DANDENONG 73 (Cumming 28, Guest 10) def GEELONG 45 (Smith 17, Rogers 13)
Geelong managed to keep it close in the first quarter, trailing by just three points at the first break, but a six point 2nd quarter and an eight point 3rd quarter ruined any chances of a victory for the visitors. Steph Cumming was hot all night for Dandenong, with her 28 points coming from 11-16 field goals, including 4-6 three pointers. She also chimed in with six assists while Clare Papavs finished with eight points and seven rebounds. For Geelong, Candice Rogers pulled down eight rebounds to go along with 13 points but 20 turnovers for the Lady Supercats was their undoing. Deanna Smith’s 17 points equalled more than a third of her team’s total.
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BENDIGO 60 (Newley 22, Camino 17) def by SANDRINGHAM 76 (Cocks 24, Cunningham 21)
After trailing by eight points at halftime, a comeback looked on the cards for Bendigo by three quarter time, with the margin reduced to three. But a 19-6 final term was a commanding finish for the victorious Sabres. Both Mia Newley and Renae Camino spent the entire match on the floor for the Braves, combining for 39 points, but the pair were just 3-14 from the three point line. This represented the poor long shooting for Bendigo, who finished at 17% in Coach Lukas Carey’s last game with the club. Georgia Stott led Sandringham on the glass with 13 rebounds, seven of them offensive, while Kate Malpass was instrumental with eight points and seven assists.
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KNOX 60 (Denson 15, Wilson 14) def by KILSYTH 66 (Barnes 18, Moffatt 15)
Kilsyth started the game slowly, trailing by three points at quarter time, but a 24-point second quarter opened up a four-point lead for the Lady Cobras by the main break. They extended the margin to six at the final change, and in a thrilling final period the Lady Cobras held on to record the upset. Kristen Barnes shot at 58%, while being perfect from both the three-point line and charity stripe. She pulled down by nine rebounds, as did Hayley Moffatt and Sarah Parsons. The home side grabbed 17 offensive rebounds that resulted in 13 second-chance points, but a field goal percentage of 33% and just 5-23 from beyond the arch brought the Raiders unstuck. Kelly Wilson went close to a triple-double with 14 points, nine rebounds and nine assists.
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NUNAWADING 71 (Allen 19, Kunek 17) def by HOBART 66 (Laur 20, Eaton 13)
Nunawading’s five point lead at quarter time was erased by the main break, but in a topsy-turvy match, the Spectres regained the ascendancy to hold a three point buffer at three quarter time. They won the final period by just three points as well to record a nail-biting victory. Both Eleanor Brentnall and Alice Kunek recorded double-double’s, however Nunawading will be without Kunek next week as she travels to Greece for the inaugural FIBA 3×3 tournament. Laur battled hard for the Lady Chargers, shooting 7-18 from the field and grabbing nine rebounds in the process, while Myra Donkin also had 12 points. The Chargers interior defence let them down, allowing Nunawading to score 26 points in the paint.
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DANDENONG 109 (Harms 24, Lewis 21) def GEELONG 94 (Wilson 31, Owusu 21)
Despite Daequon Montreal not suiting up for the Rangers, the home side still jumped out to a 15-point lead at the first break. They continued their dominance in the 2nd, leading by 25 at halftime and although Geelong won the second half, the damage had been done. Tony Lewis recorded a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds while Theron Wilson’s 31 points were helped by an impressive 13-of-17 from the free throw line. The Rangers had ten more assists and punished the Supercats with 32 more points in the paint and 20 more points from turnovers.
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BENDIGO 89 (Garlepp 27, Yearby 20) def FRANKSTON 73 (Witherden 16, Henry 16)
The contest was a low scoring affair in the first half, with Bendigo grabbing an adequate 8-point advantage. But the Braves blew the game open in the third quarter, doubling their lead and reaching what would be the ultimate margin by three quarter time. Yearby finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds, while teammate Chris Hogan shot 4-6 from the three-point line. The Blues had five players in double figures, but shot just 24% from the three-point line and gave away 12 points from turnovers.
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KNOX 80 (Massingale 21, Philip 13) def by ALBURY/WODONGA 99 (Ferguson 28, Ntumba 18)
The Raiders lost Lester Strong before the tip-off and the Bandits capitalised on their opportunity, leading by 12 at halftime and then clinching the game with a 27-16 third quarter. Massingale did his best to pull the home side back into the game but struggled from the three-point line, missing all 5 of his attempts. At the other end of the court, Ferguson blitzed the opposition, playing all 40 minutes while collecting 28 points, ten rebounds and seven assists. Opacic also chimed in with 17 points, shooting 3-3 from downtown.
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NUNAWADING 104 (Conn 18, Hicks 18) def HOBART 87 (Polk 25, George 19)
Nunawading held a slim lead of 4 points at halftime but turned it on in the third period, extending the margin to 18 at the final change with a 34-point quarter. The Spectres won the rebound count 47-31 overall and were +14 in the assist category. The home side also hit 39% of their three pointers with Jon Shepard making 4-8 while Shane McDonald tallied 17 points and 12 assists. Tiri Masunda had five of the Chargers’ ten assists while Jordan Gregg shot 6-14 from the field for 18 points. However, Hobart gave up 46 points in the paint, allowing Maalo Hicks to shoot at 86%, Simon Conn at 69% and Chris Cameron at 60% from the field.
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