Weekly WABL Wrap – Round 1 – 21 April 2024

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Here’s the Round 1 wrap-up of how all our teams went, including comments from coaches:

12-1 Girls – Marcia Dowling (sponsored by National Geotech)

Lost to Hills Raiders 44-45

Coach comments:

  • With great energy, the girls began a fast-paced game. They listened well and responded to the coach’s instructions with intensity. At times, they fell into “tired” habits, which allowed Hills to catch up to us. However, they generally adjusted well. Both coaches were very happy with the girls’ efforts
  • Elsey Lohman-White came onto the court with energy, focus and intensity and her presence always lifted the game. 
  • Bella Nevill was a gun in offense
  • Rose Bacci proved again that she is one of the best defenders both in her judgement and actions.

12-2 Girls – Paul Philpott (sponsored by Infinity Designed)

Lost to Cockburn Cougars 34-40

Coach comments (Olivia Weddikarra):

  • Unfortunately, Paul was not able to make it today but I am so proud of the girls for not letting that stop them and focusing when I needed them to! We started off slow in the first half, missing shots, lots of turnovers and fouls. But the second half was just WOW! We managed to pull away thanks to some amazing defence, passes and rebounding, but unfortunately, in the fourth quarter, the other team managed to catch back up. Overall, the girls played amazing, and it can only go up from here!!
  • Sophie Nichols was all over the court today! She had some amazing shots and was all over her players in defence! 
  • Rachel Deering was a powerhouse today! She got in the action and had lots of assists and rebounds! 
  • Matilda Thompson had a rough start this year with an injury but you could hardly tell today! She was super in defence and made great decisions in offence!

12-3 Girls – Khalid Elmi 

Won against Warwick 28-12

Coach comments

  • Our first game of the season started off with a bang! It was great seeing the girls gel together as a team and figure out their playing styles. We started the game off slow but found our feet in the 2nd quarter. The game was level at the end of the first quarter at 2-2. We then went on to score 14 points in the second quarter alone and kept the other team scoreless going into the half! I was thoroughly impressed with the girls and can’t wait to see how the rest of our season goes!
  • Hannie Ryu scored an impressive 10pts and led our scoring efforts.
  • Cairee Olowoyo’s defensive efforts in the game were amazing – getting a block and stealing the ball on defense multiple times. 
  • Mina Bajin stayed out of foul trouble and was still slowing players down after getting 3 fouls early in the game. Well done girls!

12-1 Boys – Ofir Ben Dror (sponsored by Pivot Project Consulting)

Lost to East Perth 70-53

Coach comments:

  • The first half was neck and neck with a very fast offense from the boys. The Eagles have two exceptional players who were very hard to stop, but as a team, we managed to match them up. 
  • The second half saw the Eagles play good pressure defence, which led to many turnovers and some breakdowns in our game plan and teamwork. 
  • After this first game in the Championship division, we look like we will be competitive all season.
  • Victor Muyna showed a lot of leadership and took it upon himself to fight back when required. he was also instrumental on the defensive side. 
  • Harry Frame sprinted up the court the whole game, giving many fast break options.

12-2 Boys – Dom Pitchen (sponsored by Sushi Wawa)

Won against Cockburn Cougars 50-39

Coach comments:

  • The boys started well, the energy dropped slightly in the 2nd and 3rd which made the game close and then it picked back up again, in the 4th and the boys closed the game out well.
  • Noah Ouwendyk and Pio Sampiano hustled and locked up opposing players to steal the ball multiple times. This led to many easy buckets for us and provided a boost of energy for the team.
  • Ned Tierney took over the game, providing the team with a massive boost of energy and leading the team to a great win.
  • Denim Hamilton was a beast on the boards. He boxed out and fought for every rebound, and he was great at stopping fast breaks. His efforts were a great asset to the team. 

