Friday, 29 May 2015

SACBA Week 4 Results + Week 5 Game Times

This link is a complete history of the NBA in terms of Elo, i.e. if they were playing League of Legends instead of basketball. It’s pretty interesting!

As (4-0) defeated Bs(1-1-2) – Written by Mike Hill and Jono Self
Mike – The A's and B's dressed for the masquerade ball the A's went without suit jacket (Corey) and it looked like B's were wearing the short skirt (missing Big Phil).
The A's came out and hit the bar early, with one player knocking down 4 shots in a row, looking strong before they got to his head, leaving him to wingman the rest of the day. The B's made plenty of opportunities for themselves, buying a round of shots, but had trouble finishing. 28-10 half time.
In the second half our teams hit the dance floor, picking up the pace of the evening. The A's capitalised off girls "on the rebound" or "on a break" opting to press up nice and close. The B's struggled to let loose until they wriggled their way past the mosh to the other side of the floor. At the end of the night, both removed their masks to find it was a dance with your sister.
A's up 72-25

Jono – The first few minutes were looking good, until the Bs just starting losing it and the As started to find it. The As just kept destroying the Bs defence while there was just no talk on the court, luckily Scott can't shoot from around the rim and we got some easy boards but he can hit a pull up three on the break... There were a couple good moments between the dream team (Jon and Gus) with a few missiles through the key to find the bearded man for easy 2s. Timmy got a bit warm hitting the shots. But the As trap definitely made us create some silly mistakes. Overall lets just not talk about it...
Still trying to balance as new team members mix in and we form as a team

Scorers: Jack 24, Foo 16, Mike 10. Gus 12, Tim 7, Jono 4.
FYI Jack is scoring 20.5 ppg. He’s really asserting himself as the best player in the competition.

White (1-1-2) drew with Knightsbridge A (1-1-2) – Written by G
Not a lot to say. They played well, we didn’t. G had a shot to win, missed it, Goody got the rebound and put it in for the tie. They had one guy go off for 16. He hit a bunch of 3s with a hand in his face.
18-18 half time, 36-36 final score.
Scorers: Bubs 13, Goody 10, G 8.

Reds (2-2) defeated to Influencers A (0-4) – No Report
Score: 32-27
Scorers: Ned 8, Lachy, Marine, Jay, Road Train 6.

Yellow (4-0) defeated SPOC B (2-2) – Written by Palky
Thommo was back in the team after his nuptials/honeymoon. The Future was out Yellow only had 5. Saints B’s were also short of players with only 4 regulars – so they had Bobo from the A’s fill in. Saints jumped out of the blocks hitting 4 straight shots and getting a quick lead. Yellow chipped away and Thommo was cutting well through the lane finishing around the hoop and Madman was hitting his baseline j. Saints played good D – getting active hands in the passing lanes and crashed the boards well, this made life tough for Yellow. Palky hit a 3 and found Thommo inside on a nice pass – Yellow up 17-12 at the end of the 1st half. 2nd half, Stu came to life. He made three 3’s and a couple of layups (because Stu is good at layups). Palky hit another 3 of a great pass from A and Thommo was causing havoc scoring inside. A did an awesome job on the glass (unfortunately he hurt his back with 10 minutes to go but soldiered on to kept Bobo scoreless for 38 minutes of the game). Yellow played great team D on Saints best player not letting him get anything easy. Yellow won 37-27 – Stu 13, Thommo 12, Madman and Palk 6.

Fs (4-0) defeated Hope A (3-1) – Written by Max
PAOCBC ‘F’ vs Hope Church A: Both teams went into the game undefeated with 3 wins each. We got out to a quick start with Tye hitting a couple of open mid-range jump shots, and Brad finishing strongly inside. The umpires were busy calling fouls, with Josh racking up 3 within 5 minutes, forcing him to sit out the rest of the half. Hope were getting pinged for fouls too, with a couple of Tech fouls thrown in after protesting some calls. The first half was a real grind with the F’s leading at half time 10-5. The second half wasn’t much prettier, with Cam and Josh quickly moving to 4 fouls each, and one of Hope’s players fouling out with 15 minutes remaining. Darcy was showing off his skills with a couple of skillful drives to the basket. The F’s were getting plenty of opportunities at the free throw line but couldn’t convert, opening the door for Hope to edge their way back in. Max hit a steadying three, and Brad again got a bucket and the foul inside. With minutes remaining Tye threaded a pass to Darcy inside for the score and foul to seal the game. F’s went out winner 20-17, with abysmal 3 of 16 free throw shooting. Tye had 8 points, and Brad and Darcy 4 each.

