Weekly WABL Wrap – Round 3 – 5 May 2024

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Here’s the Round 3 wrap-up of how all our teams went, including comments from coaches:

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

Won against Wolves 48-41

Coach comments

  • A big thank you to Jaden Exeter, who stepped up on the spot and gave our team such good advice and support as my stand-in assistant coach with Dahney away with her U21 Girls team commitment. 
  • From start to finish we achieved our goal of speed and agility. We also avoided most reaching fouls and did NOT force through defence.
  • Darcey Hill was a menace in offence along with being an excellent annoyance in defence.
  • Today, however, EVERY girl did exactly what was asked of them, and I was proud of every one of them

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

Lost to Lakeside 32-50

Coach comments

  • Another tough game by our girls. During the first, third, and fourth quarters, our girls really gelled at times, matching Lakeside’s fight and reducing their impact on the scoreboard. Whilst our foul count was high, it was a testament to our strong desire for that ball. However, we still have some work to do.
  • Zoe De Morton fought the good fight and was clearly a presence in offense and defence.
  • Similarly, Megan Ling was invaluable in offence, taking some hard knocks.
  • Madeleine Marshall and Sophie Nichols were our big scorers today with 8 and 6 points respectively.

12-3 Girls – Khalid Elmi 

Lost to Warwick 14-20

Coach comments

  • This was an unfortunate loss as the girls worked hard to bring the game back at the end. I am super proud of my girls, as they keep getting better and better each week!
  • Starssi Van De Putte top scored for us with 6pts. 
  • Eloise Watts was our player of the game, stealing the ball countless times from the other team without fouling once. Good job Elly! 
  • We also had Lillian Inkster play incredibly well. Even putting her body on the line for us. Great job girls!

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

Lost to Joondalup 55-73

Coach comments

  • After a dominant first quarter by the Wolves, something finally clicked, and for the first time this season, our boys showed what they are capable of. 
  • Our offense was flowing, and the ball moved efficiently and quickly from one player to the next. Our defence also improved. Thanks to everybody going for the ball, the offensive and defensive rebound count went up dramatically this game. Great game, boys!
  • Seth Cass had his strongest game this season, making many intelligent passes and defending the Wolves star guard well. 
  • Ruari Day showed that he is a body to be reckoned with, protecting the paint and scoring from close and long range. 
  • Harry Frame keeps sprinting down the court to score crucial fast break points.

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

Won against Joondalup Wolves 59-50

Coach comments

  • The boys did well the box out and grab rebounds in this game. Their full-court pressure was strong and led to a lot of steals and a great win.
  • Ned Tierney did well attacking the ring, and scoring as well as drawing fouls. He also provided good leadership when on the floor. 
  • Denim Hamilton was great at slowing and stopping fast breaks. He was also very good on the rebounds.

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

Won against Lakeside 53-48

Coach comments

  • This week, we had a midday game at Lakeside, and the boys were a little too confident, having won their first two games, playing a team that had not won a game yet. Our game-scoring pattern followed our first 2 games. We started slow, got behind by 8 in the second, came back in the third and powered home to win by 5 to 7 points. Each week, it is left until half-time for my boys to switch on. We’ll keep working on this to find the key to bringing this out at the start of games. We found different ways to get into this game with more driving and dishing. Our finishing at the ring was quite good and off a lot of good passes. All this resulted in a big score of 53 which surprised me that we were able to score so much. Defensively, we allowed a bit more than normal, but their mid-range shooting was very good. I’d like to thank Levi’s mum for recording the game for us. It is a great help to me and the boys for things they need to work on. Also, it let’s us do full stats on the game. Thanks, Maree.
  • Levi (Jack) McKibbin had his first game of WABL today and played very well. He attacked on offense and defence. Jack worked really hard on the boards, too, with 8 rebounds. He brings a physical presence wherever he is on the court.
  • Elijah Devitt had an outstanding game, highlighted by his 0 turnovers while effecting 5 steals and 9 rebounds. His 6 of 10 from the 2-point range is fantastic, too. Stats aside, he controls the game very well, brings others into the game, and distributes 4 made assists and 4 missed ones.