12-3 Boys – Craig Dropulich (sponsored by Profusion Planning)

Won against Eastern Suns 45-39

Coach comments:

  • My boys had a big weekend. Saturday night, we were floor wipers (Louis was a dancer, too) for the Men’s NBL1 team and witnessed a phenomenal triple-overtime comeback from the Redbacks team to beat the Eastern Suns.
  • The next day we channelled our Redbacks NBL1 team to come back from 8 points down early against the Eastern Suns. On what could only be described as an ice-skating rink up at Ray Owen we managed to play the conditions better and simplify our game to suit. We conceded the first 7 fouls of the game, and our 2 starting guards, Xavier and Aiden, got into foul trouble early. They had to spend more time on the bench, but both played awesomely on 4 fouls for the whole 4th quarter. Well done. This opened up more time on the court for Gus to show how well he can play at this level for a double-bottom ager. Andre also benefited from the extra minutes and showed his versatility in 3 or 4 different roles on the court. Everyone played well above their normal level as our momentum built the longer the game went. We knocked down 4 three-pointers, all at pivotal moments of the game, to claw back into the contest. Our theme was to play our game and do what we do well on the court. All the boys embraced this to play their roles and play as a great team. In the fourth quarter, we flew out of the block to establish a game-winning lead of 6 points and hold on to this while soaking up the clock for the last 4 or 5 minutes. My group listens very well and reacts to what coach Craig, Luke and Nicholas tell them. Great first game keep it up all season boys
  • Elijah Devitt had an outstanding game – he drove with purpose and finished with shots that dropped. His defence and reading where the opposition is passing resulted in 8 steals. He handled being pressured and numerous double teams while transitioning the ball and found players in better positions every time. He saved his best for his 3 of 5 3-pointers on the game. Keep this up – you are growing before all of us.
  • Levi Giglia has shown that he is willing to take on every role I give him to become an important teammate to all. The coaching group highly values his selflessness and defensive intent in our game. He is doing everything right to grow his game for the rest of the season.
  • Lance Dela Vega and Rintaro Haginiwa worked tirelessly in the big man role being ever present when the opposition drove to the basket. The pair were rarely beaten for rebounding position and remembered to box out on most shots. Good work you two, lets build on this every week.

12-4 Boys – Wayne Dropulich (sponsored by Playa Coffee)

Lost to East Perth 29-67

Coach comments:

  • This was a tough start to the WABL season against a team with several older players. However, we could not have been prouder of the effort displayed by every player on our team. Our boys fought hard all day and did themselves proud.
  • We played well at times, and it was pleasing to see the boys executing the plays we have been working on at training. We managed to get several turnovers with our trap but struggled to convert them into points every time. We also scored several times from our baseline inbound play which was great reward for effort.
  • Alex Litas had a great all-round game with relentless defensive efforts creating lots of turnovers for us and getting 6 points on offence.
  • Riley Kuan was our highest scorer on the day with 13 points coming from both driving hard to the basket and midrange jump shots.

14-1 Girls – Simon Daff (sponsored by Australian Financial Planners)

Won against East Perth 46-42

Coach comments

  • We had a very strong first quarter that set the tone for the game. Everything we had worked on at practice had paid off. Spacing was good we moved the ball and took good shots. Our defence was solid with good help defence and giving up nothing easy and protecting the paint.
  • We kept a 10 to 15-point buffer for the entire game but had a nervous 4th quarter when trying to maintain our lead. The girls will learn from this.
  • Olivia Birsa had a terrific game. Her spacing and positioning for rebounds got us a lot of 2nd chance points. Their big was dominant, and she did a great job of containing her in the post.
  • Sasha Kuan had a great all-round game. Her ability to slow the game down and not be rushed is a highlight. Made good decisions, took the right shots and was rewarded on the scoreboard.

