Big V Wrap Ups

Round Nine

State Championship Men

Waverley 92 def. McKinnon 86

The Falcons saw off the Cougars despite a furied final term, with the visitors coming from 25 points down at the final change before falling short. Daniel Dillon (19pts 8ast) led five players in double digits, with Chris Arkell (16pts 12reb 8ast 3stl) falling just shy of a triple-double. Ivan Platenik (18pts 8reb 3stl) and Dillon Stith (17pts 6reb 3ast) led the Cougars as per usual.

McKinnon 75 def. by Hawthorn 83

It didn’t get any better for the Cougars on Sunday, going down to the all-conquering Magic at home. A bright start for the home side faded fast as they were outplayed after three-quarter time. Deng Deng (20pts 11reb 4stl 4blk) starred in his second game for the Cougars as Dillon Stith (6pts 3-16FG) struggled with his shot. Nelson Kirksey (22pts 8reb 3stl) continued his red-hot form to lead the Magic to another important win.

State ChampionshipWomen

McKinnon 45 lost to Bulleen 72

Breaking news – did we see Bulleen win for the first time this season wearing McKinnon singlets? Long story, but a good one all the same. A complete second half capitulation by the Cougars saw Bulleen finally score a win, their first for the season in 10 games. McKinnon led by 9pts after the opneing qtr and remained up by 2pts at the half, but that’s where the ascendency stopped. After the main break the Boomers came out firing, delivering a 49-­‐20 second half to celebrate a long overdue victory. Sarah Boothe (25pts, 13rbs) and Jasmine Hines (20pts, 16rbs) proved too hard to stop and were the clear leaders on the night. For the sombre Cougars, only Michelle Joy (11pts) reached double digits.

Sunbury 88 def McKinnon 78

The Jets did just enough to get past a desperate Cougars outfit, the visitors leading the contest by 11pts at one stage. The home team overcame the early defecit and settled down to push clear before the half-­‐time break. Orla O’Reilly was again in top form, dropping 22pts in a match-­‐winning performance for the Jets. She was ably assisted by Chelsea Burns with 15pts. For the Cougars, Ariel Thomas netted 17pts and Megan Kritscher had 14pts, while young Chelsea Bransden came off the bench for 12pts.

Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men

Sherbrooke 84 def McKinnon 81
McKinnon are making a habit of being stuck in tight games, and the Suns were able to hold on in this one thanks to strong games from Dow and Parker. Geer and Peynenborg turned it on for the Cougars, but only 7 bench points was too much for the team to overcome.

McKinnon 89 def by Hawthorn 99
After a disappointing finish on Saturday night, the Magic took care of business on the road against McKinnon. Like yeast, Furphy rose to the occasion to the tune of 21 points on 6-9 shooting. Hawthorn shot 52% from the field and  63% from deep!

Youth League One Women

Sunbury 72 def McKinnon 43

Losing Emma Crees is going to prove to be quite a loss for the Cougars, having both Emma and Chelsea on the floor together would have made a tough battle for all teams facing them. Today we got to see the battle of the best still though, Chloe Angove vs Chelsea Bransden, sadly for Chelsea Chloe and her Jets were too strong and taking home the win. Sunbury have proven to be one step above the others so far this season and this match was no different, I did expect it to be a lot closer than this but the Jets have proven that defence can make or break a game quick smart.

Round Eight

State Championship Men

McKinnon 96 def. Corio Bay 89

The Cougars had to work hard but eventually found their way past a dogged Corio Bay outfit. Behind a monster night from Dillon Stith (35pts 14reb 3ast) and a very solid contribution from Ivan Platenik (20pts 14reb 4ast), the Cougars withstood the Stingrays’ challenge to move back to the top of the SCM ladder. The home side was led by Julius Brooks (25pts 11reb) while young gun Cohen Blythe (19pts 6ast) continued his rapid rise.

