Australian School Championships – Day 2 Review

DRYING up the Lakers, Box Hill surged to take an emphatic #SchoolChamps defining triumph over Lake Ginninderra 74-67.


Taking the monster scalp of Lake Ginnindera – former home of Dante Exum and current home of #TeamVic stars Mate Colina (29 points, 18 rebounds) and Matt Johns (13 points) – will buoy Box Hill’s confidence heading into the second half of the tournament.

It was a grind in every sense of the word as Box Hill had to fight the Lake G colossi under the basket.

The hardest task in particular – going toe-to-toe with Mate Colina – went to Keli Leaupepe (2 points, five rebounds). It wasn’t pretty and the stats won’t show him much love, but his efforts early forced Lake G to play all the avenues and not just throw it high to Colina.

Leaupepe gave up some solid centimetres and a fair bit of muscle to Colina, but should be pretty pleased with his efforts in making the Victorian centre work for his scores.

It went much more smoothly for Box Hill on offensive as the spread from Tyler Robertson (23 points, six rebounds, five assists), threaded the eye of the needle and stitched up some superb mid-to-long range shooting – especially a pull up transition three late in the piece that got the bench up and going.

With Josh Kunen (14 points, eight rebounds) and Matthew Baggio (six points, nine rebounds) teeing up some glorious action at both ends, it pushed Box Hill ahead at the right moment to claim the momentous seven-point win.

Bendigo Senior Secondary College’s girls took a hard-fought 63-51 win as Jessie Rennie (23 points, seven rebounds), Ahlise Hurst (14 points, six steals) and Hayley Harrington (seven points, 10 rebounds) led the charge.

The tough trot continued for the reigning champions as Marcellin fell 81-90 to Willetton despite the best efforts of Jack Fleming (26 points), Aidan O’Carroll (19 points) and Joel Capetola (15 points). Marcellin looks to break its drought against St James College today at 1pm on Court 4.

Rowville suffered its first loss of the tournament with a 61-92 loss to Lake Ginninderra. Brianna Ritchie (17 points, six rebounds), Nikki Cross (12 points, nine rebounds) and Bethany Quandara (12 points) led the charge.


Maribyrnong Jets continued their solid start in the Under-20 Senior Div 1 Women with a 68-30 win over Barker College. Box Hill’s women took an emphatic 63-40 win over St Paul’s Anglican Grammar. Mater Christi defeated Brisbane Adventist College 60-37 in Div 2 with Naomi Smith (17 points) leading the way following on from their 61-29 win over Erindale in the earlier clash.

Rowville’s perfect start to Under-20 Division 1 Men continued yesterday with a 83-50 win over Knox Grammar before backing up with a flawless 83-65 win over Barker College. Sharing the workload in the second clash, #TeamVic representatives Mitch Barry (21 points) and Malik Meunier (20 points) had plenty of help from Brad Heywood (19 points) and Deng Puoch (12 points) to make it 3-0 and a clean start to the week. Hallam defeated Mountain Creek 73-65 while St Joseph’s fell 63-74 to Hillcrest.

Maribyrnong Jets Men also has the flawless start with a 108-49 lashing of Scotch Oakburn. Jeremy Edwards (29 points), Dogukan Elyazar (18 points) and Nathanael Coory (13 points) had it all on their terms against the Scotch Oakburn defence. Melbourne High School pumped The Scots College 81-39 Beaconhills fell 49-65 to Knox Grammar and 41-71 to Encounter Lutheran College.

Bendigo Senior Secondary College is in the midst of a horror start following losses to Erindale and Unley High yesterday.


Division 1 Girls looks as close as it can get with three Victorian teams – Box Hill, Rowville and Lowanna – all sharing a 3-1 record atop the group heading into Wednesday. Division 2 Girls is led by Mater Christi College and Carey with undefeated records while Bendigo South East College nips at their heels with a 2-1 record. MCC’s Tegan Stephenson (22 points) had a field day against Pymble Ladies in a 54-33 win. Alkira remains Victoria’s best chance in Division 3, with a 2-1 record earning them third in the division heading into Wednesday.

Box Hill has the clean record heading into the final day of the pool stage in Pool B while St Joseph’s, Lowanna and Rowville are all in the mix for top spot in Pool A. Josh Heywood (27 points) starred for Box Hill in their clash against Newington.

Cheltenham and Beaconhills are chasing down Mosman Grizzles in Division 2 Pool A while Aquinas and Lilydale lead Pool B.

McKinnon’s perfect start continued with a nail-biting 88-87 win over Sydney boys in Division 3 as Lucas Thompson (25 points), Jackson Hannah (24 points) and Sebastian Skalova (18 points) led the points.

Macleod is leading Division 4 Boys Pool A on the back of a shooting master class from Patrick Pusztai who has 148 points from his four matches including 48 and 54 on the opening day. Huntingtower remain undefeated a game-behind Macleod.



Doncaster leads Freshman Under-15 Boys Division 1 Pool B, with Kaleb Graham (17 points) and Sam Tresize (11 points) helping out immensely in a 59-57 triumph over Berwick College. St Joseph’s leads Pool A alongside Aquinas. Albert Park and Berwick College White are in the mix for Freshman Boys Division 2, especially following Berwick’s 105-40 thrashing of Shore School with Jak Morris-Burney (23 points) and Drue Maher (21 points). Damascus leads Berwick Grammar in Boys Division 3 heading into the final day.

Maribyrnong Jets girls lead Division 1 Freshman Girls while Aquinas is also undefeated in Division 2 with Mater Christi and Berwick College nipping at their heels.

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