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NBL21 season previews: Brisbane Bullets

THE Brisbane Bullets were a cat’s whisker away from a second straight postseason back in NBL20, missing out on fourth position by just a handful of points determined on the last day of the season.

Three different sides finished with a home and away record consisting of 15 wins and 13 losses, in what was one of the tightest races to the end of the season in recent NBL history, with Melbourne United edging out the Bullets and the New Zealand Breakers. But coming so close to success, many of Brisbane’s faithful are on unstable ground determining whether their side can replicate the same benchmark of play they displayed last season to crack the finals this time in 2021.

A major talking point that came into the spotlight months ago was the release of last season’s MVP-candidate and member of the 2019-20 All-NBL First Team, Lamar Patterson, who recently committed to the Breakers. Patterson exhibited ridiculous numbers for the Bullets last season, averaging 21.4 points, six rebounds and 4.5 assists in an all-around campaign. The loss of Patterson paired with the secondary loss of star big-man and now member of the New Orleans Pelicans, Will Magnay, means Brisbane will definitely have their work cut out for them.

The club acquired imports Orlando Johnson and Vic Law during the Free Agency period, adding much needed depth to the side’s wing positions with both signings having an abundance of experience at the NBA level. These additions backing up Nathan Sobey and returning sharpshooter Jason Cadee will make Andrej Lemanis’s backcourt a formidable one to say the least.

Following the departure of Magnay, Brisbane needed to fill that void. The club found their solution down in Adelaide in the signing of 211cm tall Harry Froling who will line up next to fellow 211cm center Matthew Hodgson who is fresh off re-signing with the side for another season. The second of the two signatures from the 36ers is 28-year-old Anthony Drmic, who spent three seasons at his old team before heading north for warmer weather and a more primary role.

Listing off the rest of the Bullets’ rosters is a litany of young and promising talents. The list includes 200-plus youngsters Blake Jones, Tyrell Harrison and Callum Dalton (Development Player), with forward Tanner Krebs concluding the list of talls. Meanwhile, NBA Global Academy member of the last three years in Canberra, Tamuri Wigness, will look to make a considerable impact in his rookie professional season at just 18 years of age.

Due to the large number of new faces set to don the blue and gold in just under a week, a few individuals from last season had to leave. Excluding Patterson, the Bullets relinquished New Zealander Reuben Te Rangi and Cameron Gliddon, both of whom have joined the league’s newest side in the South East Melbourne Phoenix.

Uniquely, Brisbane’s ridiculous size across the roster will provide the Bullets with all the tools necessary to combat some of the NBL’s best offences. But, in order to translate good defence into positive results Coach Lemanis will need his offence to perform on a consistent basis in NBL21 with the season just around the corner.

2020 QSL team review: Southern Districts Spartans

IN a series wrapping up the 2020 Queensland State League (QSL) season, we take a look back at each of the 12 clubs in both the men’s and women’s competitions and how they performed across the season. We continue our review series with the second of our four grand finalists in Southern District Spartans, who as a club actually racked up the most regular season wins between both the men’s and women’s sides with 18 and only four losses.

Men’s:

Position: 4th (Quarter final loss)
Wins: 8
Losses: 3
For: 1070
Against: 918

The men’s side was solid all season, finishing the year with an 8-3 record to finish in fourth spot. Unfortunately their season came to an end in the quarter finals with Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal coming over the top of them and winning by 11 points, 107-96. The Spartans were on fire early in the season, winning their first four games and five of their first six, before slipping a little mid-season, then stringing another three wins together to book a finals spot. Unfortunately a capitulation at the hands of Brisbane Capitals in the final round – losing by 44 points saw them slip to fourth, and then they bowed out in the quarter finals.

Anthony Drmic showed his NBL class in five games, averaging 20.6 points. 7.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists, though no doubt the Spartans could have gone all the way with him in the team every round. Callum Dalton was a reliable scorer in 2020, putting up 17.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists, while Tyrell Harrison (15.2 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists) and Tamuri Wigness (13.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 5.9 assists) both applied plenty of pressure on opposition guards. Josh Derksen (9.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists), Anei Muorter (8.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists) and Kon Anguik (7.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists) were others who featured prominently on court for most of the season.

Women’s:

Position: 2nd (Grand Final loss)
Wins: 10
Losses: 1
For: 1031
Against: 684

Coming agonisingly close to a title in 2020, the Lady Spartans ultimately could not overcome Logan Thunder – no one could – falling 24 points short in the grand final. Their only two losses all season came against the Thunder, back in the third match of the season and the decider, with some barn-storming victories along the way. They did not lose at home – Rowland Cowan Stadium – giving their home fans plenty to cheer about, as they had three consecutive tons, and enjoyed huge wins such as the 77-point shellacking over South West Metro Pirates in Round 1, and the 70-point belting over Toowoomba Mountaineers in Round 7.

Madelyn Willey led all-comers in the scoring for the Spartans, knocking down 20.2 points as well as 4.9 rebounds and 5.2 assists. She played every game and was one of only four players to do so, but the team had plenty contributors along the way. Tall Ferns star Kalani Purcell finished her season off with a triple-double in the grand final but was consistent throughout, averaging 17.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 5.7 assists in 11 matches. Natalie Taylor (15.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists), Holly Smith (12.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists) and Rebecca Haynes (11.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists) all had outstanding seasons in a real team effort. Emily Preston also showed signs playing every match and averaging 6.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in her time on court.

