Our High Performance Manager Brett Coxsedge provides his day six wrap on our Under 18 State Teams at the Under 18 Australian Junior Championships in Canberra.
WA Metro Men vs ACT Men
After a late game the night before the WA Metro men found themselves backing up for the first game of the day against ACT. The boys were able to get off to a good start going inside early to their bigs, Andrew Ferguson and Bailey Cole-Heath. The lead early was 7pts however ACT’s Rob Colton kept his team in the hunt with back to back 3pt baskets. A mini run by WA Metro to finish the quarter saw them lead 28-21 at the first break.
A great 4min patch of play to start the second quarter saw WA Metro jump to a 16pt lead. Solid defense and some good shooting by WA Metro saw the lead grow up 50-30 at half time.
An even start to the second half with both teams trading baskets. ACT were able to close the gap to 15pts, however WA Metro regrouped to push the lead back out to 20pts again. At the end of the quarter WA Metro led 72-50.
The final quarter saw WA Metro close out the contest despite ACT’s Rob Colton 44pt haul. In the end WA Metro had their best performance of the tournament running out winners 100-76.
WA Country Women vs ACT Women
ACT got out of the blocks quickly against a sluggish WA Country team. WA Country struggled to get in to any flow whilst ACT were able to score some easy transition baskets to lead 20-8 at the end of the first term.
The second quarter saw WA Country get back in to their rhythms with Mackenzie Hoycard leading the way, while Rachel Pettit and Raya Thompson were also able to get on the scoreboard. At the half time break scores were locked at 33-all.
A 5-nil run by ACT to start the third quarter was quickly countered by WA Country with baskets from Raya Thompson, Morgan Ballantyne and Rachel Pettit which resulted in WA Country wrestling the lead back to be up by 7pts. At the final break WA Country had pushed their lead out to be up 56-47.
The final quarter saw ACT fight back to close the gap to 1pt with 4mins to go in the game. With McKenzie Hoycard picking up her 5th foul it was up to her teammates to close the game out winning 73-72.
WA Country Men vs NT Men
WA Country have recorded a comprehensive 79-42 win over NT to get their first win of the tournament.
Both teams struggled offensively at the start of the game however WA Country kicked in to gear with Josh England leading the way scoring 8pts for the quarter. At the first break WA Country led 23-11.
The second quarter saw WA Country extend their lead with some good team play at both ends of the floor. NT struggled to score against WA Country’s defense whilst WA Country shared their scoring around to lead 45-22 at half time.
The second half saw WA Country win both of the quarters to run out comfortable winners in the end.