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SACBA Round 7
PAOCBC Red (4th)
Christies beach Baptist A (6th)
In our 4th game in Central 1 the Reds were yet to register a win – we’d had a close loss, a loss by a few, and a bigger loss last week. There’s some good teams - but we feel that we can compete – and as the highest div now we’re calling it the new Church A Grade.
From a squad of 8 we were down a few – Hahnz was unavailable, BB’s ankle needed another week, and Josh was recovering from a minor medical procedure * – inside word is that he’ll be playing as Jocelyn for the Lady Reds next season. The call went out and Mike Tye’s stepson Mak came in for his 2nd game for us – it was the Return of the Mak.
Christies Beach played the 1st couple of minutes with 4 and (as everyone else is in the league) looked younger and more athletic than us. But they seemed a bit lethargic and we were happy to take it up to them.
Reggie was aggressive on the drive early (something missing from his earlier games) and was rewarded with 3 trips to the line in the 1st half along with a long J. Cam made a nice cut down the guts, JT with a bomb, Mak, Mike & Max all finishing well to have a good spread and open an early lead.
Defensively CB didn’t have a lot of inside presence and were happy to shoot from long range, we closed out fairly well and went into the half with a 27-19 lead.
With our first half -aggression we’d also forced CB into the bonus, giving them some foul trouble for the 2ndhalf. Having switched to a 3-2 we forced CB to take their 3s earlier and from further out.
With a soft charge (borderline flop) by Reggie, their big guy fouled out and we only had 4 to contend with. At the same time we ran the break a bit, particularly JT and Mak. Max hit a nice ‘and-1’, Cam worked hard on the glass and dropped a couple himself and Mike kept forcing the issue by taking it at the D and giving us good looks.
We outscored CB 18-9 in the second for a solid 45-28 win, our first in Central 1.
A good spread of scorers - Reggie with 9, Cam & Jimmy with 7. Bringing our Central 2 results, we are 2nd on the ladder – but there’s only 2 points between 1st & 5th
Special thanks to Kellie for stepping into score – apparently her last time because she has to concentrate too much & can’t bag us from the sideline.
noting serious, a couple of stitches, but that doesn’t make for a good story now does it?!?!
SACBA Round 9
PAOCBC Gold (2nd)
Our Saviour Hubtitans G (6th)
There was a squad of four, with one spectator, as the worst of the afternoon was upon us. Dedicated individuals working as a team in near impossible conditions. Luckily the heavy rain passed pretty quickly and the keg emerged unscathed.
Everyone bar Hendo (family responsibilities) had been participating in the Mike provided beers, but when the rain got too heavy the lightweights bailed. Luckily a few more hardy souls kept the party going.
Some time prior to that we had a full team present on Court 3 at Wayville. Flair was in attendance, but not suited up after waking up with a dodgy knee. He took Caldy’s advice and tried rubbing it out (post game conversation told us that he rubbed twice, but got nowhere near the knee either time…), but decided discretion was the better part of valour and spent his game on the score bench.
I don’t know at this point who was in charge of the scoresheet, or the addition at then end of the game, but suffice to say Nele’s stats have improved somewhat this week…
If memory serves me, we last played this team at Unley High. Basketball (and the Gold Team) was not the winner that week. I did mention that with anything approaching a full team we would walk over those guys. Luckily my predictions came true.
In a birthday points feast B-Rad got 15 points. Most weeks this would guarantee the highest score for our team. But not this week.
Hendo turned on a blinder, with 19 for the game, 13 coming in the second half, including a sweet 3.
Nele shows 10 on the score sheet, although with 0 in the first and 2 in the second one would be forgiven for thinking that whoever was doing the post game addition might have confused his uniform number for a points scored tally (see earlier comment regarding stats).
Caldy and RT both with 8, both with 4 in each half to keep things balanced.
Trev and Mike both had 6, although Trot got his with two 3’s, while Mike had three 2’s.
The opposition had 6 players, 2 of whom didn’t trouble the scorers. 27 of their 38 points came from two players. Their very tall number 2 got 15 points, none of which came from inside. He was handy on defense, getting quite a few blocks until we learned to fake and wrong foot him inside.
In summary, it was our best game of the season so far. Our intensity was great. We had almost a full squad. We shot pretty well, rebounded well, played strong defence and generally didn’t do too much wrong. A good birthday game for B-Rad, who barely looked any older than he did two weeks ago.
Thanks to Flair for coming out to score, even in the light of his sleepiness induced by two rounds of self help massage.
SAABL Round 5
PAOCBC Reds (White) 2 (7th)
SPOC Saints 2 (Blue) (5th)
Reds line up against a very beatable Saints team, and unfortunately lose Alex for almost the game after a heavy knock to the knee inside the first 2 minutes. He battles on bravely and gives time for super sub Darcy Lord to come in. Reds defended well all game aside from giving-up up a couple of fast breaks-gave nothing easy and boxed out hard.