State ChampionshipWomen

Waverley 77 def McKinnon 67

A 23-­‐12 last quarter probably flattered the visitors a little in this one, the Falcons in good shape at the last change leading 65-­‐44. Kelly Bowen (26pts, 10rbs) continued her run of great form and was a class above, dropping 5 treys on her way to a game-­‐ winning performance. Tegan Cunningham added 17pts and 10rbs, while Renae Mokrzycki delivered 16pts and 10rbs. For the Cougars, Michelle Joy (15pts, 12rbs) had a strong double-­‐double, with Ariel Thomas adding 13pts, 6rbs and 7ast.

Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men

McKinnon 99 def Diamond Valley 60
McKinnon dropped 61 points in the first half and it was all but over at that point. Every Cougars starter was at least +22, including Matt Crees who celebrated his 100th game. Diamond Valley’s depth is being highlighted as a weakness so far this season.

Youth League One Women

McKinnon 90 def Corio Bay 71

Just like that the Cougars go 1-0 to begin their double weekend, by taking down the Stingrays in a high scoring battle royal. Even though Corio had 2 players score 23 points and another (Carly Vuillermin) getting a nice double double, which included 20 rebounds couldn’t stop the onslaught that McKinnon brought with them to the bay. But it was a team effort from the Cougars that got them over the line with every player getting points on the board 4 of them in double digits and their bench contributing 34 points, most from 1 player Chelsea Bransden who came back   who had 26 for herself. Being at the half way point of the season every win is crucial for those teams sitting so close to the cut off, this loss for Corio could really hurt them on their run to make finals especially since YL1W finals are top 4 only.

Round Seven

State Championship Men

McKinnon 85 def. Blackburn 79

The Cougars were made to work hard for their win over the Vikings, celebrating coach Justin Nelson’s 350th game in the league in style. An early deficit looked ominous for the Cougars’ chances before Ivan Platenik (26pts 12reb 3ast) took control of the contest to lead his side to victory. For the visitors, Michael D’Agostino (22pts 5reb) enjoyed his best outing of the year while Brendan Trewella (14pts 6reb 11ast 3stl) filled the stat sheet.

State ChampionshipWomen

McKinnon 58 lost to Sth Peninsula 82

The Cougars came out firing and took a 6pt lead into the first break, but it was a 24-­‐9 run by the Sharks in the second qtr that quickly turned this game. Jaz Shelley (26pts) was all class for the winners, with Peyton Little adding 23pts. The winners shot at a great 47% clip, which proved telling against McKinnon’s 32% effort from the field. Surprisingly, Ariel Thomas came off the bench, but still managed to find her way to a team-­‐high 19pts. A big win on the road for the Sharks as they continue to show lots of energy, highlighted by some fantastic young players.

Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men

Melbourne 68 def McKinnon 62
Only two players were able to get anything going for McKinnon, with Greer and Peynenborg scoring 18 and 22 respectively. Melbourne had a much better spread across the floor, led by Kinkela’s 16 and 13.

Youth League One Women

Nunawading 87 def McKinnon 68
The Nunawading starters were just too strong in tis one, as they all had strong contributions on both ends of the floor. Peynenborg was once agains good off the bench for McKinnon, but only played the 20 minutes due to foul trouble.

Round Six

State Championship Men

McKinnon 103 def Werribee 93 

McKinnon snapped their mini-skid with a win against the Devils, holding onto a big three-quarter time lead down the stretch. The Cougars’ stars were out to play in this one as Dillon Stith (27pts 10reb 3stl), Adrian Tomada (24pts 8reb) and Ivan Platenik (22pts 8reb 3stl) combined for 73 points. For the Devils, Paul Elderkin (20pts 5reb 4ast) led the way with Konor Kulas (12reb 3ast) and Bryan Nagy (3ast 5stl) each adding 18 points.

State ChampionshipWomen

Hume City 74 def McKinnon 71

A cracking game out at Broady with the Broncos getting home down the stretch. Both teams understood the importance of a win and threw everything at it. Literally nothing separated the pair across the stats, Hume City’s 42-‐33 rebound win the biggest difference. Louisa Murphy (21pts) and Bianca Babic (13pts) led the scoring for the home team, while for the competitive Cougars it was Megan Kritscher (17pts) and Claire Ioannidis (15pts). Kudos to the Broncos for holding Ariel Thomas to just 8pts, all of which came from the foul line.

Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men

McKinnon 80 def Sandringham 77 
A monster game from Luke Peynenborg off the bench helped propel McKinnon to a handy victory on the road against the Sabres. Both teams shot the ball well in what was a high quality affair.

Youth League One Women

Keilor 65 def McKinnon 64
With a close one and top spot on the line Keilor  they had to pull out all the stops to get the win, and they still almost lost it. McKinnon played a big game opening the game strong with some lapses throughout the 2nd and 3rd but they put the pedal down in the last to make Keilor really earn it. But in the end they managed to get it done with Adele Rogers sharp shooting from the free throw line after getting the steal and drawing the foul outside the 3. The Cougars didn’t give up they had their timeout drew up their play and executed it until it came to the ball going through the net, leaving them 1 point short when the siren went.


Round Five

State Championship Men

McKinnon 74 def. by Eltham 93

The Cougars’ run of poor form continued with a 93-74 thumping by the Wildcats. Trailing by just five at the half, the home side simply never got going after the main break as their hopes faded quickly – a 21-12 final term by the visitors proving to be the final nail in the coffin. Justin Aver (25pts 4reb) and Ben Waldren (21pts 8reb 4ast 3blk) impressed for the victors, while Ivan Platenik (18pts 5reb 2stl 2blk) toiled away for McKinnon in defeat.

State Championship Women

McKinnon 60 def Eltham 54

After some recent big losses, the Cougars knuckled down and scored a much‐needed win against the Wildcats. Despite having Alice Kunek (20pts) back in uniform, the Wildcats just couldn’t recover from a 9‐ 19 start and though they tested the Cougars down the stretch, the home team held firm for the win. Ariel Thomas (21pts, 11rbs) worked tirelessly for the Cougars to help lift her team to an exciting win.

Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men

McKinnon 70 def by Eltham 90

Eltham continued their equal opportunity approach to this season, with five players scoring between 10 and 18. They forced 19 turnovers, while only spitting up the ball five times themselves.

Youth League One Women

McKinnon 73 def Chelsea 51

Another game down and Chelsea are left still searching for their first win of 2018, they definitely don’t lack  determination or fight as they do not give up no matter how much they might be behind.The Gulls had a cracking first quarter going into the second ahead by 5, but it was the Cougars who stepped up early in the second quarter to steal the lead and run away with it. The half time break couldn’t come fast enough for Chelsea as McKinnon heated up going on a 12 point run to close out the quarter. The third was not any better for the Gulls as the Cougars kept them to a minimal 5 points. Finally in the forth we had a fight on our hands and the Gulls matched the Cougars all quarter but for Chelsea it was just too late.

Round Four

State Championship Men

McKinnon 73 def. by Waverley 100

The Cougars had their undefeated run halted by a rampant Falcons side. The visitors overturned a three-point quarter-time deficit in a hurry, leading by 7 at the half and continuing to run wild in the second 20. JaQuez Motley (24pts), Chris Arkell (21pts 10reb 3ast) and Tim Liesting (21pts). Dillon Stith (22pts 13reb) led the disappointing Cougars as they tasted defeat.

Knox 95 def. McKinnon 89

The Raiders completed  a big weekend and handed the Cougars a second-straight defeat in the process. Taylor Dyson (29pts 4reb) was superb in the win, while Durrell McDonald (16pts) chimed in with plenty of help before fouling out. Adrian Tomada (26pts 5reb 3ast 3stl) and Dillon Stith (23pts 11reb 3blk) shone brightest for the outplayed Cougars.

State Championship Women

McKinnon 59 lost to Waverley 87

Another big loss for the Cougars, this time against a Waverley outfit missing both Kelly Bowen and Jackie Vanderzaag. After an even start, a 51‐23 run during the middle quarters put this game to bed. The visitors dominated with Renae Mokrzycki (28pts, 8rbs) enjoying a night out. Saraid Taylor (15pts) worked hard for the Cougars, but it was slim pickings for the home team in what turned into another blow‐out loss.