Gs (4-0) defeated Henley Beach A (2-2) – Written by Phwalker
Round 4 saw the elusive G-Spots up against a valiant yet outclassed SPOC "E" team filled with you typical SPOC rigor. SPOC came at us hard and physical early, but while they may be able to bully some of the younger teams in this grade they more than met their match with our stand and deliver defense which more than once had a boy in blue on the mat and the charge call go our way. At the other end, we opened 'em up time after time and with an even spread of scorers we lept ahead 20-10 at the half.

The second half was a bit more of the same although with a hefty lead our intensity dropped and there was probably a 5 minute period that would've been hard to watch regardless of the team you supported. Never the less, we held our own and trotted in with a 30-14 win. Morgan, Phil 7 Pritch 5

To the credits:
The Brittany "OOps I did It Again" for repeat offenders:
After much protest last week regarding disallowed 3 pointers it turns out the refs and scorers may have had it right all along with Two Tone again putting his piggies over the line during the 3 attempt. This week's version was an horrific bank so probably shouldn't have counted anyway.

Quote Of The Week:
"NOO, DONT SHOOT" Irony was dripping off the ceiling as Jimmy Townsend unleashed his vocal cords from the back court against a possibly unwise 1 on 5 long range jumper.

Notes Worth Noting:
Morgan didn't do anything too silly this week so he's not getting a mention in the credits. On the other hand, Pritch is yet to do anything silly at all this season and so he's getting a mention just for that. And it's his Birthday. Happy 21st mate. Charlie needs a new alarm clock.

Hs (0-3) had a bye – No Report

Lady Reds (4-0) defeated Dunn B (2-2) – Written by Palky
Dunn B would be a good test for the undefeated Lady Reds. The Reds had a full team for the first time this year – with the new named Wano coming in for her first game. It was a good start to the game – Claire (with an I) scored inside, Megan hit a couple of jumpers and Georgie was a presence in the low block. Dunn had a couple of good shooters that made a number of jumpers as the Reds were too tall inside. The Reds were super balanced with everyone scoring in the 1st half – Tracey hit a couple of tough runners and Clare (without an I) hit a long 2. Reds up 27-13 at halftime. The 2nd half was much the same – the Reds getting the ball inside to Georgie (who is having a great season) and Claire, balanced with the outside shooting of Megan and Alicia, then combined with Rachel leading the fast breaks. Megan made a crazy Euro step layup (which she must have learnt from me). The defence and rebounding was too much for Dunn (who are a quality team) and the Reds won easily in the end 41-25.  Georgie 9, Megan 8, Claire 6. This Lady Reds team is very good and they are playing great basketball together.

Game Times:
As (4-0) vs SPOC A (2-1) – Marion Leisure Centre - Ct 1 – 1:00
Bs (1-1-2) vs Oakden A (1-3) – Marion Leisure Centre – Ct 1 – 2:40
White (1-1-2) vs SPOC B (2-2) – Marion Leisure Centre – Ct 2 – 3:30
Red (2-2) vs Knightsbridge A (1-1-2) – Marion Leisure Centre – Ct 2 – 2:40
Yellow (4-0) vs Influencers A (0-4) - Marion Leisure Centre - Ct 1 - 3:30
Fs (4-0) vs Northgate A (1-3) – Marion Leisure Centre – Ct 3 – 2:40
Gs (4-0) vs Henley Beach A (2-2) – Marion Leisure Centre – Ct 3 – 1:00
Hs (0-3) vs Spicer A (1-3) – Marion Leisure Centre – Ct 3 – 1:50
Lady Reds (4-0) vs Trinity A (0-4) – Marion Leisure Centre – Ct 3 – 4:20

