Friday, 25 May 2018

2018 SACBA Round 6, SAABL Round 3

Stop eating donuts and get me reports on time damn it!

SACBA Round 6

PAOCBC Gold (3rd)
defeated by
SPOC F (2nd)

A new foe awaited the Gold team when we strode out onto the court this week. SPOCF were their name. We had a suspicion that the game plan for them would be throw up garbage and crash the boards, something that we all have seen before from SPOC teams.

It turned out that they had something new up their sleeve. Something we like to call “put a B grade player into a low grade team”. A reasonably effective tactic, if not quite in keeping with the spirit of the competition.
No comments this week about the reffing, we all know what I am likely to say.

RT nearly started the scoring for the Gold team, with a shot that went up and rolled around a little, before coming to a rest between the backboard and the ring. Some 25 plus years of ball under my belt and that was a first for me. It was perhaps an apt metaphor for the rest of our game.

Palky is fond of the mantra “foul shots win games”. This was particularly true for this game, where we missed 11 and lost by 9. 24 attempts and 10 points isn’t going to win us any awards.

B-Rad high scored with 11.
4 each for RT and Trev.
3 each for Caldy and Flair (first points for the season Flair? Will have to check the stats).
1 for Nele.
Missing from the action this week were Hendo and Mike.

Post game discussion leads us to the conclusion that we need to go on bended knee to Phil Walker. A few more games played to get him to qualify for finals would be handy, we already know he qualifies for post game beers.

Red (6th)
defeated by
Seeds Uniting A (1st)

This week we played the undefeated Seeds A team. They got off to a really quick start breaking out to a 28-6 lead by half time.

Seeds were getting lots of easy looks off of baseline cuts and good ball movement. Meanwhile the E’s were missing easy shots at the rim and Cam was struggling with foul trouble.

It took until the second half again for us to wake up. We exploited their somewhat weak interior defence, out muscling them around the basket, though by then their lead was too great to overcome.

Mike Tye and Max led the scoring with 8 points each.

The team is looking forward to BB and Josh returning to the team in the coming weeks, and hopefully we can get our first win in Central 1 soon!

Other church league results :

White (6th) 32 def. Burnside A (4th) 23
Lady Reds (5th) 12 def. By Kinghtsbridge Baptist (1st) 31

SAABL Round 3
All write ups courtesy of a certain SAABL volunteer who writes them for the
SAABL Facebook page.
A's (Red 1st)
Forestville Eagles (Blue)(Red 4th)

The Old Reds jumped out of the gates with a 19-4 start with Jon Foo (16 points) and Lachie Campbell(10 points) dominating the game early.

Once Forestville settled they clawed back deficit through good play from Fergus Dunne (23 points) and Elijah Weiss (17 points).
Selfy had a good second half (13 points) and Reds managed to keep the fast finishing Eagles at bay winning 58-50.

Reds are now 3-0 and top of Conference Red.

B's (Blue 6th)
defeated by
Forestville Eagles (Yellow)(Blue 5th)

Report 1:
At Saints, the first game was PAOCBC (White) and Forestville (Yellow) with both teams looking for their first win.

It was a scrappy low scoring game with a lot of missed shots from both teams. Forestville took the edge with Brad Hayden finding his jumper in the second half scoring 8 straight points.

Forestville had too much run with Connor (12 points) and Jack Dyer (9 points) getting out on the break.

Eagles won 43-28.

Report 2:
A tough week 3 match up against who were also winless.

We again struggled to get anything going in the first half missing plenty of open looks.

Letting our poor shooting get to us in the second half our defensive intensity dropped way below where it needs to be and Forestville got the win easily!

An undermanned B team will need to improve the effort next week as we’re still looking for our first win of the year.

C's (2nd)
defeated by
RAVSTASS Ravens (3rd)

PAOCBC (Reds) v Ravens was a good contest. Ravens got out to an decent half time lead by making open jumpers - Mayom Jook for Ravens was playing well.

Reds changed D in the 2nd half and started to make some shots with Brandon Reynolds (11 points) and Mitch Kirkham (15 points) but Ravens did a great job to keep Reds at arms length.

Jook (13 points) kept making shots Ravens made shots when ever Reds put on a run. Palk and Foo were iiiiiiiiiiice cold. Krantz was a machine on the boards and Lewis started to show good signs.

