LAST ditch efforts, fine tuning and making those important preparations for the finals… there’s plenty happening for sides as they head into the penultimate #SchoolChamps day.
AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLS CHAMPIONSHIPS – DAY THREE REVIEW
The final day of any tournament pool stage has different bearings on the wide variety of teams present… and those in the mix at the Australian Schools Championships brought their best to meet that expectation.
Contrasting fortunes have been granted to our Championship Men’s teams with Box Hill flying high and undefeated while Marcellin is in the midst of a nightmare campaign without a pool stage win.
Box Hill’s 93-73 win over Newington has set the stage for its tilt towards the title. You know you’re in a good place when you start the game with a massive dunk, as Keli Leaupepe (20 points, 10 rebounds, five assists) led from the front. In league with Josh Kunen (10 points, six rebounds), the duo created nothing but headaches for the Newington defence to match up against. But their high-flying efforts were outdone by a shooting masterclass from Tyler Robertson (33 points, 11 rebounds, four assists). Knocking down four treys amongst 12 from the field, Robertson made the most of Newington’s scrambling defence as he reigned supreme. Box Hill faces St James College in the second semi-final from 2.30pm on Court 1.
Our women’s contingent shares the same mixed fortunes as Bendigo Senior Secondary College has a 2-1 record to finish second in its pool while Rowville Secondary College sits 1-2. Bendigo finished on a low note through the pool stage though, after it was thrashed 62-102 by St Margaret Mary’s with Hayley Harrington (18 points, 15 rebounds) reeled in a double-double while Ahlise Hurst (15 points) also had a fair share in the 40-point loss. Rowville’s 50-63 loss to Willetton has left it out of the funning for a medal despite the best efforts of Brianna Ritchie (12 points) and Nikki Cross (eight points). Bendigo will battle Lake Ginninderra from 12.30pm today for a spot in the gold medal match while Rowville faces Monte Sant’ Angelo in a classification match.
Marcellin fell 77-82 to St James College on Wednesday despite the best efforts of Nicholas Sorani (28 points), Andrew Giddens (20 points), Jack Fleming (12 points) and Aidan O’Carroll (12 points). Marcellin faces John Paul College in today’s classification match.
Rowville (Division 1 Men), Maribyrnong Jets and Melbourne High School (Division 2 Men) share unbested records heading through their pools. Melbourne High School was served well by Jake Tranter (24 points) and Tengchao Wang (14 points) in its 78-40 win over Point Cook Senior Secondary College in Division 2.
The under-20 Division 1 Women’s pool went to… Victoria! It wasn’t hard in a mostly Victorian pool, but Maribyrnong Jets will earn bragging rights heading into the semi-finals following a 53-36 win over St Paul’s Anglican Grammar. Kira Bennett (13 points) and Alexandra Keating (12 points) took the initiative for the Jets while Makaela Zeldenryk (10 points) and Samantha Labros (nine points) held their own for St Paul’s.
Mater Christi College led the Division 2 Women’s pool with an unbeaten streak following a 54-40 win over Willetton heading into the final pool clash. Naomi Smith (16 points) and Allison McMahon (12 points) led the charge.
Box Hill and Rowville sit atop Division 1 Girls with 4-1 records. Box Hill took the division with wins over Westfield and Lowanna on the final pool day. Its 63-51 win over Lowanna in particular proved impressive as Georgia Baldwin (20 points), Caitlin Woodman (19 points) and Matilda Hardy (10 points) led the charge. Ellie Coutts (19 points) and Caitlin Demczuk (12 points) were gallant for Lowanna. Rowville set itself with a 44-40 win over Hillcrest earlier in the day as Nyadiew Puoch (11 points) and Saje Phillips-Snowden (11 points) stole the show.
