Big V Wrap Ups


State Championship Men

Waverley 72 def. by McKinnon 86

The Cougars’ up-and-down season seems to have come together at the right time.

McKinnon won every quarter in a telling victory on the road at Waverley, avenging last year’s first-round exit to advance to the semi-finals.

Neither side shot the ball particularly well but the Falcons really struggled as their opponents locked down, holding them to just 32% from the field for the match.

Despite the visitors being the dominant side for much of the contest, the match was always in the balance right up until the final moments.

However the Falcons couldn’t find the extra gear they needed and failed to bridge the gap.

Adrian Tomada (22pts 8reb 4ast) led the way for the visitors, while Deng Deng (18pts 12reb 4ast) and Dillon Stith (17pts 13reb 3ast) were solid on the boards all afternoon.

For the Falcons, Daniel Dillon (22pts 3reb 9ast) and Jason Reardon (21pts 13reb 3ast) were big contributers, however Adrien Sturt (7pts 7reb 3-18FG) was extrmeley well held in one of the keys to victory for the Cougars.

Youth League One Women 

McKinnon 53 defeated by Keilor 71

Keilor leads series 1-0

A tight battle throughout the first three quarters, turned into a one-sided affair fairly quickly thanks to the Emily Ellis show at GESAC this past Saturday night.

A 27-13 fourth quarter put the game beyond reach for the fourth placed Cougars as their hard-fought efforts went astray. Keilor’s Ellis caught fire, posting 33 points on 13-18FG shooting, including six triples. She was aided by Tashia Overby who registered a double double of 14 points and 14 rebounds, to go with three steals and a pair of blocks.

Tamara Booth played her part to keep the Cougars within touching distance for the majority of the game, with 18 points and 20 rebounds. The Thunder had a game plan against Chelsea Bransden, who was well held to just 11 points, seven rebounds and five steals, however she did register eight turnovers.

The series now shifts to Keilor as the Thunder host Game 2 this Saturday night, and Game 3 Sunday if required.

Round Eighteen

State Championship Men

McKinnon 101 defeated Hawthorn 78

The Cougars secured their spot in the playoffs with a massive win over the Magic. A strong season to date hit a speed bump for the home side as they were blown away early. Deng Deng (31pts 8reb) went off and Ivan Platenik (21pts 6reb 3ast) was good in support as all five starters hit double digits. Nelson Kirksey (23pts 6reb 3ast) worked hard for the Magic.

State Championship Women

McKinnon 58 lost to Sunbury 70

The Cougars pushed the Jets all the way and were competitive for the most part, but by the time the visitors pushed the lead to 20pts it became a mountain too big to climb for the home team. Ariel Thomas (20pts, 11rbs) and Clare Ioannidis (14pts) paced the Cougars in the team’s last outing in a season that never really got going for them. The Jets however are finals-­‐bound and look to be in good form. Elyse Penaluna (20pts), Orla O’Reilly (17pts), Chelsea Burns (13pts) and Josie Stockill (10pts, 10rbs) all got amongst it for the winners.

Youth League One Women 

McKinnon 53 defeated Sunbury 51

The Cougars successfully did their part if they were any chance of qualifying for the finals, with the miraculous upset over the Jets. McKinnon then relied on the Dragons to drop game number two on Sunday to Corio Bay, as well as Craigieburn going down to the league leading Thunder. Chelsea Brandsen once again led the way, recording 21 points, 11 rebounds and an incredible 12 steals; just Bransden and Ellen Parry (11 points) finishing in double digits. The Cougs put on a clinic in the opening half, going into the main break 31-17. Chloe Angove finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds for the visiting Jets.

Round Seventeen

State Championship Men

McKinnon 106 def. Werribee 94

The Cougars were made to work but came away with another important win, this time over the shorthanded Devils. The visitors had just six players take the court and were led by Konor Kulas (33pts 9reb 4ast) and Bryan Nagy (23pts 3reb 8ast) but ran out of steam in the second half as the home side got on top. Dillon Stith (35pts 8reb) was dominant at the offensive end for the Cougars, while Adrian Tomada (7reb 9ast) and Ivan Platenik (6reb) each added 21 points.