Good win for RAVSTASS 51-41.

D's (7th)
defeated by
Spartans (4th)

Spartans v PAOCBC (White) 2 was high scoring - Spartans hit 11 threes with Dave Freeman leading the way with 22 points. Selfy filled in for the Whites and had 23. Ned "Manbun Tan Chinos" Young had another great game with 18 points. Spartans got the lead out to 15 and kept PAOCBC at bay winning 60-55.

As always, game times are at

and are subject to change.


AAAAAnd this is the first offical annoucement of the next tailgate event.
On July 14th there are no SACBA games, so we'd love to get those teams out to support the lads at SAABL.

The A's will be playing A-Town Warriors at 3pm, who always have a 30 strong crowd.
We'd love some help drowning them out!

At 2pm the B's will be suiting up against the Red Conference powerhouse The Schvitz,
who look to be one of the top 4 teams in the comp.
The 6th man makes a difference, so let's get our boys over the line!

The C's then have a tough match at 4pm vs our traditional enemy, SPOC.
Let's go yell at the blues until they cry, yes?

And for double the entertainment, also at 2pm, the D's will be playing against the traitor Tim Moops,
now of Pick 'N' Pop.

This is how we treat traitors, Tim!

So get around it!

Go Reds!

(all those games are at Saints btw)

Monday, 21 May 2018

2018 SACBA Round 5, SAABL Round 2

Oops, looks like I'm late again. I have a good reason, I swear.

She might look adorable but she overheats my computer and likes to play with the cables
RIP wifi antenna

And onto the reports!
Which I have startlingly few of, by the way...

SACBA Round 5

defeated by
 The Corner Uniting A 

The mostly veteran E’s played another young team in the Central 1 league this week. Corner got out to a very quick start with their #24 connecting on six 3’s for the half, leading them to a 16 point half time lead (17-33).

Despite this we were dominating the rebounding and making the most of put back opportunities. In the second half we changed to a man defence, though by this time their shooter was in the groove, knocking down another five 3’s for a total of 36 points for the game.

We managed to match their scoring for the half though(33-33), driving at will past their somewhat limp defence to score at the basket. We also began to generate a number of transition opportunities with good passing getting the ball ahead to the open man.

A winnable opponent for the E’s in the future if we can stop their shooter from getting into rhythm.

Cam Smith with 13 points led a balanced offensive effort with everyone scoring multiple baskets.

Thanks to G Man for scoring and Maklin Ferguson for filling in as our 6th man.

defeated by
Spicer Uniting

The season must be well under way, as we found ourselves back at the start, playing against Spicer.

Pre-game things were looking up in some regards. The very good shooter that we had to contend with the first game out of the blocks was absent, an ankle injury sidelining him for some time.

Jen Tirrell expressed approval of RTs new kicks. The first time that he has worn shoes that weren’t ugly, according to her high fashion opinion.

It wasn’t all beer and skittles for the Gold team though. Missing in action were B-Rad, Hendo and Caldy. Apparently going to the footy ranks higher than playing ball….

Luckily we had a fill-in. Third time asking, first time responding in the positive, Phil Walker joined us for the fray. Perhaps the offer of post game beers was enough (thanks Tracey for the suggestion last week).

The game didn’t quite go according to plan (not that we plan these things. We rely on years of experience and animal cunning for our game plans).

The scores were very low, 22-17 at the final whistle, unfortunately not in our favour. Our defensive game was pretty good, but our ability to make baskets was somewhat less than stellar. 5 points total for the second half at our end was always going to make it hard.

We have never played a game before where the back half time was counted down so rigorously, or so poorly for that matter. One Ref would start the count at 7 seconds as soon as we inbounded the ball. Very odd behavior. There was also a lot of “10 seconds to shoot” called on us, while the opposition appeared to get away with 20 pass offenses. As noted before, bring on the lower grades in the SAABL.

Phil high scored with 7, Nele with 5, 2 each to Troy and Mike, one for RT, none for Flair.

Big thanks to Phil for playing and Jen for scoring.

SAABL Round 2

A-Town Warriors (Blue)

After a strong win last week, Reds has a completely new challenge this week, Warriors B’s, whom sport a young and long team.

