Australian Schools Championships: Finals Wrap
It's medals time at the 2009 Australian Schools Championships...
Match Reports – Friday – Grand Final Day
For all the results from the 2009 Australian Schools Championships, click here to go to the official tournament page.
Box Hill Senior Secondary College 75 def John Paul College 51 – Championship Women – Gold Medal Match
The first Gold Medal Match of the day saw Box Hill take on John Paul with both teams undefeated throughout the tournament. Although Box Hill has a more physical team, 3 of their players sat on the bench with injuries including Morgan Pink and Simone Reudin who were both members of Box Hill’s starting five. Box Hill’s captain Olivia Simmons knew she had to get her team pumped up to accommodate for the loss of these players. John Paul took advantage of Box Hill’s changed team structure and came out with confidence securing an early lead but Box Hill found their rhythm leading at the end of the first quarter 18-11. The game intensity picked up in the second quarter with both teams trying to take control and gain a comfortable lead in this Gold Medal Match. John Paul started to execute an effective offense taking advantage of their speed by penetrating and getting some easy baskets off the dish. The 3rd quarter saw Box Hill blow out the score with Bridget Deery nailing 17 points from the outside and pulling in 6 rebounds with Olivia Simmons and Emily Schill stepping up in the paint scoring 22 and 18 points respectively. Although John Paul were getting further behind Captain Tahlia Jeffress (12 points, 7 rebounds, 4 blocks) and Mikhaela Donnelly (23 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists) continued to fight. Box Hill went into the final quarter up 60-42 and never looked like giving up the lead ultimately taking the Championship with a 75-51 victory.
Caufield Grammar School 52 def Willetton Senior High 46 – Championship Men - Gold Medal Match
After a slow start Caulfield Grammar fought back to win the gold medal in the Men’s Championship Division, downing Willetton SH 52-46.
Caulfield’s Jared Dettmann top-scored with a 17 point, 10 rebound double double. AIS scholarship holder Jackson Hussey led Willetton with 14 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals.
Willetton led 16-13 at the first break but Caulfield turned it around with a 13-5 second quarter and take a five point lead into halftime, 26-21.
In the see-sawing match Caulfield stormed back to take a seven point lead midway through the third quarter, but a Simon Grant 3-pointer capped off a 9-0 run into the fourth quarter for Caulfield, keeping their noses in front, 41-39.
The defensive grind continued in the final quarter but Caulfield held on to take the win, and the championship.
Caulfield Grammar 60 def Xavier College 58 – Championship Women – Bronze Medal Match
Coming into an exciting final day of competition the atmosphere was high with the first Championship Medal match being Women’s Bronze, with last year’s champs Xavier College and Caulfield battling it out. Xavier had the upper hand having played a medal match before and came out with confidence gaining an early lead in the first quarter, 20-11. The second quarter saw Xavier maintain a comfortable lead but Caulfield seemed to be gaining a little momentum heading into the main break. The game was all tied up during the third and fourth quarters with Caulfield’s Marena Whittle strong under the basket shooting a game high 27 points and brining in 9 rebounds and 4 steals and Georgi Lovelace also scoring an impressive 15 points and getting a game high 13 rebounds keeping their team in the game and taking the lead late in the third. Xavier seemed to have made their run too early in the game looking tired with their shots dropping short but as always Emma Mahady who has had a fantastic tournament dominated at both ends of the floor hitting a huge 26 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals keeping her team’s chances alive. Caulfield was able to hold on in the end securing a 2 point win and placing them as Bronze Medal winners.
