The final day before the finals begin, day five of the U20 and Ivor Burge Championships provided some tremendous and hard-fought contests.
With day five and the ‘regular season’ games of the U20 and Ivor Burge Championships now in the books, here is a recap of all the action from the fifth day.
All credit for the images used in this article goes to Basketball Australia and Kangaroo Photos.
U20 Champ Men
New South Wales, 74 def. Western Australia, 49
Western Australia’s horror run in the U20 championships continued, as they suffered an embarrassing defeat to New South Wales on day five. In an all-around team effort from NSW, Clayton Carfino was the leading scorer with 16 points and eight rebounds, with Kieran Hayward chipping in with 15.
No one reached double-digits for the WA squad but Callum Kimberley did have nine points and eight rebounds.
South Australia, 87 def. Australian Capital Territory, 72
One of the more impressive sides at the championships, South Australia improved to 4-2 thanks to a blowout win over the ACT. Jacob Rigoni led the scoring with 16 while grabbing seven rebounds and Brennan Cox contributed 13 points and seven boards.
For the disappointing ACT unit, Patrick Cross had 15 and Jarrod Phillips put up 14 points.
Victoria Navy, 89 def. Queensland, 62
The stranglehold Vic Navy have on the competition gets tighter, after another dismantling with Queensland being the victim on day five. Jock Perry doubled-up with 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Jack White had 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
Deng Mayot continued his solid play with 12 points and eight rebounds in the losing effort. Will Magnay put up 11 points and seven boards.
Victoria White, 84 def. New South Wales, 68
The Vic White team locked up second place on the competition ladder with a comfortable win over New South Wales. Gabe Hadley scored 27 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while Ovie Magbegor doubled-up with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Kieran Hayward scored 18 points in the loss for NSW.
U20 Champ Women
Victoria Navy, 100 def. Victoria White, 80
The battle between the two Victorian clubs was overshadowed by the unfortunate injury suffered by Vic White’s Maddison Rocci.
Vic Whites Maddi Rocci has been carried off the floor. Best of luck Maddi and fingers crossed
— Basketball Victoria (@Basketball_Vic) February 18, 2016
Everyone is hoping the best for Rocci, whose Vic White squad went down to Vic Navy. A pair of Chole’s did the heavy lifting for the Navy side, with Bibby scoring 22 points and grabbing five rebounds, whole Molloy put up 15 points.
Emma Pearce scored 20 points and Ally Bates put up 17 in the loss, but for Vic White, the health of Rocci is of greater concern.
New South Wales, 83 def. Western Australia, 57
Bree Delaney was effective while scoring her 20 points, as New South Wales destroyed Western Australia. Madeleine O’Hehir had 16 points and seven rebounds in the victory.
For Western Australia, Mackenzie Clinch Hoycard doubled-up with 16 points and 10 rebounds in defeat. Morgan Ballantyne chipped in with 14 points.
South Australia, 103 def. Queensland, 67
On paper, it seemed like South Australia and Queensland were pretty evenly matched but the South Australians mustn’t have got the memo, dismantling the Queenslanders. Jade Johnson (26 points, eight rebounds), Bianca Thacker (22 points, 10 rebounds) and Taylor Ortlepp (23 points) all led SA to their third win of the tourney.
For Queensland, Briana Bailey put up 16 points and Kelsey McDermott added 13 points and eight rebounds in the loss.
Ivor Burge Men
Victoria Metro, 82 def. Australian Capital Territory, 52
Jake De La Motte spearheaded a commanding performance from Vic Metro, as his excellent play at the championships continued with his 28 point game. Cameron Slacik secured a triple-double with 14 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists, while Frazer Dawber doubled-up with 15 points and 17 rebounds.
For the ACT, Jack Littleton was able to score 14 points and grab 16 rebounds in defeat.
New South Wales, 103 def. Tasmania, 82
New South Wales improved to 5-1 at the Ivor Burge Championships, with a tremendous showing from a trio of their stars. Thomas Preston had a triple-double (15 points, 16 assists, 12 reboounds), Alex Barnes was the leading scorer (31 points) and Keelan Crawford had a double-double (13 points, 12 rebounds).
The Tasmanians suffered the tough loss but it wasn’t at the fault of Dylan Pace (28 points, eight rebounds), Joshua Clearly (19 points, 15 rebounds) or Bruce Stanley (19 points, 10 rebounds), whom were all terrific in defeat.
South Australia, 75 def. Western Australia, 57
The Kinross brothers proved to be to good for the Western Australians on day five, as Bradley had 28 points, six rebounds and five assists, with Wayne contributing 25 points.
Western Australia was denied their first win of the championships but Kenneth Opoku and David Rulyancich were able to keep up their good play. Opoku had 16 points and 24 rebounds, while Rulyancich put up 13 points and pulled down 14 rebounds.
Victoria Metro, 95 def. Vic Country, 37
The Vic Metro side was able to complete a perfect day, taking easy care of their Victorian counterparts. De La Motte was tremendous once again with 34 points, while Slacik doubled-up with 23 points and 17 rebounds.
Phillip Mahoney was the only noteworthy performer for Country, with 12 points.
Ivor Burge Women
Victoria Metro, 87 def. Victoria Country, 30
Vic Metro proved once again why they are the class of the Ivor Burge women’s championships, taking easy care of the Vic Country side. Danielle Phillips had 23 points and 14 rebounds but Molly Urquhart-Moran also doubled-up with 20 points and eight rebounds.
No one on the Vic Country side managed to score in double-digits, with Samantha Williver leading the team with eight points.
New South Wales, 87 def. South Australia, 29
New South Wales were able to take care of a South Australian side that is yet to find their first victory of the week. Nicole Harris enjoyed a double-double with 23 points and 20 rebounds, with Taylor Anderson chipping in with 13 points.
Katie Williams was the top performer for SA with 11 points and nine rebounds.