Ringwood 95 def. McKinnon 81

The Hawks put on a blistering first half show to end the contest by half time, torching McKinnon 61-27 including a 41-point opening term. The benches were emptied for much of the second half but not before Scottie Stone (23pts), Matt Snow (17pts 3reb 3ast) and Matt Fennell (16pts 13reb 5ast) did the damage. Adrian Tomada (22pts 8reb 3ast) and Ivan Platenik (18pts) led the Cougars with Dillon Stith (4pts 2-13FG) being well-held by the tenacious Hawks.

State Championship Women

McKinnon 80 lost to Knox 89

The Raiders are headed to finals and the Cougars are not, but that didn’t stop the home team from pushing their more fancied opponents all the way. If not for a 30-­‐17 third qtr the visiting Raiders might have been on edge late in the game, but they built a handy advantage and led by as much as 20pts. The Cougars came to play, and they too had their chances with a 9pt lead at one stage, but when the the game went up a notch the title favourites found a way. Bec Ott (30pts) and Leah Santomaggio (15pts) led the scoring for Knox, while Meg Kritscher (23pts, 8rbs, 6blk) and Ariel Thomas (20pts, 12ast) did all they could for the Cougars.

Youth League One Women 

McKinnon 90 defeated Chelsea 38

A stellar opening half put this game on ice by half time as the Cougars rallied off a 29-8 second stanza en-route to a commanding victory. Kelli Champion led the side with 17 points as the Cougars shot it at 43% from the field, compared to just 18%FG for the Gulls. Chelsea Bransden once again stamped her assertiveness on the game with 15 points, seven boards, five dimes and eight steals!! Jaimee Storen posted 13 points and six rebounds for the visitors.

Camberwell 52 defeated McKinnon 47

In what was the most anticipated match-up of the round it was the Dragons who emerged victorious on their own home floor, putting themselves in a commanding position to qualify for the post-season. The Dragons held McKinnon to just 24%FG, while at the other end Kaitlyn Wallace was doing the damage with 20 points and four rebounds. Chelsea Bransden finished with 14 points and three rebounds.

Round Sixteen

State Championship Men

McKinnon 109 defeated Corio Bay 80

Dillon Stith (31pts 4reb 3ast) got off the chain against the lowly Stingrays and the Cougars moved back into the top six with an emphatic victory. The game was tight in the first half but the home side was never threatened thereafter as their star import carried them to victory. Aaron Christopher Lynch (18pts 8reb 3ast) led the Stingrays in defeat.

State Championship Women

McKinnon 69 def. by Sth Peninsula 90 

The Sharks continued their march towards finals with a big win over the Cougars, but it did take a 37-­‐16 third qtr to open the gap. The visitors were competitive early and trailed by just 1pt at the long break, however a blistering third period officially put the contest to bed. Sydney Coleman (23pts), Peyton Little (21pts), Jaz Shelley (14pts) and Jamilee Pearce (13pts) all got amongst the scoring action for the winners, while for the Cougars it was Ariel Thomas (14pts) and Bridget Deery (13pts) leading the way.

Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men

McKinnon Cougars 68 def. by Sherbrooke Suns 88

The Sherbrooke Suns have used a complete team effort to defeat the Cougars by 20 points, and vault over them into the final play-off seed. Joshua Dow and Cameron Bradley combined for 47 points and 17 rebounds in the dominant victory. The devastating loss sees McKinnon eliminated from the finals.

Youth League One Women 

McKinnon 67 defeated Eltham 44 

The McKinnon Cougars have continued in their attempts to charge towards the finals with a 23-point victory over the struggling Wildcats. The ‘Cats took a two-point lead into the main break, before a surging Cougars 24-6 third stanza took the life out of the home side as McKinnon raced away with a commanding victory. Chelsea Bransden was once again at the forefront of things, leading the way with 18 points, seven rebounds, five assists and 10 steals. Ellen Horsley was best for the Wildcats, finishing with a double double of 13 points and 14 rebounds.

