U18’S & Kevin Coombs cup recap – Day 4

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Results and top performers from Day 4 of the Australian U18’s Championships and Kevin Coombs Cup being held in Ballarat, Victoria.


Written by volunteers of Ballarat Basketball.

Game 45

Men Pool A: WA Country Men (45) v NSW Country (106)

It was a dominant first quarter from NSW Country boys which established the pattern for this game.  They were much stronger across the court especially at the defensive end and Matthew Kenyon had an outstanding quarter for the Blues knocking down 14 points.

The pressure on the WA Country team was showing as their field goal shooting percentage was well down and by the end of the first half the game was well and truly in the keeping for NSW Country with the scores at 64-22.

Despite some better play from the WA boys in the second half, turnovers were being pounced upon by NSW and the scores continued to bloom.  In summary NSW Country were too strong under the basket with Kenyon having and outstanding game ably backed by William Howell, while Taj Fleming and Fletcher Klasztorny did their very best for the WA Country team.

Stats Leaders –

WA Country:

  • Taj Fleming: 9 points, 4 rebounds
  • Fletcher Klasztorny: 9 points, 1 steal
  • Brendan Stone: 6 points, 3 rebounds

NSW Country:

  • Matthew Kenyon: 21 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists
  • William Howell: 16 points, 2 assists, 2 steals
  • Kyle Zunic: 15 points, 2 assists, 5 steals


Game 46

Women Pool A: NSW Metro Women (53) v Qld South Women (76)

After falling behind early in the game, Qld South upped the defensive intensity on the inbound ball and clawed their way back to tie up the game at the first break.  Both teams were knocking hard on the rebounds and it was hard to pick a winner at this point.

In the second term the feature was excellent three point shooting from both teams and the crowd was abuzz with possibilities at half time.

After half time it was Qld South who managed a late break with some additional threes and perhaps had a fitness edge with showed in the dying stages. All in all it was an entertaining game and the gap in the scores probably exaggerated the difference between the two teams.

Stats Leaders – 

NSW Metro:

  • Eliza-Jane Loader: 15 points, 7 rebounds
  • Kristen Vrcelj: 13 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists
  • Bree Delaney: 10 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals

Qld South:

  • Carleigh Patrick: 17 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals
  • Zitina Aokuso: 14 points, 14 rebounds, 2 steals
  • Sophie Johnstson: 14 points, 3 assists, 1 steal


Game 47

Women Pool B: NSW Country (70) v SA Metro (77)

Early in the first quarter NSW dominated under the ring which lead to two early three-pointers by Madison Goddard. Both teams started the game with strong defence which gave Bianca Thacker two fast breaks. SA lead early in the game 8-18 but their defence allowed Lauren Calver to score 9 points for NSW. At quarter time SA were ahead 21-20.

In the second quarter SA metro came out strong to gain a 5-point lead. Mid-way through the second quarter NSW had poor passing which gave SA a 7 point lead. Both teams with poor field shooting percent; SA 38% and NSW 32%. SA led NSW 34-27 at half time.

In the third quarter NSW came out strong with their offence. Mid way through the third SA Metro got their fifth team foul which sent NSW to the three-throw-line each foul. Madison Goddard for NSW shooting beautifully in the third quarter. Scores at three quarter time were 47-all.

In the end SA Metro were too strong defeating NSW Country 77-70.

Stats Leaders –  

NSW Country:

  • Madison Goddard: 20 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists
  • Lara McSpadden: 13 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists
  • Lauren Claver: 11 points, 9 rebounds

SA Metro:

  • Hannah Lehmann: 27 points, 2 assists, 3 steals
  • Bianca Thacker: 22 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals
  • Morgan Yaeger: 14 points, 3 assists, 4 steals


Game 48

Men Pool B: NSW Metro (78) v WA Metro (57)

WA struggled with their shooting from the start of the game. In the second quarter NSW broke away to establish a good lead.

Third quarter saw a run by WA from 20 points down to within 9 but, credit to NSW and in particular their bench players who accumulated 39 points. The final quarter started with two turnovers from WA and they could not get their shots to fall. Five NSW players scored in double figures and it was a fine team effort.