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

Lost to Warwick 45-51

Coach comments

  • Facing the division-leading Senators was always going to be a challenging game. However, our team was ready from the start, quickly securing a 9-2 lead halfway through the first quarter, forcing Warwick to call a timeout to regroup. Despite Warwick’s pushback, we maintained our lead, ending the first half with a 26-24 lead.
  • The third quarter was closely contested, and we found ourselves just behind at 35-36 going into the final period. Although we struggled at the start of the fourth quarter, trailing by ten halfway through, our team displayed resilience by reducing the deficit to just six points by the end. 
  • Losing to the division leader by only six points was a commendable effort by our team. It was a fantastic team effort, underpinning the improvement we see week after week. Well done boys.
  • Franklin Etter and Braxton Lackovic were tasked to contain Warwick’s top scorer, and they rose to the occasion. Although their opponent managed to score nine points, most of them were hard-earned under the pressure from Frankie and Brax. If not for their defensive efforts, he could have scored more than 20 points.
  • Ioane Ivala-Kotua had an outstanding game, contributing on both ends of the floor and scoring nine points.

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

Lost to Hills Raiders 34-45

Coach comments

  • It was a frustrating game for the girls. We just couldn’t hit a shot. Uncharacteristically, we missed a lot of layups and shots close to the basket. We shot 22% from the field, which wasn’t ideal. The girls kept fighting, though, and with our pressure defence and rebounding, we managed to generate 25 extra shots than the other team. If we had shot well, it would have been an easy win. We are still fighting, and that’s all I can ask.
  • Ellie Pike had a great, high-energy game. As captain, she takes on the responsibility of leading by example. She always leads from the front, whether it’s great ball pressure rebounding at a high level or diving for loose balls.
  • Jacinta Wladyka continues to have a consistent season as our most consistent scorer. As this game was tough on everyone to shoot the ball she generated her offence from her defence and was rewarded for her efforts.

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

Won against Mandurah Gold 48-26

Coach comments

  • We had an easier time of it this week. We started to break away early and just kept going. Much stronger finishing on the left, supplemented with some deeper open shots, gave us a buffer and opportunity to patiently set up offensive sets, and I was really pleased with how the offense got set up. Execution still needs a lot more work to be sharper and punchier; it’s still a little clunky.
  • Fenne Bowie had a great game finishing strong on the left, and also draining the deep shots. It is great seeing Fenne attack more and more and with the outside shots dropping, Mandurah’s spirit was totally crushed.
  • Once again it was Nora Herring-Ostermeyer who energised our game, sliding after loose balls and contesting everything with gusto.

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

Lost to Joondalup 42-59

Coach comments

  • This week’s game was much closer than the scoreline shows, and for most of the game, there was only a six- to eight-point difference. We had to quickly adjust to how the game was being officiated and focus on what we could control which the girls did a great job of doing. It was difficult for either side to gain momentum, and it wasn’t until the last part of the fourth quarter that the Wolves pulled away and put the game out of reach. 
  • It’s great to see the girls implementing what we are learning at training and showing improvement each week. Although we were unable to win, we did manage to win our first quarter for the season and score our highest total.
  • Robyn Saw had a great game for us. She rebounded well, had three putbacks for six points, and made some great passes to find open teammates in the paint.
  • Eva Blyth’s energy and hustle on defence were on display again this week. She forced turnovers, disrupted their transition, and had three steals and a handful of rebounds.
  • Mila Petta has been contributing well over the past few weeks. She makes great reads and runs ahead in transition, giving us some great fast-break opportunities.

