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

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

2016 SACBA Finals Week 1

The stats are up to date to here.

If you have no game this week - A's, C's and G's ... we need you to still come out and support the teams. We are starting at 2 and going to 5pm. Guys will then go back to the pub for a cheeky one too I reckon. 

To the reports:
A's v Gateway A (Semi Final) - The A's were down 10 with 94 seconds left - 31-41 ... they had not played great to that point. Gateway kept the scoreboard ticking over all game and the Reds were struggling to score in the 2nd half after being down 2 at halftime. Down 10 - Jack hit a 3, down 7, A's get a steal - ahead to Foo, missed the layup but tipped the loose ball to Jack ... 3 - down 4. Horskin got to the line, missed the 1st, made the 2nd ... down 5. Phil went left and made a tough lefty runner and was fouled - he made the free throw ... down 2 with 30 seconds. The Reds got a stop when they drew a charge. Down 2 with 10 seconds left Jack drove to the basket and finished a tough lefty. Score tied ... we are going to overtime. In the OT - Gateway got up by 4 with 2 minutes left ... Kerwin made a 3 and made a woooo noise. Gateway had 3 guys foul out (45 fouls called for the game) and the A's were in the penalty - A's kept going to the line - Jack made 2 of 4, Orks 1 of 2, Jack 2 of 4 and Liam 4 of 4 and the A's won by 4. It is one of the 2 best comebacks I have ever seen by a Reds team (Dillon's four 3's in the C's GF a couple of years ago being the other). It was an incredible game - and all timer ... play that scenario 100 times they only win this 1. Jack 21, Phil 12, Orks 11. Woo!

B's v SPOC A (Elimination Final)  - The B's have had a tough year - only winning 2 games - they have struggled to find their identity and dig themselves out of holes ... call in Super Coach Palk to give the boys a bit of structure. The B's started really strong - getting up 13-3 with Moops making a couple of FTs and a crazy layup on the break, Jono getting to the basket and making a tough shot, Dill, Brenno and Jono all made 3's. Saints started to come back with the Breheny brothers scoring 14 of Saints 16 points but the B's steadied with Moops making a couple of jumpers - Reds up 22-16. Brenno said in the break - if they win this half they could win the game ... Super Coach pointed out that if they won this half they would definitely win the game because they were winning ... that's why he is the Super Coach. Saints jumped out and scored the first 5 points to get the lead back to 1. From there is was an absolute arm wrestle - every time the Reds would score, Saints would score. Brendon showed crazy poise - making jumpers and runners, he scored 2 layups and got and converted an and-1. Jono made a couple of 3's and the Reds were keeping their noses in front. Saints just kept scoring, Gilmartin made one of his trademark ugly 3's, and a Breheny made a 3 that kept the game close. Up 3 with a minute to go Jono made a huge 3 to put the Reds up 6 but Gibbons came right back and hit a 3. Saints got a stop and had a shot for a 3 to tie it up ... missed and Phill gobbled up the board and was fouled. In his exuberance Phill slammed the ball on the floor - we all thought for sure the refs would call a tech ... but for once common sense prevailed and Steve didn't call it. Phill stepped to the line - a 32% career FT shooter and 29% this year ... made the 1st ... B's up 4 ... made the 2nd B's up 5 with 10 seconds left. Saints missed a 3 and the Reds won. This is has been a difficult year and outside in you can see that it has taken its toll, that when things get tough the heads go down a bit but they stayed together and every single time they needed a shot in the 2nd half Brenno and Jono pulled it together and got them there. The D was awesome and Phill and Jono killed it on the boards. B's win 52-47. Brendon 17, Jono 15, Moops 8.

This Week: B's v Gateway A @ 4.00 - Saints Crt 1

C's v D's (Semi Final) - The C's were missing Jamie and the D's were missing Stu and Foo. The C's D was stifling, the D's struggled to score, Krantz and Lachie dominated down low getting up 16 in the 1st half. The 2nd half was closer with Jay getting hot - the C's out scored the D's 21-16 in the 2nd half. C's won through the GF and the D's will face Unley Park this week. Win 46-21. Lachie 15, Jay 13, Thommo 11. 

