for the Wildcats, scoring 19 points, eight rebounds and two assists, whilst Justin Aver (14 points, five rebounds and two steals), Ovie Magbegor (11 points, 12 rebounds) and Simon Bradbury (10 points, 13 rebounds) all stood out despite the narrow loss.

Sandringham Sabres (86) def. by Diamond Valley Eagles (98)

Diamond Valley Eagles handed Sandringham Sabres their fourth straight loss, winning by 12 points thanks to a strong effort after quarter time. The visitors trailed by two points at the Southern Basketball Stadium at quarter time, but then won each of the final three terms by four, six and four points to get up, 98-86. Blake Owili lead the way with 29 points and 10 rebounds, while Ngor Manyang (19 points, three rebounds and two steals), Darcy Harding (12 points, 10 rebounds) and Ryan Bowkett (11 points, four rebounds) were all double-digit scorers. For the Sabres, Nicholas Gabsch (22 points, six rebounds and three steals) impressed, as did Kuany Kuany (19 points, nine rebounds and two steals) and Tom O’Brien (14 points, two assists and two steals).

Geelong Supercats (66) def. Nunawading Spectres (65)

Geelong Supercats have won a thriller over Nunwading Spectres, getting up by one point at home despite a late charge from the visitors. The Spectres led by a point at quarter time, then the Supercats were up by a point at half-time and then five points at the final break, before the Spectres hit back to draw within a point at the final buzzer. He only made one of two free throws with six seconds left, but it was enough for Owen Odigie to help his team to victory by that margin, 66-65. Isaac Turner (18 points, three assists and two rebounds), Jack Macdonald (16 points, three rebounds and three assists) and Mawut Macar Deng (13 points) all had scoring impacts in the match. For the Spectres, Dain Swetalla picked up a massive double-double of 15 points and 16 rebounds, while Daniel Baxter (11 points, five rebounds and four assists) and Simon Conn (seven points – only three of 12 from the field – six rebounds and three assists) both worked hard through the contest.

Ballarat Miners (77) def. by Frankston Blues (89)

In the battle of the 2-2 sides, Frankston Blues held their nerve to win 89-77 in a come-from-behind victory over Ballarat Miners. Having to do it on the road, the Blues fell three points behind in the first term, but won the final three quarters by 15 points to win by 12 in a strong performance. Lachlan Barker (34 points, five rebounds) and Dylan Stith (33 points, 14 rebounds, three assists and two blocks) were unbelievable in the win, whilst Lucas Baker chipped in with 11 points, seven assists six rebounds and two steals. Jock Perry top-scored for the Miners with 17 points, 11 rebounds and three assists, while Deng Acuoth (15 points, eight rebounds, five blocks and two assists) and William Hickey (15 points, five rebounds) were other prominent scorers in a losing side.

Bendigo Braves (100) def. Melbourne Tigers (62)

Two sides with opposite formlines coming in, Bendigo Braves showed why they are a contender for the NBL1 South men’s title, easily accounting for Melbourne Tigers by 38 points. The Braves won every quarter by between four and 11 points to secure the 100-62 win. Ray Turner notched up yet another double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Nelson Larkins (10 points, seven assists and six rebounds), Brennan Rymer (10 points, eight rebounds and seven assists) and Jake Lloyd (12 points, five rebounds) were all prominent players in multiple facets. Dogukan Elyazar (12 points) and Keenan Willie (10 points eight rebounds and two steals) were the only two players to reach double figures as Felix van Hofe had an off shooting night, hitting just three of 15 from the field on his way to nine points, six rebounds and two assists.

Dandenong Rangers (91) def. by Mt Gambier Pioneers (97)

Mt Gambier Pioneers kept themselves level with the top sides thanks to a hard-fought six-point win over Dandenong Rangers. The Pioneers trailed by three points at quarter time and six points at the main break, but stepped up in the second half to win it 50-35 and secure the six-point win themselves, 97-91. Duom Dawam (27 points, nine rebounds and four assists) top-scored, followed by Titus Robinson (21 points, eight rebounds and four blocks) and Nick Marshall (19 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals) in an even team performance for the Pioneers. The home side had a number of strong contributors as well, with Sean Macdonald stepping up with 24 points, four rebounds and three assists, while Oliver Hayes-Brown (17 points, 13 rebounds and five assists) picked up a double-double, as did Lawson Eales (15 points, 10 rebounds).

North West Tasmania (87) def. Eltham Wildcats (69)

North West Tasmania dealt Eltham Wildcats a second loss in Round 4, defeating the visitors by 18 points at Elphin Sports Stadium. The Wildcats started strongly to lead by four points at quarter time, and three at the main break, but were blown away in the second half, as the Thunder piled on 50 points to 29 to run away with the 87-69 win and collect their fourth victory of the season while handing the Wildcats their fourth loss of 2021. Mason Bragg picked up a double-double of 15 points, 12 assists four rebounds and two steals, while Joseph Chilcott (18 points, three rebounds), Joel Beveridge (11 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals) and Paul Campbell (10 points, five rebounds and two assists) were also busy. For the Wildcats, Doyle was again a star, knocking down 26 points – including five of nine from three-point range – as well as five rebounds, five assists and two steals. Aver (12 points, four rebounds) and Sam Whelan (11 points, three assists and two rebounds) were also busy for the losers.

Albury-Wodonga Bandits (69) def. by Kilsyth Cobras (98)

Kilsyth Cobras have handed Albury-Wodonga Bandits their fifth straight loss, winning all four quarters on the way to a 29-point victory. The Cobras only led by a point at quarter time and four points at half-time, but each quarter created more separation, and in the end, the visitors won the second half 56-31 for a 98-69 win. Adrian Tomada (22 points, two assists) was the top scorer for the Cobras, but he had plenty of support from the likes of Ben Ursich (18 points, three rebounds), Corey Jeffs (15 points, four rebounds and four assists) and Deng Riak (12 points, seven rebounds and two steals). Mitchell Dance hit 18 points and had six rebounds and four assists for the Bandits, while John Crnogorac picked up a double-double of 14 points, 10 rebounds and two assists, and Jacob Cincurak had 12 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Ringwood Hawks (92) def. Knox Raiders (73)

Leapfrogging their opponents by getting the win, Ringwood Hawks secured a 19-point win in front of home fans against Knox Raiders. The Hawks won the first half by 15 points, and while the Raiders cut the deficit to eight at the final break, the home team broke away again with a 25-14 quarter to run out 92-73 winners and grab their second win of the season. CJ Asuncion-Byrd (20 points, two rebounds and two steals) top-scored for the Hawks, Ricardo Martin (16 points, two rebounds) was also prominent, while Matthew Fennell (15 points, 10 rebounds and two assists) and Matthew Snow (13 points, 10 assists and five rebounds) both picked up double-doubles. Simon Grant (18 points, four rebounds and three assists) was busy for the Raiders, while Jack Roberts (13 points, three rebounds and two assists) and Abraham Nyok (11 points, seven rebounds) were also prominent in defeat.