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

Lost to Perry Lakes 28-44

Coach comments

  • Our first half was very slow, couldn’t buy a bucket. However, the girls stayed strong and kept attacking the ring, and finally, at the end of the third and all of the fourth, our shots started to fall to decrease the margin. We also managed to win the fourth quarter by 5 points.
  • This was the best game I have seen Darcy Brian play. She was aggressive all game to come away with 6 points 
  • Winnie Devitt just never stops. She used her speed to come away with multiple steals. 
  • Bianca Bajin became aggressive in the fourth also scoring 6 points

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

Won against Hills Raiders 145-16

Coach comments

  • This weekend we travelled to Mundaring to take on a Hills team missing some key players and with some reserves called up from lower divisions. As a result, it was a pretty uneven contest that ended with an equally uneven scoreline.
  • After a lacklustre second half last week it was good to see the team commit to the full game despite the result being obvious after the first term. The players were as gracious in their approach to the game as was possible given the circumstances.
  • A special shout out to assistant coach Mason Wigmore for his coaching in the second half and for setting goals throughout the game that kept the players challenged and engaged.

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

Lost to Joondalup 38-59

Coach comments

  • It was a tough game from the start. Joondalup’s full-court pressure allowed for easy transition points, gaining them an early lead. Loved the boys’ fight till the very end
  • It was a season-high scoring for Ethan Cooper with 20 points. He was able to slice through the Joondalup defence and finish strongly at the rim.
  • Ethan Kingsbury was great with his help defence and strong rebounding.
  • Huge congrats to Jacob Tan who played his 50th WABL game for Perth Redbacks today.

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

Won against Eastern Suns Orange 67-46

Coach comments

  • We started well, playing hard defense, and won the first quarter. We kept our foot on the gas and went to the half with an 8-point lead. The Suns threw everything at us and we went into the third quarter only 5 points in front. From then on, we got our running game going, played hard in the paint, and ran out 21-point winners.
  • Nathan Jetajobe was huge for us, finishing hard through traffic and cleaning the boards. 
  • Vinnie Ryder was distributing well and led the scoring. 
  • Zach Snell, coming back from long-term injury, is starting to find his range from deep

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

Lost to Rockingham 43-71

Coach comments

  • Besides a couple of patches where we turned it over a lot, this game was another in which we showed a lot of improvement. We rebounded much better this week and our team defence was much better in the half-court. It was just silly fouls and turnovers that made the game score appear larger than what it was
  • Loki Griffiths, who is a new to WABL player this year, had his best game so far with – staying out of foul trouble and going after the boards
  • Jacob Fode had an amazing game with his defence and found his scoring touch with 12 points

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

Lost to Slammers 65-66

Coach comments

  • This was a tough game for us. Slammers came out with desperation and played a very scrappy, relentless game that got us out of our style of play. However, we responded and led most of the way. It was in the fourth where we really let ourselves down, not rebounding and taking some bad shots. Down 3 in the last 40 seconds, we executed a trap and got a steal and a bucket but, in our final inbounds opportunity, couldn’t get a look. This game provides us with an essential lesson about committing to our style.
  • Millie Stancil was a great leader in this game. She was committed to our style on D and made some great passes and tough buckets at the other end. 
  • Salma Rahmadavi was switched on, playing excellent D and hitting 3 of 4 jump shots. 
  • Ella Welsh and Mafa Tuialli both brought big games and competed throughout. Ella had a season-high of 21 points, including 2 x 3-pointers.

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

Lost to Warwick 61-72

Coach comments

  • Another intensely fought, exciting game from our Redbacks girls against a very fast-paced Warwick Senators Green. We stayed within reach first half and blew them away in the third, outscoring them 15 to 6. The bar has been set, and this third quarter will be the standard going forward. We were contesting everything all over the court, denying passes at full stretch, closing out every opportunity, walling up in the paint with great help defence, pushing our transition offence with amazing pace, making great passes for great shots. Unfortunately, we couldn’t sustain that run in the fourth, and our transition defence really hurt us. In the last 2 minutes, we asked the girls to foul and stop the play, accept the outcome of free throws and transition quickly for threes. This mentally challenged the girls and put them into precarious situations, but they handled it extremely well. I am so proud of the girls’ performance, giving everything right to the end.
  • Bella Kahl was strong and focused all game. She protected the paint, found great spacing in the transition, and set off the offense. It was great to see her commitment to chasing back to stop the Senators’ transition.
  • Charlie Foster was amazing again in applying so much pressure all game on the opposition, all over the court. She denies passes so intensely, taking away primary ball handlers and forces so many turnovers.
  • Izzy Swann was all over the ball, taking smart risks to read passes and had some great assists in transition.
  • Sam Morgan played a strong defensive game. She locked down her players on the perimeter and moved well into space in our offense.
  • Liv Weddikarra is such a gentle, kind soul who gives everything and has so much respect for everyone. I’m so proud of how quickly she regulated her emotions and worked through the last few intense minutes.

