On Friday, the 1st V faced off against Cranbrook at home in a once-in-a-lifetime atmosphere with a crowd of 300+ people. Unfortunately, Cranbrook was able to get the better of Waverley, with the game going down to the wire. The final score was 78-80, with the final play deciding the game.
The boys were led by Marko Rangan’s dominance as he scored countless times when Waverley needed it. The game started off in Waverley’s favour, as they got ahead to a strong start, 19-11. However, Cranbrook went on a run, ending the second quarter in the lead by 10 points.
After the amazing half-time rock band performance, Cranbrook pushed again as Waverley began to dig themselves out of a 17-point hole. The boys were motivated by Tom Gleeson, as they brought the lead to a tie.
Unfortunately, the team couldn’t hold it down and ended up losing such a close game. Good luck to the 1st V who face off against Trinity at Waverley next Friday night, a game that will surely be great to watch.
Before the 1sts, the still undefeated 2nd V suited up to play against a top-of-the-table clash with Cranbrook at home. Unfortunately, the boys fell short to some free throws, as Cranbrook conquered the crowd once again, winning 39-41.
The game was close the whole way, with the boys going into half almost tied up. They were led by Aren Yaghoubian’s offensive efforts, as he got to the line multiple times in the second quarter.
In the second half, the boys were led by Ehren Little’s defence, as his size and athleticism helped prevent multiple points with fantastic blocks, to keep Waverley in the game. Unfortunately, the boys were not able to finish off the game with multiple missed baskets, however, they strongly fought for the entirety of the game.
Good luck to the 2nd V who also faces Trinity at Waverley next Friday night, another top-of-the-table clash as they try to maintain their 1st place spot.
On Saturday, the 10As faced off against a tough opponent in Cranbrook, in their new gym courts. The boys were unfortunately not able to overcome Cranbrook’s tough defence, as they fell short 53-65. They were led by Kayden Baker, Ben Pignatelli and Giles Strachan.
The 9As were fortunately able to defeat Cranbrook in a close game at Cranbrook, with many 1sts and 2nds players in attendance to support. The team were led by Angus Peshos’ leadership and Jonte Garvey’s hustle, as they closed out the tight game, winning 44-38.
The 8As played a tough Cranbrook team, first thing Saturday morning. The boys played the most dominant and organised half of basketball in the first half, ending the half 44-12, as they were led by Dom Dametto, Phil Falaniko and Duke Thomas. They ended up dominating the game, coming up on top with the final score, 67-34.
Daniel Palacio (Captain of Basketball)
Local bragging rights were at stake when the 1st V and 2nd V took on our closest rivals, Cranbrook, which had only posted a single win to date. The 1st V won this fixture at Cranbrook’s new stadium in Term 4 by 13 points, but as has generally been the case in recent times, these games are usually close affairs that are decided by similar margins.
By the time the game had started, a sizeable crowd had assembled to watch the game that included about 50 Cranbrook student supporters as well as around 200 Waverley student supporters. The game began under the raucous cheering of each school’s supporters and, as has not been the case in most games this season, Waverley began the game well, jumping out to a 17-11 lead by the end of the first quarter.
Unfortunately, a poor second quarter by Waverley saw Cranbrook post 26 points to Waverley’s 9, which gave Cranbrook a 37-26 advantage at the big break.
The 1st V were able to lift their game in the third quarter, matching Cranbrook point-for-point, but were unable to eat into their opponent’s advantage, and the quarter ended 61-51 in Cranbrook’s favour. Knowing that they needed to really lift their game to overhaul Cranbrook in the final quarter, Waverley outscored their rivals by 27 to 19 points, but some key missed shots and turnovers in a frantic finish, meant it was not enough to win the game.
The 1st V take on cellar dwellers Trinity next game, and will be looking to finish the season on a high.
The 2nd V also won their Term 4 fixture against Cranbrook, 48-12, and came into the game with a one-win buffer over Trinity. It was a close first quarter with neither school able to create any substantial advantage, and it ended 11-8 to Waverley.
In the second quarter, Waverley started to exert some ascendency over their rivals, pushing out to a 20-9 lead by half-time.
During the third quarter, the 2nd V were able to extend their lead to a game-high 13 points, however, Cranbrook was able to claw their way back into the game to pull within 6 points, and close out the quarter 32-26.
The final quarter saw Cranbrook draw level with Waverley early on, and then take the lead halfway through. The remaining half of the game was frenetic as both teams traded baskets to share the lead. With 13 seconds left, Cranbrook scored to take a 2-point lead. On the next possession, the 2nd V was able to score 1 point from a free throw after being fouled to be 39-40. With less than 3 seconds left, Waverley was forced to foul Cranbrook on their possession. The resulting made free-throw saw Cranbrook take a 41-39 lead. With 3 seconds still left on the clock, a last-ditch effort at a 3-point shot under pressure went agonisingly close to falling in.
The 2nd V were bitterly disappointed with the loss, but will have no time to dwell as they take on a Trinity side in their next game, that was able to win their fixture and draw level with Waverley on 7 wins for the season. The 2nd V will need to improve their shooting percentage if they are to get over the top of Trinity and go into the last round against Barker, with a one-win advantage over the team from Summer Hill.
10As, 9As, 8As, 7As
The 10As sit 5th on their ladder, the 9As remain in 1st place after their win, still two wins ahead of their next rival, the 8As win sees them move to equal 3rd, while the 7As are still searching for their first win after drawing with Knox in their first game.
In other games, Waverley was highly successful against Cranbrook winning the majority of our fixtures including impressive results across our Year 7-10 cohorts: 3rd V (35-29), 4th V (44-27), 10D (38-25), 10E (43-37), 10F (47-32), 10G (34-22), 9A (44-38), 9B (39-20), 9C (38-22), 9D (35-26), 9E (30-29), 9G (28-20), 9H (35-23), 8A (67-34), 8B (45-30), 8D (60-27), 8E (31-26), 8F (31-28), 8G (24-14), 8H (20-0), 7B (38-33), 7C (51-31), 7D (40-15), 7E (48-18), 7F (77-14), 7G (48-8) and 7H (54-4).
Supporters’ Club BBQ
If you can help on our Supporters’ Club BBQ for one hour this Saturday, before or after your son’s game, please contact Rachael Smith 0412 693 243 email@example.com
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. The program is looking to purchase and upgrade more backboards and rims for the campus, and the Saturday BBQ is our primary means of fundraising.
Annual Basketball Presentation Night – Saturday, 18 March 2023, 6pm-8:30pm
Book tickets now for our annual Basketball Presentation Night, which will occur the week after the final CAS round against Barker.
Good luck to all teams this week against Trinity!