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.

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