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

Lost to Warwick 48-53

Coach comments

  • This was a tough loss for our girls away from home. 
  • We controlled large sections of the game and won three of the four quarters. 
  • We met a zone D in the last quarter and lost our way at both ends against a team with nothing to lose. It highlighted areas of our game we need to work on at a time of the season that allows us the opportunity to go away and make the improvements for later in the year.
  • Overall more positives than negatives in a game that will help our team become its best version.
  • Summer Chalder had her best game of the season with a hard running 8 points.
  • Lottie Ballantine had 11 points and was influential in all aspects of our best basketball.
  • Cara Hayes played tough D and gave us a presence on the boards and showed her skill on the ball all game.

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

Lost to Cockburn 32-53

Coach comments

  • Great game against a good opponent. We competed throughout the entire game, but came up short where the ball just wouldn’t fall into the right side of the rim.
  • Still having too many turnovers, which is definitely improving and our game sense is on the up. We should see more improvements in the up and coming weeks.
  • We did a great job getting the ball up the court through our opponent’s pressure, and our defence gave us our share of their turnovers. 
  • Meg White, Alessia Wladyka and Nadia Slee’s ball control in the open court was very sound.
  • Cherie Zak and Madison McKibbin contributed on both ends.
  • Macaela Tugwell did a great job securing rebounds on both ends of the court.

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

Won against East Perth 85-71

Coach comments

  • As a coach, you’re never quite sure how your team will handle adversity until they are collectively put into that situation.
  • We worked our way into a 13-point deficit early in the game but happily were able to stick with our game plan and back ourselves in.
  • The second quarter was our highest scoring of the season with 35 points to our opponents 21, and in the second half we held East Perth to 25 points to win by 14. 
  • Some really solid performances from everyone in the team.
  • Julien Richardson is a new player to our club. He is very talented and still finding his place in our team structure. Julien used his pace all day and attacked the basket in transition beautifully to finish with a game-high 20 points.
  • Through his hard work and application, Jenson Harders has made the step up to our team really easy. Still working his way into more minutes, Jenson showed tremendous courage to draw a very hard charge call—bravery personified. 
  • Cooper Hewer gives everything he has. However, too often, he thinks the scorecard is the only indicator of his game. Well, this game, we had great passing and big blocks (his defensive intensity has really gone up this year), and he hit the scoreboard with 18 points, including 3 triples.

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

Won against Cockburn 101-57

Coach comments

  • We came out all guns blazing and dominated almost every statistic in this game. This win was a great team victory with all 10 players making an impact on the floor.
  • Hunter Mettam, Riley Thill and Jalen Dunstan really stood out in this game, getting the job done.

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

Won against Perry Lakes 73-72

Coach comments

  • I was impressed with the energy and encouragement coming from the bench throughout the whole game, even when we got in offensive slumps. 
  • Defensively, in spurts, we were awesome, rotations were good, and the way we defended screens was good, but when we did struggle, we stopped communicating with each other on the floor, got caught on screens, and the help side was a bit slow. 
  • As with previous weeks, we used our individual talent to keep us in the game, breaking down their defence off the dibble. 
  • There were a few unfavourable calls, but we kept our composure down the stretch. We drew up a play with 50 seconds left, and we executed it well, with one of our players drawing a foul. 
  • Kimzy Matondo injured his elbow, we remained on the sideline, hoping he would recover to shoot the 2 free throws, but once he received assistance from the side, he was no longer able to shoot them. Izzy Fode came in and made 1 out of 2 free throws to ice the game.
  • Kimzy top scored with 26, easily beating his man off the dribble and finishing at the rim. 
  • James Galvin had 23 and has been really consistent over the last three weeks. 
  • Travis Hunt was also really good for us with 13, including two timely three-pointers, passes off the pick and rolls and looking for his own shot as well as off the P&R. He also played good on-ball defence.