14-2 Girls – Reid Ballantine (sponsored by Fish Boss)

Won against Cockburn Cougars 58-23

Coach comments:

  • The girls took control from the very start and played committed man-on-man defence. When individual players were beaten in transition, I was really pleased the girls did well to rotate onto the ball and backfill, so our keyway was well-defended. 
  • Our offensive transition was faster running and well-spaced, creating an advantage for a lot of the game, and the girls made really nice passing choices, so the inside scoring flowed.
  • I was really pleased with our leadership, organisation, and execution of inbound plays. For me, this was the highlight of the game. The girls really took control.
  • Harper Grace set a high standard from the very start with great leadership on the court, a maximum work rate on defence, brilliant tempo and attack in offense, and a sneaky 18 points.
  • Soniya Karimi and Cyra Olowoyo played very committed defence. Both were locked in all game with super intensity, and they had the Cockburn guards pinned down and stressed out. 
  • Both Fenne Bowie and Nora Herring-Ostermeyer were equally impactful in defence, shutting down players off the ball and running hard all game!

14-3 Girls – Helen Pardini (sponsored by Access Hire)

Lost to East Perth 51-33

Coach comments

  • We had a nervous start but were right in it at the end of the first quarter, only down by 4. A lapse in defensive pressure saw East Perth extend their lead in the second, and we found ourselves down by 14 going into halftime.
  • The game could have easily blown out from there, but to the girls’ credit, they put in a huge second half – they stepped up the defensive pressure, and with better ball movement, they created more opportunities and doubled their halftime score. It was a great effort from the whole team.
  • A special mention to Alyssa Rullo who was impressive both offensively and defensively. She had 5 rebounds and 4 steals to go with her 20 points.
  • Siena Mouttet was huge for us defensively. She protected the paint and pulled down 8 rebounds, a massive block, and 5 steals.
  • Freya Whitehouse also had a solid game defensively, was great with help defence and came away with 6 rebounds and 4 steals.

14-4 Girls – Rori Roberts (sponsored by Habitat Finance)

Won against Rockingham 29-9

Coach comments:

  • Our first game was amazing. The girls adjusted so well after we had to change our whole press break, which allowed us to have a huge 18-2 third quarter. I couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season!
  • Anabella Lewis took the game on, attacked the ring hard and finished her layups.
  • Saige Deeks was a defensive weapon, able to defend her player as well as being able to step across to help her teammates out.

14-1 Boys – Ben Hamilton (sponsored by Geist Consulting)

Won against Slammers 87-49

Coach comments:

  • We felt well prepared for this Round 1 clash, and from the moment we took the court for our warm-up, the team was focused. We scored within 13 seconds off a pick-and-roll and stayed ahead the entire game. 
  • We have struggled with starts and with consistency at times so it was very pleasing to see a solid start and four quarters of disciplined basketball in our first match.
  • Nate Cass was extraordinary taking two charges, 16 rebounds and 36 points, including 3/5 three-pointers. He was very well serviced by a great team passing display that racked up 22 assists, but also had the ability and confidence to create his own opportunities and exploit his advantages. Awesome game Nate!
  • Matt Lucano continued his amazing 2023 form with an outstanding start to the season, leading the +/-, giving 5 assists, 6 steals, and also picking up 11 points at 83%. Matt’s presence and leadership will be vital to our performance this season. Great start Matt. 
  • Toby Deshon does exactly what the team needs and we are so much better when he is on the court. His man defence is suffocating for his opponent and he consistently makes the right choices on offence. While statistically he didn’t stand out in this game, his impact was obvious and we are lucky to have such an unselfish player in our group. Thank you Toby.

14-2 Boys – Fletcher Clemmence (sponsored by Ponosh Vascular)

Won against Rockingham Black 74-34

Coach comments:

  • The boys started strong in this game, coming out with an intensity that showed how much they wanted to win. It was a whole team effort with everyone getting ample court time. I was extremely impressed with the team defence that everyone bought into.
  • William Holzheimer was unstoppable on the offensive boards and had a great impact on the defensive end.
  • Lucas Vojkovic was our top scorer with 21 points. Lucas is a sniper from 3 and came out the gates strong with 3 early threes.
  • Christian Roberts, our vocal leader, made a huge impact coming off the bench, gave the starters on the floor energy with encouragement on the sidelines
  • Congrats to Ethan Kingsbury who played his 50th WABL game for Perth Redbacks in this game!