This Week: D's v Unley Park A @ 2.00 - Saints Crt 1

E's v F's (Elimination Final)  - The E’s and F’s faced off for the second week in a row, this time in the elimination final. The E’s eeked out a 3 point win last time however the F’s were bolstered by the returning Brad and Jon. The F’s got out to the better start with Moorfoot leading the way with 8 points for the half with some crafty inside moves. However the E’s stayed in touch and put on a 7 point run to close out the half and bring the scores back to 15-15. Road Train was battling away on the boards and drawing fouls, and all of a sudden Cam had 4 personals. Brad took over from Josh on the offensive end to keep the F’s in it. Max got a couple of open looks from 3 point range and knocked them down to stretch out a 6 point lead for the E’s. G and Jimmy also connected from range and Tone hit a long jumper. The defense from both teams was intense throughout without going over the top. The F’s called a time out with 14 seconds remaining and down by one, but they couldn’t get a final bucket in the furious last seconds. The E’s went out winner 32-31. Max had 12 points for the E’s and Moorfoot finished with 11 points for the F’s. For an elimination final that no one wanted it was played in great spirit by both teams. The E’s go on to face Knightsbridge in the semi-final next Saturday. Thanks to Sean for scoring for us again.

This Week: E's v Knightsbridge @ 2.00 - Saints Crt 2

G's v Big Sunday C (Elimination Final) - NO REPORT. Lost 30-53. The G's are eliminated from the finals after a tough year with lots of injuries and guys in and out of the team.

Lady Reds v St Casmir (Elimination Final) - The Lady Reds jumped out of the gates - up 20-0 after 10 minutes - Hannah, Alicia, Rachel and Tracey all getting fast break layups and then Alicia made a couple of 3's. As happens with St Casmir - they always have players arrive late and their 2 best players arrived and it made the game a grind. Halftime was 24-6. 2nd half the Reds had a bunch of layups but missed them and St Casmir kept grinding - Jordy got to the line a few times and converted and Alicia and Hannah made a couple of layups - Reds win 36-16. Alicia 10, Hannah 8, Jordy 7.

This Week: Lady Reds v CityReach A @ 3.00 - Immanuel Crt 2

Palky's Player of the Week - Finals Week 1: Max had an awesome game, Lachie was unstoppable, Brenno and Selfy were amazing ... but can't go past Jack Harford for his 3 huge clutch baskets and 21 points.

Friday, 2 September 2016

2016 SACBA Week 19 Results + Players Player Results

Congrats to all the winners of the 2016 Players' Player - Jon Foo, Brendon Francesca, Andrew Good, Stu MacDonald, Simon Miller, Nathan Graham, Reid Amos, Rachel Meyer

Thanks to Orks for MCing and Sime and G for entering the votes. Great night all. See the final votes below.

Jon Foo 39.00
Josh Orken 26.25
Liam Golding 17.00
Phil Harford 10.75
Jack Harford 10.75
Mike Hill 5.25
Tom Hobbs 3.00
Lachlan Campbell 2.50
Jamie Banks 2.00
Corey Gaard 0.50
Brendon Francesca 25.83
Jon Self 22.83
Phill Farrer 22.50
Tim Moors 13.50
Mitch Kirkham 11.00
Dillon Haydon 8.83
Angus Crawford 4.00
Joel Pitt 3.00
Ryan Williams 1.50
Tauny Schmidt  1.00
Andrew Good 25.00
Jay Nguyen 21.00
Lachlan Campbell 20.00
Jamie Banks 18.00
Nick Krantz 13.50
Ned Young 7.00
Ryan Williams 6.00
Alex Mitchell 3.50
Stu MacDonald 22.00
Tom Oliphant 21.50
Andrew Williams 15.00
Matt Just 14.00
Ben Palk 13.00
Dan Foo 13.00
Tim Purgacz 8.00
Matt Williams 1.50
Simon Miller 23.33
Morgan Hodson 22.58
Michael Tye 16.75
Jon Read 14.75
Mark Powell 11.25
Sam Karamoshos 9.50
Mark Henderson 6.83
Maklin Ferguson 1.00
Chris Woodrow 1.00
Tim Wong 1.00
Nathan Graham 22.00
Cam Smith 20.00
Josh Moorfoot 18.50
Charlie Baker 12.50
Brad Daniel 10.50
James Townsend 7.00
Tone Trinh 3.50
Jon Hanzalik 2.00
Reid Amos 34.50
Matt Lawson 19.00
Todd Fischer 15.50
Simon Caldwell 13.50
Troy Tirrell 9.50
Daniele Tosato 9.00
Ryhs Hickman 5.00
Nick Smolanke 2.50
Brad Daniel 1.50
Cale Amos 1.00
Sam Karamoshos 1.00
Matt Trim 0.83
Phil Walker 0.50
Nigel Hickman 0.33
Will Harmer 0.33
Lady Reds
Rachel Meyer 23.25
Johanna Boylan 19.83
Tracey Todd 18.58
Megan Button 14.33
Alicia Woodrow 9.91
Clare Oliphant 7.83
Jordan Roberts 7.25
Karen Winter 6.00
Tess Ormerod 5.00
Clare Randall 2.00

