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Championship Division Match Reports - Thursday
Box Hill Senior 64 def Xavier High School 52- Championship Women – Semi Final
From previous results Box Hill went into this Semi Final as favourites having beat Xavier in first round. From tip off Xavier proved to be a different team coming out with confidence and going into the quarter break leading 15-14. The second quarter Box Hill came out with the determination to take back the lead with Simone Ruedin controlling the tempo. Olivia Simmons scored a team high 14pts, 7rebounds and 4 blocks, Emily Schill with 12pts, 11rebounds and Morgan Pink with 8pts, 18rebounds and were the strength of their team. However Xavier’s attitude to not give up only had them trailing by 4 at half time with captain Emma Mahady scoring a game high 20pts,9rebounds, 3 assists, and Sophie Robertson scoring 14pts, keeping their team in the game. Third quarter continued to be a tight battle with both teams hustling on defence and aggressively attacking the basket. Box Hill went into the final quarter with a 9pt lead and continued to extend their lead in the 4th proving too strong for Xavier taking them into the grand final tomorrow winning 64-52.
Caulfield Grammar School 80 V John Paul College 62 – Championship Women – Semi Final
Second and third placed quarterfinalists Caulfield and John Paul faced off in the second semi-final today. Caulfield came out firing scoring the first 7pts of the game, but John Paul fought back with Mikhaela Donnelly setting the pace for her team and led at the end of the first quarter by 7 points. John Paul continued to excel and control the game in the second quarter dominating in defence with Karina Dawson hitting the boards hard getting 22 rebounds for the game only allowing Caulfield to score 7 points for the quarter. John Paul headed into the change rooms at half time with a comfortable 17 point lead. John Pauls Madelyn Willey top scored with 29 points, 6 rebounds and 4 steals while her fellow team mates Tahlia Jeffress and Mikhaela Donnelly were major assets for their team scoring 19 and 16 points respectively. From what seemed to be a win for John Paul with a 21 point lead at 3 quarter time the 4th saw an exciting battle to the finish line with fast breaks, sharp passing and great shooting. Caulfield was on a comeback gaining back momentum and closing the gap to within 7 points with Marena Whittle shooting a team high 27 points for the game and bringing in 13 rebounds. John Paul called a timeout to halt Caulfield’s run and came out back in control of the game with Madelyn Willey hitting a crucial 3 pointer to increase their lead. John Paul were just too dominant on the day and walked away with a 80-62 win giving them a huge boost of confidence for the grand-final tomorrow against Box Hill.
Brisbane State High School 57 V Lake Ginninderra College 76 – Championship Men – Classification Match
Right from the whistle Lake Ginninderra couldn’t miss a shot hitting 28 points in the first quarter giving them a comfortable 16 point lead. Brisbane State’s coach Dylan Salfi must have pumped up his team in the first quarter break to increase the insensitively of their game play as they came out in the second quarter with a more forceful defensive structure and confidence in shooting rattling Lake Ginninderra who only scored 10 for the quarter. Brisbane was able to close the gap at the halftime break to 9 points. The game consisted of a lot of penetration to the basket with more than half the points for the game scored in the paint. Lake Ginninderra’s Stephan Rowe had a blinder top scoring with 25 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. His fellow teammates Corban Wroe and Anthony Pronin also contributed to their teams win with 19 and 14 points respectively. Brisbane’s Alphonso Horomia and Andy Chen kept their team in the match with 12 points each but Lake Ginninderra was just too strong in the second half and extended their lead to a 19 point win.
Caulfield Grammar 100 V John Paul College 62 – Championship Men – Semi-FinalDefending Champions Caulfield entered into this semi-final match undefeated for the tournament. John Paul had a big match ahead of them but they were ready for the challenge. Caulfield however came out blazing with a huge 20-2 first quarter. The Caulfield team looked unstoppable but John Paul put in a huge second quarter and won the quarter by 2 points however Caulfield still had the lead going into the main break 43-27. Caulfield just couldn’t be stopped with great defence, sharp passes from one end of the court to the other and exceptional shooting from all players both inside and from the 3 point line. Caulfield’s Lachlan Mair top scored for the game with 21 points, with Jared Dettmann outstanding on both ends of the court with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Luke Hughes and Simon Grant were also high scorers with 17 and 16 points respectively. John Paul were unable to match the incredible Caulfield play but held their own in parts of the game with Teo Jordan shooting 16 points and bringing in 6 rebounds, 3 steals.
