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NBL21 Round 1 preview: Taipans, Hawks and 36ers to double up in opening round

A FIVE-game opening round which features seven of the nine teams was eventually indicative of what became of the 2020 season. Just when it looked like 2021 was going to be a better version on its predecessor, the global pandemic reared its head once again, and the National Basketball League (NBL) was forced to make multiple changes in a week after finalising the first few rounds last month.

The NBL cancelled the all-Melbourne showdown between Melbourne United and South East Melbourne Phoenix, and then created two smaller hubs in Adelaide and Queensland to avoid the New South Wales and Victorian COVID-19 clusters. Whilst Brisbane then fell into a short state of panic with a three-day lockdown, the most recent NBL21 opening round fixture appears set after much conjecture.

The most notable features include three of the nine teams playing two games, and two sides playing no games, with New Zealand Breakers and Perth Wildcats now sitting out the first round which tips off Friday. Instead, Adelaide 36ers will now open the season against Melbourne United, playing a home game before a 40-hour break to welcoming the Phoenix on Sunday afternoon.

Queensland hosts the remaining three games as Brisbane Bullets – who only found out their opponent earlier in the week – take on The Hawks in Brian Goorjian‘s return game, before Cairns Taipans host a double-header in North Queensland. The Taipans take on last year’s grand finalists Sydney Kings on Saturday night, before hosting a standalone game two days later against The Hawks in what should be an entertaining contest.

NBL21 ROUND 1 FIXTURE:

Friday, January 15:

Adelaide 36ers vs. Melbourne United @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre

Saturday, January 16:

Brisbane Bullets vs. The Hawks @ Nissan Arena
Cairns Taipans vs. Sydney Kings @ Cairns Pop Up Arena

Sunday, January 17:

Adelaide 36ers vs. South East Melbourne Phoenix

Monday, January 18:

Cairns Taipans vs. The Hawks

 

PRESEASON:

In terms of preseason form, Adelaide 36ers had two good wins over Brisbane Bullets early in the off-season, before going down to Cairns Taipans in the last match of the season. Melbourne United won its only game against the Taipans on New Years Eve, meaning the Taipans head into the first round with a 1-1 record prior to the season. The Hawks split their games with Perth Wildcats 1-1 over in Western Australia, before losing to Sydney Kings in late December. In the other two games, Brisbane Bullets accounted for South East Melbourne Phoenix on the Gold Coast in thrilling contests, which meant the Bullets went 2-2 throughout the preseason.

Melbourne United are considered title favourites, coming in against one of the up-and-coming outsiders of the competition in Adelaide 36ers. The 36ers have few admirers, but can head into the season underrated with some good young talent – led by Josh Giddey – coming through the ranks. The 36ers will be hoping to score a win against South East Melbourne Phoenix, though both teams will have faith in taking home the points.

Cairns has been installed as second favourite to United, and will hope to establish themselves with games against the New South Wales sides at home. Two wins sets them on the right paths, especially against sides that are considered lower down the order in favouritism. The Hawks and Brisbane Bullets will be the interesting match of the round, with both having points to prove following mixed preseasons.

 

Adelaide 36ers vs. Melbourne United

The key to Adelaide’s success is hitting the triple-figures, winning all eight matches last season at home where they scored at least 100 points, whilst losing all matches that were in double-digits. Many will hope it is a repeat of the season opener from the 2017-18 season where United got up by just two points, 99-97 which resulted in the sides going all the way to the NBL Grand Final.

Dean Vickerman will coach his 100th game as United coach tonight, which was fitting considering his first match was that season opener, and has since won two NBL Coach of the Year awards and the championship in his debut season. For Adelaide, Donald Sloan celebrates his 33rd birthday on debut tonight, while fellow import Tony Crocker will do so on Sunday when the 36ers take on the Phoenix.

The keys to success for Melbourne lies in big man Jock Landale who has proved hard to stop over the preseason, with he and Jack White being welcome inclusions. Scotty Hopson has a lot more known about his ability having dominated for the Breakers in recent times. The 36ers have had a lot more change outside of their imports and young gun Giddey, with Isaac Humphries and Keanu Pinder returning, Sunday Dech crossing from the Hawks, and Conner Henry stepping to ex-coach Joey Wright‘s shoes.