Wanna see something a little frightening

To the reports:
A's v SPOC A - The A's were missing Phil, Mick and Liam so they called for reinforcements from Stu and the prodigal son, Mr Red Pants Tom Hobbs. It was run and gun early - with both teams getting up and back. Reds turned the ball over too much and missed eay layups (including 5 in a row from Orks). Gibbo for SPOC was hot - Saints up 42-21 at halftime. 2nd half, everytime that Reds threatened to get back into it Gibbo or Yeo hit shots - Jack and Hobbs hit some 3's but too many mistakes cost the A's their 1st lost for the season. Loss 62-43 - Orks 14, Foo 12, Jack 9

This week: Qualifying Final - A's v Gateway @ 5.00pm - St Peters Crt 1

B's v Gateway A - For some reason the B's started in a man and realised when down 0-14 that it was not working. They switched to a zone and attacked all 3's - Brendon and Jono made a bunch of shots and Mitch hit a 3 - down 17-31 at halftime. 2nd half Reds got it back to 8 With Jono, Micth and Brendon making life tough but Phill fouled out and Gateway just piled on the points winning 40-65. Brendon 16, Jono 12, Mitch 9.

This week: Elimination Final - B's v SPOC A @ 4.00pm - St Peters Crt 1

C's v D's - The 7th time this year these teams have played and you can tell because we are getting on each others nerves a bit (which is not good for the club but it is what it is). I was quite the contest - D's got up a bit behind good shooting from Stu and Madman, C's came back with Jay and Jamie making shots, D's won with Stu and Thommo making shots late. Was a good finals preview. D's won 29-27. C's Jay 9, Jamie 6, D's Stu 14, Madman 6.

This week: Qualifying Final - C's v D's @ 3.00pm - St Peters Crt 1

E's v F's - Written by Max - Just our second derby game for the season, and again the F’s weren’t at full strength. With 3rd and 4th place on the ladder assured, the F’s were playing for a chance to move up to 2nd and secure the double chance in the finals, and the E’s just wanted a good run to maintain their recent momentum. The E’s got out to a quick start with patient ball movement resulting in some good inside looks, with Hendo, Morgan and Road Train all finishing around the hoop. At the other end the E’s defense was swarming, but 3’s from G and Jimmy kept the F’s in the game, halftime score 15-12. In the second half again the E’s got the early break with Simon knocking down a pair of 3’s, stretching the lead to almost 10. Cam wasn’t going to let the F’s go gently though and continued to bang inside, cleaning up on the offensive boards and getting to the free throw line with 8 points for the half. With a minute to go the E’s held a 3 point lead and the opportunity was there for the F’s if they really wanted it. Jimmy had a shot to tie the game but it clanged out. Final score E’s held onto win 31-28, Miller had 10 for the E’s and Cam had 10 for the F’s. A rematch this week in the elimination final will decide the best Reds team. With the top two teams in the league looking vulnerable, the premiership race is wide open for the victor.

This week: Qualifying Final - E's v F's @ 2.00pm - St Peters Crt 1

G's v Spicer A - NO REPORT. Loss

This week: Elimination Final - G's v Big Sunday C @ 1.00pm - St Peters Crt 2

Lady Reds v St Casmir - It was not a great contest - both teams struggled to score. Lady Reds were getting good looks but could make their open shots. Megan hit a 3 and a long 2, Tracey was scoring on the break - Reds up 13-8 at halftime. The Reds extended their pressure and this increased the tempo which St Casmir didn't handle very well but Reds still struggled from the field - Tracey was crafty around the basket, Alicia made a 3 and Jody made some FTs - Reds win against their Elimination finals opponent - 28-16. Tracey 10, Rachel 6, Jordan and Megan 5.

This week: Elimination Final - Lady Reds v St Casmir @ 1.00pm - Immanuel Crt 1

Palky's Player of the Week - Week 19: For his crucial 10 points in a game they should have thrown ... Simon Miller. A win is a win to Sime =)

Friday, 26 August 2016

2016 SACBA Week 18 Results + Players' Player Preview

The Players’ Player Awards Night is on this Saturday 27th August @ The Seven Stars. This is the night where we award each Saturday Team’s Best Player according to his teammates – by tallying all the votes that have been meticulously kept throughout the season. It is like the Brownlow … but 8 of them all on the one night.

We can arrive from 6.00pm (earlier if you want a cheeky drinks before the count) – the count will start at 7.00pm. The count should wrap up around 10.00pm. You can order meals from 6.30pm. Food and drinks are pay as you go. You can bring as many guests as you like – everyone welcome – partners, friends, family etc.

