U14 Boys Final Day Wrap up

U14 Boys Final Day Wrap up

All the news and reviews from the final days action of the U14 Australian Junior Championships

Blackburn Vikings 71 defeated Northside Wizards 63
The Vikings got ahead early in this game and finished the first quarter six points ahead. The Wizards played a solid second term and closed the gap to four points by half time, the Vikings still leading 38-34. A basket scored on the three-quarter time buzzer by the Vikings brought their back up to six points while the Wizards continued to make them work hard for every point. A fantastic performance by Wizards’ Johan Milburn with 19 points kept them competitive throughout the match.  The Vikings pushed through in the final term and ended the game with an eight point win to finish in 11th place for the tournament. A fantastic game by Vikings’ Michael D’Agostino with a game-high score of 28.
Vikings – M. D’Agostino 28, J. Heath 13, R. Fyffe 9
Wizards – J. Milburn 19, D. Robateau 10, K. Richards 10

East Perth Eagles 57 defeated Northern Territory Geckos 35
Both teams game out fighting in the first half of this match and quarter time finished with the Eagles ahead by 2. Some terrific defence by both teams lead to a dead-even second quarter and brought the half time score to 23-21 in favour of the Eagles. It was an Eagles’ game from here on, and Geckos were unable to grab hold of their lead, despite a solid game from Mitchell Drescher on 11 points and Jarrod West on 10. The Eagles continued to push their lead ahead through the second half with an impressive fourth term and ended the game with a 22 point lead. A superb performance by Rhys McKean gave him a massive 26 point haul.
Eagles – R. McKean 26, A. Donlagic 11, G. Osrin 6
Geckos – M. Drescher 11, J. West 10, T. Leibelt 5

North West Tasmania Thunder 51 defeated South West Pirates 43
The first quarter was dead even and both teams scored 14 points apiece, Kyle Clark continued his form for the week and scored six of North West’s 14. The Thunder were just able to snatch the lead with a solid quarter from Casey Little and the teams went into half time up four points. The Thunder crept further ahead in the third quarter but it wasn’t all over for the Pirates, they were the first to put points on the board in the final quarter and a great three-pointer by Matieng-Iakah Leahy kept them within four. The Thunder were just too good in the end even without Casey Little who was fouled out in the final minutes and they took the game by seven points.
Thunder – K. Clark 22, G. Dennison 9, C. Little 7
Pirates – M. Leahy 21, L. Richardson 10, W. McDowell-White 7

Logan Thunder 59 defeated Forestville Eagles 48
This was another close match as the Eagles and the Thunder fought out for places 9 and 10 in the championships. The Eagles just got ahead of the Thunder in the first quarter with a score of 17-15, and pulled in front by one more point in the second term, the half time score at 29-26 to the Eagles. The Thunder continued to fight into the second half and soon levelled the scores a few minutes into the third quarter. A great show by Stanley Morris with 18 points for the Thunder helped them take the lead by two points at three-quarter time and continue this into the final term. Despite a great game by the Eagles with Austin Clarke scoring a huge 27 points, the Thunder took the game with an 11 point lead.
Thunder – S. Morris 18, R. Weter 14, J. Pulesea 12.
Eagles – A. Clarke 27, J. Noble 9.

Northern Tasmania Foresters 66 defeated Eastern Mavericks 58
A superb effort by both teams in this game, with a barely a point separating them throughout the first half. The Mavericks ended the first quarter two points ahead with a free throw by Mavericks Mitchell Kelton after the buzzer. The two teams shot basket-for-basket in the second term until the last minute when the Foresters closed the gap and brought the half-time score to 31 all. Another close quarter saw the Foresters pull ahead by four points at one stage, but two free-throws followed by another basket quickly brought the Mavericks back to even the score and three-quarter time finished at 47-46 to the Foresters. Some fantastic plays by the Foresters in the final term, including a top score of 18 to Zach Kilby, brought the win home, with a terrific basket and a free throw in the last minute by Brady Willes. A great performance by Brad Wright with 21 points kept the Mavericks competitive but they couldn’t quite get there in the end with an eight-point win to the Foresters.
Foresters – Z. Kilby 18, R. Petterwood 13, I. Devereaux 12
Mavericks – B. Wright 21, B. Bald 14, M. Wegener 8

Sandringham Sabres 51 defeated Diamond Valley Eagles 43
In a playoff for fifth place the Sandringham Sabres came from behind to snatch the game from the Diamond Valley Eagles. The Eagles took out the first quarter and Abiola Akintola was influential from the tip off. Some good defence by Martin Oktay kept the Eagles ahead by five points at quarter time however the Sabres defence was also better in the second quarter and Mitchel Foss kept Akintola under control. The Eagles were able to push their lead to 10 points at half time. Sandringham fought back early in the third quarter and they trailed by just one point when they took the court for the final term. It was Sandringham’s ball game in the final quarter and they dominated the scoring to take the win 51-43.
Sabres – H. Balic 13, M. Foss 11, D. Atkins 9
Eagles – A. Akintola 18, J. Formosa 12, A. Walsh 6