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QSL Men’s quarter finals preview: Capitals and Spartans to host do-or-die finals

IT is set to be a big weekend of Queensland Basketball League (QSL) Men’s action as four teams battle it out to progress to the next stage of finals and keep their premiership hopes alive. RedCity Roar and Ipswich Force have already booked their spot in the round two action of the finals after finishing first and second respectively, and will be awaiting the winner of the two quarter finals whether it be Southern Districts Spartans, Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal, Brisbane Roar or Logan Thunder.

Southern Districts Spartans v. Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal
Saturday, 17 October

In a battle of fourth verse fifth expect plenty of fireworks and excitement as both sides endeavour to make it to next week. The last time these two sides met was in Round 8 as the Spartans run out victorious by 15 points against a feat they will be hoping to repeat in the final. On the other hand Phoenix Teal will be hoping to flip the script. Accuracy seemed to be the main area of concern for Sunshine Coast converting at a lower clip than the Spartans something they will be acutely aware of heading into the clash.

In their last outing, Anei Muorter was the dominant scorer sinking 20 points while Callum Dalton was not far behind with 19 points and eight rebounds. Tyrell Harrison was another key contributor with 14 points and nine rebounds while his ability to block the ball provides plenty of excitement and opportunities for the Spartans something they will be hoping to re-create once again. they were however without the services of Tamuri Wigness who has proven to be a key figure when it comes to dishing off dimes and setting up attacking forays.

For the Phoenix Teal they will be looking to the likes of Jamaal Robateau to lead the way having piled on 27 points in their last encounter and picking up a massive nine steals. Robateau will a player the Spartans look to stop given his dominance and ability to tear game apart. Another player that cannot be overlooked is Nelson Kahler  who is both able to hit the scoreboard with great ease while also ply his trade off the boards. Jonathan Jassen can sometimes fly under the radar but has had a recent run of hot form coming off 24 and 25-point outings and will be eager to bring that rhythm into the clash on Saturday.

If recent history is anything to go by it is fair to say that the result is in favour of the Spartans however finals basketball brings a whole new level of intensity and desperation making it anyone’s game.

Brisbane Capitals v. Logan Thunder
Sunday, 18 October

The second and final game of quarter finals sees Brisbane Roar and Logan Thunder go head to head on Sunday. It has been a strong season for the Roar finishing in third thanks to their nine wins from 11 games and feel agonisingly short of second spot so expect them to come out with a real fire in the belly. The Thunder have been somewhat up and down winning six games and losing five making for an interesting contest between the two sides. Last time they locked horns it was the Roar that came out on top albeit by 11 points in a much closer match than many anticipated something the Thunder will take plenty of confidence out of.

The Capitals boast a wealth of scoring options with Jason Cadee the most dominant of all sitting fourth in the competition for average points with 23.36 a game while also proving to be a handy option on the assist leading the league with 6.91 a game. Cadee will be the one the thunder have to stop given he is also renowned for his ability to cleanly contest the ball and win it back. Jarred Bairstow is another concern for the Thunder given his ability to find the rim and score nailing 25 points last time they met while also putting on a show in the rebounding front with 14 to his name. Cameron Goldfinch and Timothy Soong are others able to have an impact and keep the scoreboard ticking over for the Capitals.

The Thunder are not without their own stars with Christopher Cedar proving to be a real thorn in the Capitals’ side last time the two sides met, knocking back 29 points and while he has been a fraction quieter over the past couple of weeks he will draw plenty of confidence form that performance. Thomas Ammar stepped up to the plate converting 20 points from his 31 minutes on court while Atem Bior also flexed his muscles with 18 points and an impressive 15 rebounds nine of them defensive showcasing just how much of a threat he can be, when firing on all cylinder.

It will take a team effort from Logan Thunder if they are to ruffle the feathers of the Capitals and get the win, given the multiple avenues in which the latter possess to not only score but so too defend.

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QSL stats: Regular season summary

WITH the final round of the regular season done and dusted for the Queensland State League (QSL), Draft Central casts an eye over the top performers for both the men’s and women’s competitions. A couple of familiar names grace the leader board with Mikaela Ruef and Maddison Rocci making their presence felt while in the men’s Harry Froling and Nathan Sobey proved to be damaging prospects for their respective sides.

MEN’S

Sitting pretty on top of the table, Froling has been a key cog for the Roar with his explosive nature to attack the rim with an average of 30.44 points a game. He is also number one in the league for average rebounds with 16.56 a game showcasing his ability to be a threat in multiple facets of the game. a strong backend of the season saw Sobey star for Ipswich Force averaging 29.82 points a game and taking out the top gong for triples made with a whopping 54 for the season. Jason Cadee was a standout throughout the home and away season managing 44 triples, a competition high 6.91 assists and 31 steals to show just how well-rounded of a player he is. RedCity Roar’s William McDowell-White featured highly in a couple of areas such as rebounds with 10 a game, topped the leader board for steals with 38 while also knocking back 35 triples for the season. Nelson Kahler proved to be a handy player for Sunshine Coast taking out second spot for average rebounds with 13.18 while also leading the league in blocks with 18 to his name.

