PREMIER LEAGUE: What We Learned from Round Three of the Premier League Competition.
By Adam Jones
Knee Jerk Reactions After Two Rounds Are Never Smart
Maybe writing off the Southern Tigers two rounds into the season was not the smartest thing to do. The Eastern Mavericks had a dominating win in Round Two while the Tigers have had a quiet start to the season. Nobody would have questioned you if you had tipped the Mavericks, all the signs pointed to another Tiger loss. However, the reigning Champs had other plans, fueled by their determination to get back to their old winning ways. And win they did. The Tigers comfortably beat the Eastern Mavericks over the weekend on the road, proving to us that the league is still warming up.
Sabres Interior Is as Strong as Their Bench
The Sturt Sabres bench continues to shine after a win against the West Adelaide Bearcats. This time Lauren Gibbons (14 Pts, 3 Rebs, 2 Asts) shone the brightest putting in a solid game from the pine. That's not to say the Sabres starters are slouchers either. The starting five are in fantastic form with all starters having a plus-minus of +15 or better this week. Coach Wong will also be happy with the work done inside the key both offensively and defensively. In Round Two, defensively the Sabres gave up just 18 points in the paint, and the past week, only 26 points. This week their punch came from their offensive. The Sabres scored a massive 44 points, and when you can score that many points inside, you will not lose too many games.
Jess Good Continues To Produce The Goods
It is no secret that Jess Good can play not just good, but great basketball and her efforts on Saturday night was remarkable. Good produced a full box score with 21 points, 15 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals. The one slight downside to her game this weekend was Good only shooting 3 from 10 from the field. However, considering that, Good got to the line 13 times and missed just one, reassuring the crowd of her consistency. Good also drew 9 fouls from the Central Districts Lions and put half the Lions team in foul trouble herself. The most critical stat came at the end, with the Norwood Flames getting the win to continue their undefeated start to the season.
Jo Hill Far from Being Over the Hill
In her 300th game, Hill showed the league that she is more than comfortable at the elite level, and if the weekend was anything to go by, Hill should have her eyes set on game 400. Perhaps it was the extra supportive crowd at Hillcrest as the North Adelaide Rockets celebrated the Legend’s 300th, but Hill went to work on Saturday night, just as she does any other night. Hill scoring 18 points while also grabbing 5 rebounds all from the bench, lead the Rockets women to secure their third consecutive win, keeping their Championship dreams firmly intact.
Nyre Harris Has 20 20 Vision
Nyre Harris had a day out against the South Adelaide Panthers. Harris had 23 points and a whopping 21 rebounds. To get that many rebounds in one game of basketball is nothing short of imposing, and yet that was not enough for Harris. Her steals count exceeding all expectation again, adding 9 steals to her name against the Panthers. Harris was extremely close to having a 20 20 triple-double only missing out by one steal, an achievement we are sure will be a nagging must for her in the coming weeks.
By Benito Carbone
Tigers Cause Latest SA Blackout
If residents of Mt Barker were confused as to what caused a blackout last Saturday Night, the Southern Tigers were to blame. The 2017 Runner-Ups shot LIGHTS OUT at the Adelaide Hills Recreation Centre, hitting 69% from the field (nice) to put up an incredible 129 points in a 46-point victory over the Mavericks. Southern went 30+ in every quarter, Calvin Turnage’s 31 points (14/16FG) the highlight. There’s plenty of reason to believe down at Morphett Vale this year.
No West, No Stress
West Adelaide were without star big Jordan West for their trip to Pasadena, but in the end it mattered little. The Bearcats outscored the Sabres in the paint 44-26, with James Legan (17pts), Tobias Dowdell (17pts) and the evergreen Blake Truslove (11pts) giving their side plenty of points to work with. Beginning to solidify their spot amongst the best three sides in the league.
Flames Know a Thing or Two About Winning
An almighty effort from the Central Districts Lions should have been enough to beat Norwood. The Gawler side shot more field goals at a better accuracy, almost doubled Norwood’s points in the paint, had a better free-throw percentage, more rebounds, more bench points and more points from turnovers. The Flames however, just know how to get it done. Four clutch three-pointers in the final term from the Webber brothers did the trick, including one from Andrew late to seal a crucial 7-0 run in the final three-and-a-half minutes and take the game away from the Lions with just seconds remaining.
“Zero-And” Three Sixers to Save Forestville?
Two of Forestville’s 36ers contingent made their first appearance last weekend with mixed results. Brandon Teys and Adam Doyle shot a combined 42 points, but at a field goal accuracy of 38%. The Eagles were no match for the Starling-led Rockets though. North’s captain dropped 30 points and 26 boards – 12 of which offensive – to bury the visitors, who will be desperately calling on their third 36ers star to bail out the side as he so often does for Adelaide. That, of course, is Daniel Johnson.
The League's Most Dreaded Duo
Anyone tuning in online to the live coverage of Woodville vs South Adelaide were treated to a masterclass in chemistry and pure talent by Eian Davis and Ivory Young. Young’s 22 points complemented Davis’ eight dimes and 19 points, 10 of which he dropped in the final five minutes, when Everett Osborne and the Warriors threatened to overrun the Panthers. The reigning Woollacott Medalist is reason enough to watch South Adelaide when they come to your side of town. His next opponent: a young flashy Lions outfit at Marion. It’s must watch Premier League basketball.