Wayville Stadium – Rose Terrace, Wayville
Adelaide Arena – 44a Crittenden Road, Findon
Marion Leisure Centre – Oaklands Road, Morphettville
Westminster School - Allison Avenue, Marion

Trinity Baptist – Bedford Square, Colonel Light Gardens

Thursday, 21 May 2015

SACBA Week 3 Results + Week 4 Game Times

A's (3-0) v Gateway A (1-1-1) - Written by Lachie - Lachie is the Big Gun. Jack would have failed to poll as he only played regular person great and not Jack great, meaning he seemed only normal. However he had a hilarious tech foul for whinging about an out-of-court call which the rest of us (or at least Corey and I) agreed was in fact out off Jack. Short conversation goes, Joel from Gateway: why are you playing with these WORD DELETED? Scott: You mean my friends? SENTENCE DELETED. Mike had a few turnovers. Scotty dropped FOUR points, PB for the birthday boy. Expected pollers: Lachie, Jack, Foo, Birthday Boy. Win 60-45. Jack 18, Big Gun 14, Foo 11.

B's (0-1-2) v SPOC A (2-1) - Written by Jono - Reds started well Phill scoring inside for 2, Tim hit a jumper and Jono a nice bucket also and in d battled hard against Kong with Krantz and Phill battling hard on the defensive boards. Reds down six at the half. Start of second half reds played our tempo and self hit big buckets, Krantz Brendan and Phill fighting hard against much bigger opposition reds cut it to two years 19-21. Unfortunately that would be all the the scoring and reds lost their way in last 5 mins.  Lost 19-37. Corbel 6, Jono and Phil 5.

C’s/White (1-2) v E’s/Yellow (3-0)Written by Palky - White were down their two on court leaders in G and BB (they were at an alphabet party by the looks) and Yellow were trotting out their 5 man line-up. It was a fast start with both teams scoring freely – for Yellow, Madman and Stu were making jumpers, Foo got to the basket for an easy layup and A and Stu were making their FTs. On the other end – Bubs was getting to the basket for his pull up j, Hendo made a jumper and a put back, Goody scored inside and Dillon hit some jumpers, including a 3 – Yellow up 21-20 at half time. The game was turned on its head early in the 2nd half, when Future went down with a  bad ankle sprain at the 18 minute mark – with no bench, Yellow had to run out the game with 4. They employed the little known 1-3 zone – with Palky getting out to the first shot and forcing White to get the ball weakside – the D was employed to confuse and make White take outside jumpers. It worked! Yellow were still able to get good looks at the basket by playing one side of the floor and setting on ball picks. Stu was getting to the basket for layups and Madman was getting his open looks in the corner. White were still scoring but were looking shaky – Hendo made a couple of jumpers but with Yellow slowing White’s fast break opportunities, they weren’t getting the easy baskets they needed. With 30 seconds to go and 2 seconds on the shot clock - Palky made a banked 3 to Yellow up 5. Big A fouled 3 times in a row at the end – White didn’t call timeouts to stop the clock. White scored with 5 seconds left and it ended with Yellow pulling out the improbable win by 3 – 34-31. Yellow – Stu had 13, Madman 10, Palky 5 and White – Bubs 10, Hendo 8, Dillon 7. Side note – Yellow 8-10 free throws, White 2-6 free throws … Yellow once again escape with a win cos they shoot free throws good.

D's (1-2) v Knightsbridge A (1-2) - No Report. Win 35-31.Jay and Ned 10, Road Train 6 (he also hit a 3).

F's (3-0) v SPOC C (1-2) - Written by Max - The F’s had just Cam, Darcy and Max from the regular lineup this week, with Jono and Road Train offering to bolster the lineup. Saints were down on numbers too with only 5 players, and only a couple of familiar faces from last year’s epic grand final game. The F’s started strongly with Jono and Road Train scoring around the basket. Max lit up for a pair of 3’s and Jono hit a 3 as well. Saints meanwhile were looking sloppy with the ball, however a short burst of scoring kept them in the game at half time, the F’s leading 17-12. In the second half the F’s took control, Darcy was finding Jono and Max with lots of space to shoot. Cam’s hands were everywhere on defence and he converted on a coast to coast fast break with the sweet give and go to Max. Meanwhile Road Train just kept sucking in the rebounds all game long. Saints frustration boiled over in the dying minutes with a couple of heavy fouls. F’s went out winners 42-21. Looking forward to next week’s clash against the also undefeated Hope Church A. Jono had 15 points and Max had 13.