Waverley Falcons (99) def. Geelong Supercats (95)

After winning a thriller the day before, Geelong Supercats were on the end of a heartbreaking loss, going down to Waverley Falcons by four points in overtime. The Supercats led by five points at the main break, but the Falcons caught them by the final buzzer, then won the overtime 14-10 after a late Jake Heath triple, and a Turner turnover proved costly for the Supercats in the 99-95 Falcons’ win. Durrell McDonald was impressive with 28 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals, while Heath (22 points, five rebounds and four assists), Tristan De Zwart Forsyth (19 points, eight rebounds and two assists) and Michael Harper (13 points, six rebounds) had strong scoring efforts. Turner finished with a match-high 29 points, as well as two assists and two rebounds, while Gabriel Hadley (19 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals), Odigie (18 points, 13 rebounds and five assists) and Macdonald (15 points, four rebounds and two assists) were also prominent.

Nunawading Spectres (92) def. Dandenong Rangers (81)

Nunawading Spectres handed Dandenong Rangers their fifth consecutive loss, winning the first three quarters to go up by 18 points at the final break, before a spirited consolation effort in the last term by the Rangers cut the final deficit to 11 points. Swetalla was the standout with a double-double in the 92-81 victory, racking up 27 points, 10 rebounds and three steals, while Luke Van Rijn (15 points, two rebounds), Jack Gandolfo (14 points, two rebounds and two assists) and Peter Hooley (10 points, seven rebounds and four assists) were all busy. Macdonald hit 27 points for the losers with four rebounds and two steals, while Hayes-Brown managed a point better and a double-double with 28 points and 13 rebounds in the match to be the only two majors scorers for the Rangers.

Melbourne Tigers (95) def. by Mt Gambier Pioneers (123)

Winning their second game on the road this weekend and handing their opponents their second loss, Mt Gambier Pioneers proved too strong for Melbourne Tigers in a high-scoring 28-point victory. The Pioneers piled on 123 points – scoring more then 30 points in three of the quarters – to win 123-95, only reduced back to the 28-point final margin thanks to a 30-18 last quarter in favour of the Tigers. Marshall was running hot with 32 points – five of 10 from long-range – as well as five assists three rebounds and two steals, while Dawam had 20 points and 11 rebounds in a double-double effort. Tom Kubank (20 points, five rebounds) was lively, while Kyle Tipene finished with 17 points and four assists on the day. For the Tigers, Lachlan Anthony top-scored with 17 points, while Willie (14 points, nine rebounds and five assists) and von Hofe (15 points, six rebounds and two assists) were impressive despite the defeat.

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2021 NBL1 South Men’s wrap: Round 3

BENDIGO Braves had a couple of sterling wins in Round 3 of the National Basketball League (NBL)1 South Men’s competition, whilst Geelong Supercats held off Waverley Falcons in a thriller to be the only undefeated team remaining in the competition.

Geelong Supercats (81) def. Waverley Falcons (79)

Geelong Supercats have held on in a thrilling contest against Waverley Falcons, coming from four points down at quarter time to post an 81-79 win. The Supercats quickly hit back in the second quarter to cut the half-time deficit to just one point, before extending it out to two at the last change. The Falcons hit back in the final term to balance the ledger, but could not get in front when it counted. Isaac Turner (16 points, six rebounds and two steals) and Gabriel Hadley (17 points, four rebounds and two assists) both turned it on for the Supercats, while Jack Macdonald (13 points, four assists and three rebounds) and Owen Odigie (12 points, seven rebounds) were also impressive. For the Falcons, Durrell McDonald (18 points, seven rebounds and three steals) and Bennie Lewis (15 points, nine rebounds, six assists and two steals) were the pick of the bunch, while Tristan De Zwart Forsyth (15 points, five rebounds) and Jake Heath (14 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals) were also strong in the match.

Frankston Blues (78) def. by North West Tasmania (86)

Grabbing a win on the road, North West Tasmania Thunder did enough against Frankston Blues in the middle two quarters to cause an upset at the Frankston Basketball Stadium on Saturday night. With the first and fourth terms all-square in terms of points, the Thunder won the second and third terms by a combined eight points to secure the 86-78 victory. Joseph Chilcott (19 points, four rebounds and two steals) led the point-scorers, while Mason Bragg (13 points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals), Joel Beveridge (12 points, six assists and two rebounds) and Paul Campbell (11 points, seven rebounds and two blocks) were among the better players on the night. Veteran David Andersen stood up for the Blues, putting up 15 points, nine rebounds and two assists, as Lucas Barker impressed with 10 points, eight assists and six rebounds. Dillon Stith picked up a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Lachlan Baker (18 points, seven rebounds) equal top-scored for the losers.

Knox Raiders (78) def. Albury-Wodonga Bandits (73)

A topsy-turvy match between Knox Raiders and Albury-Wodonga Bandits saw the Raiders string back-to-back wins, whilst handing the visitors their third straight loss to start the season. The Bandits raced away to a seven-point lead at quarter time, but that was reversed in the second half with the teams all square again. As if there was a breeze in the State Basketball Centre, the Bandits again stormed to a commanding eight-point lead at three quarter time, before the Raiders piled on 27-14 in the final quarter for a 78-73 win. Ben Ayre led the scoring with 20 points, five rebounds, six assists and two steals, while Simon Grant (10 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and three steals) and Dylan Hare (12 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals) both picked up double-doubles. It was predominantly a two-man show for the visitors as Mitchell Dance and John Crnogorac combined for 43 points and 12 rebounds, while Sharif Watson came close to a double-double of nine points, 10 rebounds and three steals.

Ballarat Miners (80) def. by Bendigo Braves (85)

Bendigo Braves needed the full four quarters and then some overtime to finally grab a win over Ballarat Miners despite a one-sided second term. The Braves raced out to a 23-point lead at half-time of their road trip, scoring 30-8 in the second term to seemingly be in complete control. The second half saw a change in fortunes however, as the Miners piled on 46 points to 23 to level the scores, 69-69 at the final buzzer. Despite all the momentum being with the Miners, the Braves found a way, putting up 16 points to 11 in the first overtime period to come away with the 85-80 win. Ray Turner had a night out with 27 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and two blocks, teaming up well with Nelson Larkins (23 points, five rebounds and three assists) on the scoring front. Brennan Rymer (10 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals) and Javaan Mumtaz (13 points, three rebounds and three assists) were the other prevalent scorers. For the Miners, William Hickey knocked down 27 points and 13 rebounds, with Matt Kenyon (17 points, 12 rebounds) also picking up a double-double. Sam Short (16 points, six assists and five rebounds) and Deng Acuoth (10 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks) were also strong in the loss.