Late in the second reds get down 10 with just over 5 mins to go and with 3 bad foul calls lose Morgan who, together with Stu and Darcy had carved-up Saints zone with some nice inside play.
On the back of 2 massive 3’s and a mid-range from Ollie, and Alex running baseline and hitting the cutting Stu who was finishing well, together with some nice inside finishing in heavy traffic from Darcy manage to peg it back to within 2 with 2 mins to go – Saints rattled call a time out.
Reds continue to rally and level it with Stu going 2 from 2 at the line with only a minute to go, but Saints make 2 buckets over outstretched hands in the final minute. Reds lose by 4 in a gutsy effort from all. All of them showed tremendous fight all the way through and to come back from 10 so late in the game.
Scorers Ollie 14, Stu 21, Darcy 9
PAOCBC Red (Red Conferance, 1st)
Brooks Basketball Hit Squad
(Red Conferance, 6th)
In truly great sporting seasons, there is often a moment. I like to call it the Disney moment where a rag-tag bunch of underdogs take their team, a team beset by troubles, and find that one common bond that unifies them, galvanises them, and thrusts them forward to greatness. This was not that match. We are neither rag-tag nor underdogs. For a decade we have been a title winning machine of near German levels of efficiency. Die mannschaft if you will.
Though we had a hiccup last week against The Schvitz, the KB school of Ball was on the receiving end of the correction. The Reds went into the game chock full of confidence.
Probably more than would be expected considering the performance the previous week, but no less than is reasonable considering the previous decade. Talk of heavy scoring dominated the build-up and was delivered upon.
Though The Hit Squad opened the scoring, Phil responded with 3 seconds later and the Reds were never again headed. Fill dropped and-one early (37 to go) and Phill got his own and-one seconds later.
Noise, intensity, movement and finishing were all evident as the Reds attempted to atone. 11-0 and 17-0 runs filled the half as good shots in the half court combined with excellent running of the floor to spread the scoring throughout the team.
Phil was shooting well from deep, Jon and Jono particularly were getting on the break, we were getting stops from steals and, importantly, much stronger defensive rebounding underpinned an excellent first half.
Fill pointed out that Chad JR’d an offensive rebound off a foul shot, but we’re better than Cleveland – we scored of the play. 10 points in 90 seconds finished the half and a comfortable lead was secured: 46 – 17.
The Reds committed to trying other defences in the second half and these showed us some places to tidy up, but underlined that we have options we can try when we need to change it up.
Our offence continued to click along – Phil hit back to back threes then Jono copied minutes later, Frangers continued to run hard and find open midrange looks. Fill and Phill worked the man D hard inside and stopped The Hit Squad getting a foothold.
It always felt in control, but on reflection the second half was 33-30. A little bit sloppy on turnovers trying to keep the tempo up. Something to work on for the next blow out – keeping control while keeping the pedal down. Reds win 79-47.
Though this wasn’t a game to bring us all together, it was a strong and positive response that propped up our percentage in a conference where that is likely to matter. If my team mates are looking for a moment to crystallise our ambitions, I suggest looking no further than one of my favourite films of all time – Major League. I would endorse any attempts to unify any team by Lou Brown’s methods.
SAABL Round 6
PAOCBC Reds (White) 2 (7th)
Adelaide University Blacks (1st)
D’s lined up against top side Adel Uni. Roughie got us off the mark with a nice finish on a break finishing the pass from Stu. First half a low scoring tussle, Morgan, Stu and Ned all crashing the D boards - with Reds going into the half down 2.
In the second half Uni got going with reds 2-3 zone breaking down leading to some easy inside scoring by no. 40, reds found themselves down 8 and called time out to settle.
Reds fought back with some inside scoring from Morgan, the usual crafty finishing by Stu and some good D, and Ollie drains a massive 3 to give us the lead for the first time.
From then reds gave up a couple more easy 2’s inside and got down 5, until Ollie scored a huge and-one lay up and made the bonus free throw. Teams traded buckets from there with Morgan and Stu continuing to score inside.
Uni up one with 30 secs remaining make one of two from the line, making it a 2 point game – Reds Time out and decide to run clock. Uni come out in a man for the last possession and reds pass the ball well and late in the clock Ned takes on his man and makes an awesome scoop right hand lay up (no glass) and the game is tied with 6 seconds to go.
Ensuing Uni possession Reds wisely foul to burn some clock, Uni throws up a bad 3 and its overtime.
In overtime Uni came out with their best player making 2 free-throws, Morgan finishes inside again and reds down 2. Ryan gives up an unsportsman-like trying to stop a breakaway.
Next possession Reds turn it over and that’s the game. Reds showing tremendous fight to come back and force OT and are unlucky not to come away with the W.
Scorers Stu 17, Morgan 14, Ollie 10
SAABL Round 6
Db got lots of blocks
Billy hit 3s
Phil hit 3s
B’s hit Phil (no call)
Phil asked a question
Phil got tech foul
Phil hit more 3s
Michael missed free throws
Tyler missed the game entirely
A’s crashes boards
A’s crashed the party
A’s made the party good.