AVERAGE POINTS

# 1 Harry Froling (RedCity Roar) 30.44
# 2 Nathan Sobey (Ipswich Force) 29.82
# 3 Jamaal Robateau (Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal) 25.64
# 4 Jason Cadee (Brisbane Capitals) 23.36
# 5 Darryl McDowell-White (RedCity Roar) 23

TOTAL THREE POINTS MADE

# 1 Nathan Sobey (Ipswich Force) 54
# 2 Jason Cadee (Brisbane Capitals) 44
# 3 William McDowell-White (RedCity Roar) 35
# 4 Jamaal Robateau (Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal)
# 5 Tanner Krebs (South West Metro Pirates) 33

AVERAGE REBOUNDS

# 1 Harrison Froling (RedCity Roar) 16.56
# 2 Nelson Kahler (Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal) 13.18
# 3 Jarred Bairstow (Brisbane Capitals) 10.27
# 4 Jonathan Janssen (Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal) 10.18
# 5 William McDowell-White (RedCity Roar) 10

AVERAGE ASSISTS

# 1 Jason Cadee (Brisbane Capitals) 6.91
# 2 Isaih Tueta (USC Rip City) 6.14
# 3 Tamuri Wigness (Southern Districts Spartans) 5.86
# 4 Christopher Cedar (Logan Thunder) 5.78
# 5 William McDowell-White (RedCity Roar) 5.7

TOTAL STEALS

# 1 William McDowell-White (RedCity Roar) 38
# 2 Jason Cadee (Brisbane Capitals) 31
# 3 Jamaal Robateau (Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal) 26
# 4 Luke Stewart (Northside Wizards) 25
# 5 Nathan Sobey (Ipswich Force) 25

TOTAL BLOCKS

# 1 Nelson Kahler (Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal) 18
# 2 Tyrell Harrison (Southern Districts Spartans) 17
# 3 Cameron Thew (Northside Wizards) 13
# 4 Oscar Cluff (Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal) 12
# 5 Harrison Froling (RedCity Roar) 11

 

WOMEN’S

It has been a dominant season for Rocci who topped the table with an average of 32.5 points showcasing her ability to find the basket for Rip City whether it be from range nailing 39 triples or inside the arc. She also featured in the top five for rebounds with an average of 10.3 capping off an impressive home and away season. Ruef was another that player that starred throughout the season sitting at an average of 22.7 points a game while also taking out top spot for rebounds with 18.2 seven more than the next closest in Charmain Mellars. Northside Wizards star Stephanie Reid had her hand in just about everything for her side finishing with an average of 24.43 points and 5.68 assists highlighting her deft touch. Mikhaela Cann took out top spot when it came to assists with a season high average of 7.91 while Amy Lewis came in at second with 6.33. she also registered fifth spot for points with 22 for Ipswich Force. Madelyn Willey was a force to be reckoned with amassing a competition high 39 steals while also dishing off an average 5.27 dimes a game.

AVERAGE POINTS

# 1 Maddison Rocci (USC Rip City) 32.5
# 2 Stephanie Reid (Northside Wizards) 24.43
# 3 Courtney Woods (Northside Wizards) 24.14
# 4 Miaela Ruef (Logan Thunder) 22.7
# 5 Amy Lewis (Ipswich Force) 22

TOTAL THREE POINTS MADE

# 1 Natalie Taylor (Southern Districts Spartans) 45
# 2 Maddison Rocci (USC Rip City) 39
# 3 Madelyn Willey (Southern Districts Spartans) 34
# 4 Catherine Macgregor (Ipswich Force) 31
# 5 Danielle Bayes (Logam Thunder) 31

AVERAGE REBOUNDS

# 1 Miaela Ruef (Logan Thunder) 18.2
# 2 Charmain Mellars (RedCity Roar) 11.44
# 3 Tyla Stolberg (Toowoomba Mountaineers) 11
# 4 Maddison Rocci (USC Rip City) 10.3
# 5 Ashleigh Karaitiana (RedCity Roar) 10

AVERAGE ASSISTS

# 1 Mikhaela Cann (Logan Thunder) 7.91
# 2 Amy Lewis (Ipswich Force) 6.33
# 3 Stephanie Reid (Northside Wizards) 5.86
# 4 Kalani Purcell (Southern Districts Spartans) 5.67
# 5 Madelyn Willey (Southern Districts Spartans) 5.27

TOTAL STEALS

# 1 Madelyn Willey (Southern Districts Spartans) 39
# 2 Kalani Purcell (Southern Districts Spartans) 37
# 3 Kalia Gabriel (Toowoomba Mountaineers) 29
# 4 Aimee Durbidge (North Gold Coast Seahawks) 27
# 5 Madison Woodford (Brisbane Capitals) 27

TOTAL BLOCKS

# 1 Meg Essex (Brisbane Capitals) 21
# 2 Kalani Purcell (Southern Districts Spartans) 12
# 3 Rebecca Haynes (Southern Districts Spartans) 11
# 4 Caitlin Clancy (Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal) 10
# 5 Georgia Ralph (Ipswich Force) 7

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QSL Men’s Round 7 wrap: Spartans pile on points, as Roar shows depth

REDCITY Roar showed their depth on the weekend in the absence of Harry Froling, whilst Southern Districts Spartans powered their way to a massive 127 points in a big win, wrapping up Round 7 of the Queensland State League (QSL) Men’s competition.

USC Rip City (80) defeated by Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal (100)

Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal handed USC Rip City a 20-point defeat in the standalone Friday night fixture, with the visiting team moving to a 5-2 record this season thanks to the victory. The visiting team dropped a whopping 17 triples to nine, shooting at 39.5 per cent from the field as they hit the ton, as well as dominating off the boards (59-33), and second chance points (29-12). USC had less turnovers (6-15), and more steals (9-3) so were cleaner with the ball, but shot just 28 of 78 from the field. Jamaal Robateau finished the night with a match-high 23 points, as well as eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks for the Phoenix Teal. Nelson Kahler recorded a whopping 28 rebounds – 12 offensive – to almost pick up more than the entire opposition, whilst also notching 19 points. Jonathan Janssen (14 points, eight rebounds) was the other Phoenix Teal player to have a big night. For the home side, Isaih Tueta had 21 points, seven rebounds and eight assists, while Louis Ilton (13 points, six rebounds and two steals) and Matthew Hancock (10 points, six rebounds) also hit double-figure points in the 20-point loss.

