#AusChamps Day 1 Review

EVERYONE is on the board following the first full day of action at the 2018 Under-20 and Ivor Burge Championships, held in Gosford, NSW.



Starting the tournament on Tuesday night with a bang, the Victorian Under-20 Men tipped off with a 12-point thriller against the NBA Academy. A familiar opponent to many Victorians from last year’s under-16 championships in Tamuri Wigness (14 points) created some headaches, but in the end the likes of Keli Leaupepe (16 points, eight rebounds) and Josh Kunen (eight points, nine rebounds) held strong.

Sean Macdonald (18 points, four assists) terrorised the Academy defences – bursting through for a series of scintillating lay-ups – and in tandem with Mitch Barry (18 points), they spearheaded the Victorian charge.

Backing up on Wednesday afternoon against Western Australia, the see-saw was in full effect.

The early going was promising for the Victorians before the Westerners rallied through the middle terms. The second and third will be terms we put behind us quickly as nothing went to plan for the Big V charges. A 22-12 lead late in the first was eviscerated by the final break, leaving Victoria to hunt down a 19-point margin. But there was no letting up in the fourth even as the margin blew out, leaving the Victorians to hunt down a mammoth tally to stick around.

From 19 down to 10 down in a blink of an eye through the final term, an almighty rally sprang up as the gap whittled away. Dent Dut (14 points) hitting the extra brought the gap back to four in the dying minutes… but the ball just wouldn’t fall our way in the final minute as the Western Australians built it back out to a nine-point win.


The Under-20 Women were far too good for Tasmania in their opening clash. Picture: BASKETBALL VICTORIA


Flying the flag once again, the Under-20 Women excelled in their maiden tip off of the tournament against Tasmania with an emphatic 100-37 victory. Katrina Hibbert’s charges fended off the gutsy Tasmanians early, as the southernmost Australians took the lead for a brief moment late in the first term. The lead quickly ballooned as Maddi Puli (19 points), Chelsea D’Angelo (17 points) and Rebecca Pizzey (16 points) imposed themselves on the game. With all 10 hitting the court for good minutes, it was the perfect start to the tournament.


Jake De La Motte

Jake De La Motte starred in the Victorian Ivor Burge Men’s triumph. Picture: BASKETBALL VICTORIA


Picking up where they left off last year… our Ivor Burge Men excelled in a 110-47 victory over the ACT. There was no letting up from the Ivor Burge Men as the tally skyrocketed instantly through the likes of Jake De La Motte (30 points, seven rebounds, six assists), Cameron Slacik (16 points, 16 rebounds, six assists), Daniel Bell (13 points) and Frazer Dawber (12 points). They left no stone unturned in the monster victory as all players rotated through to seize the emphatic result. The win came against Lachlan Brannerly, former national champion with Victoria, who toiled for ACT as he brought the Victorian spirit and tenacity up north.



It was a clean-sweep from our Ivor Burge brigade on Wednesday as the women snared a monumental 86-14 win over Western Australia. Picking up where they left off in Bendigo last year, Victorian Ivor Burge stars Kaitlin Zonneveld (22 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists) and Dani Phillips (14 points, five rebounds) were too strong under the ring in league with the likes of Jessica McCulloch (10 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists) and Natasha Exell (11 points).

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