Diamond Valley Eagles (97) def. Melbourne Tigers (73)

Bouncing back from their first loss of the season in Round 2, the Diamond Valley Eagles moved to 3-1 in the season with a comfortable 24-point victory over Melbourne Tigers. The Eagles dominated the first half to race out to a 19-point half-time lead, before the Tigers cut the difference to 13 at the final change. Reassessing at the break, the Eagles stepped up again and stormed to the win with a 29-18 last term for the 97-73 triumph. Blacio Owili had 23 points and eight rebounds, with Ngor Manyang (13 points, nine rebounds and two assists), Ben Allen (12 points, six rebounds) and Joel Capetola (six points, nine assists, five rebounds and two steals) among the other key contributors. Anthony Karabatsos (18 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals) tried his best for the Tigers, with Felix von Hofe (17 points, two rebounds) again solid on the scoring front, and Keenan Willie (15 points, seven rebounds and two assists) among the better players on the losing side.

Eltham Wildcats (74) def. Nunawading Spectres (69)

In a quirk of events, Eltham Wildcats grabbed their first win, whilst simultaneously handing Nunawading Spectres their first loss at Eltham High School on Saturday night. The Spectres led by a point at quarter time, with the Wildcats to go up by two at the main break. The Spectres took control in the third term to race to a seven-point advantage at the final break and seemingly on their way to another win. The home side had other ideas though, crashing through in the final term with a 23-11 quarter to secure the victory, 74-69. Adam Doyle led the way with 26 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals, while Justin Aver (16 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals) was also prominent. Ovie Magbegor and Simon Bradbury both only scored the four points each, but combined for 21 rebounds in the process. For Nunawading, Peter Hooley (13 points, four rebounds and three assists) and Dain Swetalla (12 points, five rebounds and two assists) both stood up despite inaccurate shooting nights, while Simon Conn was huge off the boards for eight points and 14 rebounds,.

Kilsyth Cobras (86) def. Hobart Chargers (76)

Kilsyth Cobras bounced back from a Round 2 loss to post a double-figure win over Hobart Chargers. In a momentum-swinging game, the Cobras led by six points at quarter time, trailed by one at half-time and then dominated the third term to race out to a 11-point lead at the final break, before eventually getting up by 10 points, 86-76. Ben Ursich (22 points, two assists) and Corey Jeffs (21 points, 12 rebounds and two steals) were the key scorers for the Cobras, while Adrian Tomada (14 points, 11 assists, five rebounds and two steals) also picked up a double-double, and Deng Riak (nine points, 11 rebounds) was not too far off one as well. Elijah Pawson (20 points, four rebounds) was a dominant scorer, as Jacob Richards (13 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and two steals) picked up a double-double, and Jonathan Mines (13 points, five rebounds) and Jack Stanwix (12 points, eight assists and three rebounds) were also busy in the loss.

Mt Gambier Pioneers (97) def. Ringwood Hawks (93)

Grabbing their first win in South Australia this year, Mt Gambier Pioneers won a nail-biter over Ringwood Hawks on Saturday night. The Pioneers led by eight points at half-time, and while the Hawks managed to claw back to the deficit to four by the final buzzer, it would not be enough, going down 97-93 at The Ice House. Erik Burdon (22 points, two steals) led the way from a scoring perspective, as Duom Dawam (15 points, 13 rebounds) and Nick Marshall (16 points, nine rebounds and three assists) both impacted off the boards, and Thomas Daly (16 points, three rebounds and three assists) also had a say in proceedings. Ringwood’s Jack Barry (32 points, three rebounds and two steals) and Matthew Fennell (28 points) both scored big, whilst Adrien Sturt was enormous with 12 points, 16 rebounds and six assists, and Trevor Latham had eight points and 12 rebounds.

Bendigo Braves (91) def. Dandenong Rangers (89)

Bendigo Braves have won a two-point thriller over Dandenong Rangers to make it a great weekend for the Braves. Back at home after the overtime thriller against the Miners, the Braves put together a more consistent four-quarter effort to claim the victory, 91-89. A Turner basket with four seconds remaining on the clock secured the victory. Turner was unstoppable with 33 points, 14 rebounds, two steals and two blocks, while Rymer (16 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals), Mumtaz (14 points, three assists and two rebounds) and Jacob Foy (11 points, four rebounds and two assists) were all busy. For the Rangers, Sean MacDonald stepped up for 22 points, three assists and two steals, while Oliver Hayes-Brown had a double-double of 14 points, 12 rebounds and four steals. Declan Soukup (15 points, five rebounds and five assists) was also impressive despite the narrow loss.

Waverley Falcons (76) def. Albury-Wodonga Bandits (64)

Another game, another Albury-Wodonga Bandits loss, with the visitors sinking to a fourth straight defeat at the hands of Waverley Falcons who bounced back from that heartbreaking defeat at the hands of Geelong Supercats to open the round, to defeat the Bandits by eight points. The visitors took control in the first half as the Bandits secured a six-point half-time lead, but it was all the home side in the second half, getting to within two points at the final break, before storming away to a 22-6 final term and winning 76-64. De Zwart Forsyth picked up a double-double of 18 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and two blocks, while McDonald (14 points, four rebounds and three steals), Dylan Larkin (12 points, four rebounds, three assists and four steals) and Michael Harper (16 points, two rebounds) were also strong. For the Bandits, Dance was one of the standout players on the court, knocking down 18 points – albeit at just 30.4 per cent from the field – as well as 14 rebounds, while Watson helped himself to a double-double of 13 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Sandringham Sabres (61) def. by North West Tasmania (76)

North West Tasmania made it a memorable trip across the Tasman, as the Thunder went back-to-back knocking over Sandringham Sabres to secure their second win of Round 3. The Thunder did all the damage in the first term to lead by 13 points at the first break, and whilst the Sabres fought hard after that, a 19-13 third quarter extended the lead even further for the visitors to eventually win, 76-61. Bradley Simpson top-scored with 19 points and four rebounds, while Kyle Clark (13 points, seven rebounds), Bragg (nine points, seven assists, four rebounds and two steals) and Chilcott (six points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals) were all prolific in the victory. Nicholas Gabsch had 11 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals for the Sabres, but once again the shooting load was left to Kuany Kuany who produced 21 points – seven of 11 from the field – 10 rebounds and three assists.