Out of the blocks reds came out hard and attacked the glass, whilst Warriors, despite their length, favoured the 3 ball. This led to a rather swinging of scores throughout the game.

Reds pulled out to a good lead early, up 16-4 around 10 minutes in, only to be chased by back to back 3’s bringing the game back into check, 16-10. This tended to happen in bursts here and there, Reds often scoring a few more buckets than Warriors, but being worth less each time the ball found the bottom of the net.

The game got close toward the end, but experience of the older Reds shone through. Big Phil has a stand out performance, making his mark on both ends of the court, 10+ points, 10+ rebounds, approaching 10 blocks as well. This is a guy that preemptively sits during a Kendrick Concert because he’s just that humble. Selfie also another Stella performance. This guy attacks unset defence more effectively than a hungover student does a 5 pack of migoreng. Little Phil hit some of the toughest layups we have seen in a while, and I even heard the whispers of “Jack who?” A few things Reds will need to work on going forward.

Keeping loud on court to keep teammates well informed. Remembering new unsportsmanlike foul regulations and Travel rules. We all saw 10+ travels even under the new rules go uncalled. Play to the whistle and don’t do anything silly.

And since I have no other reports, here are the results of the other games:

B's defeated by A-Town Warriors Red 47-50
C's defeated Pick N Pop 59-51
D's defeated by RAVSTASS Ravens 37-47
White defeated by Kings Baptist A 25-29
Womens defeated Our Saviour Hubtitans 59-16

Since it has been over a week, if you did send me the report and I've misplaced it please let me know and I will be happy to update the blog.
All game times can now be found at

subject to change

2018 Season Fixtures

Hey guys,

Thought it best if I make one page with the season fixtures for all teams. Bookmark it!

These are all subject to change. I'm sure that Secretary Nick Krantz will alert us if there are any changes, and I'll update this page as needed.

A's (PAOCBC Red 1)

B's (PAOCBC White 1)

C's (PAOCBC Red 2)

D's (PAOCBC White 2)





Monday, 7 May 2018

2018 SACBA Rounds 3 & 4, SAABL Round 1

So we start on a sombre note today. Unfortunately the C's Captain Jay went down with what appears to be a season ending injury. We wish him all the best with his recovery and rehab.

SACBA Round 3

E's (Red) 33 def. Our Saviour Hubtitans C's 25

In an odd start to the season the E’s had won their first game by forfeit, trounced the Hubtitans C team, had a week off for the school holidays, and were up against the other Hubtitans team (B’s) this week.

We were also playing with our full team for the first time this year, welcoming Hahnz Sullivan to the carry over E’s team from 2017.

The E’s played well from start to finish in a balanced game against an unrelenting Hubtitans team. Mike Tye and Cam led the scoring with 9 each.

In the days following the game we found out from SACBA that we played a little too well and have been promoted from the Central 2 league to Central 1.

F's (White) 17 def. by 41 SPOC E

This week we were up against a tough squad from Saints. Saints got out to an early lead as we were having trouble putting the ball in the hole. The next 10 mins we played a lot better with some energy injected by Jeremy Pearce and scoring from Tim Silby.

At half time we were down 10. The second half we started off well keeping pace with Saints, but the end of the game we let it slip away, eventually going down 17-41.

Scorers: Jeremy Pearce 7, Tyler Two-Dads 3, Tone Trinh.

G's (Gold) 42 def. 24 Happy Valley C of C B's

Our game didn't exactly start off that great, but after a time out called by G we pulled it together to get a 10 point lead by half time. The second half was a lot more solid and we took the win by 18 points.

Jon for making an attempt to play after driving back from Sydney with his new project (unfortunately it broke down close to Adelaide and he couldn't play)

Mike blocking a few shots and one from the 3 point line

Nick filled in for us and scored 12 points

Brad dominating in front of his cheer squad

Hendo came in firing and had a solid second half

Troy bringing post beers. Oh yeah, and he played well.

Cheers to G for Scoring

Lady Reds 47 def. 12 Trinity WA

Awaiting report.

SACBA Round 4

E's (Red) 25 def. by 32 Our Saviour Hubtitans A's

After 2 wins in SACBA Central 2, the E's have been promoted to Central 1. Against a young and energetic Hubtitans A team the E's went down in a fiercely fought contest 25-32.