Brisbane Bullets vs. The Hawks

The first match up in Queensland is as much about the men off the court as the ones on it, with legendary leader Brian Goorjian returning to the league having won more matches in it than any other. He steps up to take The Hawks role, and will face off against a former player of his in Andrej Lemanis. Both coaches are the only ones in history to lead their sides to three-peats, albeit with other teams in the New Zealand Breakers (2011-2013 for Lemanis) and Sydney Kings (2003-2005). As it stands in the head-to-heads, Goorjian leads 10-2 and will be hoping to build on that record that ended 12 years ago.

Brisbane have been hit badly losing their two biggest names in Lamar Patterson and Will Magnay. Whilst the Bullets had a promising season last season, they will be hoping new imports, Orlando Johnson and Vic Law can have an equal impact. Harry Froling and Anthony Drmic had good seasons in the Queensland State League (QSL) since crossing from the 36ers, as did Tanner Krebs a young player with plenty of potential. Nathan Sobey is always a crucial play and will look to team up with Jason Cadee in creating up the court.

By comparison though, The Hawks have overhauled their list as part of the rebrand, looking to get off the bottom of the ladder. Goorjian replaced outgoing coach Matt Flinn, whilst the likes of Next Star Justinian Jessup, and imports Tyler Harvey and Justin Simon lead the list of inclusions. They should provide the depth in the back court, whilst Cameron Bairstow and Deng Adel round out the front court. Sam Froling will lock horns with his brother, and as potentially the only starter who was at The Hawks last season.

Cairns Taipans vs. Sydney Kings

In the battle of two finalists, Cairns Taipans will be keen to go better than their semi-final exit last season, whilst Sydney Kings fell at the final hurdle in an interrupted COVID-19 Grand Final series. These teams faced off last season in Round 1, with the Kings getting up by eight points, in what was the North Queensland’s side’s first ever Round 1 loss at home. The Taipans strength at home was notable though, winning every match there in the 2020 calendar year.

The Taipans have relatively stayed the same with DJ Newbill and Anthony Fisher the key outs, while Next Star Mojave King and New Zealand Breakers talent Jordan Ngatai lead the inclusions. King is the second youngest contracted player in the NBL this year behind Giddey and becomes the second youngest ever to play for the Taipans. With crucial re-signings in Cameron Oliver and Scott Machado working their magic, and having depth like Jarrod Kenny and Nathan Jawai coming off the bench in those spots, the Taipans look to be one of the teams to beat.

The Kings have lost a lot of quality over the offseason, with Jae’Sean Tate and Deshon Taylor out, the former heading to the Houston Rockets. Andrew Bogut called it a day, as did Kevin Lisch, with Lucas Walker also out of the side. They managed to pick up another import in Jarrell Martin, while Tom Vodanovich and Angus Glover joined from other NBL clubs. Martin is the only starting inclusion though, with the Kings picking up depth for roster rotation, and will again look to Casper Ware and Didi Louzada as the creators.

In the remainder of the round, the Taipans will go head-to-head with The Hawks as both sides double up, whilst Adelaide 36ers will take on a fresh South East Melbourne Phoenix in a standalone game on Sunday. Having covered the 36ers above, the Phoenix are a side that is hopeful of moving up the NBL table, having retained the crucial signature of Mitch Creek, and then brought in a number of starters who improve various positions.

Imports Keifer Sykes and Ben Moore will step into the side and provide experience at both ends, with Sykes able to replace the outgoing talent that was John Roberson. Moore can play that five role with great success, while fellow inclusions Cam Gliddon and Reuben Te Rangi have joined the Phoenix from the Bullets. They have more depth and top-end strength than season one, and while Roberson will be a loss – particularly from outside the arc – they seem to have a more balanced and all-round settled outfit.

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.

QSL team review: South West Metro Pirates

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. The next club in focus is South West Metro Pirates who combined for six wins across the two leagues.

