Game 4 – Pool C – Keilor Thunder vs Wanneroo Wolves
The first of the morning games saw Keilor and Wanneroo get off to a fairly even start. The Wolves took a slender lead into the first break, but Keilor bounced back in the second term to lead by six at the half. Wanneroo kept in touch throughout the second half but were unable to contain Keilor’s Ben Simmons who scored 11 points in the final term to go on and record a 12 point win. For Keilor Ben Simmons had 21 points while Marcus De Leur and Nathan Freeman 13 apiece. For Wanneroo Kale Somers scored 10 points and Sam Curtis 9.
Final score: Keilor 66 defeated Wanneroo 54
Game 5 – Pool C – Hills Hornets vs West Adelaide Bearcats
This game started out very tight, both teams finding their scoring range. West Adelaide held Hills to just 3 points in the opening quarter, on the back of some tough defence. Turean Allen from West Adelaide was a major factor with some wonderful defensive work. Hills began to peg the deficit back in the second quarter, but their aggression was matched by a very solid shooting display from West Adelaide who went on to win comfortably. Jalen Bryant led West Adelaide with 21 points, while Ben Rennie scored 14. For Hills Ben Schacht top scored with 13 points.
Final score: West Adelaide 58 defeated Hills 41
Game 6 – Pool C – NT North vs Runaway Bay
Runaway Bay got off to a fantastic start in this game, and established a double figure lead at the end of the first quarter. The second term saw the defensive play from both sides feature prominently, with just 2 points scored in the opening 5 minutes. Both sides scored 12 points apiece in the term in a great fight back from NT North. Runaway Bay came out firing in the 3rd quarter with some quick points by Matthew Hosking to again outscore NT North, and were able to increase their lead in the final quarter, highlighted by a big 3 pointer to Jonathon Odlander. Top scorers for Runaway Bay Matthew Hosking with 20 points and Jonathon Odlander with 14, while for NT North Lionel Lai scored 15 and Michael Hagan 10.
Final score: Runaway Bay 64 defeated NT North 39
Game 7 – Pool A – Bulleen Boomers vs Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
Bulleen dominated the opening half of this contest, with a 29 to 14 opening term. A key note in this game was the Boomers spread of scoring, with 6 players scoring in double figures, led by Callan Ansell with 19 points and Jonathon Armocida with 18. Leading scorer for Manly was Daniel Pilcher with 16 points. Full credit to Manly Warringah, who never gave up and played really hard from start to finish.
Final score: Bulleen 87defeated Manly Warringah 33
Game 8 – Pool A – North Tasmania vs Diamond Valley Eagles
Both teams started this contest well, with Diamond Valley edging out to an 8 point lead after 1 quarter. North Tasmania lifted their intensity at the defensive end in the second, bringing the margin back to 5 points at half time. Both teams struggled to find easy baskets in the third quarter, with the margin still close at the final break. In a closely contested final quarter North Tasmania managed to hit the lead, only for Diamond Valley’s Leo Viitala to score a 3 pointer to bring the Eagles back on level terms with 3 minutes remaining. From there Diamond Valley were able to hold on to record a hard fought win. James Reid led the scoring for Diamond Valley with 16 points, while Tim Jones and Lachlan Young scored 11 and 10 respectively for North Tamania.
Final score: Diamond Valley 46 defeated North Tasmania 42
Game 9 – Pool A – Logan Thunder vs Sturt Sabres
Both teams began the game with a very efficient skill level, with the scores locked at 11 after the opening quarter. Logan gained the early momentum in the 2nd quarter, able to convert their steals into baskets. Sturt managed to remain in the contest, trailing by 7 at half time. Logan maintained their lead during the 3rd quarter, but some amazing shots from Sturt saw them go into the final break leading by 2 points. Both sides went basket for basket in the final term, Sturt tied the game at 46 apiece with 30 seconds remaining, and nailed a 3 pointer courtesy of Elliot Richardson to take the game by that margin, in the closest game so far in the tournament. Elliot Richardson led the scoring for Sturt with 16 points, while Samuel White had 11. For Logan Mitch Brackenbury led a balanced scoring list with 9 points.
