The first quarter of the 2022 Winter Championships is in the books as the competition has well and truly heated up. With some big scoring hauls and tough wins in round 5, it is still anyone’s guess on who this year’s frontrunners are to take out either title. Check out how things unfolded last night below.
CC EAGLES 68 – YMCA 52
CC Eagles kicked off round 5 with a steadying 16 points win over YMCA. A close game through 3 quarters, the Eagles held a slight 4 point lead heading into the final 10 minutes of action. With some sharpshooting and lockdown defence, the Eagles were able to overrun YMCA outscoring them by 12, 24-12 to claim a much-needed win, keeping them in the top 4. Summer Field led the way with 17, while Natalie Yeo for Y had 15.
SURFCOAST 66 – TRY BOYS 40
Jumping out to a quick 15 point lead in the first quarter, the flood gates were well and truly open for Surfcoast in this one. A 21 point deficit at half was too much for the Bears as they went down by 26. Sienna Jackson led the way with 25, while Shania Soutar’s 24 was the best for the bears.
PIVOT CITY 93 – WILDCATS 58
Pivot City have delivered an emphatic win over Wildcats in round 5 as they make their case as a Grand Final contender for 2022. A slow first quarter saw Pivot only lead Wildcats by 8, however by the main break they had managed to charge away to a 26 point lead, before ending the game 35 point winners. Bree Matthews was once again on fire as she had 28 points including 8 threes. Poppy Stevens led the way for Wildcats with 18.
SURFCOAST 95 – SHARKS 52
The Coasters have starved off the still winless Sharks in round 5 with a dominant scoring attack. Outscoring the Sharks at all main breaks, Surfcoast were just too good, as Sharks who struggled from the field couldn’t get their offence clicking. Ethan Nicholls 29 and Vincent Whelan’s 27 led the way for the Coasters, while for the Sharks it was Bradley Jones’ 21 who carried the scoring.
VYTIS 76 – LARA 62
An important win by Vytis to keep them on the top half of the Winter 2022 ladder, downing the Giants by 14. A low scoring first half saw Lara trailing by just 3, which was turned into a 1 point lead as the 3 quarter time buzzer sounded. However, it was all Vytis come the fourth quarter as they outscored the Giants 25-10 to cap off a great win. Romas Liebich kept his scoring averages up with 23, while for Lara, Jack Burnett’s 24 led all scorers.
WILDCATS 68 – ROVERS 58
The Wildcats have handed Rovers their second loss of the season keeping them as the only undefeated team in the Men’s competition for 2022. Despite a 27 point performance from Nathan Gronbeck, the rest of the Rovers squad was not firing on all cylinders as Robbie Kennedy lit it up from beyond the arc for the Wildcats on his way to 22. A balanced attack from Wildcats’ Phil Renteria (18) and DeMarcus Gatlin (16) ensured the loss column stayed at 0 for another week.
PIVOT CITY 100 – CC EAGLES 68
There was nothing the Eagles could do to stop the scoring onslaught from Pivot City on Tuesday night. Returning from injury, Tyler Erard lit up the scoreboard for 36 points on his way to claiming this week’s highest scoring total. Not far behind him, Max Kos (26) and Jordan O’Leary (20) made sure that the game was well and truly out of reach for the Eagles. Big man Liam McInerney’s birthday celebrations were spoiled by Pivot but he continues to show his versatility leading his team with 21.
TRY BOYS 87 – SG KINGS 73
A slow start for the Kings has seen them fall to the Try Boys Bears by 14, as the Bears look to keep themselves in the hunt for a finals spot in 2022. Will Macpherson continues to make a name for himself in 2022 posting a game-high 28 points, however, it was not enough to overcome the balanced attack of Try Boys. For the Bears, Matt Johns’ 24 led the way, while Seb Thomason added 18 and Sam Johns’ 17.