We will have the Betting Boards again. Always a great night – beer, food, vote counting, basketball chat and possibly Intercol games.

Below is my betting guide - I get it wrong every year so this is just a guide.

Palky's 2016 Player's Player Form Guide:

A's - This is a tough one - they have won so many games this year easily with lots of guys filling up the scoresheet.

Palky's Winner: Josh Orken - Pros: scoring machine, he is tall, he gets blocks, loves dunking/tinder ... preferably both ... Cons: Shoots too much.

Jon Foo - he gets the buckets, then he gets the ladies.
Liam Golding - I thought you were supposed to get less good when you get older ... and fatter. Bloody Liam.

B's - The B's have had a long and tumultuous season.

Palky's Winner: Phill Farrer - works harder than anyone on the glass, gets mad at himself when he has no right to ... he is the only one giving 100% 100% of the time. For every rebound he gets - he should get one "yelling at Jono and Gus credit" ... he can use if without fear of reprisal. "Get back in D you lazy sh*ts", "stop just passing to each other - there are 3 other people on the court and Dillon was wide open" etc.  Might have missed a couple too many games but anyway ... go Phill!

Jono Self - Pros: Scores lots - team's leading PPG, inside/outside player, can play D when he wants to (see; Harden, James), has won 2 of these already so proven vote getter. Cons: Relies on Gus to give him lifts to games and rewards Gus' tardiness by exclusivley passing him the ball, only played 15 of 19 games.
Brendon Francesca - Has played all the games, has had some big games and is the teams leading scorer. Improvong in D and as a passer, good around the basket. Works hard.

C's - This will be super close - could be one of 4 guys I think. All the contenders pretty much played most of the games.

Palky's Winner: Lachie Campbell - should be in the A's but decided to play C's ... someone told me he thinks it was because he wanted to win a Players' Player. Best player in Central 1

Andrew Good - Has won the last 2 C's Players' Player and is having a good season again
Jay Nguyen -  Teams leading scorer, hits 3's, silent assisain - has had a few big games this year  
Jamie Banks - Hot and cold Jamie - never know which one you will get - sometimes it changes mid game - has had 2 games where he had 0 at half time and scored 18 in the 2nd.

D's - Should be a race in 2 I would have thought

Palky's Winner: Stu MacDonald - He has won 5 of the things ... if he wins this year he will be the only 6 time winner. He is the leading scorer of Central 1. Has only played 13 games. Good at layups.

Tom Oliphant - Thommo scores inside, rebounds and is a savvy passer inside ... good looks/top blokeness will help his cause. I think he is the only other one that can really chanllenge Stu
Andrew Williams - I will chuck in 3 more possible - A polled in every game last year and his votes in finishing 2nd would have won 4 other teams medal. He is having another great season.
Ben Palk - remember when I hit 10 threes in a game ... man I have been shooting great.
Matt Just - Plays D ... will get votes.

E's -
this will be an interesting count will be hard to pick

Palky's Winner: Morgan Hodson - I am going with the tried and tested rule of most games, most points ... I am keeping it simple. Sometimes does not come off.

Simon Miller -
the E's struggled with guard balance early - when Sime came back he added scoring and defence. He is having one of his best seasons - will poll well.
Mark Powell - again, this team has no guards - so Max will poll. He scores and has played a lot. Sounds like a pub pick up resume.
Jon Read - he will start slow but he has had an awesome last 6 or 7 games - if he picks up some early votes I would think he would be in the mix ... but I say that every year and every year his teammates let him down. I am surprised that some of you have not been donked on the head.

two guys do most of the scoring - the rest of the dudes have to do everything else =)

Palk's Winner: Cam Smith -
he came out of nowhere last year and jagged the PP. I don't even think I had him in my picks. With Brad out has been the lone big. With guys chucking up shots someone needs to play D ... I think he will be rewarded.

Nathan Graham -
loves to make buckets, has been making buckets, not sure if he has been playing D or rebounding ... if he has he will get votes. Has won 3 before and if anyone will be Cam it will be G.
Josh Moorfoot - everyone loves the guy who tries and hustles ... that is Moorfoot - when he isn't too hungover to play or chasing Melbourne skirt.
Charlie Baker - again all hustle ... Charlie is fun to play with (in a basketball sense) - will jag a couple.

G's -
another race in 2 but I think this is a pretty easy one.

Palky's Mega Lock: Reid Amos
- team's leading scorer, avering over 10 a game and the team averages 28. Played the 2nd most games - he will get a heap of votes in the games he played without Matt.

