The Australian Junior Under 20 and Ivor Burge Championships are now in full swing after an action-packed second day of basketball.
The contenders and pretenders of the U20 and Ivor Burge Champs are now starting to come to the forefront after a second day of action, which included some thrilling basketball.
Here is a recap of all the games from day two of both the U20 and Ivor Burge Champs.
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U20 Champ Men
Victoria Navy, 84 def. New South Wales, 67
Vic Navy continued their impressive start to the tournament, taking easy care of the New South Wales team. SMU commit Tom Wilson was the standout, doubling up with 25 points and 10 rebounds. A pair of his teammates were equally impressive, with Jock Perry, who will be playing for the Melbourne Tigers in the SEABL this season, scoring 15 points and grabbing five rebounds. Jack White stuffed the stat sheet with 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
Matthew Kenyon built on his eye-opening play from day one, as he led NSW in scoring with 23, while dishing out four assists. Sean Cranney contributed 17 points and five rebounds.
Western Australia, 89 def. Queensland, 87
An absolutely nail-bitter unfolded at the Ipswich Girls Grammar School, with Western Australia barley defeating QLD, avenging their loss from day one. Jayden Coburn and Lachlan Evans were the main scorers for WA, putting up 22 and 20 points respectively. Andrew Ferguson doubled-up with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Verle Williams Jr. had another strong showing, putting up 21 points, six assists and five assists. Will Magnay contributed 15 points and 12 rebounds in the slight loss.
Victoria White, 93 def. South Australia, 83
Vic White captured their second win of the tournament, as Gabe Hadley scored 20 points and Ovie Magbegor had 10 points and 10 rebounds were the Vics top performers.
For the South Australians, the pair of Jacob Rigoni and Isaac White scored 23 points apiece but it wasn’t enough against a White team who is determined to show they are the best Victorian outfit at the championships.
Victoria Navy, 90 def. Australian Capital Territory, 80
Now 3-0 at the championships, the talent-stacked Vic Navy has outclassed all of their opposition so far. Wilson finished off his terrific day with 21 points, five rebounds and four assists, with Dejan Vasiljevic chipping in with 12 points.
Bul Kuol impressed for the second day in a row, pouring in 19 points and pulling down eight boards. James Toohey scored 19 points but it wasn’t enough for the ACT.
U20 Champs Women
Victoria Navy, 101 def. Western Australia, 50
The women’s Vic Navy team once again made a statement on day two, dismantling a helpless Western Australia unit. Chantel Horvat and Chole Bibby put up identical stat-lines in the win, both scoring 21 points and pulling down six rebounds.
Amy Atwell was the only notable performer for WA, in what was a forgettable day. She scored 14 points and grabbed six rebounds.
New South Wales, 88 def. South Australia, 73
A stiff defensive showing from NSW assisted them in picking up their first win at the championships, as South Australia struggled to find any kind of efficiency on the offensive end all game long. Madeleine O’Hehir led NSW in scoring with 20, while Ella-Rosery Tofaeono had a doubled-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Only two players managed to score in double-digits for SA. Jade Johnson scored 13, while adding five rebounds, while Taylor Ortlepp put up 12 points.
Victoria White, 100 def. Queensland, 66
For the second consecutive day, the Vic White women’s team had a terrific performance, this time taking down Zitina Aokuso’s Queensland squad. Olivia West led the Vics in scoring with 28 points but she wasn’t alone in helping Victoria grab the victory. Rocci Maddison scored 17 points, Ally Bates put up 16 and Genna Ogier doubled-up with 12 points and 16 rebounds.
The aforementioned Aokusa did everything she could to help QLD grab the win, putting up 12 points and pulling down a tremendous 18 rebounds. Kelsey McDermott was the leading scorer for Queensland with 17 points.
Ivor Burge Men
New South Wales, 87 def. Western Australia, 57
A huge victory by the New South Wales squad was spearheaded by the play of Timothy Devine and Thomas Preston. Devine was the leading scorer with 14, while Preston had a double-figure game in both scoring (13) and rebounding (12).
In a game where not much went right for Western Australia, they can look at the play of David Rulyancich (14 points, 13 rebounds) and Kenneth Opoku (10 points, 15 rebounds) for positives to take from the loss.
South Australia, 82 def. Victoria Metro, 81
Franz Theodore was the hero for South Australia on day two of the Ivor Burge competition, hitting a free throw with three seconds left giving his team their second win of the championships. Wayne Kinross was excellent, scoring 29 points to go along with his four rebounds and assists, while Keenan Georg-Dent scored 18 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to secure a double-double.
After scoring 34 points on the first day of games, Jake De La Motte didn’t slow down on day two, putting up a game-high 33 points. He has certainty been one of the top performers across all formats so far. Frazer Dawber was efficient in scoring 14 points and grabbing 17 rebounds.
Tasmania 81, def. Australian Capital Territory, 67
In what was one of the more jaw-dropping stat-lines of the day, Tasmania’s Joshua Cleary scored 30 points and grabbed an incredible 28 rebounds to help lead his team to victory. Dylan Pace (27 points, 11 rebounds) and Bruce Stanley (16 points, 14 rebounds) also had double-doubles in the win.
Justin Koenig was the lone bright spot for the ACT, as he continued his solid play by scoring 27 points and pulling down 17 rebounds.
New South Wales, 80 def. Victoria Country, 68
New South Wales were able to complete an undefeated days work, taking care of the Vic Country team by 12 points. Preston put up yet another double-double with 15 points and 15 rebounds, with his teammate Dean Pallier scoring 14 points and grabbing nine rebounds.
Philip Mahoney led the Vics in scoring with 24, while Matthew Tuddenham had 13 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.
Ivor Burge Women
Victoria Metro, 94 def. South Australia, 20
A three-headed monster led Vic Metro on day two, a trio that South Australia had no hope of overcoming. Samantha Hough had 24 points and 15 rebounds, Danielle Phillips contributed 18 points and 22 rebounds and capping off the trio was Kate Leckenby, who had 21 points and eight rebounds.
Amy Howard was the only South Australian to reach double-digits in the scoring column with 10.
New South Wales, 108 def. Vic Country, 31
Another blowout on day two of the Ivor Burge Women’s champs, New South Wales took easy care of the Vic Country team. Brittany Anderson top-scored with 31 points and 24 rebounds, with her teammate Lisa Mackie also impressing with 19 points and 11 assists.
For the Vics, only two of their players were able to achieve double-digit scoring on the game- Chloe Turner with 11 points and 10 rebounds and Samantha Williver, who finished with 10 points.