CSBA 2020 Summer League is HERE

After a decent 2019 *end of year season showing from A’s to C’s, we move straight into the 2020 Summer League to close out 2020.

Our Monday training group has grown with more Spartan Brothers joining the ranks in competition.

We are pleased to announce that we are fielding TWO C teams in prep for next season and there is plans to yield a further team in a higher division.

We welcome the new additions and hope they bring the joy to the game

Thats FOUR teams competing in the THURSDAY CSBA Competition.

As the South Sydney Spartans, we’re big on family the atmosphere and keen on players who are team focused, have the right attitude and good temperament.

Our players are from all backgrounds, beliefs, diets and skill levels but the collective focus is the same – everyone is onboard for making BBall fun.

If this approach to the game of Basketball is appealing to you and of one that you can be a positive and active contributor to our group…

Please get in contact with JB to a part of the preparation to 2021, as we look to move into various competitions and divisions across Sydney.

Thanks very much.



SPARTANS GRAND FINAL REPORT

3MC’s GF Spartans vs Newtown Wolves

This was a good match up and fitting for a finals berth.

Both teams kept the game close throughout most of the match with neither side being able to kick away. Wolves just had enough in the tank to secure the W and place our boys as runners up. A massive effort by all our players who represented our black and yellow proudly. Its nice to see the guys go from strength to strength throughout the season.

Sorry to have kept this report short… Blame Rod who really should put more into the team. The far left guy pictured below. Oh and CoVid who does not allow you to watch and support from the sideline.

Its play and then … GTFO

Well done peeps

What a freaking handsome bunch!
Onto next season Lads!

3MA’s GF Spartans vs Doosters

Scene was set for the 3 Mens A GF. Both teams had a solid regular season run with a high percentage of W vs Played. Spartans A’s copped a hiding the first time these two teams met during the regular season. The second showdown had our A’s come away with the narrow victory by playing one of their best collective team games keeping the Spartans A run of solid games going against all teams …. after that particular loss against the Doosters

We had Alz restricted to light minutes due to a niggling shoulder injury but our full squad turned up and played great Spartans Team Basketball.

Defence was kept tight once again and with the ability to go on a scoring run, our A’s managed to kick away at the beginning of the second period. After a spate of unforced errors, bad shot selection and general close out jitters moving into the latter half of the period … a much needed time out and yelling from an old man refocused our game. We truly had fought hard to get here and only our best as a team would do.

Ball movement was a beautiful sight to see as our big men attacked the seams and made the layups off well timed entry passes.

We had the (much) old guys get the ball to close out the game.

It was a glorious title win for the A’s

Four Years, Eleven seasons. Thats how long its been since out last *chip

Victory tasted like a winners Sundae!!

Thanks to all our squad. It was a joy to be a part of. Maybe I can get some minutes next time… or at least start cutting oranges.

Whats that?! Is that a WINNERS SUNDAE?!
Proud of you boyz!!
Dont mind the score. The real story is that the Spartans were down 3 and #7 got a buzzer beater 3, fouled and hit the freethrow to win the game

Actually … I’m just happy that Jordan didn’t once again steal the meagre points I earned this game.

SPARTANS SEMI-FINALS CAMPAIGN

Hello players, fans and friends. With the regular season done and dusted… we are pleased to announce that our teams had made it into the post season after a long CoVid affected regular season
Witnessing sea of yellow and black throughout the gym, it was a proud moment watching all the players representing our close knit group so well.
HUGE congrats to all the team members in making it to the semi finals and giving it their best.

Spartan Cs vs Branca United

This was a tough, low scoring game with all players putting in the effort on defence. With buckets seemingly hard to come by, there were some great plays which led to points conversions. Some masterful key moments even caught on camera which is much better than listening to Rod and how he swatted away 5 shots to give himself a fast break, self assist of the back board to windmill dunk over 3 defenders. A self proclaimed signature move of his he’s been working on. A wins a win and now to focus on using the last few W’s to bring home the bacon.

W!! 17 – 13

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and with that W move into the FINALS

Well done

Spartan Bs vs FBC

Looking to bounce back from last weeks reg season loss to the same team, the B boys played a solid game for the most part and kicked ahead by 10 points deep into the second half and were looking good to seal the game. Slowly though, there was a change in momentum with the gap being gradually whittled away with FBC players hitting jumpers and in turn B’s presenting some predicable offense and tentativeness from the back court not drawing defenders out and going to the rim. Lach being heavily leaned on in providing buckets and others being reluctant to shoot. The B’s defense was sporadically great and G getting some clutch steals and denials but the occasional breakdown led to FBC knocking down open shots and easier layups. It was a nail biter that the shouting from the sidelines could be heard by C’s and A’s So close was this game it went into overtime, lucky when FBC could not seal the game on the buzzer with an unconverted and one play.