Stats Leaders –  

NSW Metro:

  • Brennan Rymer: 14 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals
  • Louis Stenmark: 13 points
  • Grant Anticevich: 12 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals

WA Metro:

  • Mitchell McKenna: 18 points, 8 rebounds
  • Corey Shervill: 10 points, 4 rebounds
  • Lachlan Evans: 9 points, 3 rebounds


Game 49

Women Pool A: Vic Metro (88) v SA Country (66)

The Vic Metro girls were slow out of the blocks in this game and managed to stay in touch through some good three-point shooting in the first term.  Sarah Elsworthy and Hannah Stewart for SA Country were proving to be a bit of a handful for the Vics and they were instrumental in putting the SA Country girls in front.

Falling behind seemed to jolt the Vics into action and smart defence including decisive blocks restricted the SA opportunities and allowed for some easy points in the second term for the Victorians and they turned at the main break leading by seven.

The pressure was beginning to show with the SA Country girls as they were regularly forced to take shots as the shot clock was running low and their overall field goal percentage began to lag well behind their opponents.  The gap extended at three quarter time to 13 and was a comfortable 22 at the finish thanks in a large part to superior rebounding and an extremely even performance across the whole Vic Metro bench.

Stats Leaders –

Vic Metro:

  • Rebecca Pizzey: 13 points, 5 rebounds
  • Maddison Rocci: 12 points, 2 assists
  • Monique Andriuolo: 11 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals

SA Country:

  • Hannah Stewart: 16 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals
  • Chelsea Brook: 10 points, 6 rebounds
  • Rachael Hines: 9 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists


Game 50

Men Pool B: ACT (52) v Vic Metro (102)

Vic Metro begin the first quarter with the brilliant intensity leading 11-0 in the first five minutes while giving the ACT team no space on defence. After a 15-0 run, free throws finally gave ACT their first points of the game. Throughout the quarter Vic Metro defence did not allow ACT to get any rhythm in their defence.

In the second, ACT managed to get through Vic Metro defence but were unable to connect their chances in front of the basket. Vic Metro offensive rebounding had been a huge factor to their half time lead. ACT began with a more physical performance on defence which also lead to them having some more scoring opportunities as they were leading the quarter with about three minutes to go until Vic Metro where able to create more run throughout their offence which has helped them create more scoring opportunities and free throw attempts. The crowd were also able to enjoy a huge slam dunk by Ovie Macbegor toward the end of the quarter.

A similar trend to the third quarter occurred, ACT beginning the quarter with high intensity at both ends of the court but again Vic Metro managed to end the quarter with a fast-paced, running-style of game to further strengthen their lead.

Stats Leaders –


  • Jarrod Phillips: 11 points
  • James Martin: 7 points, 4 rebounds
  • William Cooper: 7 points, 2 assists

Vic Metro:

  • Ovie Macbegor: 28 points, 10 rebounds, 5 steals
  • Gabriel Hadley: 27 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists
  • Nick Dane: 13 points, 10 rebounds


Game 51

Women Pool B: Qld North (90) v Northern Territory (52)

After a steal to open the scoring for Qld North there was a big screen from NT to show it wasn’t going to be a soft game. Qld North were able to establish a 12-point lead by quarter time.

Both teams fought hard to start the second quarter with both teams putting their bodies on the line. A 12-3 run to end the quarter by Qld North gave them a 23-point lead at the main break.

An even third quarter meant the margin was still heading into the last quarter.

Qld North took it up a gear in the fourth quarter to pull away and finish the game 38-point winners.

Stats Leaders –

Qld North:

  • Briana Bailey: 18 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists
  • Sarah Hesp: 16 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals
  • Kelsey McDermott: 15 points, 2 assists, 2 steals


  • Abby Cubillo: 19 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists
  • Kahlee Stanislaus: 14 points, 9 rebounds


Game 52

Men Pool A:  SA Metro Men (132) v NT Men (47)

Size was against NT before the game started. SA Country were out to 14 before NT hit the scoreboard halfway through the term. A three-pointer at quarter time by Isaac White asserted SA Country’s dominance on the quarter with the score 41-8 and his tally at 16 points.

SA Country continued to control the game with their inside movement and were finding the basket with ease against their shorter NT opponents. The dominance was evident on the scoreboard with the margin at 50 for the halftime break.

