The Victoria Metro men have defended their Under 16 Australian Junior Championship, defeating Queensland South 70-46 in the Gold Medal clash at Tamworth on the weekend.
Dejan Vasiljevic was outstanding for the Victorians, amassing a game-high 24 points as well as six rebounds.
Blake Allison added 12 points and seven rebounds while Matthew Owies also played well with 11 points, six assists and nine rebounds.
For Queensland South, William McDowell-White had a team-high 21 points, while Darnell Robateau added 14 points.
The Vics set up the win in the first period, as they held the Queenslanders to just two points in the opening stanza to take a commanding 19-2 lead into the first break. While the second and third quarters were far closer, a 19-10 last period in favour of Vic Metro sealed the win.
In the Bronze Medal men’s game, Victoria Country scored a 61-55 win over Tasmania.
In the women’s tournament, the Victorian Metro women ensured a clean sweep of the tournament for the second year in a row and a repeat of the men’s result with a narrow 53-50 win over Queensland South in the championship game.
Brigitte O’Neill was huge for the Vics with 15 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocks. Alexandra Sharp also had 15 points and 15 rebounds.
Bridget O’Brien was the best for the Queenslanders with 20 points.
The Vics took an early lead and held a 20-14 edge at the first change but the margin was just a single point at the halftime and three-quarter time breaks.
Vic Metro held Queensland South to just eight points in the final period to seal the win and take the gold.