U20 Men- NBA Global Academy 81 def. by Victoria 92
Despite a last quarter resurgence by the NBA Global Academy, Victoria were able to eke out an 11-point win. A fast-paced, energetic game saw the Victorians executing in the half court well while captain Matthew Johns showed his ability to produce inside and outside with some big long-range bombs. Leading by six points at half-time, the Vics then had to withstand a double-double from Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua (ten points, 11 rebounds) who sparked the NBA GA and gave them a lead early in the final term. A disciplined defensive effort from Victoria down the stretch ensured the win though in an entertaining start to the tournament.
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U20 Men- South Australia 91 def. by Western Australia 95
In a tightly-contested game, the lead changed hands several times before Rowan Mackenzie (22 points) and Alex Ducas (20 points on 7-14 shooting) carried WA to a strong victory. Alex Mudronja did his best to steal the contest for SA who had a game-high 27 points to go with ten boards but having to back up again on Day 2 at midday, WA would be very pleased to get their first win out of the way.
U20 Men- New South Wales 79 def. Tasmania 43
New South Wales stamped their authority on the tournament with an emphatic win over Tasmania as Hunter Goodrick paced them with 16 points on 8-13 shooting. With a 26-point lead at half-time, NSW were able to cruise through the second half although Tasmania were buoyed by the performance of Tre Armstrong (12 points, four rebounds, three steals).
U20 Men- Queensland 97 def. ACT 66
Queensland standout Sam Froling came close to a triple double on Day 1, notching 16 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists in a comprehensive win over the ACT. Queensland’s fast-paced offense led to easy baskets early in the game as Kody Stattmann went on to score 28 points while ACT captain Glen Morison led from the front with a solid 21-point, 13-rebound game.
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