Ipswich Force (104) defeated USC Rip City (72)

Nathan Sobey again led the way for his Ipswich Force side as they became the second team in as many days to hit triple-figures against USC Rip City, winning by 32 points at home. They controlled the boards (51-29) and made the most of their second chance opportunities (25-15), though the assists were fairly even (17-13 Force), and both sides had four blocks each. The accuracy of the Force played a part, shooting at 39.3 per cent from outside the arc and 53.5 per cent from inside it, while USC recorded 29 and 42.1 per cent respectively. Sobey notched up a match-high 32 points, as well as seven rebounds, four assists and two blocks for the winners, while Kane Bishop (19 points, nine rebounds), Mitchell Poulain (14 points, 13 rebounds) and Jesse Ghee (17 points, seven rebounds four assists and two steals) were all prominent. For the visitors, Tueta had 22 points, four rebound and five assists, while Ilton (11 points, four rebounds and three steals) and Tyler Allen (10 points, two rebounds and two assists) were also busy.

North Gold Coast Seahawks (70) defeated by Logan Thunder (85)

Logan Thunder recorded just their second win of the season after some unlucky close shaves, defeating last placed North Gold Coast Seahawks in a 15-point win. The Thunder were inaccurate from long-range, dropping five of 23 triples compared to the Seahawks’ nine of 23 to keep the home side in it, though were far more accurate from inside the arc (57.7 to 38 per cent). The Thunder also won the rebound (33-25), assist (19-13), steal (15-12) and block (3-0) counts. Atem Bior (20 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and two steals) picked up a double-double for the Thunder, working well with Mitchell Young (21 points, seven rebounds and two steals), while Michael Cedar (15 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals) notched a double-double too, and Kian Dennis (15 points, four rebounds, five assists and five steals) also played a strong game. Jesse Lomax (17 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals) was the clear standout for the Thunder, while Donovan Russell nailed all four of his triple attempts on his way to 14 points, and David Fynn finished with 11 points and three rebounds.

Gold Coast Rollers (61) defeated by Brisbane Capitals (79)

Brisbane Capitals held off Gold Coast Rollers to temporarily go to top spot for a day with the Capitals’ seventh win, getting up by 18 points on the road. The Capitals won the rebound (53-46), assist (20-17) and second chance points (15-3) counts, while the Rollers were better defensively with more steals (7-5) and blocks (4-3), but four more turnovers (18-14). Nicholas Stoddart (16 points, six rebounds and six assists) topscored for the visitors, as Cameron Goldfinch (15 points, three assists), Jarred Bairstow (13 points, six rebounds) and Jason Cadee (13 points, eight rebounds and six assists) were also busy across multiple facets. Jalen Patton Croker was the dominant player for the home side, notching up 21 points, seven rebounds and two assists, while Tidjane Diop (14 points, eight rebounds), Adrian La Fleur (12 points, six rebounds and seven assists) and Tom Howard (seven points, 13 rebounds, five assists and two steals) made it a tight game.

Southern Districts Spartans (127) defeated Toowoomba Mountaineers (74)

In one of the most impressive scoring efforts of the season, Southern Districts Spartans piled on 127 points in a 53-point smashing of Toowoomba Mountaineers to retain fifth spot on the ladder with a couple of games in hand to the chasing sides with a 5-2 record. The Spartans nailed 67.6 per cent of their shots from inside the arc and 36.4 per cent from outside it, higher than Toowoomba’s 41.5 and 27.6 per cent respectively. The Spartans also dominated the rebounds (55-25), helping them pick up more second chance points (18-4), as well as winning all the key areas including assists (27-10), steals (11-6) and blocks (2-1). There was no stopping Callum Dalton on his way to a massive 35 points and 11 rebounds, while Tyrell Harrison (16 points, six rebounds), Tamuri Wigness (12 points, five rebounds and six assists), Anei Muorter (11 points, five rebounds and six assists) and Andre Ugrinic (10 points, nine rebounds) were among a whopping seven players to hit double points, with two more falling a point short. For the Mountaineers, Jakobe Hunter had a big day with 28 points and five rebounds, with four players notching double-figure points even in defeat. Seth Ham (11 points, six rebounds), Bailey Nwanevu (12 points, four rebounds and two steals) and Joseph Johnson (14 points, two rebounds and two assists) all achieved the feat.

South West Metro Pirates (93) defeated Northside Wizards (82)

South West Metro Pirates improved their season record to 5-4 this season with a tight 11-point triumph over Northside Wizards, leaving the Wizards at 2-5 from seven outings. The Pirates were deadly from long-range, drilling 16 of 39 triples at 41 per cent accuracy, while also leading the rebound, assist and block counts narrowly. The Wizards had three more turnovers, but matched them in the steals, and also had two more second chance points. Max Kearle had a huge night with 32 points and seven rebounds, while Tanner Krebs (23 points, 10 assists, five rebounds, three steals and two blocks) was superb. Kai Woodfall (13 points, four rebounds and three assists) and Atem Atem (10 points, five rebounds and two assists) also contributed strongly. For the Wizards, Cameron Thew led the way with 26 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double, while Josh Potter (17 points, four rebounds) and James Ringholt (16 points, two rebounds and four assists) were also impressive in the loss.

