WINNING ways greeted our Victorian teams yesterday as we swept through the competition.
IVOR BURGE MEN
Taking home two-from-two on Thursday, including an incredible triumph over Japan, the Ivor Burge Men swept their pool in style.
Starting strongly against South Australia, the Victorians took out a 140-14 win as the Ivor Burge Men shared the success around. Jake De La Motte (30 points, nine steals), Frazer Dawber (25 points, 13 rebounds), James Debetta (23 points, 10 rebounds) and Ryan Briggs (11 points, 12 rebounds, 7 steals) led an even spread of contributors across the roster.
But that was the entrée to a much bigger clash in the afternoon as the IB Men knocked over Japan 114-97 to finalise their pool standing. It was another victory led by Jake De La Motte (58 points, five rebounds) – as the Victorian star took the game by the scruff of the neck. He went toe-to-toe with Japan’s scoring machines Kento Suenaga and Namio Yanagisawa (29 points each)… and matched them in a staggering scoring effort. Across the court De Le Motte found his range – including four threes, a number of his soaring lay-ups and an almighty 16-from-17 at the free throw line. James Debetta (15 points, nine rebounds) and Ryan Briggs (12 points) also impressed as the Victorians planted themselves in the paint and made the most of our size and length against the spry, but smaller Japanese squad.
The Victorian Ivor Burge Men will face New South Wales in a quarter final at 4pm.
UNDER-20 A MEN
It took everything they had, but in the end the Western Australians were seen off by Victoria U20 A Men 74-71. Going blow-for-blow, neither side took the game by storm as it boiled down to the final term. It was the impressive shooting of Luke Rosendale (16 points) and Brody Nunn (15 points) that helped seal the victory for the Victorians as we made the most of our chances late in the clash.
The Under-20 A Men will face Queensland from 8am with a chance to sweep the pool before entering the quarter finals in the afternoon.
Knocking over Tasmania 89-74, Victoria saw off a gallant effort from our southern neighbours. It wasn’t all smooth sailing as the Victorians endured the best the Tasmanians could muster before turning the tables. The turnaround happened piece-by-piece as Wil Tattersall (18 points, eight rebounds), Joe Mutimer (16 points) and Josh Giddey (13 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists) started to light things up. By the fourth term it was a game played at our tempo and on our terms, with a Giddey dunk capping off the triumph.
Sitting second in Pool A, Victoria faces ACT from 10am in its final pool stage clash before the quarter finals begin later today.
IVOR BURGE WOMEN
Notching another triple-figure tally, the Ivor Burge Women continued their exceptional start here in Canberra with a 101-14 win over the home side ACT.
Sharing the success, Katie Zonneveld (26 points, 12 rebounds, six blocks) nearly notched the defender’s dream triple-double from only 25 minutes court-time as she flourished for Victoria at both ends. Alongside Jessica McCulloch (19 points, six steals) and Montana Haag-Witherden (17 points, 11 rebounds) starred as well, but in pleasing signs early in the tournament, the Ivor Burge Women continued to shine across the roster. It was an emphatic 10-woman performance that has helped push the Victorians to the top of the ladder heading into day three.
In a double-header day, the IB Women will face NSW from 8am before battling Western Australia at 4pm.
Cantering past Queensland 86-59, the likes of Agnes Emma-Nnopu (14 points) and Gemma Potter (14 points) led the way across a truly even performance. With everyone taking their 20 minutes in the spotlight, the side continues to get the job done impressively with any combination of its 10-strong configuration. It is setting the stage nicely for the Victorians ahead of today’s double-header.
The U20 Women will face South Australia from midday before the all-Victorian mega-clash, as the Victoria U20 Women will square off against Victoria U20 A Women from 8pm.
UNDER-20 A WOMEN
Doubling up on Thursday, the Under-20 A Women impressed in a straightforward 82-54 win over Western Australia before taking out a much closer affair 70-63 over Tasmania in the evening.
Flying out of the gates, the Victorians were too potent for the Westerners to handle as Zoe Jenkins (13 points), Annabel Deerbon (11 points, 12 rebounds) and Elly Morgan (11 points) led from the front alongside centre Maddie Condron (11 points).
Tasmania made for a much tougher clash however as it took the best efforts of the Victorians to get the job done. Keeley Evans (22 points, 12 rebounds) was truly magnificent as she endured the Tasmanian barrage at both ends while Kayla Salmons (18 points, nine rebounds) was equally impressive under the ring. Casey Valenti-Paea (11 points, 10 rebounds) notched a double-double to continue her strong start to Under-20s as well, making for a thrilling effort to take the win and hold onto top spot on the ladder.
In the first all-Victorian clash of the new decade, the Victoria U20 A Women will face the Victoria U20 Women from 8pm.
AUSCHAMPS – DAY 3 FIXTURE
Vic A Men v QLD – 8am
Vic IB Women v NSW – 8am
Vic Men v ACT – 10am
Vic Women v SA – 12pm
Vic IB Women v WA – 4pm
Vic Women v Vic A Women – 8pm
IB Men’s Quarter Finals – Vic IB Men vs NSW, 4pm
Men’s Quarter Finals – TBC