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SEABL Round 10 Wrap Up


Scoring was the name of the game this weekend, with only four teams scoring below 80 points in Round 10, with the lowest score of the round 73.

The Kids travelled south for the Tasmania road double, welcoming back Isaac Humphries, Dejan Vasilejevic and Harrison Froling into the team fresh from their Under 17 Australian team duties in China. Jack McVeigh was noticeably absent from the BACoE line up, the youngster getting the call up to the Australian Boomers team for the Sino-Aus Challenge in Perth. The Kids started strong and were real contenders against the Hobart team that played without import Jerrah Young, who was released earlier in the week after failing to produce effective numbers on the court. Xavier Cooks continued his recent impressive form, with 23 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks for the game for the Kids. Isaac Humphries added 15 points in his return, but it was Deba George for the Hobart Chargers who was the standout, with another 40 point game for the guard to lead the Chargers to an 86-78 win over the Kids. Khalil Hartwell, the remaining import for Hobart, was the next highest scorer for Hobart with 13 points and 9 rebounds.

Backing up from a close loss on Friday night, the faced the North West Tasmania Thunder on Saturday night. It was another strong start by the BACoE team who led by 6 points at halftime, but a strong second half from the Thunder side saw the Kids drop their second game of the weekend, losing 98-82. Tanner Krebs was the leading scorer for the BACoE team this time, with 27 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists, while Xavier Cooks was consistent with another 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the weekend. Thunder imports BJ Jenkins and Tyrone Lee combined for 54 of their teams 98 points, Jenkins adding 8 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists and Lee adding 9 rebounds and 3 assists to the stats lines.

Meanwhile, the Mt Gambier Pioneers improved to a 12-2 record with an 87-73 win over the Sandringham Sabres at the Icehouse on Friday night. The Pioneers held the visitors to just 12 points in the third term to set up their win, with an even spread of scoring across the team, six players reaching double figures. Ben Allen was the leading scorer with 16 points and 12 rebounds, import Damian Johnson also with a double double – 14 points and 13 rebounds to his name. In contrast, Sandringham had just two players in double figure scoring, Ray Goins leading the way with 27 points and 13 rebounds and Alistair McDonald the next best with 15. Sabres import Mike Moore was unusually out of form with just 4 points, going 2 from 16 in his shot attempts.

The Sabres had a long trip home to prepare for Canberra on Sunday, with the Gunners first heading to Bendigo on Saturday to take on the Braves. After scoring 31 in the first quarter, Bendigo were held to just 13 in the second, and the Sabres were able to capitalise on their momentum and get an unexpected win against the Braves team. With only three wins for the season to date, the Gunners side pulled off the first upset of the weekend with a 94-88 win over the home team, import Garlon Green top scoring with 25 plus 7 rebounds while Matt Staff added 17 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. For Bendigo, it was import Dustin Salisbury with 27 points and 5 rebounds, and Perth Wildcats development player Michael Vigor with the double double of 26 points and 12 rebounds. It’s the second straight loss for the up and down Bendigo team, who slip from 4th to 5th on the South Conference ladder.

After an exuberant win over Bendigo, the Gunners headed to Sandringham to take on the Sabres, who were still licking their wounds from their loss to Mt Gambier on Friday night. The Sunday afternoon matchup was another important match up with both teams fighting for position in the South Conference, and Canberra dramatically improved their standing on the ladder with a second win on the road – defeating the home side Sabres 94-87. Garlon Green was outstanding again for the Canberra side, scoring 32 points to go with 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Matt Staff and Tad Dufelmeir added 17 points each to the team totals, while for the Sabres it was once again import Ray Goins leading the way with 23 points and 18 rebounds – 10 of those coming from the offensive end. The 0-2 weekend for the Sabres combined with the 2-0 road trip for the Gunners has seen the two teams effectively switch places – the Gunners jumping up from last place to sixth place in the South Conference, and Sandringham falling to last place. It’s still anybody’s guess who will make the final two playoff spots at the midway point, with Mt Gambier and North West Tasmania almost assuredly taking the first two, barring any dramatic drop in form.

Just below Canberra and just above Sandringham in the South Conference sit the Frankston Blues, who headed to the Snakepit to take on the 3rd placed Kilsyth Cobras on Saturday night. The Blues came into the game with a 5 game losing streak, while the Cobras had won the previous round in Brisbane. Kyle Adnam was instrumental in the win over Brisbane, and the youngster was once again impressive as the Cobras accounted for the Blues 84-73. Adnam finished the game with 29 points to lead all scorers, Tim Lang also impressive with 22 points and 17 rebounds. Brandon Polk was the stand out as usual for the Blues team, scoring 23 points to go with his 13 rebounds. Mitch Chapman and Chuck Long scored 14 and 13 points respectively in the Frankston loss, which sees them head in to the mind-season break with a 4-9 record – and only above Sandringham in last place by a slim percentage.