G's (3-0) v Spicer A (1-2)  - Written by Phil - The “G’s” this week unleashed their man-o-man menace onto the hapless souls of Spicer A. It was effective. Focused on a little individual accountability, defending and picking of the pass rather than fouling the man and fast offensive transition, our ascendancy was quickly establish and never relinquished. We saw the first of the Hanzalik Drive, The Charlie Bake (n- shake) and The Two Tone Two-Step as all players contributed to the score-line which read 17-6 at the half and 43-15 at full time. Jimmi hit a few three’s, Morgan some from under the rim and Pritch cleaned up on the break. Yours truly even got one in from the foul line (must of deflected off a dread). Overall, Jimmi 11, Charlie 9, Tone 6 (or 8) Pritch 6, Hanzo 5 and a few to Morgan and Phil saw a pretty awesome spread of scoring. Note too that Tone had his highest scoring game for the club to date and was possibly/possibly not robbed of 2x3 pointers which may/may not have been recorded incorrectly depending on whether he did/did not have a foot over the line. (I’d have given him at least one). Regardless, thanks to Troy and Willevation for working the pen.

To the credits:
 THE SHORT AND TALL PLAY(ER) OF THE DAY: Pregame Charlie was asked to do a number on their 6’5” centre who we knew was the key to their otherwise scattered offensive. To his credit Charlie was in like Flynn and proceeded to hand out a defensive shellacking to the long limbed lad. Scoreless after 40min and I can’t remember a single pass getting to him inside the key. Well done Charlie. Matched with some points at the other end hopefully a few players’ player votes coming your way.

THE CHURCHILL PRIZE FOR STAYING CALM AND CARRYING ON: After a somewhat frayed performance in round 2, full credit to all the lads who this week showed far greater composure in the glare of the referee spotlight. Special mention to Morgan who this week contributed the consummate team game at the expensive of some personal baskets. Not a single travel called either!!!!

COACH’S COACHING CONTRADICTION COMMENDATION: With 5 minutes left with 5 fouls to our name and having so far amassing more than 7 fouls in 5 from 5 halves of basketball, the call was to back off and make sure we got through a half without going into the penalty. All for naught it would seem as first play back Phil creamed a guy under the ring for #6, scorched a guy seconds later for #7 and  fouls #8,9,10&11 followed in even distribution and quick succession. A small case of do as I say and not as I do??

H's (0-3) v Knightsbridge B (2-1) - Written by Hitman - This week the H-Bombs faced the White Knights of Knightsbridge, whose fifth player arrived literally as the teams walked out for tip-off. In the early part of the game, both teams also had an invisible sixth player on court who was the target of so many passes that a possession ending in a shot by either team was a rarity, and a score even more so.  As the half wore on there was a marginal improvement in the quality of play, although the White Knights settled more quickly than the Redmen, who still had problems directing the ball to a team-mate.  At the long break the Reds were down 16-8.  The second half began with Troy nailing consecutive triples to almost bridge the gap, unfortunately we weren’t able to bring the margin back completely and spent most of the half 3-5 points down.  Although not as bad as the first half, our propensity for untimely turnovers proved our undoing.  A late drought on our part and a scoring surge from them blew out the final margin, the final 33-24 scoreline not a reflection of how well we played in the second half.  Reid led the way with 10 points and Troy added 6.  Thanks to Morgan for scoring.

