Thursday, 30 May 2019

2019 #5 Round 3 Recaps - Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

SAABL Division 1

A’s v Saints Blue by Lachy

Going into Game 3 of the season, we knew we were down one man - young Stu had tweaked his back, and couldn't play. We probably should have asked him to come score, but we're kinda forgetful. 3 hours prior to the game we had another pull out - Scotty had to work. But wait! He was going to try to finish early and make it to the game. Spoilers - he didn't. That's fine, we say. We'll still have six.

In our post warm up and pre ball up huddle, we ask "Can their new guy shoot?". "Nope!" Lachie says confidently, before turning to see the new guy drill a 3. "Eh, I'm not worried about that" says Liam. Cue to that guy making some sweet contested 3 pointers.

The game itself started well, with Lachie getting to the hole for the first 4 points for the Reds. New Guy made a 3 and Christian scored inside to keep it close. Saints started to get out a bit, but Brendon then Mike got to the line before Brendo made a 2-pair to tie to game back up.  Reds got out a slight lead next, before Saints cut it back to tied again. Cue a  quick timeout from Reds to discuss and rest.

Facebook Messenger shows it's around about this time into the game that we receive a message from our elusive 6th player informing us that he will be unable to make todays game ¯\_(
)_/¯. Some more back-and-forth scoring and another Reds timeout to conserve energy, and we go into the half time break down by 1 point. Oranges all round!

MIKEY! Opens the 2nd half with a foul. Classic Mike! Christian and Mike trade 3's before Goodall sends Mike to the line to tie it up at 31 a piece. Phill scores inside and Saints call a time out, the cowards. Unfortunately, even with the extra time out Reds are beginning to flag in energy and Christian finds his groove from the arc. Reds call a time out to discuss, and Liam comes out to knock his own 3. Huzzah!

Undeterred, Christina continues to knock down 3's. Now, it might sound like he's working hard and getting his shots but there were a couple of unfortunate long rebounds to fell into his hands for open shots. Gotta get body on guys!

Mike and Phill both score inside to cut the lead to 3 and Saints time out again. Reds decide it's past time to swap to man defence. Lots of back and forth and some good steals get the game back to tied before Goodall gets to the line for one made free throw.
Mike takes it to the hole for the 1 point lead, but oh no! New Guy hits a 3 again. Reds time out. Reds run an inbound play, get an open 3 - it's off!

BUT WAIT!! REDS TAKE A CHARGE OFF THE REBOUND! 2nd chance for inbound play, the look this time isn't quite as nice as the first and doesn't go. Game finished up 61-63 Saints win. A lot to take away from this game, and we have everything we need to know to beat the handily next time.

Likely votes: Phill, Liam, Mike, Brendon

SAABL Division 2

B’s v Southside Spartans by Charlie

Karamoose opened the scoring account for the Reds with a classy pull-up jumper but it was an otherwise slow start. We failed to take care of the ball early, allowing #20 for them to get in the passing lanes and out on the break. We fell down 8 before B hit a three from the top of the arc to steady us. A timeout and switch to zone worked well to close out the first half, as we started to assert our size inside on the contest.

It wasn’t an aesthetically pleasing game for spectators, but after an ugly 6 minutes of basketball to start the second half the Reds took an 8-point lead on the back of physical defensive and hustle, with Jon and Tim both scoring at the line. The Spartans got themselves back in the game through some opportunistic offensive rebounding and transition buckets. Fast forward to … scores level with 12.2 seconds remaining and we had the ball after a timeout. Jon secured the inbound and looked to have beaten his man of the dribble before he was fouled. He hit the first and missed the second. Reds held on to win 40-38 after another round of FTs with both teams in the bonus.

The post-game assessment was we played shit but won, which is what you need to sometimes. The entire team headed to the Kent Town for beers to celebrate and discuss the upcoming frivolities for Saturday evening. $0.50 chicken wings were the real winners, and the fact Brandon has never thought to open his mouth and take a drink of water while in the shower the revelation …

Scorers: Self 19, Brandon 12, Tim 5

C’s v Titans BC by Jon Foo

The C's were up against the Titans this week. With the Cs missing Cam it was clear from the outset that the titans had a substantial height advantage. The Cs got out to an early 5-0 lead with a Dillon fast break layup and a 3 from Dan. The Titans came back strong hitting a couple 3s and scoring inside. Their length made scoring difficult and they dominated the glass racking up second chance points. After falling behind by double digits the Cs ended the first half with some momentum. Morgan scored a tough and-1, Darcy scored inside and Dylan hit a mid-range jump shot. Cs down 7 at the half.

The second half was tightly contested. Jon started scoring in transition but struggled to convert at the free throw line. Dylan and Dan hit 3s to keep us in the game. The Titans continued scoring as well, making some 3s and several deep 2s. Ultimately we tied the second half and ended up losing by 7.