In the East Conference, the Brisbane Spartans travelled south for their own tough road trip, first taking on reigning champs the Dandenong Rangers on Saturday night. It was a blow out from the start, with the home side scoring 35 points in the first quarter to the visitors 14. The Spartans travelled without import CJ Massingale, who missed the double header road trip due to attending his sister’s wedding in the USA (seriously, can people stop getting married during SEABL season?), and also without Dean Brebner. The loss of these two players was felt particularly in the rebound count, with the Rangers out rebounding the Spartans 40-29 – 17 of those 40 rebounds coming from Dandenong import Tony Lewis. Lewis also added 25 points to go alongside DQ Montreal’s 25 points as the Rangers cruised to a 113-87 win over the Spartans. Izzy Tueta was the leading scorer for Brisbane with 22 points and 5 assists, while Scott Kenny managed 17 points.

Things didn’t get much better for Brisbane as they travelled to Geelong on Sunday to face the in form Supercats. Depsite a strong start by Geelong, Brisbane managed to stay with the Supercats and got to within a few points, but were never quite able to claw their way back into the game, eventually going down 98-80. Brendan Teys had his best game to date since re-joining the Spartans from the Adelaide 36ers, with 23 points and 4 rebounds. Scott Kenny and Zach Henifin were the only other Brisbane players to hit double figures with 13 points, the latter also pulling down 7 rebounds. For Geelong, their teamwork continued to shine through, import Mike Mercer with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists, while Nathan Herbert contributed 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and Eric Gaff continued to play his important role with 11 points, 12 rebounds and a massive 6 blocks. The win for Geelong sees them sitting pretty atop the East conference with a 12-1 record going in to the mid-season break, while the 0-2 weekend for Brisbane has them now 4 games out of 4th place behind the Dandenong side that beat them on Saturday night.

Behind Brisbane in 6th place in the East and ahead of Dandenong in 3rd place are the Albury/Wodonga Bandits and Ballarat Miners respectively, who met at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre on Saturday night. It would turn out to be the last game for Bandits import MoMo Ntumba, who requested a release from the club after struggling with injury for most of the year. It has been evident all season that Ntumba was not the same championship calibre player that we had seen in 2012, and it’s a blow to the Bandits program to lose such a quality player and person from their team. Ntumba managed just 1 point and 2 rebounds in his 15 minutes of playing time for his last game. Captain Nick Payne had his best game of the season with 27 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assists, with Alex Bogart-King adding 21 points. It was not enough to overcome the visiting Miners team, who got the 107-91 win with their best team effort to date. Whereas most games the scoring load has been carried by import duo Roy Booker and Ken Horton, this time there were five players in double figures, including the imports plus Anthony Fisher, Liam Gibcus and Nathan Sobey. Ken Horton racked up a double double with 22 points and 12 rebounds, 11 of those offensive, while Roy Booker added to his season assists total with another 7 plus 27 points. The recent resurgence of the Miners season sees them sitting in 3rd place at the halfway point, just two games out of 2nd behind the Nunawading Spectres.

The Spectres headed to the State Basketball Centre on Saturday night to take on the Knox Raiders, who were without import Jeff Jones after a back injury at training had him out of action. Trailing by just 8 points at halftime, the Raiders were held to just 11 points in the third term to allow the Spectres to come out on top in the end with an 82-74 victory. The Raiders season has gone from bad to worse, with the team struggling to click on the court and now with a 3-10 record at the halfway point. Import Delwan Graham was the leading scorer for Knox with 18 points and 10 boards, with Justin Aver the next best with 15. Young gun Adam Doyle is struggling to find his earlier season form, the Adelaide 36ers development player with just 3 points and going 0 from 4 in his three point attempts. Meanwhile his 36ers teammate Mitch Creek top scored for the winning Spectres side with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the game, Simon Conn contributing 16 points and 9 boards and Tommy Greer with 15 points and 8 rebounds.

ATF player of the week was tough to choose this week, with the majority of teams utilising great teamwork to get their W’s. The standout of course would be Deba George wfor his 40 points against the BACoE team, but I think I have to give it to a Gunners player – to come to Melbourne and get two wins against Bendigo and Sandringham is no mean feat, and Garlon Green’s average of 28.5 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists helped elevate his team from the cellar to 6th place in the South Conference – so he gets the tick of approval for Round 10.

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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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