14-3 Boys – Brad Holyoak (sponsored by Westbeck Capital)

Won against Rockingham Red 58-54

Coach comments:

  • We got jumped from the tip off and by quarter time we were down by 18 points. However, we made a few changes and started to claw back the score to be only down by 10 at halftime. We came out in the third and started to impose our will upon them. We defended hard, stopped their transition, and by halfway through the last got on top, and were never behind again
  • Nathan Jetajobe was huge under the rim rebounding and scoring. 
  • Vinnie Ryder put the brakes defensively on their best player, all but shutting him down in the second half except 2 circus shots. 
  • Zach Snell, coming back from knee surgery and celebrating his 50th game as a Redback was solid on limited minutes.

14-4 Boys – Ethan Saliacus (sponsored by Skyward Roof Plumbing)

Lost to Warwick 36-71

Coach comments:

  • We started the game really strong, but a few players were in early foul trouble, so we struggled to keep momentum. I was really proud of how we never gave up, though.
  • Benji Halley was amazing in his first WABL game – his energy and attitude never to give up and always come up with positive plays on both ends was great to see
  • Lucas Blackmore was great as well, rebounding strong moving the ball playing tough defence

16-1 Girls – Sam Fox (sponsored by Sushi Wawa)

Won against Willetton 62-58

Coach comments:

  • We came out absolutely committed to our defensive identity, shutting down transition for the Tigers and making the half-court a high-pressure battle for them. We were the more composed team on offense and, though there’s heaps of room for us to grow, I couldn’t be more proud of our intensity and team buy-in. Though it was close, we led the whole game and responded each time the Tigers made a play.
  • Lemafa Tuialii was huge for us, running point for key stretches, making big shots (including 2 of 3 from deep) and playing lockdown D – including taking a charge late in the fourth.
  • Grace Butcher and Lola Bingwa were both tough and committed. Grace crashed the O-boards all game and Lola was first to the floor for so many 50/50 balls I lost count.
  • Madi Makavilitogia responded to early foul trouble, staying super loud on the bench and re-entering late in the game to make key buckets for us.

16-2 Girls – Vance Karimi (sponsored by Packaging Perth)

Lost to Perry Lakes Hawks 56-58

Coach comments:

  • What a season opener! We had a slow first quarter, likely due to nerves, but the girls gained confidence as the game progressed. It was great to see them lock the Hawks down in transition defence and play a great team game, passing well at moments and setting up some good shot opportunities. The girls never gave up and battled right to the end. We were so proud of all of them, supporting each other from the bench as a family and giving it all.
  • Bella Kahl played a strong inside game, made some great decisions, and had the ball flow through her hands with some great inside-out action.
  • Charlotte Dillon had a great game, found good spacing, communicated, made great passes and finished her opportunities.
  • Izzy Swann pushed the team in transition offence, attacked the paint and applied pressure whether she was containing her player or contesting rebounds.
  • Liv Weddikarra, Sam Morgan and Charlie Foster had a great defensive game. They made every effort to stop the early dribble, take away the mid-court and deny passes. 
  • Jaime Wishnowski used some fast footwork and took a great charge.
  • Paige Wigmore, Chelsea Ferris and Mya Slee were strong defensively in our back-court. They had good footwork and were there to help when we got beat.

16-3 Girls – Dave Ogden (sponsored by Kai Rho Consulting)

Won against Rockingham 67-48

Coach comments:

  • This was a good first-up effort versus an older team. We played positive basketball on both sides of the ball. The highlight was a big 3 late in the first half from a timeout to cap a big 26-point second quarter.
  • Paige Ogden and Scarlett Hill were equal game-high scorers with 16 points each.
  • Talia Tzotzis, Ani Farrant, Halle Griffiths and Matisse Guy all celebrated their debut WABL game for the Redbacks in a win!

