03:52PM, Tue 24 June 2008

Waratah League Results

Waratah League Results
Round 14 & 13 Game Reports Photo Courtesy: Joel Armstrong www.s23.com.au Sutherland Sharks 101 def Parramatta Wildcats 93 Brendan Gleeson - Sutherland Sharks As Parramatta was looking to hold their position in the top eight in the competition, Sutherland could not afford to take the Wildcats lightly. Parramatta is known to be able to get points in a hurry which was a great test for the Sutherland defence from the outset. Early play was dominated by the inside players as Blake Henricks (17 pts) moved efficiently to get the scoring going while Brendan Clowrie (10 rebs) took care of the rebound count. Parramatta big man Goran Veg proved to be problem but the battle was tilted in the favour of the Sharks at half time ahead by only five. The second half saw the Sharks step up the defence; however this was matched by a similar rise in the offensive of the Wildcats. While Sutherland had what could be called ‘rather questionable’ refereeing going against them they still had the offensive efforts of BJ Carter (17 pts) and Ben Conguista to provide the fuel to get the Sharks through whatever Parramatta had to offer to get the win 101 – 93. Special mention to Petar Cvejtnanin (12 pts) and Brendon Gleeson (13 pts 10 rebs) who also contributed well. Sutherland Sharks 90 def Parramatta Wildcats 60 Julie-Ann Kirkland - Sutherland Sharks The 9th placed Sutherland Sharks came out ready to play the 4th placed Parramatta Wildcats on Saturday night with a smashing 27 point win. Straight from the tip off you could tell that the sharks girls where there to dominate the game with Amy Polmear stepping up to the point position and provided us with some great passes and control in the front court. Marianna Tolo (27 points, 18 boards) dominated on both ends of the floor in the paint. Jacki Nicholson (15 points, 5 boards) had a hot hand in the first half with 11 point and Julie-ann Kirkland (20 points, 5 boards) stepped up and hit 3 big three to increase the lead. Wildcats Sophie Kelman fought back in the second half to try to narrow the gap but without avail. Kelman finished the game with 20 points and 7 boards. Sharks did a great defensive job on Lauren Patterson, keeping her to a minimal 12 points when she usually averages 21 points per game. The Sharks bench also proved to be a key factor in this win over Parramatta and where very vocal and supportive when Lauren Davidson proved that Marianna Tolo isn’t the only one who can block a shot. Sharks bench and the crowd where on their feet screaming with this huge play down the stretch. The sharks played there best game of the season with poise and patience that helped them secure a much needed win against the Parramatta Sharks. The Sharks girls have worked extremely hard throughout the season and it is finally starting to show. This game just shows how much dedication and sprit these girls have and we are now still in contention for the playoffs Round 13 Match Reports Hornsby Spiders 62 def Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 49 Vlad Alava - Head Coach Hornsby Spiders The Hornsby Spiders returned to the winning circle with a 62-49 victory over the injury depleted Manly Warringah Sea Eagles at the Brickpit on Saturday night. The home side took full advantage of their chances and were seemingly in control of the game throughout with the lead consistently in double digits between the two teams. The game also saw the debut of recent signing, 2007 Australian Sapphire representative Rachel Watman, in the green and black. Watman played well in her first game for her new club and was a positive contributor to the home team's performance. The game itself was played at a frenetic pace as both teams employed fast break basketball, which led to an entertaining and high scoring first half. Monique Ross was the chief destroyer for the Spiders as she got the team to a quick start with seven early points in the game. Once both teams settled, the focus shifted from high intensity fast break to a half court approach in the later stages of the second quarter as the the first half closed with a 37-27 Hornsby Spiders lead. The second half was a true battle as the visitors threw everything at the home side to try and whittle away the Spiders' advantage. The gap got as far down as six points but the Hornsby Spiders were able to come up with the scores and stops needed when necessary. Hornsby Coach Vlad Alava was pleased with the performance considering the number of new faces in his line up. "We had 4 new players come into the program in the last 2 weeks and its going to take some time for this new group to gel together. But that was definitely a pleasing start to the introduction of the new group." Alava also identified the need for consistency with his young group of players as a must in the next couple of games. "We need to string some back to back victories to build up our momentum." Best for the Spiders was guard Jamiee Kennedy with an MVP performance of 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists, while also keeping Manly scoring machine Erin Lorenzini down to 15 points. Centre Kiera Shiels also finished with double-double 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Rachel Watman hauled down 12 rebounds in her first game. Hornsby next game is away at Sutherland after next weekend's bye. Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 107 def Hornsby Spiders 94 Dave Mason - Assistant Coach Hornsby Spiders The Manly Sea Eagles prevailed 107-94 over the Hornsby Spiders in a patchy game at the Brickpit on Saturday. Neither team was able to get much separation in the game despite the opportunities presented by their opposition. In the first quarter, the Spiders dominated most aspects of the game but came out on the wrong end of a 30-27 scoreline due to an outstanding 5 for 6 3-point barrage from PJ Isaacson. Matt Crowe started well for the Spiders but also picked up 3 fouls in the quarter and was unable to get back on track again. In the second quarter the Spiders had numerous inexplicable turnovers but shot particularly well to trail only 54-50 at halftime. Manly edged ahead in the 3rd quarter behind Eban Hyams who scored 15 of his game high 28 points in a period spanning the end of the 2nd quarter and the beginning of the 3rd. Outside of this stretch the Spiders held the dangerous Hyams in check resulting in 11 of 29 shooting. However, the Sea Eagles went into the 4th quarter leading 80-70 as the Spiders were forced to manage a number of players in foul trouble. With their main team back on the floor the Spiders closed the gap in the final stanza. There was generally improved defence and an 11 point quarter from Drew Williamson put the Sea Eagles under pressure. The lead was closed to 3 points on a number of occasions, the last at 97-94 with 1:39 to play. However, the Spiders managed to get off-side with the referees and as their players started to foul out the game slipped away. The Sea Eagles got to the free throw line 36 times to the Spiders 19 despite being heavily outscored in the paint. Nonetheless, both teams had many chances to put this game away with a sustained period of solid play. Neither side appeared able to do so and Manly would have been delighted to get away with an excellent, if scrappy, road win. Drew Williamson top scored for the Spiders with 23 points. He was ably supported by Ben Hollis who finished with a stellar 18 points, 18 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks in 45 minutes on the floor as the other Hornsby big men were in and out of the game conserving their remaining fouls. For Manly, Hyams finished with 28 points, Isaacson with 24 and Duane Jordan played a key role with 17 timely points (9 in the 4th quarter) and 11 rebounds. The smaller Sea Eagles battled hard on the boards to out-rebound the Spiders, something no-one has been able to do since April. Bankstown Bruins 117 def Central Coast Crusaders 110 Luke Tucker - Central Coast Crusaders Media THE Central Coast 'Oxigen' Crusaders were unlucky not to record a 'miracle' win against the Bankstown Bruins in round 13 of the men's Waratah Australian Basketball League at Bankstown Basketball Stadium on Saturday afternoon. With former Bruin Terry 'TJ' Johnson and big man Jordan Simmons already unavailable due to injury and youngsters Dane Hillmann and Alex Tyrrell on Youth League duty, the Crusaders were forced to line-up with just seven players to start Saturday's top of the table clash with Bankstown due to the late withdrawals of point guard Levi McFadden (illness) and sharp shooter Noman Shoaib (groin injury). Paul Frohmuller was also suffering from illness, but refused to leave his team short and took the court in the starting five against a full-strength Bankstown outfit that were always going to prove a tough task on their home court. Despite the shortage of players, the Crusaders managed to stick with the Bruins and led early in the match before going to the first break down by just one point 26-27. The Crusaders shot out to a twelve point lead towards the end of the second quarter, but the home side closed the gap and the scoreline was 52-50 in favour of Central Coast at the main break. The lead see-sawed back in favour of Bankstown in the third quarter and they were up 89-84 heading into the final stanza. Central Coast put in a spirited effort in the final quarter, but when go-to man Stefan Blaszczynski was fouled off - veteran Bruin Greg Barnes took control of the game and helped his team to finish with a seven point (117-110) victory. Crusaders coach Rex Nottage was happy with his team's performance considering the circumstances, but was also a little disappointed with the loss after witnessing plenty of chances to seal the victory. "It's been a very difficult period for us as we've had a rather disrupting run in regard to the competition draw that has us playing one game on then one game off week after week," said Nottage. "This has made it extremely hard for us to build any momentum and I think our lack of game time was a major factor in us not finishing the job tonight, however in saying that I was very happy with the way the guys performed and it definitely shows how far we've come so far this season." "We have another bye this coming weekend before we can look to finally build some momentum heading into the finals with six games in a row," he added. Alex Tyrrell is to be acknowledged for his commitment to the Crusaders top team. He rushed to Bankstown to provide backup on the bench for the second half of the Waratah ABL game after finishing a match in the club's Youth League team at Hornsby less than an hour before. Stefan Blaszczynski led all scorers again on Saturday with 36 points, whilst Tim Hudson contributed 23 points and Brett Wilcox was outstanding with another double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds. Blaszczynski continues to lead the Waratah Australian Basketball League in scoring with a massive 413 point tally for the season so far. This is 68 points more than Clint Reed (Bankstown Bruins), who is second with 345 points and 143 more than third highest scorer Goran Veg from the Parramatta Wildcats. Waratah Australian Basketball League Men - Round 13 Bankstown Bruins 117 (Clint Reed 33, Greg Barnes 21, Tim Labka 21) def. Central Coast 'Oxigen' Crusaders 110 (Stefan Blaszczynski 36, Tim Hudson 23, Brett Wilcox 22) @ Bankstown Basketball Stadium on Saturday afternoon
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