Knox 87 def McKinnon 52

McKinnon’s run of big losses continued, this time at the hands of Knox and their miserly defence. The Raiders won all four quarters and rarely looked troubled. Bec Ott (19pts) and Georgia Stirton (19pts) both proved difficult to stop. For the Cougars, Bridget Deery scored 17pts and Carly Chatfield had 12pts, but there wasn’t too much fanfare after that.

Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men

McKinnon 84 def Dandenong 82 (OT)
This one was game of the round. McKinnon jumped out of the blocks well, but a strong second half brought the Rangers back. With under 10 seconds remaining in the 4th, Rangers guard Mitch Barry knocked down a jumper to tie it up. Overtime started with the teams going bucket for bucket, and McKinnon were able to gain an edge thanks to Greer, who scored 4 points in a row to give McKinnon a 2 point lead. Dandenong had a few attempts late to tie it up, but those attempts missed.

Youth League One Women

Geelong 64 def McKinnon 60 (OT)

McKinnon set in for their second OT of the season, this time they didn’t get the outcome they were hoping for with Geelong starting the OT strong with a 6 point lead, leaving the Cougars playing catch up. It was like the Supercats had something to prove as they came out pumped up and rearing to go leading by 5 going into half-time. McKinnon clawed their way back to be within 2 points with a big 3 from Tailah Ross leading into the final minute, with 10 seconds remaining Geelong’s Gemma Morison racked up her second block to stop McKinnon from scoring but it was Tamara Booth who got the rebound and made the lay up to send them into overtime.

Round Three

Congrats to Adrian Tomada for making the blue carpet!! 🏀🐾


State Championship Men

McKinnon 98 def. Ringwood 91

The Cougars announced themselves as contenders with a huge win over the Hawks to stay undefeated. A third-quarter charge by the defending champs wasn’t enough to get them over the line as the home side held on. Adrian Tomada (29pts 6reb 5stl) and Ivan Platenik (23pts 11reb) led their side to victory, while Jacob Gibson (34pts 4reb 3stl) was red-hot in defeat.

McKinnon 83 def. Keilor 73

The Thunder looked set for another stunning victory before an enormous 31-11 final term from the Cougars snatched it from their grasp. Dillon Stith (33pts 7reb) bounced back from a quiet one to lead his side’s charge this time around, while Jordan Coleman (25pts) and Hanner Mosquera-Perea (15pts 14reb) led the Thunder despite the defeat.

State Championship Women

McKinnon 73 lost to Ringwood 81

The final 8pt margin flattered the Cougars as this game was wrapped up by Ringwood after a powerful 32‐16 second qtr. The home team came home with a 20-9 period, but it mattered little. Cassidy Mihalko (23pts) and Desiree Ramos (17pts) continued to shine for the Hawks, while young guard Piper Goldie looked good with 18pts. For McKinnon, Megan Kritscher played all 40 minutes for 19pts, 6blks and 13rbs, Bridget Deery added 19pts and Ariel Thomas had 12pts and 11rbs.

Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men

McKinnon 80 def. Keilor 63 
The strong weekend for BJ Symons continued onto Sunday, but it wasn’t enough to slow down a red hot Cougars outfit. Jordan Greer was exceptional, knocking down 9-13fg on the way to 21 points.

Youth League One Women

Camberwell 48 def McKinnon 46

The Dragons put the smack down on McKinnon as the Cougars only points from the quarter came 6 minutes in by way of free throws, all while Camberwell drained a healthy 18 points. The Cougs did not give up though, they clawed their way back, staying with the Dragons in the second. No one would have guessed it would end in a 2 point game as Camberwell had a 19 point lead going into the locker rooms at half time. Only 1 team returned in the thrid quarter and it wasn’t Camberwell, all their hard work in the first half was quickly demolished as McKinnon went on an 18-0 run midway through the 3rd. Then it was all tied up with 13 seconds to go McKinnon had the ball, which was stolen by Tiarnie Ellingworth who had a stand out  performance for her Dragons, sunk the jumper to win the game! 

