With day four done and dusted, we are getting closer and closer to crowning the 2016 Australian Championships U20 and Ivor Burge champions.
The Australian Championships in Ipswich are moving along, with day four already in the books. Here is a recap of all games played in the U20 and Ivor Burge Champs from the fourth day of action.
All credit for the images used in this article goes to Basketball Australia and Kangaroo Photos.
U20 Champ Men
New South Wales, 72 def. Queensland, 70
Matthew Kenyon kicked the day off right for New South Wales, as he scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds to help NSW win their second game of the tourney. Jonathon Marsh impressed with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
For the Queenslanders, Will Magnay and Ethan Betts were the top performers. Magnay doubled-up with 10 points and 12 rebounds and Betters top scored with 13.
Victoria Navy, 98 def. South Australia, 86
Now 4-0, the Vic Navy continues to take down anyone who dares to get in their path. Tom Wilson was the star on this day, filling the box score with 21 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Jack White secured a double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds.
Isaac White, who leads the competition in scoring, was efficient once again with 23 points and four assists.
Victoria White, 79 def. Western Australia, 60
Now 3-2 in the championships, the Vic White team was able to get the bad taste out of their mouths, after their embarrassing loss on day three. Tristan Lloyd led the scoring with 20, grabbing seven rebounds while he was at it. Gabe Hadley had another solid performance, finishing with 17 points and eight rebounds.
Andrew Ferguson was able to maintain his strong play as of late, leading WA with 12 points and seven rebounds.
Queensland, 88 def. Australian Capital Territory, 69
The battle between Deng Mayot and Bul Kuol was one to behold, even if the score shows a big win for the Queenslanders. Mayor ultimately topped Kuol, as he doubled-up with 23 points and 17 rebounds.
Kuol was still superb, albeit in a losing effort. He had 18 points and eight rebounds, with his teammate James Toohey chipping in with 17 points.
U20 Champ Women
Victoria Navy, 93 def. New South Wales, 46
The Vic Navy squad retained top spot on the competition ladder, moving to 4-0 after a commanding performance against New South Wales. Alexandra Sharp opened eyes with her 24 point, 16 rebound effort and Chloe Bibby contributed a double-double of her own with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Ella-Rosary Tofaeono was the lone bright spot for NSW, as she was able to pour in 18 points and seven rebounds, solidifying herself as one of the week’s top performers, despite New South Wales’ 1-3 record.
Queensland, 74 def. Western Australia, 52
Zitina Aokuso picked it up after a couple of quiet showings, leading Queensland with an 11 point, 12 rebound double-double to keep Western Australia winless at the championships. Briana Baily was the leading scorer for the victors with 13.
Mackenzie Clinch Hoycard followed up on a good performance on day three, grabbing 13 rebounds to complement her 10 points in the losing effort.
South Australia, 72 def. Victoria White, 68
The South Australians were able to get back to .500 with a close win over Vic White. Taylor Ortlepp was the leading scorer with 16 and Bianca Thacker secured a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
For the losing Victorians, Maddison Rocci had 14 points and 10 rebounds, with her teammate Olivia West matching her scoring output with 14 also.
Ivor Burge Men
New South Wales, 83 def. South Australia, 77
The battle of the top two teams in the men’s Ivor Burge championships, New South Wales were able to take down South Australia thanks to Timothy Devine (24 points, 18 rebounds), Thomas Preston (16 points, 20 rebounds) and Alex Barnes (22 points, eight rebounds).
For the South Australians, Bradley Kinross was brilliant with 33 points and 14 rebounds, while Keenan Georg-Dent continued his awesome play at the tournament with 18 points and 13 rebounds.
Victoria Country, 84 def. Tasmania, 78
Vic Country was able to withstand a triple-header of double-doubles from the Tasmania squad, holding on for their third win of the competition. For the Vics, Philip Mahoney had 38 points and seven rebounds, with his teammate James Myers also having a strong game with 18 points and nine rebounds.
Dylan Pace (25 points, 13 rebounds), Joshua Clearly (21 points, 18 rebounds) and Bruce Stanley (18 points, 16 rebounds) were all tremendous in a losing effort for the Tasmanians.
Victoria Metro, 86 def. Western Australia, 48
Jake De La Motte strengthen his claim to be named MVP of the championships, scoring 35 points to help his Vic Metro side secure their third victory at the tourney. Jamie Phillips was able to contribute 20 points and 12 rebounds in the win.
For Western Australia, David Rulyancich doubled-up with 11 points and 15 rebounds and Brent Yarren topped the scoring with 15.
South Australia, 97 def. Australian Capital Territory, 71
Georg-Dent could not be stopped on day four, putting up a sensational 40 points and 24 rebounds to lead South Australia to an undefeated day of action. Wayne Kinross also chipped in with 21 points.
Jack Littleton had 19 points and 16 rebounds for the ACT, with Michael Tipler pouring in 20 points.
Ivor Burge Women
Victoria Country, 66 def. South Australia, 30
South Australia was once again denied their first victory at the championships, with Zoe Ford and Samantha Williver leading Vic Country to the win. Ford had 16 points and 24 rebounds, while Williver was just as good with 17 points and nine rebounds.
Amy Howard scored 14 points for South Australia.
New South Wales, 54 def. Victoria Metro, 47
Lisa Mackie was able to secure the first triple-double across all championship formats, as her 14 point, 11 rebound, and 10 assist effort was enough to lead NSW over Vic Metro. Brittany Anderson (16 points, 12 rebounds) and Nicole Harris (14 points, 14 rebounds) were also terrific in the win.
Kate Leckenby led the Vic Metro squad in scoring with 22 points, while Danielle Phillips pulled down 23 rebounds to go along with her nine points.