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 The difference in height was superseded with great ball movement for some beautifully created easy buckets.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
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
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
And with all teams getting the W
WINNERS SUNDAE!!!! Happy days. Well done to the teams!
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Start of the 2020 Season!
After disappointing semi final results for each squad last year the Spartans were keen to get the new 2020 season going. We did have the B’s almost steal a W with only four players with tremendous heart and savvy play. All the way to where there was only 2min left to go. Boys were simply gassed. TOP effort.
Post Game Report for THU16JAN2020
Well we were happy to play a new team being introduced into the comp. Not so happy that they were really tall, young and fit – making what was already a challenge game to some of the old geezers in the squad cough*JB*cough into a tough contest. Grateful to have some youth and height in our squad to slowly edge back the game in our favour to then to kick away for the W. NikaG had a monster game with efficient production inside the arc.
B’s were happy to shake the rust off after the Chrissy and NY break. Was a close contest against the foe. Went toe to toe with our bigs dominating the paint. Making up for G’s airballs though according to G, it was Northey who played really sheethouse. Closed out the game smartly by using the shot clock well.
C’s went on a recruitment drive and welcomed into the fold two new players, Ryan and Aaron. What a great addition to the team. You know its so when the ball is clearly moving around to an open team mate for a good look. Ball was shared around and a number of easy lay ups were enjoyed. A convincing W in the end.
With the first game done and dusted, all of our teams come away with the W and JB was able to enjoy a winners Sundae to cap off a night of fun
Finally – Our website is up! A bit of work still to be done but we are now on the intertron webinators. If your looking to play and join a team… feel free to contact us to become a Spartan. Team focused players preferred – actually, its a pre-requisite 🙂