Round Two

State Championship Men

McKinnon 98 def Hume City 89

A barnstorming last quarter by the Cougars saw them grab their second win in as many weeks. After the Broncos had gotten back into the contest with a 31-23 third term, it was all McKinnon down the stretch as their offensive firepower proved too much to handle. Dillon Stith (34pts 10reb 3ast) was phenominal, outduelling Mike Rose (30pts 8reb 5ast) to lead his side to another early season victory.

State Championship Women

Keilor 71 def McKinnon 41

Keilor completed a stunning take-­‐down of McKinnon, completely dominating the Cougars across what was a four qtr rout. With a 22-­‐11 start and a 42-­‐18 half-­‐time lead, the spritely Thunder never looked like being threatened. It was in stark contrast to what we say from McKinnon in round 1, this performance came with a 23% shooting clip that simply dragged the Cougars backwards. Erin Bollman continued her great start to the season for Keilor with 22pts, 16rbs and 7stls, while only two players for the visitors managed to trickle into double digits. Chalk this one down to a historic SCW win for the Keilor and a loss that McKinnon will want to very quickly put behind them.

Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men

McKinnon 67 def Knox 66 

Knox looked to have the upper hand in this one for much of the last term, led by a strong backcourt performance by Malik Meunier and Colin Shaw. However, McKinnon were able to make a late charge, and forced a crucial turnover with just seconds remaining. Daniel Borbajo was then fouled at the rim, knocking down one of two from the line and winning the game.

Youth League One Women

Keilor 70 def McKinnon 50

In 2017 all of Keilor’s teams got promoted except their YL1W team, they have quickly shown us what their intentions are for 2018. As fresh McKinnon side headed across town, Keilor were preparing for another tough game after a stand out performance the night before against Geelong. Just like the night before Keilor came out firing closing out the first quarter 19-9. McKinnon werent going to give up that easily, they pushed hard but were only able to bring it back within 8 when half time hit. The second half belonged to Keilor who ended up running away with it as they claimed a 20 point win leaving them 3-0.

Round One

200 Games for Jermaine Maybank. He is a true competitor and epitomizes all that MBA is  with his core values, although having played the bulk of his career at Hume City we now call him our own.

State Champ Mens

McKinnon 91 def. Casey 84

McKinnon fought back from a double-digit first quarter deficit to claim a first-up win over the Cavs. The visitors started strongest but the Cougars clawed their way back into the contest, cutting the deficit to just four at the final change. A big 30-19 final term saw the home team finish strongest, as Dillon Stith  (27pts 15reb 4ast) dominated the Cavs and Ivan Platenik (19pts 9reb) fell just short of a double double.

State Champ Womens

McKinnon 81 def Bulleen 52 

With both teams missing some leading players it was McKinnon taking the advantage by winning all four qtrs. The Cougars looked sharp and once Ariel Thomas returns they will be a unit not without a chance this season. With five players in double digits, no doubt coach Paul O’Brien would have been very happy with young Saraid Taylor (11pts, 14rbs).

Victorian Youth Championship Men

McKinnon 52 def by Ringwood 63

A dominant second half from Ringwood powered them home against a poor shooting (32% FG) McKinnon. After getting out to a solid lead, the Hawls let the Cougars back into the game through the 2nd quarter. They didn’t make the same mistake in the next half, picking up a double digit lead and holding it.

McKinnon 88 def Altona 69

An energised McKinnon Cougars ran rampant in the third quarter to gain a strong advantage over Altona. Led by Jordan Greer and Joel Becker, the Cougars were able to hold off the Gators despite 26 points from Jeremy Edwards.

Youth League One Women

McKinnon 96 def Corio Bay 84 (2OT)

What better way to start the season than with a double overtime. With over a minute to remain in regular time no one would have guessed 68 all would remain the score when the final buzzer went. But here we are going into the first overtime of the season where the teams literally went shot for shot to take us into double overtime. The Cougars continued to put the shots up and came out victorious after a gruelling 50 minutes.