Box Hill boys also reside on top of Division 1 Boys in a three-way split with Carey and Cabra in Pool B. St Joseph’s and Rowville have the same stranglehold over Pool A. St Joseph’s 69-61 win over Lowanna was led by Josh Woodford (17 points), Sebastian Boyce (14 points) and Mitch Mellis (14 points). Lowanna’s Harrison Pepper (25 points), Wade Anderson (12 points) and Zachary Skinner (11 points) also impressed in the gallant loss. Carey went through near the top after its 83-57 win over Maribyrnong. Mark Steiner taught a few lessons to the Jets’ defence alongside Lachlan Godden (15 points).
Cheltenham is best placed in Division 2 Boys following its final clash of the pool – a 77-66 win over Chisholm. Samuel Taulapiu (28 points) had a field day alongside Jake Bowey (14 points).
Mater Christi and Carey Baptist had to be split by percentage with a pair of perfect records heading into the Division 2 Girls finals. Mater Christi’s 63-27 victory over Doncaster was enough to give it the Division 2 pool as Bridget Patel (16 points) led the tally from an even split of contributions. Meanwhile Mater Christi had a 47-33 win over Bendigo South East College as Georgia Robinson (20 points) and Tegan Stephenson (16 points) got the job done despite the best efforts of Bendigo’s Olivia Noter (19 points).
Whitefriars took out Boys Division 3 Pool A with a 4-1 record after ending on a high note with a 55-35 win over Mckinnon as Nate Te (17 points) packed a punch alongside Josh Bates (12 points). Meanwhile Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School went undefeated in Pool B. Its 58-49 win over second-ranked Endeavour Pirates proved positive as Luca Chillura (22 points) and Lucas Failli (18 points) ransacked the Pirates’ defence.
McKinnon is our best placed side in Division 3 girls with a 3-2 third-ranked record following yesterday’s 60-27 win over Damascus. Even with only six girls to pick from yesterday, Mckinnon took the points as Jessica Salisbury (16 points), Victoria Poulos (13 points) and Ivana Jovanovic (12 points) led an even spread.
Huntingtower went undefeated in Division 4 boys Pool A while Weeroona College Bendigo is well placed in Pool B.
Maribyrnong took Freshman Girls Division 1 with a 5-0 streak, capped off with a 66-30 win over St Joseph’s Port Macquarie. Berwick College sits second in the pool with a 4-1 record. Abby Hildebrand (17 points) and Tylah Hooper (17 points) led the tally for the Jets.
Aquinas took the pool out in Freshman Girls Division 2 following a 5-0 rampage including yesterday’s 89-14 smashing of Mosman. Hayley Diedrich (23 points), Olivia Loughron (16 points) and Mckenzie Tilley (14 points) led the demolition. Mater Christi College and Berwick College round out the minor spots in the pool to stay in the mix for the national title.
Doncaster swept Division 1 Freshman Boys with a comfortable 98-39 win over Shore School to wind down the pool stage. Sam Trezise (26 points), Thomas Penkethman (18 points) and Joseph Keogh (15 points) led Doncaster’s rampage. Berwick College sits second following a 91-45 lashing of Maribyrnong Jets. Callum Mcniff (25 points), Blaine Mayo (18 points) and Isaac Silver (15 points) shone for Berwick while Maribyrnong was well led by Johnny Furphy (11 points).
Albert Park has the advantage heading into the finals of Division 2 Freshman Boys following a 5-0 run through the pool stage. Its 58-51 win yesterday – led by Patrick Twigg (27 points) – kept its unbeaten record in tact before today’s 1v2 final against Rockingham. Berwick College is also in the mix with a 4-1 record.
Despite taking Division 3 Freshman Boys, Damascus College has plenty to work on heading into today’s finals after losing 55-56 to division runner up Berwick Grammar. Oliver Dillon (30 points) continued his stellar campaign as he led the Berwick scoring surge. Jack Bambury (13 points), Allistair Cameron (12 points) and Jack Flood (11 points) led the Damascus scoring.