YOUTH LEAGUE ONE MEN – GRAND FINAL PREVIEW

YOUTH LEAGUE ONE MEN – GRAND FINAL PREVIEW

Frankston Blues vs Camberwell Dragons

Game 1 – Saturday 6th July 6.30pm at Frankston Basketball Stadium

In what is guaranteed to be a fierce Grand Final battle, we see the Frankston Blues host the undefeated Camberwell Dragons in Game 1 of this 3-game series. These two teams have faced off twice throughout the season with Camberwell registering the win both times, by 9 in round 2 and 25 in round 8.

The first time these sides met it was the Jackson Dean show, with him collecting 24 points to go with 22 rebounds, he was well supported by Sam Veitch (16 points, 6 assists) and Ben Crowe (20 points). For Frankston it was sharpshooter Josh Cleary who hit 6 3-point shots on his way to 20 points, and whilst Frankston had a solid second half, it wasn’t enough to overcome the margin created by the Dragons in the first. In their second clash, it was Dean (22 points) and Veitch (17 points) who once again did most of the damage, whilst Monaghan (19 points) and Perry (17 points) tried to keep their sides offence ticking over. At the end of the day, the Dragons additional 20 points in the pain proved to be the difference between the two sides.

These teams are coming off very different weekends, with Frankston having an incredibly hard-fought win over a strong Altona Gators, whilst the Dragons were able to share the opportunity around as they cruised to a 40 win over the Sherbrooke Suns. For Frankston Ben Perry was the standout with 30 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists, he was playing like a man possessed whilst Monaghan (20 points, 3 steals) and Peirce (15 rebounds) also played their role to perfection. However, it was Kynan Philippe who was the surprise packet off the bench with a handy 16 points on 4 of 7 shooting from deep.

For the Dragons it was Tim Angus who had a dominant first quarter as the Suns gave him too much space, he finished the game with 28 points in just 26 minutes whilst shooting 7 of 9 from deep. Athletic defender Jay Mackenzie also put his stamp on this game with 8 points, 13 rebounds, 8 assists, 4 steals and 5 blocks. With so many tools at his disposal, coach Ross Wignell will be hoping they are all firing again this weekend as they face Frankston.

In our key match-up of the game, we have Camberwell’s Jackson Dean against Frankston’s Vincent Monaghan. Both players display superior athleticism that has helped them be standouts in the league this season. Can Monaghan keep Dean off the boards and keep him below his 23 points per game average against the Blues? This is sure to be a great game, make sure you don’t miss out!

Statistical Leaders
Frankston   Camberwell
Ben Perry 17.46ppg Points Per Game Jackson Dean 21.43ppg
Henry Peirce 8.3rpg Rebounds Per Game Jackson Dean 10.61rpg
Ben Perry 4.83apg Assists Per Game Sam Veitch 4.77apg