Round Fifteen

State Championship Men

McKinnon 77 defeated by Blackburn 97 

The Cougars’ season continued to spiral downwards with a heavy defeat to the lowly Vikes. The visitors were ambushed early and never recovered as the margin blew out in the third term, putting a significant dent in their finals aspirations. John Creighton (26pts 6reb) and James Malvaso (23pts 5reb) starred for the home side as McKinnon’s offence spluttered; Ivan Platenik (16pts 8reb) leading the way.

Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men

McKinnon Cougars 79 def. Bulleen Boomers 73

Jordan Geer’s monster game (28 points, eight rebounds, seven assists) has led the Cougars to a stunning 6-point upset over the Boomers. Geer was sensational outgunning Jack Fleming’s 22 points for Bulleen. McKinnon elevates into the top four with the crucial victory.

McKinnon Cougars 78  def. Blackburn Vikings 71 

McKinnon makes it two from two, with a narrow 7-point victory over the Vikings on Saturday. Captain Luke Peynenborg led the way with 15 points in the win. While Bul Niop’s 23 points and eight rebounds wasn’t enough for Blackburn to get the victory.

Youth League One Women 

McKinnon 55 def by Craigieburn 64

In what was built up to be one of the games to watch this past weekend, the Craigieburn Eagles upset in-form McKinnon to put a halt to their finals aspirations. The Cougars started the better, but collapsed in the third stanza when they managed just seven points for the term. Zoe Albon was excellent for the Eagles with 17 points, seven rebounds and three assists, while Shona Brooks (16 points, 10 rebounds) added a double double. Casey Valenti-Paea chipped in as well, continuing her good form with 14 points, 14 rebounds and six dimes. Tailah Ross the best for the home side with 16 points, six boards and four assists.

Round Fourteen

State Championship Women

McKinnon 57 lost to Hume City 64

A danger game for the Broncos as they continue to push for finals and as expected it was a close contest against the plucky Cougars. With scores tied at the half, the Broncos found a way to edge clear during the third and held on to the final buzzer. Louisa Murphy (22pts) was a standout for the winners and her team’s only player to reach double figures. For the Cougars, Meg Kritscher (13pts) and Ariel Thomas (10pts, 8rbs, 8ast) led the way.

Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men

McKinnon 72 def by Nunawading 78
A huge Terrill conference showdown tipped off round 14, with McKinnon especially desperate for a win. Peynenborg was great for the Cougars, active on the boards early. However, the Spectres just had too much punch on the offensive end, led by Remo Simankevicius.

Youth League One Women 

McKinnon 81 defeated Geelong 57 

The inclusion of Chelsea Bransden to McKinnon’s youth side certainly has worked wonders this season and they’re hunting a playoff berth as we close in on the end of the regular season. The visitors made Geelong look second rate at times off the back of Bransden’s 19 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists. Tamara Booth recorded another double double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, as the Cougs forced Geelong into 27 turnovers. Jessie Crombie led the way for 16 points and five assists.

Round Thirteen

State Championship Men

McKinnon 96 defeated by Casey 103 

The Cavs continued McKinnon’s up-and-down season with a tough home win. It was a high-scoring contest and the home side managed to hold on down the stretch as the Cougars challenged behind Dillon Stith’s (36pts 5reb) big night out. That wasn’t enough to match the depth of the home side, with Matthew Donlan (27pts) leading six players in double digits.

McKinnon 104 def. Keilor 74

The Cougars bounced back with a thumping of the Thunder. Ivan Platenik (11reb 5ast) and Adrian Tomada (10ast 4stl) each recorded double-doubles with 22 points apiece to lead their side to victory. The Thunder were led by Jordan Coleman (24pts 8reb) but simply couldn’t match the scoring power of their opponents.

