Toledo teams on top of Summer Basketball League
THE Toledo women took a big step to secure a top two finish this week in the Division 1 Summer League basketball competition with a big 60-51 come from behind victory against the U18 rep team.
The rep team jumped out to an early six point lead but couldn't hold off their opponents in the final quarter.
Toledo young guns Anna Dyer and Leteisha Hare led the way for their team finishing with 28 and 19 points respectively. Dyer was also a key in sparking the Toledo team defence, as she terrorized the opposing ball handlers up the floor.
The return of Brittany McHugh for the Frenchville Panthers helped add to their stocks.
With Cyclones captain Alex Brady still to return to the team, the Panthers are quickly establishing themselves as league favourites.
It was another Cyclones player, Sam Norwood, who was the focus point for Frenchville as they crushed the U16 rep team 75-25.
To their credit the U16 rep team bounced back in the second half with Chamein Cronin-Stacey stepping up defensively against Norwood to help stop her team leaking points.
Meaghan Collins also provided some interior presence on the offensive end slashing to her favoured left hand.
The Titans also kept their finals hopes alive with a solid victory against Ripperteam 51-46. Juanita Hill has been unstoppable for the Titans this season and this game was no different as Ripperteam struggled to contain her height and strength.
Hill finished with 23 points, and was also well supported by Miranda Coote as the two talls tag-teamed their smaller opponents.
Brianna Bailey, who is consistently putting up big numbers, led Ripper with 25 points.
In the men's game of the round, Brad Williamson hit a deep three over an outstretched hand to put Toledo up 69-67 against Frenchville White.
With 15 seconds left, Mitch Philp attempted to put his team up by one with an answering three.
Defensive specialist Luke Pickard forced a contested shot and as the rebound spilt time ran off the clock.
It was one of the best games of the season, with the lead changing at every quarter.
With Frenchville now boasting a full roster they have sent a warning to the rest of the competition they will be there come finals time.
In a positive for Frenchville, Mitch Philp found his shooting range, finishing with 22 while his cousin Marcus Fossey led Toledo with 19 points.
Frenchville Stingers had some line-up changes but the result was the same as they took care of Ripperteam in a clinical win 59-41.
The Stingers set the win up in the third and fourth quarters where they put the clamps on Ripper, containing them to just seven and 10 points respectively.
Leon Christensen had another strong performance scoring, finishing with 33 points. The classy guard is playing with confidence on the back of leading his team to seven straight wins.
The athletic duo of Craig Bosel and Kurtis Bolck worked hard to keep Ripper in the game, but in the end Stingers just had too many options.