18 July 2022
With two rounds left until finals, the competition is really heating up.
Our Women’s team had the long drive to Torquay to take on the Surf Coast Chargers and keep their finals hopes alive. In a must win game, the team put together a complete game on both ends of the floor. On the defensive end, the team dominated the rebounds winning the rebound count 47-27. Coupled with 11 steals and 4 blocks the visitors held the home team to just 52 points for the game.
On the other end of the floor it was young gun Jamie Gallatly that lit up the scoreboard. Jamie was shot the lights out hitting 5 three pointers and finishing with a personal season high of 22 points. All the the team hit the scoreboard. With illness keeping players out, two Korumburra youngsters made the trip and played terrific in their debut BigV games. Sienna Lane (9 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists) and Isabella Cocksedge (9 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals) were fantastic.
Rounding out the performances on the night were Chloe Hogg (24p, 10r, 6st), Mak Miller (18p, 5r) and Emily Scholtes (15p, 14r, 4 blocks).
The women need to win 2 of the last 3 to pinch fifth spot and a finals berth. The next two home games are going to be massive and a big crowd to get them over the line is going to be crucial.
Our Men had x2 games on the weekend and solidified top spot on the ladder by winning both games.
A home game Saturday night vs Wallan Panthers was a real battle. Wallan trying to push up the ladder to get the double chance in finals came ready to play. Led by big man Arcaim Lalleman with 32 points it was an arm wrestle from the first whistle.
However it was the dynamic duo of Ben Barlow (20p, 7r, 3st) and Brandon Armstrong (18p, 12r, 6a, 3st) who gave the team the poise needed to see the team get the victory. Two terrific performances from the bench from Kody Tibballs (12p, 4r) and sharp shooter Jordan Gooiker (18p – including four 3’s) helped set up the victory.
On Sunday the men travelled to Altona to play the ‘gators’ in the ‘swamp’. It is always a really tough trip to Altona as they play a physical and aggressive brand of basketball. Coach Scott McKenzie had to lean right into the starter group for this game with the usual bench production not materializing.
It was Brandon Armstrong (31p 9r) who led all scorers in what was a real grind. Ben Barlow (15p) Stephen O’Brien (12p) and Jordan Canovan (10p) all pitched in to ensure the win.
Scott McKenzie was happy with the result and is looking forward to getting star guard Billy Hughes back from injury in the next couple of weeks.
Next Week is huge HOME double header:
6pm Women vs Altona
8pm Men vs Melton
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