Southern Tigers (5-1) v Forestville Eagles (5-1)
In the Match of the Round, the Tigers and Eagles will be chasing their sixth win in seven games, when they clash at Morphett Vale.
Last round, the Tigers snuck past Norwood 92-85, behind 26 points and 7 rebounds from Robert Linton. The Tigers lost some big names following last year’s premiership triumph, but have just made their second major midseason signing in the form of ex-Maverick DeCorey Jones.
Despite another stat-stuffing effort from Majok Deng (27 points, 14 rebounds, 6 assists), the Eagles finally let one slip, going down to North by five points. This clash with the star-studded Tigers will give the Eagles a firm idea of where they rank amongst the premiership contenders.
The Tigers swept the Eagles 2-0 last season.
South Adelaide Panthers (2-4) v North Adelaide Rockets (5-1)
The Rockets will maintain a share of the league’s best record, if they can defeat the Panthers at Marion.
Last round, the Rockets became the first side to beat Forestville in 2017, earning a 93-88 victory. Alexander Starling and Aric Miller combined for 65 points and 16 rebounds.
The Panthers fell a step behind the top five, going down to West by 12, in a match that could eventually prove critical to the season standings. Eian Davis once again scored 40 in a losing effort. Davis also had 6 assists and 5 rebounds.
Last season’s series between these teams finished in a 1-1 tie, with the away side scoring four more points in each contest.
West Adelaide Bearcats (3-3) v Central District Lions (1-5)
A win over the Lions at Port Adelaide will cement the Bearcats’ status as a top five side.
Last round, the Bearcats overcame South 97-85, with Darrius Oldham (26 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists) having a big night.
Despite 19 points and 10 rebounds from David Humphries, the Lions were overrun after half-time in their match at Sturt.
The Bearcats won last season’s series with the Lions 2-1.
Woodville Warriors (2-4) v Sturt Sabres (4-2)
At St Clair, the Warriors and Sabres will go head-to-head for the first time since the 2016 First Semi Final.
Last round, Darren Ng had a huge game (35 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals), but it was not enough to prevent his Warriors being upset by Eastern.
The Sabres were too strong for Centrals, emerging with an 86-72 victory. Jacob Rigoni made a rare start and finished with 20 points and 7 rebounds.
The Sabres won last season’s series with the Warriors 2-1, including a two-point triumph in the postseason.
Norwood Flames (2-4) v Eastern Mavericks (1-5)
The Flames will be trying to get back to winning ways, when they welcome the Mavericks to Campbelltown.
Last round, the Flames lost another close one, this time to the Tigers. Kellen Smith picked up 23 points and 8 assists. The Flames form-line now reads two losses – two wins – two losses.
The Mavericks won for just the second time in the past two seasons, eclipsing Woodville 76-73. After coming off the bench, Dylan Shorne posted 21 points and 8 rebounds.
The Flames swept the Mavericks 2-0 last season.
Norwood Flames (4-2) v Eastern Mavericks (5-1)
In the Match of the Round, the Mavericks will face a huge test to reach win number six, when they visit the Flames at Campbelltown.
Last round, the Flames led Southern by four points inside the final three minutes, only to go scoreless the rest of the way and fall by two points. Chelsea Brook had 16 points and 7 rebounds.
The Mavericks turned a three-point three quarter time deficit into an 87-77 victory. Alex Wilson (20 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 blocks) starred once more.
The Flames swept the Mavericks 2-0 last season.
Southern Tigers (5-1) v Forestville Eagles (3-3)
The Tigers will be fighting for a sixth successive victory, when they welcome the Eagles to Morphett Vale.
Last round, Alexandra Green made the go-ahead basket with 18 seconds remaining, as the Tigers defeated Norwood 74-72. Mollie McKendrick continued her splendid form with 26 points and 4 assists.
A poor second quarter (outscored 11-20) proved critical in the Eagles’ seven-point loss to North. Olivia Thompson contributed 15 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists.
The Tigers won last season’s series with the Eagles 2-1, including a 90-62 triumph in the First Semi Final.
South Adelaide Panthers (1-5) v North Adelaide Rockets (5-1)
At Marion, the Panthers have an enormous task ahead of them in their quest to end their five-game losing streak, as they will be hosting the Rockets – winners of their past five.
Last round, the Panthers led West by five after the first quarter, before getting hammered thereafter. In spite of the heavy defeat, Teonna Campbell put up a triple-double (20 points, 12 rebounds, 10 steals).
Led by 18 points apiece from Jo Hill and Opal Mader, the Rockets closed out the Eagles 68-61.
The Rockets swept the Panthers 2-0 last season.
West Adelaide Bearcats (2-4) v Central District Lions (0-6)
Following a loss-heavy start to 2017, the Bearcats will be seeking back-to-back wins, when they welcome the Lions to Port Adelaide.
Last round, the Bearcats earned just their second victory of the season, defeating South 89-56. Ashlea Vordermaier had 16 points and 2 rebounds.
The Lions were comprehensively beaten by Sturt. Danielle Greaves and Alisha Carlin each scored 11 points.
The Bearcats swept the Lions 3-0 last season.
Woodville Warriors (2-4) v Sturt Sabres (3-3)
The Sabres will again try for back-to-back wins for the first time this season, when they visit the Warriors at St Clair.
Last round, the Warriors faded down the stretch, losing to Eastern by 10. Ashley Claussen top-scored with 18 points, but it was Jennifer Monroe (24 rebounds, 11 offensive) who earned the Warriors many extra possessions.
The Sabres were too good for the Lions, running out 82-54 winners. Kate Gladstone registered 19 points and 4 assists.
The Sabres swept the Warriors 2-0 last season.