Men’s:

Position: 7
Win: 5
Loss: 6
For: 946
Against: 914

The Pirates went through a real purple patch midway through the season collecting their five wins from Round 3 to Round 7. During that period they managed two winning streaks, one consisting of two consecutive wins and the other three on the trot. Their first win came in Round 3 against Ipswich Force getting up by eight points in a gritty showing while their final win came against the Wizards where they got the job done by 11 points. Close on a number of occasions, the Pirates could have registered a few more wins had they been able to grind out some of their close encounters.

Jonathon Mines led all comers for points averaging 22.25 each time he stepped out on court while also recording the second highest average for rebounds with 6.25 to his name. The next closest was Tanner Krebs who showcased his class on the scoreboard knocking back 20.36 points a game while falling just short of a season average double-double registering nine rebounds. He also led the way for assists with 4.91 having played all 11 games for the season. Mathiang Muo plied his trade on the scoreboard with 12.5 points and 4.17 rebounds as Atem Atem made his presence felt in his 10 appearances collecting six rebounds, 1.1 assists and 11 points.

Women’s:

Position: 11
Win: 1
Loss: 10
For: 575
Against: 882

It was a difficult season to say the least for the Pirates who only notched up the sole win for the season. That win came way back in Round 2 against Toowoomba Mountaineers, the only side ranked lower than them. It was a strong win by the Pirates who ran away with a 22-point victory however it was relatively disappointing from then on, going winless for the remainder of the season and suffering some significant losses.

The hot hand of Bree Farley kept the Pirates afloat managing an average of 14.25 points per outing while also dragging down an impressive 7.88 rebounds to go with it. Amanda Beatson was consistent across her 11 games collecting the next highest amount of points with 6.64 and 5.36 rebounds. Susan McHugh was also a handy option when it came to scoreboard pressure recording 6.57 points in a trying season for the second bottom team.

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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

Picture: Brad Anderson

QSL Men’s Round 10 review: Ipswich Forces RedCity’s first loss in last round thriller

IPSWICH Force has survived a two-point thriller against RedCity Roar in what could be a grand final preview to get up in the final regular season round of Queensland State League (QSL) Men’s action. In the other stunning result, Brisbane Capitals smashed finals-bound Southern Districts Spartans by 44 points on their way to a season-high 133 points.

Toowoomba Mountaineers (80) defeated by Gold Coast Rollers (97)

Gold Coast Rollers won their first game of two for the weekend, getting up by 17 points over Toowoomba Mountaineers. Neither side could make finals, but it was the Rollers who capped off a good start to the weekend by shooting at an accurate 46.7 per cent from long-range, and winning the assists (27-18) and rebounds (50-41), whilst the Mountaineers got on top in the blocks 4-3) and second chance points (13-10). Brent Wallace had a massive game for the Rollers, putting up a double-double of 23 points and 18 rebounds – 13 defensive – as well as two steals and one block. Jaze Morris (22 points, three rebounds and four assists) was also productive on the scoring end, as Jalen Patton Croker (19 points, six rebounds and five assists) and Tom Howard (11 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals) were also impressive. For the losers, Joseph Johnson had a big day out with 21 points, eight rebounds and five assists, dropping four triples on his way to a team-high points. Jakobe Hunter (11 points, seven rebounds) and Seth Ham (11 points, seven rebounds) also got busy off the boards.

Northside Wizards (71) defeated by Logan Thunder (104)

Logan Thunder maintained their place inside the top six with a vital win over Northside Wizards, getting up by a comfortable 33 points on the road. The Thunder dropped 12 triples to four and shot at an almost-unheard of 73.0 per cent from two-point range as they made the most of their chances. The Wizards had more rebounds (43-36), but the Thunder topped their opponents in assists (32-27), steals (16-7) and blocks (5-1) in a commanding performance. Boston Mazlin recorded a match-high 23 points for the Thunder, as well as four rebounds and two assists), one of six players to notch up double-figure points for the winners. Atem Bior (12 points, six rebounds and three assists), Mitchell Young (12 points, four rebounds and three assists) and Chris Cedar (12 points, three rebounds, five assists and five steals) were others that stood out for the winners. For the Wizards, Jacob Arthur had 18 points, four rebounds and two assists, while Cameron Thew also reached double-figure points with 12 points and four assists.

Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal (93) defeated South West Metro Pirates (91)

In a thrilling two-point contest, Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal booked their spot in the finals series with a tight 93-91 triumph at home over South West Metro Pirates. Phoenix Teal controlled the rebounds (49-39) in what was otherwise an even contest with the Pirates going plus-one in the assists and blocks, and plus four in the steals to match it with their mid-table opponents, but unfortunately fell short of victory. Jamaal Robateau was a handful on the offensive end, shooting 35 points, including 17 free-throws to go with an almost triple-double of 10 rebounds and seven assists for the winners. Jonathan Janssen (24 points, 11 rebounds and three steals) and Nelson Kahler (14 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and three blocks) also notched up double-doubles for the Phoenix Teal. Max Kearle led the way for the Pirates in points with 25, as well as three rebounds and five steals, while Tanner Krebs was a star with 21 points, eight rebounds and six assists in a big performance despite the loss.

North Gold Coast Seahawks (70) defeated USC Rip City (63)

It might not have been season-defining in terms of finals, but wooden spooners North Gold Coast Seahawks avoided a winless season by knocking off second last placed USC Rip City by seven points. In their first victory of the season, the Seahawks shot a more accurate clip from the field and got to the charity stripe more often.The sides had just a combined 15 assists for the game, but the Seahawks were well ahead in the rebounds (47-34), whilst USC won the steals (14-7) comfortably. Maika Shortland (17 points, nine rebounds and three assists) and David Fynn (16 points) were both impressive on the scoring front for the Seahawks, whilst Wilson Page impressed off the boards with seven points and seven rebounds. Louis Ilton put up a game-high 21 points for USC, as well as eight rebounds and four steals, while Isaih Tueta (14 points, five rebounds, two assists and three steals) and Flyn O’Toole (10 points, six rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks) both hit double-figure points.

RedCity Roar (94) defeated by Ipswich Force (96)

In the game of the round, Ipswich Force and RedCity Roar went toe-for-toe in a huge contest that eventually ended in the Force moving up to third spot and handing the Roar their first defeat of the season. In a showdown of NBL talent between Nathan Sobey and Harry Froling, both sides were unwilling to backdown, but it was the Force who made the most of second chance points (17-12) to be the difference in the end despite the Roar winning the rebounds (46-38) and the blocks (7-1). Sobey ended up topping his opponent in points with 31, as well as seven rebounds, eight assists and three steals in his side’s win. Jason Ralph (13 points, 11 rebound, four rebounds and three assists), Jason Ghee (16 points, three rebounds), Mitchell Poulain (15 points, five rebounds) and Ryan Jeffries (10 points, five rebounds) all hit double-figure points in the 96-94 victory. Froling had the greatest impact off the boards in the match, notching up 14 rebounds to go with 30 points, four assists and two blocks in defeat. Regular performers, William McDowell-White (18 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks) and Heath Gameren (12 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two blocks) both picked up double-doubles, while Darryl McDowell-White (17 points, six rebounds and two assists and Verle Williams III (13 points, three rebounds and two assists) in a match for the ages.

Southern Districts Spartans (89) defeated by Brisbane Capitals (133)

In the other top four clash of the weekend, Brisbane Capitals produced a stunning 44-point thrashing of Southern Districts Spartans to announce themselves as a genuine title contender. The Capitals dominated the assists (31-18) and steals (16-7) whilst being much more accurate from the field throughout the contest, while the Spartans picked up the only two blocks of the game and had one extra second chance point in what what a down performance for the home side. Jason Cadee let loose with a ridiculous 47 points, 11 assists, five rebounds and four steals, shooting at 51.7 per cent from the field and dropping five of 12 from long-range. Jarred Bairstow joined him in the party with 24 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals, while Timothy Soong (11 points, five rebounds) and Nicholas Stoddart (13 points, two rebounds and three steals) were also promising in the win. For the Spartans, Callum Dalton notched up 25 points, three rebounds and two assists, leading the way with Tyrell Harrison (14 points, nine rebounds and three assists) and Anei Muorter (10 points) also reaching double-figure points.

