2017 HELLOWORLD U18'S & KEVIN COOMBS CUP RECAP- DAY 8

2017 HELLOWORLD U18'S & KEVIN COOMBS CUP RECAP- DAY 8

Game reports and final standings from Day 8 of the Helloworld U18's Championships and Kevin Coombs Cup held in Townsville, Queensland.

Under-18 Women Playoff 5/6
SA Country 43 def. by Qld South 78
The signs were good early for Qld South as they pushed out to a four-point lead at quarter-time and the margin continued to grow beyond that mark as they ran away comfortable winners. Their defence proved the deciding factor, holding SA Country to just 16% shooting while they shot 43% themselves and owned a 40-16 advantage in the paint courtesy of Jade Kirisome and Jessica McDowell-White (six points, 13 rebounds, five assists).

Under-18 Men Playoff 12/13
NT 89 def. by WA Country 100
A highly entertaining game saw both teams put on an offensive clinic, shooting over 40% from the field and combining for 12 three-pointers. In a tight contest, NT had the game tied early in the fourth quarter but WA Country's work on the glass eventually saw them prevail as they finished +28 in rebounds, +21 in offensive rebounds and +21 in second chance points. Matthew Leary, Archie Hall and Lucas Goff all recorded double-doubles to answer Max Davies (18 points, 11 rebounds) and the near triple-double of Joel Stevens.

Under-18 Men Playoff 5/6
Tas 55 def. by Qld South 74
Tas jumped out of the blocks with a strong defensive first term, holding their opponents to just nine points but Qld South were able to break through the shackles in a 28-10 second quarter to turn the tide. Tasmania had another run in them, cutting the margin to single-digits midway through the third but it would be as close as they would get as Qld South consolidated the win behind 43 combined points from Frazer Roberts and Chol Guet who shot 9-11 from the field.

Under-18 Women Playoff 7/8
NSW Country 51 def. by NSW Metro 60
An interstate rivalry to cap off Day 8 for these sides saw NSW Metro's second unit carry them over the line. They trailed by seven points early on but took control following that slow start to lead by as much as 15 in the final term. NSW Country sent a couple of scares through the opposition camp with an 11-5 run to finish the game as they won the points in the paint battle 30-22 and scored ten second chance points but a 10-24 loss in bench points proved the difference. Sadie Walsh-Gay and Meg Jefferson combined for 19 points to answer Matilda Flood's eight points, 14 rebounds and four steals.

Under-18 Men Playoff 7/8
WA Metro 57 def. by Vic Country 74
After a back-and-forth first half that saw the lead change hands three times in the second quarter, the game was all tied at half-time. Vic Country stepped up to another gear in the third term, blowing WA Metro with a 20-6 run as their defence restricted any easy chances. Three players finished in double-figure scoring for WA Metro but they could not contain the entire Vic Country roster as Nick Grantham and Matthew Cumming scored 28 of their team's 35 bench points.

Under-18 Women Bronze Medal
Qld North 79 def. by Vic Metro 84
Vic Metro were able to silence the home crowd early and take the momentum with a 26-10 first quarter before they extended the lead to 22 by the main break. Qld North were not done with though and raced back into the contest with a 28-13 third term and twice in the final term, they were able to cut the deficit to a one-possession game. Alex Fowler was critical in the comeback while Haylee Andrews had six points, 12 rebounds and 13 assists but four Vic Metro starters scored in double-digits to clinch the win with Cassidy Gould, Isobel Anstey (11 points, eight boards) and Isis Lopes (13 points, nine rebounds, five steals) all starring.

Under-18 Men Bronze Medal
NSW Country 72 def. by NSW Metro 93
Pride as well as a bronze medal was on the line in this clash as the two New South Wales teams went head to head. NSW Metro never truly let their opponents into the game though, winning every term after owning a handy 17-point margin at half-time. 40 bench points for NSW Country was a shining light while Lachlan Dent added 15 points and four assists but NSW Metro packed the paint to score 70 around the rim courtesy of Benjamin Fakira and Hunter Goodrick's 46 combined points. Hayden Blankley (14 points, 11 boards) also had a double-double off the bench.