The game was tied with less than 30 seconds remaining but a 3 pointer by the Hubtitans put them ahead for good. Cam and Josh led scoring with 8 and 7 points respectively. Unfortunately BB went down early in the first half with a sprained ankle and will miss the next couple of weeks.

The E's have shown they can be competitive in the tougher Central 1 league and are looking forward to the rest of the season.

F's (White) 29 def. by 50 Holdfast Heat A

This week we were up against another tough squad, with their centre being 6’8”or 9” towering above us.

The first half we were doing well, keeping up the scoring, with a few lapses on defence giving them open 3s. The half-time score was 19-25.

The second half they switched to a man defence and we couldn’t score. Turnovers gave them fast breaks and the game blew out, losing 29-50.

Scorers: Tim Silby 9, Tyler Two-Dads 8, Charlie Baker 8.

G's (Gold) 21 def. by 23 Our Savour Hubtitans G's 

Bloggers notes are in parentheses.

Another week, another unknown team.

Another week, more reffing as expected (Personally I always expect at least one ref at a game, we don't pay just for court hire, guys). Games like the one just played are a clear example of why the SAABL was created, out of a desperate need. (Long live SAABL!)

The Unley High School stadium appears to have new lights, although not enough of them. It was light enough this week to leave the guide dog at home, but a cane with a white end was still recommended. A few dollars spent on decent rings would go a long way to bringing these courts up to a useable level. (I believe a certain illustrious member of our club once described the Walford rings in a similar manner. "Forged from the depths of hell" were his words)

We only had 5 players turn up this week, out of a squad of 8. A fill-in had been organized, but was a last minute no show after a better offer was put on the table. (Boo, you whore) We can’t understand how there could possibly be a better offer than playing with the G team , especially with post game beers always available. (and nobody called me?)

In discussion with Tracey Todd after the game, it was suggested that maybe we should place more emphasis on beer than basketball when seeking fill-ins in the future. I think that will be taken on board!

We played sort of OK, especially given our lack of subs.

Mike was the best of our players this week, running hard, getting rebounds, making baskets. Well rewarded with the high score for our team.

RT got a few in the first half but struggled with both being hammered under the basket with no calls made (classic RT), be it either offensive or defensive end and also missed free throws. Particularly disappointing as pre game free throw form was good.

Troy nailed an early three, then went a bit cold, not through lack of trying. The horrific non sprung rings were mostly at fault. Shots that would have rolled in on a decent court bounced out.

Nele only troubled the scorers with one foul, no points. Once again the rings didn’t help. Also nursing an ankle injury slowed him down a little from his usual blistering pace…

Caldy swished two free throws in the first and got 2 points off the deck in the second.

A two point loss in the final 30 seconds was hard to bear, but that is the joy of the competition we are in. 5 vs 7 is always a hard slog.

Mike with 9.
RT with 5.
Caldy with 4.
Trev with 3.
Nele zero.

With anything approaching a full team we would nail these guys to the wall and I hope that is what we do next time our paths cross. (haha, he used nail and cross in the same sentence to describe a church game. I wonder if that was deliberate?)

Just remember RT:
That's not a foul


This joke works better when it's not in the written form...

Lady Reds 31 draw with 31 Seeds Uniting WA

Currently awaiting report. Who do I chase up for these ones?

SAABL Round 1

D's (White 2) 57 def. 42 Pick N' Pop

Awaiting report. Ollie is communicating with his team to get me one. Just write me one damn it!

C's (Red 2) 55 def. 39 SPOC (White 2)

PAOCBC Reds 2 (1-0) v SPOC Whites 2 (2-0) (Okay Palky, there's been one round and you played each other, how is your record 1-0 and their record 2-0? Get it together!)

This new league is gonna be so awesome - we aren't going to need to play Saints and PAOC all the time ... it's gonna be great! So we played Saints this week.

They were short and we knew we would be able to cover their shooting and dominate inside.
We started quickly getting up 10-2 with Foo and Jay hitting 3's. Saints steadied with a couple of baskets and Reds pulled away again with Brandon 3, back to back fast breaks by Palk and Krantz inside to get up 19-6. Saints got some late baskets in the first half and Reds went in up 21-16.