Gold Coast Rollers (69) defeated by Ipswich Force (85)

In both side’s second game for the round after wins the previous day, Ipswich Force grabbed second spot on the able with a crucial 16-point win over Gold Coast Rollers on the road. The Force were more accurate outside the arc, shooting at a 37 per cent clip to 25.8 per cent accuracy, whilst leading the assists (26-22), rebounds (41-37) and steals (10-6). The Rollers were far from disappointing though, topping their opponents in blocks (5-2) and second chance points (16-13). Sobey had another big outing with 22 points, six rebounds, four assists sand two steals to lead all-comers, while Ghee (15 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and two steals) also picked up a double-double. Kane Bishop (14, points, eight rebounds and three assists) and Poulain (14 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two blocks) were also productive in the victory. For the Rollers, Morris (18 points, four rebounds and four assists) and Tidjane Diop (18 points, nine rebounds and two steals) shared the top points in a losing side, whilst Patton Croker had the 10 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block in an all-round performance.

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QSL Men’s best offensive and defensive teams so far

WITH nine rounds of the Queensland Basketball League (QSL) Men’s done and dusted the ladder is really starting to take shape as it becomes clear which teams are more offensive or defensive. Sitting on top of the table is RedCity Roar with their undefeated record intact thanks to 10 straight wins and subsequently leading the way for points scored given their explosiveness and plethora of options when it comes to attacking the rim. In terms of points against Ipswich Force have proven incredibly difficult to score against given their defensive tendencies while down the bottom of the ladder the Seahawks have proven to have somewhat of a leaky defence and inability to score with fluidity.

Best offensive teams:

RedCity Roar sit pretty in first place with an impressive 1054 points for, highlighting their ability to attack the basket and do so in a convincing fashion. With the likes of Harry Froling in their team who averages 30 plus points a game it is incredibly difficult to stop the Roar from scoring. Throw in the likes of Darryl McDowell-White who is also handy when it comes to hitting the scoreboard sitting at an average of 24.2 points a game and brother William with 23.22 points a game it is no wonder why Roar hold the title for the most offensive side in the league.

The Southern Districts Spartans also rank second for points scored with 981 to their name, indicating why they are positioned so highly on the ladder while Logan Thunder have also proved their attacking ability recording 965 points. While neither team has a representative in the top five when it comes to average points it is their ability to share the load around that makes them damaging, as a host of players can bob up and have an impact. In a reflection of their ladder position, North Gold Coast Seahawks have been unable to effectively find the net in 2020 sitting at a lowly 627 points for the season, the only side to sit in the 600s with the next closest, the Northside Wizards on 715 points.

1 RedCity Roar (1054)
2 Southern Districts Spartans  (981)
3 Logan Thunder (965)
4 Brisbane Capitals (957)
5 Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal (934)
6 Ipswich Force (870)
7 South West Metro Pirates (855)
8 Toowoomba Mountaineers (764)
9 Gold Coast Rollers (728)
10 USC Rip City (720)
11 Northside Wizards (715)
12 North Gold Coast Seahawks (627)

Best defensive teams:

Ipswich Force have conceded the least amount of points of any team throughout the competition so far credit to their impressive defensive efforts across the court. They have only had 734 points scored against them 51 points less than the next best in the Spartans. Southern Districts claimed second spot, a clear indication of their ability to play both a defensive and offensive game as they sit second for points scored as well. The Spartans have a relatively even spread of players that can stand up and flick the switch between offence and defence with Tyrell Harrison leading the pack with a collective 16 blocks. It is a bit of a mid-table logjam with a number of teams ranging between that 820 points to 860 points conceded highlighting the overall defensive attributes of the league.

In terms of individual defensive efforts, Froling is a key contributor for the Roar with a competition high 102 defensive rebounds while South West Metro Pirates’ Tanner Krebs has proven to be a menace off the boards with 84 rebounds to his name. Nelson Kahler has been an influential member for the Phoenix Teal with 75 rebounds and 15 blocks throughout the year, playing an integral role in their defence. Languishing down the bottom of the ladder North Gold Coast Seahawks and Toowoomba Mountaineers have struggled to stop teams from scoring. The Seahawks have had an all-round difficult season , unable to register a win so far with their defence proving to be leaky much like the Mountaineers who, hold onto ninth spot on the overall ladder but have failed to stop their opposition from scoring.