Toowoomba Mountaineers (81) defeated by RedCity Roar (105)

In the standalone Sunday afternoon game, top of the table RedCity Roar stretched their undefeated streak to seven, taking back top spot after the Capitals kept it warm for a day. The Roar were far from dominant though, as the stats showed a fairly even performance with both teams notching up 43 rebounds, and the Mountaineers leading the assists (23-13). In the end it was the visitors’ cleanliness (18-26 turnovers and 19-10 steals) that proved the difference in the 24-point win. With no Froling out on court, it was up to the McDowell-White brothers to do all the damage, with William McDowell-White (30 points, five rebounds, six assists and six steals) and Darryl McDowell-White (23 points, three assists and five steals) having big afternoons. Jean-Luc Morel helped himself to a double-double of 11 points and 14 rebounds, while Blake Notman drained four triples – second to William McDowell-White’s five – on his way to 19 points and five rebounds. For the Mountaineers, it was the double-double of Ham (19 points, 13 rebounds and three assists) and scoring power of Hunter (23 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals) that stood out, while Johnson also had another solid game with 13 points and three rebounds.

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

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

Field goals made:

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

Field goal percentage: More than 30

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

Three-pointers made:

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

Three-point percentage: More than 10 triples

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

Free-throws made:

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

Free-throw percentage: More than 20 free-throws

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

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QSL Men’s Round 6 wrap: Force upsets Spartans as Capitals win in high-scoring epic

IPSWICH Force moved up to fourth in the Queensland State League (QLS) Men’s competition after an upset win over the third placed Southern District Spartans, while top two sides, RedCity Roar and Brisbane Capitals pulled away at the top of the table.

Brisbane Capitals (116) defeated Logan Thunder (106)

Brisbane Capitals have gone outright in second spot with a thrilling 10-point victory over Logan Thunder, with the visiting team showing much more than a team with a 1-4 record coming into the match was expected to show. The Capitals just controlled the assists (29-17), but the Thunder surprised the Capitals by winning the steals (14-8) and blocks (6-5) and not much between the teams in rebounds (59-55 Capitals) and second chance points (20-18 Capitals). Jarred Bairstow had a day out with a massive double-double of 25 points, 14 rebounds, six assists and three blocks, whilst Cameron Goldfinch also had a double-double with 14 points, 10 rebounds and two steals. Jason Cadee recorded the most points with 29, and came close to another double-double courtesy of nine rebounds and five assists. For the Thunder, Chris Cedar scored 29 points, six rebounds, six assists and four steals in a sensational effort, while Atem Bior (18 points, 15 rebounds) was massive. Thomas Ammar (20 points, seven rebounds, three assists, four steals and three blocks) and Mitchell Young (12 points, nine rebounds and two blocks) were also among the best.

Ipswich Force (80) defeated Southern Districts Spartans (70)

Ipswich Force took down an important scalp claiming a 10-point win over Southern District Spartans to draw within a win of the third placed Spartans and keep touch with the top few teams. Led by Nathan Sobey, the Force managed to outscore their opponents despite trailing in assists (19-12), rebounds (49-42), second chance points (15-13) and blocks (3-1). Sobey was a match-winner piling on 35 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals in a best-on performance, as the next highest scorer was Mitchell Poulain (16 points, eight rebounds). Jason Ralph came close to a double-double with nine points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals for Ipswich. Anthony Drmic (14 points, five rebounds) and Josh Derksen (14 points, three rebounds) both had team-high points, while Tamuri Wigness (eight points, 11 rebound and eight assists) was influential across the court.

Northside Wizards (91) defeated Toowoomba Mountaineers (53)

Northside Wizards also enjoyed a massive upset, winning their second game of the season to thump the 3-3 Toowoomba Mountaineers by 38 points. The Wizards dominated the assists (34-15), rebounds (47-34), second chance points (19-12), steals (17-7) and blocks (5-3), in a promising performance. Cameron Thew was best-on with 19 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and two blocks, equalled for points by Wizards teammate, Zach Williams-Hook (19 points, six rebounds and three assists). Jacob Arthur (11 points) also hit double-figure points for the winners, while for the Mountaineers, Joseph Johnson (10 points, three rebounds) and Jakobe Hunter (six points, five rebounds, six assists and two steals) were the standout players in defeat.

Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal (84) defeated by RedCity Roar (103)

The undefeated RedCity Roar had no problems notching up their sixth consecutive win to start the 2020 QSL Men’s season with a 19-point victory over Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal. The Roar dropped 14 triples from a massive 41 attempts as both teams put up high volume amounts of shots, and the Phoenix Teal had 92 to 83, but were not as accurate from the field. The Phoenix Teal led the rebounds (54-49) and second chance points (30-19), but the Roar dominated the blocks (8-2) and won the assist (18-14) and steal (12-6) counts. Harry Froling once again continued his form with 23 points, 18 rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block, whilst fellow top scorer, William McDowell-White racked up 28 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, four steals and two blocks. His brother Daniel McDowell-White also provided a presence with 23 points, seven rebounds, two assists and four steals in a real team effort. For the Phoenix Teal, Jamaal Robateau (31 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals) was the standout, while Nelson Kahler (17 points, 13 rebounds) and Jonathan Janssen (16 points, 14 rebounds) matched their opponents off the boards.