16-4 Girls – Veni Iuli (sponsored by Professional Web Solutions)

Lost to Lakeside 39-46

Coach comments:

  • Firstly I must congratulate Nadia Slee for her 50th appearance under the Redbacks umbrella, what a great achievement. 
  • Unfortunately, we went down to Lakeside at their home ground. 
  • This was a very competitive game that could have gone either way. We were matched throughout the game, so if things toppled our way a bit, the result could have been reversed. Our girls played with grit and determination and never took a backward step. 
  • Looking ahead after getting our first game under our belts, the season looks promising, but more importantly, with the measures and efforts put in up to this point, improvement is assured.
  • Meg White, Nadia Slee and Alessia Wladyka both had a strong start on both ends of the court, while Ella Djurasovic and Macaela Tugwell did a great job on our boards. 
  • Overall we got good contributions from everyone, but we have so much more to give.

16-1 Boys – Mitch Jesson (sponsored by DLA Piper)

Lost to Lakeside 101-79

Coach comments:

  • This was a tough game against a good opponent, and it did not go our way. However, we were really happy with certain aspects of our game—we scored evenly across the game and had some wonderful passages of play.
  • But some poor free-throw shooting (we got to the line 43 times but only made 20) and +10 on turnovers were, in essence, the game. The blessing is that we know where we need to get better.
  • Jaden Exeter worked really hard across all four quarters and ended with a very even stat line of 15 points (including 4 three-pointers), 8 boards, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks. Great all-around contribution.
  • Ant Flores controlled the pace of the game, was creative and shot a very welcome 72% from the line (5/7). He also added 6 boards, 11 points, 2 assists and a steal.
  • Rodney Lovasi and Mark Sunkar are both new to WABL – congratulations to both boys on getting that first game under their belt. Rodney’s athleticism and Mark’s work rate are both first-class – as is their character.

16-2 Boys – Dan Cartwright (sponsored by Triple Seven)

Lost to Lakeside 65-88

16-3 Boys – Francis Crawshaw (sponsored by Teqar IT Consulting)

Won against Joondalup 96-90

Coach comments:

  • Our transition offense started off excellent – we were getting easy lay-ups through our lane running. Unfortunately, we failed to balance it with our transition defence, particularly in the second quarter. 
  • Our 1/4 court offence was execution was up and down, more looking for our primary options, but when we got a few ball reversals, driving lanes opened up. (Back door cutters from the wing pin down, to on ball). Weak side wing cut off the pick and roll worked for us as well. 
  • Our half-court defence was good in patches as well – when we communicated to each other, ball gap help, and helped the helper, we got crucial stops. 
  • In all, I was impressed with how the boys absorbed the pressure down the stretch. The game went into overtime, they took on the challenge, didn’t drop their heads, and came out with a great win.
  • Jamie Cahill had 21 points and provided excellent communication and leadership in this game. 
  • James Galvin was our top scorer with 28 and hit some crucial threes down the stretch. 
  • Lucas Le was a workhorse all game and scored 15.

16-4 Boys – Cheyne Kerp (sponsored by Perth Safety Deposit Boxes)

Won against Mandurah White 71-70

Coach comments:

  • Nothing like a heart stopper for a first game. 
  • The boys were tested and their grit and resilience came through.
  • Their unified approach is a testament towards their win as it showed, Mandurah had no answers to our offense, resorting to a 2-3 zone on D.
  • A huge area we emphasise at training is turnovers, which we only tallied a total of 10.
  • Toby Schultz played well all game. His decision-making and passing were superb and composed. He also led the team in points with 20. 
  • Matjaz Soklich improved as the game went on especially getting to the right spots against the zone and knocking down his shots. He also hit the most critical shot with the game tied at the final buzzer. Stepping up to shoot 2 free throws, narrowly missing the first but knocking down his last to ensure the win, something he will remember for a long time, well done. 
  • Tace Rankin improved on his decision-making with the ball as the game progressed and knocked down three 3’s. 
  • Aiden Little’s one-on-one finishing was superb and awesome to watch; watching him last year to now, he has improved immensely.
  • Our D was good, but we know it can be better, simple things like boxing out to secure the rebounds, especially when faced with bigger opposition.
  • Well done to all the boys.