Matt Lawson -
when Matt plays he will likely get the 3 or 2 votes but don't think he has played enough.
Simon Caldwell - fan favourite Simon Caldwell will get votes ... and we will all cheer cos we all love Caldy. In the games I've watched Caldy is the one that controls the team ... if he is the head ... the rest of the guys are the crazy Michael J Fox arms and legs.

Lady Reds -
I will have to be careful here ... I don't think Megan will win but I have to be diplomatic =)

Palky's Winner: Rachel Meyer -
Rachel is the gears that makes the team go. She is 2nd in PPG, she plays guard and forward and is the best passer in the team.

Alicia Woodrow -
Alicia has set the team scoring record and 3 points in a season record. Only downside - Alicia has had big games when other people have had big games ... and I know for experience - 3 point shooters sometimes get overlooked.
Tracey Todd - Tracey goes about her business - she works hard in D, is a crafty passer and gets out on the break. This could def be Tracey's year.
Hannah Boylan -
the lone big for most the season when O Buckets got injured, she works super hard and hustles like crazy. Will get everyone's 1 votes every week.
Megan Button - I don't think Megan will win ... but she is so damn likeable - she will poll. She got screwed over last year - she had it in the bag and Silz bloody stole it away from her. 

To the reports:
A's (16-2-0) v B's (2-16) - NO REPORT -
so I will guess these things happened. Orken dunked and all was right with the world, Foo did many Euro steps and looked nonplussed, Liam hit many 3's (I know this happened cos I saw the scoresheet), Phil got mad cos his teammates did something that displeased him, Jack yelled at Phil for being mad, Phill Farrer tried super hard and watched his teammates try not as hard as him and he was "philled" with rage but quelled his furious anger and got rebounds, Jono looked lost because there was no one to pass to (note: Gus is overseas), Tim, Dillon and Mitch chugged along thinking "when will this freaking season be over", Brendon thought "buckets, buckets, buckets, buckets, buckets" for 40 minutes. A's win 67-26 - Liam 22, Phil 17, Orks 12 - Mitch 14 (nice work), Brendon 5, Moops 4.

C's (15-3) v SPOC B (7-11) - Written by Jay -
We were missing Goody and Lachy, but Saints were even shorter as they only brought out 5 for the game. We quickly got on top of them, with Krantz doing work down low and Jay hitting three 3s in the first half. Their lone big guy picked up his 5th foul right before the half, getting a tech for the road. The game was essentially over at that point as Saints were already down 23-8. We got a little bit messy in the 2nd half as the steam was out of the contest and we were trying to run fast breaks the majority of the time. Final score 55-24. Jay 16, Krantz and Ned 10, Jamie and Alex 9. 

D's (11-8) v Unley Park A (3-15) -
We had 8 for the 1st time this season and it took a bit to get in the flow - Unley were playing an odd D and it threw off our rhythm. I can't really remember a whole lot - Thommo was scoring inside heaps, Palky hit a couple of 3's (took lots in his limited minutes), NEWS FLASH: Madman hit baseline jumpers, Purge got an and-1 layup and a 3, Rough was everywhere, Stu was quiet, Fooey was getting to the basket and finishing lefty, A played great D. Win 54-29 - Thommo 15, Rough 9, Palk and Purge 6.

E's (8-9) v Knightsbridge A (10-1-5) - Written by Max -
After an up and down season the E's clinched their place in the finals with a dominant victory over the top of the ladder (albeit slightly depleted) Knightsbridge team. Max got the scoring going with a couple of long jumpers, however Knightsbridge replied with successive three pointers to keep things close. Tye came off the bench with a great shooting display of his own, while Reggie was setting up opportunities on the fast break, allowing the E's to eek out an advantage.  A change of defensive tactic by the E's in the second half shut down Knightsbridge's outside shot and they wilted. It was too easy for Morgan around the basket finishing with 8 for the half. Special mention to Hendo with 4/4 from the free throw line!  The E's won convincingly in the end 42-19. Scoring was very balanced, Morgan had 10, Miller and Tye 8, Max with 7. Thanks to Sean for scoring for us.

F's (9-7) v SPOC C (6-2-9) - NO REPORT.
Loss 24-32. JT 14

G's (6-12) v Burnside A (11-7) - NO REPORT.
Loss 22-30. Reid 6, Cale, Nelly 4.

Lady Reds (12-6) v Unley Park A - This was must win the Lady Reds if they were going to finish top 2 - SPOILERS: they didn't win. Halftime was close with the Reds down 3. The 2nd half Unley's best player went nuts and scored 17 of their 22 points - they couldn't keep her off the glass and she made FT after FT. Reds struggled from the floor and were missing a lot of jumpers. Tough day - we will meet them again. Loss 19-34. Jordy 7, Rachel 6, Tracey 4.