Final score: Sturt Sabres 49 defeated Logan Thunder 46
Game 10 – Pool B – Albury Cougars vs Townsville Heat
Townsville began this contest well, establishing an early lead mainly through Jamie Hullerman. The Heat took a six point break into the second half, but the Cougars were able to take the lead going into the final quater. Both coaches were working overtime to try and get their team over the line, and with Cougars captain Jacob Cincurak hitting key baskets down the stretch Albury recorded a hard fought win. Top scorers for Albury Jacob Cincurak with 24 points, Nick Dempsey 15, while for Townsville Trent Myles scored 13 and Jamie Hullerman 12.
Final score: Albury 64 defeated Townsville 57
Game 11 – Pool B – Dandenong Rangers vs Stirling Senators
Dandenong dominated the opening quarter with a 16 to 3 first term, with Lachlan McDonald hitting some early baskets. The Rangers continued their good form in the second term, maintaining their defensive pressure, while the Senators struggled to find easy scoring avenues. The Ranges controlled the second half outscoring the Senators 36-16 to record a comfortable victory. Lachlan McDonald top scored with 18 points for Dandenong, supported by 11 from Bishoy Yacoub. For Stirling Zach Levey scored 10 points.
Final score: Dandenong 71 defeated Stirling 32
Game 12 – Pool B – North West Tasmania vs Knox Raiders
The Raiders again set the early tone in this contest and led at the first change by 9 points. Intensity on the defensive end saw them extend their advantage at the main break, with Toman and Hannon doing the bulk of the scoring, restricting North West Tasmania to just 8 for the term. The Raiders scored 20-plus points in the first 3 quarters, and their big players controlled the key, which did not allow anything easy for the Thunder players. North West did not let the game slip away, keeping the Raiders honest at both ends of the floor; however Knox’s superior play at both ends saw them take the win by a solid margin. Knox had three players with 18 points – Luke Hannon, Jake Chesson and Marek Toman, while for North West Tasmania Zeb MacKenzie had 12 points and Cameron Brown 8.
Final score: Knox 84 defeated North West Tasmania 41
Game 13 – Pool D – Geelong Cats vs Rockingham Flames
Geelong got the game started with the opening couple of baskets. The Flames only managed 3 points in the opening term, Geelong taking an 8 point advantage. Both teams unable to score for several minutes and things began to get more intense both on and off the floor. The scoring began to flow in the 3rd quarter, with Geelong holding a 15 point advantage. Rockingham slowly pegged back the margin with a great play from Luke Roberts, but a big 3 pointer to Geelong’s James Syddall saw the Cats record a very solid victory. George Blagojevic led the scoring for Geelong with 14 points, Harrison Dolley 12. For Rockingham Bradley Walsh top scored with 9 points.
Final score: Geelong 59 defeated Rockingham 36
Game 14 – Pool D – Illawarra Hawks vs Southern Tigers
Both teams began the game strongly, with plenty of skills on display. Despite some solid play from the Tigers they trailed by 6 points after the opening quarter. Illawarra dominated the 2nd quarter, outscoring the Tigers 17 to 5, and followed up with another good quarter (16-7) to give them a comfortable break. Rebounding was a key factor in the Hawks game; as they went on to record a big win. Nicholas Bagaric was the leading scorer for Illawarra with 21 points, while Dayne Campbell had 18. Southern Tigers were led by Brett Turner with 10 points while Cody Foreman had 9.
Final score: Illawarra 69 defeated Southern Tigers 37
Game 15 – Pool D – Canberra Nationals vs NT South
Canberra began the match with a 16 – 0 scoring run, and never really looked back. Despite the score differential the NT South players gave their all throughout the contest, but Canberra proved to be too much to handle, and in the process being the first team in the tournament to score over 100 points in a game. Jimmy Willett led the scoring for Canberra with 25 points, supported by Riley Habraken scored 17. Edward Smallword top scored for NT South with 6 points.