A three-pointer by NT’s Saxon Radecki lifted the NT spirits before the end of the quarter along with a three-point play by Matteo Rowse. SA Country hit 101 with the last play of the quarter and the margin continued to climb to reach 67 at three-quarter time.

SA Country started the final term with a dunk by Ryan Girardi bringing the bench to life. The final term continued like the previous three quarters and saw SA Country convincing winners 132-47.

Stats Leaders –

SA Metro:

  • Isaac White: 27 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists
  • Jacob Rigoni: 22 points, 6 rebounds
  • Nikolas DeSantis: 19 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists


  • Matteo Rowse: 18 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists
  • Frederick Webb: 10 points, 5 assists
  • Peter Morris: 8 points, 5 rebounds


Game 53

Men Pool A: Vic Country (67) v Tasmania (50)

A fast paced start with Vic Country getting the early break but after a time out Tasmania were able to level the game up for the middle part of the quarter. However costly mistakes from Tasmania combined with Victoria’s fast pace style of play has resulted in score easy points for Victoria to keep them ahead at the break.

The second quarter began with Tasmania struggling to find an answer to Victoria’s strong full court press and hard man-to-man defence. Turnovers from each team had limited the games scoring throughout the quarter but with some late foul shots Victoria pushed ahead.

A slam dunk by Oliver Bidmade as well as airtight man-to-man defence had given Vic Country the fast start at the beginning of the quarter. Poor offensive execution from Tasmania had prevented them from making any further inroads after a brief comeback in the quarter where they were able to narrow the gap to 11 points.

A more complete quarter from Tasmania, where they were able to execute effectively on offence and create some havoc for the Victorian defence. This quarter was also highlighted by a slam dunk by Tasmania’s Nicholas Barker.

Stats Leaders –

Vic Country:

  • Tristan Lloyd: 20 points, 5 rebounds
  • Samuel Short: 16 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists
  • Thomas Pupavac: 13 points, 6 rebounds, 2 asssists


  • Brady Armstrong: 10 points, 7 rebounds
  • Nicholas Barker: 10 points, 10 rebounds
  • Harry O’Neill: 9 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals


Game 54

Women Pool A: WA Country (55) v ACT Women (39)

ACT got off to a fast start against WA Country and built an early 6-point lead. The WA girls were able to steady and get back on level terms and there was just a single point separating them at the first break.

WA Country then went on a 15-point run which split the game solidly in their favour despite a brief rally by ACT just before half time.

The game became a battle of attrition in the third term as only 15 points was scored by both teams for the quarter, but the battle edged towards WA Country and they held their nerve as the game wound down to record a sound win.

Stats Leaders –

WA Country:

  • Mackenzie Clinch-Hoycard: 17 points, 9 rebounds
  • Georgia Denehey: 7 points, 3 assists
  • Raya Thompson: 7 points, 5 rebounds


  • Callie Bourne: 10 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists
  • Annabelle Lindsay: 6 points, 5 rebounds


Game 55:

Men Pool B: SA Country (79) v Qld South (64)

Both teams were matched up evenly size-wise and the scoreboard reflected this in the first few minutes of the game. A drop in defensive intensity by Qld South saw SA Country take advantage and get out to a 5-point lead. The full court pressure by SA Country seemed to rattle Qld South and they were unable to run plays as they would have liked. At quarter time SA Country led Qld South 22-18.

In the second quarter Qld South were missing too many defensive rebounds with SA Country taking advantage of those opportunities to convert easy baskets under the ring. Qld South racked up five team fouls still with two minutes to go in the term, allowing SA Country to stretch the lead. A block by Nelson Rames ignited Qld South crowd and players allowing them to get the margin back to 4 at half time.

Lack of rebounds by Qld South saw SA Country once again relish the opportunity to extend their lead very quickly out to 13 points. Fast SA Country ball movement was making Qld South look slow on their feet at the defensive end as they got the margin out to 18 points. Qld South were again able to increase their intensity and make an impact on the scoreboard, cutting the margin to 9 at three quarter time.