Palky's Player of the Week - Week 18: I dunno ... Liam I guess haha!

Week 19 Game Times: 
A's v Gateway A - 5.10 @ Saints
B's v SPOC A - 3.30 @ Saints
C's v D's - 2.40 @ Saints
E's v F's - 2.40 @ Mars Crt 2 ... short 3 point line =)
G's Spicer A - 3.30 @ Mars Crt 3
Lady Reds v St Casmir - 1.00 @ Immanuel

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

2016 SACBA Week 17 Results

The Players’ Player Awards Night is on – Saturday 27th August @ The Seven Stars. It is the night of our last minor round game. This is the night where we award each Saturday Team’s Best Player according to his teammates – by tallying all the votes that have been meticulously kept throughout the season. It is like the Brownlow … but 8 of them all on the one night. We can arrive from 6.30pm (earlier if you want a cheeky drinks before the count) – the count will start at 7.00pm. The count should wrap up around 10.00pm. You can order meals from 6.30pm. Food and drinks are pay as you go. You need to let me know ASAP - just write in the comment section (likes will not be attributed as attending ... just an indication that you like said event)– so please respond because there’s a lot to be organised and the less time I have to spend chasing people the better – in your response let me know if you plan on having a meal (I need to let the venue know). You can bring as many guests as you like – everyone welcome – partners, friends, family etc. We will have the Betting Boards again. Always a great night – beer, food, vote counting, basketball chat and possibly Intercol games.

To the reports:
A's v Gateway A - Written by Jack - Gateway decided not to bring out any players over 5'11 and we genuinely did whatever we liked. Scored 90odd points without getting out of first gear. They played ok and shot heaps of threes, but the 38pt margin did not reflect how much of a blow out this actually was. Thanks to Lenny for scoring. Win 87-49 - Orks 24-, Phil and Foo 19

B's v SPOC B - Written by Brendon - The B's played against the old enemy Saints at Saints, starting off in the usual 2-3 zone due to low numbers. The B's were feeding Phil inside whilst Tim & Brendon were getting out on the break. For Saints Yeo & Gibbons were penetrating, Halftime B's 23-28 Saints. The second half didn't start off well for the B's, with missed shots & turnovers occurring regularly which lead to fast breaks & easy looks for Saints. Saints were more composed on the day, final score B's 34-52 Saints - Brendon 15, Phil 11. Thanks to Sean for scoring & coaching.

C's v Unley Park A - Written by Jay - Unley is last in our league and the Ds always smash them, but they always seem to give us trouble. Saturday’s game was no exception as Unley scored the first 8 points and were up double digits most of the first half, ending up leading us 22-11 at the break. They only had 5 players though, and we knew if we picked up the tempo they would start to struggle. Jamie and Ned were hustling all over the court causing turnovers, and Jamie continued his hot-second half trend, hitting three 3s and scoring 15.  We started hitting our open shots and were up 8 with 2 mins to go. They were able to keep it interesting and cut it down to 3 in the final 20 seconds or so (but for some reason didn’t foul us with the ball to try and get the ball back). Ended up winning 43-40. Jamie 17, Lachy 7, Jay and Ned 6.

D's v SPOC B - Up against Saints for what felt like the 6th time this season ... that is because it was. We have won by 17, 13, 11, 12 (and lost once). They do Saints-y things and we need to try and stop them from getting the O glass and making open jumpers. The D's picked Saints apart in the first half - Stu was getting to the basket, Thommo and A were dominating low socring 12 points between them, Madman in his return game made back to back jumpers from his corner - up 26-13 at half time. Second half was a bit more free flowing - one guy from Saints hit his 3rd and 4th 3 - which Palk was having none of and made four 3's in the 2nd half. Thommo, Roughie, Foo and Madman all scored a couple of baskets and Stu did Stu things - getting to the basket and finishing with layups - because he is good at layups. D's win 65-37. Stu with 17, Thommo 13, Palk 12, Madman 8.