With C’s now supporting via the exit door and A’s allowed to go into the grandstand and yell encouragement, there was hope to will the boys on the court to victory.

FBC got off to a start in extra time but the Bs hung in there once again showing true grit just marred by crucial turnovers at pivotal in game moments. Still… there was another chance to make it go to 2OT with 3 seconds to go but just couldn’t get the shot in the end.

Tough L 47 – 49

Chin up boys. You did yourselves and our group proud representing the Spartans. We will pull together as a group and focus on getting you guys STRONGER

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Spartans As vs Newtown Warriors

Facing a new and improved Warriors unit, this was going to be a challenging semi finals match up against size, shooters and good team chemistry. The A’s would need to be composed and efficient at both ends of the floor in this game. Don’t mind Nik who still opted to wear his nuggety shoes, REFUSING to play in nothing but the ankle swelling kicks. Alz did not look like the weapon he can be when healthy, nursing a significant shoulder injury so it was time for everyone to step up a notch.
First half started off with Jordy hitting a 3 to open up the scoring and the boys seemingly in control throughout the game. Sure it was a game of runs but late into the first we had a nice healthy 8 pt lead. A lead that is, until JB subbed off for a wee wee with Jordan later joining the bench. With turnovers and forced plays, A’s found themselves being 2pts down at the half and a few grim faces in the huddle.
Reminding the team its all about composure, confidence and trusting your team mates, we stepped onto the court with renewed focus…
and Franco fouling to give the warriors a converted and 1. Now down by 5 it was time to go to work. Lots of bucket trading with Franco landing and twisting his ankle mid way through the half and having to step off. Boss still managed to put the rock through the net for 2 to bring us within 1. A few plays later, the A’s found themselves 5pts down and facing an up hill battle. ENTER Nuggety shoes, Leb Muscle, BimBimBap, Steve Blake Dopple directed by the Asian Wolverine. With the right substitutions in Sim and Stuz, the dream team went on a mammoth run at one end and locked it down on the other. There were great defensive stops and Warrior turnovers followed by purposeful Spartan A attacks to the bucket, with fantastic offensive rebounds to get well executed second chance looks. The swinging result being a 15 point lead in favour of the A’s and welcomed composure to bring the game home for the W.
Not content on a decent points haul, Blakes dopple stole 50 percent of JB’s points in the stat sheet. No matter. Team win.

BOOM

W 53 – 45

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and a trip to the FINALS

Congrats Boys

Lets get to work on Monday and bring it home!!!

Basketball is back. Time to get the Championship(*)

2020 THU09JUL Post Game Report RND8

Catch up round for Rain Cancelled THU05MAR

Such a good feeling to step back onto the court, geared up and playing competition again. Both comp and training has resumed, though catered for the lockdown gained weight (light runs) kicking off the first training sessions in months.

A solid result for our Spartans this week. 3 / 3 means winners Sundae!

Spartan A’s vs Warriors
Even though training sessions were light on Monday, the A’s moved the ball around well throughout game time on Thurs and took goods shots. Jordan shot well from deep. It helped that Franco was on fire and aggressive getting to the bucket. He had big shoulders that night which is good, because JB got really fat during the lock down and needed to be carried to a win.
W 48 – 39

Spartans B’s vs Inner West Life
With a much improved TEAM vibe this season, the B’s rotation looks good from the start and kicked away to a good points buffer in the first half. A nice turn around from previous games. The second half was a closely contested ball game as IWL slowly started to chip away at the deficit to eventually getting ahead by a single point. It was clear that fatigue started to roll into the Spartan camp. But this is Sparta, a strong rally was had back to snatch the lead first with Lach getting an and 1 and then Timmy and Mick combining some BIG presence to get to the line and score some vital buckets with an amazing finish as Micky hit TWO clutch free throws to provide an end game buffer to seal the W.
W 30 – 28

Spartans C’s vs YMCA Sky Blue
C’s fielded just enough Spartans to make a team, no subs. Joely and Brunz combining for the ultimate dynamic duo on the offensive end, with Joely getting the first three buckets of the game from the tip off. Just like the other Divs, the C’s moves the ball relatively well and with this game, led from start to finish. Way to go boyz!
W 41 – 33

Basketball – soon to return

Welcome team. With restrictions easing further and a recent notification that competitive basketball is set to return, we will soon be set for tip off.

Its been a long wait – going by our last game reports and this post right here!

For training please note we will still need to be mindful and adhere to the followingIf you are unwell you must NOT participate in training OR competition games unless you have been given NSW Health ALL CLEAR from CoVid-19. Please also note that you MUST think of others and so best off to recover from illness even if not CoVid-19 related.

