Big V Review – Round 10
vs CHELSEA GULLS (Saturday)
vs Latrobe City Energy (Sunday)
It was a case of chocolates to boiled lollies on the weekend for the Luina Geelong Supercats Division 1 Men with a thrilling overtime win on the road against Chelsea on Saturday night, only to suffer a heavy loss at home against Latrobe City on Sunday.
On Saturday night, the home side hit the Supercats with everything but the grandstand as they ran quickly to a 16 to zip lead early in the first term until the introduction of J P Wilkinson who was able to get the scoreboard turning over for Geelong, eventually getting the margin back to just 5 points by quarter time.
For the next three quarters it was a see sawing contest with Lewie Varley, Seb Loader and Wilkinson the key play makers for the Supercats. Defensively, Geelong were handling the dangerous Corey Standerfer well with their pressure and double teaming when he had possession, meaning the Gulls had to find other ways to score.
The Supercats also benefited by Division 1 rookie Jacob Pupavac stepping up to hit some clutch baskets from the key and take some important boards at both ends of the court, helping to ease the workload on the veteran Loader.
Heading into the last quarter of regular time the Supercats were just 6 points down and playing well enough to know they were in with a big chance of upsetting the home side.
It took the Supercats the majority of the term to get their noses in front courtesy of a Pupavac jump shot and with Lewie Varley scoring two more, the lead was out to 3 before Standerfer nailed a 3 pointer to tie the scores with no more than 60 seconds left in regular time.
Both sides were pressing hard for the win as they both had 2 attempts to ice the contest but it wasn’t to be as the buzzer went with scores tied at 80 a piece and overtime needed to sort it out.
There were at least 3 lead changes down the stretch but it was the steady shooting of the Supercats that was the difference in the end connecting with 3 of 6 from the field to the Gulls 1 of 7 to give Geelong a vital 3 point win 89 to 86.
The less said about Sunday’s contest the better as the tough game the night before as opposed to their opponents Latrobe City only outing for the weekend was the difference in the end.
Import Kourtlin Jackson put on a masterclass of shooting with 28 points for the match and together with great support from Ben Barlow who almost hit 3’s at will, finishing with 5 of 8 (62%) from outside the arc in his 23 point haul and other import Deondre McWhorter compliling 20 points and 12 boards, were able to put any thoughts of a home side win completely out of reach.
In a match short on positives for the Supercats, Lewie Varley topped off a personally outstanding weekend with 27 points to add to his 29 the night before, to earn a place on this weeks Big V Blue Carpet.
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 89 (Lewie Varley 29, Jacob Pupavac 16, Dane Bow 14)
CHELSEA GULLS: 86 (Corey Standerfer 26, Andrew Kelly 22, Sibit Tot 10)
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 69 (Lewie Varley 27, Emerson Varley 10)
LATROBE CITY ENERGY: 106 (Kourtlin Jackson 28, Ben Barlow 23, Deondre McWhorter 20)
vs CHELSEA GULLS
In another close and entertaining contest at Chelsea on Saturday night, the Luina Geelong Supercats Division 1 Women scored an important 14 point victory over their fellow finals aspirants.
On the back of a double double for Louise Johnston with 12 points and 10 boards, along with a spread of team mates scoring double figures for the game, the Supercats proved too classy for their opponents in the wash up.
The Gulls managed a couple of runs at the Supercats down the stretch, narrowing the lead to 6 early in the final quarter, only to have the Supercats go up another gear and push away but to their credit the Gulls fought again to get the deficit back to 6 with 3 minutes remaining.
But that was the closest they were to get as the experience of the Supercats shone through with Johnston continuing to lead the way and getting good support from the likes of Caitlin Shadbolt (14), Cortney Williamson (12), Georgia Varley (11) and Candice Rogers (11) as the Supercats had too many guns for the Gulls.
The win sets up a mouthwatering return bout against fellow contender Werribee in Werribee this weekend, with the winner taking an important psychological advantage into the playoffs in a potential Grand Final preview.
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 88 (Caitlin Shadbolt 14, Cortney Williamson 12, Louise Johnston 12)
KEILOR THUNDER: 74 (Billie Lucas 20, Malika Jackson 18, Olivia Luttrell 12)
vs BENDIGO BRAVES (SATURDAY)
vs COBURG GIANTS (SUNDAY)
If the weekend just gone was chocolates to boiled lollies for the Division 1 Men, then it was the mirror opposite for the Luina Geelong Supercats Youth League Men as they went from heavy loss to overtime win at home.
On Saturday night, they young Supercats travelled up the Calder Highway to face Bendigo in what seemed on paper to be a real 50/50 contest for teams similarly placed on the ladder.
The Braves jumped the Supercats with a 26 to 14 opening term to establish a strong early break before Geelong fought back in the second term to narrow the margin to a manageable 10 points at half time.
