Big V Review – Round 12
DIVISION 1 MEN
v Melbourne University Black Angels
Unfortunately, our Luina Geelong Supercats Division 1 Men were on the receiving end of a solid defeat at the hands of Melbourne University Black Angels at AWA Alliance Bank Stadium on Saturday night.
After an even first quarter, the Supercats only trailed the Black Angels by just 2 points and with the margin still looking manageable at half time, Geelong were right in the contest.
However, the second half became one way traffic as the Uni turned on the scoring in the third term to seal any hopes of a home side win.
It’s fair to say that Melbourne University could have fallen into a hole and come up holding a gold nugget such was their ability to almost score at will, with the dangerous Nick Masunda having a night out bagging 30 points for the game.
To the Supercats credit they didn’t throw in the towel and fought the game out to the end in the face of adverse conditions that didn’t assist their chances of winning the contest.
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 81 (Lewie Varley 17, Kyle Meyer 12, Jacob Pupavac 11)
MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY: 109 (Nick Masunda 30, Brandon Armstrong 17, Akok Kuany 11 )
DIVISION 1 WOMEN
v Werribee Devils (Saturday)
v Whittlesea Pacers (Sunday)
A mixed bag on the weekend for our Luina Geelong Supercats Division 1 Women with an overtime loss at home on Saturday night, followed by a resounding win on Sunday to keep the door ajar on a finals campaign.
On Saturday night the Supercats controlled the first half to lead by 9 points at the main break and looked like they were on the road to a comfortable win.
However, there is no such thing in this competition and the Devils came out in the second half with a renewed intensity and both sides were forced to buckle down and fight hard.
Caitlin Shadbolt was proving to be a real presence for the Supercats and was complimented by the close checking defence of Tess Feery who was making things tough for Werribee with her defensive intensity.
When Werribee import Alyssa Bennett fouled out in the last quarter it looked like the last piece of the puzzle had fallen into place for the Supercats but former Supercat Georgia Tauschke and Sam Moodie rounded up the troops to tie things up at the end of regular time.
Extra time was just as intense and when the Supercats forged a slight break midway through the extra period it looked like they were about to edge away for the win, however the soring dried up for the home side and the Devils snatched the win.
On Sunday afternoon, needing a win to stay in the hunt for a finals berth, the Supercats bounced back with a comfortable 13 point win against the Whittlesea Pacers.
Geelong came out firing on all cylinders in the first half to set up a hefty 20 point lead by half time and the contest was practically over as the Pacers had no answers.
Whilst the Pacers tried hard in the second half, they couldn’t make many inroads into the Supercats lead. Jess Watson made a welcome return to form with 16 points to lead the Supercats to an important win.
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 63 (Caitlin Shadbolt 16, Tess Feery 11, Georgia Varley 11)
WERRIBEE DEVILS: 68 (Georgia Tauschke 17, Sam Moodie 15, Jessy Price 14)
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 69 (Jess Watson 16, Bree Matthews 14, Olivia Virt 13)
WHITTLESEA PACERS: 56(Last-Tea Poa 17)
YOUTH LEAGUE 1 MEN
v Ballarat Miners
A Max Kos masterclass led the Luina Geelong Supercats Youth League Men to another win against the Ballarat Miners in Ballarat on Saturday night.
Kos ended the night with 31 points, including 6 of 8 from outside the arc and was well supported by Joshua Hindle (19) and Wang Nyieth (18) as the Supercats defeated the Miners by 5 points.
This one was an old fashioned shoot out with both sides scoring over 200 points in total for the game and which suited the high scoring Supercats just fine.
The win now has the Supercats well entrenched in fourth place on the ladder and right in with a big sniff of a finals campaign in their nostrils.
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 103 (Max Kos 31, Joshua Hindle 19, Wang Nyieth 18)
BALLARAT MINERS: 98 (Zac Dunmore 33, Amos Brooks 23, Joshua Fiegert 13)
YOUTH LEAGUE 1 WOMEN
v Eltham Wildcats
As expected, our Luina Geelong Supercats Youth League Women easily accounted for the Eltham Wildcats in Eltham on Saturday night.
The pleasing point for Coach Tim Sanderson was that his side put in a solid four quarter performance and didn’t have a poor quarter which has been their downfall a few times this season.
Carly Sanders was the leading scorer with 16 points and was well supported by Holly Robinson, Lydia Gasparini and Jaimee Crombie who all turned in double figure returns for the match.
Robinson and Gasparini were also hitting the boards hard for the Supercats dragging down 10 and 12 rebounds respectively, however, surprisingly, the Supercats ended up losing the rebound count 51 to 60.
LUINA GEELONG SUPERCATS: 74 (Carly Sanders 16, Holly Robinson 12)
ELTHAM WILDCATS: 55 (Jessica Daoud 9)