Melbourne Tigers (85) def. by Hobart Chargers (108)

Rebounding from their loss the day before, Hobart Chargers took control to win in a four-quarter effort over Melbourne Tigers. The Chargers won every quarter, and scored at least 25 points in each term, securing the 108-85 victory in style. Six players notched up double-figure points, led by Mines (22 points, six rebounds and four assists), while Zachary White (18 points, seven rebounds and two assists), Matthew Young (15 points, six rebounds and two assists), Richards (14 points, six rebounds and two assists) and Stanwix (14 points, four rebounds and four assists) all contributed to the cause. For the Tigers, Willie had the 24 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in a double-double effort, while von Hofe (18 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals) was everywhere, and Karabatsos (eight points, seven assists and six rebounds) did everything he could across the court.

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NBL1 South Men’s: Round 2 wrap – Miners split results on Apple Isle

ROUND 2 of the National Basketball League (NBL)1 South men’s competition took place over the weekend, with Frankston Blues grabbing back-to-back wins and Ballarat Miners having a mixed bag down in Tasmania.

Bendigo Braves (73) def. by Frankston Blues (94)

Frankston Blues have set up a memorable 21-point win thanks to a fast start on the road against Bendigo Braves. The Blues piled on 54 points to 31 in the opening two quarters to lead by 23 at half-time. The Braves were much better after half-time and even won the final term, but the damage was done, going down 94-73. Lachlan Barker racked up 26 points with seven long-range makes, while Alister MacDonald had the four triples on his way to 14 points, three rebounds and two assists. Dillon Stith (15 points, eight rebounds, two assists and three steals) was influential across the court, while David Andersen (14 points, seven rebounds) used his experience to advantage. Ray Turner was the pick of the Braves, recording 13 points, nine rebounds and two steals, while Brennan Rymer (11 points, six assists and four steals) and Javaan Mumtaz (10 points, three assists) were solid.

Hobart Chargers (81) def. Ballarat Miners (77)

Hobart Chargers have held on in a thrilling contest to defeat Ballarat Miners by four points last Friday night. The Chargers got away to a five-point lead at quarter time which was cut to three by the main break. The home team put it back out to five points at the last change, with the Miners only able to claw back one point in the final term. Koen Sapwell (26 points, three rebounds) and Jonathan Mines (25 points, three rebounds and two blocks), went haywire from long-range, making 11 of 18 from beyond the arc. Jack Stanwix (11 points, five assists and three steals) and Jacob Richards (10 points, seven rebounds and three assists) were the other key scorers for the Chargers. William Hickey knocked down 23 points, six rebounds, six assists and two steals in the loss, while Deng Acuoth picked up 15 points and 10 rebounds in a double-double effort. William Hynes (11 points, four rebounds) and Daniel Joyce (11 points, five rebounds and four assists) were the others to contribute strongly across multiple facets of the game.

North West Tasmania (71) def. by Ballarat Miners (74)

Immediately bouncing back from their Friday night loss, the Miners were forced into another close one with a Tasmanian opponent, this time coming away with an overtime. The teams were locked at 67 points apiece after four quarters following a late Thunder fightback, but the Miners stepped up in overtime, with a Matt Kenyon jumper with five seconds on the clock winning his side the match. Kenyon was the standout player on the court, racking up 27 points, nine rebounds and four assists, while Jock Perry (15 points, seven rebounds) and Acuoth (12 points, nine rebounds) were also lively at both ends. For the Thunder, Paul Campbell top-scored with 18 points, nine rebounds and two assists, while Sejr Deans (13 points, three rebounds and two assists) and Taran Armstrong (nine points, 10 rebounds, three assists and three steals) were steadfast in defeat.

Frankston Blues (110) def. Dandenong Rangers (76)

Making it back-to-back wins in Round 2, Frankston Blues easily took care of Dandenong Ranges. The Blues stormed to a 65-38 lead at half-time, and by the final break held a 38-point advantage. Dandenong won the last term to cut the final margin to 34 points, but the damage was well and truly done by that stage. Andersen picked up 24 points, four rebounds and three assists, while Stith managed the 20 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Barker also feasted on points with 23 in total, as well as five assists, two rebounds and two steals, with Thomas Garrett the other Blues player to reach double-figure points thanks to his 14 and four rebounds. For the Rangers, Declan Soukup had 19 points – five of six from long-range – and four assists, while Sean Macdonald (13 points, four rebounds and two assists) and Oliver Hayes-Brown (12 points, 13 rebounds) both impacted the match.

Knox Raiders (72) def. Kilsyth Cobras (63)

Knox Raiders were able to power away from Kilsyth Cobras in the final term to record a memorable nine-point victory in front of home fans. The Raiders trailed by a point at the last change, but then got to work with a strong defensive effort of 19-9 in the last quarter to run out 72-63 winners. Dylan Hare top-scored with 16 points, six rebounds and two assists, while Abraham Nyok (14 points, seven rebounds), Bul Kuol (13 points, three rebounds and two steals) and Ben Ayre (10 points, two rebounds and two assists) all picked up double-figure points in the win. A double-double from Timothy Lang (16 points, 12 rebounds) was the highlight for the Cobras, while Adrian Tomada (14 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals), Ben Ursich (13 points, six rebounds) and Deng Riak (10 points, eight rebounds) were the other quality players on the night.

Sandringham Sabres (90) def. by Mt Gambier Pioneers (122)

South Australia’s first win in the NBL1 South competition came when Mt Gambier Pioneers took out Sandringham Sabres by 32 points on Saturday night. The Pioneers piled on 64 points to 45 in the opening half to all but set up the win, though they went on with it too, winning the third term by 13 points, and securing the 122-90 victory. Duom Dawam (32 points, 16 rebounds and three assists) was unstoppable across the court, while Thomas Daly (25 points, five assists and four rebounds), Tom Kubank (19 points, five rebounds and three steals) and Nick Marshall (10 points, five rebounds and two assists) were others who stepped up in the victory. For the Sabres, Kuany Kuany was the standout shooter with a double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds, as well as two assists and two steals. Tom O’Brien (15 points, three assists and two rebounds), Nicholas Gabsch (12 points, six rebounds) and Brody Nunn (14 points, two rebounds and two steals) were the other Sabres who impressed despite the heavy loss.

Eltham Wildcats (76) def. by Diamond Valley Eagles (79)

Diamond Valley Eagles picked up their second consecutive win with a tight three-point victory over Eltham Wildcats. The Eagles trailed by three points at quarter time and five points at the main break, before hitting the front with a 17-11 third term, and then holding on with a 19-17 final quarter for the 79-76 triumph. Darcy Harding was the top scorer with 23 points, nine rebounds and three assists, well supported by Blacio Owili (16 points, seven rebounds) and Ngor Manyang (15 points, four rebounds, three blocks and two assists). Matt Reynolds only had the five points, but picked up 11 assists in a creative effort. The Wildcats had a few contributors as well, with Justin Aver (20 points, two rebounds and two steals) leading the scoring, but Ovie Magbegor picking up the double-double of 11 points and 13 rebounds. Adam Doyle (13 points, seven assists and two rebounds) was also an impressive performer despite the loss.