18-1 Girls – Shaun Alvar (sponsored by Aussie Fencing)

Lost to Willetton 46-72

Coach comments 

  • Even though this was a disappointing loss, the effort displayed was good. Execution was our downfall, shooting 21% from the field and 53% from the free throw line, which is not reflective of our capabilities as a team.
  • Both Jenna Jackson and Matilda Thomson were good defensively in this game.

18-2 Girls – Steve Herring (sponsored by MD Building Maintenance)

Won against Lakeside 78-57

Coach comments

  • This was a great opportunity to finally coach the team over the course of a full game, and I was super stoked.
  • The longer format really suits our team, and we were able to put valuable points on the board early each quarter. There was a slump where the opposition found finishing form, but we held strong and and supported each other to end up with a very healthy “W” to cap off our first game. 
  • Every player contributed, and the scoring was distributed across the team as were assists, steals and defensive shut downs. 
  • In short, it’s a solid start and a real confidence booster that was beyond our fingertips in the pre-season.
  • Theory Snooks-Holding took the court, clapped in by both teams and the stands, for a 50th game appearance. Even the umpires were stoked to support her milestone and the Lakeside coach commented how cool it was to celebrate such successes. (They even asked how we keep track of these things!! Well done Redbacks for doing this). 
  • Matilda Pyne and Harriet Woods accepted an on-court leadership role and have established a very healthy team synergy that others can feed off and extend on when their opportunity comes around.

18-3 Girls – Andy Zell (sponsored by High Octane Automotive Services)

Lost to Joondalup 59-64

Coach comments:

  • In our first match of the season, we played at home against Joondalup. Our motto is to play with high intensity and high intelligence. Our girls played with excellent intensity, outworking and outrebounding a taller Joondalup team. We are transitioning the ball well, putting ourselves in strong positions offensively on the court. 
  • We experienced a scrappy game, with both teams having key players in foul trouble for long stretches. However, our players showed fantastic commitment, working hard and supporting each other to push Joondalup until the very end of the game.
  • Special mention goes to Maddie Wade, who top-scored with 14 points and was relentless with her full-court pressure on Joondalup’s guards all game. 
  • Special mention also to Hannah Honczarenko for her ability to work hard and outrebound much taller players and Emily Swann who put her body on the line with some excellent steals, deflections and dives on the court. 
  • Meiling Wang played her first WABL game of her career, and with her excellent ball-handling ability and finishing moves, we will see her play many games for our club.

18-1 Boys – Andrew Logan

Won against Redbacks Black 94-75

Coach comments:

  • This was a great win for us after a difficult period following grading. We showed commitment to working on our structures and improving in the areas we want to improve. The game was even early, and turnovers hurt us as we gave away a 10-point advantage. Once we ratcheted up our defence and took care of the ball, there was no looking back. A comfortable win where everyone got to see the floor for solid minutes.
  • Noah Rees-Turner’s leadership was excellent in this game. He didn’t stop trying on either end of the floor and kept doing the 1 percenters whenever he was on the floor. 
  • Max Wishart was a beast for us all game. Running relentlessly and being the anchor in our offence. Max controlled the rebounds and made great decisions all game.

18-2 Boys – Marshall Robinson (sponsored by Integrity Fencing and Gates)

Lost to Redbacks Red 74-95

Coach comments:

  • The first game of the season was always going to be a tough one. Playing a derby and previous teammates added further pressure! 
  • We started well in the first half moving the ball and finding open shots. Unfortunately, our defensive transition was slow from the start and that kept us under scoreboard pressure. However, moving forward, we will work on this and continue to grow as a team.

