Game reports and final standings from Day 8 of the Australian Helloworld Travel Under-16's Junior Championships being held in Perth, Western Australia.

Boys Playoff 11/12
WA Country 35 def. by Vic Country 72

Vic Country jumped out to an 11-point lead at quarter-time and continued to maintain their pressure, winning every subsequent term to run out comfortable victors. Nine players hit the scoreboard led by Keith Robinson's double-double of 14 points and ten rebounds while for WA Country, Shamus Trainor hit double-digits in scoring in just 23 minutes.

Girls Playoff 9/10
Tas 74 def. Qld North 73

This game was always set to go down to the wire after the opening minutes with Tasmania only leading by a point at the first change before Qld North responded to move ahead by two at the main break as Shaneice Swain finished with 16 points. Tasmania, paced by Sharn Hayward's 22 points, then took the third quarter 19-16 as the lead changed hands for the sixth time and they owned a six-point edge entering the final three minutes. Indiah Bowyer (13 points) answered with a three-pointer but Aishah Anis matched her with a long-range bomb of her own and while Ainslie Minogue (14 points off the bench) then dropped in a three-pointer in the dying seconds for Qld North, their comeback attempt fell admirably short.

Boys Playoff 9/10
Tas 75 def. SA Country 58

Winning every quarter and leading for almost the entire 40 minutes, Tasmania eventually ran out victors in their last game although SA Country were never out of contention. They narrowed the gap to seven in the final term as Riley Stasinowsky again led them with 22 points and 15 rebounds but Jackson Lowe proved too strong at both ends of the floor, collecting 25 points, 15 boards, two steals and two blocks while Reyne Smith and Taran Armstrong combined for 30 points.

Girls Playoff 13/14
WA Country 84 def. NT 68

WA Country set up this win with a 27-15 first quarter but after that slow start, NT showed they can match it with their opposition courtesy of double-doubles to Molly Althouse (23 points, 11 rebounds) and Tiayang Sing (16 points, ten boards). Those two gave their side a 36-24 advantage in the paint but WA Country's depth proved the difference as they tallied 22 points off their bench led by Nardia Humphries' 13 while Adele East led all scorers with 24.

Boys Playoff 13/14
NT 62 def. ACT 60

ACT had the early running in this contest, leading by five points in the first term but a spirited run from NT gave them the edge at quarter-time which they then made a double-digit advantage by three-quarter time. Shooting just 29% for the game, ACT found their rhythm down the stretch to cut that deficit to one with three minutes to go and then free-throws from Harrison Matthew (16 points, 14 rebounds) put them ahead inside the last 100 seconds. Zac Hantelmann (17 points) was the hero for NT though, connecting on an and-one play which ultimately was the game winner to finish the week on a high.

Girls Playoff 11/12
SA Country 43 def. by ACT 46

The perils of a week-long tournament may have gotten to these two clubs as they combined for just 25% shooting from the field although some intense defensive at times also forced the sides into tough shots. Pyper Thornberry owned the glass to pull down over 20 rebounds including seven offensive and helped ACT to 14 second chance points. Montana Briggs (12 points) and Portia Size (seven points) staged a comeback but time proved their enemy as Abby Solway secured the win for ACT from the free-throw line.

Boys Playoff 5/6
SA Metro 75 def. NSW Metro 65

Jumping out of the blocks, SA Metro took command of this contest and while Kalani Sapwell (19 points) and Sebastian Griffin (16 points, 12 rebounds) had to play big minutes, their performances eventually got them over the line. NSW Metro responded through Ethan Yetman (18 points, nine rebounds) and Clancy Bird's 11 to take the lead at half-time but SA Metro consolidated their start in the second half as their depth proved to be a concern for the opposition with Joel Dyer scoring ten off the bench and Benjamin Cannizzaro pulling down five offensive boards.

Girls Bronze Medal
NSW Metro 53 def. SA Metro 50

In a low-scoring opening half, SA Metro struggled to find the bottom of the basket and while NSW Metro were able to gain an advantage, it was not a comfortable lead as they headed into the main break. SA Metro then began to find a rhythm, taking the third period 18-9 to tie things up on the back of Amy Cotton (16 points, 12 rebounds, five assists) and Kelsey Rees (eight points, 12 boards). It was anyone's game from that point and a three-pointer to Cotton gave SA Metro all the momentum but Kitty Henderson (eight points, five rebounds) stood in her way before Elees van der Maas proved the difference, knocking down a series of clutch shots to record 22 points on 4-7 three-point shooting as well as five steals. Olivia Rensaw made it a one-point game on SA Metro's final possession but van der Maas was cool from the free-throw line where she iced the bronze medal for her team.