Albury-Wodonga Bandits (102) def. by Melbourne Tigers (107)

A telling final term set up Melbourne Tigers for a high-scoring five-point win over Albury-Wodonga Bandits on the road. Both teams offences were ticking on the night, and despite the Bandits leading by two points at the final break, the Tigers finished the match stronger, adding 28 points to 21 to win, 107-102. Felix von Hofe had a night out with 33 points, four rebounds and two assists, but he was far from alone, with Anthony Karabatsos (15 points, seven assists and four rebounds), Dogukan Elyazar (14 points, four rebounds) and Keenan Willie (nine points, nine assists, six rebounds and two steals) among the outstanding performers for the Tigers. Mitchell Dance picked up 28 points and nine rebounds in the loss, while Bijan Johnson (21 points, nine assists, five rebounds and three steals), Sharif Watson (16 points, nine rebounds and two steals) and Jack Saunders (15 points, six rebounds and two assists) were all strong.

Ringwood Hawks (81) def. by Geelong Supercats (85)

Geelong Supercats have posted a nail-biting four-point win over Ringwood Hawks thanks to a dominant third quarter. Despite not winning any of the other three terms, and trailing by nine points at the half, the Supercats piled on 29 points to 12 in the third quarter, setting them up for an 85-81 win. Isaac Turner was huge from beyond the arc with five of 11, on his way to 35 points, three rebounds and two assists. Mawut Macar Deng (15 points, six rebounds), Liam McInerney (11 points, 10 rebounds and four assists) and Jack Macdonald (14 points – four of eight from long-range – four assists and two steals) were also impressive. The Hawks were led by the damaging duo of Adrien Sturt (23 points, 12 rebounds and two steals) and CJ Asuncion-Byrd (27 points, four rebounds and three assists), while Jack Barry (11 points, seven rebounds) and Shaun Clarke (11 points, four rebounds) were also solid on the day.

Nunawading Spectres (96) def. Sandringham Sabres (61)

A strong start from the home team helped propel Nunawading Spectres to victory over Sandringham Sabres, handing the visitors their second loss of the weekend. The Spectres poured on 31 points to 14 in the opening quarter, then did it again in the third with 31 points to 10, which created the separation required for the 96-61 thumping. Tom Wright led the way with 29 points, five assists, two rebounds and two steals, while Simon Conn came close to a double-double with 13 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Costa Hronopoulos (13 points, seven rebounds and two assists) and Jack Gandolfo (12 points, five assists, two rebounds and two steals) were others who stepped up to help the cause. Kuany was again a lone-hand in terms of scoring, racking up a ridiculous 24 points and 17 rebounds, as well as four assists. Clancy Bird (10 points) was the only other scorer of note, as the Sabres were smashed across most facets of the game.

Waverley Falcons (79) def. Diamond Valley Eagles (72)

Waverley Falcons ended the run of the Diamond Valley Eagles at two, by saluting in a seven-point game. The Falcons led by 10 points at quarter time, but then found themselves trailing by a point at the main break. The second half swung back in the home team’s favour, winning both quarters by four points to get up, 79-72. Bennie Lewis put up 27 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals, while Jake Heath (18 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals), Michael Harper (13 points, five rebounds and three assists) and Durrell McDonald (11 points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals) also had impressive efforts. For the Eagles, Owili managed the 23 points and 11 rebounds in a standalone effort, while Manyang picked up 11 points and five rebounds in the loss.

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2021 NBL1 South Mens: Round 1 wrap – Sabres survive as Cobras produce late dagger

THERE were some sensational individual efforts amongst the number of tight National Basketball League (NBL)1 South men’s results in Round 1 as the competition tipped off over the weekend.

Melbourne Tigers (94) def. by Sandringham Sabres (97)

Sandringham Sabres have bravely held on against Melbourne Tigers to record a memorable three-point win to open the NBL1 South season. The Sabres raced out to a seven-point lead at quarter time, and went up by 12 at the main break. The Tigers hit back in the second half to cut the deficit to just six at the final break, and clawed to within one point in the final 12 seconds before a couple of Sabres free throws sealed the deal at a three-point margin, 97-94. Kuany Kuany had a night out with 20 points, nine rebounds and two assists, but he was far from alone for the Sabres. Nicholas Gabsch – who shot the last two free throws – had the 18 points, eight rebounds and two assists, while Tom O’Brien (17 points, two rebounds and two assists) and Kobe Davies (13 points, three rebounds) both had strong performances. Felix von Hofe threatened to spoil the Sabres’ party with 21 points, six rebounds, two steals and two blocks, being the standout shooting threat on the evening. Anthony Karabatsos (17 points, six rebounds and three assists) and Walleldin Elbour (13 points, six rebounds) also contributed strongly as part of six Tigers who reached double-figure points.

Hobart Chargers (78) def. by North West Tasmania (85)

After falling behind at the first break, North West Tasmania Thunder steadied to run out seven-point winners over Hobart Chargers in a topsy-turvy game. The Chargers led by two points at quarter time, before the Thunder piled on 19 points to 11 in the second quarter to lead by six at the main break. The Chargers hit back to make it a one-point game at the final break, before North West Tasmania steadied with a 22-16 term to take out the win, 85-78. Bradley Simpson was the top scorer for the Thunder, as he knocked down 16 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals, while Joseph Chilcott had 14 points, four rebounds, two assists and three steals. Also reaching double-figure points were Kyle Clark (11 points, six rebounds) and Paul Campbell (11 points, five rebounds and two assists) in the win. Jonathan Mines was a clear best-on however despite being on the losing side, knocking down a remarkable 31 points at 66.7 per cent from the field – including four of eight from long-range – to go with three rebounds, two assists and one steal. Matthew Young (13 points, seven rebounds, two assists and one block) was also productive, as Koen Sapwell (11 points, four rebounds, two assist and one steal) was solid.

Frankston Blues (83) def. by Nunawading Spectres (94)

Nunawading Spectres have produced a impressive second half against Frankston Blues to win by 11 points at Frankston Basketball Stadium, trailing by three points at quarter time, the Spectres turned the tables on the home team to lead by two at half-time. Then in the second half, scored 50-41 to keep increasing the separation and secure the 94-83 victory. At the time of publishing, the full individual statistics were yet to be completed.

