All the news from a big weekend of Supercats basketball

Original Article from the Geelong Advertiser and Beth Davis can be found HERE & HERE

 

SATURDAY RECAP

DESPITE a 32 point haul from Stephanie Blicavs, the Geelong Supercats women were unable

to secure victory over the Bendigo Braves on Saturday night in an overtime thriller at the

Geelong Arena.

Leading by nine points at halftime, Geelong were unable to contain Bendigo’s scoring in the third quarter, leading to a thrilling final-minute in the fourth.

Bendigo’s Kelly Wilson, who also finished with 32 points, sank the two free-throws for the Braves to send the game to overtime. Geelong’s only score in OT came from a three-point basket from Steph Blicavs, with the Braves outscoring the home team 11-3 to get the win.

Geelong Supercat Stephanie Blicavs. Picture: Mark Wilson
Geelong Supercat Stephanie Blicavs. Picture: Mark Wilson

In the second game of the night, the Geelong Supercats held on for the win over Bendigo, thanks to some impressive defensive efforts.

The Supercats were down by four points early in the third quarter.

Bendigo mounted a fight back and came to within three points with three and a half minutes left to play, but the Supercats held their composure and came away with a comfortable 10 point win.

George Blagojevic notched yet another double double, with 32 points and 14 rebounds to help

secure the win for Geelong, shooting an impressive 81 per cent from the field.

Both Supercats teams will travel to Nunawading on Sunday for the second game of the Round

15 double header.

WOMEN – Geelong Supercats 90 def by Bendigo Braves 98

(Steph Blicavs 32pts 7rbs, Duck 15pts 8rbs, Clydesdale 15pts 6rbs)

MEN – Geelong Supercats 90 def Bendigo Braves 80

(Blagojevic 32pts 14rbs, Ili 16pts 4ass, Hadley 11pts)

 

THE Geelong Supercats men fell agonisingly short of a clean-sweep weekend, losing to the Nunawading Spectres 83-85 on Sunday afternoon.

After a clinical display of defence on Saturday night spearheaded a 90-80 victory over the

Bendigo Braves, the Supercats lost a nailbiter on the road on Sunday.

Owen Odigie for the Supercats. Picture: Rachel Louise Photography
Owen Odigie for the Supercats. Picture: Rachel Louise Photography

George Blagojevic had a huge 32-point haul to go with 14 rebounds on Saturday night,

shooting an impressive 81 per cent from the field, but his hot hand wasn’t there for Sunday’s game, connecting with just 4 of 11 attempts plus free throws for 10 points.

 

SUNDAY RECAP

Isaac Turner led the scoring for Geelong on Sunday with 22 points, but the clutch basket

came from Shea Ili, who tied the game with a three-pointer with less than one minute left to play.

A thrilling final minute saw Nunawading’s Tom Wright get the basket that would secure the

two-point win for the Spectres, with Geelong unable to connect on a driving layup from Ili and a hail Mary three-pointer from Blagojevic on the buzzer.

Coach Justin Schueller was pleased with the energy his team brought for the weekend but

isn’t content to settle for splitting double header weekends.

“It was a great result on Saturday night, and I loved how the guys came out on Sunday, we set the tone early,” Schueller said.

“I thought we had good opportunities but didn’t execute well enough to get the win (against

Nunawading).

“We don’t want to have this trend of one win, one loss. We want to start building a bit of a

win streak heading into finals.”

Geelong will face another tough double header next weekend as they host the Kilsyth Cobras

at the Geelong Arena on Friday night, and then back up on Saturday night with a road trip to

Ballarat.

Both games next weekend will again be played without crowds.

Saturday – Geelong Supercats 90 def Bendigo Braves 80

(Blagojevic 32pts 14rbs, Ili 16pts 4ass, Hadley 11pts)

Sunday – Geelong Supercats 83 def by Nunawading Spectres 85

(Turner 22pts, Odigie 14pts 6rbs, Blagojevic 10pts 9rbs)

Steph Blicavs was a dominant force for the Geelong Supercats. Picture: Rachel Louise Photography
Steph Blicavs was a dominant force for the Geelong Supercats. Picture: Rachel Louise Photography

BLICAVS STARS AS SUPERCATS BOUNCE BACK

THE Geelong Supercats women bounced back from a 90-98 loss against Bendigo on Saturday

night to claim an 83-78 victory over the Nunawading Spectres on Sunday afternoon.

Stephanie Blicavs lit up the scoreboard in both games, scoring 32 points in the loss to Bendigo and adding another 31 points in the win over Nunawading, as well as pulling down seven rebounds in both games.

The loss to Bendigo came in an overtime thriller, with the visiting Braves outscoring Geelong

11-3 to snatch the win.

Trailing Nunawading by 11 points at quarter time on Sunday, the Supercats kept their composure and forced their way back into the game.

Aimie Clydesdale in action against Nunawading. Picture: Rachel Louise Photography
Aimie Clydesdale in action against Nunawading. Picture: Rachel Louise Photography

With Geelong leading in the final minutes of the game, the Spectres were forced to foul, Alex Duck calmly sinking four free-throws to put the game out of reach for the Spectres.

Despite the disappointment of dropping the game against Bendigo, head coach Matthew

Paton was full of praise for his team and their efforts over the double header weekend.

“We saw it as a huge positive that the first game back after lockdown, without having Sara

Blicavs, and it being Aimie Clydesdale’s first game back since her injury — to be able to

come out and play that way against a top-two team was a positive,” Paton said.

Taking that confidence into Sunday’s game against Nunawading, Stephanie Blicavs stepped

up again in the absence of Sara Blicavs.

“Steph is a match up nightmare for opposing teams,” Paton said.

“That’s what we all know she is capable of — she’s deadly from three, she can finish in the lane and she’s an excellent free throw shooter.

“(I’m) really happy that she came out and put those two performances together when we absolutely needed it.”

Saturday — Geelong Supercats 90 def by Bendigo Braves 98

(Steph Blicavs 32pts 7rbs, Duck 15pts 8rbs, Clydesdale 15pts 6rbs)

Sunday — Geelong Supercats 83 def Nunawading Spectres 78

(Steph Blicavs 31pts 7rbs, Elsworthy 14pts 6ass, Clydesdale 12pts)