Players must ensure to wash hands BEFORE and AFTER training sessions using warm water and soap. We also recommend players use sanitiser on hands regularly – between sessions and minimise contact with other players

2020 THU21FEB Post Game Report RND6

Spartan A’s vs Newington Dragons

A new and young team with plenty of potential, the Dragons were facing an uphill battle even before the tip off by only managing to field 5 players with their bigs noticeably absent. A’s looking to build on their recent improved plays against this energetic team and hats off to the Dragons in switching to M2M D in an attempt to get the A’s out of the comfort zone and force the adjustment to suit. A’s also made some small changes by going 3 up top to counter the dragons talented shooters which proved effective and pushing the main players into tough shots. Still have to work on defence and build the growing impact of the bigs in the paint as we march on into the second part of the season. A comfortable win in the end with the A’s kicking away early in the second half.

W 46 to 31

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Spartans B’s vs Airballers

Needing to put the airballers away and put a stamp on the comp, the B’s were thin in their roster. Dave from C’s was kind enough to play in tonights game, giving the Spartans a much needed sub and contributor. Lach did his thing and hogged the ball scoring many points. He was convinced he knocked up a triple double but one has to give assists for them to count on the stat sheet. The B’s bigs did a good job on getting offensive boards but will need to improve on the box outs in order to strengthen their defensive fort. Freddo kept getting Daves name wrong throughout the game but was instrumental at providing another offensive threat and getting buckets late. Just go to work on defense or simply bring the defensive mindset from Mondays to comp day. Maybe jacking up buzzer beaters with 10secs left on the shot clock full Shaqtin’ style didnt help.

W 34 to 28

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Spartan C’s had a bye round. Which was fortunate enough as ankles take longer than a week to heal after being broken. Love you.

 

2020 THU13FEB Post Game Report RND5

Spartan A’s vs YMCA Blue

With only Nik missing from tonights game, A’s were keen to go head to head with Blue. A decent match up with both teams possessing streaky shooters and the ability to move the ball around the floor. A’s defence was solid in keeping baby Blake out of the key and contesting most outside shots taken by Blues’ main shooter, Corey and any others who attempted range. Simmys defence once again keeping anything in the paint a challenge to face. This lead to stops which often found Alz streaking down the court on a fast break or pulling up for a 3ball. The spread of A’s points once again reflecting the improved ability to move the ball for the open look and easy dish and lay up. Franco proving quite a handful to contain inside the arc, successfully shooting the long ball and throwing great unselfish passes to team mates for good scoring looks. Stuzzy making a beautiful drive around his defender and into Blake for a soft touch off glass finish. RayRay putting in a solid effort in building his 2way game. Just gotta remember his socks and not get injured. Thats about it I think… lol ?

Yes yes. Jordan won the game ball tonight. Was lit, on fire and was amazing to watch, raining buckets from deep. We’re not talking 5/57 either. Efficiently punishing the opponent for leaving him wide open after the boyz did a great job in rotating the ball back to Jordans hot hand. A joy and welcomed sight for sure.

W 56 to 36

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Spartans B had a BYE round. Was nice to have G stick around to watch the boys play. Appreciate the support.

Spartans C’s vs Bouncers

With the Bouncers looking for their first W, this was going to be a physical game which required composure and smart plays. Joel also got smacked in the head a few times. Lucky he has a thick noggin encompassing his baby face. Already with a limited roster of 6, the C team dropped down to 5 after Rod limped off with an injury that sidelined him for the rest of the game. I reckon it was after shooting a 3ball Rod tried to defend the ball carrier and got his ankles broken. HE says it was while he was on offence and tried to do a hesi move. Dunno if thats any better. Joely and Brunz carried over their strong plays from previous games and became the teams go to guys. Shout out to Benny for his inspiring three and his tenaciousness effort on keeping on the court and being effective on both ends and Dre for being physical and knocking peeps inside the key. Boyz closed it out well and got the W.