By the end of the third term the game was practically over as the Braves ‘mugged’ the Supercats with a 31 to 16 quarter, eventually running away in the last to record a 31 point win.
To the young Supercats’ credit they did manage a rally in the last quarter and whilst they couldn’t make any inroads into the big lead, they didn’t allow their opponents to inflict a bigger deficit in the end.
Wang Nyieth continued his run of form finishing with 12 points and 8 boards for the game and was supported by Sam Landale with 12 points.
With a loss the night before, a win was vital for the Youth League Men on Sunday as they hosted Coburg Giants.
After an even first half, the visitors held a handy 12 point break and in a very even third term, the visitors extended their lead to 14 points with a quarter remaining.
Despite the handy league, the Supercats still sensed they were a chance in this one and set about dismantling the Giants offence whilst finding their own avenues to score in Nyieth and Max Kos.
A Kye Baulch lay up tied the scoreline with just over 4 minutes left to play and the Supercats looked to be running over the top of their opponents but there was still a couple of twists left in this tale!
Another mini run by Coburg pushed the lead back out to 4 points before Geelong pressed again and tie the game up with Landale hitting 1 of his two shots at the free throw line with just 13 seconds left on the clock and with neither side able to score again, the scores were tied at 80 each (which also just happened to be the score line at the end of regular time in the Division 1 Men’s game the night before).
In extra time there were at least 4 lead changes as both teams went basket for basket and double overtime looked like a real possibility as scores tied again with just 2 minutes left on the clock.
As scoring began to dry up for both sides and a couple of unsuccessful trips up and down the court, Kos grabbed an important board and under pressure from the Coburg defenders, the referees called a jump ball and luckily for the Supercats, the possession arrow was favouring them.
On what may have been their last chance to grab the win, Baulch was fouled again and hit one of the two free throws to give his side a narrow 1 point lead with 30 seconds of overtime remaining.
Another trip into offence for the Giants could have ended the game and with just seconds remaining, both teams were playing hard and in a struggle for possession, the ball went out of court. With both teams calling their ball, the referees decided it was unclear who the ball came off so called a jump ball and the chance remained with the Giants.
However, enter the man, enter the moment as Nathan Gronbeck got the steal at the defensive end and on his way to the basket was fouled with scores level again.
Cool as a cucumber, Gronbeck went to the stripe and nailed both shots to give the Supercats a two point lead but with still 8 seconds left there was still plenty of time for the Giants to steal it.
A foul by the Supercats sent Coburg to the line, leaving them with the challenge of how to manufature the opportunity to get the 3 points needed to get the win. Yang Makoi hit the first and despite trying to miss with the second attempt to try and get the board and basket to steal the victory, his second shot dropped and the Supercats were able to hold on for an important 1 point victory.
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 72 (Wang Nyieth 13, Sam Landale 12, Zane Micallef 11)
HUME CITY BRONCOS: 103 (Samuel Beks 19, Tanner Rayner 18, Jake Lloyd 12)
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 91 (Wang Nyieth 20, Kye Baulch 16, Max Kos 15)
COBURG GIANTS: 90 (Bryan Sim 25, Lucas Ryan 20, Makuaj Abraham Anyuon 12)
v CHELSEA GULLS (Saturday)
v Coburg Giants (Sunday)
It was a massive weekend in the fortunes of the Luina Geelong Supercats Youth League Women with two strong wins to put them in the top 4 at the midway mark of the season.
On Saturday night, they kicked off a trio of wins for the Supercats against Chelsea with a solid 6 point victory.
The first half belonged to the Supercats as they dominated the contest, holding the home side to just 13 points at the half to their 31 to hold a solid 18 point break at the half.
A solid third term from the Gulls saw them halve the Supercats lead to 9 points heading into the last quarter of the match.
With scoring drying up for both sides, the Gulls were only able to reduce the Supercats lead to 5 points with about a minute and a half to play and had their chances to steal the win, however as both sides continued to struggle for a successful offensive movement, the Supercats were able to hold on for the win.
Sunday saw the offering of a mouthwatering battle between rising stars Carly Sanders for the Supercats and Lyndsey Hoogenhout for the Giants and the battle didn’t disappoint.
Sanders finished with 15 points and 9 boards and Hoogenhout with 19 points and 12 rebounds.
The difference in the end was Jaimee Crombie who shot the lights out in the Stadium, compiling 26 points including 7 of 13 from downtown to lead her team to a strong 19 point win to finish off their weekend with a double ‘w’ and set themselves up at a real tilt at the post-season action.
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 48 (Jaimee Crombie 9, Gemma Morrison 8, Lydia Gasparini 8)
CHELSEA GULLS: 42 (Shanna Thornell 12)
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 79 (Jaimee Crombie 26, Carly Sanders 15, Lydia Gasparini 11)
COBURG GIANTS: 50 (Lyndsey Hoogenhout 19, Olivia Dalmau 10)