Second half - Saints started well but everytime the scored we countered with a Jay basket, couple of baskets from Brandon. Then sadly Jay went down with what turned out to be a torn Achillies. We pass on all out best wishes Jay for a speedy recovery.

After the sad new Reds "did it for Jay" and went on a 21-8 run to kill the game off. Dan hit back to back 3's and a couple of FTs, Kirk hit a 3, Brandon and Krantz scored - then Dan hit two more 3's ... and it was over.

Reds won 55-39. Dan had 20 points, Krantz 12 and Brandon 9. 

B's (White 1) 38 def. by 43 SPOC (Blue)

First game of the season against Saints Blue. With Tyler in Europe we had David Bowles ‘DB’ fill in (hopefully he fills in another 15+ games).

We started slow and couldn’t buy a bucket early and as Saints always do they somehow find a way to make junk go in and make basketball purist cry at the same time.

Down 15 in the first half we managed to peg it back at the start of the second half with gritty defense. Wilson, Corbel and Haydon hit a few threes and with 3-5 minutes left we were up by 5-7 points.
The game ended up going to OT with Saints winning by 5 points.

The team is filthy about the loss but we really set the tone of how we will play out the season.
Final score 43-38

So on a note from Lachie, I watched this game and as filthy as the boys are, there are definitely some positives to take away. The start of the game was quiet, and from 11 minutes to go to 4 minutes to go in the 2nd half we only got one bucket BUT they managed to keep their heads going into the 2nd half though and work their way to an 11 point lead at one point, so there is obviously potential there.

In a few weeks when the team has gelled a bit more, those quiet patches should disappear and they'll be able to take off straight out of the gate and keep the scoreboard ticking over for the whole game.

For those of you who want to watch, I'm in the process of getting the video up.

A's (Red 1) 56 def. 47 SPOC White

Over the last few years, A grade competition has been dominated by PAC and Saints, to the point that they were the only teams remaining in the grade. After frustration of having to play the same team every week, for several years, talks emerged that concluded in the creation of a new league by parties vested in both clubs best interest.

The stage was set, the day had come at last to face new foes on the battlefield so that new competition could be fought...

First round Prince Alfred A’s vs Saints B’s... oh never mind. (haha Mike, Palky made this joke first!)

Despite the name, several of the players, and the uniform being all too familiar, the Saints team is indeed a mix of old and new competition that looks to be tough to beat, a mixture of size, speed and shooting, Saints wasted no time hitting the scoreboard.

Red’s team, making just the one change from title winning line up last season (Jamie Banks out Phil Harford in) Reds came out strong in a back and forth that didn’t show any indication of slowing down.

Both teams successfully making shots from outside and around the rim, Jon Self showing that pre season training pays off, really tearing apart unset defence. Big Phil Farrer stayed strong down low, sending some shots back to their sender to assert himself early on.

Liam and Foo found success in the gaps of the big blue defence to send the boys into the half time break at said score line. Second half was very much of the same, but with a slightly tighter reds, turning the ball over less and making shots where they were needed. A few more daggers to end the game by John self off some beautiful Phil Harford feeds, enabled the reds to run out the clock and end the game with a end score here.

A few things to work on as a group, but otherwise a mighty fine start to the season and top of the Conference ladder.

Aaaaand I'm also in the process of getting this vid up.

Current standings:
A's 1st on percentage in Conference Red, 1-0 record
B's 4th on percentage in Conference Blue, 0-1 record
C's 1st on percentage, 1-0 record
D's 3rd on percantage, 1-0 record
E's (Red) 6th place, with 0-1 record and 1 premiership point.
Soooo... do the wins from the first two rounds not count?
F's (White) 6th place, 0-3 record
G's (Gold) 2nd on percentage, 3-1 record
Lady Reds 5th place, 1-1-1-1 record

Next weeks games:
A's (Red 1) 4pm Saints
B's (White 1) 2pm PAC
C's (Red 2) 3pm Saints
D's (White 2) 4pm Saints
E's (Red) 3:30pm Wayville
F's (White) 1:50pm Wayville
G's (Gold) 3:30pm Wayville
Lady Reds 4:20pm Wayville

Please note that these times are subject to change, because why not? I'm sure Krantz will update us as needed if anything does happen.

