Big V Wrap 25th & 26th May 2024

BIG V WRAP 25th & 26th May 2024

Another good weekend for the Storm in Big V Basketball over the weekend, including another nail biting win for our Championship Men.

(Lucy Howard 22 & 12, Sienna Quinlan 17)

Our Youth League Women suffered their third loss of the season, as they went to Sherbrooke and came away without the points.

Bellarine started well, dictating the scoreboard for the term, managing to pull away from Sherbrooke a few times, before settling on a two point lead at the first break.

The second quarter was almost a carbon copy of the first, as Sherbrooke pressed, only to see the Storm edge ahead again until the Suns were able to level the scoreboard by half time.

Scoring dried up for both sides mid way through the third quarter as combined, the two sides went 0-7 before Lucy Howard broke the dry spell with a successful trip to the line, to trail by just a single point.

There were a couple more lead changes in the last couple of minutes before the Storm’s scoring dried up again, allowing the Suns to take a two point advantage into the final term.

The last term was a good old fashioned shoot out for the majority of the 10 minutes as both sides traded baskets. However, with three minutes remaining, the shooting gods deserted the Storm as they went 0-6 down the stretch, whilst at the other end, Sherbrooke were keeping their side of the scoreboard ticking over to move away and record a seven point victory, reversing the result from when these two sides met a month ago.

(Georgia Varley 20, Chantelle Hall 16)

Saturday night’s Women’s game was a close run affair to kick off Pink Round, however, in the end, the Storm were able to get to the line to record another win to make it three in a row since going down to Wyndham a few weeks ago.

Bellarine were bolstered with the arrival of Ally Knights and whilst only playing limited minutes, her addition adds another dimension to the Storm game and Coach Tim Sanderson’s options for the remainder of the season.

To McKinnon’s credit, they managed to keep Bridgette Rettstatt and Courtney Strait from dominating the contest, however, enter Georgia Varley, who relished the opportunity in what was close to her best game of the season to date, with 20 points.

Bellarine set up the win on the back of their third quarter, going on a 14-0 run through the middle stages of the term and steadied to take a narrow two point lead into the last term.

McKinnon managed to work back into the game, levelling the score a couple of minutes into the last and then again with less than a minute on the match clock before Chantelle Hall and Courtney Strait iced the game to record a four point victory.

(Nick Velasquez 19, Liam McInerney 17)

Last week, it was the board skills of Rohan Jarvie that snatched victory for the Storm against Sunbury, with seconds to spare. This week, step up Liam McInerney to grab another one point win with a board and basket with seconds to spare.

The first half was a pretty solid affair for the Storm, including the second period, which has been a bit of a stumbling block for them in recent weeks, as they outscored McKinnon 25 to 10 leading by 16 at the half and looking well in control.

However, last season’s Championship Men’s champions were not to be underestimated and as expected, they launched a recovery mission after half time, to work themselves right back into the contest with a chance, reducing the Storm advantage to single figures with one to play.

In good signs for the Storm, KG, Nick Velasquez, Liam McInerney, Rohan Jarvie and Max Kos were scoring well throughout the game, to cause headaches for the opposition.

Sniffing another victory against quality opposition, the Storm were up and about to start the last quarter, stretching their advantage out to 15 points mid way through the quarter courtesy of a Max Kos 3.

That’s when McKinnon found their groove and launched a last run to steal the game, going on a 15-0 run to level at 77 points with two and a half to go in the match.

Nick Velasquez and Shaquille Maharaj traded baskets for a couple of plays and then a two point lay up from Adam Anderson was successful, the visitors were in front with 20 seconds to play.

A Lewie Varley three point attempt ended in a jump ball, with possession remaining with the Storm giving them one final attempt to grab the game. Last week’s hero Rohan Jarvie put up the resulting shot, only to see it miss, before the Big Mac pounced on the rebound and scored on the buzzer to get the Storm’s nose in front when it mattered.

(Bailey Goodgame 27, Ben Walters 22)
After being on the rough end of the pineapple over the last few weeks, our Youth League Men got their moment in the sun yesterday, inflicting a 30 point defeat on Southern Peninsula.

Scores were equal at quarter time, before the Bailey Goodgame and Ben Walters show slipped into gear, as they piled on 24 of the Storm’s overall quarter tally of 31 points, to take an 18 point lead into the main break.

The great aspect for the Storm in the third term, was that while both sides were scoring, Bellarine didn’t allow their opponents to eat into their lead, finishing the quarter with the same 18 point lead they enjoyed at half time.

Into the last, it was all the Storm as they charged to the line on the back of a 20 to 8 quarter to finish. And whilst Bailey Goodgame and Ben Walters weren’t as dominant on the score sheet in the last, Mitch Smith and Ashton Lantzke were finding their way to help extend the Storm lead and wrap up win number three for the season.


SATURDAY 1st June 2024
Championship Women
Bellarine v Hume City @ Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium 6:00pm
Youth League Men
Bellarine v Albury/Wodonga @ Lauren Jackson Sports Centre 7:00pm

SUNDAY 2nd June 2024
Youth League Women
Bellarine v Surfcoast @ Wurdi Baierr 10:30am
Championship Men
Bellarine v Blackburn @ Mullum Mullum Stadium 1:00pm
Championship Women
Bellarine v Warrnambool @ Bellarine Secondary College 1:00pm
Youth League Men
Bellarine v Craigieburn @ Craigieburn Sports Stadium 2:00pm