WOMEN by Adam Jones
Sturt Ground The Eagles
Before the week, the Eagles were soaring 4-0 with the closest margin being 10 points. Sturt was
in a similar position as the Eagles the week before, the same record with dominant wins to boot.
Then the Mavericks took the Sabres down and now it was Sturt's turn this week to knock
someone off their perch. The Sturt bench outscored the Eagles bench by 8, which was the final
margin between the two teams. Elissa Brett was big off the bench for the Sabres as she had a
team-high 16 points.
Mt Gambier Brings the Frost
The weather is a lot cooler down in Mount Gambier compared to Norwood and the Flames sure
felt the Frost on Saturday night. Amanda Frost played the full 40 minutes as she led her team to
a nail-biting victory. Frost scored 23 points and added 6 rebounds and 4 assists on the way to
the 4-point victory. Frost scored 5 out of the Pioneers 12 points in the last quarter as the
Pioneers held on as the Flames came roaring home.
Nothing but the Sunday Best
Carmen Tyson-Thomas and Brooke Basham got the job done in the Sunday matinée game.
Basham scored 16 points with incredible efficiency as she shot 70% from the field, while
Tyson-Thomas continues to prove there isn't a team in this league that can slow her down as
she scored 27 points and added 4 steals to her name. The Mavericks defence was also in fine
form as they held every Lions player bar Jazmen Boone to single-digit points.
McKendrick Can See Clearly Now
Mollie McKendrick - 21 points, 23 rebounds, 10 assists, and a victory over the premiers. Does
anything else really need to be said?
Warriors Overcome Slow Start
Coach Osborne will still not be happy over another slow start for the Warriors but the fact they
keep winning is a positive sign. Teige Morrell was joined by Sherrie Session as the duo led the
way for the Warriors. Morrell recorded a double-double of 11 points and 14 rebounds, while
Session led the team with 19 points. Morrell was also active on the defence as she registered 2
steals and 2 blocks.
MEN by Kieren Vartuli
2019 – the year of inside offence.
At first, the high amount of points tallied in the Points in the Paint category seemed to be something
that would eventually decline as teams found their defensive forms throughout the season.
Interestingly, teams have appeared to move away from their midrange and long ball game and
moved to more high percentage areas. This week, North Adelaide toppled the Panthers 97-83 after a
strong opening term and in the process dropped an incredible 68-PITP. If that tally isn’t enough to
convince you that sides are moving closer to the bucket, Mt Gambier and Norwood dropped 48 and
46-points in the paint respectively in the overtime contest. Nonetheless, this is an amazing spectacle
for fans of traditional basketball roles.
Whose Putting Out the Flames?
Heading into Round 6, the Norwood Flames are at the top of the mountain looking down after going
6 games undefeated. After knocking off the Pioneers in Overtime at the Ice House, it is becoming
quite clear that there might be a mere few teams including the Pioneers who can extinguish the
Flames. Forestville and the Flames meet next week (13th April) in what will be the real learning curve for both the sides in a highly anticipated matchup. But until then, Norwood and Forestville will face Woodville and West Adelaide respectively. Until the thirteenth, anything is possible while both sides defend their opening winning streaks.
Woodville’s Defensive Woes
The Round 5 fixture between the Tigers and Warriors saw an absolute mauling throughout the third
period. The defenceless Warriors were outscored 41-16 during the third quarter in what appeared to be a merciless Tiger pack and weak Warrior outfit. The Warriors managed to hang with the reigning champions which is one positive sign. From this, we know that the Tigers are more than capable to exploit a weakness and punish you on the scoreboard through a variety of players, after four of their
starting five were in double figures with three being consistent threats.
Better get back fast
A fixture between two of the most improved clubs for 2019 saw them put the league on notice to
track back on D as fast as possible. Both Centrals and Eastern pushed the pall up the floor as fast as
possible and scored a combined 65-points on the break between them. Transition offense for any
side can be a dangerous tool and is known to make players break down defensively. If the Lions and
Mavs can master this, they just might keep climbing the ladder towards finals. As impressive as this was, this is only one remarkable aspect of the game after Brandon Morris dropped an incredible 42-points off 66% demonstrating he is one of the league’s most prolific scorers.
What’s Happening Out West?
Strangely enough the West Adelaide Bearcats struggled to find the basket against the Lions.
Centrals’ phenomenal defensive pressure caused the Bearcats to give up possession an unforgiving
27-times resulting in 21-points from turnovers. The Centrals kept the Bearcats to 55-attempts from the field compared to their 71. Aside from scoring roughly the same number of baskets (35-32), Centrals punished the Lions from deep, an area they have been familiar with over the past few seasons. After going 3 and 2 thus far, West need find a way to cut this 2-game losing streak before it hurts them down the stretch.