W 43 to 34

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2020 THU06FEB Post Game Report RND4

Spartan A’s vs UTS

Armed with a full squad (when Stuz finally decided to show up and giving our Spartans 3 turn overs with hands of unwarmed rock to start his substitution run), the As faced off against one of the tallest teams in the league. The difference in height was superseded with great ball movement for some beautifully created easy buckets. Top of key cuts made way for easy dishes and buckets, once defence was drawn in to the middle. Each player was pumped after successfully executing these plays multiple times. Defensively minded, these were the efforts required to box out and hustle from the get go. A much needed improvement here with Simmy looking good at both ends and leading the way defensively. Steals from the guards and some great rebounding from our bigs meant there were minimal easy put backs from the UTS 3, 4 and 5. Franco once again showing dominance inside while there was great spread of points from the rest of the team reflecting the ball movement around the court. Relaxed a little too much at the end but closed out the game

W 43 to 37

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Spartan B’s vs FBC

WHAT!? Spartans get going straight from the tip off with an 2 / 3 / 3 / 2 / 2 run before FBC got on the board! What a start from our Spartans. FBC then edged it a little closer until the boys kicked away just before the half. Brunz and Joel played up from C’s to cover short roster with both providing great offensive power. Brunz giving FBC such a hard time to contain and was a scoring machine. It was a solid game with Lach proving to be a force on both ends once again and Deans sharp shooting continuing on. A dominant showing from our boys to get a very convincing W. Mick was absent so his average foul count took a beating, though still remains top of the table as the dirty sanchez fouly mcfoul foul.

W 51 to 30

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Spartans C’s vs Newtown Wolves

Determined not to go 3 losses in a row the C’s put in a little more hustle. The game itself was slow with both teams struggling to put points on the board. Bruno and Joel backing up their previous game filling in for the Bs and an overall scrappy match up throughout. With the first half done, there was a close game at hand. Happy to report in that the team tightened up looking after the ball and approached the game with a defensive mindset. Its REALLY nice not to get frustrated at the guys for going back to back to back one pass silly and avoidable turnovers. A few small tweaks and there were stops a plenty and a few nice fast break points gobbled up. Was enjoyable to see the C’s lead slowly creep away half through the second half. With no shot clock it was all about ball possession to close out for a very well deserved W. Bruno providing the aggressive offence to draw fouls and get to the line on numerous occasions. A good game to build the mindset and approach, not just closing out games but from start to finish.

W 26 to 21

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And with all teams getting the W

WINNERS SUNDAE!!!! Happy days. Well done to the teams!

 

2020 THU30JAN Post Game Report RND3

Spartan A’s vs Newtown Warriors

With the main PG away for this game, the boys were left with a huge gaping hole for a primary ball handler and distributor. Them shoes, though physically small, are actually the biggest pair to fill. Enter RayRay, who only just managed to squeeze into them and propelled the team to a comfortable victory. Franco was dominant in getting buckets but a big shout out to Lach who played up in order to bolster our depleted roster with both Bowling snrs away and was hugely productive on both ends of the floor.

W – 47 to 27

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Spartans B’s vs Inner West Life

Bs were looking to bounce back this week after suffering a shock loss in the previous week. It was a massive showing from the team with better ball movement for open looks. Dean put his sharp shooter jersey on and rained it down from beyond and inside the arc. There was a committed effort to lock down the D and it showed by keeping IWL to under 30. A great effort rewarded with a solid W

W – 33 to 26

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Spartans C’s vs Allawah Speedstars

The C’s were set to play the Speedstars whom you’d usually find sitting in B div but of late, have been dwelling in the lower div. This was going to be a tough match up but made harder still with turn overs once again showing a little more plentiful in our squad. The roster was a little short but the guys will need to focus on building the fundamentals on Monday.

L 36 to 24

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2020 THU23JAN Post Game Report RND2

Spartan A’s vs YMCA Blue

Was to be a semi final rematch. An opportunity  to exact some revenge on team who went on to claim the competition championship after knocking out our A’s in a thrilling overtime shot. In that game, the YMCA guy lost our defender only for a brief moment – but enough to get a good look away and make a pretty decent pressure bucket. Kudos. Er not to our defender who let loose the only real guy that posed a threat …. but THAT guy who ended our title hopes.

Well fizzle pop went the anticipation as they could only field four players. Even then the A’s went into a very slow start. Lazy and uninspiring bball before kicking into gear just before the half time buzzer. Second half was much better but reality check…. its against 4. W was obtained.

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Spartans B’s vs Mustangs

Where the A’s struggled early the B’s didn’t get going at all. Ball movement was ok but the finishing was poor. I think the team approached this one far too casually and got punished. Punished so much so that the L was precariously theirs for the taking… and they grabbed it easily with 2 strong hands, unlike their rebounds at both ends of the floor or the simple layups to convert into points “for”. A truly very surprising loss.

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Spartans C’s vs Doosters

Continuing on with the Spartans BBall theme for this competition week, the C’s had trouble protecting the ball with their game marred by poor decision making, forcing the ball and coughing up the rock for multiple turnovers. Some players had made their way back after being absent the previous week and their was a full squad at the ready so it should have been a run and gun style of play with good rotation. It didn’t help as the Doosters were simply too good at rotating the ball for a good look at one end and our C’s fundamentals of boxing out needing some much needed attention at training. An L to report for this game.

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