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.

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