UNDER-18'S AND KEVIN COOMBS CUP- DAY 8

UNDER-18'S AND KEVIN COOMBS CUP- DAY 8

Read a recap of the eighth and final day from the 2016 Under-18's Championship and Kevin Coombs Cup in Forestville, South Australia.

Vic Metro have swept the Under-18's competition, with the women completing their three-peat under coach Paul Flynn, the men finishing a convincing championship run without a loss while the Kevin Coombs Cup gold medal was awarded to NSW with an impressive display in the Grand Final.

The Vic Metro women had stumbled slightly in the group stage, losing one game but they still finished atop the ladder and proved their dominance when it counted, defeating QLD South 76-59 in the Grand Final.

The Queensland team were impressive early, leading by four points at the first change but they begun to buckle under the pressure as Vic Metro finished +15 in forced turnovers.

The victors also scored 22-4 in points off those errors as Ezi Magbegor (21 points, four steals and four blocks) and Lucy Cochrane (10 points, eight rebounds) asserted themselves in the paint. Najvada George's play was also instrumental in the win as she collected 15 points, six boards and seven assists without a turnover while Monique Conti added 12 points off the bench.

For Queensland South, Jayden Fuiava starred with a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds and Emily Preston held her own under the rim with 12 boards. Meila Goodchild shot 6-15 for 15 points but her side struggled to find different avenues to the basket as the game slipped away from them.

Joining those two teams on the podium was the bronze medal winning side, Vic Country, who held off a fast-finishing NSW Country with a 63-59 win.

The men's Grand Final was a mirror of the women's, with Vic Metro proving too good for Queensland South, 79-51.

Winning every quarter, nine players hit the scoreboard for the winners. Sean MacDonald paced Vic Metro with 19 points, Mitchell Barry hit 17 points off the bench and Mate Colina and Patrick Bines both had double-doubles as they combined for 26 points and 24 rebounds.

QLD South were unable to match their rivals at either end of the floor, giving up 19 points off turnovers while losing the rebound count by 14. However, Tobias Cameron impressed with 10 points while Nick Stoddart, despite only shooting 1-9 from the three-point line, collected 13 points in 23 minutes off the bench.

In the bronze medal playoff, NSW Metro took care of SA Metro 67-59, overcoming a three-point deficit at quarter-time. Three starters reached double figures in scoring for SA Metro but a strong game from guard Marcus Duffy (11 points, ten assists) and a deeper bench (including 13 points from Lachlan McKinn) proved the difference.

In the Kevin Coombs Cup, Queensland Navy could not maintain their unbeaten run in the Grand Final as NSW upset them with a 62-53 victory.

Jumping out of the blocks with an 18-10 opening term, NSW never looked back as Anderson Parker starred with 34 points, 14 rebounds, five assists and three steals.

He was helped by Georgia Munro-Cook's 14 points and 13 boards and Jess Cronje's 10 points as NSW answered three QLD Navy players with double-doubles (Dylan Gawthorne's 11 points and ten assists, Jake Fulwood's 15 points and 11 rebounds and Tom Holland's 12 points and ten boards).

A surprise performance from WA on Day 7 saw them advance to the bronze medal playoff but they were unable to get past Victoria who cruised to a 43-20 win.

Maxx Darby was exceptional at the defensive end, adding ten points to an amazing ten steals while Brian Carminati top-scored with 16.

Thomas McHugh and Ryan Hall paced WA with eight points each but 41 turnovers proved too costly.

Congratulations to all the winners and all participants for a fantastic tournament. All the draws, results, final ladders and LiveStats, can be foundĀ here.