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SEABL Round 9 Wrap Up


The Pioneers dropped their second game in a row after losing to the North West Tasmania Thunder on Friday night, but bounced back with a big win over the Hobart Chargers on Saturday.

The bearded Mountain Men travelled to Tasmania after losing their first game of the year to the Ballarat Miners last weekend, and welcomed Brad Hill back after missing that game to attend Sydney Kings teammate Tom Garlepp’s wedding. The 1 vs 2 South Conference match up was largely controlled by the home team Thunder, who led for the majority of the game and managed to steadily increase their lead in the fourth to get the 98-89 win over Mt Gambier. Thunder import Tyrone Lee had his best game to date, scoring 30 points to go with 13 rebounds, with teammate BJ Jenkins adding 23 points and 6 assists and Nathan Wilson also registering a double double with his 13 points and 11 rebounds. Tom Daly led the scoring for the Pioneers with 21 points, Brad hill also racking up a double double with 12 points and 10 rebounds while Ben Allen managed 19 points before fouling out.

After losing to the team snapping at their heels on the South Conference ladder, the Mt Gambier Pioneers backed up on Saturday night against the Hobart Chargers. Despite 35 points from the ever consistent Deba George, Hobart were no match for Mt Gambier as the visitors ran over them to win 100-81. Import Khalil Hartwell managed 21 points and 13 rebounds for the home side, but fellow import Jerrah went 0 from 7 from the field before fouling out, his contribution to the stat sheet 11 rebounds but a goose egg on the scoring category. For Mt Gambier, Brad Hill was one rebound off another double double, nabbing 9 for the game while pouring in 27 points to help his team get the W. Pioneers import Damien Johnson was the one to get the double double this time, scoring 23 points to go with 11 rebounds. Tom Daly added another 21 points to his weekend totals while Ben Allen contributed 20 points and 7 rebounds.

While the Pioneers were accounting for Hobart, Kilsyth took advantage of Brisbane up north and have slid into the top 4 in the South Conference with a 97-83 win over the Spartans. Scott Kenny returned to the line up for the home side, but despite a big game from CJ Massingale with 27 points and 11 rebounds, the Cobras came home with the chocolates. The trio of Kyle Adnam, Tim Lang and Joel Naburgs carried the visitors to victory – Adelaide 36ers development player Adnam with an outstanding performance of 35 points and 8 assists. Lang was also huge with 31 points and 14 rebounds while Naburgs rounded out their scoring with 22 points. An emphatic win for Kilsyth, who we could still yet see add an American after Dain Swetella was ruled out for the season with injury, and Melbourne Tigers (sorry, er, United) player Auryn Macmillan to miss the next two months with his upcoming wedding.

Dandenong delivered a beat down to Bendigo on Saturday night, as the Braves ventured to Ranger territory. Dandenong import Tony Lewis added his name to the list of players scoring 30+, with 31 for the game plus 20 rebounds. Daquon Montreal added 23 points and Andrew Harms was welcomed back into the side for the first time since April, the captain with 9 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists in the 99-69 win. Bendigo struggled on both ends, import Zach Atkinson the highest scorer with 18 points while Perth Wildcats development player Michael Vigor contributed 12 points and 8 rebounds. The loss for Bendigo, coupled with Kilsyth’s win against Brisbane, sees them slip from 3rd to 4th on the South Conference ladder.

Meanwhile, Geelong were handing out a thrashing of their own, easily accounting for the Frankston Blues at the Arena and winning 95-75. The Blues were out-rebounded by the home side 53-34, with 15 of those coming from import Eric Gaff, plus his 16 points for the game. Second year Geelong import Mike Mercer top scored for the home side with 21 points, also dishing 5 assists and grabbing 7 boards of his own. Frankston import Brandon Pol managed 22 points and 13 rebounds for his team, Chuck Long the next highest scorer with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Geelong have now won 6 in a row and continue to sit atop the East Conference above Nunawading.

