CONTRASTING fortunes befell Victoria Metropolitan and Victoria Country on the penultimate day of the #AusChamps pool stage.
VICTORIA COUNTRY MEN
Those 30 seconds. The last ditch efforts of Queensland North in those 30 seconds shaped a miraculous comeback that turned a six-point deficit at the death into an 90-83 overtime triumph against the Country men.
Back-to-back three pointers erased the lead which had been earned by the likes of Jay Rantall (15 points), Harry Pepper (15 points) and Liam Herbert( 14 points).
Country had turned around the earlier margins and worked its way back into the clash as the three-ball of Pepper and the inside presence of Kai Daniels (eight points, eight rebounds) and Connor Graham (four points, five rebounds) began generating some momentum.
The Victorians had to counter one of the country’s best juniors in Tamuri Wigness (27 points, nine rebounds) and did admirably to force him out wide and halt his attack on the basket. Neither side truly grasped ascendency until late in the piece when Victoria Country exploded through Pepper, Rantall and some impeccable post play from Broden Collins.
But the Queenslanders found their range at the worst possible moment for Victoria Country as those 30 seconds turned the match on its head. From there Queensland North carried its momentum through overtime and pushed the gap out too far for the Country men to fight back from.
The Country lads square off against SA Metro from 7.30pm on the show-court.
VICTORIA METROPOLITAN WOMEN
Another big triumph kept the Victoria Metropolitan women’s campaign chugging along as they blew away Queensland South 95-44.
The roster pushed the tempo ahead through the likes of Eliza Hollingsworth (19 points, eight rebounds), Lily Scanlon (18 points) and Abbey Ellis (16 points).
Gemma Potter (13 points, 10 rebounds) and Sara-Rose Smith (10 points, 10 rebounds) caused havoc under the basket to keep the Queenslanders at bay. All told it was another convincing win for the Metro brigade that have one task left to go before turning attention to the finals. They’ll battle NSW Metro from 5.30pm on the show court.
VICTORIA COUNTRY WOMEN
The show-court continued to dog the Victoria Country women with a 69-82 loss to South Australia Metro. Following yesterday’s heartbreaking buzzer-beating loss to NSW Country, the fortunes didn’t return to favour the Country women as the second half swung quickly in SA Country’s favour.
The third term barrage from the South Australians put 36 points in the bank as the Victorians tried their hardest to match the relentless tempo. Georgia Amoore (17 points, six rebounds), Jade Melbourne (17 points) amongst the entire Country crew did what they could to stem the onslaught but the shooting efforts of SA’s Gabriella Vidmar and Hannah Hank caused the biggest headaches. A return to better form saw the Victorians notched 24 in the final term but by then the damage had already been done.
The Country women have an earlier clash today, battling WA Country from 1.45pm on Court 2.
VICTORIA METROPOLITAN MEN
Victoria Metropolitan pulled no punches in a 142-29 triumph over Northern Territory. It was a field day for anyone who had the ball in hand as the Victorians showcased the state’s might. Kane Williamson (22 points, nine rebounds), Will Tattersall (19 points, 11 rebounds) and Josh Bannan (18 points, 11 rebounds) terrorised the Territorians under the ring as Joe Mutimer (10 points, 11 assists) dished them out from everywhere. Sam Taulapiu (22 points, 10 steals) racked up one of the more unique double-double combinations in #AusChamps to date while the likes of Zac Triplett (16 points), Joel Capetola (14 points) and Daniel Foster (10 points) all notched double digits. The NT men did what they could and should be commended for their efforts in the face of this challenging clash. The undefeated Metro men now battle Queensland South from 3.30pm on the show court.
KEVIN COOMBS CUP
Good luck to our Victorian under-23 wheelchair basketball team that tips off its Kevin Coombs Cup campaign from 11.30am this morning as they take on the South Australians.