Saturday, 21 April 2018

2018 SACBA Weeks 1 & 2

HELLO, HELLO, HELLO! Welcome to Last Week Sometime, I'm your Hostus with the Boastus, Lachie!

To start, apologies for the delay in starting the blog, I'm sure you all know how life can be.
BUT! We've had a good start to the year so far, nominating 3 Mens and 1 Womens team in the SA Church competition, and 4 teams for the SAABL comp which starts soon.
We've been getting some games recorded and will be uploading them to YouTube once I figure out how the hell to do it, I swear I've tried like 4 times and nothing! Much sadness.

Onto reports!

Let's start with the Grand Final reports from the end of the Summer Social season

Thursday Night GF In the Thursday A reserve GF we came up against Mean St Posse who got through to the GF on a forfeit.

The game was tight all the way through, with the reffing seeming to dictate who was leading.We went on a run at the start of the 2nd half going up by 8, with MSP focussing more on the refs than the game.
As with the trend of the game, the reffing starting going more there way, and unfortunately we were unable to keep our heads in the game and they pulled back the lead and got ahead by 8.
We tried to pull it back in the dying minutes but the damage was already done.

Monday Night GF
In the Monday B Grade GF we were up against the footy players called Cats.
We got out to an early lead 6-1 which probably should be bigger as our shooting percentage was quite low.
On the court we were clearly out playing them but their #6 kept them in the game. Halftime the score was 18-17.

The second half we hit our stide getting some good ball movement and pushing it up the floor quickly. However a series of BS shots from #11 and great play by #6 kept them right in the game.

We controlled the game perfectly in the last few minutes and came away with the win 44-41.

Week 1 SACBA

PAOCBC Gold (...fine, Yellow. I prefer to call you Gold, because you're precious to me) 35-34 Spicer Uniting A
It looked to be an interesting start to the season for the Gold / G team this year. The first opposition team lining up against us seemed to be composed of a selection of retirees, children and fat guys. We should perhaps not be complacent when viewing the opposition as such, as they very nearly had our measure.

It should be noted that a quick glance at the scoresheet tells a tale of uneven scoring.

While the opposition team all got a chance to touch the ball, with lots of passing around the three point line, only one of their players actually made a difference to the scoreboard worth mentioning. 24 of 34 points scored going to the young number 13. Clearly he is a great shooter and useful ball handler, worthy of extra attention when they are in offence.

Our team acquitted itself reasonably well. Scoring divided amongst 5 of the 6 players, Flair being the only one to remain scoreless, although he did get 4 fouls for his efforts (and others uncalled, as seen by me).

B-Rad high scored with 13 (although he robbed himself by missing 7 or so foul shots). Road Train scored 11 (1 of 2 at the line) with the remaining points shared amongst Hendo, Caldy and Mike Evans.

The final score ran out to 34-35 in our favour, with some late minute fouls giving Spicer a good shot to win it. Fortunately the ball was with us on the day, and we prevailed.

Insert report writers overly cynical comment here

Special thanks to the assembled crowd of vocal supporters and also to Jordy for scoring. Nele came along too, purely in a support capacity owing to an ankle injury. Troy was absent with other commitments, I am sure he will bring some welcome three point attempts (and possibly baskets) in coming weeks.

PAOCBC White 30-37 Our Saviour Hubitans D
The only video I've managed to upload properly, for some reason the Gold vid doesn't land :/

Saturday White (Fs) squared off against Hubtitans Ds. The team was a similar look to last year with the addition of Tim Silby and a filling in Hahnz Sullivan.

We got out to a slow start with too many one pass offenses getting us poor shots. We took a time out and started looking a lot better in offence getting good looks, but unfortunately couldn't get many of them to drop.

Whilst we were looking like the better team on the floor, the other team were having more luck getting the ball in the hole, going into the half 13-17.

The second half we played much better and were able to find Tim on the fast break a few times to bring ourselves almost even. In the last 3 minutes the other team couldn't miss and coupled with a few easy baskets from risks we needed to take to win, they pulled ahead again and ended up winning 30-37.

It was a good starting point for the season which will only see us build on this effort, getting all players involved, not talking to the refs, and ultimately having fun playing basketball.

