Big V Round 7 Preview

Division 1 Men (4th Terril Conference 4-4): vs. Mildura (1st Terril Conference 7-1) @ Geelong Arena Annex, Sunday 3.00pm

Geelong comes into the biggest challenge in Big V Division 1 basketball on Sunday after splitting its round 6 double-header. The Supercats were too strong for Blackburn on Saturday night with an 82-77 win. However, they couldn’t back it up on Sunday against Whittlesea. They felll to the Pacers 80-69, after being outscored 44-28 either side of half-time. Shayne Bow’s men will need to be at the top of their game if they’re to beat the high-flying Mildura, including shooting at better than the 33.3% they produced against Whittlesea. The Heat will be stung by their first loss of the season to Southern Peninsula last weekend. The Supercats will have to contain import duo Jermaine Williams and Kris Clark if they’re to have any chance of an upset.


Division 1 Women (7th Terril Conference 2-5): vs. Mildura (5th Terril Conference 3-5) Geelong Arena Annex, Sunday 1.00pm

A disappointing offensive performance saw the Big V Lady Supercats slump to their third straight loss. Darren Busuttil’s charges went down to Whittlesea 64-48, with a 16-6 third quarter proving the difference. “I was happy with our defensive intensity, but we were too easily pushed out of our offense and could not put any scoreboard pressure on,” he said. The defeat has Geelong, surprisingly, on the bottom of the Terril Conference ladder. They have a chance to bounce back against Mildura on Sunday, but will be without veteran guard Jae Conn for the contest as she continues to battle a foot problem. Kathy Mallon will again miss with a knee injury, however Amy Wormald returns and will have to play a role in containing star Lady Heat import Justina Udenze


State Youth Championship One Men (6th 3-4): vs. Waverley (3rd 7-2) @ Waverley Basketball Centre, Sunday 2.30pm

SEABL Supercats’ rookies Emerson Varley and Michael Rebula inspired Geelong to its third win of the season, as they smashed Hume City 101-69. In the most complete performance of the season Varley (25 points, six assists, four steals) and Rebula (22 points and five rebounds) provided the finish, while Varley’s brother Lewie was the impetus. The younger sibling produced the impressive line of 10 points, six rebounds, seven assists and six steals. A similar performance will be required if the Young Supercats are to cause a major upset of Waverley. The Falcons are one of the benchmarks of State Youth Championship, and are rarely beaten on their home court. However, they are coming off a 101-62 smashing by fellow championship contenders’ Diamond Valley.


State Youth Championship Women (6th 2-5): vs. Waverley (7th 1-6) @ Waverley Basketball Centre, Sunday 12.30pm

Young Lady Supercats’ coach Grantley Bernard was left to rue another narrow loss. Geelong dropped its fifth game of the season 50-48 to Eltham after the Wildcats hit a shot just before the final buzzer. The loss leaves the Young Lady Supercats with a 2-5 win/loss record, while Eltham improved to 4-3. “It was another disappointing finish to a game we should have won, Bernard said. “We didn’t cope with pressure or execute down the stretch and that was costly. There were positives to get us into position to win the game and our defence again kept the opposition to what should have been a losing score. So we will keep working to improve and get better.” Sunday’s meeting with Waverley will be the second between the two teams this season, with Falcons winning the first contest in round 59-50.