Results and top performers from Day 1 of the Australian U14’s Boys Club Championships being held in Perth, Western Australia.
Written by volunteers from Basketball WA.
Game #1: Bendigo Braves (75) defeated Southern Districts Spartans (71)
After a tight opening term, the Spartans began to increase their defensive pressure and take a 12-point lead into three-quarter time. However, a resurgent Bendigo took the match into overtime with some quality shooting before winning the game in the extra period.
Game #2: Sturt Sabres (79) defeated North West Tasmania Thunder (38)
A deep roster that saw every Sabres bench player hit the scoreboard helped Sturt to the victory with Taine Mitchell and Sebastian Griffin starring at the defensive end. Taran Armstrong and Reyne Smith combined for 29 of the Thunder’s 38 points.
Game #3: NT South Suns (45) defeated by Joondalup Wolves (60)
After a close first half that saw numerous lead changes, Joondalup were able to grab a three-point advantage at the main break due to some strong work under the basket. They extended that lead in the second half despite a solid showing from the Suns.
Game #4: Norths Bears (35) defeated by Melbourne Tigers (64)
The talls of the Tigers took the ascendancy in the second term as they managed to pick up the stops defensively while scoring close to the basket at the offensive end. They owned a 31-14 lead at the main break and although Ethan Yetman was a powerhouse for Norths, Melbourne were led by 27 points from Lachie Gunner.
Game #5: Bulleen Boomers (85) defeated Sunshine Coast Rip (41)
Getting to the free-throw line, Buleen opened up an unattainable lead of 26 points by quarter-time. Riley Curtis (29 points) pulled Sunshine Coast back into the contest as they matched the Boomers’ intensity but Lachlan Godden (34 points) and the defence of Samuel Holland carried Bulleen to the win.
Game #6: North Adelaide Rockets (56) defeated by Perry Lakes Hawks (63)
Both teams shared scoring runs in the first half but a late flurry from the Rockets saw them grab a three-point lead just before half-time. A strong defensive effort in the third quarter for Perry Lakes regained the ascendancy and although North Adelaide fought until the final siren, they came up seven points short.
Game #7: Casey Cavaliers (42) defeated by Cairns Marlins (80)
An incredible 21-0 run to start the game saw Cairns open up a commanding lead as they were led by guard, Tamuri Wigness. Gericho Kalvin Landicho scored eight points for Casey in an improved third term but the contributions of Alex Davies and Ethan Cress, who both reached double-figures alongside Wigness, helped the Marlins to the victory.
Game #8: North Tasmania Foresters (92) defeated Tamworth Thunderbolts (53)
Benjamin Pearce scored Tamworth’s first eight points as he got his side off to the perfect start but a 12-0 answering run gave the momentum to the Foresters. A strong display of perimeter shooting then lit up the Thunderbolts as turnovers began to creep into their game and when Pearce fouled out of the game, North Tasmania pushed towards the big victory.
Game #9: Darwin Cyclones (27) v Gosford City Rebels (67)
A strong defensive effort right from the opening tip set the tone for Gosford who continued to pull away as the game went on despite a persistent Cyclones side led by Braith Schloss and Zeb Hantelmann.
Game #10: Keilor Thunder (89) defeated Cockburn Cougars (33)
Scoring the first 20 points of the game, Keilor had all the momentum behind Lucas Failli who helped his side to a 32-3 lead at quarter-time. Riley Prudie tried his best to reel the deficit in for Cockburn but Oscar Berry (who had 21 points at half-time) kept the Thunder ahead as they cruised to victory.
Game #11: Central District Lions (61) defeated Sydney Comets (52)
With the lead changing heads right up until the final change when the score was tied, the Lions were able to nudge themselves in front and hold onto the win in a thrilling contest between two evenly matched teams.
Game #12: Willetton Tigers (49) defeated by Canberra Gunners (53)
Turning up the defensive pressure, Canberra held the Tigers to just six points in the second quarter to tie the game at half-time after trailing by five at the first break. Led by 17 points from Blake Jones, Canberra hit their free-throw in a clutch finish to secure the win.
Game #13: Southern District Spartans (48) defeated by Sturt Sabres (75)
Four three-pointers in the first quarter from Joel Dyer set the tone for Sturt and although the Spartans worked hard to trim the final deficit, the margin proved too big to overcome.
Game #14: North West Tasmania Thunder (56) defeated by Bendigo Braves (70)
In the second match of the day for both teams, Bendigo owned a double-digit lead for most of the game but a strong showing from Taran Armstrong (25 points) pulled the margin back to eight points at three-quarter time. Dyson Daniels (22 points) was able to respond for the Braves though, leading four players in double-figures to secure their second victory of the day.
Game #15: Joondalup Wolves (37) defeated by Norths Bears (84)
Taking advantage of some costly turnovers from the Wolves, Norths owned an 11-point lead at half-time which they consolidated with an 8-0 run to open up the third quarter. With the driving lanes left open, Ethan Yetman scored 20 points while four of his teammates reached double-figures.
Game #16: Perry Lakes Hawks (43) defeated by Bulleen Boomers (81)
After the lead quickly jumped out to ten, Perry Lakes drew the margin back to four but they were unable to sustain the fightback as Bulleen kicked into a higher gear. The lead stretched beyond the Hawks’ reach with Lachlan Godden adding a game-high 34 points.
Game #17: Sunshine Coast Rip (64) defeated by North Adelaide Rockets (73)
Utilising their big men in Jonathan Zussino and Fiston Ipassou, the Rockets started strong but the Rip changed the tempo of the match with eight quick points to finish the first half. Riley Curtis was unstoppable, scoring 46 points in a momentumal effort but a late flurry from Nathan Pascale secured the win for North Adelaide in a high-intensity contest.
Game #18: Melbourne Tigers (101) defeated NT South Suns (15)
Throwing the ball inside to Paul Tsapatolis, Melbourne scored the first ten points of the game but when he got in foul trouble, Harrison Abbott was able to attack the rim for the Suns and get his teammates involved. The margin went quickly beyond their reach though as the Tigers took a big momentum boost heading into the second day.