Finishing first out of all Australian schools teams, the win gives the Sydney Boys team back-to-back national titles. Regardless, they have a tournament to win, as a title and a silver medal will certainly feel like a less complete victory.
The Sydney Boys team have five players averaging double-digits, with Christian Jurlina leading the way with 17.0 points an outing. Emmett Naar is close behind him with 16.2 points, while dishing out 6.8 assists per game as well and Andrija Dumovic added 15.6 points and 10.4 boards.
For China, all the talk has been about the monstrous man in the middle Qi Zhou, who’s averaging 15.6 points and 8.6 boards per game, shooting at almost 60 per cent from the floor.
Although Xiaopeng Guo is their only other double digit scorer, they have plenty of contributors. They have another four players averaging above eight and nine points. They all rebound and they all run. And more importantly, they have gotten better as the tournament has gone on. Will the Sydney Boys High School team have enough depth to account for a China team on the rise?
In the Women’s Gold Medal match-up, John Paul College faces off with Box Hill Secondary College.
Both teams have gone through the tournament undefeated – only one will remain undefeated at the end of the proceedings.
Box Hill Senior Secondary went through the regular rounds without really being tested. Their closest result was a 13 point win over Sacred Heart College.
In the finals, the trend continued. Box Hill was victorious over Wesley College by 17 points in the Qualifying Final, before trouncing Willeton Senior High School by 29 points in the Semi Final.
Emily Schills is leading the side in points per game, averaging 14.6 and nine boards across the tournament. Olivia Bontempelli is averaging 12.4 points for Box Hill.
John Paul College have enjoyed an equally smooth run into the Gold Medal game. After beating Willeton by 17 points in the opening game, they obliterated both Wesley College (44 points) and Cabra Dominican (54 points).
They beat Don College in the Qualifying Final by 29 points, before thumping Cabra Dominican by 44 points in the semi final.
Madelyn Willey has been impressive all week, averaging a 14.6 points per game, to go along with 5 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game.
Kalani Purcell added 11.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per game also. Impressive on glass also has been Maddison Allen (9.8 rebounds) and Bridget O’Brien (9.2 rebounds).