E's v Big Sunday A - Written by Max - After a couple of close losses we thought we were out of finals contention this year, however the competitive Central 2/3 league keeps throwing up surprises with the teams around us on the ladder also tripping over themselves. This week shaped up to be a critical game with the 4th placed ‘E’s up against the 5th placed Big Sunday team, which we had lost to on our previous two encounters. Both teams started very intensely on the defensive end limiting early scoring opportunities. Mid way through the half Road Train came alive out muscling everyone around the ring, scoring and going to the free throw line multiple times. The highlight was a ridiculous fade away jump shot from outside the key on the baseline. Kara was battling away inside as well, inspiring everyone with a back to the basket post move that he finished so strong there might as well have been steam coming out of his ears! The second half was a great team effort by the E’s with some superb passages of play that weren’t always reflected on the scoresheet. E’s ran out winners 30-19, Road Train top scored with 10 but a balanced effort with everyone getting points. Thanks to super fill in BB for providing an extra spark off the bench and Kara’s dad for coming out to score for us.


G's v Big Sunday B - NO REPORT. Loss 29-39. Nick 23, Reid 5.

Lady Reds v Happy Valley A - NO REPORT. Win 43-22. Alicia and Jordy 13, Tracey 9.

Palky's Player of the Week - Week 17: Some great performances - all in the A's, Brendon's 1st half,
Jamie's 2nd half, Stu, Road Train ... but lets give it to a fill in who I have never met or never seen -
Nick "Lanky" Smolanko with 23 of his teams 29 points in the G's. Well done Lanky!

Week 18 Game Times:
A's v B's @ 4.20 - St Peters Crt 1 
C's v SPOC B @ 2.40 - St Peters Crt 1
D's v Unley A @ 1.50 - St Peters Crt 2
E's v Knightsbridge A @ 1.50 - St Peters Crt 1
F's v SPOC C @ 3.30 - St Peters Crt 1
G's v Burnside A @ 3.30 - Mars Crt 1
Lady Reds v  Unley A @ 3.30 - Wayville Crt 1 *Palky's Game of the Week - the Lady Reds have to win to give them a chance of finishing top 2.

Free Throws - Week 17
1. Thur - 58.1% *didn't move because I was not provided the scoresheet
2. A - 57.6%
3. Mon A - 56.7% (up 4%) - Up 1
4. Wed - 54.1% - Down 1
5. D - 50.0% - Up 1
6. Mon B - 49.6% - Down 1
7. B - 47.3%
8. C - 44.2%
9. E - 40.5% (up 3%) - Up 1
10. G - 40.2% - Down 1
11. F - 37.1%
12. Lady Reds - 34.7%

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

2016 SACBA Week 15 Results

2 links to get us started this week. Here is a guy reacting to Ben Simmons' high school mixtape . Here are things never noticed.

Aussie Boomers start this Saturday night. You'd be surprised how hard the schedule is to find so here is something I have put together - I am pretty sure it is correct. Aussies have to win one of their 1st 2 games if they are any chance of a medal.

Australia v France Sun., 7 Aug. 2:45 AM
Australia v Serbia Tue., 9 Aug. 2:45 AM
Australia v United States Thu. 11 Aug. 7:30 AM
Australia v China Sat., 13 Aug. 2:45 AM
Australia v Venezuela Mon., 15 Aug. 7:30 AM

To the reports:
A's (13-2-0) v B's (2-13) - Written by Mike - This is often a game hard to feel good about, At least one team walks away disappointed. The A's had their full 6 squad whilst B's made some phone calls to bring together a team with Tauny, Alex and Manners lending a hand to replace Phill, Self and Gussy. The game started in A's favour, again getting out on the break early and capitalising with some good inside passes, no one that could really Guard Orken in the B's line up. Luckily for them, Orken would throw down a monstrous dunk, and with safety in mind, took his time to land. This was met with a tech, and another tech for complaining about the first one. Well done officials, way to over control a friendly game.  A's down to 5 players, B's caught some momentum and brought the gap to 5 points at the break 21-16. The A's regrouped, pressed and changed the pace of the game. B's struggled to break the press and capitalise on opportunities when they did. Some stand out efforts by the B's but unfortunately over shadowed by a 40+ point half by the A's. A's win 65-27. A's - Foo 19, Liam 12, Phil 11, B's Mitch 8, Brendon 7, Moops 6.

C's (12-3) v SPOC C (6-9) - Written by Jay - Keen to avenge an ugly intercol loss, we started off…slowly. Saints were getting to the basket and scoring on offensive rebounds and we were out of sync, not scoring for the first 4 or 5 mins. Eventually some good movement resulted in Jay hitting a few 3s and Ned, Jamie and Goody scored inside and we were able to hang around, down 21-17 at the half. The 2nd half was a completely different story as we started pushing the pace and picking up our defence. Lachie was driving relentlessly, scoring and dishing when Saints collapsed around him. Ned was making them pay from the line, and Alex and Jamie both were hitting shots from deep. Saints only scored 5 in the half (quite late as well), and we ended up with a nice win 37-26. Jay 9, Lachie 8, Ned 7.