State Championship Women

McKinnon 79 defeated Ringwood 78

Life without injured import Cassidy Mihalko continues to be difficult for the Hawks with a third straight loss coming at the hands of lowly McKinnon. Sensing an opportunity to cause an upset, the Cougars didn’t take a backward step and relished in the chance to create more headaches for the Hawks. Ariel Thomas (14pts, 16rbs) dominated for the winners, with Mel Ioannidis adding a vital 17pts off the bench. For the Hawks, Demi Ramos (28pts) did all she could and Piper Goldie added 13pts.

Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men

McKinnon Cougars 83 defeated by Melbourne Tigers 101

The Melbourne Tigers have used a three-point barrage to defeat the McKinnon Cougars by 18 points and end its two-game losing streak. It wasn’t just one hot Tigers shooter but nine players who each hit at least one long range effort in the victory. Led by Mason Gaze’s 20 points the Tigers remain in post-season contention. Jordan Geer was the Cougars best with 21 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists, but it was to no avail.

Youth League One Women 

Keilor 70 def McKinnon 63

With the Thunder sitting top of the table and Sunbury biting at their heels every win matters if they want to keep that top spot. The Cougars put in a huge effort to push the Thunder all the way with the first quarter all tied up at 16 all and then the second quarter tied up again at 35 all, the Thunder probably underestimated the Cougars a little and had to look at changing their game plan after the half time break, but the Cougars kept on coming taking the lead by 1 point by the end of the 3rd, leaving the 4th open for either team to take home the win. With the quarter starting off shot for shot, it was Keilor who finally broke the pattern and nailed a couple baskets without a response from the Cougars, again for the last couple minutes it went back to shot for shot which worked for the Thunder who had the lead but unfortunately for the Cougars they just couldn’t get that margin back any closer leaving them 7 points short by the time the final siren went.

Round Twelve

State Championship Men

McKinnon 84 def. Hume City 59

The Cougars thumped the Broncos, who again missed star import Mike Rose. The game was over by three-quarter time as the home side built a 28-point lead before cruising in the final stanza. Deng Deng (17pts 9reb) led the Cougars in the win, with all nine players sharing the load. The Broncs were led by Lee Jeka (17pts 4reb 5ast) and Aaron Munday-Rashid (16pts 6reb) off the bench but they were well and truly outclassed this time out.

State Championship Women

Keilor 74 def McKinnon 65 

The visiting Thunder jumped out of the blocks and secured an early 18-­‐8 lead to take control. The Cougars were never really in the game, with the Thunder leading by as much as 20pts at one stage. The visitors also dropped 10 triples which proved pivotal in the win. Erin Bollmann (26pts) was a class above for the winners and Aneta Bandilovski chipped in with a handy 20pts. For the disappointing Cougars, Bridget Deery scored 16pts and Meg Kritscher delivered 11pts and 10rbs. An important victory for the Thunder as they now move clear of the lower rungs and look to be increasingly safe in the top flight for next season.

Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men

McKinnon Cougars 81 defeated Kilsyth Cobras 76

The McKinnon Cougars defeated the Kilsyth Cobras, 81-76, to extend its winning streak to three games. The Cougars were powered by the duo of Luke Peynenborg and Jordan Geer combining for 51 points in the narrow victory. The game was close throughout with both squads matching each other for rebounds and assists. But it was Peynenborg’s season high 29 points which sealed the win. Jorden Adnam was the Cobras best with a valiant 17-point 12-rebound double-double in the defeat.

Youth League One Women 

McKinnon Cougars 67 def by Ringwood Hawks 74
The Hawks are flying after ending a 5-game losing streak with a 7-point defeat of the Cougars in round 12. 17 offensive rebounds leading to 21 second chance points proved to be the difference in the victory. McKinnon struggled with the Ringwood’s bigs allowing 48 points in the paint in the Sunday fixture. Yuot Gai had a game-high 15 points for the Hawks.