Knox Raiders (68) def. by Geelong Supercats (78)

Geelong Supercats came away with the win on the road, winning the first three quarters to put the result against Knox Raiders beyond doubt. The Supercats led by as much as 18 points at the final break before the Raiders hit back with a 30-22 high-scoring final term to cut the difference to 10 at the buzzer. Wang Nyieth led the way with 22 points and five rebounds for the Supercats, while Isaac Turner (17 points, four assists and four steals) was also impressive. Ma’alo Hicks had his way off the boards with 14 rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks to go with his four points, while Liam McInerney (10 points, six rebounds) was one of another three Supercats to hit double-figure points. Jack Roberts equal top-scored for the Raiders with 15 points, six rebounds and two assists while Dylan Hare was the more accurate one from long range, sinking five of 10 on his way to 15 points, five rebounds and four assists. Simon Grant (10 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals) and Abraham Nyok (13 points, eight rebounds) were the other two Raiders to shine in the loss.

Diamond Valley Eagles (90) def. Dandenong Rangers (67)

Diamond Valley Eagles posted a comfortable win over Dandenong Rangers, getting up by as much as 25 points at the final break. The Eagles lead by 10, 12 and 25 at the end of the first, second and third quarters, before the Rangers marginally won the last term, 18-16. It mattered little though as the Eagles saluted 90-67 in front of their home fans. Ngor Manyang was the standout shooter for the Eagles, dropping 22 points, six rebounds and three assists on the night, teaming up well with Ben Allen (13 points, nine rebounds and three assists). They had plenty of contributors get close to double-double efforts, with Matt Reynolds (11 points, nine assists, four steals and three rebounds), Darcy Harding (11 points, eight rebounds and five assists) and BJ Symons (10 points, nine rebounds) sharing the load. For the Rangers, Oliver Hayes-Brown did collect a double-double with a huge 18 points and 12 rebounds in the loss. Sean Macdonald top-scored with 19 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals, while Max Richards (nine points, three rebounds) made the most of his 12 minutes on court.

Eltham Wildcats (88) def. by Ringwood Hawks (98)

Ringwood Hawks came back from a two-point half-time deficit to have a stronger second half and run away with a 10-point win over Eltham Wildcats. The Hawks trailed 49-47 at the main break, but scored 46-39 in a good defensive effort in the second half to win, 98-88. Adrien Sturt was fantastic for the Hawks, finishing with 25 points, nine rebounds – five offensive – and five assists, while CJ Asuncion-Byrd (19 points, five rebounds), Jack Barry (13 points, six rebounds, six assists and two steals) and Trevor Latham (13 points, eight rebounds), and Matthew Snow (11 points, six assists, five rebounds and three steals) all contributed to the cause. Adam Doyle (24 points, four rebounds and three steals) was the top scorer for the Wildcats, as Simon Bradbury (14 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and two steals) and Ovie Magbegor (10 points, 15 rebounds and three assists) both picked up double-doubles. Justin Aver was also productive despite only shooting three of 10 from the field, finishing with 15 points, eight assists and five rebounds.

Kilsyth Cobras (69) def. Waverley Falcons (68)

Kilsyth Cobras have dealt a late blow to the Waverley Falcons, with Corey Jeffs three-pointer in the dying seconds of the match securing a one-point victory in front of home fans. The Cobras led by six points at quarter time, but their lead was whittled down to three at the main break, and two by the final change, with the Falcons winning the final three quarters – including the last term. Falcons’ Bennie Lewis made a jump shot to put the visitors two points up with 35 seconds remaining, but Jeffs’ long-range bomb – and a subsequent miss from the Falcons secured the Cobras’ 69-68 victory. Adrian Tomada hit 16 points, and picked up nine rebounds and four assists for the Cobras, while Deng Riak had a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Joel Naburgs finished with 12 points and four rebounds. Jeffs’ match-winner brought him up to nine points and was ironically the first triple he made all night, having missed five previous attempts. For the Falcons, Durrell McDonald top-scored with 16 points, as well as three assists and two rebounds, while Lewis had the 16 points, eight rebounds and two assists. Michael Harper (14 points, two rebounds) and Jake Heath (seven points, seven rebounds) were other productive players in the losing team.

Albury-Wodonga Bandits (73) def. by Ballarat Miners (81)

Ballarat Miners have produced an impressive third term to secure an eight-point win over Albury-Wodonga Bandits on the road. The Miners led at each break but only by two and three points at the first and second breaks respectively, before piling on 27 points to 20 and opening up a double-digit lead, The final term was a low-scoring slog, with the Bandits cutting into the deficit by two, but still going down, 73-81. William Hickey put up 24 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for the Miners, with Deng Acuoth (22 points, 18 rebounds, two assists and two blocks) phenomenal off the boards, and Matt Kenyon (17 points, 12 rebounds and two steals) the third player to achieve a double-double from the visitors. Mitchell Dance led the scoring for the Bandits with 26 points and two steals, while Bijan Johnson (13 points, four steals, two assists and two rebounds) and Jacob Cincurak (12 points, six rebounds and five assists) were others from the home team that reached double-figure points.

Mt Gambier Pioneers (82) def. by Bendigo Braves (95)

Bendigo Braves have won on the road against Mt Gambier Pioneers, securing a 13-point victory in style despite a double-double effort from Pioneers’ Duom Dawam. The Braves were quick to build the momentum early with a seven-point lead at the first break, and they doubled that by half-time. The Pioneers managed to get it back a point at the final change, but could not dig into it any further during the 82-95 loss. Dawam finished with 31 points – at 50 per cent from the field – and 13 rebounds – six offensive – to be the standout player. Thomas Daly (21 points, two rebounds and two assists) was the other key scorer, as the pair did the bulk of the work. Kane de Wit finished with eight points, 13 rebounds, five assists, six steals and two blocks in an all-round effort despite a 25 per cent field goal shooting percentage. The winners shared the ball around with Ray Turner picking up where he left off in 2019 with a double-double of 20 points and 14 rebounds. Nelson Larkins (17 points, five rebounds and four assists), Brennan Rymer (15 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals) and Chris Hogan (10 points, nine rebounds and two assists) were others who had an impact in the match.

NBL1 South Men’s team summary: Bendigo Braves

IN light of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the National Basketball League (NBL)1 South Conference has been cancelled this year. As such, while Draft Central intended to do a preview on all teams leading up to the delayed start, it will instead be a team summary from last season and what they might look to improve on for 2021. Today’s edition looks at Bendigo Braves who snuck into the finals in eighth and then stunned the competition with a run all the way to the decider before falling a win short of glory.