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

Lost to Mandurah Magic Black 67-73

Coach comments

  • We started off strong against a team the week before that managed 61 points in a quarter of basketball.
  • We led the quarter-time break 18-14.
  • Unfortunately, we didn’t maximise our opportunities in the second quarter and were down by 8 at the half.
  • With 4 mins to go in the last, we were down by 13, but by applying full-court pressure, we made the most of Mandurah’s turnovers, clawing the deficit back to within 6. 
  • The boys fought hard and made it a strong contest throughout the whole game. Even the opposition coaches commended the boys.
  • Everyone should be proud of what they did on the court today, just unfortunate we didn’t come away with the win. 
  • Special shout-outs to Louis Daniel, knocking down 17 points, shooting 8/12 FG and grabbing 8 rebounds. 
  • Toby Schultz and Aiden Little played well creating offensive opportunities and getting the opposition into early foul trouble in the first quarter. 
  • And Matjaz Soklich again WOW, another double-double, 18 points along with 14 rebounds.

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

Lost to Rockingham 47-81

Coach comments

  • Our effort and energy were much better this week. The final score probably doesn’t reflect the way the game was played. We just needed to be more consistent in our execution across the whole game, and limit our turnovers. 
  • Thanks to Steph Hunt and Theory Snooks-Holding for filling in for our injured players. It was also good to welcome back Kate Anderson from injury.
  • Jenna Jackson, Matilda Thomson, Charlotte Broadbent and Anais Adnams all impacted the game positively.

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

Won against Joondalup 66-45

Coach comments

  • The game was won under the boards, on transition and having a better conversion rate. We started strong, had a dip, and then came back in the 2nd and 3rd quarters in a manner that was far too strong for the opposition. The fourth quarter was where fatigue set in, mental fatigue in my opinion, manifesting as physical fatigue. We were slower in the fourth and generally not as tight as we had been all game. The game was very physical off the ball and took its toll as it was very on-ball focussed, and there were many physical scuffles that caused unfortunate but understandable distractions. We kept the lead and the scores ticking over to hold a good margin and convincing win.
  • Theory Snooks-Holding had a great game at both ends, reading the game, great positions and on-court choices. 
  • Stephanie Hunt and Harriet Woods were great contributors with high-quality transition support.

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

Lost to Eastern Suns 44-65

Coach comments

  • This week, our girls demonstrated another high-quality four-quarter effort against a difficult side. At the beginning of the match, we struggled to contain the Suns’ two most dangerous players. The game was played with a lot of stoppages, which restricted our ability to execute our transition offensive sets. 
  • However, by the second half, we were able to match up against them well and bring the game back to our terms over long passages. While we weren’t able to get the win, we competed strongly against a quality team.
  • I was particularly proud of the shutdown defence we were able to execute, the pressure in transition ‘d’, and the increased free throw percentage.
  • Em Swan put in an excellent effort shutting down and harassing the Suns’ dominant point guard. 
  • Alex Temby, our captain who leads from the front, finds lanes to the basket, confidently shoots from the outside and brings out the best in her team mates. 
  • Yusra Handule competed strongly for rebounds, made blocks, and scored six points off the bench. She demonstrated a wonderful four-quarter effort against a very difficult direct opponent in only her third WABL game!

18-1 Boys – Andrew Logan

Lost to Warwick Senators 63-110

Coach comments

  • This was a rough game against a well-drilled opponent who exposed our weaknesses from the start. We fought back at various points but never enough to worry the opposition.
  • Tavian Griffiths’ fitness continues to improve meaning he can play longer minutes for us. Tavian makes scoring look easy when his team mates find him inside. 
  • Luke Dropulich’s continued energy on the sidelines and willingness to give it all when he gets his chance was one of the positives from this game. Luke never complains about minutes. When he gets on the court, he runs our structures, defends hard and encourages his teammates.

