In the first Australian Junior Championship of the year last week, it was Victoria who set the standard at the Under 20 level, with their men’s and women’s teams producing outstanding performances to win gold.
It was a Lauren Scherf-inspired Victorian team that claimed the gold in the women’s division, defeating New South Wales in final 87-64. Scherf, a Dandenong Rangers player and part of the most recent Jayco Australian Opals training camp, was dominant in the final, posting an incredible 33 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks.
The 18-year-old had a tournament to remember, averaging 20 points (at 51.6 FG%) and 11.3 rebounds to claim the Bob Staunton Medal for MVP of the 2014 Championships.
Queensland claimed the bronze medal in the women’s, defeating Western Australia 76-68 thanks to big game performances from Basketball Australia National Centre of Excellence duo Kristy Wallace (24 points, six rebounds and five assists) and Alicia Froling (21 points and 13 rebounds).
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The score line was almost identical in the men’s final as Victoria proved too strong for Queensland 88-64 to claim gold. Michael Luxford (11 points, nine assists and eight rebounds) and Jack Purchase (16 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists) were the stars for Victoria, while Jack McVeigh did his bit for Queensland, posting 21 points and eight rebounds.
The athletic Queensland star enjoyed a standout tournament, averaging 27.5 points and 9.3 rebounds per game on his way to being named Bob Staunton Medallist for MVP of the men’s division.
In the bronze medal playoff it was New South Wales who made up for their upset defeat to Queensland in the semi-finals, accounting for South Australia 108-71. Fabian Krslovic had 14 points and 14 rebounds, while Xavier Cooks had 18 points and eight rebounds to ensure New South Wales would leave the tournament with a men’s medal.
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The Victorian Metro men’s team made it 10 titles in a row, taking out the final of the Ivor Burge Championship, defeating South Australia 92-62. In a typically team-orientated performance from the Victorians, it was Frazer Dawber (19 points and 13 rebounds), Cam Slacik (17 points and 16 rebounds) and Michael Paterson (eight points, 13 rebounds, seven assists and four steals) who led from the front to secure the gold medal.
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