Kevin Coombs Cup Bronze Medal
Vic 74 def. NSW 36
Victoria grabbed their second bronze medal of the day with an excellent defensive display against NSW, giving up one only quarter of 9+ points. They scored 36-9 off turnovers but just as impressive was their passing as they tallied 29 assists thanks to Jeremy Tyndall (ten points, seven rebounds, ten assists and five steals), Jontee Brown (20 points, nine boards, three assists) and Brian Carminati (18 points, ten rebounds, four assists). Georgia Munro-Cook stood out, playing all 40 minutes to finish with 23 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and three steals in a complete performance.

Kevin Coombs Cup Gold Medal
Qld Maroon 63 def. Qld White 38
Qld Maroon were the favourites heading into this contest and they lived up to the expectations, winning every quarter on their way to the gold medal. They started the game ominously with the first eight points and continually looked inside where they tallied a 52-18 advantage in the paint. Qld Maroon were simply too quick on the break while Tom O'Neill-Thorne (27 points, eight rebounds, five assists) and Tom Holland (12 points, six rebounds, four assists) combined for 14 steals to help them to 37 points off turnovers. Qld White were led by Anderson Parker's double-double of 12 points and ten boards while Dylan Gawthorne combined 12 rebounds with eight points.

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Under-18 Women Gold Medal
SA Metro 59 def. by Vic Country 60
It was a defensive grind to start this game with both teams perhaps showing some nerves from the opening tip while their defences were exceptional and did not allow for any easy shots. A 13-9 first term was enough for Vic Country to hold a half-time advantage but SA Metro were able to take control out of the main break and gain their biggest lead of the match, four points. Vic Country never panicked though and re-gained the lead heading into the last term. There, they looked to have the gold medal sewn up when Jaz Shelley (13 points, five rebounds) moved them ahead by nine with under four minutes to go but SA Metro responded with a desperate 8-0 run courtesy of Samantha Simons (15 points, four rebounds, four assists) and Zoe Walker-Roberts (eight points, three assists). The last two minutes saw a return to how the game started as no easy shots were allowed and while Vic Country did not sure for the final 4:33, they managed to hang on for their first Under-18 title since 2000.

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Under-18 Men Gold Medal
Vic Metro 79 def. Qld North 77
As with the women's gold medal game, this one went right down to the wire in a match that saw nine lead changes. Vic Metro had the ascendancy for most of the first half but it was never a comfortable lead as Samson Froling (29 points, 13 rebounds, five blocks) kept them honest in the paint. Qld North then began to turn the tide in the third quarter, putting together an 18-12 term as they dried up Vic Metro's offence. With just over five minutes remaining in the game, their lead was eight points but a Sean MacDonald three sparked an 8-0 run for Vic Metro to tie it with 3:40 left. Riley Clarke (ten points, seven boards, seven assists) gave Qld North a handy buffer with a three-pointer of his own but MacDonald had the answer again, drilling consecutive makes from downtown. Kody Stattman (24 points, nine boards, three steals) then connected on an and-one play off a steal to the rapturous support of the home crowd but MacDonald (20 points, five assists) and Austin Bradtke were level-headed at the offensive end with two quick makes to tie things at 77-77. Bradtke had the chance to put them ahead from the free-throw line and although he missed, Vic Metro secured the offensive rebound and Oliver Hayes-Brown (five points, six rebounds) was then able to put them ahead inside the last ten seconds. Qld North had one final opportunity to win the game but Vic Metro's interior defence held strong to record a famous win and defend their 2016 title.

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FINAL STANDINGS

Under-18 Men
1. Vic Metro
2. Qld North
3. NSW Metro
4. NSW Country
5. Qld South
6. Tas
7. Vic Country
8. WA Metro
9. ACT
10. SA Metro
11. SA Country
12. WA Country
13. NT

Under-18 Women
1. Vic Country
2. SA Metro
3. Vic Metro
4. Qld North
5. Qld South
6. SA Country
7. NSW Metro
8. NSW Country
9. WA Metro
10. ACT
11. WA Country
12. Tas

Kevin Coombs Cup
1. Qld Maroon
2. Qld White
3. Vic
4. NSW
5. WA

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