Defence again let Qld South down in the final term and saw the lead blow out to 15. Tom Fullerton (Qld South) was keeping his team in the game with strong moves to the basket and intense defensive pressure. It wasn’t enough to make much of an impact on the scoreboard and with his team in the bonus, the lead finished up at 15 for SA Country 79-64.

Stats Leaders –

SA Country

  • Daniel Stock: 14 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists
  • Brad Rathjen: 14 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals
  • Lachlan Hunter: 14 points, 9 rebounds

Qld South:

  • Tom Fullarton: 29 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists
  • Jack Williams: 14 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists


Game 56

Women Pool B: WA Metro (57) v Vic Country (94)

Vic Country were able to begin the game well by getting a lot of points off turnovers and quick ball movement that was able to penetrate WA’s defence. Western Australia’s foul trouble was also able to gift Victoria a few more easy points to lead at the break.

An early matched beginning to the quarter with no team being able to go on a significant scoring run as defence from both teams had tightened up. However, towards the end of the quarter both teams found themselves in foul trouble which managed to make the game that bit more open, which caused some great ball movement and passing from Vic Country and some brilliant outside shooting from Western Australia.

Both teams had switched to a zone defence at the beginning of the quarter, this showing the tempo of the game, which has forced both teams to go to the foul limit quite early in the quarter. Due to great teamwork and good foul shooting Victoria’s shooting was able to extend their lead while Western Australia’s poor foul shooting may have hurt their chances to get back in the game.

Western Australia was in foul trouble early again which forced them to move back to a zone defence. However, Victoria was able to score a lot of their points off transition throughout the majority of the quarter. Points off turnovers were also a significant impact on the lead being pushed further out. Throughout this match Victoria’s bench was also able to come on and make a significant impact on the result.

Stats Leaders –  

WA Metro:

  • Mia Satie: 12 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals
  • Amy Atwell: 11 points, 4 rebounds

Vic Country:

  • Genna Ogier: 17 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists
  • Chantel-Anais Horvat: 14 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals
  • Chloe Bibby: 12 points, 6 rebounds, 2 asssits, 2 steals


Game 57

Men Pool A: Qld North (94) v WA Country (54)

A strong start by Qld North gave them an early 12-point lead. The last five minutes of the quarter was very tightly contested with WA Country able to keep the lead from growing out of control.

WA Country were able to hold their own in the third quarter but were unable to sustain it in the fourth as Qld North ran away with the win – helped by Harrison Froling and Jesse Milburn scoring 27 and 23 respectively.

Stats Leaders –

Qld North:

  • Harrison Froling: 27 points, 11 rebounds, 3 asssists
  • Jesse Milburn: 23 points, 2 assists
  • Ethan Betts: 17 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists

WA Country:

  • Taj Fleming: 14 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals
  • Sam Julitz: 12 points, 9 rebounds
  • Travis Dumin: 8 points, 2 assists


Game 58

Women Pool A: Tasmania Women (73) v NSW Metro (84)

Both teams were evenly matched as this game got underway and both worked hard under the basket throughout the quarter.  The 4-point gap in favour of NSW Metro showed that both teams had come to play.

This was evident when Tasmania hit the front after just two minutes of the second quarter and the lead then see-sawed for a period while both teams worked hard to penetrate the strong defensive plays.  However Tasmania stood firm in this quarter and thanks to some accurate shooting from Kristen Vrcelj they had a 9-point lead at the main break.

Tassie had their tails up and with Ellie Collins and Lauren Mills-Norton proving an obstacle for NSW, the lead got out to 12, but by the end of the term NSW had whittled it back to 9 and were in touching distance.

NSW Metro girls were stung into action as the final quarter opened and within a minute had the gap back to 3 and then the teams traded baskets for much of the term and although NSW were over the foul limit, the tiring Tasmanian girls could not capitalise on the foul line.  The gap extended only in the last 90 seconds of the game, as NSW piled on the final pressure.  A memorable game.


Stats Leaders –  


  • Lauren Mills-Norton: 21 points, 12 rebounds
  • Rebecca Abel: 21 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals
  • Ellie Collins: 19 points, 5 points, 3 assists

NSW Metro:

  • Bree Delaney: 28 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists
  • Madeleine Norris: 14 points, 3 rebounds
  • Eliza-Jane Loader: 12 points, 3 assists