Two SEABL coaches turned back the clock this weekend, with both Sandringham Sabres and Knox Raiders suiting up their head coaches to fill holes in their roster. Stephen Hoare stepped on the court for the Sabres against the formidable Nunawading Spectres, and while he missed both of his shot attempts he did manage to grab 4 rebounds in his 11 minutes of playing time. The former NBL player and head coach of Sandringham was unable to help lead his team to victory, the Sabres falling to the Spectres 94-87. Import Michael Moore led all scorers with 27 points while Ray Goins and Stefan Uzelac added 14 points each. The Spectres were too strong on their home court, Mitch Creek returning to the side after missing last week for his sister’s wedding and scoring 21 points in just over 20 minutes of playing time. Simon Conn scored 26 points to go with 14 rebounds and Andrew Steel stepped up with 19 points in his best performance of the year.

Just across the NSW border, Knox Raiders head coach Matt Shanahan was also making a come back, suiting up for his team after Justin Brown suffered a knee injury this week. Shanahan managed 7 points, 2 rebounds, 1 block and 1 assist in his 25 minutes – and importantly, the Raiders got the win over the Albury/Wodonga Bandits 84-78. Import Delwan Graham notched a double double with 26 points and 10 rebounds, Rhys Carter managing 15 points despite making just four shots from his 15 attempts. Bandits import Jamar Briscoe led the scoring for the home team with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists, while Alex Bogart-King contributed 19 points and pulled down 6 rebounds before fouling out. Albury led for the majority of the game before the Raiders staged a fourth quarter come back to snatch just their third win for the year – two of which have now come over this Bandits team.

Last week’s heroes, the Ballarat Miners, had mixed results from their Capital City road trip, as they claimed another comeback victory over the Canberra Gunners on Saturday night, but lost in nail biting fashion to the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence team on Sunday. Saturday night’s game saw the Miners down 14 points at halftime, but a 15 point third quarter from Roy Booker helped turn the tables and even the scores up at the last break. Ballarat then held the Gunners to just 10 points in the final term to take the 82-69 win. Booker finished with 40 points for the game (his third 40+ game for the year for those playing at home) to go with 9 assists, the only other Miners player to score in double figures was recent recruit Nathan Sobey who added 12. Import duo Matt Staff and Garlon Green were the scorers for the Gunners, Staff with 22 points and 12 rebounds and Green 23 points to go with his rebounds.

After effectively carrying his team on his back to get the win over Canberra, Booker had a little more help from his teammates on Sunday as they faced the Kids from BA CoE. The Kids have been steadily improving all year, and there’s no doubt that talent exists on the team that just needed some experience. With some wins now under their belt, the Kids have found some confidence, and managed to pull off a thrilling victory over the visitors. With scores tied and a minute left to play, Miners Nathan Sobey hit a shot to put Ballarat in front by 2 points. A timeout from the Kids allowed them to get a shot off in the form of Tanner Krebs, but a big block from import Ken Horton denied the basket. George Blagojevic came up with the offensive rebound and subsequent basket to even up the scoreline once more with just 20 seconds left to play. With Ballarat’s having possession, the Kids double teamed Roy Booker who was forced to pass – where Xavier Cooks was able to steal the rock and come up with the game winning dunk for the Kids. Cooks finished the game with 24 points and 11 rebounds, while Blagojevic scored 23 points with 7 rebounds. Booker led all scorers with 31 points to go with 6 assists, Anthony Fisher scoring 22 points including 5 out of 6 from beyond the arc. Ken Horton and Liam Gibcus each scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. The loss snapped the Miners six game winning streak, but their win over Canberra the night before allows them to hold on to 3rd place in the East Conference.

ATF POW could easily go to Roy Booker again this week, with yet another 40 point game in an almost solo effort against the Gunners, backed up by 31 points in a narrow loss to the Kids, but this week I’m going to give the nod to young Kyle Adnam for his 35 points and 8 assists in Kilsyth’s win over Brisbane. The 36ers development player continues to improve in this Kilsyth team and is an exciting young player to keep an eye on.

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Beth Davis

Beth Davis

The extent of my basketball playing career is 3x3 in primary school, but my passion for watching, reporting, writing and presenteering (it's a word, trust me I'm a wannabe writer) about the sport knows no bounds!
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