18-3 Boys – Louis Timms (sponsored by Icon Plumbing Solutions)

Won against Mandurah Magic Red 108-62

Coach comments

  • We came into the game with a lot of energy and were well-prepared to play. This was matched by Mandurah’s intensity on defence, which challenged us early on. Once our defence helped early and sent extra players to the ball, our backline help was very effective, resulting in many steals and causing the other team problems.
  • Jack Saliacus played probably the best game I’ve seen him play, hitting 5 threes and scoring 28 points. This is a testament to the work he’s put into shooting the ball. 
  • Levi Hewett, in his 50th WABL game for Redbacks, was fantastic with 19 and rebounded really well.
  • Cuba Brian’s impact off the bench was essential, and his intelligence and effort were on full display.

18-4 Boys – Nick D’Elia (sponsored by Mortgage Choice – Emma Tyler)

Lost to Willetton 97-74

Coach comments

  • We were quite rusty for this first game of the season despite training right through the holidays. We were carrying a few injuries and it showed – our defence lacked intensity and mental errors on offence put us on the back foot from the first quarter.
  • That said, we were only 10 points down most of the game. At times we showed glimpses of going on a run to pull it back, however, every time we made a push we made mistakes and eventually Willetton’s lead ballooned to 20+ points.
  • It was a bit of a wake-up for us and we will be better prepared in future
  • Shout out to Zadyn Thomas who competed hard defensively all game.

21-1 Girls – John Care’ (sponsored by Fine Food WA)

Lost to Eastern Suns 47-66

Coach comments

  • We started really strong and on a positive note, considering some nervousness. As the game progressed, the momentum started to swing, and it became a game of catch-up. It was a tough battle, with some battle scars and injuries to show.
  • Overall, it was a solid team effort all around with many positives, both offensively and defensively.
  • Special thank you to Kate Andreson for filling in for us in this game.

20-1 Boys – Graham Jones (sponsored by Bendigo Bank Community Bank North Perth)

Lost to Eastern Suns 76-101

Coach comments

  • In our season opener, we showed promising energy right from the tip-off. The boys quickly scored the game’s first four points, displaying eagerness and coordination. However, the initial burst was followed by a series of missed opportunities and lapses in execution, which saw the momentum shift away from us.
  • The first quarter was a challenging one for our team. As it progressed, our form began to waver, allowing the Suns to exploit our errors. By the end of the quarter, the Suns had built an 8-point lead, setting the tone for the rest of the game and presenting a real test for our team.
  • Our offensive game was marred by stagnation. The ball frequently came to a halt, limiting our ability to create scoring opportunities. On the defensive end, our rotations were slow, giving the Suns several easy baskets that they capitalized on.
  • Despite the 101 – 76 loss, it’s important to remember that this is just the beginning of the season. One game does not define our team’s potential. We won’t make drastic changes. Instead, we’ll focus on improving our execution and chemistry on the court. I fully believe in our ability to regroup and return stronger in our next match.
  • Aiden Cannington stood out by top-scoring for our team, showing skill and determination.
  • Wade Bonhomme delivered a solid all-around performance, especially commendable after his interrupted preseason.
  • Francis Toovey, a recent addition to our squad, integrated seamlessly and contributed well on the court.

20-2 Boys – Dario Povia (sponsored by Bendigo Bank Community Bank North Perth)

Won against East Perth 80-50

Coach comments:

  • An early game for my boys (probably too early for 18/19 years) lol. It took until the second half for them to wake up, but they did wake and provided great energy to earn 4 well-deserved points
  • Benji Berardis led in scoring with 28, but great credit goes to the entire defence who held up great to limit our opponent to 50 points. All 9 players contributed strongly to this great win.
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