2017 HELLOWORLD UNDER-20 AND IVOR BURGE CHAMPS RECAP- DAY 7

2017 HELLOWORLD UNDER-20 AND IVOR BURGE CHAMPS RECAP- DAY 7

Results from Day 7 of the Australian Helloworld U20's and Ivor Burge Championships being held in Bendigo, Victoria.

IB Women Bronze Medal Game- NSW Metro 49 def. by NSW Country 54

NSW Metro owned the glass in this interstate clash as Nicole Harris (ten points, 23 rebounds) and Laura Pitt (ten points, 15 boards) recorded double-doubles but the running game of NSW Country carried them to the win as they scored 20-2 in fast break points. Eliza Mills tallied a game-high 38 points, Jessica Duncan added ten points and 23 rebounds while Bernadette Mills starred off the bench for 12 boards and six assists.

IB Men Bronze Medal Game- Japan 75 def. by Tas 86

Ivor Burge veteran Joshua Cleary carried Tasmania to the bronze medal as he recorded an incredible 49 points and 25 rebounds, shooting 14-20 from the field. Japan's defence was impressive, forcing 30 turnovers as three players collected four steals but they were unable to match their opponents in the paint, despite 20 points and 14 rebounds from Kazuki Miyatani.

U20 Women Classification- Qld 59 def. by ACT 76

Qld owned a lead for a majority of the contest and still owned an advantage heading into the final six minutes before a barrage from ACT took them to the win. The women from the nation's capital finished the game on a 21-4 run as Abby Cubillo's 17 points led four starters in double-figures including Taylor Mole (17 points, 11 rebounds), Callie Bourne (ten and ten) and Ellie Collins (11 points, eight boards, five assists). Rachel Mate's 18 points paced Qld.

U20 Men Bronze Medal Game- Vic 95 def. WA 66

Victoria bounced back from their loss yesterday to clinch the bronze medal as they won every quarter aside from the third (which they lost by a point) with five players scoring 12+ points. Tristan Lloyd came off the bench for 20 while Sam Short added 17, six rebounds and eight assists as they out-scored WA 25-8 in points off turnovers. Corey Shervill led the way for WA with 12 points and eight boards.

IB Men Classification- NSW Metro 80 def. WA 64

A 29-8 first quarter set up the win for NSW Metro on the final day of competition as three starters recorded double-doubles in Jack Littleton (19 points, 13 rebounds), Thomas Preston (16 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists) and Timothy Devine (13 points, 16 boards). WA fought back with a 28-15 final term as David Rulyancich monstered his way to 23 points, 25 rebounds and six blocks but NSW Metro had the match sewn up by then.

IB Women Gold Medal Game- Vic 58 def. ACT 49

Victoria completed a dominant unbeaten run at the Ivor Burge women's Championship but they did not have it all their own way in the gold medal game. ACT shut them down defensively in the first half, utilising a 13-6 second period to take an eight-point lead into half-time. Brittany Anderson collected another double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds and was joined by Kim Perry (13 and 19) and Kristy Carter (ten and 17) but the second chance points for Vic started to bring them back into the game. They reeled off a 20-9 third term to re-take the lead and from there, consolidated the victory behind Kaitlin Zonneveld's 15 points, 22 rebounds and five blocks while Samantha Williver played a handy cameo role with four steals off the bench.

U20 Women Bronze Medal Game- WA 69 def. by SA 71

A tense fight for the bronze medal, neither side was able to lead by more than six points in this game. Hannah Stewart (19 points) put SA ahead with a minute to go after sinking two free throws but Eryn Fisher (16 points) was able to tie it on WA's last possession. That gave SA one final chance though and Kedeisha Kartinyeri came to the fore, drilling the game-winning shot to finish with 14 points. Overall, SA were able to overcome a 0-41 differential in bench points as they shot an impressive 46% from inside the arc as a team.

U20 Men Classification- ACT 74 def. Qld 69

Queensland were riding high after their incredible win last night, jumping out of the blocks with a 22-11 first quarter. ACT did not panic though and slowly drew the deficit in before grabbing their first lead at the start of the final term. They did not relinquish that edge either, securing a hard-fought win thanks to James Toohey (21 points, nine boards, five assists) and Broderick Doran (14 points). For Qld, five players hit double-figures led by Tobias Cameron's big game of 16 points, six rebounds, nine assists and two steals.

IB Men Gold Medal Game- Vic 78 def. SA 43

Victoria made it two from two in the Ivor Burge competition, blowing SA out of the water with a 26-4 first period. They went on to win every subsequent quarter as well with Jake De La Motte capping off another dominant tournament with 45 points, nine rebounds, seven steals and five blocks while Frazer Dawber collected eight points and 13 boards. Keenan George-Dent (18 points, four steals, four rejections) shone at both ends of the floor for SA and Bradley Kinross also had four blocks but they shot just 24% from the field and 1-22 from long range as a team.

U20 Women Gold Medal Game- Vic 85 def. NSW 60

NSW started well in the final match of the Under-20's tournament as they looked to become the first successful team of the day to defeat Victoria in a gold medal game. Cassidy McLean led them to a lead of as much as seven in the opening half, finishing with 20 points including 3-7 three-point shooting while Bree Delaney chipped in with 12 points. However, the Vics began to get on top after the main break with their work on the offensive glass becoming a problem for NSW. A 24-5 count in the offensive boards led to a 19-3 advantage in second chance points and it allowed Vic to get on top in all areas of the game courtesy of Ezi Magbegor (16 points, 15 rebounds) and Chantel Horvat (17 and nine). A 56-30 second half carried Victoria to the gold medal and ensured they finished the week undefeated while also winning their eighth consecutive title.

U20 Men Gold Medal Game- NSW 66 def. by SA 75

SA pulled off an amazing comeback in the fourth quarter to secure their first Under-20 men's title since 1993 and just their sixth in the history of the competition. After trailing by a couple of points early, NSW roared to life and led by double-digits in the third period as Angus Glover (18 points), Grant Anticevich (12 points, 14 rebounds) and a combined 20 points off the bench from Brennan Rymer and Jacob Roy gave them control. SA were never out of it though and with four minutes remaining, they had pulled the margin back to four points. A Harry Reemst three-pointer then gave SA the lead with 1:58 to go before Jacob Rigoni (21 points) was able to seal the contest from the free-throw line, capping a 24-8 final term. Isaac White was pivotal once again in the win, finishing with 18 points and ten boards while Alex Mudronja was efficient with 15 points, four rebounds and six assists.

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