2019 in Review:

Finished: 8th
Wins: 11
Losses: 9
Home: 6-4
Away: 5-5

What went right:

  • Finals run from 8th on the table to reach the decider
  • Won seven of the eight games leading into the grand final
  • Ray Turner’s season
  • Two-point accuracy (54.8 per cent, the best in the league)
  • Defensive rebounds (28.6 per game, ranked third overall)

They were the team that snuck up on the rest of the competition and stepped up at the pointy end of the season. Bendigo Braves came from the clouds to be the clear standout performer when it counted most, winning seven of the last eight games of the season leading into the 2019 NBL1 Grand Final, rolling with momentum and storming to the most unlikely of grand final appearances from 8th. The country-based side had to travel for six consecutive weeks, with the last home game being a loss to non-finalists, Albury Wodonga Bandits on July 12. Few would have predicted what happened next, but the Braves went on an absolute tear and claimed scalps on the road of Knox Raiders, Geelong Supercats, Melbourne Tigers, Kilsyth Cobras and Frankston Blues before eventually succumbing in an action-packed grand final to Nunawading Spectres. Ray Turner deservedly earned a spot in the NBL1 All-Star Starting Five and was a key in getting Bendigo over the line during the finals series. Statistically, the Braves were deadly from two-point range with a 54.8 success rate showing just how important efficiency can be in a season. They also ranked third overall in defensive rebounds and performed when it counted most, even if they fell short of an almost dream run from 8th.

What went wrong:

  • The middle two quarters of the grand final
  • Free-throw accuracy (65.1 per cent, ranked 16th overall)
  • Steals (5.7 per game, ranked 17th overall)

There is not too much to be critical of when it comes to Braves’ season, though they did lose three consecutive games twice, including against sides that they should have beaten. In hindsight it mattered little and statistically the only areas they struggled were in free-throw accuracy where they recorded a 65.1 per cent efficiency to be ranked 16th in the competition, and in steals where they had the second lowest total of 5.7 per game. Otherwise the biggest regret would be the second and third quarters of the grand final. At quarter time, the Braves had stunned Nunawading Spectres to be 33-19 up and looked set to complete the most sensation finals run, only to be overwhelmed over the next two periods, 58-34 and fall 10 points behind. They managed to stem the flow in the final term, but the damage was done and they went down by nine points at the final buzzer.

Top Players:

Ray Turner

With a deadly accuracy from two-point range, Turner was unbelievable with his ability to score and collect the rebounds, finishing the season with a double-double of 23.4 points and 12.3 rebounds as well as picking up more than an assist, steal and block per game. He was not as efficient from the free-throw line at just 69 per cent, but his finals series was the best of any player out there with a month of games that were hard to fathom. He put up numbers of 26.0 points, 12.3 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 1.3 blocks per game across the four matches, including 24 points, nine rebounds, four steals and two blocks in the decider. What a season it was.

Deonte Burton

Playing 22 of a possible 24 games, Burton averaged 14.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.3 steals per game in a season that would have been praised even more had it not been for Turner’s remarkable year. He led the team in assists and steals, and was equal second in blocks with 0.7 per match, and still managed a 36.7 per cent efficiency rate from beyond the arc. He teamed up well with Turner and was able to have an influence across the board, recording the second highest efficiency rating of any Brave this season.

Matthiang Muo

Combining well with Turner when it came to scoring, Muo averaged 20.4 points from 19 games and added a different element to the side than his All-Star teammate. He was the most deadly from the free-throw line at 86.7 per cent, and was the three-point specialist with 57 makes the most of anyone on his side at 42.2 per cent efficiency. Muo also averaged 5.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game during the 2019 season and was often able to find space due to the close checking of his teammates.

Young Gun:

Dyson Daniels

The 16-year-old Vic Country representative did not look out of place running out on court for the Braves in 14 appearances. He even started in two, and while his shooting accuracy could improve – with the increased pressure compared to the junior leagues – he still managed to pick up 2.5 points, 1.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game. In particular his ability to pickpocket the opposition was a highlight of his game, ranked third overall on the team for the stat behind Turner and Burton.

Christmas list for 2021:

Free-throw practice. It might seem fairly straightforward, but when you have a number of bigs who are able to get to the basket and potentially cop a foul, it is crucial to nail the follow-up free-throws. Unfortunately it is an area that could improve for the Braves, and there is not a great deal else they need to sharpen up, with a three-prong scoring attack and good depth able to provide great rotations across the court.

Summary:

The Bendigo Braves had a wonderful end to the season after it looked to not be their year prior to the final month. The saying ‘you have to be in it to win it’ could not be more true as grabbing eighth spot, the Braves made the most of it, and aside from falling short in the decider, should be thrilled with what they accomplished in season 2019.

Nunawading Spectres claim inaugural NBL1 Men’s title

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

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

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

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

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

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

NBL1 Men’s Grand Final preview: Nunawading Spectres vs. Bendigo Braves

AFTER 23 games apiece, the two sides destined to fight it out for the 2019 National Basketball League (NBL)1 Men’s title have bee decided. Nunawading Spectres and Bendigo Braves will go head-to-head at the State Basketball Centre on Saturday night to determine which team lifts the inaugural NBL1 title.

Nunawading on face value start favourites, having finished inside the top four and won 16 of a possible 23 games. They went down to Frankston Blues in the opening final, before the Spectres worked their way back to dismiss premiership favourites Ballarat Miners and secure a spot in the decider. Bendigo’s road to the final was vastly different. They secured a finals spot courtesy of Waverley slipping up in the final round during their trip to Tasmania, with the Braves taking full advantage and sneaking into eighth spot on the table. It was all they needed to set themselves up with a half-chance because they took it and have since knocked over fifth, fourth and second on the table, with an eye to downing the third placed side in this one.

In terms of win-loss records, Nunawading won six of 11 at home, with 10 from 12 on the road, meaning the Spectres were more formidable as a visiting group. The Braves were fairly even, having won six from 10 at home, not too dissimilar to the five from 10 on the road – a record they increased to eight from 13 in the past three weeks. The Spectres average 91.7 points per game, while concede 84.4 points to their opposition. For the Braves, those numbers are 85.9 and 82.5 – a little lower on both accounts. The stats also tell a story of how the Spectres should be favourites, leading in all the key statistical areas bar blocks – and marginally shaded in steals – when it comes to comparing starting line-ups. But symbolic of blocks being a strength for the Braves, it has also told a story of the finals series, with the Braves denying their opposition despite all the numbers telling otherwise.

If form is an indicator, it is almost impossible to tip against Bendigo because of the momentum the Braves have built, and the fact they were able to knock over Frankston on the road – a feat Nunawading was unable to do two weeks earlier. In saying that, the Spectres were able to dismantle Ballarat Miners, an achievement that looked near-impossible 18 games into the season. The big difference between the teams is Nunawading have an even balance of players who can shoot, rebound and assist, while Bendigo have a genuine star in Ray Turner – who has continually got the job done – as well as a couple of handy players to assist in Deonte Burton and Mathiang Muo. Simon Conn, Dain Swetalla and Tom Wright have all pieced together really consistent seasons, with Costa Hronopoulos being a crucial key fourth player in that side. Shane McDonald might not score as much as the others, but with a massive average of 7.1 assists, he sets the team up.

