What We Learned from Round Fifteen of the Premier League competition.

Women

Mavs are hanging tough

Eastern are doing everything they can to stay in the finals hunt after playing an exceptional game against the 3rd place Sabres. Carmen Tyson-Thomas had another fantastic match, scoring 21 points and grabbing 17 rebounds. Two other Mavericks had great games, Kedeisha Kartinyeri had 18 points, and Sam Lubcke grabbed a double-double with 16 points and 10 boards. It all might be over on the weekend for Eastern though, who face a hard challenge in the undefeated Rockets.

Top to Bottom Contributions for Tigers

The Southern Tigers showed off their depth against the Panthers this past weekend with every single team member getting on the scoresheet. No one Tiger played significant minutes, with Mollie McKendrick playing a team-high 22:27. But not only did Southern share the minute load, but they also shared the scoring load. The Tigers' bench contributed for a combined 36 points with Brittany Winter and Teresa Kinross scoring eight points each off the bench, while Denelle Fawcett and McKendrick top scored with 15 apiece.

Bearcats Come Through in the Clutch

Trailing by 12 at halftime to the Woodville Warriors, the Bearcats’ season hung in the balance. But as good teams do they responded, outscoring the Warriors 28 to 18 in the third quarter. West Adelaide were still down two heading into the final term with the job not entirely complete, and with 1:30 remaining the Bearcats were leading by three. The 6th-placed side were not going to let this opportunity slip, and from that moment on Ieva Nagy, Tahlia Fejo, Jasmin Fejo and Sky Langenbrinck would combine to score 9 points and run out eight-point winners. When the going gets tough, the Bearcats get going.

Rockets Show Their Undefeated Colours

In what was possibly the match of the season, the Rockets showed why they are undefeated with game saving (and perfect season-saving) moves at the end of the fourth and in overtime to stay undefeated. Having a winning mentality in situations is half the battle, and at no stage in the game would the Rockets – Jo Hill and Leah Metcalf especially – have thought they were losing this match. Hill continues to show that age is just a number as she came up with the goods late in the fourth. The 43-year-old hit a crucial and-1, as well as a jump shot to help take the game to overtime. Once the game got to overtime, Metcalf was not letting this game slide, outscoring the Flames by herself and finishing the game with 33 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists. The Rockets season does not get any easier though, as they face the red-hot Mavericks this week.

Simons Soars and Eagles Edge

The Eagles soared on the weekend and grabbed 60 rebounds, 16 more than the Lions in their come-from-behind 15-point win. The Eagles managed to grab 21 offensive rebounds, which led to 13 second-chance points. Olivia Thompson and Jemma Westhoff were the principal glass cleaners as they both managed to grab double-digit rebounds, 12 and 10 respectively. Simons ended up with seven boards while also top scoring with 30 points as she played out the entire 40 minutes.

Men

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work for Sturt

The Sturt Sabres have managed to show glimpses of goodness throughout their 2018 Premier League campaign. Round 15 for example when the Sabres defeated the Mavericks by thirty-five points. The margin wasn’t the goodness I was talking about, it was their ability to finish as a team. The Sabres managed to record a whopping 24-assists out of 34 total made field goals. The dimes dropped by the Sabres works out to be 70.5 per cent of their scoring which is a phenomenal feat.

Who Can Stop Turnage and the Tigers?

Fifteen unanswered wins, fifteen straight victories, undefeated so far, how else can we describe the Tigers? The term ‘complete’ comes to mind. The Tigers this season have been nothing short of dominant and a big part of that (but not all) is the addition of CJ Turnage. After another fixture in the books, Turnage exhibited his offensive tenacity by dropping 45-points (63%) and 17-rebounds (8-offensive). Round 15 saw the Tiger develop a new season high after beating his 36-point performance against the Flames on April 28th. Nonetheless, Turnage and the Tigers have established something special down at Southern and despite the rattling of the cage, the Tigers have remained undefeated.

Too Late for the Warriors

Round 15 saw what was ‘meant to be’ for the Warriors. Both Osborne and Perry demonstrated what was in the mind of the Woodville office when scouting them. Osborne and Perry combined for 45 despite both players shooting 33 and 36 per cent respectively. The scoring abilities of these two players pushed the reigning champions who ultimately took the contest by four. Despite dropping the contest, the Warriors outscored their opposition in each quarter yet fell apart where it mattered the most… the final quarter. The Bearcats managed to steal victory with a 7-18 final quarter, but signs of positivity appeared for Woodville.

Rockets of Old?

After a string of losses and the tight race for 5th position, the Rockets have managed to build back-to-back wins and potentially settled the nerves of North Adelaide fans. After falling to some of the teams above them recently, North Adelaide overcame the Flames with Starling leading the charge. Other clubs have been able to contain Starling’s impact on the floor throughout those games that the Rockets have lost, but it appears he may be back to his best proving crucial with the few rounds remaining. Starling led the Rockets to victory after recording 28-points, 17-rebounds, 4-assists, 6-steals and a lone block.

No Teys No Problem:

Brenden Teys did not dress for the Eagles’ clash against the Lions this past weekend. Without Teys lining up, the Eagles faced what may have been a hole on the offensive end due to his high volume of points. Daniel Johnson sure helped to fill the gap, but it was Michael Harris who showed his offensive prowess. Averaging 16-points in 27-minutes per game, Harris unleashed an offensive fury seeing him drop 52-points in 34-minutes.  Forestville totalled 119-points and included a ridiculous 39-point final term. With the final few rounds fast approaching, the Eagles may prove dangerous come finals! But, their final test is against the Tigers on the 14th July.

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