For a full review of the Day 5 games including results, top scorers and final standings click here with the attachment separated into divisions for easier access to specific results.
Written by Luke Sicari.
Championship Division Women's Gold Medal Recap:
Box Hill Senior Secondary College has taken out the Helloworld Australian School Championships title, with a dominating 75-40 victory over Rowville Secondary College.
Despite entering the game as underdogs in a few minds, Box Hill seemed to embrace that mantra, running out to an early lead they would never relinquish.
Led by Anneli Maley, whose impressive tournament culminated with a huge 20-point, 32-rebound effort in the final, Box Hill had three players finish in double-digit scoring including Madeline Brancatisano (18), Lily Brancatisano (17) and Tayah Kelly (15).
Renee Dabas lead the scoring for Rowville with nine.
Box Hill’s defence was terrific from the opening tip, not allowing Rowville to gain any offensive rhythm throughout the contest and they shot just 18% from the field.
Scoring the first eight points of the game, Box Hill owned an 11-point advantage at quarter-time with their tenacious defence not allowing Rowville to score for the opening 6:41.
The second quarter was much of the same from Box Hill as they entered half time with a 31-11 advantage.
Maley led the charge with a massive double-double by the main break and while they shot just 23% from the field as a team, their defence ensured they held the lead as seven free-throws made up Rowville's 11 first half points.
The third quarter got off to a more positive start for Rowville as they scored the first basket through Maighan Hedge.
Despite the big lead, it was obvious Box Hill’s slow start to the period frustrated coach Trevor Burnett, who set a challenge to his squad.
“End it, end it,” Burnett yelled animatedly on the sidelines as he looked for a response from his team.
His team responded, ending the third period with a convincing 57-23 lead and while Rowville battled to the end, Box Hill managed to win the fourth quarter 18-17 to finish off the game in style.
Championship Division Men's Gold Medal Recap:
A heart-stopping 73-65 win for Marcellin over Trinity College has finished the men’s 2016 Helloworld Australian School Championships in style.
With Marcellin holding onto a three-point lead with under 30 seconds to play, Matthew Foster Jr’s runner to push the margin to a two-possession game proved to be the dagger.
The game was tied at 50-50 heading into the last quarter but Marcellin finished strongly, winning the final term 23-15 as Foster Jr. scored 24 points off the bench.
In what turned out to be the story of the match, Marcellin’s three-point shooting was the difference. Hitting 11 of them in the game, and three in the fourth quarter, they were constantly able to keep Trinity at bay, despite the runners-up holding a 42-24 advantage in points in the paint.
Matthew Day fell two rebounds and three assists shy of a triple-double for the champs, finishing with 13 points, eight boards and seven dimes while Bailey Griffiths had 15 points and Joel Capetola contributed 10.
Brodie Nathan paced Trinity with 21 and Brent Hank doubled-up with ten points and ten rebounds.
Trinity came out of the blocks full of energy, with a pressing zone defence that rattled Marcellin's offence and they soon owned a 10-1 lead.
However, Marcellin's three-point shot brought them back into the contest and they soon tied the game in the second period with 13 lead changes occurring before the main break.
The intensity ramped up even further coming out of half-time with players from both sides diving for loose balls and a dunk from Trinity’s Biar Garang bringing the crowd to its feet.
As the magnitude of the occasion started to set in, the last minute of the third quarter was stunning. After a monstrous put-back dunk from Hank, Marcellin quickly responded through a Griffiths lay-in and the stage was set for a thrilling conclusion.
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