Scorers: Tim Silby with 14, Hahnz Sullivan with 4, Henry Milic

PAOCBC Red 20-0 Taperoo A
Unfortunately the opposition forfeited on the morning of the game!

Lady Reds
No game for the ladies this week

Week 2 SACBA

BYE week! 2 ladder points?

PAOCBC Red 58-25 Our Saviour Hubitans C report?

Lady Reds 14-28 Unley Park Baptist
First hit out for the new look Lady Reds - back for 2018 are Tracey, Megan and Hannah, joined by Melissa W, Kate and Elese.
After a slow start the Reds scored a couple of fast break baskets from Tracey and Megan and an Elese jumper. Unley had the athletic Moon sister who as always proved a tough cover. Reds down 6-10 at half time.
Reds continued to play feisty D - but struggled to score - Kate got a nice lefty, Elese with board and putback and Hannah with a nice basket in the lane.
Unley just did enough - getting out on the break and hitting open jumpers. Reds lost 14-24.
D was good - Hannah and Mel played well low. Good signs!

PAOCBC Gold 32-13 Holdfast Heat C

Once again we suited up to face what appeared to be an interesting opposition.
At least one known good player faced us, with a raft of unknowns.

Our game plan was simple, get the orange ball through the red hoop more than they did. While we finally succeeded, basketball was clearly not the winner on the day. Timeout and half time discussions gave us a better game plan, but it was a bit hard to tell if we actually executed the plan. 
At least holding them to a low score showed that our defence wasn’t too bad.

B-Rad high scored with 14, which was more than the opposition could amass as a total.
Hendo with 8 and Mike with 6 (all scored late in the game).

Our shooting was appalling, RT went 2/2 at the line, but missed everything from the deck, mostly from right under the ring. Old age definitely setting in there.

Flair had a few looks, but nothing dropped. His passing was also interesting to watch, if not successful in execution.
Troy bought 25 years of club experience to the game, then left it all at the door. A few good steals and almost steals, but no points to trouble the scorers.
Caldy with 2 to round out the scoring.
Nele was a no show, although our esteemed team captain thought he would be there.

Hopefully we can improve as the season progresses. The display we put on was nothing short of embarrassing for most of the game. The opposition made us look better than we were, discussion post game labeled them as probably the worst team in the entire Saturday competition. We need to do much better, particularly with finishing what should be simple shots.

Perhaps the week off will allow us to regroup and recover to come back as a stronger and more accurate shooting team.

In the end, another win, 32-13 keeping us undefeated for the season (only two games played, but we have to cling to whatever glory we can find).

Also, in late news Phil Walker gets a mention in this report, as requested by himself. Thanks Phil.

Formatting is going to be horrendous until I have time this afternoon to update it after the trial games!

Thursday, 15 September 2016

2016 SACBA Finals Week 2

We have 3 Grand Finals this weekend at Wayville. The games start at 2.15pm.

After the games we will head back to The Seven Stars for our post Grand Final drinks. Come one come all.

Also on Sunday - from 3pm - Purge (TommyJr) and Palky (DJ bPod) will be spinning some tracks at The Franklin (on Franklin St opposite the Bus Station). If you around come down, have a drink for our Post Grand Final session - to celebrate what has been a great season. Purge will be Trip & Hip Hop + Chillout Sessions / Cafe Del Mar styles - perfect for a crafty Sunday and Palky will be playing some laid back indie pop. 

Pop Saturday October 15 in the diary - that is Club Lunch - details to come.

To the reports:
B's v Gateway A - The B's had the skills and talent to win games this year - they just lost their way a bit after a long campaign. I don't think I have ever seen a team fight like the B's that showed up against Saints and Gateway in the last 2 weeks - it showed how far believing in yourself and your teammates can take you. Super Coach spoke about not allowing Gateway to shoot 3's - if they kept them below 3 for the game they could win ... Gateway could have all the 2's they want ... just no 3's. The B's got the jump early - Dillon provided the scoring punch - getting an awesome tip in, a mid range jumper and a 3, Moops made a couple of baskets, Mitch came of the bench and made a 3. Gateway stayed in it through some great shooting from Jo - making four 3's in the first half and having 14 points (so much for holding down their 3's). Reds up 24-22 - the B's were in a good spot as Jono and Brenno had a tight first half - if they could get going then who knows. Phill was blocking everything inside meaning Gateway had to keep firing from deep Jo and Joel made two 3's each but the Reds kept it close with Jono's scoring and Brenno hit a clutch 3. It was close down the stretch but an unlikley source for 3's stepped up, Mr Rachel Meyer, and made 2 unlikely 3's - that proved too much. The B's gave it all that they had - they fought so hard. A tough season - but they had 2 good wins during the season against both Saints and Gateway - but I will remember their great finals run. Their game against Saints in the Elimnation Final will go down as one of the 10 best games in club history and this loss will be held in high regard for the tenacity that they showed. Lost 42-52 - Jono 11, Dillon 9, Brendon 8. 