Lady Reds (3-0) v Unley A (1-2)
– Written by Palky - Unley A have won the last 2 A Grade titles but look to have lost their 5 best players (much like their male counterparts). The game plan was to get the ball inside and get out on the break … and that is exactly how that went down. Reds were running at every opportunity with Alicia, Megan and Rachel all scoring on the break. In the half court, Georgie was rolling low and getting inside for easy baskets. Reds up 26-11 at halftime. More of the same was called for in the 2nd half as Unley struggled with Reds speed and ball movement and their height on the glass. ClaireO and Georgie were causing trouble inside, scoring on every possession. With the Reds controlling the defensive glass, they were able to run and score on the break. ClaireO hit a nice hook inside, Alicia hit a crafty runner and Clare R hit a nice 3. The big scorer for the game was Georgie – she was cutting through the high post and she just couldn’t miss. It was the best game she has played for the Lady Reds – it was quite a sight to see. Reds won 54-15 – Georgie had 22, Megan and ClaireO 8 and Alicia 7. +

Palky's Player of the Week 3 - Georgie Silz

Week 4 Game Times - Adelaide Arena

PAOCBC A vs PAOCBC B - Court 1 - 2:40pm  
PAOCBC C vs Knightsbridge Baptist A - Court 1 - 5:10pm  
PAOCBC D vs Influencers Pioneers A - Court 1 - 3:30pm   
PAOCBC E vs SPOC B - Court 1 - 1:50pm 
PAOCBC F vs Hope Church A - Court 2 - 4:20pm
PAOCBC G vs SPOC E - Court 3 - 3:30pm  
PAOCBC H vs BYE                       
PAOCBC Ladies A    - Court 3 - 2:40pm

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

SACBA Round 2 Game Reports + Round 3 Game Times

As (2-0) defeated Influencers A (0-2) – No Report
Score: 85-38
Scorers: Jack 22, Mike, Foo, Corey 16.

Bs (1-1-0) defeated Oakden A (0-2) – No Report
Score: 28-26
Scorers: Jono 12, Phill 6, Angus 5.

White (1-1) defeated to Unley Park A (0-2) – Written by G
Having lost to these guys in the semi-final last year we were out for some blood. We could see they didn’t have many of their team from last year so we saw this as an opportunity to play hard and see what we could do, having mostly our full team (Bubs late withdrawal). Right from the outset we set the tone (sorry Tone). We defended hard, secured rebounds and push the break. It took them about 12 minutes to score their first points and by then the game was well and truly over. We ran all over them scoring at will on the fast break and in half court with some slick passes and even slicker finishes. Tim Moors had the whole stadium going The slaughter eventually stopped after 40 mins, White running away 66-17. Goody had 20, Tim Moors 17, Dillon 13.

Reds (0-2) lost to SPOC B (2-0) – No Report
Saints are tools. Playing Kong as a 7th. Enough said.
Score: 24-42
Scorers: Marine 7, Kobe, Ned 5.

Yellow (2-0) defeated Knightsbridge A (1-1) – Written by Palky
Yellow trotted out their similar five as last week – A, Palk, Stu, Madman (the past) and Dan Foo (“The Future”) … are we all agree that Dan should now be called The Future or Future? Can I have a seconder? Can we pass this motion? The “I’s” have it … Dan Foo is now The Future. Yellow’s early ball movement was fantastic – finding open shooters every possession, Palky, Stu and Future all hit 3’s and they got out to an early lead. Yellow were limiting Knightsbridge to outside looks and A was dominating the glass at both ends – getting all the D boards and then scoring on the other end attacking the O glass. Stu was scoring at the rim and the 1st half ended with Palky doing his first ever Eurostep lay-up (I mean 1st ever – he had never even attempted one in a game, practice, training, the lay-up line, the school yard … ever). Yellow up 25-13 at half time. The first 10 minutes of the 2nd half was much the same – Palky, Stu and Mad all getting open looks, Future carving up in the lane and A getting on the offensive boards – Palky and Stu hit 3’s but not much else was falling. After being up 18, Yellow started to run out of legs and Knightsbridge started making some shots. Yellow settled with a Madman jumper, a Stu fast break, Big A tip in and then an “and 1” from Stu attacking from the high post. Yellow win 42-30. Stu had 16, Palk 11 and A 8. The 2 things to take form the game – 1. Yellow’s ball movement is a thing of beauty and 2. They need a bench.

