OUR sides have flourished in the Pool stage to book their place in the quarter-finals at this year’s Australian Under-18 Junior Championships.
VICTORIA METROPOLITAN MEN
Storming to a perfect record in Pool A, Vic Metro knocked over our northern rivals to take an emphatic 82-51 victory.
Lighting up the main court, Josh Giddey (20 points, 11 rebounds, three assists) tore shreds out of the New South Wales Metro defence with a superb double-double in tandem with Leyi Adebayo (12 points, five points, three assists) and Paul Tsapatolis (12 points). It was an even-performance across the board though as everyone chimed in to deliver the superb 31-point win to cap off the pool stage in style.
Victoria Metropolitan will return to the scene of the rampage to face NSW Metro again in tomorrow’s quarter final from 1pm on Townsville Court 1.
VICTORIA COUNTRY MEN
Taking a stranglehold over its 99-80 victory over Northern Territory ensured Victoria Country remained in a fighting chance for top seed in Pool B.
The incredible evenness of Pool B means that despite a 5-1 record, Victoria Country wasn’t assured a top two finish, having to wait out the remainder of the day to see who they would battle in the quarter finals. Unfortunately the percentages didn’t pan out in their favour, as Vic Country remarkably finished third despite its record. But they did everything right to make sure they would have a crack at top of the table in any case.
Christian D’Angelo (29 points) continued his three-point extravaganza, hitting five-of-seven for the night in league with Dylan Mccauley (12 points).
Their long-range bombing let the likes of Patrick Ryan (17 points, nine rebounds) and Tonga Matapule-Otutaha (12 points, six rebounds) to take it to the Territorians under the basket. All told their efforts, alongside Austin McKenzie (six points, seven rebounds) and William Smythe (four points, four rebounds) showcased just why Country has soared up the tables this week in Townsville.
With options aplenty and a fair bit more in the tank to come, there’s a lot to like from this Vic Country line-up heading in to the pointy end of the championships this weekend as they battle Queensland South in the quarter finals.
VICTORIA COUNTRY WOMEN
Brushing aside South Australia Metro in a thrilling 72-61 clash on Wednesday morning, the Vic Country Women made sure their top billing in Pool B would not be in question.
Finishing the pool with a perfect record, the Country Victorians excelled across the board to knock off the South Australians, in one of their toughest matches yet this tournament.
Country’s tall timber excelled in the crunch moments as Paige Price (14 points, eight rebounds) and Piper Dunlop (14 points, seven rebounds) raced each other towards double-double territory…. But they were pipped at the post by Jade Melbourne (15 points, 12 rebounds). All told it was an equal effort spread across the board by the Country Victorians, which will make them tricky to face in the quarter finals as they battle NSW Country.
VICTORIA METROPOLITAN WOMEN
Continuing the high-flying efforts of our TeamVic sides, our Metro Women took a clinical 74-35 win over the ACT. Taking control from the get-go, Vic Metro clamped down defensively and made sure there wouldn’t be any errant opportunities for the ACT to capitalise on.
Reeling in a whopping 53 rebounds, the Metro Women were led by Charlise Dunn (18 points, nine rebounds), Luisa Fakalata (16 points, six rebounds) and Kayla Salmons (10 points, five rebounds). It was an all-star effort across the board though as everyone took to their tasks and kept the Vic Metro Women on top of the table heading into the quarter finals tomorrow.
Vic Metro Women will square off against WA Metro in the quarter final from 3pm.
KEVIN COOMBS CUP
Victoria’s Kevin Coombs Cup team had a tough first up clash against Western Australia, falling 37-72, but rallied in the evening to take it to Queensland Rolling Thunder 59-29.
Tipping off with a lot of new faces throughout the Victorian ranks, our Kevin Coombs Cup team made some quick adjustments to shine at night.
Taking the reins and leading from the front, young stars Jaylen Brown (14 points, seven rebounds, four assists) and Teisha Shadwell (12 points, seven rebounds) surged throughout the opening clash, while Campbell Fraser (four points, six assists) dished off plenty in the initial clash.
The night-time air favoured the Victorians a lot more as they stormed away in the first half against Queensland Rolling Thunder. It was a comprehensive defensive performance from the KCC side as everyone pushed to the final whistle.
Mid-court was dangerous territory for the home state team as every time they ventured over it, the likes of Shadwell (15 points, six rebounds), Brown (14 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, five steals) and Bailey Jankovic (two points, four rebounds, three steals) stripped the ball back. Mitch Bond (14 points, six rebounds) had a field day as he racked up an impressive tally to cap off a quality clash for the Victorians.
Our Kevin Coombs Cup team will face NSW at 11am before battling the QLD/SA Composite Team at 7pm.
AJC DAY 6 / QUARTER FINALS FIXTURE
Victoria KCC v NSW – 11am
Vic Metro Men v NSW Metro – 1pm
Vic Metro Women v WA Metro – 3pm
Victoria KCC v QLD/SA – 7pm
Vic Country v NSW Country – 7pm
Vic Country Men v QLD South – 8pm