Final score: Canberra 121 defeated NT South 11
Game 16 – Pool C – West Adelaide Bearcats vs Runaway Bay
A 10 point opening quarter blitz by West Adelaide’s Ben Rennie saw the Bearcats jump out to a 21 to 7 lead over Runaway Bay. The margin was reduced in the second quarter as Matthew Hosking hit 8 points to give Runaway Bay some momentum going into the break. West Adelaide got their scoring back on track, outscoring Runaway Bay 19 to 6, and continued on despite a good effort by Runaway Bay to stay in touch. Ben Rennie led the scoring for West Adelaide with 24 points, while Turean Allen had 20. For Runaway Bay Matthew Hosking scored 16 points.
Final score: West Adelaide 73 defeated Runaway Bay 45
Game 17 – Pool C – Keilor Thunder vs NT North
Keilor took control of this contest right from the start, not allowing NT North to establish any rhythm. Joel Smith was the major contributor in the opening quarter, Keilor leading 23 to 6. NT North were only able to manage 4 points for the second quarter, as Keilor got an even contributions from players at both ends of the floor. NT North kept fighting hard throughout the second half but were unable to restrict the talented Thunder lineup as they went on to record a large victory. Keilor captain Ben Simmons scored 12 in the second half to finish with 19 points, while Quade Butt chipped in with 13. Michael Hagan and Michael Maddalozzo (8 & 5 points respectively) were NT North’s leaders.
Final score: Keilor 74 defeated NT North 24
Game 18 – Pool C – Hills Hornets vs Wanneroo Wolves
Both of these teams looked fairly evenly matched, which was the case in the first quarter. Wanneroo got their scoring going with a 3 pointed to Kane Trenouth, however Hills’ Jay Green answered this near the end of the quarter. Hills held a slender lead going into the second quarter, and both teams remained close throughout. Two 3 pointers to Mitchell Evans saw the Hornets lead by 4 points at the half. Hills got a good contribution in the 3rd from James Baraceros with 7 points, as they widened their lead to 12 at the final break. Despite a late run from Wanneroo, the Hornets maintained their concentration down the stretch to record a 12 point win. In an even performance Alexander Colli and James Baraceros led the Hornets with 11 points apiece, while for Wanneroo Nikola Zivanovic scored 12, Scott Tompkins and Kale Sommers each had 11 points.
Final score: Hills 62 defeated Wanneroo 50
Game 19 – Pool A – Diamond Valley Eagles vs Sturt Sabres
In an intense and fast paced encounter, Diamond Valley took control of the game early to lead by 14 after the first quarter, an 8 point quarter from James Reid the catalyst. Sturt were only able to manage 9 second quarter points, as the Eagles increased their lead. The Sabres continued to battle in the second half, and had an even scoring final term however the Eagles had managed a comfortable buffer earlier in the game to ensure the win. Both teams hit some very crowd pleasing shots throughout, great action on display for all supporters to enjoy. James Reid top scored with 22 points for Diamond Valley, while Jem Burford-Rice led Sturt with 14.
Final score: Diamond Valley 71 defeated Sturt 46
Game 20 – Pool A – Bulleen Boomers vs Logan Thunder
A 22 to 6 opening quarter blitz saw Bulleen dominate this contest from the early stages. Boomers’ Reece McKenzie had a good start with 6 points to help his team set up the victory. Tight defensive pressure throughout the contest saw the Boomers jump out to a 20-plus point break at half time and despite the Thunder battling back they were unable to remain on pace with the Boomers, who were able to rotate their lineup freely throughout. Bulleen’s Callan Ansell led the scoring for Bulleen with 15 points in a fairly even scoring spread, while for Logan Stanley Morris had 6 points.
Final score: Bulleen 67 defeated Logan 20
Game 21 – Pool A – Manly Warringah Sea Eagles vs North Tasmania
Both teams played out a very even first quarter, with both teams trading baskets. North Tasmania took a single point lead at quarter time, and continued to play solid basketball at both ends of the floor to lead by 8 points at half time. The third term was also an even affair, with North Tasmania winning the quarter by just 1 point, but North Tasmania stepped up their defence in the final term, giving up just 8 points, while scoring 14 to finish 8 point victors. Joe Chilcott led the scoring for North Tasmania with 23 points, while Kai Woodfall had 10. For Manly Warringah Tom Savage top scored with 21 points, Daniel Pitcher contributed 18.
Final score: North Tasmania 64 defeated Manly Warringah 52
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