South West Metro Pirates (90) defeated North Gold Coast Seahawks (46)

In the final game of the round, South West Metro Pirates became the first side to play eight games this season, evening their win-loss record in the process to 4-4. They did so by knocking off the struggling North Gold Coast Seahawks by 44 points and handed the last placed side its seventh straight defeat. The Pirates dropped 10 triples to the Seahawks’ three, and dominated the assist count 26-7, as well as make the most of second chance opportunities (14-2) odd a great defensive game (17-8 steals). Jonathon Mines led the scoring with 19 points, three rebounds and two assists, while Atem Atem (12 points, eight rebounds and two steals) and Tanner Krebs (11 points, three rebounds and six assists) also reached double-figure points. For the Seahawks, Mikael Willie notched up 11 points, two rebounds and two steals, while Wilson Page was the next highest scorer with eight points, six rebounds and two blocks.

Picture: Alan Minifie

QSL Men’s stats: Who is leading the early charge?

NOW that four rounds are in the books, we take a look at who is leading the charge across the board in the Queensland State League (QSL) Men’s competition. Among the top competitors are RedCity Roar’s Harry Froling (34 points, 17.25 rebounds), and William McDowell-White (27.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, 7.75 assists and 4.5 steals) with the latter ranking in the top four across all those stats. It is equally not surprising to see the likes of Nathan Sobey and Tanner Krebs also high up in proceedings.

Points:

#1 Harry Froling (RedCity Roar) 34.0
#2 Nathan Sobey (Ipswich Force) 31.0
#3 Jamaal Robateau (SC Phoenix Teal) 27.75
#4 William McDowell-White (RedCity Roar) 27.5
#5 Verle Williams III (RedCity Roar) 24.33

Rebounds:

#1 Harry Froling (RedCity Roar) 17.25
#2 Jarred Bairstow (Brisbane Capitals) 12.4
#3 William McDowell-White (RedCity Roar) 11.5
#4 Tanner Krebs (South West Metro Pirates) 10.5
#5 Nelson Kahler (Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal) 10.5

Assists:

#1 William McDowell-White (RedCity Roar) 7.75
#2 Jason Cadee (Brisbane Capitals) 6.6
#3 Chris Cedar (Logan Thunder) 6.5
#4 Jason Ralph (Ipswich Force) 6.0
#4 Tamuri Wigness (Southern Districts Spartans) 6.0

Steals:

#1 William McDowell-White (RedCity Roar) 4.5
#2 Heath Gameren (RedCity Roar) 2.67
#3 Jason Cadee (Brisbane Capitals) 2.4
#4 Jamaal Robateau (Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal) 2.25
#4 Jesse Ghee (Ipswich Force) 2.25
#4 Luke Stewart (Northside Wizards) 2.25

Blocks:

#1 Tyrell Harrison (Southern Districts Spartans) 3.0
#2 Aleer Aleer (Townsville Mountaineers) 2.0
#3 Oscar Cluff (Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal) 1.5
#4 Elise Cato (USC Rip City) 1.33
#5 Harry Froling (RedCity Roar) 1.0
#5 Nelson Kahler (Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal) 1.0
#5 Zach Williams-Hook (Northside Wizards) 1.0
#5 Cameron Thew (Northside Wizards) 1.0

Picture: Stephen Schulz Photography

QSL Men’s Round 4 wrap: RedCity Roars as Froling and McDowell-White go nuts

REDCITY Roar became the sole undefeated side in the Queensland State League (QSL) Men’s competition, after the Roar knocked off second placed Southern District Spartans, and the Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal also had a shock loss over the weekend.

Brisbane Capitals (100) defeated Northside Wizards (51)

Brisbane Capitals have continued their strong start with a huge 49-point victory over Northside Wizards. The Capitals made more of their chances despite only having seven more attempts from the field, shooting at a whopping 64.3 per cent from two-point range compared to their opponents’ 29.4 per cent. They also went plus 28 in rebounds with a total of 64 for the game, and were unbelievable with both assists (32-13) and second chance points (20-2). Jarred Bairstow had a night out picking up a triple-double of 30 points, 17 rebounds, 12 assists, three steals and a block, shooting at 66.7 per cent from the floor. Jason Cadee (22 points, five rebounds, seven assists and two steals), Cameron Goldfinch (14 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals) and Lachlan Venus (seven point, 14 rebounds) were other prominent players for the winning side. Northside did not have a player reach double-figure points as Fraser Lowrie (nine points, four rebounds) and Hayden Burrow (eight points, two rebounds and three assists) were the highest, though Mitch Elliott (three points, nine rebounds) provided strong resistance off the boards.

Ipswich Force (86) defeated Logan Thunder (84)

Ipswich Force moved up the ladder substantially with a narrow two-point win over Logan Thunder. The Force were the more accurate side, shooting 51.2 per cent from inside the arc, and 87.5 per cent from the charity stripe compared to their opponents’ 40 and 70 per cent respectively. Both teams ended the contest with 39 rebounds and 10 second chance points, while the Thunder finished marginally ahead in the assists (21-18), though the Force won the steals battle (11-6). Nathan Sobey was dominant from a shooting perspective, finishing with a match-high 27 points – though shooting at 36.4 per cent from the field – as well as seven rebounds, two assists and four steals. Jesse Ghee (17 points, three rebounds, four assists and three steals) and Kane Bishop (eight points, nine rebounds, three assists and four steals) were also strong defensively, while Ryan Jeffries (14 points, six rebounds and three assists) also notched up double-figure points. For the Thunder, Chris Cedar had a team-high 19 points, 12 rebounds and five assists picking up a double-double for his troubles, while Mitchell Young was deadly from the field with a 63.6 per cent clip off 16 points and nine rebounds.

Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal (84) defeated by Gold Coast Rollers (92)

The upset result of the weekend was Gold Coast Rollers picking up their second win of the season and handing Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal their first loss of the season on the road. The Rollers were more productive with their shooting, having less chances, but shooting at a higher percentage, including 43 and 51 per cent from three and two-point range, compared to Phoenix Teal’s 30 and 33 per cent. While Phoenix Teal were more prominent with their rebounding (48-45) and second chance points (14-4), Gold Coast rolled on to victory with accurate shooting. Jalen Patton Croker picked up a match-high 27 points, five rebounds and three steals, while Adrian La Fleur helped himself to 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Tom Howard had a double-double thanks to 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Tidjane Diop recorded 12 points and eight rebounds in the win. For the Phoenix Teal, Jamaal Robateau had 25 points, two rebounds and six assists, while Jonathan Janssen (18 points, 11 rebounds) and Nelson Kahler (13 points, 18 rebounds) were unstoppable off the boards.

North Gold Coast Seahawks (41) defeated by Southern District Spartans (107)

Southern District Spartans ensured they headed into the top of the table clash with RedCity Roar undefeated after a clinical 66-point thrashing of North Gold Coast Seahawks. In a battle of teams up the opposite ends of the ladder, the Spartans trained 13/24 from three-point range at 54.2 per cent compared to their opponents’ 1/22 at just 4.5 per cent. They did it all a little too easily, also recording a high 64.6 per cent from inside the arc, and had 19-3 second chance points. Adding to that fact, they restricted the Seahawks to just four assists for the game, whilst comfortably winning the rebound battle (48-28). Anthony Drmic led the way with 18 points, five rebounds and four assists while Callum Dalton had 17 points, six assists and four steals. Tamuri Wigness (11 points, five assists) and Sam Korst (11 points, five rebounds) also reached double-figures in the win. Alma-Spencer Taleni had a team-high eight points for the Seahawks along with four rebounds and two assists, while Jesse Lomax (six points, seven rebounds) and Donovan Russell (six points, five rebounds) also tried hard in the loss.

South West Metro Pirates (77) defeated USC Rip City (69)

South West Metro Pirates got the job done in a tight one over USC Rip City, triumphing by just eight points in the first of back-to-back matches for the Pirates. The teams were evenly matched on court, with USC getting ahead in second chance points (9-7), rebounds (41-39), assists (14-13) and steals (8-6), but the Pirates taking more chances, with three triples to four, and a 50 per cent clip from inside the arc compared to 40 per cent for their opponents. Tanner Krebs continued his wonderful season with another double-double, notching up 27 points and 10 rebounds, while Jonathon Mines (15 points, six rebounds and two steals) was also productive. Louis Ilton (14 points, 11 rebounds and three assists) had his own double-double for USC, while Dane Glover made the most of his shots, shooting four of five from the field on his way to 12 points, three rebounds and two assists ain the loss.

Toowoomba Mountaineers (93) defeated North Gold Coast Seahawks (63)

Toowoomba Mountaineers picked up their third win of the season with a 30-point triumph over the 0-5 now North Gold Coast Seahawks. The Mountaineers were clinical across the count with a 65.8 per cent accuracy rate from inside the arc compared to the Seahawks’ 42.9 per cent, whilst having 15 more rebounds and five more steals. The Seahawks matched them in other areas though only having one less assist and one less second chance point, in what was a much improved effort from Saturday’s heavy defeat. Joseph Johnson notched up 25 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals on the night, dropping 4/14 from long-range. Jakobe Hume (13 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals) and Sydney Hume (13 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals also had productive evenings. For the Seahawks, Lomax had plenty of opportunities, finishing with 21 points, five rebounds and six steals, while Russell (15 points, two rebounds) and Loseli Tupou (12 points, five rebounds) also notched up double-figure points in the loss.

Logan Thunder (103) defeated South West Metro Pirates (88)

After three consecutive losses to open the year, Logan Thunder got back on the winners list with a 15-point triumph over South West Metro Pirates. The Pirates were off a second win in the 2020 season, but fell to the Thunder, who were a little more accurate from inside the arc (61.7 per cent to 50 per cent) and won the assists battle (28-18). The Pirates were quite good off the second chance points however, recording 15 to eight for the match. Atem Bior had a night out with 25 points and seven rebounds, one of three players to pick up more than five boards. Young (22 points, six rebounds and seven assists) and Michael Cedar (15 points, nine rebounds and five assists) were also influential throughout the night, as Cedar hit all four of his attempts from long-range. Mines was the standout for the Pirates with 27 points, eight rebounds and two assists, while Atem Atem dropped 15 points and six rebounds on the Thunder. Krebs was still very productive with 12 points, five rebounds and seven assists.

