ADROIT YOUTH LEAGUE MEN (0-1) 60
defeated by Geelong Supercats (1-0) 62
C. Blythe (12 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists), P. Goodier (6 points, 15 rebounds), T Rozenfeld (4 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals).
The 2016 Big V Youth League 2 Champions were promoted to Youth League 1 for 2017 and came agonisingly close to snatching an opening win, going down by 2 to Geelong Supercats. The jump up in division proved difficult to adjust to, with some uncharacteristic errors and missed shots as well as an inability to shut down the Supercats Max Kos (17 points) causing the Stingrays to fall behind 25-42 at the half. Lead by Blythe and Goodier early on in the game, it was the injection of Rozenfeld in the fourth quarter that gave the Stingrays a massive chance at an upset win. Outscoring the Supercats 35-20 in the second half, the Stingrays had two opportunities to take the win in the final seconds but couldn’t execute.
ADROIT YOUTH LEAGUE MEN (0-2) 69
defeated by Sunbury Jets (1-0) 76
K Harris (24 points, 3 rebounds), C Blythe (9 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals), T Rozenfeld (7 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists)
Handed a tough initiation into Youth League 1, the Stingrays backed up on the Sunday on the road against a fresh Sunbury unit. However, the Stingrays left the rust back at GBNC as they moved out to a 22-13 quarter time lead. The Stingrays were lead by Harris and Ben Wallis, who combined for 16 of the 22 points. The second quarter was won by the Stingrays, but in a reversal of their first game, the Jets outscored the Stingrays 46-29 in the second half. Harris was ably supported by Blythe and Rozenfeld who both enjoyed good performances over the weekend but it would appear the task of 2 games in 2 days in a new division saw the Stingrays run out of legs.
NEXT HOME GAME: Sunday March 26th @ Geelong Basketball Netball Centre 2pm
PRESTIGE JAYCO YOUTH LEAGUE WOMEN (1-0) 80
defeated Coburg Giants (0-1) 55
The Youth League Women were determined to make up for their 2016 season and made their intentions clear in taking out the BVC CBL championship. This extensive match practice benefited the Stingrays as they took a 20-14 quarter time lead that they wouldn’t surrender. In what would please Head Coach Joel Anderson, he received contributions from all 8 players who spread both minutes and the scoring load. Lead by the Tatlock sisters and Reid, Coburg had no answers to the complete team performance by the Stingrays. Apart from S. Mac Aodha with 21 points, the Stingrays swarming defence prevented any other Giant from getting going offensively.
NEXT HOME GAME: Saturday 25th March @ Geelong Basketball Netball Centre 7pm
STATE CHAMPIONSHIP MEN (0-1) 78