Gosford City Rebels 61 defeated Knox Raiders 35
The Rebels just managed to get ahead in this tight first quarter, one point in front at the first buzzer, 14-13. Both teams had to fight for every point with neither team able to get too far in front during the first half. The Rebels managed to score a couple of extra points over the Raiders and brought the half-time score to 24-21 in their favour. Some brilliant play by the Rebels in the third term restricted the Raider to just five points while the Rebels put another 15 on the board. The Rebels continued to soar in the final quarter while the Raiders were dealt another blow when their top scorer Shaun Pritchard (the top average scorer of the championship) was fouled off with four minutes left on the clock. The Raiders couldn’t get the game back from here and the Rebels took the match with 26 points to finish the championship in 7th place. Fantastic performance by Jayden Hodgson for the Rebels with 16 points.
Rebels – J. Hodgson 16, H. Murray 14, O. Robilliard 14
Raiders – J. Depace 9, J. Bass 9

Illawarra Hawks 93 defeated Canberra Nationals 34
The home team struggled keep with a strong Hawks game as the Illawarra scored a massive 49 points in the first half to gain a lead over the Nationals of 33 points.  The score blew out from here on in and Canberra couldn’t touch the Hawks who finished the match with the highest score of the competition of a massive 93 points. Some great performances by Hawks Ben Marks with 26 points helped the secure the match with a massive lead of 59 points. The home team shared the points around in a solid effort for their last game but it wasn’t enough against the force of the Hawks.
Hawks – B. Marks 26, S. Cranney 18, J. Harding 14
Nationals – J. Duffey 7,  J. Phillips 5.

Willetton Tigers 63 defeated Rockingham Flames 52
The Willetton Tigers took the bronze medal of the Phil Smyth Shield when they defeated the Rockingham Flames at the AIS Arena. The Flames were not allowed any moving room by the Tigers in the first quarter and they didn’t score any points until seven minutes into the game. The Tigers weren’t just impressive defensively but they had the scoring power in the first term and were up 13-4 at quarter time. The Flames were chasing points early in the second quarter but the Tigers through some extraordinary three-pointers by Austin Cummings kept them ahead by 10 points. The Flames looked like they were under pressure going into the third term but they stepped it up and scored 12 points to Willetton’s 5. In a foul laden final term both teams had players fouled off, Tiger’s James Harold and Flame’s McLeod Ngan-Woo. The Tigers were leading narrowly and they pushed ahead through Cummings who scored 23 points for the game to take the win for his team.
Tigers – A. Cummings 23, E. Neved 19, B. Pang 8
Flames – M. Tregar 15, B. Amos 10, L. Ebert 10

Geelong Cats 57 defeated Sturt Sabres 27
Geelong took out the championship bronze medal with a stellar performance over the Sturt Sabres. Geelong kicked off the game with strong offence and a tricky behind the back pass from Jordan O’Leary allowed Jacob Pupavac to score. Geelong and their supporters were pumped up and the Cats went into quarter time ahead 19-6. Sturt’s shots just weren’t dropping in the second quarter and they allowed the Cats to gain ground. James Syddall kicked off Geelong’s scoring in the second quarter with a three-pointer and the Cats went into half time 16 points ahead. The Cats held a considerable lead in the third quarter, the Sabres lost their concentration and only scored six points for the term. Sturt couldn’t find the form they had earlier in the week and just couldn’t turn the game around. Geelong proved worthy of the Bronze medal as they defeated the Sabres by 30 points and Jae Crawley was top point scorer for the Cats with 12 for the game.
Cats – J. Crawley 12, X. McKeegan 10, J. Pupavac 10
Sabres – M. Simmons 7, N. Fassos 7, C. Matthews6

Sutherland Sharks 68 defeated Doncaster Panthers 62
The Sutherland Sharks took out the Phil Smyth Shield and the Doncaster proved worthy silver medallists as they pushed them down to the wire. Doncaster’s defence was lacking in the first quarter and they allowed the Sharks to get away to an early lead. Some easy lay-ups and solid scoring from Shark’s Lachlan Banks put his team ahead 23-11 at quarter time. Doncaster increased their intensity in the second quarter and a big three-pointer by Blake Hardwick put them back in the game. The Panthers scored more points in the quarter but the Sharks were still up by nine points at half time. Doncaster continued their intensity in the third and Darcy Crocker was faultless with 10 points for the quarter. Sutherland’s defence held out in the last quarter and they were able to take the win 68-62. Ariya Khoshnevisan was working hard for the Sharks and as ever Julian De Costa was top point scorer for the Sharks with 19 points. 
Sharks – J. De Costa 19, L. Banks 15, Z. Edwards 13
Panthers – D. Crocker 26, B. Hardwick 18, D. Dowisha 8

Melbourne Tigers 54 defeated Hills Hornets 37
Melbourne Tigers are now the Under 14 National Champions after they defeated the Hills Hornets in an exciting 24 minutes of basketball. The Tigers looked like they wanted the win right from the beginning and they were in control throughout the first term. Hornets Jay Green put in a three-pointer with three minutes left to play in the first quarter but it wasn’t enough and the Tigers defence was all over them. The second quarter was much of the same with the Tigers intensity and ability to snatch a rebound ahead of the Hornets. Hills only pushed five points in the second quarter and Melbourne was ahead 24-12 at half time. Tigers captain Blake Allison had an impressive third term and helped his team to 39 points. The Hornets didn’t have the drive they needed to win the game and were kept to just seven points for the quarter. The Hornets closed the gap in a thrilling final term but had Arran Bannatyne fouled out of the game. The Tigers were just too strong in the end and Aaron Lemon topped off the win with a great three-pointer.
Tigers – B. Allison 12, M. Owies 11, A. Karabatsos 9
Hornets – B. Gligorevic 12, M. Morian 8, T. Cowell 5