Day 8 (Grand Final Day): U18 Aust Junior Champs – Men

Day 8 (Grand Final Day): U18 Aust Junior Champs – Men

It's come down to this – how will the teams finish in the 2011 U18 Australian Junior Championship and who will be crowned Australian Champion?

Northern Territory vs WA Country — Play-off for 11th

After a few heart-breaking losses throughout the week, the Northern Territory have snatched victory in their final game of the tournament, defeating WA Country 66-64.

For the Northern territory, captain Nicholas Patrick saved his best game for the team's finale, finishing with 15 points for the NT, while Aaron Simpson added 14 points and David Carroll continued his impressive offensive output for the tournament with 13 points.

For WA Country, Dylan Ness led all scorers with 24 points, while Damien Lee finished with 20 points.

Northern Territory 66 (Nicholas Pattrick 15, Aaron Simpson 14, David Carroll 13) defeated WA Country 64 (Dylan Ness 24, Damien Lee 20)

New Zealand vs VIC Country — Play-off for seventh

With seventh spot in the final standings up for grabs, the team from New Zealand has clinched a nail-biting victory over VIC Country, sealing the win 61-58.

For the New Zealanders, Aramis Dennan was impresive finishign with 20 points for the game, while Jordy jamieson added 12.

For VIC Country, Sean Massey was best with 14 points, while Tom Muir added 11.

New Zealand 61 (Aramis Dennan 20, Jordy Jamieson 12) defeated VIC Country 58 (Sean Massey 14, Tom Muir 11)

ACT vs Queensland North — Play-off for ninth

In a week with plenty of big margins and blow-out wins, the nail-biters continued in game three on Grand Final Saturday, with the ACT snatching a narrow four-point win over Queensland North, 63-59.

For the Canberrans, Darcy Malone finished the game with 18 points, and he had plenty of offensive help from multiple teammates, three others finishing with double figures.

For the Queensland side, Haydon Wicks led all scorers for the contest with 24 points, while Michael Demertze added 16. Despite their efforts, they weren't able to put together a winning final scoreline, the ACT claiming their final game of the tournament.

ACT 63
(Darcy Malone 18) defeated Queensland North 59 (Haydon Wicks 24, Michael Demertze 16)

WA Metro vs NSW Country — Play-off for fifth

WA Metro 68 (Brock Dries 16, Darcy Harding 13) defeated (4th Pool A) NSW Country 59 (Matej Mandic 16, Teven Jackson 11)

SA Metro vs Queensland South — Bronze Medal Game

SA Metro 84 (Joel Spear 19, Tom Snyder 16, Ryan Clark 14) defeated Queensland South 60 (Cade Towers 14, Jason Ralph 11)

NSW Metro vs VIC Metro — Gold Medal Game

NSW Metro has hung on in a classic battle with VIC Metro in the Gold Medal Game of the 2011 Australian Junior Championships from Ulverstone in Tasmania, sealing the win in a low-scoring battle to clinch the National title, 50-45

The contest opened with a tight first quarter, VIC Metro shooting slightly better from the field to take a slender 11-9 lead into the quarter time huddle.

The second played out much like the first, both teams conservative on offense and aggressive on defense, with buckets hard to come by, as the VICs managed to add an extra point to their lead to take a three-point buffer into the change-rooms.

The third term was a disastrous one for the VICs as they connected on just three of 17 field goal attempts to add just six points to their tally.

NSW Metro seized this opportunity, attacking the Victorian defense, delivering their best quarter offensively for the game, snatching back the lead to head into a fourth quarter showdown ahead by six points.

The VICs improved from the floor in the last term and took the game right up to the NSW side, but NSW Metro always seemed to have an answer.

VIC Metro's Jack Purchase struck with a long three to bridge the gap to five with 7.51 to play; NSW answered through a Benjamin Kearins triple to send the lead back out to eight.

Two big plays from VIC Metro's Dante Exum had the lead trimmed to three with minutes to play; however, back-to-back plays from NSW Metro star players Mirko Djeric and Michael Rowley saw the lead head back out to eight points with time running out.

VIC Metro thew everything at NSW Metro in the dying moments in a bid to snatch a late victory, but the NSW side were too strong down the stretch, sealing the win and the 2011 U18 Australian Junior Championship.

For NSW Metro Michael Rowley top-scored with 15 points, while Siatua Solaese added nine points for the clash.

For VIC Metro, Jack Purchase capped of a fine tournament finishing with 11 points, while Dane Pineau added eight. 

NSW Metro 50
(Michael Rowley 15, Siatua Solaese 9) defeated VIC Metro 45 (Jack Purchase 11, Dane Pineau 8)