D's (9-6) v Unley A (3-12) - D's win by forfeit.

E's (6-8) v Blackwood A (5-1-7) - Written by Max - It was a tale of two halves for the E’s against Blackwood on Saturday. In the first half Blackwood were happy to shoot away from behind the 3 point line but couldn’t find the net. The E’s utilized their size advantage to dominate the defensive boards. At the other end the E’s showed flashes of brilliance. This included Road Train scoring off of a give and go, as well as some nifty passing between Morgan and Road Train around the keyway. Blackwood made a couple of late 3 pointers to pull back the E’s lead to 16-10 at the half time break. In the second half Blackwood found their shot including five 3 pointers and a number of long 2 point jump shots. Blackwood were making these shots in spite of decent defense from the E’s. The scoreline pegged along fairly closely for most of the half but the E’s 2 pointers couldn’t keep pace with their outside shooting. Morgan had a blinder with 13 points in the second half. In the end Blackwood came away with the win 43-39. Morgan had 14 points, Max and Sam had 7 each. A welcome return from Kobe after missing 8 weeks with injury. Thanks to Stu for scoring for us.

F's (8-6) v Knightsbridge A (9-4) - NO REPORT. Win 36-20. G 11, JT 10, Charlie 5. Come on lads ... someone can send me 4 sentences a week.

Because there is no F's report I will do a quick look at the next 4 weeks in the Central 2/3 Grade as it is very close. Below is the ladder as it now stands and the next 4 games. Note - all the teams that have 2 byes - got an extra 2 points. The E's and Taperoo only had 1 bye. 1* in the Bye column means they have had one bye and they have another one coming up.

The Knightsbridge v Taperoo and E v F game in Week 19 are huge and will likely shape the finals. The E's have an interesting draw - they play the top and the bottom teams, as the team they are vying for 4th with - their destiny is well and truly in their own hands and they could do a favour for the E's. The F's have a decent draw home (except the bye). The team that is probably in the best position is Taperoo - if they win their remaining games - they could really help the Reds.

TeamPosPoints%ForAgPlayWonLostDrawByesWeek 16Week 17Week 18Week 19
Knightsbridge Baptist A1341074414111510401*BYESPOC CETaperoo
PAOCBC F230101426419158601*St PaulBYESPOC CE
Taperoo Uniting A33099407411158411BlackwoodNorthgateBig SundayKnightsbridge
Big Sunday A426109376343156612SPOC ETaperooBlackwood
PAOCBC E526106472443156801NorthgateBig SundayKnightsbridgeF
Blackwood C of C A62496508527155712TaperooSt PaulNorthgateBig Sunday
St Paul's O.S.72399450451126501*FBlackwoodBYENorthgate
SPOC C82294468496153921*Big SundayKnightsbridgeFBYE
Northgate A92289415462155712ETaperooBlackwoodSt Pauls

G's (6-9) v Golden Grove A (11-4) - NO REPORT. Loss 20-36. Reid 13, Matt 3. Player Scorer 2. See F's comment above.

Lady Reds (10-5) v CityReach A (11-4) - Lady Reds had to win on Saturday to be any chance of finishing top 2. Reds started well with Megan and Alicia hiting early 3's and Rachel and Jordy getting to the basket - Reds up 16-7 at halftime. This was almost exactly the same scoreline last time we played CityReach - and then they scored 32 in a half. And once again CityReach came out hot - hitting jumpers that they were missing in the 2st half, scoring inside. The Reds kept the scoreboard ticking over - Jordy had a nice couple of jumpers inside, Tracey scored on the break, Rachel hit Hannah inside - when Megan hit a big 3 the score got back out to 6 and the Lady Reds were able to hold them off. Big win 31-27. Rachel and Jordy 8 and Megan 6. This was a big win for the team - 1. to prove that they can beat these girls and 2. it puts them 1 game behind. The Reds will need to beat Unley in 3 weeks if they are any chance of finishing top 2. Big month ahead.  

Palky's Player of the Week - Week 15 - Tough one this week. I'm going to give it to G - his 2nd half 11 points against Knightsbridge held them off in an important win.

Game Times - Week 16:
A's v SPOC A - 3.30 - St Peters Crt 1
B's v Gateway A - 5.10 - St Peters Crt 1
C's v D's - 2.40 - St Peters Crt 1
E's v Northgate A - 1.50 - St Peters Crt 1
F's v St Pauls A - 4.20 - St Peters Crt 1
G's v SPOC D - 2.40 - Mars Crt 1
Lady Reds v Trinity A - 1.00pm - Wayville Crt 1