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

Lost to South West Slammers 62-96

Coach comments

  • We were up against it from the start with pressure defence and transition offence. In the second quarter, Ethan Harders went down with a rolled angle, and we struggled to control the tempo from there.
  • Tom Jaramillo continues to impress with creating scoring and pressure acts on defence 
  • Isaiah Robinson is showing hard work at training paying off with being active and involved at both ends.

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

Won against Perry Lakes 72-48

Coach comments

  • The boys played very well on the defensive end, dealing well with Perry Lakes’ length and athleticism. We struggled to deal with a zone in the 3rd quarter, where the Hawks held us to 8 points. We will look to work on our zone offence this week to prepare for Willetton.
  • Jay Hazel had his best game so far and was impressive from 3. He and Ben Galvin led the team on the offensive end with a combined 26 points. 
  • Levi Hewett and Cuba Brian were very impactful on both sides of the floor. Both these players have had a very consistent start to the season.

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

Won against East Perth 61-60

Coach comments

  • This week, we had an early game. It took us a little while to get warm, but great defence kept it close. In the second half, we started to find our gaps and click offensively. Some great shooting from Tyler Hirt and hard-nosed defence from Zadyn Thomas put us in command of the game. But we kept making a few errors, which they capitalised on, and we couldn’t quite pull away. In the final quarter, there were a few momentum changes and big shots made which led to a nail-biter of a game. We thought it was over when we got fouled on the buzzer. But we made one last error on the free throw line, which gave them one more possession from half-court. With one second left, we were only up by 1. Fortunately, they fumbled the pass, and we were able to hold on for a great win.

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

Lost to South West Slammers 35-94

Coach comments

  • We knew this game was going to be tough. However, the first quarter was competitive and close, with the team executing in both offense and defence.
  • Unfortunately, as the game went on, it got harder, but there were some really good moments.
  • It was great to have Dahney back to play her first game from injury pre-season. 
  • Rori Roberts was also back from an injury in Game 1. And Sagal Elmin was back from College in the US.
  • A special thankyou to Jenna Jackson for filling in and backing in 7 points.
  • Ainsleigh Passi was fantastic with her physicality, hitting the boards strong and attacking the paint.

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

Won against South West Slammers 97-88

Coach comments

  • After showing improvement last week, we came into our first home game of the season determined to prove ourselves. With both teams off to a challenging start this season, a lot was riding on this game, and redemption was on the minds of all players.
  • I spoke to the team before the match, emphasising the importance of consistent effort throughout the squad. The Redbacks and Slammers traded baskets throughout the first two quarters, with the Redbacks holding a slight lead at halftime. In the third quarter, the Slammers edged ahead, setting the stage for a high-stakes fourth quarter in which a strong Redbacks performance would be essential.
  • Rising to the challenge, our team delivered exactly what was needed. They played with energy and a better defensive effort, which helped limit the Slammers’ scoring opportunities. Offensively, we showed better execution and secured crucial baskets, resulting in an impressive comeback and a hard-earned victory.
  • It was a solid team performance that highlighted not only collective improvement but also several impressive individual contributions. The energy and determination on display were a joy to watch, and it was rewarding to see the game end with a win.
  • It’s great to see us building momentum, and we hope this performance can serve as a foundation for continued success.
  • Ethan Saliacus impressed with his defensive efforts, stifling the opposition while also contributing offensively to our win.
  • Wade Bonhomme showcased his versatility with an all-around strong performance, even if not leading the scoring.
  • Cooper Deshon demonstrated his offensive prowess both inside and outside the paint, delivering an impressive scoring game and highlighting his own versatility.

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

Won against Perry Lakes Hawks 81-69

Coach comments

  • We started slowly, and Perry Lakes had the better of us for the first half of the game. We reset at half time and once the boys concentrated on tighter defence, we were able to take advantage of some opposition turnovers and capitalise on our strength in transition.
  • Our bench this week really showed the way. They were patient on offence, communicated well and focused on defence (boxing out) against much bigger opposition. 
  • Max Millard was great today and led by example at both ends
  • Nathan Lam played with plenty of energy and was really important on defence at critical times. 
  • It was great to see the team come together today and continue to encourage each other even when things weren’t going our way and we were down by over 10 points at some stages. Bring on next week!

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