Written by Mike Lacy - Courtesy of www.laceylowdown.com
Round six, the final week of round robin play, of the Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam saw Breakers Development register their first win of the season. Boosted by the addition of forward Mitch Newton (31 points) the Breakers outlasted Railsplitterswin 102-96.
Dan Fotu, the day after becoming the 97th SKTYCITY Breaker when making an appearance against Perth Wildcats, initiated the scoring with a triple.
However Jaylen Gerrand scored three first quarter threes to help Railsplitters to a 25-20 first quarter lead.
Newton paced the Breakers with 11 second quarter points and with Marvin Williams-Dunn landing from deep the Railsplitters lead was trimmed to a single point (48-47) at the interval.
Samson Aruwa reeled off 8 straight points for Railsplitters at the beginning of the third stanza but the two Mitchell’s – Newton and Dance – kept Breakers in touch trailing 78-76 at the end of the third frame.
Rory Fannon and Gerrand briefly extended the Splitters lead but it was 92 points apiece with 5:30 to play when Kruz Perrott-Hunt dropped a triple.
The Breakers finished the stronger down the stretch – Fotu made three straight baskets with Newton sealing the win with a couple of visits to the foul line.
Railsplitters 96 – Gerrand 33, Aruwa 26, Fannon 10, van Uden 8
Breakers Development 102 – Newton 31, Fotu 26, Dance 16, Perrott-Hunt 15
Derone Raukawa feasted on the high scoring encounter against Birdmen finishing one point shy of a half century as 68A Nelson Street ran away with the contest in the final quarter to win 136-112.
Mitch Newton, who played two games due to a number of players being unavailable, and Juan Cruz Colla got Nelson Street of to a strong start. However they were reeled in by a combination of the inside presence of Nick Barrow and the perimeter shooting of Quinn Clinton and Kevin Braswell – 61-59 in favour of Nelson Street at half-time.
Carl Buck knocked down a triple to open the scoring in the third but the second half became something of a shoot-out between Raukawa and Braswell.
Braswell showed he still has an eye for the basket with 21 points, including five triples, in the third although it was still 102-94 in favour of Nelson Street at the last break.
Raukawa peeled off 15 points in the final quarter and with Dillon Boucher and Colla adding the finishing touches the Birdmen were caged going down 136-112.
68A Nelson Street 136 – Raukawa 49, Colla 26, Newton 23, Boucher 10, Buck 10
Birdmen 112– Braswell 35, Barrow 27, Clinton 25, Matambanadzo 8
Final Round Robin standings:
4-2 Birdmen, Nelson Street
1-5 Breakers Development
In a free flowing encounter Sparks, thanks to a combined 38 points from the NZ U18 duo of Tayla Dalton and Sharne Pupuke-Robati, defeated Suns 73-65.
Kayla Kiriau, fresh from a successful season with Gladstone Power in the Queensland State League, scored 7 first quarter points as Sparks established an early 16-10 lead.
That advantage was extended to double figures by Dalton and Pupuke-Robati before Tabitha Jenkins and Morgan Ili hit back for Suns – 36-28 at half-time.
7 points from Anabelle Jenkins in the third countered threes from Dalton and Mikayla Blair and when Anna Lacey converted twice from beyond the arc either side of the three-quarter break the Sparks advantage was just three points (53-50).
Ili was outstanding for Suns but another three from Blair and contributions from the Westlake pair of Mareta Davidson and Sophie Dil closed out a second win of the season for Sparks.
Suns 65 – Ili 19, T Jenkins 13, A Jenkins 9, Lacey 8
Sparks 73 – Dalton 20, Pupuke-Robati 18, K Kiriau 13, Blair 6
A combined 51 points from Sky forward Ashleigh Kelman-Poto and guard Jordyn Maddix wasn’t quite enough to overcome Storm who were paced by Deena Franklin and Shauna Povey.
Maddix hit three first quarter triples for Sky but they were outscored 26-16 in the opening spell.
10 points from Kelman-Poto in the second kept Sky in the hunt but the consistent Franklin ensured Storm led 45-34 at half-time.
Povey dropped three treys in the third although regular scoring from Summer-Jean Motufoua and Kelman-Poto kept Sky in touch – 68-60 down at the three-quarter mark.
Jordyn Maddix landed a further two triples – she had six in the game – but scores from Olivia Berry and Alanna Hughes complimented the work of Franklin to ensure Storm finished with four wins alongside Suns.
Sky 78 – Kelman-Poto 29, Maddix 22, Motufoua 13
Storm 87 – Franklin 22, Povey 18, Berry 12, Hughes 7,
Final Round Robin Standings
4-2 Suns, Storm
2-4 Sky, Sparks