Fs (2-0) defeated Cherry Saints A (1-1) – Written by Max
For the second week in a row the opposition were in total disarray at the start of the game, this time with only 3 players. The F's made the most of it going on a 10-0 run until the rest of the Cherry Saints team turned up.  Their extra players didn't seem to have much impact and the F's continued to score freely.  Just and Josh were getting out on the fast break, and in the half court game Max knocked down a pair of 3's. Meanwhile Brad was dominating around the basket. The F's went into the half time break up 29-13.The second half started slowly and the F's were looking lazy getting back on defence, getting caught out by the Cherry Saints  multiple times. Mike Tye found his mid range shooting touch scoring 12 for the half and 18 for the game.  The rest of the team were looking a little scrappy, missing layups and turning the ball over. Looking forward to some stronger opposition to see where the team really is. F's run out winners 52-28. Mike Tye 18, B-rad 11, Max 9.

Gs (2-0) defeated Henley Beach A (0-2) – Written by Phwalker
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We won on all the numbers, even the bad ones. Old Reds 23 Henley Beach 19 (3/18 at the line) Jimmi 11, Hanzo, Charlie 4

To The Credits:
Baby Out With the Bathwater Dummy Spit Award:
3 way tie, Morgan with 2 techs, Tone with 4 fouls in 40 secs and Phil sitting out the entire second half out of un-vented frustration

St Kilda 55 Point Turnaround Great Moments In Sport Award:
Phil pulls in a monster board, hits the ground running, flips it long to Roadtrain on the break. Shit. Roadtrain is scoring.......Sitting down...... Not moving.... and not on our team.

Quote of The Week:
After some sound advice last round about putting the ball through the hoop, Referee Bob came up with this scorching assessment this week: "The reason you won was you (Phil) sat out the second half". Ouch.

Hs (0-2) lost to SPOC Es (1-1) – No Report
Score: 22-29
Scorers: Rhys 10, Reid 8, Will, Sam 2.

Lady Reds (2-0) defeated Dunn A (0-2) – No Report
Other team forfeited.

Game Times:
As (2-0) vs Gateway A (1-1-0) – Marion Leisure Centre - Ct 1 – 4:20
Bs (1-1-0) vs SPOC A (1-1) – Marion Leisure Centre – Ct 1 – 1:50
White (1-1) vs Yellow (2-0) – Marion Leisure Centre – Ct 1 – 2:40 – DERBY
Red (0-2) vs Knightsbridge A (1-1) – Marion Leisure Centre – Ct2 – 4:20
Fs (2-0) vs SPOC C (1-1) – Marion Leisure Centre – Ct 2 – 3:30
Gs (2-0) vs Spicer A (1-1) – Marion Leisure Centre – Ct 3 – 3:30
Hs (0-1) vs Knightsbridge B (1-1) – Marion Leisure Centre – Ct 3 – 2:40
Lady Reds (2-0) vs Unley Park A (1-1) – Marion Leisure Centre – Ct 2 – 1:50

Wayville Stadium – Rose Terrace, Wayville
Adelaide Arena – 44a Crittenden Road, Findon
Marion Leisure Centre – Oaklands Road, Morphettville
Westminster School - Allison Avenue, Marion

Trinity Baptist – Bedford Square, Colonel Light Gardens

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

SACBA Round 1 Results

As (1-0) defeated Oakden (0-1) – No Report
Score: 65-33
Scorers: Jack 18, Lachy 14, Liam 11.

Bs (0-1-0) drew with Gateway (0-1-0) – No Report
The final 20 seconds by Palky - Jono hit 2 FTs with 20 seconds left to put B's up 6. Gateway came up, passed the ball up the top, Kerwin took a stupid 3 from in front and it banked in. Reds inbound to Brendon - he got trapped, tried to bounce it off Gateway but bounced back onto his leg and out of bounds. Gateway called for a timeout - refs didn't acknowledge it but scorer stopped the clock for 10 seconds. On the inbound - gateway shooter got open and hit a 3. Brendon got a good look for the win but missed it.
Score: 37-37
Scorers: Sar 13, Angus 8, Brendon 7.