Round Eleven

State Championship Men

McKinnon 94 def. Knox 64

The Cougars bounced back in a big way with a thumping defeat of Knox. A 24-9 opening term and a 30-14 final quarter were the difference in the match, with Adrian Tomada (9ast) and Ivan Platenik finished with 19 each to lead five players in double digits. Durrell McDonald (14pts) led the Raiders.

State ChampionshipWomen

McKinnon 71 def Eltham 56

The visiting Cougars started with a 26-­‐16 first qtr and won every period on their way to a strong win. Ariel Thomas was due a big game and delivered with 22pts to get the Cougars going, Claire Ioannidis added 13pts and Megan Kritscher scored 12pts to go with 10rbs. With both teams trying to stay clear of last place on the ladder and a quickly improving Bulleen on the way up, this win leaves McKinnon clear of the disappointing Wildcats. For the home team, Alice Kunek (26pts, 12rbs) did as much as she could, with Liv Bontempelli (13pts) the only other player to reach double digits.

Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men

McKinnon 85 defeated Knox 72 

Nick Laycock has exploded off the bench for 30 points for the Cougars as they thumped the Raiders by 13 points. Corey Fiddes scored 18 points, and Malik Meunier chipped in with 16 points and five rebounds for the Raiders. But it wasn’t enough to be able to slow Laycock and the Cougars 14 three-pointers.

McKinnon 79 defeated Dandenong 77 

Jordan Geer has scored a clutch lay-up with only moments to go in overtime to steal a victory for the Cougars and heartbreak for Dandenong. The Rangers had the lead at half-time but a second half comeback led by Geer (25 points) and Kobe Baird (28) saw McKinnon escape with the crucial win.

Youth League One Women 

McKinnon 67 def Eltham 48

One week at the winners table is all Eltham were allowed thanks to the Cougars, although they did not give up with out a fight. The Wildcats were firing in the 1st and took the first substantiao lead of the match leading by 6 at the quarter break. But the Cougars had other plans as they faught back to tie it up just in time for the half time break, both teams showed promise in the 3rd and McKinnon stole a 4 point lead before they left the Wildcats for dead with a 25-10 quarter. Thanks to this win the Cougars now find themselves equal 4th with Camberwell on the ladder, both teams have big games ahead of them next week, so we will see who can come out on top.

Round Ten

State Championship Men

Eltham 85 def. McKinnon 76

The Wildcats continued to heap misery on the Cougars, with Josh Sykes (23pts 8reb) leaving four other Wildcats in double figures. Jordan Canovan (15pts 8reb) was also solid for the ‘Cats, who moved along to 9-3 for the season to sit in 3rd. The Cougars were disappointing again and dropped a third straight game, with Dillon Stith (20pts 9reb 4ast) leading the way.

Molten Victorian Youth Championship Men

Eltham 75 def McKinnon 59
McKinnon did a good job slowing down four of the five Eltham starters this weekend, but couldn’t keep a handle on Christian Yammouni. He had 27pts on 9-14 FG and finished the game +20. Peynenborg and Geer continues their good form for the Cougars, but Eltham lit it up behind the arc.

Youth League One Women 

McKinnon 69 def Geelong 43

It was a hard loss this match for the Supercats, they went into the match without their leader and highest point scorer, Carly Sanders, which opened the door for the Cougars star Chelsea Bransden to have free run. The first half was tough both teams proving they have what it takes, both fighting for every loose ball scrapping for every rebound, then the third quarter hit, but unfortunately Geelong did not. The Supercats tied the game up quickly in the opening seconds of the 3rd but something went very wrong for them from there as the Cougars pounced with a 25-5 quarter, with their biggest run of the game of 19-0 coming directly after those first Geelong points from Amy Troy. Even though the Supercats stayed with the Cougars in the final term they just couldn’t come back from their devastating 3rdquarter, with the Cougars taking home victory.

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.