Boys Bronze Medal
NZ 83 def. by Vic Metro 95

A high-octane battle between two very impressive offences went head to head for the bronze medal but after NZ moved ahead by more than five points in the second period, Vic Metro were able to answer and move in front by half-time. From there, they were never headed despite NZ drilling 13 three-pointers for the game, thanks in large part to Mac Stodart (35 points on 6-8 long range shooting). His best efforts were countered by all five Vic Metro starters hitting double-figures and all ten players scoring, paced by Paul Tsapatolis' 27 points and ten rebounds while Lucas Failli had 11 points, nine assists and three steals. NZ's Ezrah Vaigafa (eight points, nine boards, nine assists) fell just short of a triple-double.

Girls Playoff 7/8
Qld South 62 def. WA Metro 50

The more favoured Qld South girls were jumped by an impressive WA Metro team who were determined to finish the tournament on a positive note. They took a four-point lead into half-time with Natasha Oberman (16 points, nine rebounds) and Zahli Rose Jolly (14 points) doing the damage but turnovers began to creep into their team's game and bring Qld South into the contest. Qld South's defence was exceptional in the third quarter, turning the match on its head as they ran away with the victory behind double-doubles to Chynelle Marama and Neferatali Notoa.

Boys Playoff 7/8
NSW Country 69 def. by WA Metro 90

Despite not reaching the Semi-Finals, WA Metro had shown some of the best offensive displays in this tournament and NSW Country felt their full wrath in a 36-10 first quarter. From that point on, NSW Country did not lose a term as Zak Simons shot 9-11 for 19 points and 12 rebounds and Jamal Shoaib had 19 points off the bench but they could never fight their way back into the game. WA Metro were led by Roosevelt Williams (17 points) while role players Blake Nielsen and Tyler Kohr combined for 30 points.

Girls Playoff 5/6
NZ 73 def. NSW Country 54

Owning the offensive glass and taking control in the paint, Olivia Barber (16 points and ten rebounds- eight offensive) helped NSW Country to double their opponents score by quarter-time. NZ were not flustered though and quickly responded to lead at half-time before making sure of the victory on the back of a 42-25 second half. Emilia Shearer was the star for NZ with 20 points while Caitlin O'Connell and Parris Mason were integral to the comeback with 21 combined points off the bench.

Girls Gold Medal
Vic Metro 87 def. Vic Country 73

The best of what Victoria has to offer was on display in the girls Grand Final and Vic Country shot out of the blocks to take the early ascendancy against their unbeaten rivals. Importantly for Vic Metro though, they were able to stay in touch in the first half despite an average shooting mark, trailing by only five points. Erin Riley (23 points on 6-9 three-point shooting) then led the comeback in the third quarter as Vic Metro moved ahead for the first time while Georgia Baldwin was also important, scoring 19 off the bench. Vic Country would not go down without a fight though as their back court duo of Jade Melbourne (19 points, nine rebounds, five assists) and Alisha Knights (29 points) cut through the Vic Metro defence with some superior ball-handling and passing. On an and-one player, Knights put Vic Country in front with 45 seconds remaining but after a time-out, Casey Valenti-Paea (17 points) got free to knock down a shot which sent the thrilling game into overtime. Vic Country could not keep pace with their opponents in the extra period though, scoring just four points while free-throws in the dying stages helped extend Vic Metro's advantage to a scoreline that ultimately did not reflect the tight battle which the crowd had witness.

Boys Gold Medal
Qld North 88 def. Qld South 63

Another intrastate clash capped off the Under-16 Championship but the outstanding play from guards Tamuri Wigness (23 points, six rebounds, six assists) and Alex Davies (17 points, seven rebounds) set up this win for Qld North early. Their speed up the floor and shot selection could not be contained by Qld South with the margin growing to 24 at half-time. Boston Mazlin was also integral, scoring 15 points on 5-9 three-point shooting before Qld North's bench was then able to claim some solid minutes with nine players hitting the scoreboard. For Qld South, Blake Jones was efficient with 11 points and Lachlan Blackburn had eight points and 11 rebounds as their team shot 40% overall but they were out-scored by 21 from beyond the arc and gave up 30 points off turnovers.

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Under-16 Boys
1. Qld North
Qld South
Vic Metro
SA Metro
NSW Metro
WA Metro 
NSW Country
SA Country
Vic Country
WA Country

Under-16 Girls
1. Vic Metro
2. Vic Country
NSW Metro
4. SA Metro
5. NZ
6. NSW Country
7. Qld South
8. WA Metro
9. Tasmania
10. Qld North
11. ACT
12. SA Country
13. WA Country
14. NT