1 Ipswich Force (734)
2 Southern Districts Spartans (785)
3 Brisbane Capitals (792)
4 Gold Coast Rollers (797)
5 South West Metro Pirates (821)
6 Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal (839)
7 Northside Wizards (845)
8 RedCity Roar (855)
9 USC Rip City (864)
10 Logan Thunder (898)
11 North Gold Coast Seahawks (955)
12 Toowoomba Mountaineers (985)

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QSL Men’s Round 8 wrap: RedCity go two wins clear as Thunder win back-to-back matches

REDCITY Roar have moved two games clear on top of the table in the Queensland State League (QSL) Men’s competition, one of two sides to notch up back-to-back wins alongside Logan Thunder who moved to seventh only a win away from the top six.

Logan Thunder (118) defeated Toowoomba Mountaineers (69)

Logan Thunder produced the performance of their season to completely dominated Toowoomba Mountaineers and leapfrog on the ladder. The home side won by a whooping 49 points much to the delight of those in the stadium, taking out the one-sided contest 118-69. They dropped 11 three-pointers and shot at more than 60 per cent from the field, whilst the Mountaineers ran at below 40. Meanwhile the Thunder also won the rebounds (47-39), assists (36-19), steals (19-4) and second chance points (28-6) in a complete domination. Atem Bior led the way with a double-double of 27 points, 11 rebounds and two steals, sharing the load with Elijah Puna (21 points, nine rebounds and three assists). Also in double-digit points were Ranko Puseljic (14 points, three rebounds, four assists and four steals), Kian Dennis (12 points, seven rebounds and two assists) and Thomas Ammar (10 points, six rebounds and three assists in a real team effort. Jakobe Hunter led the way for the Mountaineers, putting up a team-high 16 points, as well as five rebounds and six assists, while Bailey Nwanevu (13 points, six rebounds) and Joseph Johnson (10 points, nine rebounds and eight assists) were both strong.

Gold Coast Rollers (74) defeated Northside Wizards (72)

Gold Coast Rollers held on in a thriller against Northside Wizards to move one win ahead of their opponents and into seventh on the table. Whilst they are two wins behind sixth, they have two games in hand and will be keen to have a strong finish to the season in the next few weeks. The Rollers made the most of their long-range shots with nine of 28 compared to four of 23, and also stood up defensively to win the steal count, 13-8. In most other areas it was the Wizards who led the way, including rebounds (49-39), assists (19-18), blocks (5-3) and second chance points (15-6). Jaze Morris put up 21 points, eight rebounds and three assists in the win, teaming up with Jalen Patton Croker (19 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals) and Adrian La Fleur (12 points, four rebounds and two steals). For the Wizards, it was Cameron Thew who dominated off the boards with 15 points, 15 rebounds, four assists and two blocks, while Luke Stewart (13 points, 12 assists, eight rebounds and two steals) also recorded a double-double. Jacob Arthur (20 points, seven rebounds and two steals) and James Ringholt (17 points, four rebounds and two blocks) also went big, but scored the majority of the team’s points.

North Gold Coast Seahawks (70) defeated by Ipswich Force (113)

Ipswich Force sits in outright fourth after a strong win over the winless North Gold Coast Seahawks on the road. The Force amassed 113 points in the 43-point victory, to move to 6-2 for the season and remain a title contender. Statistically speaking, the Force controlled play with a high 59 per cent from inside the arc and 43 per cent from outside it, as well as leading the rebounds (47-39), assists (23-13), second chance points (22-17), blocks (6-1) and steals (14-8), while the Seahawks had more triples (12). Ryan Jeffries had a match-high 22 points, as well as three rebounds and two assists in the win, while it was Mitchell Poulain (16 points, 12 rebounds) who recorded a double-double for the winners. Jesse Ghee also had a good day out with 22 points, three rebounds and two assists. For the Seahawks, Loseli Shortland was the star with a double-double effort of 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Maika Shortland also tried hard, notching up 15 points and six rebounds.