D's v Unley Park A - Unley Park brough out their strongest team that the D's have faced this year and they made life tough early for the D's - making 3's and scoring inside. Palky hit a couple of early 3's and Stu made four 3's and was able to get inside when Unley pushed up too high. The Reds had a bunch of makeable layups but missed them and went in up 3 (21-18) at half time. Unley were spreading the D's D and made 3 mid range j's. Slowly but surely the D's started to get on top - A and Thommo were controlling the glass when the guards forced a miss - Stu was getting to the line and converted 5 of 7, Madman made a jumper, Palky made a 3 and Stu hit 2 more 3's and the D's pulled out a 10 point win 42-32. Stu had 27 and Palk 9.

This win means the club has won another title - well done lads.
E's v Knightsbridge A - The E's semi-final game against Knightsbridge is one of those contests that is especially difficult to recount because despite of all the bizarre calls from the refs and the fact that we didn't play particularly well, we ended up losing by only 4 points and with another couple of buckets could have come away with a spot in the grand final.The E's got off to a quick start from the tip off with Road Train slapping the ball forward to Morgan for an easy layup, then followed by a put back on the next play. From there the refs exerted their influence with a game of 'blow the whistle and then roll a dice to decide the call to make.' This included fouls instead of jump balls, 3 second violations instead of fouls, travels, charging fouls, fouls when it should have been a no call, no calls when it should have been a foul. At times it boarded on farcical with most of the calls going against the E's. Morgan racked up 3 dubious fouls within 10 minutes and sat out the rest of the half on the bench. Knightsbridge meanwhile were playing patient offence to find the open shot and knocked down a couple of threes. They were picking up offensive boards too with long rebounds just out of our reach. Knightsbridge opened up a margin however Mike Tye kept us in the game with 6 points for the half. Halftime score was 18-12. Morgan came back in the second half but was targeted again by the refs with 2 quick fouls that ended his game. Points were proving difficult to come by for both teams. Reggie started to find his shot including a 3 pointer and Hendo scored 4 for the half. Knightsbridge kept tacking along with a small buffer and had a response for everything. With 5 minutes to go Max finally hit a shot after struggling all game, and Mike Tye delivered a crafty 3 point play. The E's were 3 down with 2 minutes left but couldn't find a way to score. With 15 seconds left we had one final opportunity to tie the game but didn't get a good look at the basket, going down 34-30. Our veterans Reggie and Mike led the scoring with 10 and 9 points respectively. Thanks again to Sean for scoring for us.

This game also marks the probable end to Kobe's basketball playing career due to uncooperative knees. Best known for his crafty reverse layups he has been a great player and team mate around the club for many years. Also instrumental in the organisation of recent club social functions such as the annual Beergustation. He spent a large portion of this season sidelined with an ankle injury, however his return to the team sparked a late season flourish of wins. Cheers to Kobe.

Lady Reds v CityReach A - No game report. Win 26-18 - Rachel 9, Jordy 6, Alicia 5.

The girls have made back to back Grand Finals - they came from this position last year - finishing 3rd - getting through to the Prelim and beating a team that they had struggles with throughout the regular season to now face a team they have not beaten all season. It is the exact same scenario - Unley lost their 1st game of the season and have now won 19 in a row. They have some bigger more athletic players ... that all said, I won't count out the Reds. These girls know how to scrap - they are feisty and they will give it all that they have to win back to back.

Game Times Grand Finals:
A's v Gateway A - 6.00pm - Wayville Crt 1
C's v D's - 2.15pm - Wayville Crt 1
Lady Reds v Unley Park A - 4.45pm - Wayville Crt 1