Newington College 55 def John Paul College 50 – Championship Men – Bronze Medal Match
The Bronze Medal match for the Championship Men saw Newington and John Paul fight it out. After a disappointing loss for Newington yesterday they definitely had to get back on top and come out firing in this game. Both teams executed a game plan focusing on penetration and sharp passes under the ring to find the easy shot. Newington used their post players well to get movement of the ball and make John Paul have to step up and play some tough defence. John Paul came out in the third running, scoring a quick 6 points from fast breaks narrowing the margin between the teams and tossing the Bronze Medal up for grabs. John Pauls Taylor Barry kept his team in the match shooting 15 points and bringing in 5 rebounds. Newington only had a 4 point lead going into the fourth but with Nic Kay top scoring for his team with 15 points and brought in 20 rebounds and Cameron Stewart hitting 14 points and 10 rebounds they continued to hold their narrow lead. With only 2 minutes to go the margin was 3 points with Newington in the lead. Two crucial free throws by Daniel Hill (9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists) and intense defence by Newington locked their Bronze medal and gave them a well deserved win 55-50.
Westfield Sports High School 64 def Willetton Senior High 38 – Championship Women – 5th/6th Playoff
Westfield Sports led from tip off as they down Willetton SH to take fifth place at the championship.
Rachael Cadee led all scorers with 21 points and added 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals for a terrific all-round game.
Establishing a 9-point lead at the first break, 20-11, Westfield Sports dominated as Willetton struggled to convert their chances.
The lead blew out in the third quarter as Willetton could not connect on a single field basket and Westfield Sports controlled the boards.
Willetton stood tough in the final quarter but the result was never in doubt.
Don Campus 74 def Lake Ginninderra College 71 – Championship Men – 5th/6th Playoff
Lucas Simpson starred as the Don Campus staged a mighty comeback to defeat Lake Ginninderra College 74-41 and finish fifth at the championship.
Simpson led all scorers with 34 points, 14 rebounds and 7 blocks.
After a tightly contested first half Don Campus led by five points but Lake Ginninderra kicked into gear in the third quarter, getting out to a ten point lead.
Taking an 8 point advantage into the fourth quarter Lake Ginninderra carried the momentum, stretching to a 13-point lead with 3 minutes remaining.
Don’s Joel Beveridge drained a 3-pointer to kickstart a final effort from Don and they chased down Lake Ginninderra College with all players getting in on the action, hustling in defence, crashing the boards.
Simpson scored 8 of his 34 points in the final two minutes to lead Don back into contention, levelling the scores at 71-71 with 43 seconds remaining. With 7 seconds on the clock Don Campus called a timeout and coming back on the court, Beveridge nailed a 3-pointer on the siren to steal the win.
Concordia College 59 V Brisbane State High School 67 – Championship Men – 7th/8th Playoff
With both teams not having the best run in the tournament Concordia and Brisbane State played off in the first timeslot of the final day of competition for 7th/8th spot. From the whistle Brisbane came out on top and took an early lead from Concordia at the end of the first, 14-8. Concordia came out in the second with more confidence and a more aggressive offence, with William Crouch scoring 16 points and Max Calligeros hitting 14 for the game, determined to close the gap keeping them in the game. Heading into the third quarter Concordia tightened up their defence with Brad Pfitzner bringing in an impressive 18 rebounds for the game which ultimately put them into the lead but it wasn’t enough to stop Brisbane’s Agon Hafuzi (21pts) who found his range in the third hitting four 3 pointers stealing back the lead heading into the final quarter 45-37. Brisbane State’s Nick Chia and Josef Horomia sealed the deal for their team in the last quarter shooting 17 of the 22 points between them. Brisbane defeated Concordia 67-59 giving them a well deserved win to end their tournament.
Unley High 69 def Rosny 59 – Championship Women – 7th/8th Playoff
Backing up as Silver medallist from last year Unley High has had a disappointing tournament after losing some of their senior players from last year. Rosny came into the match as underdogs and had nothing to lose. From the whistle Unley came out on top leading Rosny at the end of the first quarter 17-11. However Rosny fought back in the second winning the quarter and putting themselves in front by 1 going into the main break. It was anyone’s game in the third quarter with Unley’s Amy Shaw nailing a game high 23 points and bringing in 7 rebounds going head to head in the points department with Rosny’s Ashton Eaton hitting 22 points and 9 rebounds. Unley took control of the game in the third and had a comfortable lead going into the fourth with majority of their points being scored in the paint. Unley proved too strong for Rosny taking out this playoff match 69-59 ending their tournament with a win.