RedCity Roar (94) defeated South West Metro Pirates (75)

The top of the table undefeated Roar had their first win of the weekend with a 19-point triumph over a gallant South West Metro Pirates. The Pirates moved to a 5-5 record from 10 games but showed they could compete with the top side in a solid performance. The Roar were just deadly from long-range, dropping 15 triples at 34 per cent, but could not find the same range from two-point range. They also led the assists (25-17), steals (13-8), blocks (4-1) and second chance points (16-3), while the Pirates topped the rebound count (52-48). Harry Froling was the difference between the sides, dropping 33 points, 15 rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks, recording a massive six triples on the night. Verle Williams III was the other prominent scorer for the winners with 16 points, nine assists, three rebounds and four steals, while Darryl McDowell-White (10 points, two steals) notched up double-figure points. For the losers, Tanner Krebs tried hard with 17 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and two steals, while Max Kearle (10 points, two rebounds) and Atem Atem (eight points, eight rebounds and two assists) were solid.

Southern Districts Spartans (94) defeated Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal (79)

In a battle of two contenders, Southern District Spartans got a crucial win to dislodge Brisbane Capitals from second spot and sit with seven wins from nine games. For Phoenix Teal, they remain on five wins, but now sit two wins away from the top three. The Spartans were far more accurate than Phoenix Teal, shooting at 38.5 and 57.8 per cent from three and two-point range respectively compared to 16.7 and 44.6 per cent. In terms of other numbers, the Spartans were too good in the rebounds (48-33), assists (19-9) and second chance points (18-13), while the Phoenix Teal had more steals (13-9) and blocks (3-0). Anei Muorter recorded a team-high 20 points, as well as a consistent five rebounds, five assists and two steals in the win. Callum Dalton (19 points, eight rebounds and two assists) and Tyrell Harrison (14 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals) were both strong, while veteran Mika Vukona played the most minutes he has all season with 21, and put up nine points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. for the losing side, Jamaal Robateau had a match-high 27 points and nine steals, as well as two rebounds and three assists. Picking up a double-double, Nelson Kahler (18 points, 11 rebounds) was prolific, while Jonathan Janssen (13 points, seven rebounds) also contributed.

Brisbane Capitals (83) defeated by RedCity Roar (106)

In a top of the table clash, RedCity Roar picked up their second win of the weekend and went two games clear on top with a ninth consecutive win. The Roar shot at 42 per cent from long-range, dropping a mind-boggling 19 triples, as well as more than 50 per cent from inside the arc. RedCity also won the rebounds(46-36), and blocks (6-0), though the Capitals got on top in the assists (23-18), second chance points (11-6) and steals (9-8). Froling had another double-double with 27 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and two steals, as McDowell-White picked up a match-high 28 points to back up his effort the day before, whilst brother William McDowell-White had a much larger influence on the game with a double-double of 16 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, two steals and three blocks. For the Capitals, Jason Cadee helped himself to 27 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and four steals, while Ben Wilson (15 points, six rebounds, two assists and four steals), Timothy Soong (13 points, seven rebounds and three assists), Nicholas Stoddart (12 points, four rebounds and four assists) all stood up strongly.

USC Rip City (73) defeated by Logan Thunder (86)

Logan Thunder also made it back-to-back wins for the weekend, picking up a 13-point victory over USC Rip City. The win saw the Thunder move up to 4-5 for the season as they begin to play some of the lower sides and get on a roll. In the 86-73 victory, the Thunder was the more accurate team from inside the arc, scoring at a 66.7 per cent clip, whilst USC did it at 44.9 per cent. The Thunder also had plenty of rebounds (55-38), and had more second chance points (14-10), but Rip City was on top in the assists (20-19) and steals (15-10). Dennis picked up a match-high 26 points, as well as three rebounds and two assists, while Chris Cedar sank 18 points, as well as six rebounds, five assists and three steals. Mitchell Young was prominent with a double-double of 10 points and 14 rebounds in the win, while Bior finished with 12 points and four rebounds. For USC, it was Riley Cordwell picking up a team-high 19 points, six rebounds and three steals, while Flyn O’Toole (14 points, eight rebounds and four steals) and Tyler Allen (13 points, 10 rebounds and five assists) were also prolific off the boards.

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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.

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