Final Score: Titans 54 defeat Reds 47

Scorers: Jon 13, Dan 10, Darcy 9

SAABL Division 3

D’s (All Stars) v Punjab Lions by Manners

The All-stars welcome back Matt “Rough” Just for his first game in over 12 months as they took on newcomers to the comp the Punjab Lions.  The Stars off to a sluggish start giving up 10 points to nil in the first 3 minutes.  Stars fought back to be down only 7 at the half. Max Power hitting 3’s and in his return, Roughie getting looks inside and finishing well.

Second half had the Stars hang in there, lead hovering around 7-8 points with only a few minutes left, Lions’ lead ballooned out late as Stars end up going down by 15. Stars lamenting some missed defensive rebounds leading to easy put backs for Lions,  couple of failures to get back on D and  couple of costly turnovers which together  was the difference. Lunny a trooper playing a full 40 mins so important was his rebounding and presence.

Final Score: Lions 53 defeat Reds 38

Points: Max Power with 14, Roughie a welcome return with 11

E’s v Adelaide Uni Blacks 3 by Ollie

This week PAOCBC Red 3 took on Adelaide University Blacks. This team was a lot larger with 9 people against our 6. The game began with a very even start going basket for basket until halfway through the second quarter. Adelaide University then got off to a small lead with some quick handoffs and transition that came from some slack passing on our behalf.

These turnovers were reduced after a chat at half time and began our run to get into the lead. The run was led by Tim Sibly from the three-point line and the inside post game from Ollie Fox. The rest of the team were brilliant with their rebounding and defensive stops only allowing one inside shot in the fourth quarter which is a credit to the Ben Orken in the middle of the zone. All in all a great game from the boys.

Final Score: Reds 47 defeat Blacks 43

Top scorers: Tim Sibly 18, Ollie Fox 13

F’s v Saints White 3 by Road Train

We had a squad of 6 this week as we lined up against a young and bouncy Saints team. Or very nearly two teams, as they had 9 players. What we were lacking in numbers and youthful athletic ability we made up in cunning, size and strength. The game was reasonably even throughout the first three quarters or so, but we played hard and got a few free throws in (unlike us, generally speaking) to seal the win by a comfortable 15 points. Our first win of the season, hopefully not the last.

They played a man defence, often full court, for much of the game, but it didn’t help them hugely as it was pretty sloppy. Once anywhere near the basket we were too strong and their foul count showed how hacky they got while trying to stop us.

Hendo impressed with 1, 2 and 3 point plays on his way to 11. Caldy also finished on 11, mostly due to running hard. B-Rad with 9, could well have been many more if first attempts or free throws had dropped. RT with 8, 4 coming uncharacteristically from free throws, including a 3 point play. Nele with 4 points, and some great steals off lazy opposition inbound passes. He was also on the receiving end of an unsportsmanlike foul, but couldn’t convert at the line. Flair with 1 point and 2 fouls.

Fouls were a major part of the game for both teams, we all managed to get at least one, with a game total of 14. Saints were in even more trouble with 23 in total, only 2 of their 9 players staying clean.

Once again a personal highlight was a skinny opposition player trying to run through me, twice, and even picking up a charge for his efforts. Beers by Caldy, Doritos and shiny meat by RT were well received post game. MIA Trev and Phil.

SACBA Central Men 3

G’s (Rookie Reds) v vs Gawler B by Noah

This round had many highlights, firstly the whole team would like to thank Reggie for all that he has done for our team, with this week's game being the last he plays. He has been a great solid player in our team who always helped show his experience when it mattered most.

This week's game was a surprise, after rocking up to the match to notice that we would actually have a game, came as a surprise to many boys on the team, as our opponents ‘Gawler B’ had forfeited all their games to date.  We had a very low manned team this week, especially with the missing Martins Lidums off running around Adelaide in a half marathon the team knew we had to bring our A game. With the arrival of the new gear the team spent 5-10 minutes admiring ourselves and how good we looked and then we finally started our game. The game was alright nothing really exciting, just a 63-8 victory. We held our opposition to 1 point in the first half with some really good unselfish team basketball and a strong zone defence. We ran hard on the break and finished well at the rim, with everyone contributing well on both ends of the floor.

With this win now putting the team on top of the ladder with a record of 3-1. This round also helped many individuals as they were able to get on the leader board for some personal accomplishments. With Noah Miles stacking the leader boards on average points, match points and free throws made. Liam Rippon (Ollie Fox) are currently sitting well on the 3 pointers made. But most importantly Lachlan Crawford sitting on a very impressive 10 fouls which puts him 4th on total fouls. If anyone would like to ask Lachlan how his second half went, I'm sure he will be able to enlighten you on that topic

Final Score: Rookie Reds defeated Gawler B 63 - 8

Top scorers: Miles 18, Ottanelli 12, Crawford 10

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