Southern Districts Spartans (109) defeated by RedCity Roar (123)

The highly anticipated top of the table clash did not let any spectators down as both the Southern District Spartans and RedCity Roar produced a high-scoring epic contest with 232 points put up. In what could be a grand final preview, it was the Roar on the road that got the job done, shooting at 38.9 per cent from three-point range and 57.9 per cent from inside the arc compared to the Spartans’ 24.4 and 49.1 per cent respectively. The home side had 10 more rebounds and 12 more second chance points, though the Roar won the assist battle (23-20) and also had more steals (8-6) and blocks (4-3) as well as less turnovers (10-12). Harry Froling (42 points, 17 rebounds, 10 assists, three steals and two blocks) was just having a laugh on the night, teaming up with William McDowell-White (39 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists and three steals) as the pair outscored five full teams in Round 4 by themselves. Jean-Luc Morel was a third Roar player to record a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Drmic (23 points, 19 rebounds, four assists and two steals), Dalton (17 points, 11 rebounds) and Wigness (19 points, seven rebounds and five assists) also had prominent nights out, while Tyrell Harrison came close to a double-double of 15 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three blocks.

NBL Free Agency update: 36ers, Bullets and Taipans

IN the first of a three-part series this week, Draft Central looks at the Adelaide 36ers, Brisbane Bullets and Cairns Taipans Free Agency moves thus far ahead of the delayed 2020/21 National Basketball League (NBL) season.

ADELAIDE 36ERS:

Adelaide is certainly undergoing a change after a tough end to the season saw coach Conner Henry replacing the controversial Joey Wright. Immediately they picked up one of Australia’s brightest talents in Josh Giddey, who at 17-years-old will be a valuable guard for the side as he eyes of an NBA career in the future. In what could be one of the most potent four-five combinations, Daniel Johnson re-signed with the club, and Isaac Humphries came on board after languishing in the G-League. A former NBL Rookie of the Year with the Sydney Kings, Humphries was on the roster for Atlanta Hawks, took part in the NBA Summer League for the Los Angeles Clippers and then signed with the Orlando Magic, but after being waived opted to return back to Australia.

Humphries will replace the outgoing Harry Froling who has headed to Brisbane, with two-way player Anthony Drmic also headed north. The inclusion of former Illawarra Hawks’ guard Sunday Dech will help soften the blow of Drmic leaving while 25-year-old Keanu Pinder returns home after completing his college at Arizona and then spending a couple of seasons in Poland with Legia Warszawa. The 36ers were looking at including Tall Blacks talent Jack Salt, and returning shooting machine Jerome Randle, but unfortunately both suffered long-term injuries with Randle suffering an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury.

Contracted:

Jack McVeigh
Daniel Dillon
Alex Mudronja
Obi Kyei

Re-signed:

Daniel Johnson

Signed:

Josh Giddey (NBA Global Academy)
Isaac Humphries (Lakeland Magic G-League)
Sunday Dech (Illawarra Hawks)
Keanu Pinder (Legia Warszawa Poland)

 

BRISBANE BULLETS:

The Bullets had a breakout year in the 2019/20 and were always going to gamble on whether they could retain their bigs in Will Magnay and Lamar Patterson. Magnay re-signed, while Patterson is still a work in progress with the hope that he returns to Brisbane. They were quick to re-sign Jason Cadee, Nathan Sobey and Tyrell Harrison, with Matt Hodgson initially exploring his options then re-signing to negotiate a better deal than the COVID-19 pay cut, much like many of the NBL biggest and best talents. They also have only lost the two players thus far, with Cam Gliddon and Reuben Te Rangi both heading south for the summer.

Gliddon had an inconsistent year in 2019/20 and was viewed as better to have a clean run somewhere else, whilst Te Rangi has been keeping in form representing the Canterbury Rams in the second half of the New Zealand National Basketball League (NZNBL) season. While they both could be big talents on their day, the ins are certainly valuable ones and make Brisbane a genuine contender in 2020/21. Anthony Drmic and Harry Froling have jumped ship from the 36ers, whilst Tanner Krebs has returned after finishing his college years at St Mary’s. The 198cm shooting guard will replace Gliddon, whilst NBA Global Academy talent, Tamuri Wigness will slot into the other guard spot and no doubt have some court time next season. If they can re-sign Patterson, then watch out for how damaging this side could be.

Contracted:

Jason Cadee
Nathan Sobey
Tyrell Harrison
Matt Hodgson

Re-signed:

Will Magnay

Signed:

Anthony Drmic and Harry Froling (Adelaide 36ers)
Tanner Krebs (Saint Mary’s NCAA)
Tamuri Wigness (NBA Global Academy)

 

CAIRNS TAIPANS:

A major question mark still hangs over a number of Taipans players, with the club relatively quiet thus far over the Free Agency period. Re-signing Scott Machado and Nathan Jawai was important for he club, whilst a host of others opted to remain at the club in guards, Mirko Djeric and Fabijan Krslovic, and forwards, Majok Deng and Kouat Noi. All up they already have seven players on the list for next season when counting in Mojave King, an NBA Global Academy talent. The 195cm shooting guard is one who who no doubt learn off the likes of Machado who was one of the best players in the competition last season.

The question marks remain over un-signed Free Agents, Sam Froling, Cameron Oliver and DJ Newbill who all remain yet to to put pen to paper. Froling and in particular Oliver have other suitors, and the way they opt to go could determine how deep the Taipans go in season 2020/21. Newbill looks likely to re-sign, whilst a couple of Tall Blacks in Jarrod Kenny and Tai Wynyard are also among those left un-signed at this stage. Kenny had a strong season in the NZNBL, but has no officially signed anywhere in the NBL as of yet, the same as Wynyard who was one of the more impressive fives in the NZNBL.

Contracted:

Majok Deng
Mirko Djeric
Kouat Noi
Fabijan Krslovic

Re-signed:

Scott Machado
Nathan Jawai

Signed:

Mojave King (NBA Global Academy)