STATS:

NUNAWADING SPECTRES:

Simon Conn | 19.0 PPG | 10.0 RPG | 2.1 APG | 0.7 SPG | 0.7 BPG | 53.1 FG%
Shane McDonald | 8.9 PPG | 3.1 RPG | 7.1 APG | 0.6 SPG | 0.0 BPG | 41.1 FG%
Dain Swetalla | 17.5 PPG | 9.1 RPG | 2.2 APG | 0.8 SPG | 0.3 BPG | 53.9 FG%
Costa Hronopoulos | 10.2 PPG | 4.7 RPG | 2.4 APG | 0.7 SPG | 0.0 BPG | 51.9 FG%
Tom Wright | 17.8 PPG | 4.1 RPG | 3.7 APG | 0.9 SPG | 0.2 BPG | 44.5 FG%

BENDIGO BRAVES:

Ray Turner | 23.4 PPG | 12.5 RPB | 1.8 APG | 1.1 SPG | 1.3 BPG | 57.2 FG%
Chris Hogan | 6.6 PPG | 3.9 RPG | 2.1 APG | 0.4 SPG | 0.0 BPG | 34.4 FG%
Deonte Burton | 14.1 PPG | 5.3 RPG | 5.6 APG | 1.3 SPG | 0.7 BPG | 46.3 FG%
Daniel Hansen | 7.2 PPG | 2.9 RPG | 2.2 APG | 0.6 SPG | 0.1 BPG | 37.1 FG%
Mathiang Muo | 20.3 PPG | 5.3 RPG | 2.0 APG | 0.4 SPG | 0.3 BPG | 48.8 FG%

STARTING LINE-UPS COMPARISON: NUNAWADING | BENDIGO

Points: 73.4 | 71.6
Rebounds: 31.0 | 29.9
Assists: 17.5 | 13.7
Steals: 3.7 | 3.8
Blocks: 1.2 | 2.4
Field Goal %: 48.9 | 44.8

KEY QUESTIONS:

1. Can Nunawading stop the momentum Bendigo has been building?
2. Will a sixth successive road trip tire the Braves?
3. Will Simon Conn be able to restrict the work of Ray Turner and have more of an influence on the game at the same time?

SUMMARY:

Nunawading Spectres should be the team to beat in this game. If you look at how each of the starting 10 players have performed this year, the Spectres have five of the top eight because their fifth player often contributes more than some team’s third or certainly fourth players. Turner has the ability to create something special and while he is not a passer, that is how Burton fits into the mix for the Braves. We will tip the Spectres because of the consistency across the board, but Bendigo have been the underdogs in every game and there is just something brewing there with the potential to remarkably win the title from eighth spot.

NBL1 Men’s finals review: Preliminary Finals

IN a remarkable weekend of National Basketball League (NBL)1 action, the top two teams are out of the premiership race with both Ballarat Miners and Frankston Blues defeated at home in the preliminary finals. The Miners exited thanks to a determined Nunawading Spectres who bounced back from a qualifying final loss to Frankston, to earn a spot in the decider. In the other game, Bendigo Braves somehow have made it to the grand final coming from eighth, knocking out the second placed Frankston Blues.

BALLARAT MINERS 18 | 16 | 15 | 19 (68)
NUNAWADING SPECTRES 26 | 15 | 16 | 18 (75)

Nunawading has survived an almighty comeback from minor premiers Ballarat Miners to salute on the road in its preliminary final, and make the 2019 NBL1 Men’s decider. The Spectres lead for practically the entire game, taking the lead midway through the first term and getting out to as much as a 15-point lead with less than five minutes remaining in the third term. Nunawading held firm in that term to extend its three quarter time lead out to eight points – the same margin it had been at quarter time. The Miners rallied as you would expect in the final term, as they piled on 11 points to two for the home crowd to get up and about. But the Spectres refused to give in, getting back on top, ad while the Miners had a one-point advantage thanks to a Kuany Kuany lay-up with less than three minutes left to the clock, it was all Nunawading from there, scoring eight of the last nine points to win, 75-68. Dain Swetalla was superb throughout to continue his remarkable finals series, posting 27 points, 10 rebounds and an assist, shooting at 64.3 per cent from the field, as well as making all of his seven free throws. Tom Wright scored 16 points, seven rebounds and three assists, while Simon Conn also reached double figures with 12 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals. Shane McDonald was the playmaker with nine points and nine assists, while Costa Hronopoulos was prominent near the boards with eight rebounds, as well as four points and three assists. Josh Fox was the top scorer for Ballarat with 22 points, five rebounds and two assists, while Kuany helped himself to 13 points and five rebounds.Sam Short (11 points, six rebounds and five assists) and Jerry Evans Jr (10 points, eight rebounds) were the other two who stood out on the scoring end. Unfortunately for Ballarat, a remarkable season falls one game short of the ultimate decider, while for Nunawading, its dreams of holding up the title remain very much alive.

FRANKSTON BLUES 20 | 10 | 13 | 24 (67)
BENDIGO BRAVES 21 | 23 | 16 | 25 (85)

While the other preliminary final could have gone either way, there was little doubting that Bendigo Braves were deserved winners in their clash on the road with Frankston Blues. The eighth placed side has earned a spot in the 2019 NBL1 decider despite just scraping into eighth and having to have three consecutive road trips during the finals. Travelling to MSAC, Kilsyth and now Frankston held no fears for the Braves who are running on serious adrenaline. The Blues are normally good starters and whilst they did have an old-fashioned arm-wrestle with the Braves in the first term to trail by one point at quarter time, their woes in the middle patches of games – as had been the case in their qualifying final win over Nunawading – came back to bite them as they managed just 23 points to the Braves’ 39 to open up a 17-point lead at the final break. The Blues found their groove again in the final term but it was too little, too late for the home side, losing the term by one and the game by 18 as the Braves advanced through to the grand final in what is one of the great finals stories. Mathiang Muo top scored for the Braves, piling on 25 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals, while Deonte Burton had 18 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals in a great all-round game. Ray Turner was enormous defensively, having 13 rebounds – 11 up the defensive end – as well as 16 points and two steals, while Chris Hogan had 13 points and three rebounds in the win. For Frankston, Damon Bozeman was the clear standout with 16 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks, while Igor Hadziomerovic finished with 15 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals. Najeal Young (11 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals) also reached double-figure points, as did Daniel Trist off the bench (12 points, seven rebounds). At the end of the day though, it was the remarkable work of Bendigo across the court winning both the rebounding and assists stats, and shooting more comfortably from the field – 45.2 per cent to 35.2 per cent. They now advance through to the grand final against Nunawading.