White (0-1) lost to SPOC Bs – Written by G – We were down on numbers, the Tims were out and G had a dodgy calf. Saints only had 5 but none of them had hyphenated last names, so we knew they meant business. Saints started quickly with #6 getting out on the break for 3 quick buckets. For the rest of the half we managed to steady the ship, with Goody doing well inside and some solid team defence. We went it down 13-16 at half time. In the second half Saints hit their stride, with everyone contributing. We didn’t have enough on the offensive end and they ran away with it, 20-36. There were some things we did well, and a lot we need to work on, but it’s hard when you’re missing all but one of your back court. Big thanks to Tone and Jimmy for filling in.

Reds (0-1) lost to Yellow (1-0) – Written by Palky – The first of four derbies between last year’s B Grade Champs (D’s/Reds) and the newly formed old persons team (E’s/Yellow). The Yellow’s started well with Palk and Stu hitting a 3 and Madman knocking down a couple of jumpers. Red’s stayed in touch with some 3’s of their own from Simon and Jay, a tough “and 1” from Brad Hughes and a fast break layup from Ned. A and Road Train battled inside – much like Superman andNuclearman from Superman 4. Yellow up 16-12 at halftime. The 2nd half was tight – Reds got up early behind some 3’s from Ned and Jay, Yellow took control with Stu and Foo getting to the basket – either scoring or getting to the line. Palk hit another 3 and Big A got to the basket on a great drive, Yellow took the ascendancy. Reds then kept coming with Ned hitting four 3’s for the half – scoring 16 in the 2nd. Yellow managed the clock well in the closing stages, Madman got to the line, up 1 – he made the first, missed the 2nd, A got the O Board … back to Madman and this time he made 2 of 2 – Yellow up 4 as time ran out. Reds top scorers – Ned with 18, Jay 8, Brad 4 and Yellows had Stu with 14, Madman 8 and Palk and A 6 – as team they shot 13/17 from the line. Tough game early on – good signs for the Yellows – they didn’t shoot well from the floor but got lots of good shots. They will be on the improve with Thommo, Purge and Dan Foo’s fitness still to return. Reds showed a lot – they need to improve their ball movement and spacing – bit too much one on one and dude’s getting in other dude’s space … but that will come, Ben Orken’s return will help too.

Fs (1-0) defeated Northgate (0-1) – Written by Max – The F’s coasted to an easy win against an undermanned Northgate team (apparently half of the regular team was at a bucks show). Tight man on man defence caused them to fumble the ball, leading to plentiful fast break opportunities. However our half-court game also looked good with smooth ball rotation and strong attack at the basket. The F’s foul shooting was horrible going 5 of 16 from the line, and that was without Moorfoot in the lineup this week! Everyone played well with Cam, Brad and Mike scoring in double figures. Darcy Lord also made his debut for the club and demonstrated that he will be a valuable addition to the team this year. Final score 47-8.

Gs (1-0) defeated St Peter’s Anglican (0-1) – Written by Phwalker – From Little Things Big Things Grow

The height and awkwardness of St Peter's Anglican was always going to prove an interesting first round for a newly assembled G squad. And so it was. Well, in a testing sense as opposed to anything spectacular on court. SPA boast 5 players all taller than our tallest and all far less skilled. Their only basketball credibility presents in the form of its 6th and shortest member, a feisty "yes I will drive and shoot at any opportunity" guard who quickly lived up to his motto.

Even knowing this beforehand, our defence struggled to get position on him and by half time he'd been to the line 5 times for 8/10. Meanwhile at the other end, rushed shots, poor execution and a failure to finish undid what was a reasonable defensive effort and a domination of possession.

Halftime saw us 11~12 down after a very uninspiring 20 minutes and 5 more of the same had G ready to throw in the scorer's pen and join the carpark crew for a beer. a few more fouls kept him busy though, SPA #6 too with another trip to the line and a dodgy 17 step layup pushing it out 11~15.

Then something odd happened. We played the first of 2 phases totalling 3 minutes of good basketball which saw back to back charge calls on #6, fouls 4&5, and off to the bench to watch his team remain scoreless for the final 15 minutes of the game.  

