Basketball WA High Performance Manager provides his day three game reports from the Under 18 AJC in Canberra.
WA Metro Men v Victoria Metro
A barrage of three shots from Vic Metro saw them jump WA Metro at the start to open up a 12 point lead. WA Metro then battled hard to close the gap to five points. Vic Metro then went on a mini run to finish the quarter up 25-15.
A 10-nil run by Vic Metro to start the quarter saw the lead grow to 20 points. WA Metro was finding it tough to get scores and found themselves down 45-24 at half time.
The third quarter saw the game put away by Vic Metro as they completely dominated WA Metro, holding them scoreless whilst scoring 27 points of their own.
In the end, Vic Metro showed why they are tournament favourites running out comfortable winners 101-41.
WA Country Women v NSW Country
NSW Country got out of the blocks early scoring the first 8 points of the contest. WA Country gained their composure and got some nice scores inside as well as some trips to the free throw line. NSW Country continued to push the ball and extended their lead to be up 29-13 at end of the first quarter.
The second quarter started out as an even affair with both teams trading baskets. However NSW’s defensive pressure and running game slowly allowed them to take control with the lead being 49-20 at half time.
The third quarter followed the same pathway as the second however WA Country were able to stay with their opponents, losing the quarter by just two points to be down 71-40.
The final quarter saw NSW Country’s lead grow. Three consecutive three-point baskets by WA Country’s Renae Curtis got the WA fans going. However in the end, NSW Country were too superior in the game, running out winners 104-61
WA Metro Women v Victoria Metro
WA Metro started the game with a big line-up in an effort to cause some match-up problems for the Vic’s. However the speed and athleticism of the Vic Metro team caused problems from the onset. Some full-court pressure resulted in WA Metro turning the ball over. Vic Metro0 was able to get out to a handy lead to be up 40-13 at the end of the quarter.
The second quarter saw WA Metro stem the flow of Vic Metro. However WA Metro struggled offensively to stay in the game. At the half time break VIC Metro led 68-23.
The second half was much the same as the first half with Vic Metro dominating the game in all aspects running out winners 122-45.
WA Country Men v Victoria ACT
Home team ACT raced out of the blocks at the start of the game to score the first seven points. Two made free throws from Jordan Sears got WA Country on the scoresheet. ACT continued to control the game to get out to an eight point lead. Some good play from WA Country got them back in the game and they were able to gain the lead 16-15 at the break.
The second quarter was an even affair with both teams trading baskets. At the half time break, ACT led by the narrowest of margins 30-29.
The third quarter saw ACT jump out to a 12 point lead. However WA Country kept battling away to try and stay in the game. Unfortunately ACT were able to pull away to lead 57-41 at the end of the quarter.
The final quarter started with ACT increasing their lead. However some good play from Travis Durnin and Josh England saw the lead reduced to 10 points with 7 minutes remaining in the game. Unfortunately WA Country was unable to maintain their momentum which resulted in ACT running out winners 78-63.