Willetton Senior High 58 V Unley High School 46 – Championship Women – Classification Match Both Willetton and Unley came into this game tonight from a loss in the quarterfinals so both teams had something to prove. Unley got away with an early lead in the first quarter finishing 1 point in front of Willetton. The second quarter saw previous silver medallists Unley extend their lead going into the half 4 points ahead of Willetton. Unley’s Jordan Cowen top scored for her team with 11 points and 3 rebounds. Her fellow teammate Charlotte Viner was also a major benefit for her team with 8 points and 6 rebounds. Unley increasing their lead slightly in the third with a great team effort. However they had not seen the last of Willetton who gained some momentum and fought back to take an early lead in the forth. Willetton’s Ella Kennedy brought her team home in the 4th top scoring for the game with 12 points and bringing in an impressive 14 rebounds and 5 steals. Stephanie Cornwall also had a great game with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Willetton dominated in the paint in the final quarter and Unley were unable to stop them with 42 of their 58 points scored under the basket. Willetton came out on top with a huge 4th quarter outscoring Unley 23-6 causing an upset to the silver medallist from last year. A great achievement from Willetton who, will head into the 5th/6th playoff against the winner of Westfield’s Sports High and Rosny College.
Westfields Sports High 57 def Rosny College 54–Championship Women
Westfields Sports High have played some good basketball during the week and they would feel anything lower than 6th place from the Championship would be a little harsh, but if the do not defeat a resilient Rosny College, they may find themselves in a 7 v 8 playoff. Rosny would be feeling much the same so this game certainly has a lot riding on it. Opening was fast and furious with Westfields getting the upper hand and lead 24-16 at quarter time. A big quarter by Rosny’s Ashton Eaton in the second quarter inspired a Rosny revival and at the main break, scores were level. Megan Cantellano-Little was playing good ball for Westfields, scoring and rebounding at will. But Rosny were not going away and although they lost the quarter Rosny were only 2 down at three quarter time, 46-42. Alex Finlayson was again crucial to Rosny’s play, but even she could not stop Westfield’s taking their lead out to 9 with less than 3 minutes on the clock. But there was a sting in Rosny’s tail and the dynamic duo of Eaton and Finlayson went on a 8-0 point run to only trail by 1 with 10 seconds on the clock. A foul on Westfields Racheal Cadee brought her to the line and she calmly put both baskets away to secure a 3 point win from a very tough Rosny team. Westfields the victors, 57-54.
Willetton High School 70 def Newington College 55–Men’s Semi Final
Undefeated all week, Newington went into the game firm favourites, but Willetton would still be smarting after losing last year’s 30 point semi final loss to Caulfield, the eventual winners and having to settle for a bronze. Willetton Coach Mike Forsyth was in Newcastle last year and would be familiar with main court, and whatever game plan he brought to this game worked as Willetton got out to a 7-0 start against a rattled Newington team. Willetton looked comfortable leading 15-9 at quarter time. A very large and vocal crowd were right into this match from the start and everyone could sense something special was in store and the teams took to the floor for the second quarter. Once again, Willetton seemed to have Newington’s measure and the played the team in black off the court and took their lead to 13 at half time, 28-15. Some crucial and controversial refereeing decisions littered the game, but both sides had to swallow them up as they could not afford distraction from the prize ahead, a chance at Gold in the last game of the week. Josh Johnson and Bola Orundami were towers pulling in 29 rebounds between them and made it hard for Newington to get the ball of the boards and Willetton appeared to be cruising to a Grand Final birth when they hit a 17 point lead midway through the third term, but Newington’s Daniel Hill had seen enough and really started to play. He sunk some magic baskets and worked his team back to only trail by 8 at the final break, 47-39 to Willetton. With the Willetton crowd in a frenzy, the teams took the court and it was Newington who all of a sudden had the ascendency. A big Rodney Maroun 3 pointer saw the men in black only 5 behind early in the quarter and a comeback was on the cards. No one in the stadium could fault the effort of either team as they scrapped and fought for every ball, and every basket. Willetton’s Josh Johnson was coming into his own as he worked his way to 23 points and 18 rebounds, and his leadership and confidence, along with his team mates work ethic was enough to continue to edge away from a Newington team slowly resigning to the fact it would not be their year. Scenes of elation ripped through the Willetton crowd as the final siren sounded and the boys from the West had earned a great victory and spot in the Championship. Willetton win 70-55.