Big V Review – Round 11
DIVISION 1 MEN
v Keysborough Cougars (Saturday)
v Whittlesea Pacers (Sunday)
Our Luina Geelong Supercats Division 1 Men will be rueing the one that got away against the Keysborough Cougars on Saturday night.
After holding a handy lead of 7 points at half time, the undermanned Supercats, missing Kyle Meyer, Jack Burnett and Ben Scannell, were looking good against the Cougars.
But in the blink of an eye at the start of the third term the Cougars came out and wiped that lead in just a couple of minutes and from there on, controlled the second half.
Captain Emerson Varley led from the front and showed his experience and patience on a number of occasions in the second half when scoring became difficult, and finished up with 25 points for his side.
Brother Lewie also had a good night finishing with 17 points and 10 boards for the night
Sunday was a chance to bounce back to the winners list and they did just that, with a comfortable 16 point win against Whittlesea Pacers.
Lewie Varley exploded for a game high 29 point return and picked up 14 boards to lead the Supercats to an important win, keeping them in touch with the top end of the ladder.
Marco Vekic was also instrumental grabbing 14 rebounds himself and Jacob Pupavac contributed 17 points for the day.
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 79 (Emerson Varley 25, Lewie Varley 17, Lewis Beks 11)
KEYSBOROUGH COUGARS: 88 (Calvin Enge 22, Gerrard Newby 22, Jonny Kloester 11)
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 97 (Lewie Varley 29, Emerson Varley 17, Jacob Pupavac 17)
WHITTLESEA PACERS: 81 (Judson Seumanu 18, Samuel Sykes 15)
DIVISION 1 WOMEN
v Latrobe City Pacers
Our Luina Geelong Supercats Division 1 Women had an easy 30 point win against the Latrobe City Energy at AWA Alliance Bank Stadium.
With both sides going in undermanned through injury and unavailability, the Supercats chances were improved greatly in taking out an important win to keep them in the finals race.
Caitlin Shadbolt was best for the Supercats as she was just to big and strong for the visitors under the basket, finishing with 21 points and 10 boards for the day.
Coach Natalie Hughes suited up for the game and was instrumental in the win with 18 points, 8 boards and 8 assists, including one late in the game to give debutant Alannah Northam her first score in Big V for Geelong.
The last quarter turned into a bit of a procession for the Supercats as they put together a 30 to 12 end to the game.
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 84 (Caitlin Shadbolt 21, Natalie Hughes 18, Olivia Virt 13)
LATROBE CITY ENERGY: 54 (Mackenzie Miller 16, Carly Mullen-Bianconi 15)
YOUTH LEAGUE 1 MEN
v Werribee Devils (Saturday)
v Casey Cavaliers (Sunday)
It was another tough weekend for our Luina Geelong Supercats Youth League Men opening up with a home clash against traditional rivals Werribee on Saturday night.
Werribee had clearly done their homework on the Supercats as they weren’t allowing Geelong to get any sort of flow going in the game, whilst the Devils were finding the going fairly good.
Despite not having his best night, Josiah King was still the leading Supercat with 19 points and 10 boards, with the other highlight being the growing presence of Tom Georgiadis who is proving to be a real presence for the Supercats at both ends of the court, collecting 13 points and 13 boards for the night.
In the end, the Devils were just that little bit better down the stretch to hold off the Supercats to win by 14 points.
However, the good news was that after dropping their last three games, the Supercats were able to storm home on Sunday to grab a win back as they defeated Casey by just 2 points.
As we’ve seen so far this season, the Supercats save their best for the second half and this game was no exception as Geelong set about dismantling the Cav’s lead with a 49 to 37 second half to snatch the win 92 to 90.
Josiah King made it a great weekend’s work, adding 23 to his 19 the previous night.
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 72 (Josiah King 19, Tom Georgiadis 13, Wang Nyieth 11)
WERRIBEE DEVILS: 86 (Daniaell Herbert 24, Adetomi Ayilara 20, Joshua Toniato 11)
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 92 (Josiah King 23, Wang Nyieth 12, )
CASEY CAVALIERS: 90 (Oyiti Amum 25, Mitchell Gooiker 16)
YOUTH LEAGUE 1 WOMEN
v Sunbury Jets
Once again, a very slow start to the game has cost the Luina Geelong Supercats Youth League Women any chance of coming away with the win.
The Supercats had no answers to Sunbury in the firsts term, allowing the home side to have a 29 to 8 opening term and from there, that was all she wrote as Geelong were completely outclassed for the afternoon, to eventually go down by 23 points 45 to 68.
Again, it was Carly Sanders that shouldered the burden and her shoulders must be getting tired as she top scored with 12 points for the afternoon and was the only Supercat to reach double fugures for the game.
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 45 (Carly Sanders 12)
SUNBURY JETS: 68 (Chloe Angove 16, Nyomi Stowers 12, Ally Stewart 10)