Meanwhile we couldn't buy a bucket. That is until with 2 minutes left when phase 2 of our devious plan came into play. Charged with finding a score and leading our offense for the final few runs down the court, Pritch had a license to do as he pleased. Finding a bit of space, he nailed a sweet treble and suddenly the flood gates opened.  The ball suddenly found the centre of the hoop, SPA hearts dropped and we came up with 9 points in 2 minutes to canter home to a 22~15 win.

Overall an uninspiring victory, but a victory none the less and some lessons can be learned moving forward.  Our 3 minutes of glory were very good and based on some strong fundamental skills. The defense held up, we rebounded enormously especially given the height difference and we found ways to the basket even if we didn't finish.

PAOCBC G 22 SPA 15 Morgan 11, Pritch 6

* Shout out to those who came down and watched, scored and barracked from the sidelines. There was a strong RED presence all day. Great to see. **A special mention too to Matt Rundell, injured at training in the pre-season. Matt today found out he will require a full shoulder reco, 9 months on the sidelines and unable to even get a game in in his comeback to basketball. Matt has already proved himself to be fully committed to the team even without playing: watching the games and running the bar post match. Matt, we wish you well for the rehab and look forward to running together next season.

To the credits:

PLAY OF THE DAY: I really want to give it to myself this week, but in all fairness Pritch's 3 was pretty sweet and much needed given our inability to score. HUGE

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "I stole the ball with my cock" Morgan puts it all on the line.

GREAT MOMENTS IN SPORT: Awesome to know that with my muse from last year Bjork moving up to the D"s, he's been replaced with a like minded tall always willing to entertain. I suspect Morgan may feature prominently here, especially if he keeps returning home to pick up his forgotten shorts only to FORGET HIS BLOODY SHOES!! (Thanks to Big A for the loan)

Hs (0-1) lost to SPOC Ds (1-0) – No Report
Score: 16-50
Scorers: Rhys 10, Nige, Will, Lenny 2.

Lady Reds (1-0) defeated Dunn A (0-1) – Written by Palky –  The Lady Reds lost a few players this year – Jordy and Loz – but return their core, Megan, Tracey, Alicia, Claire, Wans (currently in Thommo’s sweet manly arms) and Georgie. Up against the always solid Dunn A this would be a good first hit out. The Lady Reds looked good early – solid D, Claire and Georgie controlling the paint and scoring inside. The Reds had a fill in – Rachel – and she was very handy, getting good passes inside and on the break. Reds D was stifling and they were up 16-7 at halftime. 2nd half was more free flowing, Rachel, Tracey and Georgie all got out on the break, Claire scored a couple of tough baskets inside and Alicia hit some nice runners. Reds won 37-17. Rachel had 11, Georgie 9 and Claire 7. Sign of good things to come.

Game Times:
As (1-0) vs Influencers Pioneers A (0-1) – Marion Leisure Centre - Ct 1 – 2:40
Bs (0-1-0) vs Oakden A (0-1) – Marion Leisure Centre – Ct 1 – 1:00
White (0-1) vs Unley Park A (0-1) – Marion Leisure Centre – Ct 2 – 1:50
Red (0-1) vs SPOC B (1-0) – Marion Leisure Centre – Ct2 – 2:40
Yellow (1-0) vs Knightsbridge A (1-0) – Marion Leisure Centre – Ct 2 – 3:30
Fs (1-0) vs Cherry Saints A (1-0) – Marion Leisure Centre – Ct 3 – 2:40
Gs (1-0) vs Henley Beach A (0-1) – Marion Leisure Centre – Ct 3 – 3:30
Hs (0-1) vs SPOC E (0-1) – Marion Leisure Centre – Ct 2 – 4:20
Lady Reds (1-0) vs Happy Valley A (1-0) – Wayville – Ct 3 – 4:20

Wayville Stadium – Rose Terrace, Wayville
Adelaide Arena – 44a Crittenden Road, Findon
Marion Leisure Centre – Oaklands Road, Morphettville
Westminster School - Allison Avenue, Marion
Trinity Baptist – Bedford Square, Colonel Light Gardens