What We Learned from Round Sixteen of the Premier League competition.
by Adam Jones
The Rains Are Here in Pasadena
The Bureau of Meteorology had to release a statement on Saturday night because the Sabres made it rain in Pasadena. The Sabres launched a three barrage against the unexpecting Warriors. Sturt shot an incredible 21 from 37 from 3, with Jordan Hunter proving to be the biggest headache for the Warriors as she was 6 from 7 from deep. Nailing the 3 must be a priority for Coach Wong with every member of his starting team to attempt a shot with only one missing out.
High Scoring Rounds, We Love It
Round Sixteen was the round of offensive statements in the women's competition. With three teams recording 100+ points, the #leagueofourown enjoyed a high scoring round. One high-scorer that appeared from the woodwork last weekend was Ambah Kowcun of the Forestville Eagles. Recording 27 points and 5 assists in just 26 minutes of play, the young Eagle embraced the opportunity to show her offensive abilities against South Adelaide in Round Sixteen. Combine Kowcun with the powerful youth of Sam Simons, and the brilliant experience of Olivia Thompson, and the Eagles continue to rise as post-season contenders.
The Bearcats Have Two Gas Tanks
For the second week in a row, the Bearcats recover from a slow start to run out winners after strong second half performances. The Bearcats will be looking at the positives of being able to finish games dominantly, and of course taking the two crucial wins, but Coach Brenton will be wondering what's behind their slow start. The Bearcats were only a mere six points in front of the Lions at halftime before stepping up to relieve the Port Adelaide crowd with a 22-point victory. Ieva Nagy was remarkable in the win scoring 27 points and grabbing 9 rebounds. It's getting down to crunch time for the Bearcats, and they will face the Panthers this week and a win there will set them up for a blockbuster match-up against the Tigers in the final minor round for a spot in the post-season.
The Flames Have a Starting Lighter
The Flames starters got the job done over the weekend with four of the five Flames starters playing over 30 minutes, and all four of those players scoring double-digit points. Saturday night's game at the ARC put a significant dent in the Tigers campaign as the Flames ran out 17 point victors. Jess Good was a rebounding machine, recording 20 rebounds in the game, with 8 of them being offensive. The Flames face the Mavericks this weekend as they start to turn their focus to the post-season.
Metcalf and The Rockets Have The Taste Of A Perfect Season
The Rockets have two rounds to go before they can call themselves perfect, but naturally, North Adelaide would want to be named the Champions as well. The Rockets scored a massive 101 points against the Mavericks the past weekend, as Metcalf once again led the way. Metcalf ended the game with 28 points, 11 assists, 8 rebounds, 6 steals and 0 turnovers and she was rewarded with the Player of the Round honours. That stat line could well be one of the best this season, and against the Mavericks who have been on fire recently, Metcalf performed at an exceptional level. The Rockets last two games are against the Warriors and Lions.
by Daniel Renfrey
The Tigers are beatable
After 15 rounds it seemed the Tigers would be able to continue their unbeaten run into the finals, but over the weekend it was the Flames who were finally able to tame the Tigers. The Tigers on the road went down to an impressive Norwood team 95-84. Southern showed glimpses of great basketball, coming at no surprise, but the top team struggled to prevent Norwood and Bryan Mcgriff, who scored 36 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, from handing them their first loss. For the first time this season the Tigers showed real vulnerability, which could provide a big confidence boost to the rest of the competition heading in to the post-season. Expect the Tigers to bounce back with extra fight this week against the Eagles.
The Bearcats unit is on fire
West Adelaide have been stringing some solid wins together recently, with the team rounding into a well-oiled machine as finals draw closer. The Bearcats smashed the Lions 101-63 in Round 16, moving the ball well and hitting shots on offense, while locking the opposition down on the defensive end of the floor. The team’s scoring has been an even spread as well, with Kubank (25), Thomas (20) and Braithwaite (12) all scoring in double digits against the Lions. If they can continue this level of play, there is no reason the Bearcats can’t take momentum into the finals and do some real damage.
Soaring Eagles are an offensive juggernaut
Forestville simply dismantled the Panthers over the weekend, winning 133-73. The Eagles offense was simply too deadly for South Adelaide to deal with and has been improving throughout the season. The team shot a sensational 69% from inside the arc, and 52% outside, while also recording a huge 32 assists. This is the kind of basketball Forestville fans are hoping to see every week, and they very well may, as it does not look like it is going to slow down any time soon.
The fight in the Warriors pays off
Woodville showed a lot of perseverance in their game against the Sabres. The Warriors struggled through a lot of the game, shooting poorly and turning the ball over 14 times. With the lead changing many times, players like Jonathan Perry, who had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Everett Osborne, with 18 pts and 12 rebounds, managed to help the Warriors pull away in the final quarter and secure a hard-fought win. While Woodville’s season has not gone as well as they would have liked, a tough win like that is always appreciated.
Rockets reach new heights with defence
North Adelaide achieved a comfortable win against the Mavericks in Round 16, getting up 101-80. With players like Brad Jonnek and Nick Marshall combining for 45 points on 73% and 67% shooting respectively, the Rockets look like an extremely tough team to get a hold on. However, it was the defence of the side that really got heads turning. Not only did they hold the Mavericks to 80 points, but North Adelaide also had an impressive 5 blocks and 13 steals. Their swarming defensive work was too much and they can be deadly if they keep it up.